In memory of

Frances Fitzgerald Beer

October 30, 1940 -  April 7, 2022

Peacefully, with family by her side, in Toronto at age 81. Fondly remembered by children Jessica Runge (Arthur Cormack) and Denis McKim (Sarah Isbister), grandchildren Zachary and Zoë Cormack, and sister Katherine. Predeceased by spouse David McKim, brother William, and parents Samuel and Roberta. Missed by nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A devoted and accomplished teacher and scholar, Fran taught for many years at York University/Atkinson College, and made important contributions to her fields of expertise: medieval literature, nineteenth-century women writers, and children’s literature; as well as to the Journal of Canadian Woman Studies/cf and Inanna Publications. Author of several academic and literary works, and a lifelong lover of animals, Fran was generous, determined, kind, funny, clever, modest, gentle, loving, and loyal. A celebration of her life will be held at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor St. W., Toronto) on Saturday April 16, 2022 at 10:30am, private burial to follow at Toronto Necropolis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Wildlife Federation or Inanna Publications.


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Susanna Hood (Friend of daughter, Jessica)

Entered April 11, 2022 from Montreal

So very sorry for you and your family's loss, Jessica. Fran was always so warm, welcoming, curious and supportive. Thinking of you all and sending love.

Patricia Hanley (friend)

Entered April 13, 2022 from Toronto.

Although we became friends late in life, i.e. when we arrived at the same time at Davenhill, it was a friendship that quickly kindled into one that was maintained at the Sumach when our lives were suddenly rearranged. There are many wonderful
memories of Fran's immense kindness, humour and knowledge that will remain with me for the rest of my life. She will be missed.
With my deepest sympathy to her family,

Angelina Stokman (friend)

Entered April 15, 2022 from Creemore

Jessica & Denis... I am sorry for your loss, but particularly Zackary and Zoe’s.
Fran was so very proud of her children and grandchildren - as it should be - but she was genuinely and humbly in awe of all of you.

And yes, Fran was all this - “generous, determined, kind, funny, clever, modest, gentle, loving, and loyal”. A perfect tribute to her character. Although we were not in touch after I moved out of the city, we shared deeply (& laughed deeply) during the few short years we had each other’s company.

I like to think her legacy is the people she influenced by her character, by just being Fran.
Peace, Angelina

merlin homer (friend)

Entered April 15, 2022 from Toronto

The best thing in the world was to be Fran's friend. As I'm sure everyone visiting here knows.

mariana grinblat (fellow academician)

Entered April 18, 2022 from toronto

will miss her warm smile and good sense of humour.

rest in peace, Mariana Grinblat


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