Isabella Cabrera

Obituary of Isabella Basilisa Cabrera

It is with sadness we announce Isabella Cabrera of Courtice, Ontario passed away peacefully on February 23, 2021 after discontinuing dialysis treatment. Born in 1929, she is survived by her sister Teresita (Mervyn Lynch, deceased); her children Veda (Keith Routley), Andrew (Rita), Rafaell, Joseph (Bernadette Lee-Wo), Teresa (Robert Scott):  her grandkids, Sherridon, Shannon, Christopher, Toni, Sabrina, Tara, Amanda, Gabriel, Shantelle, and Kathryn as well as 7 great grandkids. Isabella was matriarch to 8 step- children. She was predeceased by her husbands John Tong, and Feizul Baksh; her sister Delmira Morris (Reynold Morris, deceased) and brother Michael Cabrera (Mary).


Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Isabella emigrated to Canada in the 1970s to be with her kids and to forge a new life. 


Isabella maintained strong ties with her family and friends living in Trinidad, Canada, the US, and other countries, especially her siblings, her many nephews and nieces and her best friend Yolanda. Isabella loved cooking, travelling and painting. She was very gifted and over her lifetime acquired several craft skills. She was always generous to those around her and many benefited from her skills in dress making, hairdressing, knitting, and painting. Many have received her knitted throws and paintings. She loved cooking, especially dishes from Trinidad.


The family express enormous gratitude to the exceptional nurses and staff at  Lakeridge Health Oshawa Dialysis Unit and Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Hospital for their attentiveness and compassion while caring for Isabella. 


Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 2, 2021 from 2:30-3:00pm at De Stefano Funeral Home, 1289 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa (south side of Taunton Road, east of Thornton Road by the Oshawa Airport) 905-440-3595. A Funeral Service will be held in the DeStefano Chapel at 3:00pm, presided by Fr. Daniel Janulewicz. Please click the link below to join via livestream.




In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Isabella may be made to Lakeridge Health-Dialysis Unit, and/or Community Care Durham.


The family wish to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Osborne and Dr Xiu who cared for her over the last few months.