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DONALDA EWART BADONE
Peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario on July 26, 2016, in her 89th year. Beloved wife of Louis Badone (deceased), loving mother of Ellen and Victoria (deceased), mother-in-law of Stephen Jones and grandmother of Amy and Robin Jones. Donalda (Donnie) was born in Toronto on April 17, 1928. Her youth was marked by the Great Depression, her father’s death at age six, and World War II. As a teenager, Donnie worked at the Yorkville Branch of the Toronto Public Library. She graduated from Oakwood Collegiate in 1945 and attended Victoria College, working at CIBC in Toronto after completing her BA. Through a friend from Oakwood and Victoria, Jackie Austin (now Myers), Donnie met Louis Badone, her future husband, and they were married in 1953. After living in Haley Station, near Renfrew, Ontario for three years, they returned to Toronto, started a family and lived for nearly 50 years in Willowdale.
After the tragic death of their second daughter Victoria in 1966 from cerebral palsy, Donnie decided to return to the University of Toronto and obtained a degree in library science as well as teacher’s qualifications. She worked for many years as a school librarian at Drewry Avenue Public School in North York, helped organize Scholastic Book Fairs, and wrote numerous reviews of children’s books for library journals. In the 1970s, she started a second career as a freelance journalist and published articles on topics including Highland Cattle (Harrowsmith Magazine), Paisley shawls, Peruvian textiles and antique hooked rugs. Later, she published three books. The first, The Complete House Detective (Boston Mills Press, 1988), chronicled the history of her Willowdale home, built in 1834 by pioneer Elihu Pease. She also published Dundurn Castle (1990, Boston Mills Press) and The Time Detectives (1992, Annick Press), an introduction to Canadian archaeology for young people.
In 1972, Louis and Donnie decided to purchase and restore a log house near Lakefield, Ontario and started another career as part-time farmers, raising Highland Cattle for over a decade. They also travelled extensively in Peru, Senegal and China, where Louis volunteered for Canadian Executive Services Overseas and Donnie continued her writing career, contributing letters to CBC radio’s Morningside. Donnie was an active volunteer in many organizations: the North York Historical Society, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Ontario Archaeology Society, the William Morris Society of Canada and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
In 2003, after ensuring the preservation of their historic house in Willowdale, Louis and Donnie moved to downtown Toronto. Following Louis’ death in 2012, Donnie lived at Hazelton Place Retirement Residence, where she was cared for with devotion by Charmaine Ramos and Rowena Endoya.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Church, York Mills, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, with a reception afterwards at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy. http://www.ofcp.ca/donate/