CLAIRE HADDAD, C.M.
July 17, 1924 – May 17, 2016
May she rest in peace, perfect peace…
Condolences to her loved ones.
We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Claire Margaret Haddad (née Bardwell) peacefully in her sleep. The second of five Bardwell sisters and predeceased by the older Vivian Tanber of Toledo (the late George Sr.), she was determined not to outlive her younger sisters. The third sister, Gladys Darah (the late Nick), also of Toledo passed away the same day. Born in Toronto and known throughout the fashion world for designing elegant, high fashion sleep and loungewear in the 1960s-80s (clairehaddad.ca), Claire was the first Canadian designer to be recognized by Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue Magazine and won numerous fashion awards. She created special designs for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore. She was also a featured subject in publications Women of Canada, Pricetag and Northern Lights – Outstanding Canadian Women. Claire received the Order of Canada in 1979 for her contribution to Canadian fashion. Claire is predeceased by the love of her life, husband and business partner Albert, of almost 70 years. She will be deeply missed by her other two sisters Jo Abraham Scott (Bill) of Toronto and Rose Marie Chamandy-Cook (the late Bill) of Montreal, as well as her immediate family: Lynn (Duncan) McGregor, Andrea (Nicolas) Zabaneh; her adored grandchildren Reid, Lisa, Scott McGregor and Hala, Christopher Zabaneh; very special great-grandson Ian McGregor; and five godchildren. The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20th. A funeral service will take place in the chapel on Saturday, May 21st at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claire would be greatly appreciated to the Albert & Claire Haddad Endowment Fund, School of Fashion Studies Seneca College or the Veteran’s Grant a Wish Fund of Sunnybrook Hospital or to a charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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