January 20, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Agatha, January 20, 2024, at the age of 90 in Ste-Geneviève, Québec.

She is survived by her sister Eastlyn, her sister Gloria, her sister-in-law Sheila Cohen, her many nephews and nieces, her stepson David Danovitch (Diane Kukla), step grandsons, Steven Danovitch (Irene Ashimwe), Jason Danovitch (Alicia Howard), Ryan Danovitch (Samantha Guillemette) and step great grandchildren Amanda Munyarigoga and Maverick Danovitch.

Agatha was born June 20, 1933 in Trinidad and Tobago to Jestina Simmons and Phillip Ruphine. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Errol, her husband Moses Danovitch and her brothers William and Neville.

Single mother to her teenage son Errol, Agatha left him temporarily in the care of family to prepare a better life for them both in America. First to New York in 1973, where William had moved, then to Montreal in 1975. Tragically, her son was taken in an accident. Agatha forged on and settled in Granby in the Eastern Townships of Montreal and started working with families as a nanny and housekeeper. She cherished those memories as she loved the children so. She then moved to Chambly to work in a nursing home. Low and behold, a Mrs. Tillie (Tobie) Danovitch who was under her care had a son who quickly fell to her charms and married her in 1980. She then moved to Côte St-Luc where she started an 18 year career as a PAB or “homemaker”, as she used to call it, at the CLSC.

Agatha loved to travel and visited Australia, Israel, Greece, England, Belgium… and went on numerous cruises. She loved books, nature/animal shows and sitcoms. Close to her heart was the plight of the helpless, children and animals as she sponsored many children through World Vision and donated to the SPCA. But most of all, Agatha loved to laugh and “enjoy”!

Agatha will be missed by all who knew her, her many friends and colleagues, in particular Diane, Elizabeth and Helen who were a tremendous support to her.

Never a more gentle soul has walked among us.

Life can be beautiful, try to make it so

There is never need to grumble when skies above are gray, because before you know it winds will blow the clouds away.

It’s the same with worldly trouble, it will come and it will go, in a matter of a moment joys can reappear, you know.

So therefore one should not complain when heartaches plague your life; there always is a bit of cheer for every bit of strife.

Life I never all one sided, of this you should be aware; the God above gives all of us our just and equal share.

Some folks seem to have it better, others seem to have it worse, but in the end it may turn out exactly the reverse.

So trust in God above you, pray for health, do not protest and you will find that what He does is for the best.

Joseph Zwibel

Please join us in celebrating Agatha’s life on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Voluntas Funeral Home, 4695 St-Jean Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9H 2A7. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., service at 1 p.m. followed by the crypt entombment at Rideau Memorial Gardens. A reception will be hosted at Voluntas following the burial at 3:30 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

If unable to attend, join us on Live stream for the 1 p.m. service at:


Voluntas Funeral Home

4695 Boul. St-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9H 2A7

Saturday, January 27, 2024, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Voluntas Funeral Home

4695 St-Jean Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9H 2A7

Saturday, January 27, 2024 1 p.m.

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