Obituary of Linda Okkerse
Peacefully at St. Josephs Hospice with family by her side on Sunday, May 14th, 2023, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of Peter for 48 years. Cherished mother of David (Sue), Tracy (Sandro) and Ian (Linda). Stepmom to Michele (Shane), Melissa (Doug) and Tim (Josie). Proud Grandma to Alexandria (Justin), Isabelle (Dan), Daniel, Ann, Shannon, Hilary (Rachel), Josh and Kylie. She was Great-Grandma or “GG” to Theodore, Ava, Abigail and Logan. Loved and remembered by brother Andrew (Diane, Tyler) and Rick. Predeceased by parents Frederick and Barbara and siblings Shirley (2012) and Trudy (2023). Remembered by many extended family and friends.
Lyn was born during the war and was eventually evacuated to Monmouthshire to stay safe. In 1952, with her family she boarded a ship to Canada, arriving in Halifax and eventually making their way to Caledon, ON. Lyn started work as an operator for Bell Canada (when you actually connected with a real person). After moving to London she worked for Siskind, Cromarty & Taggart Law Firm. Lyn’s career at Second city as a producer spanned 25 years in London, Toronto and Detroit. She loved her job as a producer and often shared fond memories and stories of all the people she’d met through the years. Lyn never gave up her British Citizenship but was a very proud Canadian.
Family was very important to Lyn. She took great pride in taking care of Peter and Pumpkin. She was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren always sharing their accomplishments with anyone who would listen. This is one of her many quirks that we loved about her. Lyn was a woman of many talents; in addition to being a master soup maker and baker, she was a fantastic knitter.
Cremation has taken place. Private family interment to follow. Celebration of Life at a later date.
Thank you to Dr. Blanchette, Dr Hertzman and the nurses, PSWs and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice for providing such compassionate care to Lyn. Those wishing to make a donation in honour of Lyn are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice. (sjhospicelondon.com)