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In loving memory of Christine “Chrissy” O’Leary, of Ottawa, who passed away in Sudbury on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at the age of 44 years. Beloved wife of Dr. Derick Cyr of Ottawa. Loving daughter of Mary Ryfa (husband and bonus dad Gary Baker) of Rouyn-Noranda and the late Patrick O’Leary. Dear sister of Julie Ann O’Leary (husband Dominic Mock) of South Carolina. Cherished aunt of Isaiah, Adrian and Nyeima. Also survived by many other relatives on her side of the family and Derick’s side (Glenn, Nicole, Stephie, and Keenan) as well as many dear friends. She was predeceased by all of her grandparents. Chrissy was born in Toronto on April 30th, 1974. Prior to her illness, she worked as a psychologist. Before moving to Ottawa, she also spent time in Newfoundland and Sudbury. Some of her favourite pastimes were cooking, curling, swimming, travelling, reading and simply enjoying a glass of white wine with family and friends at home or at a pub. Chrissy will be remembered as a very kind, quiet and reserved individual who was academically inclined. She had a great sense of humour and a heart of gold. She touched the lives of so many in a positive way and will be missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Chrissy’s life will take place at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church (lower hall), 40 Notre-Dame Avenue in Sudbury on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. Friends may gather at the church after 6:00 p.m. that day (prayers at 7). Reverend Shelley Kennedy will be officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, in Christine’s memory, would be greatly appreciated. Cremation arrangements in care of Simple Wishes of the North. (705) 470-7070

Condolence Messages

  1. Val Comisso

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    My sincere condolences and I am thinking of your loss, difficult to put into words. Chrissy is now at peace.

  2. Anne Paquette

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    Heartfelt condolences to all who loved Chrissy . A beautiful soul she was and always will be ! ❤️

  3. Glenda Webber

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derick and family, sincerest condolences. I hope you find comfort in many beautiful memories of Christine. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. Owen marks

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    My condolences especially to you Derick during this difficult time. Will always remember the good times with Christine in Thunder Bay.

  5. Ervie Jeans (David's mom )

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derick,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. I am so glad I had a chance to meet her here in NL. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead.

  6. Elliott and Rhea Norman

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    My wife Rhea and I were saddened to hear that Christine passed away. Our hearts go out to the immediate family and friends. we have so many great memories of Christine and she will always have a special place in our hearts. We wish you the courage to overcome this terrible loss
    Elliott and Rhea Norman

  7. Sheila Delin

    20 September 2018 3 months ago

    I am so sorry Derick

    Sheila Delin

  8. Jack & Danny Tremblay

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our sincere condolences to the famely!! RIP Chrissie!

  9. Kristin Rubec

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our deepest sympathies,

    The Rubec Family

  10. Cécile Chouinard

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    So sorry for your loss! Thinking about you and your family, my deepest sympathy.

  11. Emily Fawcett (Russell)

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derick, my deepest condolences to you and to your families. What an incredibly tragic loss, I can’t imagine what you are going through right now. I just wanted to say that you are in my thoughts.

  12. Mike and Lise Bizich

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family..

  13. Tara Earle

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    I’m so sorry to hear the tremendously sad news of Christine’s passing. I had the fortune of meeting Christine and Derick when they were in Newfoundland. Christine was such a sweet and gentle person with a quiet, unassuming manner. My thoughts are with you, Derick…and with the rest of her family.

  14. Jo-Ann Foster & Dale Dempsey

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our very deepest sympathies Mary & Gary & Julie & to all of your family. We will always have fond memories of Chrissy, mostly at camp when she was younger & when we were neighbours. She was a sweetie… May she now rest peacefully and may God give you the courage to get through this difficult time… *Hugs*
    Jo & Dale xxoo

  15. Ed and Janet Fogel

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our deepest sympathies to you Derick and your family. I know from your Mom how dearly loved Chrissy was.

  16. Christaa

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    I remember Chrissy as the beautiful,kind,inquisitive,wise ,intelligent soul that she is.
    Love and Peace and deepest condolences to the whole family.

  17. Jamie owens

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Deepest condolences to Mary, Gary and all the famaly. Chrissy was a beautiful person.

  18. Bob and Linda Morrison

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Our sincere condolences to Derick and the family.

  19. Jeannette Piper

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derick
    I am so sad to hear of your loss in the passing of Christine. She was a kind gentle soul, who loved you with her complete self. Words are inadequate to express the deep heartache of losing someone so dear. I am wishing you peace and comfort in this time and all the years to come. Jeannette

  20. jim Oldford

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Deepest condolences on your loss to the whole family and to you Derick.

  21. Dianne Valant and Michael Charchuk

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    We can’t even imagine how great a loss you all must feel. The pain and heartbreak must feel like being strike by lightning…. She is in a better place now and at peace – our deepest sympathies….

  22. tanya purchase

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of Chrissy’s passing. I will always remember her smile and her sweet soul. my thoughts are with you and your family.

