HATFIELD-LYON, Jennie - (1955 - 2021) - Jennie died unexpectedly, at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
She had been diagnosed with breast and brain cancer in late 2020 and was making valiant efforts (with the assistance of the great medical team at Sunnybrook) to maintain her positive energy and infectious sense of humour.
Blessed with innate curiosity and a formidable intellect, during her working years Jennie was a highly respected international human rights lawyer and teacher (at Queen’s University), and editor of Ward’s Tax Law and Planning (Davies Ward & Beck).
She developed an unusual specialty in court, representing the unique and fortunately small number of Canadians who had been kidnapped by U.S. bounty hunters. She greatly enjoyed coaching law students over many years of international law moot court competitions.
Among the recognitions of her achievements, in 1990 Jennie was among the distinguished group of “Women On The Move” award recipients (sponsored by the Toronto Sun). Jennie grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and enjoyed a close relationship with her extended family and friends on the Cape. She was a loving and diligent caregiver for her late mother, Lois (Hallet) Betterley of Hyannis. Jennie acquired an additional wonderful family and friends when she moved to Toronto to be with her eventual husband, Dan Lyon. Together they raised a nephew/adoptive son, Damien who is now the proud father of young Hunter Hatfield-Lyon.
Jennie leaves a legacy of kindness, especially with respect to both people and animals in distress. Donations may be made in Jennie’s name to Brandeis University or the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
Arrangements with Giffen-Mack funeral home, Danforth chapel, Toronto. A family graveside service will be held on the Cape when feasible.