On July 14, 2020, Emily Lloyd, 99, died peacefully in Toronto, Ontario. Mourning her loss, but celebrating a life well lived, are her immediate family: daughter, Barbara Lloyd (Toronto, Canada); son, Ian Lloyd and partner Elizabeth (Sydney, Australia); and grandchildren Mark Redmond (Toronto); Andrea Frisk and partner Adam Frisk (Toronto); and Christopher Lloyd with partner Carina Enbody (San Francisco, USA). She was predeceased by her loving husband Arthur Llewellyn Lloyd in 1966. Emily is also fondly remembered by many family members and friends in Midland, Toronto and Great Britain.
Emily was born in Shaw, Lancashire, England. After plans to train as an opera singer were cut short by the Second World War, she pursued a teaching career. In the years after emigrating to Canada in 1951, Emily took on the responsibilities of homemaker, wife and mother, as well as volunteer and community leader. Her interests included choral singing, leading a Brownie Pack, acting with Huronia Players, and broad involvement at St. Mark’s Anglican church. She was an accomplished seamstress, thoughtful neighbour, and generous hostess who, with Arthur, offered an open-door policy to newcomers to Canada and Midland; these newcomers became long lasting friends.
After Arthur died in 1966, she returned to teaching full time at Parkview and Huron Park Public Schools in Midland. She spent the summers working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Psychology from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, graduating in 1973. Emily applied these learnings as a Special Education Consultant for the Simcoe County Board of Education.
In her retirement years, Emily chaired the Probus club, sang in a community choir, studied progressive Christianity, took up cross-country skiing, travelled frequently around the world, and nurtured relationships with friends and family. She was gregarious and vivacious, a story-teller, straight talker, problem-solver and a hopeful realist. She loved reading scripture during church worship and continued to do so, in her strong and expressive voice, up until recently in her retirement home. Emily combined both a strong focus on a loving disciplined life with a hearty sense of humour. She always had time to support others and was a generous giver to charities. Her strong, abiding faith carried her through celebration, tragedy, and challenge even unto death and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emily’s name to: Arthritis Society (www.arthritis.ca), Oxfam (www.oxfam.ca), The Council of Canadians (www.canadians.org).
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