Obituary

We are saddened to have lost our beloved Eterna Arciaga Delos-Reyes, age 79, who passed away peacefully on June 17, 2022 at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, surrounded by family.  

Loving and devoted life-partner to Arturo Delos-Reyes, loving sister to Danny (Kathy), Aurora (Bob: deceased), Norma, Virgie, Florante (Josie: deceased), dearly beloved mother to John (Christina) and Faith (Brad), predeceased by her parents Nicanor and Cecilia, and sister Lina. 

 

Eterna will always be remembered as an adored Lola to her four beautiful grandchildren, Chantal & Ellis, Chelsea & Miles, as well as to the many grandchildren in Eterna’s extended family. Eterna is our inspiration and will remain ever-present in our hearts. 

Born in Manila, Philippines on March 12, 1943, travelling the world with Arturo and her young family, they lived in the Copperbelt province of Kitwe, Zambia before immigrating to Toronto, Canada in 1981. She devoted her extensive career to the Philippine and Canadian Bible Societies. Eterna was a shutterbug, highly skilled and proficient in photography and graphic design, an avid gardener, and a much-loved Sunday School teacher at Hillcrest Christian Church. We remember Eterna as a gentle, multi-talented matriarch, and we celebrate her well-known ability to organize in her community, always with compassion, modesty, and grace. Eterna lived in service to others and to Jesus Christ; she touched the lives of so many and made a lasting difference wherever she went and in whatever she undertook. Few could resist Eterna’s legendary Filipino delicacies, her generous hospitality, so sincere and loving, her care for each and every person in need, and her unfaltering devotion to her family.

Gone but never-to-be forgotten.

   

Visitation

Date
June 23, 2022
Location
Cardinal Funeral Home-Annette Chapel, 92 Annette Street
Time
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Service

Date
June 24, 2022
Location
Hillcrest Christian Church, 2 Vaughan Road
Time
11:00 AM

Burial

Date
June 24, 2022
Location
Park Lawn Cemetery, 2845 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke
Time
 
Memo

By request of the family, the burial will be held in private.

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June 24, 2022
Tom Forrest and Janet Forrest
We were very sorry to hear of Eterna's passing. At least she did not suffer. She will be sadly missed for her delicious meals, her interesting family photos and busy activities. Please accept our sincere condolences. Regards, Janet and Tom
June 24, 2022
Natasha Compton
Eterna was a kind and loving person who radiated a calm and beautiful light when you were in her presence. Arturo, John, Faith, Christina and Brad, my heartfelt condolences to you and your families. I think Leonard Cohen said it best -"there are cracks in everything, that's how the light gets in" during this difficult time, I know her light will continue to surround you for years to come.
June 23, 2022
Brenda Macintosh
Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are extended to Arturo, Faith and Brad and John and Christine on your loss of a partner, mother and grandmother. Eterna was a lovely lady and a great example to her entire family and I know she will be missed and forever remembered. Brad and Faith : I am sorry that I won't be seeing you before your trip to Norway, but our prayers, thoughts and well wishes go with you on this new adventure. Blessings and Best Wishes from Ron and Brenda MacIntosh McClinchey. (Your favourite Aunt, great-aunt
June 23, 2022
Fay Lee
Dear Eterna remains in the hearts of all our families and friends in Nova Scotia, the UK and New Zealand — since we first met her and Arturo and the Delos Reyes family and came to know her as an affectionate, always helpful family member and constant, loving support to Christina, John, Chelsea and Miles. She is known by her unselfish deeds, her wonderful hospitality and her unwavering religious beliefs. She will be remembered also by the permanent record of family events that she has left us through her excellent, professional photography. Dear Arturo and the Family, I share in the grief of all who came to know Eterna, and I know that she will live on through eternity by her selfless deeds and love for all of us whom she has left behind. With all my love, Fay.
June 23, 2022
Jacquie Follis
Faith, Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. May your mom's memory be a blessing.
June 22, 2022
Vicky and Nick Little
Sending our deepest sympathy and healing prayers. Rest in peace Ate Eterna. Your happy memories will help ease the pain during this difficult time.
June 21, 2022
Zuzanna and Ryan
We are so very sorry for your loss. She sounded like a wonderful mother and grandmother. May time bring healing and peace.
June 21, 2022
Danny & Kathy Arciaga
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the resurrection and life, those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26). Ate Eterna went to glory and now resting in the welcome arms of Jesus to hear, " well done my faithful servant." Our prayers and love Kuya Art, Faith and Brad, John and Christina, and all the grandchildren. Danny, Kathy, Hannah and Dan, Sarah and Andrew, Jonathan and Maura, Cecilia.
June 21, 2022
Barb Steele and family
John, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We know that her love and spirit will live on through her many family & community connections. We are holding you all close in our hearts during these difficult times. With much love and sympathy, Barb, Scot & family
June 20, 2022
Larke Miller and family
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Arthur and to John and Faith and their families. I am so very sorry for your loss. Eternal was a very gentle, caring and loving lady and we will never forget her. I hope that the cherished and fond memories you have of her will help to sustain you during your saddest moments. Lots of love and warm hugs from Larke Miller and her family.