DIAMOND, Nancy Lynn

Regional and Oshawa City Councillor, Nancy L. Diamond died at Toronto Western Hospital on Sunday, February 12th, 2017. 

A strong and dedicated community leader, she served as Oshawa’s Mayor for 12 years, and as a Regional Councillor three terms.  She is survived by her daughter Suzie Diamond, and two grandsons, Verdi and Seth, all of Guelph.  Her husband, Fred, died in 2011. 

A brother, Ross Darling (Marie) died before her.  She is survived by a brother-in-law, Cliff Rowe (Liz deceased) of Lovell, Maine;  a niece, Cheryl Hachey (Dennis) of Fredericton, New Brunswick; nephews, Michael (Nancy) Darling of Calgary, Alberta, Don (Patti) Darling of Saint John, New Brunswick, Doug (Marsha) Rowe of Portland, Maine, Brian (Karen) Rowe of Worthington, Massachusetts, Mark (Allison) Rowe of Hartsville, South Carolina, Chris Green of Vancouver, BC and Mike Green of Perth, Western Australia. 

Born in Sudbury in 1941, Nancy was a graduate of Queen’s University, and held senior positions in both the public and private sectors before moving to Oshawa, her home of choice.  In addition to her duties as a local and regional councillor, she earned the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her community work. She was honourary president, IODE Golden Jubilee Chapter; honourary member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club Durham and Children’s Aid Society; honourary director and life member of Friends of Second Marsh; and a recipient of an award from the Durham Labour Council. 

Prior to entering local politics, Diamond was deeply involved in the community serving as: president of the Oshawa Senior Citizen’s Centre, the Oshawa Housing Company, and the University Woman’s Club.  She served on boards and committees of the Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra, Oshawa Folks Arts Council, Multicultural Council of Oshawa & District, Outreach Child Abuse Prevention, Multiple Sclerosis Walk-a-thon, Denis House, Unemployed Help Centre and Sunrise Seniors.  She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. 

Memorial visitation will take place in the Council Chamber at Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre St. S., Oshawa on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  A Memorial service will be held at St. George's Memorial Anglican Church, 51 Centre St. S., Oshawa on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations to a “Nancy L. Diamond Scholarship” at UOIT would be appreciated and can be made through McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558).


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  • Feb 14, 2017

    My most sincere condolences to Suzie and her boys.  Nancy was a remarkable woman:  an amazing role model for girls in our community.  I am grateful for all the things she taught me over the years and for the privilege to call her friend. She will be missed. 
  • Feb 14, 2017

    Janice Baker
    Suzie and family, please accept my condolences on the loss of a very strong and confident woman. Having had the privilege of working with Nancy for almost 5 years when she was Mayor, I saw first hand her dedication to the City and the community. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and with all of the Councillors and staff at the Region and the City.
  • Feb 14, 2017

    Jacques Plourde
    A great loss for our City and our francophone community. Our sympathy to family, friends and City/Region colleagues. Repose en paix, mon amie.
  • Feb 14, 2017

    tim and val Williams
    Nancy was a amazing lady and always helped everyone who needed it Nancy helped my family when my wife got sick and we couldnt get the help we needed she will be missed by everyone
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Rainu Macdonald
    A remarkable women with multiple talents, a leader promoting woman's rights, a big heart for others, brilliant intelligence, dedicated and hard worker and....a genuine friend.  You will be truly missed. Condolences to dear daughter, Suzie and grandsons. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time of sorrow. Praying for comfort for the family. 
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Lois Heaton
    Susie and family our sincere condolences.  Nancy was our Honoury President of IODE, Golden Jubilee Chapter and we were very proud to have her represent us.  Her smile was infectious and her commitment to helping others was truly wonderful. We will miss her.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Chris Greer
    My thoughts and prayer's are with Nancy's family.  I worked closely with Nancy when she was Mayor during my years of doing Special Events for the City. A special memory was when we did the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Council Meeting with the Luitennant Governor, Hillary Weston...even though, I don't live in Oshawa any longer...I will miss you, knowing you are not there...
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Sandra Sweet
    My sincere condolences to Nancy's family and her countless friends and colleagues. Her selfless and tireless contribution to the betterment of community life in the City of Oshawa are both remarkable and memorable. I will most remember Nancy for her welcoming smile, genuine excitement and boundless enthusiasm for "all things Oshawa". Her memory alone will leave a lasting legacy to those who knew her. 
  • Feb 15, 2017

