Hazel Ann Desbarats (nee Ricketts), daughter of Florence Viola Goodfellow and Arthur George Ricketts born September 15, 1936 in London, England, passed away peacefully in her home on December 20th, 2015 at 1230 am after a long struggle with cancer. Hazel was surrounded by her loving children Jennifer, Jane and Jonathan and dear friend Elizabeth Ferguson.
Hazel is pre-deceased by her loving and devoted husband, Peter Hullett Desbarats, and survived by her three children and her grandchildren Rowan and Aidan Galbraith.
Hazel was an award winning actress who performed on stages across the country including the Soulpepper Theatre Company and Canadian Stage in Toronto, and The Stratford Festival. A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London, England, Hazel began her first career in television in the United Kingdom. After immigrating to Canada in the early 1950's, she continued her television career as a producer and reporter for various iconic current affairs programs at the CBC and Global Television. Hazel was active in many aspects of the Woodfield community in London Ontario, and co-authored a cookbook with some of her closest friends. She was an avid yoga practitioner and dog lover among many other things.
Special thanks to Dr. Mark Vincent and his team at the Victoria Hospital cancer clinic for their excellent and compassionate care, and to friends Betty Casey and Mary Neill for their generosity and love in a difficult time.
Hazel will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren, friends, and other members of the extended family.
Funeral services to be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 at Colborne St. United Church, 711 Colborne Street at Piccadilly. A reception will follow at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. Memorial contributions to the Ontario SPCA or Canadian Cancer Society (for Liver Cancer Research) would be appreciated.
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