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5295 Thickson Road North
Whitby, ON L1M 1W9
Phone: 905-655-3662
Fax: 905-655-9992
Dianne Cowan

Dianne Joanne Allison Cowan

Saturday, March 28th, 1964 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Surrounded by the love of her family, Dianne Joanne Allison Cowan passed into the loving arms of God our Father and Saviour on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the age of 55 years, after a lengthy and courageous battle against diabetes-related liver and kidney disease.

In life, Dianne was someone who truly cared for and nurtured her family and those around her. It was by natural extension that she was called to the profession of nursing. In those early years, Dianne explored her interests by first working with the frail and elderly before pursuing her formal studies at the Humber College School of Nursing.

After graduating in 1989, Dianne worked at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario on the Post-partum Unit. Her work with new mothers and babies brought her joy and eventually led to the expansion of her career with work in Labour & Delivery. The compassionate care that Dianne so tirelessly delivered to others as a nurse was returned to her, full circle, in her own time of pain and suffering. A special thank you to Dianne’s physicians, nurses and personal support workers in the community as well as her care teams at Toronto General Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Outside of her nursing career, Dianne was extremely creative and enjoyed music, particularly jazz. She learned to play the trombone and tuba. She loved fashion and pursued her talents in arts and crafts as well as sewing.

Dianne was very devoted to her family and will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews (Rudy, Savannah, Oliver, Abigail, Hannah, Joshua, Esther) whom she helped raise during their infancy. Deeply cherished, Dianne will be missed by her mother (Thora), her sisters (Kathleen, Simone, Ava), her brothers-in-law (Gary, Christopher), her Godmother (Auntie Marnie) and her many beloved aunties, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Dianne is predeceased by her father (Kenneth).

The family will welcome guests at the Visitation on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N., Whitby, 905-655-3662, from 6-8 pm and at the Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10 am at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at 3 Combermere Drive, North York, followed by Interment at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 355 Taunton Rd. E., Whitby. A reception will follow at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 10:00am
    Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
    3 Combermere Drive
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  • Interment

    Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
    355 Taunton Rd. E.
    WHITBY RR1, ON L1R 3L4
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  • Reception

    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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Willa Faust

Posted at 08:07pm
Our sincere condolences to the Cowan family.
Lori (Faust) McKibbon (Burlington) and the Faust Family (Port Elgin)

Paul and Melody Preston

Posted at 07:52pm
Sorry to hear of Dianne's passing, our condolences to the family.

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Posted at 08:53am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With love & hugs.
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Mario Douglas

Posted at 08:32am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowan Family. God bless & our warmest condolences, from Mario & Family here in Kansas.
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Posted at 03:19pm
In Loving Memory - Aunt Marnie, Brent, Okinyi, and Ochieng
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