It is with sadness that the family of Diane Patricia Wheldrake (nee Monaghan) announce her passing, after a long illness, at The Rekai Centre in Toronto on April 8, 2019, at the age of 82.
Diane was born in Schumacher on May 11, 1937, and moved to Toronto in 1962. While working at a Bay Street law firm, she met strapping young lawyer and former hockey player Murray Jack Wheldrake. They married in Schumacher on August 7, 1965, by Flying Father and former Toronto Maple Leaf Les Costello. They settled in the then-new Toronto suburb of Don Mills, where Diane went on to reside for 52 years. As a member of the nearby Donalda Club, Diane loved golf, curling, tennis, and social events of all kinds, particularly those that involved music and singing. Diane loved Muskoka, spending many summers, and some winters at the family cottage in Huntsville. She was known for her skiing, boat-driving, bonfires, and lead foot. After raising her 4 kids, Diane returned to paid work as a Legal Assistant at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, from 1984 until she retired in 2002. Diane will no doubt be remembered by Don Mills neighbours for her sociability, sense of humour, green thumb, and commitment to off-leash dog walking.
Diane was the daughter of Mary & Earl Monaghan, the sister of James Monaghan, the wife of Murray Jack Wheldrake, and the mother of Peter Wheldrake (all deceased). She is survived by children Sean (Heather), Lesley (Stephen), Mark (Julie), and by grandchildren Charlotte, Brodie, Erika, Kylie, Kenzie, Oscar, Tess, Flynn and Lily.
Visitation will be held at PAUL O'CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) on Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m., until the time of the Service in our Chapel at 11 a.m.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Toronto Humane Society.
Messages of Condolence
We were both very sad to hear of Diane's death. We wish to send messages particularly to Leslie and Sean, but also to the whole family. We...
We were both very sad to hear of Diane's death. We wish to send messages particularly to Leslie and Sean, but also to the whole family. We knew Diane from the time she and Jack moved here as we had also just moved into our home. In later years Diane and I would frequently talk on the street as well as talk about our dogs and kids. We miss her.
Pat and Howard Malone7 Alvarado PlaceApril 13, 2019
Pat and Howard Malone 7 Alvarado PlaceApril 13, 2019
Sean, Lesley and Mark,
Words cannot remove the pain of loss especially one that involves a person so precious to you and your families. K...
Sean, Lesley and Mark,
Words cannot remove the pain of loss especially one that involves a person so precious to you and your families. Know, without question, each of you are in the thoughts of many. Personally when in the presence of your Mother she made me laugh with her stories and trust you can find comfort at this time that many people cared for and respected your Mother.