elevated 0FxgL April 23, 1934 ~ January 18, 2021
elevated 0FxgL Obituary
elevated 0FxgL It is with deep sorrow we mourn the sudden passing of Josephine Latorre, at the age of 86 on Monday, January 18, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Austin Latorre. Cherished mother of Malcolm (May Griffith), Sandra (Kevin Burek) and the late Karen. Devoted and Caring “Abuelita/Yaya“ to Meagan, Marisa, Maria, Brigitte and Kaelen.
elevated 0FxgL Josephine was a kind and caring person with a huge heart and friendly smile. She made everyone feel welcome and accepted people for who they were with open arms. Many who visited her house or lived near by had the pleasure of enjoying her baking and delicious food, as well as fruits, flowers and vegetables from her extensive garden.
elevated 0FxgL She was always there for her children through any life events or challenges and cared deeply and genuinely for her family, friends and acquaintances. She took a lot of pleasure and loved dearly all of her grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them and watching them grow. She also made it a priority to keep in touch with family in Spain, Venezuela and France, and friends she made throughout her life. She had a strong sense of community and developed long lasting friendships through connections made wherever she went, whether it be through the Spanish Club of Toronto or artists groups to which she belonged.
elevated 0FxgL She was a strong and caring person, persevering through her oldest daughter’s illness and loss, as well as assisting her in that journey. She later cared for her husband becoming his primary caregiver following a stoke.
elevated 0FxgL Josephine was also a smart and creative person, and a talented and passionate artist. She took lots of pleasure in photography, painting (primarily in oil, but also in watercolour), and pottery. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and knitting, and has made many items, some of which we still cherish 30 years on. Many of her talents she shared with others through teaching and participation in groups such as the Willowdale Group of Artists, North York Visual Artists, and Toronto Potters. She was the recipient of many awards and her paintings can be found in many private collections.
elevated 0FxgL Josephine will be missed terribly, but we will carry on with the beautiful memories she has left with all of us.
elevated 0FxgL In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) in her memory.
elevated 0FxgL A private Funeral Service will take place on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. If you wish to stream the Funeral Service, please click the link below.
Such a beautiful person. We were lucky to know her. Our hearts are with you.
Querida familia, Sandra, y Malcolm. Hemos sentido muchísimo la pérdida de vuestra mamá. Tenemos muy gratos recuerdos tanto de Agustín como de Josefina. Estarán siempre en nuestros corazones. una oración por ella. Que descanse en paz. Un abrazo, Encarnita, Pedro y Ariette
Te quiero mucho tía Pepita, dejas huella y ejemplo a seguir, ahora nos toca a nosotros seguir adelante, y hacerlo también como tú.
Te quiero mucho tía Pepita. Familia Terraza Ramírez
Acabamos de enterarnos con gran tristeza del fallecimiento de nuestra querida amiga Josephine . Queremos darle nuestras condolencias a su familia pidiéndole a Dios Resignación por tan irreparable pérdida.
Dios la tenga en su Santa GLORIA.
DESCANSA EN PAZ QUERIDA Y RECORDADA AMIGA.
My deepest sympathies. Josephine was such a beautiful person with a caring and beautiful soul. I am so happy to have met her. She will be forever in my heart. Thinking of you Sandra and your family.
Siempre en mi corazon, cariñosa y muy querida por todos los tuyos.
Yo tube la suerte de abrazarte por ultima vez hace solo hace un año.
Te echaremos muchisimo de menos.
Familia Gambau Latorre
My heartfelt condolences! I knew Josephine through her beautiful art work and admired her both as an artist and as a kind, compassionate person. I feel privileged to have met her.
Our deepest condolences to Malcolm, Sandra and both of your families. Your mom was a loving and beautiful person and the world is a sadder place without her.
Sandra, Kevin, Brigitte and Kaelen,
All our love to you and deepest sympathies with Josephine’s passing. Like a mom/abuela to us. Too fast too soon. Josephine was truely a gem and beautiful person with so much to share and give. My regret I never had a chance to paint with her. Always warm and welcoming with incredible talents in so many ways.
So blessed to have known her. Wish longer She will always be cherished in our hearts.
We’re so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. We both have specific memories of your Mother which come to mind regularly when things remind us of her and what she taught us. You and your family are often in our thoughts.
Your mom was a wonderful, kind, caring person. She will be deeply missed.
