It was a couple of years ago, while visiting my mother and father in Belleville, Ontario that I purchased this book in a second hand shop and was carried away by the small notations in this text book about Canadian history published in 1929. And so, I wrote this post…
Today, during my flipping of pages on the internet, as well as reading about Atlantis and telescopes, I discovered Florence Lahti’s obituary. Florence married a Morley Goddard and it seems, remained in Sudbury for her entire life. She passed away on March 24 of 2008 and predeceased by her brother Victor…his name also appearing in the front of the book.
If any member of the family would like, I will send you this little text of Canadian History so that you might enjoy the doodles and inscriptions and underlined text of your relation. Just let me know. Not everyone is like me (this makes me laugh) and may consider it a blessing to clear out objects/books and mementos. It’s just that this seems to me to be a very special book!
Here is Florence’s childhood home, 385 Burton Ave in Sudbury.
GODDARD, Florence Lillian (nee Lahti) – With deepest sadness, the
family announces the passing of our cherished Mother and dear friend
Lillian Goddard, 83 years, at the Sudbury Regional Hospital – Memorial
Site, Tuesday, March 24th, 2008. Lil was a voracious reader and had a
passion for solving crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed many nights
with the girls playing bridge. Lil loved the outdoors and was most at
home at the Black Lake and Johnnie Lake Camps. She was in her
element cross-country skiing and playing golf. While raising her three
boys, Lil returned to the workforce as an Executive Assistant to the
President of Cambrian College and Dean of Health Sciences retiring in
1988 after 16 years. Lillian’s greatest joy was spending time with her
family, especially her three grandchildren, who she treasured. Beloved
wife of Morley Goddard predeceased 1972. Loving mother of Morley
(Heather) of Mississauga, Marcus (Jennifer) of Rothesay, N.B. and
Spencer of Toronto. Cherished Grandma Lil of Lauren, Charlotte, and
Spencer. Dear daughter of Victor and Ellen Lahti predeceased. Dear
sister of Victor predeceased (Alyce of Sudbury). Dear aunt of James
(Victoria) of Milford, Jeffrey (Sally) of Field, B.C. and Leslie (Ross) of
Florence Lillian Goddard(Lahti) is my mother. The picture of her childhood house is indeed 385 Burton Avenue in Sudbury Ontario Canada.
Morley, would you treasure having her book? I would be so thrilled to send it to you. Just write me a note, sent to my e mail. Good to hear from you, Morley!