Eunice Laforteza

Eunice Mauricio Laforteza

Wednesday, September 21st, 1966 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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Laforteza, Eunice M.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Eunice Laforteza, loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend died after a courageous battle with cancer.

Eunice will be forever loved by her son Joshua, sisters Jannette (Lorenzo) and Ramela (Geordan), brother Bo, mother Herminia and predeceased by her father Solomon. Eunice will also be lovingly remembered by her nephews (Jordan, Noah, Sebastian, Isaac), nieces (Asia, Kylie) and extended family.

Eunice’s incredible zest for life was nourished by her love of Joshua, family, friends, adventures to sunny destinations and flair for fashion and design.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the many wonderful frontline hospital teams and especially to Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s C7 unit for their care. Special thanks to nurses Anita and Adriana and Dr. Graham for their tender care with us in the final hours.

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Donna Lewis

Posted at 03:21pm
Eunice was a friend of my heart. We met at work and bonded over our love of fashion, and we subsequently perfected the art of lunchtime shopping. During those lunches she would tell me of her family and friends and of her love for each one. But especially Josh, you were the stars in her sky. Now we must all find a way to live without her beauty and wisdom but I will miss her forever.

Samson Family

Posted at 12:47pm
Eunice's smile and laughter was always a welcomed addition to our Family. Our thoughts and prayers for her, son Josh and Family. Will missed you.
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David Williamson, Robert Graham, Neil Coutinho

Posted at 08:45am
Everyone at WPCI miss Eunice dearly. We are honoured to have worked with her. Her laugh was infectious & her smile brought joy to everyone around her.
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Connie Samson-Nelson

Posted at 01:40pm
Eunice is my friend from childhood. She is my aunt Cat’s Best Friend, and will always be a part of our family’s memories. I have more than 35 years of memories of Eunice, and they will never be enough.

There were times when she was a friend, and there were times she felt like a sister. There were times we worked on projects and events together. She was a pillar of support, encouraging me to keep going until everything was set up, and she would not leave my side, 'though it was late, 'though I would plead with her to go home while I finished up. There were times we sat side by side on bar stools hoping to meet “the right guy” or at least “the right guy…for now”. There were times we sat on couches, subway trains, back of cabs, or just drove around: designing things in our minds, reviewing job postings, rewriting her resume, discussing politics, horoscope signs, paint colours for her bedroom or refinishes to use on some piece of old furniture she picked up antiquing: how she be-jeweled these jeans and denim hand bags, and awed over who had the best dimples-George Clooney or Chris Pine, and jealously bashed the absurdity of every product featured in GOOP, all the whilst wishing we could afford them. When we walked around downtown Toronto, we would look up at the stars and looked for the North Star. Follow an imaginary line from the two most outer stars in the "bowl shape" of the Big Dipper and pointing to it is the Polaris, aka the North Star. Why? Because we were both dreamers. Under these stars she would recite things she was working on.

Eunice was a closet writer. Over the years, she would share with me ideas for short stories, and treatments for movie scripts, and free verse poetry. I would listen to her recite passages from her journal. They were introspective and full of depth. I was sometimes envious of her immense creativity and yet truly excited for her constant potential. She had aspirations of writing columns for magazines, to compile a series of random short stories about being a woman trying to find love and affection and acceptance. She was as talented as she was beautiful.

Eunice valued her space and “alone time”. Behind the fashion labels and vintage reboots that adorned her, was an extremely spiritual woman whose youthful energy remained encapsulated within her and woven within her ambitions. “Time to herself” was when she would quietly wrestle with her thoughts and resolve matters of the day.

Since I’ve known of her passing, these images of Eunice through the years, keep running in my mind like a film reel, constantly playing a movie and evoking memories of good times, hilarious times and heartfelt times. I was not aware she was ill. I feel deprived of the chance to try to compose the appropriate set of words to comfort her pain, but mostly, for her to hear me celebrate her life. Today, above the radiator, overlooking the fire escape of our NY apartment, I placed three mini plants. "From one green thumb to another." Each one, symbolic of my gratitude of her friendship, support and love. There is a note in an envelope, a lengthy letter for her to read whenever she comes to grace me with her energy. THERE IS A HEAVEN, a place where we go after this life on earth, where we live eternally in peace and where we remain timeless, in the best and most beautiful version of ourselves...and I guess that's how she wanted many of us to remember her. Forever. Always.

I will miss her stories and their endings. But the most difficult and painful part of missing her, are the scenes of my "tomorrows", where I will look for her, and …all I will have are the photographs of when we were young.

My dearest 'Ning...

“Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized…
Everything just takes me back
To when you were there…"

When We Were Young


Mary-Lynn Sinclair

Posted at 09:41am
We were saddened to hear of Eunice’s diagnosis and struggle with cancer. We feel deeply for her family and share their loss. Eunice was a wonderful friend & coworker, always positive and a pleasure to be with. She was funny and had a bright personality, we will miss her. Love, her Workplace One family

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