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Daphne DeQuincy Ifill Smith
March 8, 1924 - April 25, 2021
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<div itemprop="description">It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved matriarch, Daphne DeQuincy Smith (nee Ifill) on April 25, 2021 in Ottawa, Ontario. <br> <br>Daphne was born to Madelin and Eustace Ifill in St. Michael, Barbados, on March 8, 1924. She was predeceased by her sisters, Phyllis and Mildred. Daphne was cherished by her husband, Aubrey (deceased), her daughters, Una, Zant, and Juanita, her grandchildren, Claire (Grantley), Emile (Hiroko), Erika (James), Ryan (Daniel) and Aaron, and her great-grandchildren, Lauren, Accalia, Jude, Aiden, Spencer, Cassandra, Kota, and Zora. <br> <br>Daphne was hard of hearing for most of her life, however, she did not allow her disability to deprive her of the joys of life. Without the benefit of hearing aides, she adapted by becoming an adept lip-reader. She was a devout Christian, she set aside time for devotion, reading the Bible and Our Daily Bread. She was an avid cook and baker of family favourites, and a mystery drama and soap opera enthusiast. <br> <br>In 1980, Daphne moved to Montreal, Quebec. There, she formed a new community with her daughters, grandchildren, members of the Trinity Pentecostal Church, and the Black Community Association. Daphne also obtained her first hearing aid and attended the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs at the MacKay Centre. <br> <br>Daphne was actively involved in the upbringing of her grandchildren when she lived in Barbados and Montreal. She was more than a grandmother to them, and they will miss her dearly. Daphne was a giving, honest and patient soul, qualities all those who knew her admired greatly. <br> <br>A celebration of life will be held at Rideau Funeral Home & Cemetery (4275 Sources Blvd, Dollard-des-Ormeaux) on May 13, 2021. There will be a viewing from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. The service will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm followed by the burial. In lieu of the flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in memory of Daphne to Hear Entendre Quebec via https://hearhear.nationbuilder.com/donate. <br> <br> <br></div>