Memorial Tributes

Lynda Pearson 04-Jul-1934 – 01-Feb-2022


A service to celebrate her life will be held at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EST) and will include live streaming to allow remote participation.

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory

Lynda Pearson
Ret’d – Chartered Accountant, Gov’t of Canada
1934 – 2022

In hospital, on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, following a brief illness that she faced with her usual independence and determination, and with her extended family by her side for support and comfort.

She was predeceased by her parents and brother David, and is survived by her brother’s family – nieces Vanessa Wood (Stephen) and Helen Daniels (Steven), grand-nephews-and-niece Noah Wood, and Louella and Isaac Daniels, as well as her sister-in-law Christine Pearson, all in the UK. Lynda also leaves her long-time friend, and adopted Canadian family, Daphne Picklyk and god-daughters Alison Ferguson, Lorna Moroz and Catherine Picklyk.

Lynda earned her designation as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 1962, then emigrated to Canada in June of the same year. After a short time in Canada, she joined the Federal Government with the office of the Auditor General, where she had a fulfilling career until her retirement. An active member in her community, she was involved for over 56 years with Zonta International, and for many years held senior roles in District 2.

A giving person and avid volunteer, Lynda also supported other charities, including knitting for the Snowsuit Fund and working with Victoria’s Quilts. She enjoyed being active with the Alpine Club, and for over fifty years with the Scottish Dance Society, and practiced Tai Chi. Her love and support to both her family in the UK and her extended and adopted family here in Canada will always be fondly remembered.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EST) and will include live streaming to allow remote participation.

**Pursuant to ongoing COVID19 guidelines, those attending need to register their attendance, will be screened when entering the building, are required to wear face coverings. and are reminded to refrain from usual expressions of sympathy such as shaking hands, hugging or kissing.**

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We invite friends to share memories and condolences in her guest book.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Zonta Ottawa or Zonta International would be appreciated.

Lynda died on the 92nd anniversary of Zonta Club of Ottawa (chartered 02-01-1930), how appropriate that she is celebrating with all Zontians who have passed. Lynda will have so much to tell her family and friends, she talked about her family in the UK and their celebrations and pictures shared on instagram. Lynda was very adept at her age with social media! Lynda loves her Ottawa family and spoke of them often, she was thrilled to have them over for a ‘tea party’ around Christmas time. She was looking forward to a summer wedding this year, know that she will be there is spirit. Lynda has been my rock with all Zonta Ottawa financial matters for several years. We became friends while travelling a few years ago to a District 2 workshop, she was my co-pilot and we had lots of time to talk. She also co-piloted on trips to Susie & Marceli’s annual Island picnics and to Montreal for their Annual Awards celebration and their 90th anniversary where we share the Zonta District 2 Centennial Torch. Lynda and I had lunch together in December at Chances R restaurant, we had a great lunch and both enjoy their mocha ice cream cake & coffee. This pandemic has been difficult for everyone, Lynda would take a drive on good weather days just to take pictures to share with family and friends, and she might stop in at the LCBO in Manotick to perhaps pick up a bottle of wine. Lynda enjoyed her tennis and would tape the ones played in the middle of the night to watch the next day. Lynda I will truly miss you and your sense of humour…  Cindy

Mona Tobgi, July 14, 2017

Mona Tobgi, 4 November 1946 – 14 July 2017

It is with great sadness that the Zonta Club of Ottawa announces we lost a true friend and sister Zontian this weekend.  The Club sends our deepest sympathy to Johnny/Jean and their dear Valerie and her husband and children.  There are no words to adequately express what Mona meant to the Club and how much we appreciate all she has done. Her memory will live on forever.

