Rose Bloomfield, beloved mother and Omi, passed away February 9, 2022. Devoted wife to David for over 50 years. Their first date may have started with her escaping out of the back door of the pharmacy she worked at, but that date eventually led to a love affair that spanned decades. From Montreal to Philly to Long Sault to Sanibel and back to Montreal, Rose always made a home filled with love and laughter (and latkes!) wherever they landed.
Mother to Ron, Mark, Steve and Heidi, Rose treasured her time raising her children. Through their adventures and misadventures, Rose remained their biggest cheerleader. Rose could not get enough of her kids, even as adults, hungry for all the details of their lives, usually over dinner at one of their favourite restaurants, in Montreal and Sanibel. Mother-in-law to Janet, Angela and Natalie, Rose opened her heart to her daughters-in-law. Her loving support and promise to never interfere in their marriages was an often-told story (and mostly true!).
Omi. How do we put this? Being an Omi to her eleven grandchildren was the biggest joy of Rose’s life. Ryan, Carter, Jake, Brenden, Holly, Shane, Eve, Kieran, Marcus, Elliot and Alex were loved, doted on, spoiled, cared for and adored by Rose every minute of their lives. She had no greater pleasure than when her grandchildren were visiting her or she knew they were thinking of her. She had endless patience for these kids, positive words of encouragement and always treats in the freezer or in her German chocolate drawer. Family was the centre of Rose’s life.
Rose’s big heart, however, did not just include her children. The friends her kids brought home through the years always knew they had a soft spot to land with her. This embracing of new people who inevitably became family continued throughout her life. Rose leaves life long friends in Rachel and Art Thompson, who always kept Rose in their thoughts and in their Costco cart; Myrna, who never failed to cheer Rose up with her laughter; Nicole McHale, Rose’s Sanibel partner in crime at many a Sanctuary party; dear friends Carolyn and Cotton who always took such good care of Rose when she was away; Tony, who inspired Rose with her painting; Crystal and Volker, her wonderful German family who shared so many happy times during warm Sanibel winters. Special thanks to Laurie-Ann who cared so kindly for Rose throughout the last years. Rose now joins her mother, Rosie, her sisters Ingrid (Tante Inky) and Alexa and her brother Dieter in peace. We will miss her very, very much.
Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral service will be by invitation. Flowers can be sent to Voluntas, 4695 boul. Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9H 2A7 prior to 10 a.m. on Monday, February 14th. Donations can be made to the Guy Lafleur fund for cancer research at the CHUM – www.fondationduchum.com
Anita GualtieriFebruary 11, 2022 at 2:40 pm
I am so sad to hear this news. We would like to send our condolences to the whole family. Prayers to you all and strength at this time.
Jennifer DoyleFebruary 11, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. My condolences to the family for your loss. May she rest in peace.
Tanya van BloklandFebruary 11, 2022 at 2:57 pm
Such a beautiful tribute for such a beautiful matriarch of a beautiful family. In my eyes, Mrs B was magical. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lorraine Dagenais, Jorge SanchezFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:09 pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Mrs B was very special to us when she was managing our soccer team. We loved her and she loved us back!
Patricia JaroslawskiFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:11 pm
What a wonderful tribute. Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss.
Nadia & Ryan AntoniadisFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:19 pm
My deepest sympathies Mark, Angela, Alex and all your family. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Frankette and Tony Rinaldi Sanibel FlFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:29 pm
We were very sad to hear the news , we were such good friends and cared for her and Dave dearly. Rose will be missed.
CarolynFebruary 11, 2022 at 3:58 pm
So sorry to hear about Rose. Loved this woman.She will be miss.Love Carolyn & Cotton.
MelanieFebruary 11, 2022 at 4:10 pm
Beautiful tribute. Very lucky family to have had such an amazing women loving, supporting and forever cheering them on. I’m very sorry for your loss. Hugs.
Rachel, Andrew and DavidFebruary 11, 2022 at 4:31 pm
Mark & Angela and Alex – Please accept our sincerest sympathies.
I know the last few months have been difficult for all of you – Our thoughts are with you.
Nora Ann and DougFebruary 11, 2022 at 5:16 pm
Loving tribute to a lovely lady! Condolences ! Doug and Nora Ann
Geoffrey ByrneFebruary 11, 2022 at 5:44 pm
Thank you Rose so very much for being our Soccer team Manager and looking after the team on our travels including Sweden and Denmark. Your hospitality and parties were much appreciated and made for many memories . Were thinking of you and cherish those memories.
Lynn FilionFebruary 11, 2022 at 5:54 pm
My deepest sympathies to all the family. Wishing all of you peace and comfort at this time. Treasure all the wonderful memories forever.
