Cymbaluk, Joyce Alice (nee Groombridge) died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in the 91st year of her life. Joyce was born April 2nd 1930 in London England, to Sidney and Florence Groombridge. Joyce was predeceased by her parents, brother Sidney and husband Lawrence. She leaves behind her two daughters Maria with her husband Peter, Sonia and her husband John, her beloved grandchildren Mark and Christine, and her nieces and nephews.

During the war Joyce’s family moved to Nottingham where at the tender age of 14 she went to work full time at the Player’s tobacco factory with her father. It was also in Nottingham that at 18 she met Lawrence, the one true romantic love of her life, as she was sitting on a park bench. It seems odd that a passing Ukrainian prisoner of war would win her heart by simply offering her a candy with a noble gentlemanly gesture. But the chemistry between them must have been electric, as she did not speak Ukrainian - he spoke very little English, but on that very day she mentioned to her girlfriend that, “she would marry that man one day”.

And that’s exactly what happened. At 22 the couple did marry and in 1952 she gave birth to their first daughter Maria. The three of them lived in England until 1956 when they decided to move their young family to Canada for better opportunities. In Canada they settled in Toronto and it was Joyce in fact that landed the family’s first job with the Zurich Insurance Company where she worked for many years. Lawrence soon followed with a job of his own and like all newcomers to the country they both worked very hard and saved what they could to purchase their own home in Bloor West Village in the early 1960s. In 1966 their second daughter Sonia was born and the family flourished in a caring, loving home.

In 2002 Joyce suffered a devastating loss when her husband of 50 years passed away from lung cancer and she lived on her own until 2010 when due to declining health she decided to sell her home and move in with her daughter Sonia and her family. It was here that her grandchildren Mark and Christine benefited from her love and care and she was affectionately nicknamed, “Baba Joyce”. She doted on her grandchildren spending many hours reading and singing to them, telling them fantastical stories, reciting rhymes and limericks and generally outlasting even their cries of, “one more time”.

Joyce was the epitome of a lovely old English lady. In fact if you were to Google the words, “a lovely old English lady” Baba Joyce’s picture would surely appear as an image. Always jolly, always with a kind word or a complement for everyone she met, Joyce also had a rare gift for listening to other people’s problems, which she always seemed to think could be solved with a nice hot cup of tea (properly made of course with fresh water and fine china). With an unbelievable drive to always be helpful in any way, and never be a burden to anyone, Joyce always did what she could to help out even as her health deteriorated.

Throughout her life Joyce had a childlike innocent belief in all things mystical. For her, the fairies in the forest, the angels protecting the kind hearted (and those pure at heart), and the conviction that goodness always overcomes evil were truths that were there if you really took the time to look and find them. Joyce always found these truths and they gave her the strength, courage, and resiliency to live a full life full of love for family and friends alike. She will be missed.


For those who wish memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders or St. Volodymyr Cathedral of Toronto


Beginning July 16, 2021 the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is once again permitting visitations and services to take place that are open to the public. We must continue to maintain physical distancing, the wearing of masks and may not allow more than 50 guests at any one time. Once the maximum limit has been reached, we will ask any additional guests to kindly wait outside in a physically-distanced line until there is room to enter safely.


November 07, 2021
Cardinal Funeral Home Bathurst Chapel
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Panachyda 7 p.m.




November 09, 2021
Andrey Hiltschuk
Please accept my deepest condolences as well as from my mother and entire family. Very saddened to hear about the passing of such a sweet women, who always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. May she rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat.
November 09, 2021
Rosemary Scott
Dear Sonia, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved mother. She certainly lived a wonderful life, and was clearly much loved and respected. Please know you are in my thoughts at this difficult time. - Rosemary
November 08, 2021
Wasyl Saluchok
"Joyce was the epitome of a lovely old English lady. Always jolly, always with a kind word or a complement for everyone she met..." That is exactly how I remember and will remember your mom. Maria and Sonia, Peter, John, Mark & Christine please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful mom/grandmother. She was truly one of a kind! Vichnaya pam'yat!
November 07, 2021
Tatyana McEneany
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs.Cymbaluk. As a dancer with Sonia and attending the Cymbaluk Svist Vechyr as well as caroling Mrs Cymbaluk was always around with warm pleasant greetings. My husband Jon loves to relay how he dropped off a gift to Sonia on my behalf and he spent the most pleasant afternoon with Joyce -she refused to let him be so formal-they chatted and had tea. Her memory will always be with us. We wish your family our warmest hugs to see you through this difficult time. Love Tanya,Jon and Max McEneany ❤
November 06, 2021
Adele Umanec
Our deepest condolences to you all. She was a lovely, sweet-hearted lady and a joy to be around. When she walked into a room you couldn't help but smile. As limited my time in her company had been, she is one of the few people to make a big impression on me... on how I'd like to conduct myself in this world. Kindness and gentleness and a loving willing hand to help where needed. She had a knack for listening. I mean really listening and giving her undivided attention to someone. Lovely. She will be missed. Hugs to all of you.
November 05, 2021
Ingrid Gibski Pec
I will always cherish the memories of my first time coming to visit Sonia and meeting her mom, the most lovely person ever to welcome me to her home. Pani Cymbaluk kindness and friendliness was for me quite unique. As a new comer to Canada with very limited English she made a huge impression on me. Between Sonia’s dad that called me “Gwendolyn” and the warmth of her mom’s personality, I felt very much “specially welcome” because she had that special gift to make you feel that you matter, and she was truly glad to see you. The getting together for Christmas carols, to coming to practise doing Sonia’s hair for her wedding or coming to my home for my 50th birthday are a few of the highlights of wonderful and very special memories that I will always cherish. At the end she became a bit of mom to all of us, and as such I will always hold her memory in a special place in my heart. Thank you Sonia and Maria for letting me be part of your family. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family From the Pec Gibski family
November 04, 2021
Krywetzky family
She was a lovely woman. Always kind and giving. Easy to talk to and joyful. She had a wonderful smile and she was always available for a cup of tea. Вічная Память