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FLOOD: Diane Eloise (née McKenzie)

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On January 7, 2020 @ 8:54 PM In Lucan,Obituary | 61 Comments

FLOOD: Diane Eloise (née McKenzie)

Diane Eloise Flood (née McKenzie)


After facing her advanced cancer with grace and dignity, Diane died at home in Lucan on January 5th exactly as she wished, supported by husband of 59 years J.W. Stanley Flood and daughters Kimberly and Michelle, and within sight of her much loved Christmas lawn display.  

Diane was predeceased by daughter Sherri Lynne, parents Veda and Ross McKenzie and sister Barbara Therrien. She is survived by sister and good friend Jean Ferguson (Stan); brother in law Bruce Flood (Dianne); and will be dearly missed by son in law Kelly Barnett (Michelle), grandchildren Sara and Hanna Barnett and Andreas Kyriakos (Kim), and the Therrien, Ferguson and Flood nieces and nephews and their families. 

Born in Paisley, Ontario, Diane marched into Stan’s heart in 1960 as a majorette for the Lion’s Club band in Woodstock where her family then lived.  They married in 1961 and made homes and memorable holiday gatherings there and in Ingersoll, Paris, Owen Sound and London before settling in Lucan.  Diane was a childcare provider and ‘extra parent’ for dozens of families, many of whom visited these past weeks to share hugs, memories and stories of their grown up adventures and achievements, a true highlight for mom.  She also loved updates from ‘the girls’ from the Lucan Optimist thrift store where she volunteered for nine years.

There are not enough superlatives to describe our family’s appreciation for the many, many gestures of kindness from friends and neighbours in the Lucan community through mom’s illness—the thoughtful visits and calls to hospital and home, generous cards, flowers, gifts, meals, snow removal, etc.  We are grateful to the compassionate and skilled nurses and personal support workers of the LHIN Complex Care Team from St. Elizabeth’s and the VON who made it possible for us to ensure Diane’s comfort and honour her wishes in her final weeks.  Thanks to University Hospital LHSC, London Regional Cancer Program, Dr. A. Lazo-Langner, Dr. T. Nguyen and the staff of Lucan drugstore.

At Diane’s request, cremation has taken place with an outdoor Celebration of Life to come when the trees are full and flowers are in bloom.  In the meantime, in her memory and spirit, bake and share shortbread cookies or butter tarts, support the Lucan Optimist thrift store, cheer on a children’s hockey game, leave your Christmas decorations out extra-long this year – or even get the Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day/Easter decorations out early!  If a donation is preferred, Diane suggested Jessica’s House to ensure loving end of life care for others. Her other final ask: “If you smoke, for heaven’s sake, stop!”


Condolences for the family of “FLOOD: Diane Eloise (née McKenzie)”

Condolence from Tom Hearn on January 7th, 2020 9:11 PM

Stan, Kimberly & Michelle,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I will miss Diane’s friendly wave and smile whenever our paths crossed. She will be missed!

Condolence from Scott and Michelle Rummell on January 7th, 2020 9:48 PM

Stan, Kim, Michelle and family,

Our hearts are broken with the loss of Diane. It’s hard for us to put into words what she has meant to our family. We will forever be grateful for the years of extraordinary and loving care that she gave to our girls. She created such fun memories that they will never forget. Heaven is shining a little brighter today!

Love Michelle, Scott, Kelsey and Taylor

Condolence from Jake, Julie, Tyson and Jared Coulter on January 7th, 2020 10:07 PM

Stan, Michelle, Kim and family

We are so sad to hear this news. Diane was such a huge part of our lives. As Tyson has said most of his childhood memories were in your backyard. I can’t even count the number of times I tried picking the boys up but Diane was having one of her parties and they didn’t want to leave – her parties were the best (especially when they got to smash the gingerbread house)!! I don’t know what Jake and I would have done without her. We were so lucky to have her in our lives. She will be missed.

Love Julie, Jake, Tyson and Jared Coulter

Condolence from Sheila Butchart on January 7th, 2020 10:23 PM

A dear friend I know for over 45 years and always a smile and concerned heart for others.