  23. Ann and Mike Savage

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    We are profoundly sad to hear of Christine’s passing. Our sincere condolences, Derick, and to your extended family and Christine’s.

  24. Diane Bouwman

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    Sending heart felt thoughts and sympathy to Derrick and Christine”s family. She was a kind and lovely person and is a beautiful soul. Wishing you peace and love to help you through your loss.

  25. Ted Smethurst

    21 September 2018 3 months ago

    We are sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathies
    Ted and Michele

  26. Debi Landers

    23 September 2018 3 months ago

    Dearest Mary and Gary,
    We are thinking of you and sending you love. Chrissy’s time with you was short but the experience of loving your daughter is forever written in your hearts.
    Debi & Joe 💝

  27. Jennifer and Matthew Newby

    23 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derek and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  28. Aruna

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    I am so sorry for your loss Derek. I will always remember Christine fondly, for sharing my love of reading and introducing me to interesting books (and lending them to me as well), for inviting me home and visiting my home, and most of all, for her gentle, all encompassing smile and goodness.

  29. Sarah MacAulay and family

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    I am thinking of you now, and cannot imagine how saddening and difficult this time is. Take the time you need for yourself and family, and make sure to allow yourself plenty of forgiveness and patience as you sort through many difficult and complicated emotions; we psychologists know this stuff professionally, but that doesn’t make it any easier personally- so please, please go easy on yourselves and know we are thinking of you.

  30. Lorraine Dicks and Shannon Coombes

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    This is such sad news. Christine was a caring and welcoming Psychologist who enhanced us by her presence.
    Warmest wishes to her family and friends as they celebrate Christine’s life.
    May you Christine and your family be at peace.

  31. John Harnett

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derick, my deepest condolences to you and to your families. While I didn’t Christine very well, I know that you and her were very close and she will be missed by you and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now.

  32. Nicola Lawton

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    Dear Mary and family, my deepest sympathies.
    When I was a supply teacher at McNiven SchooI, I was impressed with Christine, she was an ideal student and I loved working with her.
    My thoughts are with you!

  33. Katrina Wendorf

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    Condolences to the family. It was an honour to get to know Chrissy for a few months. Such a sweet and kind woman! Rest In Peace

  34. Derek Callahan

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    To Derrick and Mary and Family : in my short time being with Chrissy , she brought light to a sometimes very dark world , her smiles and love of her family were overwhelmingly evident . It is safe to say she certainly has touched many many people in her lifetime and I’m proud to say I was one of the fortunate ones to have met her.

  35. Janet Jull

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    My heart Breaks for you Mary and family. I have never met a women whom I felt like a Kindred Spirit immediately. I miss her every day and I will cherish our time together forever. My condolences to Mary, Derek and Julie. I will be thinking of you through this difficult time.♥️♥️♥️

  36. Dawn

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    Chrissy will be greatly missed. In the short time that I met Chrissy, she touched many hearts. She had a great sense of humour and a warm heart. Thoughts and prayers go out to Chrissy’s family.

  37. Delee Danchuk

    24 September 2018 3 months ago

    Rest In peace Chrissy. I wont forget your smile and your great dance moves. It was pleasure to know you during your stay with us in Kirkland. I know you are at peace again❤

  38. Kenda Riggs, Janeway Family Centre

    25 September 2018 3 months ago

    Derrick and family,
    I was very saddened to hear this news about Christine. Thinking of you and all of your family at this difficult time.
    Take care, Kenda

  39. Michelle Arcand

    25 September 2018 3 months ago

    My deepest condolences to the family. RIP Christine. May you rest in peace.

  40. Megan Lester

    25 September 2018 3 months ago

    Mary and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of this news. I only have good memories of Chrissy. My thoughts and condolences are with you all.

  41. Josephine Tan & Michael Wesner

    26 September 2018 3 months ago

    Dear Derick and family – We are shocked and saddened by the news of Christine’s passing. She accomplished a lot during her life and made many friendships. She will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you.

  42. Christine Jacques Peebles

    28 September 2018 3 months ago

    I am truly saddened. My deepest heartfelt apologies go out to Chrissy’s friends & family, you are in my thoughts & prayers. May she rest in eternal peace.

  43. Liane Kandler

    30 September 2018 2 months ago

    Derick,
    We were so saddened to hear of Christine’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time, and remembering the kind, witty person we had the pleasure of meeting in Thunder Bay.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Liane and Cassidy

  44. Linda Greig

    05 October 2018 2 months ago

    I knew Christie for only a brief time when I was in respite at Extendicare in KL. I was drawn to her at first sight and although she was confused and lost, she was a sweet young woman. One of my happy memories was the night that I sat with her and we played Bingo. Her smile as she accomplished covering the number with a little sliding door on the card was a delight to see. Her death has really touched me and makes me sad for her loss, but very joyful that she was given to me as a gift in my life. She is now in a place where pain and sorrow are no more. God has blessed her and with Him she awaits to be reunited with family and friends.

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