Obituary of FOSTER, Eleanor Jean

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Eleanor Jean Foster (nee Waugh). October, 29th, 1945 – April, 24th, 2015. Ellie passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Friday April 24th, after a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer. It has often been said that Miss Ellie was a free spirit and never met a stranger who didn’t soon become a friend. True to form, she provided laughter, love and levity of spirit to all those around her even during her final days spent on the 4F Supportive Care ward at LRHO.
Ellie was born in Belfast Ireland in Oct 1945, immigrating to Canada as a child with her family, eventually settling in the Oshawa area. Ellie has had a variety of occupations/careers during her lifetime including Secretary, Bartender, Cooking/Catering, YMCA staff and Public School Crossing Guard. Ellie is likely most remembered for her years of service at the Oshawa Airport and her time with the Oshawa 420 Wing RCAF. As an avid gardener with a green thumb, Ellie created a flowery oasis on her balcony each summer. She was a very talented gourmet cook and delighted in entertaining her vast collection of friends and of course her family. A devoted animal lover; Ellie fostered many sick/ homeless animals over her years and volunteered with animal rescue groups. Ellie was also a proud and dedicated volunteer at New Hope Dwellings where she was a long time resident in a strong community that she loved dearly. Ellie took great pleasure in helping with the buildings annual Holiday parties for the children and many other such activities; proudly winning Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
Eleanor is survived by her devoted Daughter Kelley Foster (Jim Richardson) and Granddaughter Alicia Foster (Michael Kennedy); her loving Son William Foster (Christina Foster) and “her boys” twin Grandsons Mitchell and Benjamin Foster; her Beloved Sister Francis Floyd (Don Floyd), nephew Shawn Osier and niece Dawn Lewis ( Mackenzie and Katie); and by her cherished cat Emma. Eleanor is predeceased by her Father William Waugh and her Mother/Best Friend Gertrude (Trudy) Waugh (nee Montgomery).

Service Information

In keeping with Ellie’s wishes, a Celebration of Life gathering for her friends and family will be held Friday May 1st 2015 at New Hope Dwellings, 139 Mary St N, Oshawa, in the main floor Family/Common Room beginning at 2pm. Service of remembrance to take place from 2:30-3:30pm, followed by fellowship and light refreshment until 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers it was Eleanor’s wish that donations be made in her honour to the Oshawa Humane Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
The children of Eleanor Foster and their families wish to extend a special heart- felt Thank You to the Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and staff of the Supportive Care and Oncology wards @ LRHO for the kindness and care they provided to Ellie for the past 5 months and to Patrick Benson/Benson Funeral Homes for helping us to celebrate her life in remembrance.


I am a volunteer at Lake Ridge Health Oshawa and spent a lot of time with Ellie. She truly did not allow people to remain strangers and we shared many a laugh and many a serious conversation. 2 weeks before she passed I bought her a hamburger and ate my lunch with her. Last week she could barely talk and my visit was all too brief. I send my condolences to her family. It was an honour and a privilege to know her.

Lina Zatzman

Sorry to hear about your loss-Our thoughts are with all the family at this difficult time.

Wayne and Jeanne Farr

Mom,I'm missing you every second,minute,hour of every day. I just can't imagine my life without you.Just know you were loved by everyone.I really wished I could of done more for you.Please know that you are always with me,in my heart and thoughts.I'm missing you so much.Miss and Love You Forever Mom,Your loving daughter kelleyxo

Kelley Foster

My deepest sympathy to Kelly, Willie and your families. Your mom was such a kind hearted lady who loved her family so much. I will miss her--I lost a good friend.

Grace Mountenay