Laura Ann Pasut (née Morson)
Laura welcomed everyone in her life with a warm smile and a comforting hug. To her, family and friends were the priority, and a stranger was merely a friend that she had not yet met. She was a ray of sunshine to all and will be deeply missed.
Born and raised in Toronto, Laura embraced life from an early age. As the middle daughter of proud Canadian-Italian parents, Laura was raised with a love for her large extended family and community. Laura had a passion for learning, earning a Bachelor's degree in nutrition and two Master’s degrees. She forged a career as a dietitian, consulting for government and food industry associations. Laura continued this passion later in life and was recognized for volunteering her time to mentor others. In her personal life, her pride and joy were her three children. She had a deep love of drawing, dancing, going to the symphony and the theatre, gardening, and of course the Toronto Maple Leafs. She also loved to travel and passed that on to her children. Some of her favourite memories were from unique family vacations. In later years, Laura and George continued to enjoy seeing the world together and developed a passion for long hikes here at home and on their travels.
Laura died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a year long battle with cancer that was faced with dignity, courage, and grace. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, George, and her children Alana, Daniel (Helen), and Marisa (Matthew). She is deeply missed by her sisters, Denise (Loris) Moretto and Jo-Ann (Dino) Genise, and by her niece and nephews: Peter, Alicia (David), Michael, and Marc. She will also be lovingly remembered by her mother-in-law, Ivanna, by her sister-in-law, Rita, and by her numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Dino and Irene (née Carli) Morson, and by her father-in-law, Luciano Pasut.
The family would like to express their thanks for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Bradbury, Dr. Cho, and Dr. Banerjee at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Dr. Toupin from The Dorothy Ley Hospice community support team.
Per Laura’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at Ward Funeral Home Weston Chapel, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Ave. W.), Weston, on Wednesday, January 17 from 6-9pm and Thursday, January 18 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W. (west of Royal York Road), Etobicoke, on Friday, January 19 at 11am with a memorial reception to follow. A private entombment will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (https://cmfonline.org/).
Laura was an inspiration to all who knew her. Please continue to honour her by living as she did - with a positivity for life, and warmth and kindness to all.
The family has given the opportunity to view Laura's service via livestream, please click the link below.