Born in Valencia Spain, Maria Rosa “Rose” Borges, 97, of Toronto, Ontario died on February 1, 2021.
Rose was predeceased by her husband Al and sister Carmen “Mensi” Almiñana-Vilar (José Luis); and survived by her daughter Sylvia; nephew and godson José Luis Vilar (Tina); nieces Susana Sanchez-Vilar and Patricia Muñoz-Vilar (Jésus); nephews David Vilar (Théresa), Pedro Lopes (Rosa), Carlos Lopes (Marylou), Ed Lopes (Marty), as well as her many great-nieces and great-nephews in Canada, Spain, UK and US: Jessica and Jonathan, Juan, Marta and Ana, Paloma, Luke and Nicolette, and great-great-nephew Silas.
Rose was an intrepid and prolific world traveler, and enjoyed many friendships (some of which started in primary school, up to those made more recently at The Sumach by Chartwell). After a long career in Nursing (in the UK and Canada), Rose had a very long and happy retirement traveling, cooking, studying yoga and tai chi, swimming, attending TSO and National Ballet performances, seeing as many films as possible, and dining out. She will be remembered for being a great cook and hostess, keeping regular hair appointments, and always being available to support her family and friends – whether for food and conversation, or tea and sympathy.
Rose will be cremated and her remains scattered in her three favourite places in the world (as soon as international travel is permitted) as per her wishes.
Due to the pandemic and at Rose’s request, no funeral service will be held. Please raise a glass (preferably shiraz or champagne) and remember Rose fondly. She would like that.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the many people involved in Rose’s care, especially during her last (and most challenging) year:
Dr. Mei Hwang
The Sumach by Chartwell Nursing Staff
LHINS: Greg Mann, PSWs Christina and Raphaela
All the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at St. Michael’s Hospital, Palliative Unit – you are all truly world-class
The family is requesting that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to: The St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.