Diane, fly with the angels and be at peace
Prayers for Stan, girls and extended family

Condolence from Mariah Zalitach on January 7th, 2020 10:39 PM

I love you Diane ❤️

Condolence from Mike Miller on January 8th, 2020 12:10 AM

Butch, Kim and Michelle
Our deepest sympathy for you and your families.
We are going to miss Dianes larger than life smile and laughter.
Much love: Mike and Paula Miller

Condolence from Judy Bond on January 8th, 2020 4:39 AM

So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She always had a smile and kind word for all. Our deepest condolences go out to Stan and her family
Harry & Judy Bond

Condolence from Ron & Glenda Lindenfield on January 8th, 2020 6:24 AM

Truly a Beautiful Wonderful Lady, she will be missed by many, Our Sincere Condolences!

Condolence from Diane Rummell on January 8th, 2020 8:45 AM

Stan and family, so sorry for your loss, i will miss our usual greeting when ever I ran into Diane whether it be the hairdressers, or on the street in Lucan, it was always Hi Diane and a Hi Diane back with a bit of a chuckle, she has left beautiful memories for a lot of families in Lucan, treasure them.

Condolence from Keith, Jeanette and David on January 8th, 2020 9:17 AM

Stan, Kimberly, Michelle and all of Diane’s family we are thinking of you at this sad time. We will miss all the conversations we had with her and Stan when we were walking by in the nicer weather. Remembering how she loved to decorate for every occasion (the neighbours and passersby loved it as well) especially Christmas we will hang an ornament on Haskett’s Angel Tree this Christmas for her.

Condolence from Gary and Linda Hayter on January 8th, 2020 9:34 AM

Stan Kim and Michelle. Gary and l are so sorry to hear of Diane,s passing.She was such a wonderfull lady, and will be greatly missed. Keep all the good memories close, it will help get through the tough days ahead.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Condolence from Alanna Hosking on January 8th, 2020 9:38 AM

Dear Flood Family,
My sincerest condolences.
I would go to the Lucan Thrift Store just to see Dianne.
She was a ray of Sunshine.
She certainly was a special Person.
Thinking of you.

Condolence from Ray & Sue Heffernan on January 8th, 2020 9:54 AM

Stan, Kimberly & Michelle & Family
So Sorry for your Loss of Diane Wife, Mother, Grandma, & Sister She will be missed by all that new her , a wonderful kind lady I would see her in the optimist store while dropping off stuff she was always so Kind and Happy to see You. I will never forget her kindness one day she came to me for a haircut it was Easter time and she brought me in a Easter decoration for no reason i wasn’t even her regular hairdresser i was just so surprised and grateful for the gesture. I will never forget that. RIP Diane
Sue Heffernan

Condolence from Sandra Owen (McLeod) on January 8th, 2020 10:06 AM

Stan and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Diane, she truly was an extraordinary woman and made my younger years so much fun. I can only hope to be half as patient, caring and fun-filled as she was. Always in my heart,

Condolence from Terry Genttner on January 8th, 2020 10:30 AM

Terry, Carrie, Emma, Ali and Laci Genttner

Stan and Family, our condolences to all of you. Diane was a fantastic and wonderful human being! Other neighbours have big shoes to fill as Diane would spoil the Genttner’s with many of her baking treats. Our kids always enjoyed her outdoor displays for all occasions. I will personally miss my chats with her at ‘half time’ when I was out cutting the grass. She will be greatly missed!! Stan, you know where to find us if you need any help.

Condolence from Joanne Walzack on January 8th, 2020 10:38 AM

What a wonderful woman. She will be so missed. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Denise Morgan on January 8th, 2020 11:35 AM

Stan, Michelle, and Kim
Will offer prayers for you the family that Diane’s spirit be not lost. Will make a special effort to keep it alive and pay it forward thru the suggestions in the obituary. Love , peace and fond memories be with you at this sad time.

Denise Morgan

Condolence from Caroline Rasenberg on January 8th, 2020 12:20 PM

Thinking of the Family at this difficult time, may the wonderful memories of Diane’s love be with you and comfort you.

Diane was a ” Special Neighbour” with a bright smile and a hardy laugh, she was a true “GEM”.

