Tripp, Flora Jean (December 5, 1943 - June 17, 2015) - Our darling Flora slipped away quietly at home, with family by her side. Born in Ottawa, raised in Arnprior, Flora was predeceased by her parents Irene (nee Montgomery) and Jim Ferguson, and her older sister Margot (Drew). Flora married her high-school sweetheart, Ian, and moved to London. There, she raised her children, daughter Cynthia (Mark) and son David (Laura), with unconditional love and affection. She adored her grandchildren, Ben and Caroline, and treasured every moment spent with them. She found pleasure in many diversions, including travel, playing bridge, reading, Canadian antiques, contemporary art, sporting events, musical concerts, excursions to summer theatre, hosting birthday and dinner parties …. The greatest joy in Flora’s life was spending time at home with her family, enjoying the company of wonderful neighbours, and dear friends from Western and London’s visual arts community. Flora was loved and will be deeply missed by her younger brother Hugh (Roberta) and many caring cousins, nieces and nephews, and her extended family. Special thanks for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Kurt Kimpinski and his Neurology (MSA) staff at University Hospital from the beginning, and by CCAC’s Palliative Care Team at the end. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside-service will be held in Arnprior, at a later date. A Reception for family and friends will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond on Friday, June 26 from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Flora’s memory to the McIntosh Gallery, Western University would be appreciated.
Kate & Derrall Bellaire
June 18, 2015, 12:16 am
Derrall and I send our deepest condolences & big huggs to Dave, Laura, Ben, Caroline, Margo & Drew. Flora was a wonderful lady and will be sadly missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed and Clara Zelenak
June 18, 2015, 8:02 pm
Dear Ian and Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Flora's passing. She was a wonderful person and we know how much she will be missed. We are sure there are so many wonderful memories to share of your time together and hope these will sustain you and offer some precious moments to reflect on the blessing of the years you had together.
Ed and Clara
June 20, 2015, 2:32 pm
I was so sorry to learn the sad news of Flora's death when we alighted from the elevator, a couple of days ago. Please accept, on behalf of yourself and all members of your family, my most profound and heartfelt sympathy on this irreplaceable loss.
Mary Ferguson and Tom Dampsy
June 22, 2015, 10:05 am
Dear Ian and Family, our hearts and condolences go out to you during this difficult time. Flora was a beautiful, gracious, and kind person; I remember her warm smile and positive attitude to life. Your loving relationship was always apparent by anyone who saw you together and all the powerful and wonderful memories that you shared will be with you each day. With deepest sympathy, Mary and Tom.
June 24, 2015, 7:53 am
from the Staff of Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Research Unit at Parkwood Institute (St. Joseph's Hospital) we send our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Tripp. She is at peace now. God Bless this family.
June 25, 2015, 11:48 pm
Oh Ian, how sad to hear the news of Flora’s passing peacefully away in her sleep, a quiet way to leave this world and yet this be a consolation. Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. I totally agree with the idea of not having a formal funeral and also an immediate cremation. This is what I am writing into my will as well. I wish that Herb Ariss, who also did not want to have a formal funeral, would have opted for a similar celebration reception for his many, artist friends, his art patrons and many past students etc.. I'm sure this would have been a very positive thing for Margo as well.
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