Goodhand, Suzette Whitney

Suzette Whitney Goodhand (nee Keefler), born in Montreal November 1928 and residing at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre at the age of 92, passed away peacefully on February 25th.

Suzette was a legal secretary and worked office administration for the government of Ontario. But more importantly she was first a devoted wife and mother. To continue her learning she volunteered for many years as a tour guide for several departments and exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She also volunteered at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Most cherished memories are of family gatherings celebrated by indulging in great food and company. When her husband, Derek, retired they moved to the town of The Blue Mountains. Where she enjoyed hiking the Bruce Trail and cross country skiing. Also, many vacations were enjoyed touring the world, experiencing different cultures, and climbing every mountain they could find!

Suzette and Derek were married in Ancaster, Ontario in 1956 and were starting their 65th year of a joyful committed relationship. Suzette is survived by her husband Derek Goodhand, her children Jane Smith, Michael Goodhand (Sandra Gosselin), her nephew Chris Goodhand (Carin), and her two grandchildren Alexei and Chloe Goodhand.

With COVID 19 restrictions, there are no planned memorial services at this time. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer Society of Canada at (URL: https://alzheimer.ca/en) or through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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With COVID 19 restrictions, there are no planned memorial services at this time.

Donations: Alzheimer Society of Canada
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Libby McHardy-Hall
    Sunday, February 28, 2021

    Derek, Michael, Jane, Sandra and family
    Greg and I send our deepest sympathies. We have such happy memories of our family gatherings and fondly remember Sue’s wonderful laugh. I know from experience the last few years have been challenging. May we will all cherish the memories of the many good times!
    Greg and Libby

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    1. Michael Goodhand
      Friday, April 2, 2021

      Greg & Libby,
      Thank-you for your kind words. I will pass on your message to my dad.
      Michael

      Reply
  2. Douglas Parkin
    Monday, March 1, 2021

    Sorry to learn of Suzette’s passing.
    Good memories of days 60 years ago in Montreal.
    My sympathy for you and your family.
    Doug Parkin

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    1. Michael Goodhand
      Friday, April 2, 2021

      Douglas,
      It is lovely to know that you have memories of my mother going back 60 years! I will let my dad know about your message.
      Thank-you, Michael Goodhand

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  3. Esther Ste-Croix
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    Dear Sandra, Michael, Jane, Alexei and Chloé,
    I offer you my deepest condolences.
    We will keep fond memories of Mrs. Goodhand who was very generous with us, welcoming us to her house and country house for weekends of ski every winter.
    She was an inspiring woman and had wonderful stories to share about her travelling and hiking. I loved listening to her.
    May she rest in peace.

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    1. Michael Goodhand
      Friday, April 2, 2021

      Esther,
      Thank-you for taking the time to think of and write a message to our family. The last few years have been difficult for us. I know my mother would not have wish to live with Alzheimer’s and feel that she can now Rest In Peace.
      Michael

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  4. Richard Griffith
    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    What a gracious lady Suzette was! On numerous occasions, I was the grateful recipient of her excellent cooking and her generous hospitality. Moreover, she was always so cheerful and friendly. Very best wishes to Derek. I know how much you loved her.

    Richard Griffith

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    1. Michael Goodhand
      Friday, April 2, 2021

      Richard,
      Thank-you for your words and memories of my mother! I will let my dad know about your message.
      Michael

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  5. Melanie Rawlings
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Dearest Derek
    I have just come across the terribly sad news of Aunt Sue’s passing. I am so very sorry and send our heartfelt condolences.
    Sue was a gentle and kind lady with a kind smile and a twinkle in her eyes. I have many memories of your visits to St Ives.
    Rest peacefully Aunt Sue.
    Thinking of you and sending lots of love.
    Melanie and Gary x

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    1. Michael Goodhand
      Friday, April 2, 2021

      Melanie & Gary,
      Thank-you for sending your kind message and your memories of my mother! The last few years have been difficult especially for my dad. I know my mother would not have wanted to live with the disability of Alzheimer’s so it is a blessing that she is now at peace. I will pass your message on to my dad.
      Michael

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