Elizabeth Thomas – A life lived!
November 12, 1936 – July 1, 2020
Into the West (A. Lennox, F. Walsh)
Your sweet and weary head
The night is falling
You have come to journey’s end
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore
Elizabeth Thomas (nee Taylor), having courageously crossed the Atlantic 4 times in her life, made her final crossing Into The West, sailing stoically after succumbing to the ravages of pancreatic cancer.
Predeceased by Roger, her husband of over 40 years (1936 – 2004), she was a devoted mother and will be dearly missed by her children Graham (his wife Christina Chladny) and Susan. Her love and dedication will also be missed by her only grandchild, Griffon. Daughter of Joseph and Julia (nee Hines) of Liverpool, England and eldest of 8 siblings: When her own mother would shout for the kids, she would reel off the siblings in birth order: Lily, Marie, Joey, Joan, Vera, Alex, Stephen and Julie! Lil or Lily, as she was known to all, came to Canada in May 1957 with no money, a friend, and a dream of starting a life of adventure in a new country she knew little about. After marrying fellow British emigree Roger they returned to England, only to “come home” to Canada a few years later. This time they stayed and settled in the then tiny town of Pickering, Ontario, eventually moving to Ajax where they raised their family.
Later they adopted Wiarton and the Bruce Peninsula as home. She spent the last two decades of her life there with friends, family, and countless hours spent hiking the Bruce Trail. She nurtured her love of adventure and wanderlust travelling frequently throughout North America, and visiting Europe and B.C. often. She made her last crossing of the Atlantic a few years ago for her 80th birthday, this time in style, sailing the Queen Mary for her final visit to her homeland. Lil, a survivor of the Liverpool Blitz, was a former runner, a prolific reader, a knitter, a gardener, a dabbler in ceramics, and even an occasional belly-dancer. She also kept busy in her community as a tireless volunteer and an advocate of Community Living. Lil wore many hats in her life including bookkeeper, home builder & investor, business owner, as well as a connoisseur of fine sherry and gin.
In light of the ongoing pandemic (which she was thrilled to have witnessed in her lifetime) a memorial will be held when we are able to gather together again. If you wish to acknowledge her life and memory, donations to Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living would be appreciated.