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Anna Lena Hynes (Benedetti), Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Anna Lena Hynes (Benedetti)
1924 - 2018

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Anna Lena Hynes (Benedetti)

The world is a little less bright today. Our precious mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:38pm, just 20 days after her beloved son, David, our brother and uncle passed. Our hearts are broken to have lost two beautiful treasures so close together.

Ann was born in Edmonton, Alberta on November 5, 1924 to Angelo and Olympia (Muzzin) Benedetti. She married, the love of her life, Larry Hynes in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on December 10, 1947. Together, with their children, they led an active social military life abroad and in Canada before her husband’s sudden death on November 30, 1989, just shy of their 42nd wedding anniversary.

Before Ann became ill, she loved to golf, to dance and as a member of the Air Force Association and the Royal Canadian Legion to attend military functions and soirees. She loved to travel, especially to her Triestine Girls reunions; she loved to cook (her lasagna was the best!), to take art class and to run her bridge club. Ann was admired by her community of friends and her gift to others was her dignified manner and her willingness to hear your story. So many people remember Ann for her kindness and for her discreet manner. She was the epitome of fairness and encouraged her children in her silent, strong and unique way to always do the right thing. She taught all of us many valuable life-lessons with her goodness and her gentle heart. A grand lady with a wonderful sense of humour, she will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and her family: oldest son Ken, daughter Carol Ann, youngest son Michael and her pride and joy of a grandson Laurent, as well as her daughter-in-law Judy Graham.

A Celebration of Ann’s life is planned for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Royal Canadian Legion in St. Bruno and as Ann loved get-togethers, she will delight in the reunion of her family and friends at that time. When she first became ill a few years ago, she told us: “Don’t cry at my passing; have a glass of wine instead.”

On Thursday, May 17, she will be buried with her husband, Larry at the Veterans’ Field of Honour in Pierrefonds, Quebec.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MUHC Hospital or to the Royal Canadian Legion, St. Bruno Branch 147.

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Messages in memory of Anna Lena Hynes (Benedetti)

Mary Lou Ingram
September 22, 2018
I send my belated sincere condolences to Ann's family - I developed a lovely acquaintance with Ann when I lived in St. Bruno through the Legion. Although we saw each other only at special events, Ann was always the same whenever we met. She was the epitome of class and a very gracious, kind and dear lady who, I am sure, will be sorely missed. Ann and I sat together many times at the same table and shared a glass of wine together and always with a little laugh. Please know that I am sorry my condolences are belated - I did not know that Ann was no longer with us until now. My sincerest sympathies go to her family and friends who knew Ann and loved her during the time she was here.
Christine Burke
May 19, 2018
Deepest condolences to Carol Ann and family. Your mother's gentle nature and light hearted spirit where qualities in her I knew to be true even through I had only spoken to her a handful of occasions throughout the years. I always thought she was so classy. What I will remember is a strength of kindness, so rare in this world. xox
june mooney
May 09, 2018
Dear Carol ann & Family, Moms are special people.So sad to hear about your loss.She had such a beautiful smile,we miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Our deepest sympathy God Bless, June & Bill Mooney
Hoang, Huynh, and Vo family
April 13, 2018
When Carol Ann first introduced her to my siblings and me; we weren't sure of how we were supposed to address her by so we called her Nona (we spelled it with one 'n' ever since we were kids). The same way that her grandson Laurent addressed her as. It was fitting to call her that because in many ways she was exactly that to us; a grandmother figure. We have been so lucky to have known her for a huge portion of our lives and for some of us, practically our whole lives. One of the most amazing people that we have had the privilege of spending a lot of time with over the years. I don't think I need to explain how special she was because anyone who knew her already knows. I'm especially thankful that she let us be a part of her vulnerable moments after she became ill. For someone who carried herself like she did, I know it wasn't easy for her but even then, in our eyes, she still was such a woman of grace. Most importantly though, she was the same Nona that we love throughout. We will never forget the sound of her laughter, how incredibly strong and graceful she was and especially how kind-hearted she was. Truly an amazing person. She will forever be in our hearts and memories. With love, from the Hoang, Huynh, and Vo family.
Marilyn Hoang
March 19, 2018
Nona was a grandmother me and my sister never had. She is one of a kind. Nona is a sweet, kind, and caring person. She is always thinking of others, and she has a generous heart. Nona has a great sense of humor, and is such a wonderful lady. She had a way of making everyone happy. I had the pleasure of taking care of Nona, and it was such an amazing experience. She would always try to take care of me, and make me feel at home. Nona is one of the strongest women i know, and she has a strong sense of dignity. I am glad I got to meet such a beautiful soul. My deepest condolences to her family, and all those who loved her. Love you Nona!
Glen Overend
March 09, 2018
A wonderful woman may be gone but she is not forgotten. She was an inspiration to me during my teenage years and my fondness for her has never diminished. My deepest simpathy to all who grieve her passing.
Judy Graham
February 19, 2018
I first met Ann in 1989 when I went to spend the Christmas holiday at her place with her son, David. Despite the fact that she was grieving the very recent loss of her husband, Larry, she was a gracious hostess and I liked her immediately. Over the years, I considered her my friend and loved spending time in her company. She was considerate, kind, fair and generous. She also had a good sense of humour. I will miss her terribly. My sincere condolences to Ken, Carol Ann, Michael and Laurent as well as the rest of her family and friends.
Carol Lavoie
February 15, 2018
Je suis tout nouveau à la légion et je n’y connais encore personne. C’est cependant tellement tragique de perdre sa mère que je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances. Carol
anita roger racicot
February 15, 2018
pour nous c'était une personne douce ayant toujours des beaux mots a nous dire.lorsque nous faisions des repas elle nous remerciait toujours.Une personne que nous avons beau- coup appréciée. Toutes nos sympathies a la famille. Anita Roger Racicot
Donna McCulloch
February 15, 2018
I have known Ann for over 25 years and remember her as a soft-spoken, gracious and dignified lady. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Ellen Kingsley
February 15, 2018
Bruce McLellan and I send our sympathies to Carol-Ann and your family. Ann was such a lovely lady. Bruce especially liked being her dance partner at the Legion dance lessons about 20 years ago!
Marie-Andrée and Alex Bialosh
February 15, 2018
We've known Ann for many years, even before we became members of our Legion Branch. She was always the wonderfully kind and gentle person that was pleasure to know and remember. Our sincere condolences to the family.
Iris & Ken Thompson
February 15, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Carol-Ann and the family on the sad loss of Ann and her son. Ann was a real lady and a pleasure know, she had such a sweet disposition. We will miss her.
February 15, 2018
A gracious Lady that will be sadly missed by all.
Laurent Hynes
February 15, 2018
Nona was there for me in every way possible from my birth until her last days. The support and joy for life she showed me every time I was with her causes me to feel happiness at a time of grieving. I feel her caring presence looking over me now more than ever. Knowing her, this positive energy will be felt by all she knew, as this loving outlook on life she applied to every being, every situation. I love you and will forever miss you Nona. XOX
Susan Leclair
February 14, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family at the loss of your dear mother and brother/uncle. Ann charmed us all when she attended the day center and shared her stories of life abroad. The traits described in her obituary shone through to her final months. Rest in peace sweet lady; I am so glad to have had a chance to meet you. God bless. Susan
Don Hynes
February 14, 2018
Definitely one of the kindest, sweetest & loving people we ever had a chance to meet! Indeed we will miss you Anne! Marie & Don
Paul Machnik
February 14, 2018
I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of dear Mrs. Hynes. I will miss her loving positive kindness. God bless you Ann.

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