Dawn Mendes De Franca

January 7, 2021 36 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

September 4th, 1940 – January 1st, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dawn Mendes De Franca on January 1, 2021, at the age of 80 years.

Dawn is survived by her children Christina (Mark) and David; Her granddaughters Brittney, Brooke and Taylor; her brother Philip (Chris), sister-in-law Dolores, nieces Agnetha and Michelle and nephew’s Roger, Gavin and Craig.

Dawn was predeceased by her husband Noel, Brothers Colin and Gordon, sister Carol and niece Debbie.

Dawn was born to her late parents Edna and Percy in Georgetown, Guyana and dedicated her life to career she loved as a Registered Nurse.

Dawn dedicated her life to her friends and family. She was a generous, caring, cheerful and loved to socialize with people. From singing happy birthday for your birthday or calling just to say hi she wanted the best for everyone. She loved her children and granddaughters dearly and she is loved by many and missed by all.

The family would like to thank the staff at Miller Crossing Care Long Term Care Home and Sturgeon Community Hospital for their compassion and warm care during mom’s time there.

A celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at a later date with the current covid-19 restrictions. The family looks forward to reminiscing with all when we are able to do so.

  1. Dawn and I were inseparable growing up even when both our parents immigrated to the U K. At the beginning, she lived in Liverpool,; I in London, and every time we connected we laughed and laughed and laughed until our stomachs hurt. So my beloved cousin, I’ll miss the laughs. and fun things you brought to my life. Rest in Glory with our mighty Father. Love you much much.

    • Thank you Bridget for your lovely words. Mom always thought dearly of you and spoke so highly of you. She loved speaking about your younger years and all the fun you had. Thank you for everything you e done for mom through out the years. It’s a large spot in my heart that can never be replaced.

  2. I have very many fond memories of Dawn…a beautiful, loving, caring, warm lady. May her soul rest in peace

    • Thank you Jennifer for your nice words of my mom.

  3. Dear Cousin Dawn, You was always worried about Devi and my mother. You will always be missed and love you always in heaven Nichol Gallimore

    • Hi Nichol. Thank you for your words means a lot.

  4. My sincere condolences to Christina and David on the loss of their mother.
    She was a very happy , hospitable and generous person . May her soul rest in peace.

    • Thanks Hazel we appreciate your kind words.


    • Thanks Maurice for your friendship that you provided mom all through the years.

  6. My sincere condolences to the family .
    Dawn was a wonderful, fun loving friend of mine for over 40 years,
    we worked back at the EGH together when it was an active treatment hospital.
    I am so glad we kept in touch over the years.
    She always maintained her sense of humour and was always willing
    to help someone out . I have many fond memories of her and her laughter.
    I will miss my dear friend. Rest In Peace .

    • Hi Lasha. Thank you for being such a dear friend to mom. She always spoke about “lasha”. She looked at you as such a dear friend and blessed that you brought my mom so much love and friendship.
      Thank you.

  7. Dawn was one of the best colleagues at the EGH ICU.
    She was very compassionate and patient centred. She also made us laugh when things got black and kept us entertained.
    As a friend she’d have you over and we’d reminisce of the old days and discuss the state of the world. She loved her kids and grandkids to bits and talked about them. A true friend and colleague.

    • Hi Sharon. Thanks for your kind words. My mom was such a special friend and your right loved her kids and grandkids. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.

  8. I have so many beautiful memories of Dawn and Noel when they lived in Trinidad.
    Their friendship meant a lot
    to me and my wife and we’re regular visitors to their home.She was a caring and gregarious, her laughter was her trade Mark
    She will be missed but her Noel will be there to take her had into heaven.
    Our sympathies go to all the children and family.
    Gary & Joan

    • Hi Gary and Joan. Thank you so much for sharing this great memories.

  9. Dear Christina and David
    Dawn will be missed she
    Was a special person.
    She was there for me
    and mom when I could not walk, she gave us S I lent Unity number for us to pray which was very encouraging.
    Dawn prayed for me. May she Rest In Peace.

    • Hi Davinna. Thank you so much she was such a special person.

  10. Eternal rest grant unto Dawn O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her , may she rest in peace
    A most beautiful human being
    We spoke on Dec 18/25.
    Friends since 1970.
    She will be missed, but she will interseed for us from her place in heaven.

    • Our sincere condolences to all the family. Dawn was a good friend of ours for over 60 years even though we only communicated in later years by technology. We will miss her.

      • Hi Neville and Joan. Thank you for your memories.

    • Hi Dennis. Thank you for being such a great friend to mom all these years. You were always available when she needed someone.

  11. Deepest Condolences to the family, my dearest friend Dawn this World is a dark place without your Radiant light.Your kindness and thought fullness, your laughter and beaufitul smile.You were an Angel on this earth rest in peace in Gods loving arms we will miss you so much, you will be dearly loved forever. Debra & Edward…

    • Hi Ed and Debra.
      Thank you for your kind words. This is a large hole in my heart with her passing. Thank you for your friendship with my mom.

  12. Sadly will be missed. She was the life of the parties always singing and laughing. Devine order.

    • Yes, Dawn always ended her conversation with: DEVINE ORDER!

    • Hi Maria. I cannot express enough thanks and appreciation that you and Harold showed my mom all these years. From helping me throw the best 60 surprise party to shoveling her snow or just to lend a helping hand. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will not be in noticed. Love you guys.

  13. My condolence to Dawn’s children and family. I only met your mom once,but remember her lovely smile. For many years she kept in touch with my parents after cousin Noel died. May she RIP. My parents are Mavis & John Mendes deFranca ( brother of your grandfather). Love & Prayers. Carmel deFreitas

    • Hi Carmel
      Thank you for sharing. She was such an amazing person that life will just never be the same

  14. Christina, David, Phil and Chris. May you find consolation in remembering the gifts Dawn gave you are yours forever. Her laughter, her words of wisdom, the memories you created with each other and always her love. Hope it comforts you to remember how special she was as a mother, a sister and a friend. I will miss her dearly.

    • Hi Audrey
      Thank you for everything that you did for my mom. You were a great friend to her through out the years.

  15. Deepest sympathy to Christina and David and to Philip and Chris. Dawn was a very kind and generous friend, who has left us too soon. She loved people and always welcomed us with a smile when we visited. She will be sorely missed.

    • Hi Valerie.
      Thank you for sharing. I miss her so much.

  16. Our sincere condolences to the family. Dawn Mendes De Franca was a ray of sunshine. She was a beautiful, caring, loving and kind person who will be greatly missed. She will be remembered with deep affection.

    Cheryl, Ken Chitolie & Family and the Winter Family

    • Thanks Cheryl for your kind words.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the families. I remember her as being a gentle and kind, caring soul. I was a nanny for her children for a brief time when Christina and David were in grade school. My name is Lisa C. She was a good and devoted mom. I met her through my mom Modesta, when my mom worked at the General Hospital in Edmonton, AB many years ago. That is how I came to know her family. Remember that her spirit will always live on in all of you. May she rest in peace.

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