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November 10, 2021

In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Occupational Health & Safety

Updated on November 10, 2021

Across the globe, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic do essential work caring for patients but all too often put themselves at risk of infection.

Join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in remembering and honouring the lives of all Canada’s health care workers who have died from COVID-19, whose names and information we have recorded here.

As we collectively mourn their loss, let us recommit to fighting for all frontline workers to have the protections they need to remain safe and healthy.

The CFNU extends heartfelt condolences to all families and individuals who have lost loved ones as a result of this pandemic. We encourage anyone in need of support to seek assistance. We are in this together.

If you wish to submit a name, please email 



Anonymous hospital environmental services worker, 58, Brampton, Ontario

Anonymous Hospital Cleaner, Ontario

Anonymous Personal Support Worker, 50s, Sienna Senior Living’s Altamont Care Community, Scarborough, Ontario

Anonymous Personal Supporter Worker (CUPE), Ottawa, Ontario

Anonymous home care attendant (CUPE), Ste. Annes, Manitoba

Anonymous health care worker, a woman in her 50s, Edmonton, Alberta

Anonymous physician, Alberta

Anonymous man, in his 40s, long-term care home employee, Montreal, Quebec

Anonymous health care worker, Alberta

Anonymous RPN (WeRPN), Toronto/GTA, Ontario

Bontu Abdulahi, 44, personal support worker, Toronto, Ontario

Agary Akaekpuchionwa, Personal Support Worker (CUPE), LTC, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Youssef Al-Begamy, 48, family and emergency room physician, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Maureen Ambersley, 57, LTC RPN (SEIU Healthcare), Mississauga, Ontario

Oscar Anibal Rodriguez, in his late 50s, LTC home employee, Quebec City, Quebec


Brian Beattie, 57, Nurse (ONA/CFNU), LTC, London, Ontario


Joe Marie (Jing) Parrenas Corral, 61, health care aide (AUPE), Calgary, Alberta


Yassin Dabeh, 19, cleaner (LiUNA) at a long-term care home (Middlesex Terrace), London, Ontario

Jean Claude Dianzenza, 61, health care aide (CUPE), Winnipeg, Manitoba


Dr. Wayne John Edwards, 66, Psychiatrist, Lethbridge, Alberta


Marcelin Francois, 40, Personal Support Worker, Montreal, Quebec

Maria Flores, Personal Support Worker, London, Ontario


Antonio ‘Boyet’ Gaerlan, 54, housekeeper (CUPE) in the Environmental Services Department (Etobicoke General Hospital), Etobicoke, Ontario

Lorraine Gouveia, 54, Registered Nurse (SEIU Healthcare), Mississauga, Ontario


Judy Hawkins, 64, activity assistant in long-term care, Windsor, Ontario

Dr. Huy Hao Dao, 44, Public Health Physician, Montreal, Quebec


Yurub Ibrahim, 51, health care aide at Glamorgan Care Centre, Calgary, Alberta


Ezra Jeffrey, 71, orderly in long-term care, Westmount, Quebec

Jean-Géthro Joseph, Personal Support Worker (CUPE), Ottawa, Ontario


Kim Kotelo, 26, Registered Nurse, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Sam Laguerre, 44, residence administrative assistant at LTC Providence Saint-Joseph (SQEES-FTQ), Montreal, Quebec

Marie-Caona Lamitié, 65, orderly at LTC residence Place Lacordaire, Montreal, Quebec

Diana Law, 57, Nurse (BCNU), Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock, BC

Dr. Jean-Marc Lepage, 81, family doctor, Longueuil, Quebec


Christine Mandegarian, 54, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care) Scarborough, Ontario

Cristina Marasigan, 49, Personal Support Worker, Newmarket, Ontario

Laurence Ménard, 33, Social Worker (APTS), Drummondville, Quebec


Thong Nguyen, 48, patient attendant (Federation of Health and Social Services for CSN), Montreal, Quebec


Patrick Péladeau, 56, orderly, LTC residence Lionel-Émond (STTSSSO-CSN), Gatineau, Quebec


Arlene Reid, 51, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care), Peel Region, Ontario

Jean Rigaud Fontaine, 72, home health care assistant (le syndicat des auxiliaires aux services de santé, CSN), Montreal, Quebec

Sharon Roberts, 59, Personal Support Worker (SEIU Health Care), North York, Ontario

Leonard Rodrigues, 61, Personal Support Worker (UNIFOR), Toronto, Ontario

Sylvain Roy, 56, caregiver, LTC residence Lionel-Émond (Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux), Gatineau, Quebec


Victoria “Vicky” Salvan, 64, Orderly (CUPE), Montreal, Quebec

Cheryl Small, Personal Support Worker, Mississauga, Ontario


Marina Thenor Louis, 45, Orderly, CHSLD, Montreal, Quebec

Stéphanie Tessier, 31, Orderly (union for health care workers in the Laurentians), CHSLD, Saint-Jérôme, Quebec

Tom Thomas, 34, continuing care assistant (CUPE), Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, Saskatchewan


Vidal Uon, 55, nurse (FIQ-SPSCE), Montreal addiction rehabilitation Center, then a vaccination centre in Montreal, Quebec


Warlito Valdez, 47, Residential Support Worker for people with disabilities, Richmond, British Columbia

Rose Vandelannoite, 62, Health Care Aide at Summerwood Village Retirement Home (LiUNA), Sherwood Park, Alberta

Denis Vincent, 62, Dentist, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Sheila Yakovishin, 60, Personal Support Worker (UNIFOR), Windsor, Ontario

Charles Yonkeu Ndjiya, 49, orderly, Montreal Chinese Hospital, Quebec

Please note: This list of health care workers includes any staff who work in health care facilities. It is compiled from names submitted to the list from the family or friends of the deceased, or their unions’ reports, as well as from media articles.