Western mourns death of Engineering student

The Western community is mourning the death of Anna Toner, 20, a Faculty of Engineering student who died Monday, after a battle with brain cancer.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Turner and Porter, York Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., Toronto. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the same location.


Anna is survived by her parents, Bruce and Louise; older sister, Helen; grandparents, Bob and Edith Beddie (Belleville); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Bruce and Eleanor Toner.

On Wednesday, Western will lower the flag on University College in Anna’s honour.

Anna was a dedicated student of Environmental Engineering, which reflected her lifelong interest in nature and love of the outdoors. She loved the arts as well, as a dancer for 13 years, circus artist, and violinist. She enjoyed sports, including gymnastics and soccer, and loved to go on adventures travelling with family. She was an optimistic and dedicated fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Argonauts.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Anna to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, to support their research, or the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to support Anna’s passion of environmental conservation.

Western reminds its campus community that counselling services are always available to assist faculty, students and staff. Visit the Health and Wellness website for help today.