A Co-worker, neighbour, sister and friend

I had the privilege of knowing Anita in many ways. I worked with Anita at Hamilton Health Sciences; and knew her to be always professional, caring of patients and staff alike. What I did not know was that she lived in the Long and Bisby building at the Chedoke site; where my son went to day care manly years later. She was also a neighbour; en route to work, around 830 am., I saw her returning from her walk! Anita was very fit and valued health. I also knew her as Reverend Isaac’s sister; she visited her brother regularly, cared for he and his wife, as his wife’s health declined. She was very supportive of Reverend Isaac through this journey. Lastly I knew Anita as a friend. We attended a play at the Shaw Festival together on many occasions; and I always drove. She shared many stories with me about her large family, working at the hospital and Zonta. I will truly miss her, but am so grateful that she was able to meet her son,Ryan. Anita told us all at Shaw in 2013 that she married Winston, but we did not know about Ryan. What a burden she carried for so many years. How brave of her to do what she did; give up her child. How lucky Ryan was to have found her and met her. Ryan, I hope you know that your mom was an amazing woman, friend to all, mentor to many, sharing, caring, willing to step in to help, and as someone also said ” a woman of grace”. She will be missed.

And thanks to Jeff Mahoney for writing such a passionate, wonderful article in the Spectator on Saturday. I am a better person for having read it.

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Thank you

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspirational story that can give hope to so many. Anita’s letter and your pictures together are now treasured keepsakes❤️

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Kindness to a fellow Zonta member

Anita was so kind to me as a new member of the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1. She took a personal interest in my quest to find employment as a social worker in Hamilton even though I hadn’t know her for long.I will remember her as a faithful and giving woman who never tired of caring for women and empowering them to fulfill their potential.

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Beautiful Anita

We lived next door to Anita for 16 years until 2018 and had the honour of calling her a friend. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and helped so many others with compassion and grace. I spoke to Anita the morning that she fell ill to check in on both her and Winston and she excitedly told me she had wonderful news to share and would ring me back that afternoon. Sadly that didn’t happen but I was happy to read the newspaper today and learn about the reunion with her son. I have no doubt that Anita […]

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A life well lived

I became friends with Anita while we were board members at Hamilton Health Sciences. She was a quiet, respectful person who gave deep thought to all the issues. When speaking to her one-on-one it was always a great moment to coax her into a wonderful smile and deep laugh. I am going to miss her. Glenn Gibson- Vice Chairman- Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Hamilton’s Anita Isaac: A wonderful life with a secret revealed at the end

By Jeff Mahoney Spectator Reporter Sat., May 23, 2020 If you knew Anita Isaac at all, which I did, you adored and admired her. How could you not? Nurse, leader, teacher, community pillar. Giver. She grew the most beautiful dahlias, baked for everyone, did Japanese embroidery, advocated, visited, organized, brought laughter and smiles in her calm, humble, utterly approachable yet confident way. Having no children of her own to bring up (she married, but only in 2013, age 75, for the first time, to Winston), she was, it seemed, mother to everyone.

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Anita you meant so much to so many people

Anita was a very classy and caring lady. She was a great listener and always had a kind word. She went out of her way to help people when they needed it most. She always made time and found ways to help people in ways that suited them best. She was always there for her family, church, Zonta and her friends. She always looked great and had a very classy demeanor. I admired Anita and found her inspirational. She positively impacted many lives. Anita made me want to be a better person. I can’t believe you’re gone, rest in peace […]

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My Deepest Condolences

I never met Mama but feel your pain please accept my heart felt and deepest sympathy.I pray seasons, times and the rest of us left behind will heal in love and comfort one day at a time

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Memories Of A Friend

I met Anita on the first day I arrived at Zonta. She was a very dignified and friendly woman who immediately introduced herself and made me feel so welcome. Little did I know that she would eventually become a very close friend of mine. When Anita and Winston got married a few years back, I was pleased to do the flowers for her wedding. She wanted simple elegance and was meticulous about how she wanted the flowers to be arranged. She was especially fond of lilac and purple tones. She was a beautiful bride standing next to Winston. They made […]

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Anita My Friend and Confidant

I first met Anita when she became a student of mine at Ancaster Senior Achievement Center. While she knew already how to do the craft of Japanese Embroidery she joined my classes and quietly stitched away. With precision and calm she produced many many beautiful pictures. Anita was a great listener and she helped me through many moments by asking how things were going, and prompting me to stay the course and be positive. I never heard her say a bad word of anyone and although shy, she had a wonderful giggle. Our class was a family of its own, […]

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