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Gear EdithGEAR, Edith Anne - Passed away unexpectedly on Friday October 15, 2021, at Sunnybrook Hospital.

She was born in and raised in the west end of Toronto, the third of six children.

Edith was predeceased by her brothers Ross and William, nephew Jamie, sisters Lillian and Emily.

She leaves behind her sister, Joyce (Doug), eight nieces and nephews (Janet, Doug, Francis, Cathy, Philip, John, Peter and David, and twelve great-nieces and nephews.

Edith attended Hughes Public School, Oakwood Collegiate and Toronto Normal School (Teacher’s college). Her adventurous spirit led her to teach multiple grades in rural settings including teaching in Ancaster, Fraserdale/Abitibi Canyon and Kenora. She then returned to Toronto to complete her BA and MA at the University of Toronto. Edith then taught economics at Ryerson until her retirement in the 1980’s.

Edith was a strong advocate for girl’s and women’s rights. She actively supported environmental causes and her faith was one of action. Edith sponsored dozens of children in need and volunteered her time reading at PAL and starting the Church food bank. She was a Sunday School teacher, an elder and later Clerk of Session at Patterson Presbyterian Church. Edith was instrumental in organizing other denominations in the area to discuss ecumenical issues. For the last number of years, she worshiped at Glenview Presbyterian Church, where she felt welcomed and appreciated.

Although a single, independent woman Edith deeply cherished her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held and live streamed on Thursday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations to Canadian Foodgrains Bank or Portland Place would be appreciated by the family.