Barbara (The Babs) Forrestall
1957 - March 29, 2014
Barbara loved life and
all those in her life. She was an inspiration to her
family and those around her.
She was in pain for many years but would
always say “It could be worse” and she really meant
it! She once told our Mother that she had
Syringomyelia, Syringomyelia didn’t have her. She
was grateful for her life every day. You always felt
better after a conversation with Barbara or “The
Babs” as she often referred to herself. She was a
great listener and had a wicked sense of humour that
always left people in awe that she could be so
positive given her situation. Everyone that met
Barbara walked away a little more compassionate, a
little more empathetic and certainly more willing to
take their challenges in life head on because “It
could be worse”.
She had lots of time and great advice for her
nieces and nephews and they better know that she
will be looking down to see that they are following
it. Barbara’s Annual Sing-A-Long Christmas party was
legendary. It was the official start of the season
where many of us gathered, sang carols and watched
children grow up year after year as Santa Claus gave
out gifts. Barbara was very social and loved
parties, dancing, laughing and telling the odd salty
A bright light has left this world but
thankfully it shone so brightly that those touched
by it will have her in their hearts forever!
|Visitation will be at Chapel
Ridge Funeral home 8911 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 5G1,
905-305-8508 on Wednesday April 2nd, 2-4pm and 6-9 pm. A
mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Church on
Thursday, April 3rd at 11am with a reception to follow in
the church hall. Address is 5633 Highway 7, Markham, ON L3P
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the
Canadian Syringomyelia Network in support of Brain and
Spinal Cord Research.
Please send donations by cheque to
Canadian Syringomyella Network
c/o The Forrestall Group
201 Whitehall Drive
in May of 1993 by Barbara Forrestall, CSN is the first network in Canada
to provide a resource centre to those needing support and information about
this often disabling neurological condition.
offers a support network for people who suffer from Syringomyelia (SM),
their families and friends, and all others with an interest in this disorder.
support is established through quarterly network meetings, member relationships,
quarterly newsletters, and an annual fall convention.
What do we do?
promotes awareness of SM throughout local communities and across Canada.
acts as an information and referral network.
provides an on-going support system for it's members and anyone interested
CSN works closely with ...
People with SM and/or other neurological disorders that are associated
The American Syringomyelia Alliance Project Inc., Texas
The World Arnold-Chiari Malformation Association Philadelphia
Hospital departments of Neurosurgery, neurosurgeons, and other health care
professionals now treating and/or working with people with
Families and friends of people with SM