Lena White

Lena Jane White

Tuesday, March 4th, 1930 - Friday, December 11th, 2020
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It is with much sadness that the family announce the passing of Lena Jane White (RN) on December 11, 2020 at the age of 90 at Mackenzie Health following complications of Covid-19. Beloved and cherished sister of Davey (MaryAnne) White of Uxbridge. Lena will be lovingly remembered by her nieces, MaryLou (Ben) Dainard, Christine Smith and Elizabeth (Bill) Lee. Lena will be missed by her great nieces and nephews. Born in Altona, Ontario and predeceased by her parents MaryEllen and Dudley White, Lena grew up on the family farm. She trained at Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing where she met many lifelong friends. Lena graduated in 1951 and was a dedicated, longtime nurse and administrator at York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill for 36 years.
A special thank you to the caring doctors, nurses and the entire health care team at Mackenzie Health. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will take place followed by internment at Hartman Cemetery, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
If desired, donations in Lena's memory may be made to Women’s College Hospital Alumnae Archives, Mackenzie Health Foundation or your local Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.
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Leslie Graham

Posted at 07:38pm
I have so many fond memories of Lena, beginning with her welcoming me into the nursing profession as a new grad. She supported me as I transitioned into the reality of healthcare. Her calm encouragement made me believe I could "do it" and after 44 years I am still loving every moment. Our paths continued to cross as she took palliative care courses with me at Ryerson where we had such interesting conversations on our long treks home after class. After I left York Central we would meet for lunch where she would update me on her family and what everyone was doing. She loved her family!! I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family. In sympathy, Leslie Graham

Posted at 11:00am
Dear Lena, I have often thought of you since leaving the hospital. Last week you came into my thoughts so strongly; made me wonder where you were and if you were still alive or had passed. I think that day your spirit touched my soul on your way to heaven.
I remember meeting you in 1973 and working with you for all those years. I thought this is the kind of nurse, the patient advocate who I'd like to be. They were very big footsteps to follow; your never ending fight for best practice, like the breast care program. Lena you brought such care, understanding, logic and love to the nursing at York Central Hospital (setting the ground work for what has grown to Mackenzie Health ). You encouraged and raised the bar for the standard of nursing practice we followed; we who worked with you are all indebted, for your nurturing us to gain knowledge to advance our own nursing care. I felt very honoured when you wanted to attend my retirement and so sorry for not having kept in touch more after your retirement.
Your family must be missing you and to them I offer my deepest condolences.
You will always be part of my memories, Jan Double

Don Johnston

Posted at 10:22am
I recall meeting Lena White as a new grad at York Central Hospital in 1985 during her turn presenting in the Orientation. She was the epitome of Professional Practice. She was detail and procedure focussed, even noting there would be consequences if the right colour of pen was not used for certain documentation. Lena White was an example of 'the right stuff', a generation of professionals badly needed at this time.
J Posted at 11:03am

I so agree with you Don she was an inspiration to us all and yes her professionalism very much needed now. Jan Double

Lesley Mallett

Posted at 04:52pm
I knew Lena about 20 years ago when we lived in Richmond Hill. I used to drive her to our regular teddy bear meetings. She had a lovely collection of teddies. I was honestly thinking of her the other day when another friend from my past in Richmond Hill was in touch with me. I remember Lena with such fondness. I am so sorry to hear of her death. I send my condolences to her family.
From Lesley Mallett (now in Fergus ON)

Frances LaVigne-Henderson

Posted at 02:51pm
My 54-year-old husband, James (Jim) LaVigne was admitted to the Palliative Area in York Central Hospital in December, 1989. Lena was the nurse in charge of his care (or perhaps she was the Unit Manager--time has blurred my memory). Whatever her role, Lena was there for us in every way. Her professionalism, kindness, and unfailing support of Jim and his family are remembered to this day. We were blessed to have Lena get us through a lengthy and tragic time.
Frances LaVigne-Henderson

Diane Cairns Posted at 10:02am

I was not a nurse, but I worked in the admitting and emergency and scheduling department of York central, as it was called back then. Our paths crossed numerous times. If i had surgery or was admitted i remember the wonderful and cheerful ways of Lena. My condolences go out to the family. Know that Lena's caring ways will continue in Heaven. 🙏❤

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