    My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time. May Nancy rest in peace knowing that she will be deeply missed by many in her City of Oshawa. I truly thank her for her years of service and all that she has done. Nancy Diamand you were definitely a remarkable lady.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Marie North
    Suzie and family, my sincere condolences.  I first met Nancy when she served on the Oshawa General Hospital Board of Governors as an ex-officio member representing the City/Region.  Her commitment and dedication did not go unnoticed.  The outward sign of her infectious smile confirmed the inward sign of a loving and caring heart for all.  She will be missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, her friends and with her colleagues and staff at the City and Region.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Patricia and John Bandiera
    Our Prayers and Thoughts are with You and Your Family at this Time.
    We Shared a Brief Time with You, we both could feel such a Warm Welcome and We Both saw a Beautiful Smile that You Always had.
    Until we meet again.
    Patricia and John 
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Meril walsh
    To Suzie and sons my deepest condolences on the loss of your mom and grandmother. I was certainly privileged to have work with such a fabulous woman for many years. She was my mentor, my good friend and a wonderful, caring and dedicated person. Oshawa has lost a truly wonderful gift but I know in my heart her legend will live on. I will miss her terribly
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Susan Chapman
    Councillor Diamond was a true voice of reason. She always had a smile and was genuinely interested in how you were and what you were up to in your life. She was such a mentor and a friend to my son Councillor John Shields. I am sure he has learned some valuable lessons  in the short time he had the honour of working along side of her   Her family should get peace in knowing how the City loved her and all the good she did for so many people. She will truly be missed. RIP Councillor Diamond. 
    Thanks Susan Chapman
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Diane Johnson
    My sincere condolences to Councillor Diamond's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working for her and found her to be a wonderfully personable and intelligent lady.  She will be missed.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Dot McFarlane
    I first had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Diamond in the early 90's when she was mayor and she once conducted the grand opening of a church I once attended on Bloor St near the GO station.  Since then I've had the pleasure of chatting with her many times and we always had a great gab after I'd do presentations at every special council meeting on accessibility issues.  Aside from her many contributions to the city she was also a huge PFLAG ally and I'll always fondly remember the enthusiasm she displayed when volunteering at the Pride barbecue.  She was a formidable woman and is sorely missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this most difficult time.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    My deepest condolences to Councillor Diamond's family and friends. She was a remarkable individual, who cared deeply for her community. She will be missed greatly.
  • Feb 15, 2017

    Janice Coupland
    My sincere condolences to Councillor Nancy Diamond's family and friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy during my time at Rogers Television. She always showed sincere appreciation and kindness.  I attended many galas where I had the pleasure of seeing Nancy - she was always willing for great conversation and smiles.  Nancy was a huge contributor to Oshawa she will be sadly missed by many.
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Barbara Parsons
    To Nancy's daughter and grandsons, my sincere condolences. A kind and caring person has left our community, she will be greatly missed.
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Randazzo Family
    Our deepest condolences to Suzie, Verdi, Seth and all family and friends.
    Nancy had a great love for this city and the community and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rest peacefully
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Alex Down & the Down Family
    My condolences to Nancy's family and friends. Nancy was one of the first female politicians I remember meeting through my late-grandmother Maryanne Sholdra. I remember looking up to Nancy, admiring her strength and commitment when standing up for what she believed in. She always shared a positive sentiment towards our great city of Oshawa and the Durham Region. We have lost a true advocate for our community and we will never forget all the wonderful things she has done for us.
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Mike Bellamy
    Sincere condolences to Nancy's family and many friends.  Having worked at the City of Oshawa during Nancy's terms as Councillor and Mayor I developed a huge admiration and respect for her tireless dedication and enthusiasm.  I will remember her no-nonsense approach when dealing with the business of the City and Region.  It was a pleasure to have known and worked with her.
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Doris Mantha
    My Deepest sympathy to family. She was an amazing person. She will be missed . She was a great inspiration to me and also to the French Community.
  • Feb 17, 2017

    The Common Council and Staff of the City of Saint John
    To: Don Darling and Family,
    The members of the Common Council of the City of Saint John and staff extend their heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing of your aunt, Nancy Diamond.  Our caring thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn this loss and reflect on her life and contribution.
    Most sincerely,
    The Common Council and Staff of the City of Saint John
  • Feb 17, 2017

    Karen Fischer
    My deepest sympathies go out to Nancy's family. I had the pleasure of working with Nancy on the BACD Board. She always had a smile on her face and was a very warm and caring person. I enjoyed talking to her after the meetings and finding out more about her and the work she did in the community. She will be dearly missed and will not be the same without her. 
  • Feb 17, 2017

