Edith Suzanne Stoop


Edith Suzanne (Hanson) Stoop

Suzanne Stoop’s beloved family was by her side for the final leg of her cancer journey when she died on December 1, 2020 at the age of 64.

Grieving her loss are her best friend and life partner, husband of 38 years Neil Stoop, her eldest son Matthew and daughter-in-law Julia, her cherished grandchildren Olivia and Ryder, her much loved sister/friend Ellen Esseltine, her dearest friend and confidante: Trudy Groot, and numerous dear and caring friends who stayed by her side throughout her journey.  Also survived by sisters-and-brothers-in-law: Cathy Sneek (Tony 2005); Johanne Martin (Rob) ; Elly Stoop (Ian Young); Maggi Stoop; Mary DeNijs (Henk); Emma Stoop (Rick VanWetten); Frank Stoop (Jennifer); John Stoop (Lucy Ann); Peter Stoop.  Aunt Suzanne will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews.  Suzanne was pre-deceased by her youngest son Michael (2007) and her parents Archie and Nora (Pick) Hanson.

Born on August 26, 1956 in Tillsonburg, Suzanne attended Salford Public School, Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute and Carleton University (Ottawa) graduating in 1979 with an Honours Bachelor of Journalism.  Her career led her to stints as editor of The Norwich Gazette, The Burford Advance and The Tillsonburg News before she retired to the farm and her most important full-time job: parenting her two growing sons.   A variety of part-time jobs augmented her later years, including time as a parent facilitator for a parent-child drop-in program, work at a local wine store, and one of her most loved jobs: facilitator for the Parent-Child Mother Goose program.  Suzanne’s love of writing continued to be fulfilled in her volunteer work as newsletter editor and event planning and promotion for Ingamo Homes (where she also served as a board member for six years) and with the local Ugali Growing Project (CFGB) for nearly 30 years.                                           

Suzanne treasured her family (including all of the special auntie/cousin/sister-in-law times) and relished every moment she spent with her grandchildren.  She loved cooking meals to share with friends and family, reading, music, travel, and going on outings with friends and family.

Suzanne and her family are deeply appreciative of the dedicated and compassionate care provided by family physician Dr. Lori Bruce, who went above and beyond in her care of Suzanne; the supportive care of the Care Partners nurses during their home visits and the exceptionally caring staff of the Woodstock chemo clinic.  Huge thank you’s to all of the friends and family who tirelessly supported Suzanne on her journey, feeding body and soul. 

Good things come in small packages and that is an apt description of this small, but mighty woman.   Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”   That can certainly be said of Suzanne and her zest for life and community involvement.  The world will be a little darker with her spark extinguished.

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Suzanne’s life will take place at a later date.  Donations in Suzanne’s memory can be made to the Michael Stoop Memorial Fund at Ingamo Homes (www.ingamohomes.com); Bereaved Families of Ontario Southwest (London) (bereavedfamilies.net); or Ovarian Cancer Canada (ovariancanada.org).  Private family interment at Harris Street Cemetery, next to her son Michael.

Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe Street, Tillsonburg entrusted. Condolences may be shared here at www.wareingcremation.ca

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  • Neil, Matt and family
    Saddened by your loss. Suzanne was an inspirational friend. A donation has been sent to CFGB in her memory, as she was so faithful to this organization. We’ll think of her every time we go past a Growing Project.
    The Tait Family

    Stephen Tait
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Robert and Sherry Arthur
  • Dear Neil and family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. She will be remembered by the girls in the Chemo Clinic for her strength and bravery during her time of illness. May you be given comfort, peace and more comfort as you grieve your loss. We wear our dragonflies tenderly for two special people from your family. Sincere condolences

    Frieda Dekker
  • Dear Neil and family:
    Thinking of you in the midst of your great sorrow. Memories of Suzanne, as a strong, caring person and friend, will be remembered and cherished, always. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Keith Angus
  • My deepest condolences to Neil and his family. I was Suzanne’s best friend at Salford School. I had many sleepovers at Archie and Nora’s. We moved away and lost contact although we were friends on Facebook. My sister Deb was a good friend of Ellen as well, We are both in shock. We were unaware that she was sick. No words can make the pain go away, only time will help. Stay strong and be well.

    Alanna Smith (Warren)
  • Neil, Matthew, Julia and family,
    We were so sorry to learn of Suzanne’s passing. She was a small lady with an enormous presence and a big and selfless heart. She will be missed greatly by many. We hope you can find some comfort and peace in the weeks ahead by sharing special memories of your family time together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Mona and Richard Murdoch
  • Suzanne was the best kind of boss and the best kind of friend. She was kind, caring, fun, thoughtful, generous with her time and knowledge, and full of love for her family. I will miss her tremendously. My thoughts and kind wishes to Neil, Matthew, Julia, and Suzanne’s beloved grandchildren — Olivia and Ryder.

    Jane Stirling
  • I am so sorry to hear of Suzanne’s passing. She was an amazing person.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Trish Laugharne
  • We are so sorry to hear of Suzanne’s passing. Suzanne was a fighter and please know we are thinking of you all.

