Audrey’s long and happy life began in Toronto with her parents Elsie and Walter Boon, who predeceased her. Audrey and her two younger brothers, Doug and Russell, also deceased, came from a large, extended family of Richardsons, Boons and Nowells who emigrated to Canada from the UK in the1910s.
Music and dancing were always a big part of Audrey’s life. She displayed her musical talents early, asking for piano lessons for her fifth birthday. When the family moved to Oshawa in 1930, Audrey met her life-long friend Jean, whose mother ran the local dance school, and the two starting dancing professionally at the CNE. Later, Audrey and her fiancé, Bob Armstrong, would entertain as ballroom dancers at the Royal York Hotel.
Audrey and Bob married in 1942 and had 37 happy years together in Toronto, Ottawa and Thornhill. Audrey was a wonderful mother, a beloved grandmother and great grandmother, and a favourite aunt. She was a multi-talented lady: whether it was playing the piano, cooking, cake decorating, dressmaking, knitting or smocking, everything she turned her hand to turned out beautifully. For many years she worked in accounting, but her great love was entertaining family and friends and introducing crazy card games to the next generation.
Always stylish and a keen bridge player well into her 90s, Audrey had a tremendous zest for life. She loved her family, Caribbean cruises, and a tall pina colada. Audrey started out to travel the world with her husband, Bob, and after he passed away in 1980, she had a great second act with her partner, Bob Klein, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Audrey and Bob enjoyed 28 cruises in their 29 years together.
Audrey spent her last two years at the Streetsville Care Community, where she passed away peacefully on July 27, in her 100th year. Audrey will be dearly missed by her daughter, Barbara; granddaughter Anthea and great grandsons Tristan and Garrett; granddaughter Adrienne (Andrew) and great grandsons, Ferris and Julian; nieces Ellen, Karen (Ian) and Linda (Terry). Our sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of the Streetsville Care Community. A private family service will be held; if desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences www.rskane.ca