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Perlita DYER

Perlita Rigonan Dyer’s life came to an end on August 21, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. Supported by her loving husband and best friend, Carman, Perlita faced each step of this difficult journey with strength, surrounded by the unwavering support of her family. She was a devoted mother to Dustin and Daryn and was overjoyed to welcome Sandy as her daughter. Perlita took great pride in being a wonderful Lola to Alenna, Charlotte, and Vienna, and had a fervent desire to witness Alenna’s return from Japan.

Sadly mourned by her brothers, Joe and Edgar, as well as her sister Estralia, Perlita’s loss echoes deeply within the hearts of her family. Additionally, Carman’s family, including Allan and Hugh, share in the remembrance of a remarkable woman. Perlita’s parents, Jose and Nicolasa Rigonan, preceded her in death.

During her final days, Perlita’s condition prevented her from speaking, yet she felt the overwhelming presence of her loved ones who continuously held her in their thoughts. Born on December 31, 1944, in the jungles of Batac, Philippines, Perlita entered this world amidst the chaos of World War II and the Japanese invasion of the northern Philippines. Her family, displaced by these circumstances, found refuge in a remote area where Perlita was born in a nipa hut. Several years later, her brother Joe and her husband Carman would rediscover this site with the aid of a guide.

From her humble beginnings in the jungle, Perlita progressed through various stages of education, attending elementary and secondary school before eventually graduating from Central Escolar University in Manila with a BSc in medical technology. In 1970, she joined her sister at Victoria Hospital, where she dedicated her expertise to the medical laboratory for an astounding four decades. It was at Victoria Hospital that she encountered a young man who would become her lifelong partner, best friend, and love of her life. Together, they embarked on countless adventures, not only as a couple but also alongside their closest friends. For twenty years, Perlita and her loved ones delighted in wintering at Fripp Island, South Carolina, forging cherished memories.

A passionate sports enthusiast, Perlita became an active member of Highland Country Club for 43 years, displaying her skills in curling and golfing. Her exceptional talent propelled her to victory within her flight on two occasions, and she even achieved the phenomenal feat of scoring two holes in one. Perlita’s golf swing was a marvel to behold, and the only time she let a curse escape her lips was when she missed a shot. Furthermore, she actively served on the ladies curling committee.

Perlita’s unwavering dedication extended to supporting the Toronto Blue Jays, rarely missing a game on TV. During these spirited matches, she would cheekily engage in lively conversation, much to the amusement of Carman, who preferred a more focused approach. The couple’s synchronized clapping from separate rooms revealed their shared love for the game. Perlita possessed a keen fashion sense, always up-to-date with the latest trends, and took great pleasure in grooming herself, often visiting the salon to maintain her impeccable hair and manicured nails. Her vibrant spirit defied her age, as she never ceased to exude energy and enthusiasm.

In March of this year, Perlita and Carman were fortunate enough to celebrate their momentous 50th wedding anniversary on Fripp Island, surrounded by their cherished family and friends. A private family service will be held, followed by Perlita’s burial at the Dyer plot in Woodstock. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family expresses their deep appreciation to Nancy for her guidance throughout Perlita’s final journey. In lieu of flowers, donations to Perlita’s favorite charity, the Canadian Cancer Society, are graciously welcomed. Arrangements have been entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, where online condolences, memories, and photographs may be shared at http://www.amgfh.com.

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