It is with tremendous sadness that the family said goodbye to Cordella Oliver (nee Rudderham), born July 21, 1941 in Sydney Nova Scotia, fondly known to her Cape Breton family as “Dolly”, who died at home in Toronto on Friday May 7, 2021.
Predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Craig Oliver, Cordella will be loved and remembered by her two daughters, Allison (Michael DeKoning) and Krista and by her five grandchildren Derek (Rachel), Kyra, Olivia, Paige and Stefan.
Raised in Cape Breton, Cordella earned an English degree at Mount Allison University, N.B. Upon graduation Cordella moved to Toronto, where she got a teaching degree and began work as an English Teacher for the Toronto School Board. Soon after she embarked on a 33-year career as English Teacher at the Bnei Akiva, Orthodox Jewish high school. Much loved, “Mrs. Oliver” was celebrated at her retirement by, in many cases, two generations of students at the Yeshiva, and featured in the “Canadian Jewish News”.
As for Cordella’s family life, upon arrival in Toronto, she soon met and married, Craig Oliver. They lived in Toronto with their two daughters. Cordella had a love and empathy for children which was evident in her parenting and later with each of her five grandchildren. She made everyone who came into her home feel like a member of the family and every event and milestone a celebration. Cordella applied her substantial intellect to everything she did by sharing her love of literature, culture, and travel. We will all miss her loving demeanour, quick wit (and grammar corrections?). Her impact on friends and family was far reaching, and her words and deeds added so much value to family, friends, colleagues and more.
Graveside funeral service will be held at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto at 1pm on May 17th, 2021. Unfortunately, due to Covid guideline, attendance is restricted to a small private service, and there can be no reception.
If you wish to donate in Cordella name, she supported, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada