Obituary of Irene F. Seaman
Irene was born December 13, 1944 in Danzig Poland. She lived in many different countries throughout Europe prior to emigrating to Canada when she was 14 years old with her parents Milda and Valentine along with her brother Valentine Jr. Canada became her home for the remainder of her life. From a very early age she had a yearning to explore and see the world through her lens.
Irene’s greatest accomplishment was becoming a mother to her son Jamie, he was everything she lived for and wanted to show him all that life had to offer. Anyone that knew Irene, understood the deep connection she and her son had for each other. One would say they were “two peas in a pod.”. Jamie and Irene were inseparable and did everything together. They would go swimming in the summer months at the High Park swimming pool or take day trips to Lake Simcoe. They enjoyed their favourite foods together; french fries, perogies, popcorn chicken to name a few. Most of all Irene had a liking for anything sweet, and cookies were her favourite to eat while sipping a hot tea. Although Irene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Jamie took care of his mom in her later years, and ensured that she would smile everyday. Irene had the most infectious smile that a room would light up.
Irene will be remembered for her, free spirited nature and passion of the arts where she put this talent to use as a wonderful teacher and illustrator.
As an artist the world was full of colour and wonder and she relished in all of it. She had a wonderful sense of humour and would have everyone around her laughing. Irene was a woman with purpose and determination nothing could stand in her way. She graduated from McGill University with a degree in Fine Art and would have a career as a free lance commercial illustrator and photographer, while working domestically and abroad. After her travels, Irene decided that teaching would be the next step for her, and once again obtained a second degree a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. She did this while she was a new single mom to Jamie and a mature student. Irene then embarked on her new career as an educator in Ontario, where she inspired many students. She was so proud of her students that she would often have numerous exhibition’s displaying their works of art.
Irene touched many lives especially that of her neighbours. Although a very private person, she took the time to share a coffee with Maria or to have a quick chat with Sam on the front porch or waive a hello to Anna. She greeted you with a smile and left the same way. Irene had this gentle unassuming way, that one was compelled to help her. She was so independent that she would never ask for assistance. This was just her way.
I had the pleasure of getting to know this wonderful soul when her thoughts were clear but her words were tangled. Sometimes it was like playing charades where we would both have a good chuckle.
Irene’s life is just beginning. The memories she has left behind will continue to live through her beloved son Jamie and all that she touched. Sam and I thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in your story. We are truly blessed and humbled by this extraordinary experience.
Irene, we wish you a very peaceful journey, and may you be wrapped in the embrace of our Lord. We bid you farewell for now.
Irene's Funeral Service will be made live via the following link on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The link will become live as of 19 a.m. Please CLICK HERE to view it. Interment will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Please share your memories, photos and sentiments of here life here at her memorial web page.
Uniquely entrusted to eco Cremation & Burial Services Inc.
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