We all have a story to share, of special days and people that live on in our memories.
Our heartfelt thanks to those who have chosen to Pay for a Day (or week) of care for a resident.
We encourage you to read these beautiful stories.
Every Day Counts
“Dorothy Ryde was born on January 7, 1930 - so today would have been her 92nd birthday.
Mom was the family leader, lover of flowers and proper tea, creator of delicious pies, avid card player, collector of antique china cream jugs, good sport, lover of a good party, bulbar polio survivor (and thriver), and an indomitable spirit.
The nurses and care team were wonderful and attentively and respectfully helped her pass and us to say goodbye.
I became involved with Rotary Hospice believing that if it had been already open, Mom would have loved the homelike comfort, and it would have allowed me more time to be her “daughter” rather than a “caregiver”. We support our hospice for other Moms and their daughters.
Our heartfelt thanks to Sue and Al Wakelin who chose to Pay for a Day of Care in Dorothy's memory”.
“Pauline was a dear friend. Our families camped and travelled together, enjoying tropical vacations. On this day, we are donating a gift of $1000 to Every Day Counts. Cheers my friend. May we meet again, on a beach, under the palm trees with a Pina Colada in a coconut. Love you and miss you.”
Dawn Cooper Spencer
“This is the birthdate of my mom, who passed away in 2008. Plus, it's also Robbie Burns Day! This photo of her at age 15, as 1953 Miss Sophiasburg, Prince Edward County, always makes me smile.”
- Lana Burchett
Mitchell Family Doctors
“In recognition of our tremendous team, we at Mitchell Family Doctors made a contribution to the Every Day Counts campaign for Rotary Hospice. Family is one of the essential resources for an individual’s health journey, and so we are thrilled to have Family Day 2021 as our designated day.”
Gone too soon but a beautiful life that was a special gift to so many, Sophie's family has chosen to give thanks for the treasure that the hospice is in our community on what would have been her 13th birthday.
Bill and Donna Quipp's 51st Wedding Anniversary
Today marks Bill and Donna Quipp's 51st wedding anniversary! In honour of this milestone celebration, they chose to make a gift to the Every Day Counts Campaign to Pay for a Day of Care. Our heartfelt thanks to Bill and Donna for recognizing their special day with a gift to Rotary Hospice!
Harold and Mary McCann
This gift is in memory of our parents, Harold and Mary McCann on what was our mother’s birthday. From their children, Jean, Barbara, and Jerome, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our most heartfelt thanks to the anonymous donors who chose to Pay for a Day of Care for all eight of our resident rooms today. The donation was made in memory of their loved ones.
We thank the anonymous donor who chose to mark their birthday by Paying for a Day of Care in memory of Shirley, the youngest sister of a dear friend.
Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Charalampos (Larry) Sideris. In his memory, a donation was made to Pay for a Day of Care for one of our resident rooms. This generous gift will help continue our work in offering quality palliative care.
Irma (Huffman) Young
“Today we honour our mother, Irma (Huffman) Young on what would have been her 100th birthday. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother... Irma was always a dedicated volunteer in various capacities in our area. She taught us all very early, that you need to contribute to the community in which you live. That has stuck with many of us and we carry on that tradition today. Mom left us too soon and she is sorely missed by her family and friends.”
Thank you Dennis Young and family for your support.
"One year ago, our Dad and Poppa, Bob Gulliford, was fortunate enough to spend 5 days in the beautiful Rotary Hospice. As soon as we entered the doors we were greeted by such warm and caring staff. We instantly felt like we could finally breathe again. No longer did we have to worry about his care... We are so lucky to have such a wonderful hospice in Stratford. Thank you to all the staff. Dad loved to volunteer and fundraise. This place was dear to his heart!"
Our heartfelt thanks to Barb, Keith, Kyle, Shelby, and Brandon who chose to Pay for Five Days of hospice care in memory of Dad and Poppa, Bob Gulliford.
"Our Dad was a devoted Detroit Tigers fan all his life. He went to Tiger stadium in Detroit numerous times over the years and shared this passion with with family and friends. He also enjoyed reading the London Free Press on their porch and benches in town. Forever in our hearts."
Our heartfelt thanks to the family of Linc Rohfritsch who chose to Pay for a Day of Care in his memory.
"This period is a time for nostalgia and reminiscing. Angus felt so pleased and relieved to be able to be admitted to Rotary Hospice on August 16th. And I was relieved to be able to be a wife, not a nurse. My dear husband died on August 21st, 2020... Objects make me remember my generous husband; a piece of jewellery, an item of clothing, or a book on the history of quilting given by him. I love to sew. So many reminders. The memory of him lives on."
Our heartfelt thanks to Joan MacDermid who chose to Pay for a Day of Care in memory of her husband, Angus, who spent his final days at Rotary Hospice.
