In addition to the in-person service at the cemetery, the funeral will also be live-streamed. To view the service virtually, please go to on Tuesday, April 2nd 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Queenie Spindel (nee Shrand) on March 31st, 2024, at the age of 74.  Born in Cape Town, South Africa, to Isaac and Masha Shrand, Queenie was a remarkable soul who graced this world with her wisdom, charismatic sense of humour, and endless love.


A devoted mother to Inge (Adam) and Jared (Yana), and step-mother to Benita (Hans), Queenie’s nurturing spirit knew no bounds.  Her role as Bubbie to Hudson and Charlie was her greatest joy, infusing their lives with love, laughter, and treasured memories.


Queenie’s life intertwined with that of her ex-husband and best friend, Harvey.  They shared and enduring love and are now reunited.


Queenie cherished her siblings, Devorah, Shirley, Jennifer, and Cecil, embracing the bond they shared.  Despite geographical distances, their connection remained steadfast.


As a Teacher, Principal, and Camp Director at Hillcrest Progressive School, Queenie instilled knowledge, inspired minds, and brought joy to many, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of children, parents, colleagues, and  the community alike.


Queenie’s vibrant energy and magnetic charm drew together an incredible group of friends, who brought profound joy and enrichment to her life.


For the past three years, Queenie valiantly battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with the ferocity and dignity befitting the Queen she truly was.  Throughout her journey she displayed incredible strength and resilience.  She will forever serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration, guiding us through life’s challenges with courage and grace.


We are thankful for the extraordinary care provided by the doctors and staff throughout her journey, especially Dr. Sibai and Dr. Pasic.  Those wishing to honour her life may do so by making a donation to Princess Margaret Hospital 416-946-6560.


Queenie’s spirit lives on in the lives she touched, the memories she created, and the love she shared.  She will forever remain the Queen of our Hearts.