    Janet and Ian McIsaac
  • Suzanne was a very special lady – both a leader and a “doer”. She was a pleasure to work with and a wonderful friend over the years. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

    Bill Pratt
  • Suzanne had a loving, gardener’s heart – lived out in her walk with all those whose lives she touched. She celebrated each season. Her hands knew the texture of the soil, nurtured seedlings faithfully and took great joy in sharing the harvest. We miss you, Suzanne.
    Diane, Dick and Matt

    Diane Lawrence
  • I am deeply saddened that Suzanne is gone. We were roomies for two years in Ottawa and friends since. Although I live in Calgary, we kept in touch and I would visit when we came to Ontario.
    She will be deeply missed. My condolences to Neil and family.

    Susan Murphy (Reinhart)
  • I am so very sorry for your loss. She truly was “larger than life” and will be missed by so many. Gone too soon.

    Jan Duncan
  • My condolences on your family’s loss.

    Sherry Petrie
  • Dear Neil and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Suzanne. All our memories of her are of a delightful and caring person.
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Trevor and Gwen

    Gwen Cuthbert
  • Neil, Matt and family, we wish you our sincre condolences and pray for strength in the days ahead.

    Tony & Jennette Overzet
  • Condolences to the family, her memory will be kept by many.

    Lou Anne Tessier
  • Sincere sympathies to family & friends from a former Salford-ite.

    Jan Coward
  • Deeply sorry! In my thoughts and prayers.

    Terry Peacock
  • I am so sorry to hear of your lose i will keep you in my prayers

    Nick sneek
  • I am so sorry to hear of your lose i will keep you in my prayers

    Nick sneek
  • Such a kind lady. Always smiling. Our sympathies to the family. Brian and Kathleen Feeney

    Kathleen and Brian Feeney
  • Pete and I are church friends of Ellen. Our ladies’ prayer group have been praying for Suzanne and her family when her time was short in this life. We will continue to pray for all of you. A part of her will always live in your hearts. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Lynn Muller
  • Suzanne was a wonderful, lovely, caring lady. I was surprised and saddened to read this. Thinking of her family now.

    Judy Funnell
  • I had the privilege of meeting Suzanne through my Board involvement at Ingamo. Her energy and enthusiasm for life and service was second to none. We will miss her greatly.

    Susan Masters
  • Ellen, a voice from the past. I was saddened to read on line about your sister’s passing. I knew her some from our days at Ingersoll Collegiate and always liked her. She was a gifted writer as well whose work I enjoyed reading. I know her death must be a real loss to you and the family and I am sorry you are having to go through this life transition. Thinking about you at this difficult time.

    Doug Flanders
  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Suzanne’s passing. We were roommates at Carleton University and remained friends through the years. She was a wonderful soul who will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to Neil, Matthew, Julia her sweet grandchildren, and Ellen.

    Cynthia Clarke McKellar
  • Dear Neil and family
    We are so sad to hear of Suzanne’s death. She was truly a gift to the community. Her passion and energy benefitted so many. We will miss her.
    Thinking of you
    Beth and Don

    Beth and Don Taylor
  • Neil , Matthew and family. So so sorry to hear about Suzanne. Many many fond memories and a lot of laughs and a lot of get togethers we have had over the years. She truly was just a Really Good person. She will be missed by many and my heartfelt thoughts go out to you all
    Betsy and Ryan Ryckman

    Betsy Ryckman
  • What an excellent and apt description of this little woman with such a big & kind heart. She came into our lives through our niece Julia and her son Matt. Within a few minutes Suzanne had found our connection, our 6 degrees of separation and she warmly accepted us into her large circle of trust. While I love Emerson’s apt lines, I will quote Shakespeare which I think Suzanne & Neil would appreciate:
    “Death lies on her like an untimely frost,
    Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”
    I don’t think the world is a little darker…a momentary dimming perhaps, but only briefly because Suzanne lit so many, many candles to “Let light shine out of darkness…” and when I look into an upcoming clear winter’s night, I will find her star, twinkling and shining brightly…and my thoughts will be of her and of her wonderful family who will continue to shine her light of kindness and love!

    Uncle Al
  • Our sincere condolences to Neal ,Matthew and Julia. Suzanne was a lovely soul .

    George & Tammy Way
  • So sorry to hear about the death of Suzanne. She was a remarkable woman and we are privileged to have known her. May she rest in peace.

    Stephanie and Ken McGaffey
  • Trevor and myself send our deepest condolences for the loss of Suzanne. she was an amazing lady, loving friend, and such a caring person. I loved being a neighbor to her her mom, enjoyed the chats we would have when i was there visiting with ellen and suzanne would stop by.

    she will be in our hearts forever.

    Trevor & Valerie Gilchrist

    Trevor and Valerie Gilchrist

    Trevor & Valerie Gilchrist
  • My deepest condolences to Suzanne’s family. She had a heart of gold and will be deeply missed. Our sons went to school together,and we were neighbours when we lived on McBeth Rd.
    Thinking of you all at this very sad and difficult time. Donna and Mike Galbraith and Brandon Morris

    Donna Galbraith
  • Dear Neil & family: Sincere Condolences with the passing of your dear wife, mother & grandmother. Suzanne always brought a ray of sunshine & energy to those she was with. May you receive strength & courage in this difficult time and for the future.

    Barb & John Hakkenberg
  • We will miss her wonderful meals and how she always made us feel welcome in her home. Suzanne certainly was one of a kind.
    Lina Starr

    Lina Starr
  • Suzanne was an amazing person, a friend to all . She will be so missed . Love to Neil and family

    Riette Brooks

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