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Your Story:
I think of Vivian every Thanksgiving, when I pull out the platter we received as a wedding gift. I still have the card she wrote: “When Steven asked “Didn’t you get them a toaster?”, I realized how I had missed the opportunity for a perfect wedding gift. Hope these will get some use anyway.” And of course they have, practical as they are.

My sister Adrienne fondly remembers that Vivian was her number one supporter when she hosted family reunions, and appreciated that Vivian also valued the importance of bringing family together. She especially liked hearing about how our parents and Pat and Vivian had escaped back to their camp to during one of these reunions and were laughing so hard that dogs around the lake started barking.

Vivian was one of a kind. Kind, non-judgmental, thoughtful. We will miss her very much. We already do.


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Your Story:
Vivian thank you for sharing so many great moments in my life. You are a very special angel!
 
Sending blessings and condolences to all Vivian´s family.
 
Miriam Michán


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Your Story:
My sincere condolences to the Cummins family. Vivian and family were a great part of our youth growing up in Montreal. Pat taught me to ride a bike. I recall Vivian always being welcoming and teaching us important values in her soft spoken voice. She was fair and had a warm soft touch with a certain sincerity and a purpose to make us better human beings. Vivian was a great role-model for young children like oursleves.

I was shocked to hear of Vivian`s passing. I guess we part with certain images of our youth when we pursue our own life journeys and forget that time passes on and the reality of our mortality confronts us when we least expect it.

Ben and Indira


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Your Story:
What sad and unexpected news about Vivian.  It scarecely to be believed, because no one as you mention knew she was ill.

You will all no doubt remember that I replaced Vivian at the Teacher Resource Centre way back in the 1980s when I ended up in Jos with CUSO.

I remember her as being  un-flappable, highly competent and so generous showing me the procedures, explaining her own invented classification system and making me feel at home in a totally unfamiliar environment.

And I remember such warm family gatherings along with friends out at your place - which was way far out - I've forgotten in which direction.  She was a welcoming hostess and a good cook if I recall correctly.

In sadness but treasuring happy memories - Molly Walsh


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Your Story:
It's a very long time since I saw Vivian in person (Jos, Nigeria, sometime in 1980) but we exchanged Christmas cards and letters each year and she often included photos of her family. I shall miss hearing her news which was always written in a warm and humorous way. And as a fellow librarian (I was working at the University of Jos Library) I feel sure that her death will mean a great loss to the profession.

My condolences to everyone in the Cummins family.


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Your Story:
Viv was always ready to enjoy herself. She even laughed at my jokes.
I expected her to live to be 100. She was always so healthy. I met her
when she began dating Pat and attended their wedding. We were
neighbors many years in Montreal, when our children were young
and playing together.. Later on, I married her brother-in-law, Tom,
We met at family parties and shared our news and views. It was
always fun. She was one of my oldest friends. It's a shock to know
she won't be with us any more. My love to all her family, Norma


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Your Story:
I've known Vivian and Pat for 40 some years, since Montreal, and have always associated her with great food, a comfortable relaxed home, and great wit. More recently we would catch up on each others' lives in the Dunton Tower elevator, and in my mind, Vivian is strapping on her bike helmet and setting off home in the five o'clock sunlight.

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Your Story:
I met Vivian in 1961 when we found ourselves as freshman hall mates and frequent classmates at Royal Victoria College. We bonded immediately over the typical bull sessions about politics, literature, and life. We began visiting each other's homes, began a life-long correspondence, and discoverd that our fathers were acquainted professionally. She borrowed a dress of mine for her first date with Patrick and I attended their wedding.

When we lost track of each other during the Nigeria years, our fathers hooked us up again, and the correspondence and visits continued. We continued to share ideas, concerns, books, and long walks. Last time she visited me in Virginia we explored the Civil War as our theme. Thus, it was the serious, insightful side of Vivian I came to admire and value most. But her wry take on things was just the tonic my overly serious self needed. Who else could have responded, when I lamented the military buildup in the US, "Well, just look at it as a jobs program."

Vivian lived her life in accord with her deepest beliefs. It was a life rich with knowledge, good works, laughter, caring and love, always with her dear family at its centre. We are all fortunate to have known her and been touched by her.

Betty King


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Your Story:
Je devrais t'offrir « mes sympathies », mais ce genre de formule n'exprime pas ce que je ressens à te voir ainsi immergée dans le deuil. Le deuil de la mère est un des plus douloureux qui soient ; il ne ressemble à aucun autre.

Je n'ai rencontré Vivian qu'une seule fois, chez toi, dans la cour arrière, il y a longtemps. Je me souviens de son regard franc, droit, de sa forte présence qui devait intimider parfois.

Luc


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Your Story:
How to sum up Vivian in a few sentences? She was strong, tough, compassionate; a wise and generous mother; a dearly loved and loving spouse. Everything she said and did had a powerful moral core. Her sympathies were never sentimental but always direct and to the point. Her colleagues and students' tributes give some idea of her loyalty and her values.

It still seems impossible that her name and the word obituary, her name and "celebration of her life," are there in black and white for all of us to read - and say No, not Vivian, not so soon. How can someone so vital and energetic be taken from us?

My deepest condolences to Wendy and Patrick, to the wonderful children and grandchildren. You in particular have lost someone irreplaceable. May you be spared further sorrow.

Sheila Fischman
- a friend from the Montreal days


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