Susan Edith Sysko (nee Reid)
June 4, 1956 – December 27, 2023
On the evening of December 27, 2023, Susan Edith Sysko passed away peacefully due to natural causes at the Brampton Civic Hospital. She was surrounded by her beloved husband Michael and her sister Patti.
Susan was born in Kingston Ontario, raised in Montreal Quebec (Roxboro) and in 1980 married Michael Sysko in Montreal. In 1983 we moved to Brampton Ontario where we lived for over 40 years in the house she absolutely adored.
Susan was the love of my life and I had the privilege of marriage for 43 years which I will forever cherish. I will remember Susan as a wonderful wife being kind, considerate and caring to all those she loved. I have many memories of our conversations as we could talk for hours enjoying each other’s company.
Throughout her many medical conditions, Susan was very courageous and had a very positive outlook even though her mobility was limited in recent years.
Susan had an immense and dedicated love for all animals enjoying her dog Kelly and all of our cats ; Shaki, Calle, Christmas, Sheba, Tiffany, Honey, Maxi, Sultan, Cleo, Evie, Rikki, Magic, Merlin, Molly, Cassie, and recently Pixi. Susan’s love of animals started with her pet birds and aquariums she had growing up and continued at our home in Brampton as she tended to our ponds and aquariums caring for our goldfish and bullfrog, Charlie, who Sue often picked up and held and lastly my dog Whiskey and Leonard’s dog Chanel. Susan loved taking care of our pets throughout the years providing special attention to their individual needs. She also enjoyed horseback riding while living in Montreal.
Susan was extremely gifted and talented in cooking, gardening and especially a passion for needle work such as cross stitch and needlepoint. She was constantly stitching away and scouring the internet worldwide for photos and artwork where she would obtain patterns to create intricate and detailed needle work making our house a loving home. Susan completed 44 needlepoints and cross stich works of art displayed in our home not including the numerous ones that were given to family and friends throughout the years. In 1991, for our 11th anniversary, Susan stitched a Sysko coat of arms with the following words “Recognize all the parts that make the whole for you are the maker”.
Her collection included many blank needlepoint and cross stitch canvases which she sorted through often in search for her next project. Susan’s most intricate cross stitch “Courage” was completed in the spring of 2023, from Dr. Laura Hawryluck’s poem which she absolutely loved the first time she read it. The last cross stitch Susan completed was in November 2023, as Joan of Arc, which was fitting as a testament to her strength, courage and determination.
Susan was also an avid Royal Doulton collector with many beautiful figurines obtained throughout the years that had involved many trips to antique markets. She also enjoyed collecting cookbooks, recipes, music, movie DVD’s, books, Beanie Babies, Furbies and collectable plates.
Susan has joined her loving parents Kenneth and Doreen Reid, my parents Anne McIntosh (Sysko), Arthur McIntosh and my father Michael Sysko. Most importantly, Susan will now be with our dear daughter whom we joyfully awaited but who sadly passed before term.
Susan is survived by her husband Michael Sysko, sister Patti Reid, nieces Kelsey (Nick) and Kimberly (Jake), brother in law Leonard McIntosh and nieces Elizabeth and Sydney. Also survived by Aunt’s Carol (Fred) and Norma (Michael), cousins Bonnie (Brent, son Joshua) and Gordon (Deanna).
Susan will also be sadly missed by many other family members and friends across Canada as well as our dearest friends Gloria, Rob and son Brent.
We would like to thank all of the many Healthcare professionals who were instrumental in Susan’s care throughout the years. A special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Laura Hawryluck (cousin) for her guidance and compassion.
Cremation has taken place January 5, 2024. A private celebration of life will be held in June 2024 for family and close friends at our home where everyone can see all of Susan’s beautiful needlepoints and cross stitch works of art, Royal Doulton figurines and enjoy our gardens which Susan spent countless hours planting and to remember Susan’s true passions bringing her great joy. Details to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Toronto Cat Rescue in Susan’s memory would be appreciated, as they are staffed by volunteers playing an important role saving many precious lives connecting cats with loving parents in forever homes.