Diane  Cullen

Diane Cullen (McGurk)

Tuesday, November 7th, 1939 - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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Cullen, Diane (nee McGurk)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Margaret Cullen (McGurk) on Saturday, July 25th in her 81st year. Diane was pre-deceased by her husband Jim in 2014. Diane will be missed by her children, Gerry (Linda), Mike (Julie), Pat (Colleen), Peggy, and her grandchildren Meaghan (Chris), Kathleen (Dan), Molly (Matt), Rachael (Sal) and Abbey (Will). Diane was thrilled to become a great grandmother this past year to Grace (Matt & Molly) and Oliver (Abbey and Will). Diane leaves behind her sister Donna, brothers-in-law Luke and Pat and sisters-in-law Sue and Joyce. Diane has been blessed with a very supportive, loving extended family of cousins on both sides of her large family - McGurks and Flynns. Diane touched many people’s lives in her 80 years. Countless teachers and students in her years with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, the women’s choir and friends in the Irish Canadian Club, the members of Incarnation Parish as organist and her neighbours on Adair Ave North. Diane was an active supporter of the MS Society and made many new friends in the LAKEVIEW Retirement Home. We would like to thank the many people who supported her throughout her life and during these most recent challenging times. Heartfelt thanks to the incredibly caring staff of the LAKEVIEW Retirement Home for their kindness and diligence for the past 6 years as well as to Katherine, Shelley and Jenna of the HGH for their kindness and attentiveness in making Diane’s last few days comfortable. A special thanks goes out to her many friends who have communicated with her whether by phone, email or Facebook. She loved being kept in the loop! A very special thank you to Dan and Anne Smith for their ongoing care of our mom. Due to COVID restrictions, the family will be having a private visitation and funeral service. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 1 p.m at Diane will have a Funeral Mass at St Francis Xavier Church and will be interred in the cemetery at St Ignatius Loyola in Maynooth ON. We appreciate the many gestures of kindness, and in lieu of flowers or visitation, donations to the MS Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.

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Ruth Van Horne

Posted at 03:18pm
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my swimming/lunch buddy of 20 years. We met at the pool at Sir Winston Churchill and hit if off immediately. Over the years she regaled me with wonderful stories of Mike, Gerry, Pat and Peggy and her five lovely granddaughters and then lately her two little great grandchildren. She was so proud of all of them and loved them dearly. Although I've only met each of them once, she told me so many wonderful stories about each of them that I feel I know them personally. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to all of you. I recall Diane being so pleased when I finally got the names of her five granddaughter right along with which one of her sons was their Dad. She was a kind and caring woman, who always had a smile on her face, in spite of the many serious illnesses she has endured throughout her life. I seldom heard her complain. Diane was always delighted when one of her former students would meet her and remind her of a tale from when she taught them. When Diane could no longer swim we continued to go for lunch and she loved going to Hutch's for fish and chips. I'm so pleased that she will rest in her beloved Maynooth. Diane and I also communicated frequently through emails and she loved it when I included my little Irish animations. Diane was so proud of her Irish heritage. In our emails we always signed off with one of two goodbyes, both of which are appropriate in peace my dear friend and Namaste and Sleep Gently.

The Correa family

Posted at 04:08pm
Dear Gerry, Mike, Pat, Peggy and families, our deepest, heartfelt sympathies and prayerful support on the passing away of your beloved mother/mother-in-law, grand/great-grand mother, Diane. We remember with great fondness a truly loving, talented and faith filled woman whose grace and genuine care impacted so many. Although death has taken from you such a precious life, it cannot take the love and wonderful memories that you shared. May these loving memories strengthen and sustain you during this difficult time. May she rest peacefully in God’s loving arms,
The Correa family

Tom and Anne Gervin

Posted at 10:41am
Just heard from Ireland today of Diane's passing. Our deepest condolences to all the family. Diane and Jim were two of the best people we had the privilege to know. May she rest in peace. With love and sympathy.
Tom and Anne Gervin

Keely Paradisi

Posted at 10:57am
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, she was a very kind sole with a beautiful smile, Our Condolences to all of Diane’s family.
Bryan & Keely Paradisi

Rob Corso

Posted at 04:33pm
Dear Gerry, Mike, Pat and Peggy, my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you on the loss of your mom Diane. I remember her fondly and vividly as she sang in the Cathedral Basilica choir loft with the Diocesan choir. Also met her on parent's nights and BR events when Peggy was my student there. May our blessed Lord take her home to her eternal reward. God bless, Rob Corso

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