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P.O. Box 130, 1 Highland Drive
Flesherton, ON N0C 1E0
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Iris "Iriz" Urve Pääbo

Tuesday, November 18th, 1947 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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Iris “Iriz” Urve Pääbo passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2020, with the love of her family surrounding her.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Jason (Natasa) and Maxeen (Simon); grandchildren: Felix and Genevieve; brother, Andres; sister, Monica (Tim); sisters-in-law: Kitty (John),Maureen (Luis) and Marysue; as well as numerous relatives and friends around the world. She will also be dearly missed by her friends in the art community.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Peter; brother, George; brother-in-law, Chris; nephew, Tyler; and her parents, Jüri and Helene.

Iriz was a life-long artist with a strong commitment to feminism and social issues. She lived a full and rich life alongside her late husband Peter, children and grandchildren, with whom she took many life turns and adventures. She was the heart and hearth of her family, and will be remembered for always being supportive of family, her many friends and artistic colleagues.

Iriz' professional accomplishments as an independent filmmaker and composer included the innovative and unique award-winning animated films HA'Aki and Loon Dreaming with the National Film Board. Throughout her life, Iriz pursued diverse artistic interests ranging from book illustration, musical theatre, multimedia art, installations, sculpture and fine art.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can safely gather together.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to breast cancer research, or any charity to promote, nurture, and support arts and culture of all kinds.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at the South West Local Health Integration Network (Grey County) for their care and compassion.
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Monica Paabo

Posted at 11:04am
Translated from Estonian, our cousin, Toivo Kopli, in Tallinn, Estonia recalled the following about my sister, Iris: "I am sorry that we never got to meet Iris. I remember how my Grandmother, Juuli Pääbo, showed us a letter written by Iris which was illustrated in a very artistic and personal way, and in which she talked about her life with Peter and the children, who were still quite young. Grandmother was very happy and proud to receive this letter and share it with us. Iris had undoubtedly a very strong and creative nature. Her films are unique and inspiring, with high energy and aesthetics.

Joyce Kline

Posted at 03:02am
I am so saddened to hear of iris's passing. I accidentally found this site because I googled to find her after 20 years to see if she wanted to collaborate on a project with me. She was a cheery and brilliantly talented part of our Necessary Corrective Collective and so full of life it's almost impossible to believe she's not still with us. My deepest condolences.

Diane Douglass

Posted at 04:44pm
Ditta, I remember …. you were usually the first person dressed after doing a pre-show physical and vocal warm up. I remember you in the dressing room sitting in front of the mirror, legs all tucked up underneath, looking so relaxed, going over a song in your mind or air fingering an instrument, lost in concentration, oblivious of the harried fray around you as the rest of the cast scurried to get ready for the 8:00 curtain.

On stage your presence was striking, your energy unique. From my vantage point on stage, I would often catch a glimpse of you intensely watching the lyrical movement of the piece, gauging the audience’s reaction to the nuances and registering how to improve or modify the experience for the next night. George Luscombe always knew the musical integrity of the piece was in good hands.

Off stage it was your enigmatic smile, illuminated by those intensely bright eyes radiating humour, that drew people to engage you in post-show conversation. Sometimes you would tolerate an encounter with an enthusiastic audience member, but more often than not you and Peter would sneak out early, avoiding the obligatory schmooze.

I often thought how lucky Ditta and Peter were to find each other…. “like spirits”.
They were a team. They gave selflessly of themselves to the creative process of mounting and running the production of Ten Lost Years. They seemed to living examples of the philosophy, work hard and played even harder.

We lost touch over time, but I often thought about your mom and dad; I imagined a sort of hippy era ending for them after the tour…. I saw them free, travelling all over the country with you children in tow, experiencing countless life adventures, playing music wherever they went, spreading love and laughter.

That ending may only be in my imagination, but what I do know is that your parents were experts at embracing life and living creatively.

Diane Douglass
10 Lost Years


Michael Marshall

Posted at 10:55am
My memories of "Ditta" are only a few but very clear and always sharply focused. Her warmth, intelligence and enthusiasm always were so strongly present. Always humbly expressive but strong in her view of what was possible and what she wanted to do! Michael Marshall

Steven Bush

Posted at 11:56am
When I knew Iriz at Toronto Workshop Productions many long years ago, she was "Ditta" ... to me and others in the theatre company. I remember well her great skill as a musician, her sometimes ironic good humour, her unfailing respectfulness and, of course, her amazing beauty. She was loved and respected by everyone I know who also knew her.
Remembering "Ditta" with Love, Gratitude and Sadness ... Steven Bush

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