Born February 13,1925 in Heptonstall, England to Joseph Lees and Kathleen Kirk. Died peacefully on August 25, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. Win was predeceased by her husband of sixty years, René. Win is survived by her brother, Vincent Lees of Todmorden, Lancashire and by her five children and their spouses: Marc (Maryse Fournier), Anne-Marie (Paul Szymanski), Elisabeth (Julian Falconer), Paul (Janie Kim) and Michael (Janet Connolly), as well as eleven grandchildren: Jean-Sébastien(Jazz), Véronique, Isabel, John, Michael, Benjamin, Justin, Jessica, Christopher (Taylor), Adrian, Evelyn, and great grandchildren Noah and Harper. Win excelled in academics in her formative years. She was a scholarship pupil at Todmorden Grammar School leading to a state scholarship that earned her a place at St Hilda's College, Oxford University, studying modern languages, and receiving her MA in French literature. After spending time in Paris, where she met René, and London, Win emigrated to Canada in 1955 to join René. Win began a teaching career that was highlighted by her position as the first female teacher at St Michael's College School in Toronto. Win was a long time member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Toronto and in retirement remained an active volunteer with the parish, Meals on Wheels and the Toronto Public Library. Our family is blessed with the memory of an extraordinary woman who provided unconditional love throughout our lives and constantly did everything in her power to make our lives better.
The family thanks the team at New Horizons Tower, Toronto for their dedicated and compassionate care. A Funeral Mass will be held for the family at Holy Rosary Church, Toronto. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Charitable donations may be made to ShareLife at www.sharelife.org.