In Memory of




Obituary for Susan Avery Westphal

Daughter, sister, mom, stepmom, partner, teacher, mentor, and true blue friend. Happiest when romping through the woods, Susan seemed to perpetually dance and flutter — a force of nature. A passionate athlete, she also loved music, art, reading, and travelling to exotic places. For over three decades, Susan taught and inspired youth, first in First Nations communities up north, then in Toronto and Charlottetown. She lived her retirement years as an ardent volunteer, bringing art to Ottawa seniors and leading creative writing seminars for educators in India. Always thoughtful and kind, Sue embraced life with a perfect balance of curiosity, empathy and humour. Donations honouring her memory may be made to Child Haven International at or Farmers Helping Farmers at A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. Stories and condolences may be shared at