Art & Rachel ThompsonFebruary 11, 2022 at 7:21 pm
Our deepest sympathy.
Love you all and regard you as our family.
Will miss Rose lots.
Diane Demers GodinFebruary 11, 2022 at 7:23 pm
What a glowing tribute – please accept our sincere sympathies during this difficult time. My fondest memories of Rose is when we traveled to Europe with our daughters’ soccer team. Her devotion to our 15 year old girls was undeniable, and they loved Rose back. Thank you for the memories, Rose.
Yolanda britnellFebruary 11, 2022 at 9:15 pm
Ron, Janet and family
Sending our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mum-Omi. Our thoughts are with you and wish you comfort during this sad time .
With love Tim, Yolanda , Ally and Tori
Tony and Wendy van BloklandFebruary 11, 2022 at 10:20 pm
Such a beautiful tribute to a most deserving lady. Rose, always so generous. has left us with cherished memories of years spent in arenas and on soccer fields, fun filled trips and parties at the Bloomfields with all our girls.
She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. Our heartfelt condolences to all the family.
Tony and Wendy van Blokland
Jenn HoltFebruary 12, 2022 at 10:41 am
Mrs. B was the ultimate soccer mom. She was so generous and kind and was really a second mom to so many of us. She always welcomed a brood of teenage girls into her home and then would make us the best pancakes when, inevitably, half of us would end up sleeping over. I consider it a privilege to have had Mrs. B be a part of my life. Sending my love to all the Bloomfields.
Kim Derocher LarsenFebruary 12, 2022 at 2:47 pm
Deepest sympathy to Mark, Angela, Jake ,Holly and Alex during this terribly sad time.
Neil PacdaanFebruary 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Omi, you were the closest to grandmother to me, and you never failed to treat me like your own. You will always be an important person in my life and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the memories and the love. May you Rest In Peace.
Ruth Day (Elliott)February 12, 2022 at 8:35 pm
I’m so terribly sorry. The Bloomfield’s, Rose especially, were my son’s second family when he was little and their love, kindness, open hearts and homes were so very precious to us. I wish I could say something that could ease this loss, it’s just so damn unfair. I’m glad you had such a loving anchor for your family and my heart breaks over you losing her.
This is a favourite poem that may bring some comfort,
White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field
by Mary Oliver
Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —
so I thought:
maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.
AngieFebruary 13, 2022 at 3:19 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you Heidi and family, cherish all those wonderful memories, lessons and love.
Mark BartholomewFebruary 13, 2022 at 12:31 pm
For many many years my home away from home was on Thompson Point and Mrs. Bloomfield always took care of me, the only adult in my young life who called me Bart. A wonderful, unique and immensely lovable woman will forever be missed. I didn’t get to see Mrs. Bloomfield too much as I got older but whenever I did, it was always a wonderful and joyous encounter. My family offers our sincere condolences to Mr. Bloomfield, Ron, Mark, Heidi and of course Steve. We are happy to donate to the Guy Lafleur charity in Mrs. Bloomfield’s honor.
Violet & Graham PatersonFebruary 13, 2022 at 6:31 pm
So sad to hear the news. Rose was truly one of a kind. Open hearted, kind and loving to all in her orbit. A lovely lady. Such a loss! Our condolences to the Bloomfield family; Dave, Ron, Mark, Steve and Heidi. Love, Graham & VioletPaterson
Jennifer PatersonFebruary 13, 2022 at 6:56 pm
Mrs. Bloomfield will always have a special place in my heart. I look back fondly on all my childhood memories spent with the Bloomfield family. I always looked forward to seeing Rose on my visits back to Montreal. She will be missed by all. My sincere condolences to all the Bloomfield family. Especially thinking of Mr. Bloomfield, Ron, Mark, Steve and Heidi. Love, Jennifer Paterson
Sue & ClaudeFebruary 13, 2022 at 8:49 pm
Our condolences to the whole family. May all of your memories bring you comfort during this time.
Allie (Heather) O’NeillFebruary 15, 2022 at 10:02 am
A beautiful tribute to a lovely person. Mrs. Bloomfield was a beautiful and strong woman. I thought she was kind and generous with her heart. Her openness and generosity afforded many in the Bloomfield’s lives fond memories to cherish. Sending my deepest sympathies to the Bloomfield family. I hope many happy family memories will bring you comfort during this sad time.
Elaine CobbFebruary 23, 2022 at 10:56 pm
I’m so terribly sorry to hear this news. Nothing prepares you for the loss of a loved one that has had such a profound impact on your life. Sending you all light and love and courage and strength for the days ahead. I’ll always remember your Mom as being welcoming and kind. May she Rest In Peace. Hugs to all of you from the Cobb and McJannet crew.