elevated zY4Jt September 14, 1934 – February 17, 2024

elevated zY4Jt Visitation
Friday, February 23, 2024 from 4 – 8 pm

Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home – Bishop Power Room 
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 3Z6

elevated zY4Jt Please enter the cemetery from the Langstaff gate. The Funeral Home is located on the grounds of the cemetery, last building close to Bayview Avenue.

elevated zY4Jt Funeral Mass
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11:00 am

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church 
100 Northdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2L 2M1

elevated zY4Jt If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

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elevated zY4Jt A life so fully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sylvia (Sylvie) Frankian. Sylvia passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024. She is survived by her son Diran/Dan Frankian (Jane) and daughter Marion Frankian (Kevin), as well as her granddaughter Alexa.

“Legacy is not leaving something behind for other people. It’s leaving something behind in other people.” – Peter Strople

And that she did. A woman of quiet strength, Sylvia was respected, admired and adored by all who knew her. Whether you were family, friend or colleague, you could always count on her warm smile, generous nature and kind heart. It’s no surprise that she developed a wide and close circle of friends through the years. She loved to entertain (and boy was she a phenomenal cook!), was an avid traveller, and would always jump at the opportunity to try or learn something new (with the exception of having to adapt to any electronic devices of course if she could help it). Not one to stay idle, when you would tell her to slow down, she would say “the car is stuck at this speed and doesn’t know what other speed to move at”.

She was a French teacher for over 40 years and loved every moment of it. After moving to Canada, she taught at the Toronto French School for over 25 years and then, although retired, continued to teach for an additional few years at La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science. You were always reminded of the impact she had on her students; it wasn’t uncommon to randomly encounter former students who knew and spoke ever fondly of Madame Frankian.

Music and singing were in her blood from a very young age. She was a skilled pianist and performed in many a concert. She sang in several choirs throughout the years and continued doing so, well into her 70’s, including at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. What a glorious singing voice she had too. If you were lucky enough to hear her beautiful renditions of “Nature Boy” and “Con te partirò”, then you know how her voice spoke to you.

Volunteering was also one of her passions. She volunteered for almost 20 years, most notably as a Docent Liaison as part of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Volunteer Committee and as a guide and member of Les amis du ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), where she also took the initiative to provide French lessons to its members with much success.

Her most cherished role of all though was as mother and grandmother. Also considered a second mom to some, it was a role she willingly embraced. Her love, patience and support were endless and her hugs and cooking could make any problems go away.

She was elegance and class, a wonderful lady to the end. One mystery remains though of the decades long question asked by all: what was the secret to her ageless and beautiful skin?  

She will forever live in our hearts. God bless her and may she rest in peace.

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