“Life ends but …………. LOVE doesn’t”

Condolence from Don Lankin on January 8th, 2020 12:27 PM

Don and Dorothy Lankin

Stan, Kimberly & Michelle & Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of Diane. She was such a pleasant person and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Marc, Charlayne & Zachery Therrien on January 8th, 2020 12:38 PM

Uncle Stan, Kim, Michelle & Family
We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Diane’s passing. She had a heart of gold and I have wonderful memories from childhood to adulthood, too many to mention. I will never forget the time as a youngster we took Aunt Diane perch fishing on the 16 Mile Creek in Oakville, during a family get together, and yes, she caught the most. We enjoyed our recent visits to the house over the past couple of years (and the baking!) and will cherish our time with her forever. Our thoughts and condolences are with you at this time of sorrow.

Condolence from GAIL LEWIS on January 8th, 2020 2:44 PM

I was sorry to hear of Diane’s diagnosis not that long ago and deeply saddened by her passing. I got to know Diane through volunteering at the Thrift Store. Such a loving, caring person. Always smiling. A wonderful lady who will be greatly missed by anyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing her.

Condolence from Frank and Carol Hardy on January 8th, 2020 3:32 PM

Stan and family,
We are sad to hear of your loss. Diane was such a kind,friendly lady who will be truly missed by all who knew her. Treasure precious memories .

Condolence from Joyce Sovereign on January 8th, 2020 3:37 PM

Stan ,girls and rest of Dianes family
I was shocked to hear of Diane’s passing ,had no idea she was so sick .Please know l had been praying for her on my list of people l care about ,fighting this dreaded cancer.May God comfort each one of you during his sad time in your lives .My happy thought for her is she is seeing her beloved daughter she lost, together again .😊

Condolence from Barnes Family on January 8th, 2020 4:29 PM

Stan and family we all have very warm memories of Diane. We all can hear that wonderful laugh especially when we chuckle about the skunk in the live trap or when you the by-law guy had the smokiest bonfire, set Julie’s detector off and Harry Wraith payed us a visit or when I hid your pride and joy red pickup truck. We love you guys.

Condolence from Kelly & Barry Hodgins on January 8th, 2020 4:31 PM

What wonderful memories shared with Diane over the years at the hockey arena as she proudly cheered on our boys. Diane was so proud being a part in the celebrations for Hockeyville. She was dressed from head to toe in green!
Diane was such a kind a beautiful person who will be missed by many in the Community.

Condolence from Brenda and Fred Smith on January 8th, 2020 4:59 PM

Sorry for your loss Hugs to all She was a special lady
Always keep the good times close to your heart

Condolence from Hans and Marie Ewald on January 8th, 2020 5:00 PM

Dear Stan ,Kim , Michelle and families We were heartbroken when we heard that Diane had passed away .When we first moved to the neighbourhood Stan and Diane were the first neighbours we met .We were made to feel welcome and from that day on we were friends .We enjoyed many wonderful visits sitting outside passing away a lovely Spring , Summer or Fall evening Our grandchildren always enjoyed saying hi , and maybe if they were lucky Diane would have a little treat for them .Diane was a kind generous lovely lady we will miss her greatly .Keep all the special memories you have close .Our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Hans and Marie Ewald

Condolence from Jack & Flo Park on January 8th, 2020 5:56 PM

STAN sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time

Condolence from Claire Aucott-Hartjes on January 8th, 2020 6:18 PM

Stan & Family

Diane was such a wonderful lady, I had the pleasure of working with her at the Optimist Thrift store.

She will be greatly missed.


Condolence from Joan and Dave Goddard on January 8th, 2020 6:30 PM

Stan and Family
We were so very sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Sharon Riddle on January 8th, 2020 6:49 PM

Thinking of all the family at this time
Al and Irene Garner
Sharon Riddle
Bill & Janet Flood
Ralph & Barbara Flood
Joyce Smith
Ken & Joanne Flood
Paul Flood & John Wegman

Condolence from Arlene Thomson on January 8th, 2020 7:13 PM

Dear Stan

Sorry to hear about Diane , I am thinking of you and your family at this at.

from Arlene(BMO)

Condolence from Dale and Linda Froats on January 8th, 2020 7:48 PM

Always enjoyed meeting up with Diane and sharing stories of community events we attended together or what our daughters and grans were up to. Will remember our last visit with special fondness as she glowed with love of her grands and their accomplishments. So glad you have such wonderful memories to help you through this loss. Peace be with you Stan,Michelle and Kim

Condolence from Cathy and Bruce Cornish on January 8th, 2020 7:56 PM

Dear Flood Family

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Diane. She was a lovely
lady, always had a huge smile on her face and a contageous smile, Diane
was such a friendly happy person. She will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts
in this difficult time.