    Teresa Shaver
    My condolences to Suzie and family on the passing of Nancy. She was a great supporter of the Business Advisory Centre Durham and business/entrepreneurship in general. She was always so well prepared and a thoughtful contributor.  She will be missed.
  • Feb 17, 2017

    The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre
    The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. A Board Member since 2009 with measurable contributions who cared deeply about her community, Nancy will be greatly missed.
  • Feb 18, 2017

    Doug Raine
    The 420 Wing R.C.A.F.A. would like to express its deep sympathy, and extend condolences to the family and friends of Councillor Nancy Diamond. 
    	Nancy was a welcome guest at many 420 Wing events, such as the Battle of Britain Ceremony,  New Year Levee, Aquino, Mess Dinner,  and many other events. She was a valued supporter at our Pancake breakfasts each month, stopping to talk with everyone there, and bringing other Councillors along with her. Her cheerful nature was always looked forward to on each visit. 
    	We will miss you Nancy.
    Doug Raine
    420 Wing R.C.A.F.A.
    “City of Oshawa”
  • Feb 19, 2017

    Carole ireland
    My deepest condolences to Susie and family. Your mother was a wonderful woman who took the time to speak to me whenever I saw her. She was a great mayor and councilwoman. She will be sadly missed. I am honored to have known her for over 20 years. She cared greatly about our City of Oshawa. I know I will miss seeing her around town. 
  • Feb 19, 2017

    Robert T. Bell
    My Condolences.
  • Feb 20, 2017

    Greg Milosh
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.
    She made many significant contributions to the improvement of her adopted city .
    I will miss her presence .
    May she rest in peace .
  • Feb 20, 2017

    Paul-André Larose
    Will be missing this voice of sanity on the Municipal and Regional Councils.
  • Feb 21, 2017

    K Power
    Sending condolences on the loss of your mother and wanted to note as an Oshawa taxpayer, your Mom was a wonderful example of a person dedicated to public service and the City of Oshawa.
  • Feb 28, 2017

    Larry Hannah
    I just learned  of  Nancy's passing.  I had the pleasure of working  with  Nancy  when I served  on the Regional Government.  She was a fine lady who served Oshawa and the  Region  well.
    My deepest sympathy  to her lovef ones.
  • Mar 3, 2017

    Julia McCrea
    My sincere condolences to family on Nancy' passing. I attended the visitation and memorial service and appreciated learning so much more about Nancy's life from you her family. I have known Nancy for the last 11 years in Oshawa since I moved to Oshawa as a friend, activist, champion of causes at City Hall, sage politician and adviser about matters at all political levels, local, regional, provincial and federal. I worked on her most recent election campaign which had such an outstanding result. I will always appreciate her support and guidance with shared interests and causes - supporting accessibility, the environment, supporting neighbours of the Oshawa airport to halt expansion, supporting coherent development and a fair tax deal for Oshawa citizens. We also shared an interest in services for persons with autism as I taught students with autism and she spoke of her grandson with autism.
    She was a wonderful, warm, caring, intelligent woman who was an expert parliamentarian and has had a tremendous impact on so many people in this city and Durham Region. She is an historic figure in Oshawa here as a female Councillor and Mayor. I hope we can create a fitting memorial to Nancy's tremendous contributions of time, effort and community service in the City of Oshawa for time immemorial and to encourage the future generations of potential women civic leaders. In all sincerity with love and admiration. Julia
  • Mar 7, 2017

    Oshawa Provincial New Democratic Party Constituency Association
    To All of Nancy's Family,
    On behalf of the Oshawa Provincial New Democratic Party Constituency Association, the executive would like to extend our sincere condolences on Nancy's passing. Nancy was a long time member and supporter of the New Democratic Party. Nancy gave her support, encouragement and sage political advice to many NDP candidates in Oshawa. The Oshawa NDP could always count on Nancy to be one of the first to display a large candidate lawn sign at her home on Simcoe Street. Nancy will be remembered for her strong leadership as Mayor and Regional Councillor, mentoring of other politicians, advocacy for working people and supporting Oshawa New Democrats on Oshawa City Council, at Durham Region and in the broader community. Nancy had an extensive record of service in so many of Oshawa's community organizations. Nancy was exemplary at upholding the values of social democracy and striving to ensure Oshawa is a great city for working people. We were honoured by Nancy's on-going support for the Oshawa NDP. May Nancy rest in peace knowing her leadership, positive role modeling, contributions and efforts have made an important difference to so many in Oshawa and Durham Region.

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