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Remembering My Sister

My sister, Liz, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. We were just two years apart and she was living a full and happy life, still in the town where we both grew up, London, Ontario. She had two daughters, who both lived close by and she shared her home with her dog, Zoey. Two grandchildren were also a part of her life, Taelor, who also lived in London and Bradon in Alberta. Liz and I shared a love of cooking and often exchanged recipe notes over the phone.

She came to visit often with her daughters and she loved going to the Grove. I will think of her every time I go there, especially to the candy store where she could always find her favorite Necco Wafers. Her last visit to L.A. was last October, when she and the girls went to experience the Universal Citywalk Halloween Horror Nights. They said it was the best time they ever had. A few months before that I saw her in London at the opening of the new playground I donated to Springbank Park in London. It was the same place where she and I used to play as children. I’m so glad she got to share that experience with me. Here she was at Springbank Park last June. I wish I could see her again. She left so quickly and sooner than any of us imagined.

Rest In Peace, my beloved sister.


35 Responses

  1. Carolyn says:

    Aloha,Jenny, sometimes after you loose someone and after everyone goes home, time goes on. every once in awhile something will remind you, tears will flow. Just know we are thinking and praying. Love your receipes.

  2. Lynn C. says:

    Wonderful childhood photos of you and your sister, Jenny — such beautiful dzieci. Your big sister must have been so proud of you.
    Sending kindest regards.

  3. Dulce De Leon says:

    Very sorry to hear that. God be with you.

  4. Daniel says:

    A bit late in the game, but may your dear sister rest in peace Jenny.

  5. Sharon says:

    Blessings of the season may your pain ease and peace wash over you. HUGS

  6. Susanne P says:

    God Bless

  7. Wayne says:

    I am reading this somewhat late, so hope you will excuse the delayed condolences. When a loved one was full of life and energy, it makes the loss all the more difficult to accept. When I think of my own siblings (and as we all get older), I dread the day when I lose one of them.
    You will always have all those wonderful memories of your sister, and nothing can ever take that from you.

    Sympathies from a fellow Canadian.

  8. Janice R. says:

    Family. . . when one of them goes, it takes a part of you. Hope it is easier now. She must have been so proud of her sister. Wishing you God’s Peace.

  9. Cindy fata says:

    Sorry for the loss of your sister. I am a current London born person. My husband and I currently own your childhood home on Sackville st. We have been restoring and rebuilding the outside of the house. I would love to put a plaque on the building outside and would love to make a reference to yourself as living in the Home. If someone could contact me on this matter it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Cindy

  10. Toni says:

    Dear Jenny,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister.

    You will always have her loving smile to call on when you need her.


  11. Karen says:

    Hi Sweetie! Just recently”found” YOU! So Happy! Loved watching YOUR Talk Show! SO SORRY for the “LOSS”of Your SIS! That’s a Hard One! Love YOUR recipe’s, doing the Meatloaf tonight, and Rib’s next. Everything that YOU make, Look’s YUMMY !!! Love You So Much Jenny!!! GOD BLESS……

  12. Vicki L says:

    I just joined your blog. So very sorry for the loss of your beloved sister last month.

  13. sue says:

    I know this is a very sad time for you but I still wanted to wish you a happy birthday. My previous condolence didn’t publish here I hope you know how very sorry I am for you and her children and grandchildren. I will always remember “sister dearest” and her great sense of humor that runs so well in your family. 🙂 all my best. Sue

  14. sue says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your nieces. How very sad. She was a really great person. I loved her funny blogs on this site. I hope you are okay. Sorry this comes a month late but I just saw this. All our best to you. Sue and Mike

  15. Rhonda Eskew says:

    Oh Jenny, I’m soo sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you, because I have sisters and we are close and I know how you must be feeling…
    It’s good you’ve made memories with your sister. Cherish them with your heart and soul. Memories can last forever…
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray you all find peace and comfort through this difficult time…

    Take care and {Big Hugs} to you, Jenny…

  16. MrsNews says:

    How are you doing?
    I have been thinking of you all day


  17. MrsNews says:

    I can’t even imagine imagine your pain. The thought of losing one of my sisters is overwhelming. I arrived in California yesterday to spend time with one of my sisters. As we grow older we tend to move away from each other physically but never in our hearts.
    I am glad you have such wonderful memories but your heart has a hole in it now.
    Just know I am thinking about you at this time. No words to comfort but a my cyber hand is holding yours.

  18. Pat says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Blessings

  19. Ali says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your sister was so beautiful. Sending you heaps of love and light.

  20. Becky says:

    Oh Jenny, I am profoundly sorry for your loss. RIP sweet sister.

  21. Jackie says:

    So sorry to hear about you sister!!

  22. MrsNews says:

    I can’t even imagine your pain. I am leaving today to visit my sister in California. I will remember to enjoy every moment now. My heart is truly full of sorrow for you today.
    My biggest and warmest hugs to you Jenny.


  23. jean norrie says:

    So very sorry to hear Jenny, please take care.

  24. Barbo says:


    You have given us all, so much pleasure with your
    charming wit and wonderful recipes.
    Please know that,
    Your love for you sister will last forever, and if you
    believe as I do in Jesus as savior, then you shall see
    your sister again in heaven.
    Though we don’t know each other ‘in person’, still we
    share your grief as we have shared your recipes.


  25. Nathalie Ellington says:

    Prayers for you and your family, …. heartache losing a beloved sibling!..My sister and I are great friends,too!
    Wonderful memories of your great comedy routine at Lake Tahoe when you were with Enge years ago xxx

  26. Roula says:

    Jenny so sorry for the loss of your sister, our deepest condolences to you and your family. All our love and hugs from the Poon Tip family xo

  27. Nancy says:

    So terribly sorry for your loss. sounds as though you two had a wonderfully close relationship.

  28. Peggy Haynes says:

    Jenny…So sorry for the loss of your Dear Sister. Memories are forever lasting.



  29. Sheliah says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Connie says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jenny! I know it’s very difficult when you lose a loved one you are so close to. Hang onto your precious memories. My prayers are with you.

  31. Connie says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jenny! I know it’s hard to lose a loved one. Hang onto your precious memories you had together. My prayers are with you and your family

  32. Denise says:

    Oh Jenny – I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a close sibling is so very hard. I will never get over the loss of my brother. He left my life, but not my heart – the same with you and your sister. Hold on to the precious memories.

  33. Nona Ann says:

    Dear Jenny,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you always. God Bless You & your Family
    Nona Ann

  34. Felecia Handz says:

    So sorry to hear about your unimaginable loss. To loose my only sister I don’t want to imagine. Your family shall be in my prayers. Blessings…

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