In Loving Memory of Linda Thorne

Linda Joyce Thorne

A warm-hearted, thoughtful, and fun-loving friend to many, Linda died peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on April 16th, 2024, in her 81st year.  She was predeceased by her father, Lloyd Earl Brain (1917-1952), her mother, Hilda Brain Thorne (née Barwise) (1919-2004), and her stepfather, Donald Douglas Thorne (1910-1997).  She will be sadly missed and gratefully remembered by her Aunt Shirley Welham (née Barwise) and many cousins across Canada and England as well as her many friends, neighbours, former colleagues, and those who were lucky enough to know her as “Auntie Linda.”

Linda was born and raised in Toronto.  As a young woman, she travelled to London, England where she lived, worked, and found adventure.  She returned to Canada to study at York and Carleton Universities.  After completing her Master of Public Administration in Ottawa, Linda spent a decade in the Department of Public Works with postings to Vancouver and Ottawa.

Many will remember Linda for her three passions:  gardening, animals, and bringing people together.  In 1990, she opened Thorne & Co. – a gardening and gift shop – which quickly became a Glebe neighbourhood institution on Bank Street in Ottawa.  Customers were often greeted at the door by one of Linda’s beloved dogs who enjoyed the camaraderie of the shop as much as she did.  After retiring from business, Linda organized and led memorable garden tours to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy.  In 2016, she settled in Kingston where she was happy to meet a new community of interesting, caring friends.

Naturally community-minded, Linda was an active board member of the Canadian Tulip Festival and spent many years as the lay councillor on the board of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.  She found great pleasure and fulfilment in both roles, and the organizations benefitted from her collaborative approach, outgoing personality, and insightful contributions.

Family, friends, and colleagues will remember Linda’s quick wit, sincere interest in their lives, and the sparkle in her eye when she laughed – which was often.

Linda would want to give special thanks to those who helped her towards the end of her life, including Darlene Paquette, Lenora Scriver, Alan George, Machaela Zahrabelny, numerous caring health professionals, and the compassionate nurses, doctors, and medical staff at Kingston General Hospital.

In accordance with Linda’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service.  Friends are invited to remember Linda at an informal gathering on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 745 Highway 15, Kingston, Ontario, in the penthouse social room.

Linda was a lifelong animal lover, and she derived immeasurable joy from the many dogs and cats that she cared for over the years.  As expressions of sympathy, friends may choose to donate to the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Manotick, Ontario.

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