Toronto Potters extends their heartfelt condolences to Sandra and the children, and to Josephine’s extended family. Josephine was an award winning potter and participant in our Biennial Exhibitions and introduced her daughter Karen to our group. Karen served as the organizer of our Annual Sale for several years and we remember her significant volunteer contribution with an award given in her name at each of our Biennial Exhibitions. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Josephine at this time.
I feel so lucky to have been able to meet Josephine. I truly admire her as someone who was so full of kindness and love, not to mention that her passions in art are simply inspiring. Sending love to Brigitte, Kaelen, Kevin and of course Sandy. I’m so sorry that this all happened so fast.
Sandra & Malcolm, my family and I would like to extend our most sincerest condolences. We will remember your Mom as a kind and beautiful soul, may she rest in peace. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Ana Maria, Basilisa, Ana Yasmin and Pilar
Our deepest condolences to Sandra
Malcolm and family.
Josefina was such a wonderful person. We will miss her deeply,may she rest in peace.
Siempre la recordaremos con mucho carino, la sentimos muy cercana a nosotros.
Dios la tenga en su Santa Gloria.
Judit David Luisa
Sandra, Malcolm and all your family, we are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a lovely woman, so kind and so talented in so many different ways.
We are sending you all light and love.
Thinking of you all,
Ed O’Hare and Kathleen.
Tia querida, generosa, afable, siempre con la sonrisa en el rostro y en el alma. Te seguiremos queriendo y en la distáncia estaras con nosotros,iluminando la vida.
Sandra, Malcolm y familias os queremos.
Sandra , Malcolm y familia
Son muchos los recuerdos inolvidables
que tenemos de Josefina.siempre estara en nuestros pensamientos.
Nuestro mas sincero pesame.
Sandra, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother Josephine. Her kindness and compassion live on in you, and she will always be with you through fond memories. Wishing you and your family peace during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences to you Sandra and Malcolm and your families. Your mother was an amazing lady. We always enjoyed spending time with her, and will miss her dearly. Thinking of our good memories of her, and of you at this very difficult time.
One of the best artists of Ontario, died on Monday.
WGA, TWS, NYVA and other groups of artists must be grieving.
She was talented, kind, unselfish , hard worker. Always helping everybody.
Great mother, wife, friend, especial people like her do not appear too often.
Everyone who knew Josephine are blessed.
My thoughts and prayers go to her children and grand children.
I am glad that I told you how much I love you, a couple of weeks before your departure.
My deepest condolences to your family. I am glad to have known your Mum. We were Facebook friends and fellow artists and we would always give each other “likes” on each other’s posts. She was a very kind soul and I shall miss her.
Dios te bendiga siempre mi querida tía Josefina.
Sandra y Malcolm reciban un fuerte abrazo.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones tia Pepita
Dentro de la fragua lloran,
dando gritos, los gitanos.
El aire la vela, vela.
El aire la está velando.
F. García Lorca
Siempre ha sido un ejemplo y sera un recuerdo afectuoso.
Josefina, modelo de madre, modelo de compañera, modelo de empatía hacia todos, fantástica colaboradora en todos los grupos que pertenecía, Club Hispano, grupos de arte, sencilla y una delicia hablar con ella por la mesura en sus comentarios, en sus opiniones.
Dear Sandra, Brigitte, Kaelen and Kevin,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of your mom/Yaya.
We wish you strength and peace, to raise from these times of sorrow.
“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
It is wonderful that you had someone as amazing as your mom/Yaya in your lives.
Our sincere condolences…
Dear Sandra, Brigitte, Kaelen, Kevin and family,
We’re so sorry for your loss and send our sincere condolences. I only met Josephine briefly, and I remember her as very kind and welcoming. Big love to you all.
La junta directiva y los socios del Club Hispano, quieren expresar su condolencia ante tan sensible perdida.Nosotros siempre te tendremos presente a traves de todas las tus obras y aportaciones al Club.Todos somos conscientes que habiendo cerrado los ojos no te podremos ver de nuevo. Nos afectara recordar todo lo lo que nos has ofrecido y con gran dolor sabemos que a partir de ahora no estaras fisicamente entre nosotros. No sera un adios para siempre,es un adios por un instante.No necitaremos verte cada dia para recordarte , porque siempre te llevaremos en el corazon.
Thank you everyone. She will be greatly missed. I feel so lucky to have had her as my mother and friend, and It’s so heartening that she meant so much to so many others. She talked about many of you often and regretted not being able to keep in touch as much as she wanted to in the past 6 years.