Flora Dell, C.M., O.N.B., O.M., aged 102 passed away
peacefully on November 1, 2023 at the Grass Home.
Loving wife of 52 years of the late Bob Dell; together they raised six children. Flora’s children meant the world to her and she leaves behind Susan, Ottawa; Catherine (Paul), Riverview; Peter, Montreal; David (Leslee), Fredericton; and Anne-Marie (Hugh), Riverview. Flora was pre-deceased by her oldest child Robbie (Paula), Sydney. She was a fun and adored Nanny to her grandchildren Shauna, Nanette, Robbie, Chris, Leigh, Allison, Ian, Justin, Tess, and Sara. Flora had 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Flora is survived by her much loved and dear sister, Diane Barry of Montreal.
Flora was born in Montreal and met her future husband at a military social during the war. Their married life took them on a journey from Montreal to Riverview, Halifax, Sydney, Vancouver, and Fredericton. Flora enjoyed swimming, golf, cross country skiing, sports cars, the Montreal Canadiens, and walking her wonderful companion dogs.
Flora was very active in the local Moncton and Riverview communities in the areas of French language training and the needs of older adults. Flora was the first woman Councillor in the town of Riverview and the founder of the Riverview library and Riverview Arts Council as well as a founding member of the Moncton Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee. She ran a successful project to have Moncton certified by the World Health Organization as an age-friendly community. She was a member of the Moncton Senior Friendly Community and Senior’s Information Centre. Flora worked in the New Brunswick Government assisting persons with disabilities and older adults (1979-1994) and with the Federal Department of Health on working committees relating to Special Populations.
Flora was a founding member of the Active Coalition for Older Adults and was involved in developing an aging strategy for New Brunswick with the Council on Aging.
Flora was a director or executive member of CIHR-institute on Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Canadian Arthritis Network of Excellence, Osteoporosis Canada, Frosst Health Care Foundation, Canadian Centre on Physical Activity and Ageing ((Western University), President‘s Advisory Committee on Gerontology (St. Thomas University), Active Living Coalition (Older Adults) and The Canadian Hunger Foundation (Africa and Guyana projects).
In recognition of her active volunteer work Flora received The Order of Canada, The Order of New Brunswick, The Order of Moncton, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, Laval University Centennial Award, Osteoporosis Canada’s Builder’s Award, Frosst Health Care Foundation Citation, and the City of Moncton Recognition Award.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Grass Home for their loving, compassionate care of Flora. We are extremely grateful for your kindness.
The family will have a private funeral service. A celebration of Flora’s life will be held at Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Rd, Riverview (506-869-2007) on Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm. Donations in memory of Flora would be appreciated to PAW Moncton or a charity of your choice.
Donations in memory of Flora would be appreciated to PAW Moncton or the charity of your choice.