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Vivian Saykaly

Vivian Nakash Saykaly
March 9, 1928 – July 30, 2023

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Vivian Nakash Saykaly’s peaceful passing. Vivian was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on March 9, 1928, to her loving parents, George and Florence Nakash. She was the eldest daughter and sister to Lally Aziz, who is survived by her husband William, and Gay Elkas, whose late husband was Emsey Elkas.

Vivian was a beloved wife to the late Ernest Saykaly and a devoted mother to Mark, Nancy, and Janet. She was also a cherished grandmother to David, Nicole, Patrick, Elizabeth, Michelle, and Christine. Vivian took great joy in being a loving and proud great-grandmother to twelve precious grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren, Lauren, Amanda, Daniella, Kate, Jack, Téa, Cole, Reid, Adele, Maggie, Juliette, and Arianne, will forever cherish the memories they made with their grandmother.

Throughout her life, Vivian focused on making a difference in her community, specifically in the fight against cancer. She was a founding member of the Cedars Cancer Foundation and dedicated her time and efforts to supporting those affected by cancer. Vivian’s commitment to helping others extended to her role as an active parishioner of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. She found immense fulfillment in welcoming friends and family into her home and consistently showed her love and dedication to those around her.

In her final years, Vivian faced challenges with her usual grace and elegance. While her absence will be deeply felt, her memory will forever be cherished and her love will endure. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the caregivers who provided exceptional care to Vivian. They are especially thankful for the unwavering care and love shown by her dear friend Kathleen Zakaib Lacroix.

Visitation for Vivian will take place at Urgel Bougie on August 2, 2023, from 2-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on August 3, 2023, at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, with visitation one hour prior to the service. In memory of Vivian, donations can be made to “The Vivian Saykaly Visiting Professorship in Medical Oncology” through Cedars.ca or to St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church.

The family kindly requests that you sign the virtual register and find more information at http://www.urgelbourgie.com.

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