Condolence from Susan Bazos on January 8th, 2020 7:59 PM

Michelle ,Sara and family,
I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma,
I never met your Mom Michelle,but I know that she was a special person by the lovely way that you mentioned her in our chats. It sounds like you got your sense of humour from her,and she will live on in your heart and your memories!

Condolence from Sarah Henderson Taylor on January 8th, 2020 8:15 PM

Stan, Kim, Michelle and Families

To say Diane will be missed is a true understatement ! She truly was a special lady who loved her town of Lucan!

Hugs to you all !

Dorothy Henderson and family

Condolence from Karen McDonald on January 8th, 2020 8:28 PM

Always a smile and kind words when ever we met.
She really was a ray of sunshine .
Our sincere condolences to Diane’s family.

Condolence from Sheila Hodgins on January 8th, 2020 8:36 PM

My deepest sympathy to you Stan and your family. I am so glad that I got to talk a bit with Diane in the parking lot at the Doctor’s office. At that time Diane was still going through tests. She was a wonderful women and will be missed in our community. She was such a huge supporter of all of our events at the Museum and we will all miss her smiling face. She literally lite up the room with her smile and wonderful laugh.

Condolence from Bill & Sue on January 8th, 2020 8:37 PM

Diane has left a legacy, not just in her immediate family but all of those children that were in her care and their parents who appreciated her. Our own family is included in this list. She will be long remembered in her community. She was a very special person and we will be thinking of you all.

Condolence from Virginia Minihane on January 8th, 2020 8:48 PM

Thank you for being my friend for 63 years Diane, they don’t come any better than you.

Miss you

Condolence from Lori Hickson on January 8th, 2020 9:26 PM

Stan, Kim, Michelle and families,
We were so saddened with the news of Diane’s passing. She was a very kind, gentle women who will be missed by many. Hold tight to your memories to help guide your through the days to come.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
The Hickson and Hodgins family❤️

Condolence from Barb Coughlin on January 8th, 2020 10:03 PM

My sincere sympathy to Stan, Kim and Michele and family. Diane was a lovely neighbour. She always had a kind smile and a happy greeting. She will be missed in the community .
Barb Coughlin

Condolence from Anne Langendyk on January 9th, 2020 8:25 AM

To Stan and the family.
My condolences, with sympathy and cares. Diane was always friendly and kind. She will really be missed by many, especially those near and dear to her.

Condolence from Tom & Mary Ann McLaughlin on January 9th, 2020 9:20 AM

Stan, Kim, Michelle and families
We were sad to hear of Diane’s passing. She will truly be missed by so many in our community. Diane was a very special lady who always greeted everyone she met with a warm smile and asking how everyone was doing. Remember all the great memories you have of a special wife, mother and friend – they will last you a life time. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Michelle Jefferies on January 9th, 2020 1:08 PM

Stan and Family,

We are very sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady and we remember her fondly as a loving babysitter to Ashley as a toddler. I was always pleased to catch up with Diane over the years when we would run into each other in town. Please accept our condolences. Sending you all love and prayers during this difficult time.

Michelle, Gary, Ashley and Jake Jefferies

Condolence from Bob & Cathy Moore on January 9th, 2020 1:22 PM

Stan & Family,
Thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane was a wonderful and lovely person that will be in your hearts forever!

Condolence from Roy and Carol on January 9th, 2020 2:25 PM

We’re so sorry to lose Diane since she was such a beautiful and gentle woman. She always had a ready smile and we will miss her (and her delicious baked goods!) and the way she always lightened up our family gatherings. You are loved.

