Susan Hart

Susan Mary Hart

Tuesday, May 2nd, 1944 - Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on Tuesday February 25, 2020 in her 76th year. With family at her side. Beloved mother of Tracy Collett (Ted) and Robert (Virginia). Proud Grammy of Talon and Tempest Collett. Sister of Robert Lebans (Donald Cherm) and Peter Lebans (Jean). Step-granddaughter Danielle. Predeceased by eldest brother William Lebans, half-sister Marilyn Underhill and husband Grant Hart. Daughter of the late Muriel Mackenzie Lebans and Norman Carrol Lebans of Campbelltown, NB.

Susan graduated from The Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in England, UK. She went on to work for over 40 years in the long-term health care system caring for people with cognitive impairments. She was the Director of the Alzheimer Society of York Region. Susan was a published author, fantastic advocate & speaker, along with being an avid golfer. During Sue’s retirement years she enjoyed spending time with her cherished Grandchildren Talon and Tempest. She cared for them, took them to softball, dance and gymnastics. She attended so many school events for both grandchildren like assemblies, awards, presentations and meetings. She helped advocate strongly for both grandchildren. She was known to many as simply Grammy. She will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to the wonderful nurses and doctors of the Palliative care unit at Southlake.

Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S, Newmarket on Thursday March 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. This will be for a Celebration of Life - speeches will start at approximately 4:30 p.m.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Reception Room (Upstairs)
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
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    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 3:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Reception Room (Upstairs)
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Trevor O’Connor

Posted at 06:11pm
I just wanted to say how grateful I am to Sue, who gave me a start at AS York and allowed me to follow her around to various speaking engagements when I started and showed me the ropes as you would say. Her command of the audience and room was impeccable. Sue was always fair and supportive with me and I really appreciated that as I had a lot to learn and I couldn’t have ask for a better tutor. My condolences to Sue’s family. May you Rest In Peace.

Trevor O’Connor


Posted at 04:49pm still finding it hard to do you say good bye to a mentor? to someone with such a strong presence? ...Sue hired me as a newly minted social worker 28 years ago and I am still here at the Alzheimer Society of York Region....and I am truly thankful...she was a force to be reckoned with...a person from whom I have learned so much....clients first...clients always first...know the disease...know what is happening...only then can you help their families and friends... she left her mark on those in York Region living with dementia and their caregivers, she also left that mark on the the Alzheimer movement in Ontario and Canada....Sue had a tough exterior...but really she had a soft heart for those she loved...her family Robert (Virginia) and Tracy Collett (Ted) and her beloved grandchildren Talon and Tempest... RIP Sue....
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Linda McElroy

Posted at 01:34pm
The first word that comes to mind about Sue ... outrageous, always outrageous. When I first me Sue in 1999 she frightened me a bit but I quickly appreciated that she never held back. One never had to read between the lines with Sue. She was a straight shooter, passionate about the work she did and a strong advocate for all those affected by AD. And she made me laugh. She always made me laugh. After her retirement she kept in touch weekly and when I retired 5 1/2 years ago she made it her responsibility to call me every 2nd. day to make sure I was still alive. We were both early risers so she would call between 6:00 and 6:30 am. The calls were brief but precious. Sue was a loyal friend. I miss our calls. I miss my friend. Linda McElroy

Blerina Mehmeti

Posted at 10:59am
As a member of AS York I never had the opportunity to meet Sue, but I have heard so much about her over the years. My deepest condolences to her family at this time. She has left behind a legacy. At AS York we will continue to strive each day to do our best in caring and supporting adults and families who are dealing with dementia as Sue always wanted and recognized the need for it. May she rest in peace.

Wendy & Kim Creasey

Posted at 09:57am
I started at Alzheimer Society York Region after Susan left, but was delighted to meet her a few times when she came into the office. I read her books with great interest and heard wonderful, encouraging words about her legacy at ASYork. May the Lord bless you all and keep you all as you celebrate Susan's life with great thanks. Wendy & Kim Creasey

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