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Heather Diane Newhook
June 9, 1964 - March 22, 2018
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<div itemprop="description">Heather Diane Newhook <br>June 9, 1964 – March 22, 2018 <br> <br>Passed away with grace, and on her terms as usual, Heather was an outstanding daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and workmate. She leaves behind her parents, Elaine (nee Jennings) and David Newhook, sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Andrew Ford, niece Elisha Lazaros and her husband Shawn Lazaros, niece Brittany Ford and her partner Matt Rogge, great-niece Morgana Lazaros and great-nephew Tristan Lazaros, Uncle Jamey Jennings and his partner Joanne Dodd, “sister”-cousin Susan Jennings and a large group of loving aunts, uncles, and cousins from California to Newfoundland. Heather also leaves behind her bestest friends, Sandra and Dennis Bruce, Joan Bennett and Marianne Buiting-Hurst, and her nieces and nephews “by choice”, Erin, Daniel, Andrew and Laura Bruce, as well as a large circle of close and loving friends including Chrissy, Toni, “Little” Kelly, Rabia and Terry. <br> <br>A nurse at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Heather made a huge difference in people’s lives as ICU nurses regularly do. She graduated from nursing in Corner Brook, NL and came to Ottawa in 1990, working for over 28 years in the field. From all accounts, she was loved and cherished as much as she was kind to all people, be it patients or staff. <br> <br>Heather led a busy life filled with regular visits to Mom and Dad's and to sister Elizabeth’s to be with her nieces and later her great-niece and great-nephew. She travelled as often as possible, having visited Italy, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Morocco, the Netherlands, France, the UK and many Caribbean islands over the years. As part of the MB3, Heather would travel every year to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Joan and Marianne for sun, fun and tons of shopping. These trips always resulted in bags and bags of clothes for her nieces, Sandra’s 4 children and then her grand-niece and grand-nephew, all of whom she loved as fiercely as they did her. <br> <br>Heather was diagnosed with Stage IV Uterine Sarcoma in May 2016. She vowed to fight as hard as she could and never looked back. Between treatments, she travelled to Disney World with her family and then to France with Joan to partake in the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. She was also able to make her regular and sadly, her last, trip to Myrtle Beach with Joan and Marianne in the fall of 2017. Heather crammed a lot of living into her 53 years on this earth. <br> <br>Heather’s last days were spent at home, in a sea of unconditional love filled with kisses and hugs, and she peacefully slipped away in her sleep. This would not have been possible without the aid of the amazing Dr. Louise Coulombe, the great nurses, doctors and support staff at Ottawa General, the wonderful nurses and staff with Saint Elizabeth Home Health Care and best friends Joan Bennett and Sandra Bruce who stayed until the end. The family extends their utmost gratitude, admiration and love to those who helped Heather do things her way. <br> <br>Safe travels and kissy kissy, Heather. <br> <br></div>