Mona Tobgi ((née Chiniara)

Passed away on July 14, 2017. Daughter of the late Ernest Chiniara and Aurore Karalambides, she leaves behind her cherished husband Johnny/Jean Tobgi, her precious daughter Valerie Organ (Byron), her darling grandchildren Tyler and Abigail, her beloved sisters Sylvie Pennaneach (the late Guy), Gisèle Abbyad (the late André) and Huguette Chiniara, as well as many dear cousins, nephews, nieces and wonderful friends. Mona attended St. Clare’s College in Egypt and graduated with an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal. She joined CIBC in 1965 and was the first woman in Quebec to become a “Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers” (FICB). From 1974 to 1997 she was CIBC’s Quebec Regional Controller and Business Consultant Finance in Montreal, and from 1997 to 2001, she was CIBC’s Ontario East and North’s Business Consultant Finance and Senior Financial Analyst in Ottawa. In 2002, she joined Industry Canada from where she retired in 2011 from her role as Senior Business Development Officer promoting Canada’s environmental industry in Canada and abroad. Mona was an active member of Zonta International (in Montreal 1984-1997 and in Ottawa since 1998). She valued her network of friends from Zonta, Breast Cancer Action (BCA) Ottawa, CIBC and Industry Canada. Mona was especially thankful for the tremendous support she received from Johnny, Valerie, her networks, her family, relatives and friends during her illness.

The family will receive condolences at the Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd. Orleans, ON on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:30AM to 11:00AM. Funeral mass will follow at the chapel within the complex. A private interment will be held at Cimetière St. Joseph d’Orléans. The family will then join guests for a celebration of life at the Heritage Funeral Complex. A 40th day memorial service will be held at Saint Sauveur Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral, 10025 De l’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal, QC on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:00PM.

If one wishes, tributes may be sent to Breast Cancer Action Ottawa (, to the Zonta International Foundation ( or to a charity of your choice.


Décédée le 14 juillet 2017. Fille de feu Ernest Chiniara et de feue Marie Aurore Karalambides, elle laisse dans le deuil son très cher époux Johnny/Jean Tobgi, sa précieuse fille Valérie (Byron Organ), ses petits-enfants chéris Tyler et Abigail, ses sœurs bien-aimées Sylvie (feu Guy Pennaneach), Gisèle (feu André Abbyad) et Huguette Chiniara, ainsi que de nombreux cousins, neveux, nièces et amis merveilleux. Mona a fréquenté le Collège St. Clare en Égypte et a obtenu un MBA de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle a commencé une longue carrière à la CIBC en 1965 et a été la première femme au Québec à qui on a décerné le titre de  B.I.B.C. (Brevet de l’Institut des banquiers canadiens). De 1974 à 1997, elle occupait le poste de Contrôleur régional et conseiller en gestion des finances pour la région du Québec de la CIBC à Montréal et, de 1997 à 2001, elle occupait le poste de conseiller en gestion des affaires et Analyste financier senior à Ottawa pour la région d’Ontario Est et Nord à Ottawa. En 2002, elle s’est jointe à Industrie Canada d’où elle a pris sa retraite en 2011 de son poste d’agente principale de développement des affaires pour l’industrie canadienne de l’environnement au Canada et à l’étranger. Mona était membre actif de Zonta International (à Montréal 1984-1997 et à Ottawa depuis 1998). Elle a beaucoup apprécié ses réseaux de Zonta, Breast Cancer Action (BCA) Ottawa, CIBC et Industrie Canada. Mona a été particulièrement reconnaissante pour l’appui formidable qu’elle a reçu de Johnny, Valérie, ses réseaux, sa famille, parents et amis pendant sa maladie.

La famille recevra les condoléances au Complexe Funéraire Héritage, 1250 Chemin Trim, Orléans, ON, le 22 juillet 2017 de 9h30 à 11h00. La messe funéraire suivra à la chapelle du complexe. Un enterrement privé aura lieu ensuite au Cimetière St. Joseph d’Orléans. La famille se joindra par la suite aux invités pour une célébration de la vie au Complexe Funéraire Héritage. Un service commémoratif du quarantième jour aura lieu à la Cathédrale Grecque Catholique Saint-Sauveur Melkite, 10025, boulevard de l’Acadie, Montréal, QC, le 27 août 2017 à 12h00.

Si vous le désirez, des hommages peuvent être envoyés à Breast Cancer Action Ottawa (, à la Fondation Internationale Zonta ( ou à un organisme de bienfaisance de votre choix.

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