Condolence from Maureen Berry on January 9th, 2020 8:48 PM

Since first meeting Diane only a few years ago I regarded this lovely lady as a beautiful ray of sunshine! So friendly and kind. An eager volunteer at the Lucan Thrift Store we shared many chit chats while perusing items too good to be truly discarded! Diane will be greatly missed by all that knew her bubbly personality and empathetic ear. Extending most sincere condolences to Stan and daughters and family.

Condolence from Steve Gould on January 9th, 2020 11:55 PM

Our sincere condolences on Diane’s passing. She was always such a great person to be around. The seasonal decorations she displayed were always inspirational and well known in the neighbourhood. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Steve & Trish Gould.

Condolence from Jessica Cox on January 10th, 2020 4:59 AM

Stan and Family,

We are so sorry for this loss for your family and our community. Diane meant so much to our family and we all have so many wonderful memories or her that we will cherish. We are thinking of all of you.

Brad, Jessica, Ella and Kensie Cox

Condolence from Elizabeth JENKIN on January 10th, 2020 1:59 PM

Stan and Girls
Diane will be missed. She touched so many with her love of life.
I’m sure that Gord and “Sis” will meet in Heaven

Liz Jenkin

Condolence from Wayne & Julie Pryce & Family on January 10th, 2020 2:46 PM

Stan & Family

Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Rick Gwalchmai on January 10th, 2020 2:56 PM

Stan, Kim and Michelle and family

Many of my childhood memories growing up on Elizabeth street include Diane and your family. Diane was one of the many moms on the street that was always there to point us kids in the right direction with her gentle and caring way. May your lifelong, rich and varied memories of her bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Condolence from Gord and Brenda Moon on January 11th, 2020 11:41 AM

Stan, Michelle , and Kim,

The loss of Diane is very sad to you her family ,and all who have crossed her path. Mentioned here , she truly was a ray of sunshine and could always brighten a day. I enjoyed many chats with her at any various spots in town . I will miss waving to Diane and Stan at the corner as they sat out on a warm summer night , the beautiful decorations for all special occasions, and the many conversations. Thinking of all of you.

Condolence from Paul and Pam Hodgins on January 11th, 2020 4:20 PM

Stan and Family

We were saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish your memories.

Condolence from Mary Poulin on January 12th, 2020 9:27 AM

Michelle I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I will definitely bake some shortbread cookies and butter tarts and take them to work in memory of Mom.

Condolence from Bev Dayman on January 12th, 2020 1:49 PM

Stan,Kim and Michelle and families
My sincerest condolences go to you guys on the loss of such an amazing human being.
Diane was always smiling always made time to chat and was very friendly.
Growing up You always knew that if you needed anything or if you were locked out you could go stay with Diane until Mom or Dad got home.
May all these kind remarks I have been reading through on here help you grief the loss of your wife, mom and grandma. Diane was a very special lady that touched a lot of people within our community and she will be missed.
Know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very difficult time.
Bev and Shawn Dayman and family
George and Janice Dauncey
Saralynn Masse and family

Condolence from Pat & Cora Ryan on January 13th, 2020 1:21 PM

Stan and Family,
We’re saddened to hear of Diane’s passing, she touched and influenced so many lives in our community.
Our sincere condolences

Condolence from Marilyn Thompson on January 13th, 2020 8:49 PM

Stan and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Her smile and friendly greeting is what I remember most.
My sympathy to you and the girls.

Condolence from Vicki, Dave, Mackenzie & Jacob Hayter on January 16th, 2020 5:52 AM

Dear Stan and girls:
We are so grateful to have had such a ray of light living amongst our tight knit neighbourhood. Diane always encouraged fairness and equity and made every individual feel special. The way she genuinely supported our boys at hockey games – always asking when the next game was, made our hearts soar. We loved looking forward to each season with each new decorating theme she was so keen to put into action – especially St. Paddy’s Day, Easter and Christmas. I’m so blessed to have had a special visit with her as we shared our love and concerns for tomorrow’s children.. We’ll always remember Diane very fondly and will miss her dearly. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Leanne, Mike and Family on January 16th, 2020 12:35 PM

Stan and Family
We were so so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. so many great and fond memories of her. She was an exceptional lady who was loved by all. Know that we are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

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