“Some people only walk this earth for a short time. Their departure reminds us that angels are watching over us.”
Last week on Saturday September 9th, 2023, Delilah Lushington spread her wings to rejoin her heavenly family.
It is with tremendous sadness for us to announce that our dear and ever-loving mother Delilah passed away suddenly. Though she was surrounded on her last day by her two loving children, their spouses, (voice recordings from her grandchildren), her sister-in-law and two dear friends. She also received full anointing by her priests and prayers of blessing for her soul to be in eternal peace.
Delilah was 69 years full of life. She truly was able to enjoy time with her family in her last weeks before she suddenly left us to continue her life like the Angel that we believed she was here on earth, now with the angels and her beloved family in heaven.
It would be wrong to say that our mother, Delilah, lost her battle in any way because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined to get better to be with all of us; her family was her everything. When anyone else would have broken, Delilah stayed strong. When we felt broken she would put the pieces back together. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. We have learned what forgiveness means. There was no one quite like our mother. She was always worried about us all. She would not have wanted us to go through prolonged stress. She seemed to know that she would no longer be with us in her last days; perhaps that’s why she went so quickly. She was still protecting us all even to her last breath though sudden, she was no longer in pain and was peaceful.
She faced marital difficulties and severe illnesses, yet always had gentle words of hope from her strong faith in God and the church.
Her Smile - she has a smile that everyone can remember. It was gentle, sweet and soothing. She never held grudges. She was forgiving and sincere. Our mother was full of happiness in her heart. Her smile was beautiful just like her.
She helped others without expectations. She truly loved unconditionally.
Delilah was the most devoted daughter who cared for her parents and made every effort to see them weekly, is survived by her mother Vera Ghosh and her two children: Stephanie (Constantin) and Clayton (Chevi), and three grandchildren: Anthony, Michael & Victoria.
She also leaves behind her niece: Fiona (Jamie) and their children Fisher and Samara, and nephews: Clinton (Amy), Kamron and his son Kaleb, and Neil. Her step-grandson, Shazad (Kat, children: Nora, Roman)
Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she gave up. Rather, she has fully lived half of her physical life with us. We pray knowing the other half of her life’s journey is to experience the pure and beautiful bliss of divine and eternal love in her spiritual being without anymore worries or fear - so she may feel safe with comfort and peace, and to be reunited with her pre deceased father (Jotish) and siblings (Roma & Robin who we also lost within the past 7 months; it seems they could not be apart from one another) and to get everyone caught up on her amazing time on earth with her family and grandchildren.
Our mother, Delilah, was known for her pure and gentle heart. She had such a compassionate spirit whose passion was caring for others even before herself. As a single hard working mother, she provided everything possible on her own to both her children, their spouses, grandchildren and friends through support, love, spiritual guidance and sentimental gestures from her heart. She loved to sew and design fashionable outfits and loved to go out whether to festivals or shows.
Flowers & Gardens - she loved flowers! Especially from soft pale blush pinks to bright pinks and coral and yellows and shades of purple. Flower gardens were her favourite places to walk though or even sit on a bench with a cup of tea. She loved to be surrounded by beautiful nature and admire the flowers so would often visit many botanical gardens. Her son-in-law, Constantin, who she loved as her own son, always bought her bouquets of flowers for every occasion; she cherished and always delighted in receiving. She had a green thumb and all the plants she had blossomed, just as the Christmas cactus bloomed for your sister, it is beginning to bloom for you mom.. Mommy (Grammy) you are in God’s garden now and we hope you’re enjoying it in all its grace and beauty from up above.
High tea - She loved a perfect hot cup of tea each and every morning and delighted with bringing out her fine china sets to enjoy our afternoon high teas together.
Walks - walking through parks like Edwards Gardens, High Park during cherry blossom season, with us and the kids to watch and appreciate nature. We would relax under the trees and look at the sky.
Prayers & Grandchildren - Mom (our children’s “Grammy”) was the one who fortunately taught us and her grandchildren their prayers and the power of faith. She inspired Michael to study to to receive his first Holy Communion that she was so proud to attend and celebrate with us (which was a hope she had for all her grandchildren). This angelic mother and grandmother showed us how to enjoy and appreciate the simple and beautiful things in life. She taught her precious grandchildren how to be a child and have fun, climb trees, skip rocks in the water and feed ducks at the pond. She would let them do “jumpy jumpy woos” on her bed. Climbing up on the big rock in Yorkville followed by running around and enjoying ice cream. She attended all their special celebrations and school moments. She even went snow tubing with the kids and most recently down a water slide! She adored her grandchildren more than words could ever express.
Mom was always so helpful even if she was tired. She filled our plates with beautiful meals as she loved to host and entertain friends and family and she fed our hearts with overflowing love.
She was our mother but also our best friend, and like a mother to her grandchildren. Her love will never be forgotten for her legacy will live within us through all that she has taught us and how deeply she touched our hearts.
We have faith that our mother, Delilah, has now embraced the other half of her spiritual life in eternal peace and will now be watching over us as our guardian Angel..
Mom, as you always said: “You are the heart of our hearts and we are yours. We can never be apart. You are Forever in our Hearts” (Love, Steph)
Please pray for her soul to rest in eternal peace.
Our family invites you to join us for a Catholic Funeral Service at St Edward the Confessor Parish (75 Churchill Ave North York) on Saturday September 16th at 10:15am.
A procession will follow toward the York Cemetery & Funeral Centre where tea, coffee and light snacks will be offered.
10:15am - Catholic Funeral Service (Church)
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Viewing (York Cemetery & Funeral Centre)
2:00pm - Christian Orthodox blessing service
3:15pm - Burial
4:00-6:00pm - Reception Dinner (Please RSVP for dinner)
Our families thank you for your heartfelt condolences, kind gestures and prayers.
LETTERS TO DELILAH - MEMORY BOOK
I was inspired and have an idea for family or friends who can’t be there…
If unable to attend, friends/family can write a letter or email of their thoughts or fun or special memories of her (can include photos)
Then we can make a memory book full of beautiful words from loved ones of their stories or moments, and one day learn more about our dear sweet mother.
Letters to Delilah - Memory Book
This will help us and help the children to learn more about their sweet grammy
Info: Following the Catholic Funeral, We ask that guests please proceed to the York Cemetery & Funeral Centre for where coffee and tea will be served just before visitation. (Closed casket) Visitation to commence at 1:00pm Please understand that the family request there will be a private moment for the immediate family after the service. (Guest kindly proceed to York funeral centre)
Info: Mom found so much comfort after attending her son-in-law, Constantin’s late mother’s funeral which was Christian Orthodox. It was at her request and at the approval of both churches that she have both blessings bestowed upon her. Both our mother’s will be buried at the same cemetery and when their souls meet can catch up on all the stories of their precious grandchildren