In memory of

Norma Estelle Vanderwert

July 30, 1940 -  February 8, 2023

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Estelle. She died peacefully on February 8th, 2023, at the age of 82. She was a strong and loving wife to Ron and beloved mother to Rick (Lynne). She will be sorely missed by her sisters Eleanor (Carlyle-predeceased), Eunice (Desmond-predeceased), Elaine (Ed), and brother Randolph (predeceased by her sister, Claribel, and brothers Cecil and Eric). She will also be missed, here in Canada, by Sister in-law Jennifer(Ron), Brother in-law Aubrey(Brenda) and Brother in-law Annesley. She was born in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and loved by her parents (predeceased) Clarence and Marguerite McHeyzer. She married Ron on August 31st, 1961, and gave birth to Rick in September 1962, the three emigrating to Canada in 1964, where they reunited with her family. Estelle and Ron had been married for over 61 years and have raised their family and built their home in Toronto, Canada. Estelle, after spending several years working at the East General Hospital, as a ward clerk, joined her sisters Claribel and Eleanor at Bell Canada and had a long and successful career for over 25 years, up until retirement. She always enjoyed spending time with her son Rick and Lynne and their family, Jody (Warren), Tracey (John), Craig (Tanya) and dearly loved being a Great Grandmother to Graydon, Stephanie, Carter, Avery and Brendan.
Estelle and Ron loved to join in on family get-togethers, picnics, New Year’s Eve, house parties, and also was involved in the start up of the Sri Lankan social club, “Connection’s 55”, a club that brought together many family and friends for dances, theme nights and various local trips. Estelle and Ron also liked to travel and visit their relatives across the world, visiting family in England, Sweden and Australia. She will be missed greatly by her numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and all those who were privileged to meet and know her. Estelle was strong-willed, had the biggest and kindest heart and was always there to help her family and friends.
There will be a private internment with family , followed by a celebration of life for family and friends, to be held at Pine Hills Cemetery, (see address on this site) on April 15th, 2023, at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.


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Valerie and Greg Bibb (Niece/Nephew)

Entered February 14, 2023 from Toronto

May you be at peace now with Ommie, Oldpapa, Aunty Claribel, Uncles Cecil and Eric and our dad, Carlyle.

We will miss you terribly Auntie!

Uncle Ron and Rick (Lynn) - you know we are here for you. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Val & Greg

Fred Rodrigo (Favourite nephew)

Entered February 14, 2023 from Ajax

I will miss my lovely auntie…i will always hear her voice, calling me Freddy…love her so much….

Eleanor Rodrigo (Sister)

Entered February 14, 2023 from Toronto

My Darling Sister I shall miss you 😢 terribly. To the Family Gods Blessings and my deepest sympathies. Love ❤️ you all. Eleanor

Opal Massey (Moser) (Friends/ school mates in Sri Lanka)

Entered February 14, 2023 from Brisbane. Queensland. Australia

RIP dearest Estelle....until that resurrection morn.
Lovel and Sympathies to Eleanor. Elaine and Eunice ..
H ods blessings
Eric Moser Nita Thiedeman and Vera Peters

Sandy and Jude Dezilva (Friend - nephew and niece (by marriage))

Entered February 15, 2023 from Warners Bay, NSW Australia

Thank you for your love Aunty Estelle and for always keeping us in your thoughts. We always felt it and always appreciated it. May your soul travel a gentle journey.
Lots of love U.Ronnie, Rick, Lynne and your family. Its been a long rough completion to a beautiful full life. We wish you the blessings of steadfast peace and solace as the angels learn how to party from one of their earthly own. Sandy, Reece, Jarred and Jude xxxx


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