Dr. Nancy Fernandes née D'Souza, 75 died peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side. She is predeceased and absolutely missed by her husband Austin Fernandes, sisters Cynthia Sequeira, Celine D'Souza and brother Anand D'Souza, and sister in law Dr. Philomena D'Souza.
She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews Sabeeta Jane Sequeira-Kwong and spouse Michael Kwong, Naina McKinley and spouse Charles (Chip) McKinely, Nisha Paul, Aril Paul and spouse Kristina Paul, Priya D'Souza-Cardoza and spouse Arun Cardoza, and Pritesh D'souza. Also by her grandnieces and grandnephews Emmalenne and Marielle Kwong, Ryan McKinley, Maira, Ella and Louis Paul and Ayana and Vivaan Cardoza.
Dr. Nancy Fernandes was an excellent educator. Over the years she taught at all levels. In the early years from school to University in India, and in Canada at the higher levels and University. She was much loved and greatly respected by all of her peers and students. Her caring attitude and compassion was immensely felt by many. We will always remember Dr. Fernandes for her optimism and positive energy which radiates through all of us.
Visitation at PAUL O'CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. Scarborough (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm which includes a prayer service at 6:00pm.
Funeral Mass at St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church, 849 Don Mills Rd, North York (nearest intersection Don Mills and Eglinton) on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1:00pm followed by burial at Christ The King Catholic Cemetery, 7770 Steeles Avenue East (nearest intersection Steeles Avenue and Markham Road), Markham.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Saint Anthony of Padua Mission Aid.
Messages of Condolence
I keep thinking and dreaming of Nancy and the many things that connected us. It is impossible to find all the words to describe who she wa...
I keep thinking and dreaming of Nancy and the many things that connected us. It is impossible to find all the words to describe who she was to me and to many of her students. Nonetheless, I’ll try to share some of my thoughts about Nancy. I first met Nancy Fernandes back in 2003. I was a brand-new Ontario teacher and she was one of the first educators to take me under her wing as a mentor. She was an English teacher at Earl Haig Secondary School. She became throughout the years more than just a mentor, she became my friend. In fact, she became a family friend… as well as her husband Austin. When my wife got pregnant and I mentioned I would be missing the first ultrasound, because I had to teach during my teaching practicum in Nancy’s class, she ordered me to go to my wife Amy’s bedside. When my son Dean Christopher was born, she was always fond of him…when she first met him as a newborn she would always fawn over him and call him her little Dean Christopher ...today little Dean Christopher is 15 years old and was one of her pallbearers ….Nancy never had children of her own, but would have made a great mother….Nancy would always have a soft spot for my son Deany and my daughter Joanna. As an educator, Nancy had a unique style to her teaching and her students would address her as Dr. Fernandes, because she had a Ph.D. in English Literature. She would often tell me, " Nick you can call me Nancy, no need for formalities." She was quite a character. Nancy was very assertive, outgoing and never backed down from a fight. She was very religious, believed in what was morally right and always tried to be the best teacher possible. Nancy, you will be missed. RIP my friend. Until we meet again....
Nick GianniasRichmond Hill, OntarioSeptember 06, 2019
Nick Giannias Richmond Hill, OntarioSeptember 06, 2019
To Austin and all the family, I grieve with you.
Dr. Jasmine D'Costa TorontoSeptember 04, 2019
You will be dearly missed by all, Nan. Please watch over us with Badamama from heaven...deepest sympathy to dear Austin and the whole fami...
You will be dearly missed by all, Nan. Please watch over us with Badamama from heaven...deepest sympathy to dear Austin and the whole family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May her soul Rest In Peace and eternal light shine upon her.
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