"On September 17th, 2013, my mom Jackie passed away. My hope was that she could do so in a hospice however Rotary Hospice was just a vision then. I knew for sure that my grief needed to be turned into gratitude to help make this a reality. My mom was 'good fun.' She loved everyone, loved to laugh, loved to make people happy, was a fabulous baker and made everyday count. One of the final things she said was 'remember me and smile.' I am so grateful for her and the memories I have. I smile a lot."
Our heartfelt thanks to long-time Rotary Hospice supporter Julie Docker-Johnson who chose to Pay for a Day of Care for one resident room today in memory of her mother.
"After being involved with palliative care for decades, the Rotary Hospice was a natural next step for her volunteer time. She can’t get over the beautiful environment and incredibly caring staff that make this the type of facility she always dreamt Stratford should have. Happy Birthday Mom/Grandma and here’s to many more!" - Jeff, Rick, Nancy, Sue, Jane, Greg, Mel, Nicole, Sydney, Kaylee, Sammie and Spencer.
Our heartfelt thanks to the Orr Family who chose to Pay for a Day of Care for all eight resident rooms in honour of Connie's 80th Birthday!
"On October 10th, 2011, my husband Dave left us suddenly after suffering a massive coronary. Only three days prior to his passing, we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. Dave was not only my husband and best friend, he was a wonderful father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. He had a great sense of humour, enjoyed watching sports, had a love for music and enjoyed woodworking and traveling to visit family and loved ones. Ten years have passed, but I think of him every day and cherish all the wonderful memories he left us with."
Our heartfelt thanks to Janet Shail who chose to Pay for a Day of Care for a resident room in memory of her husband, Dave.
In loving memory of Mimi on her birthday.
Wife, mother, grandmother and long time hospice palliative care advocate. Remembered with love. In the words of their twin grand-daughters, “Mimi lives on in our hearts.”
- Geoff Love and family
In loving memory of Hazel.
“Hazel left this life on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Hospice, on October 13, 2019.”
- The Redshaw Family
“When Hazel and I immigrated to Canada in late 1957 we arrived after three hectic weeks prior to embarking on the Empress of Canada, smallest of the old Canadian Pacific Liners. Hazel was not aware until much later that she had mislaid “Wind in the Willows” her favourite childhood book. So it was with pure joy that a visit to a local book store in 2004 produced a 1980 reprint with superb coloured illustrations of all the little animals.
"Full circle, I returned after a brief absence to Room 10 at the Hospice to find a thoughtful friend reading to her about Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, The Rat , Mr. Badger and the various other little critters on a sunny October afternoon a few days before Hazel left us. Thank you Pat. After Hazel bought the book we put it on our coffee table till she got sick. It is there again, a treasure and a precious memory of our happy times together.”
Our heartfelt thanks to Geoff Redshaw who chose to Pay for a Day of Care in memory of his beloved wife Hazel who passed away at Rotary Hospice on October 13, 2019.
“This day is dedicated in memory of our mom/wife, Pauline Schwartzentruber. She received the most amazing care at the hospice in her final days and we are forever grateful to your organization and staff for providing the care and support that we just couldn’t possibly have given her at home.”
"This day is dedicated in memory of my wife, Pauline Schwartzentruber, who passed November 26, 2019. The care Pauline received was amazing. I am and will be forever grateful to the hospice, and especially staff, for the care and support provided in her final days, care and support I would not have been able to provide Pauline at home. Thank you for the care and support for not only my wife but also for looking after all of us as a family." - Grant Schwartzentruber
In loving memory of Ludwiga on her 84th birthday.
“Today would have been my wife’s 84th birthday. She passed away on February 11, 2011. She received excellent care at the hospital but we needed a hospice in town.”
- John Fuhry
"My wife, Ludwiga Fuhry, would have been 85 today.
She passed away on February 11, 2011. She received excellent care at the hospital but we needed a hospice in town. A mattress on the floor for her husband and children is not the same as Rotary Hospice."
In loving memory of Elizabeth Iclanzan on her birthday.
“A beautiful soul, Elizabeth Iclanzan was born on December 2nd. An amazing wife to Alex for 51 years and an incredible mom to her three daughters.”
- The Iclanzan Family
In loving memory of husband, father, and Grumpa
“December 6th was my husband Paul's birthday. He passed away before the hospice opened however my family and I are so happy it is here for others. We are proud to support Rotary Hospice in loving memory of Paul.”
- Liz Emeny and family
In memory of sister and aunt, Nancy MacDonald, who passed away on December 19, 2012.
“We recognize that end of life care is a challenging time for loved ones and their families. We were able to manage Nancy's care at home...but wish hospice care was a local option in 2012.”
- The Campbell Family
Reese Family & Friends
In Honour of Family and Friends of Norma and Mike Reese
“The holiday season is a time of family memories - making new ones and recalling Christmases with folks who are no longer with us. Our family like many others has stories of dear ones whose last days could have been richer had they been able to live them out in a place like Rotary Hospice.”