Barbara (The Babs) Forrestall
1957 - March 29, 2014


Barbara loved life and all those in her life. She was an inspiration to her family and those around her. She was in pain for many years but would always say “It could be worse” and she really meant it! She once told our Mother that she had Syringomyelia, Syringomyelia didn’t have her. She was grateful for her life every day. You always felt better after a conversation with Barbara or “The Babs” as she often referred to herself. She was a great listener and had a wicked sense of humour that always left people in awe that she could be so positive given her situation. Everyone that met Barbara walked away a little more compassionate, a little more empathetic and certainly more willing to take their challenges in life head on because “It could be worse”.

She had lots of time and great advice for her nieces and nephews and they better know that she will be looking down to see that they are following it. Barbara’s Annual Sing-A-Long Christmas party was legendary. It was the official start of the season where many of us gathered, sang carols and watched children grow up year after year as Santa Claus gave out gifts. Barbara was very social and loved parties, dancing, laughing and telling the odd salty joke.

A bright light has left this world but thankfully it shone so brightly that those touched by it will have her in their hearts forever!

Visitation will be at Chapel Ridge Funeral home 8911 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 5G1, 905-305-8508 on Wednesday April 2nd, 2-4pm and 6-9 pm. A mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Church on Thursday, April 3rd at 11am with a reception to follow in the church hall. Address is 5633 Highway 7, Markham, ON L3P 1B6, 905-294-5955.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Syringomyelia Network in support of Brain and Spinal Cord Research.

Please send donations by cheque to


Canadian Syringomyella Network

c/o The Forrestall Group

201 Whitehall Drive

Unit #4

Markham, Ontario

L3R 9Y3


charitable # 0978452-11


About CSN...

Established in May of 1993 by Barbara Forrestall, CSN is the first network in Canada to provide a resource centre to those needing support and information about this often disabling neurological condition. 

Our purpose
CSN offers a support network for people who suffer from Syringomyelia (SM), their families and friends, and all others with an interest in this disorder. Ongoing support is established through quarterly network meetings, member relationships, quarterly newsletters, and an annual fall convention. 

What do we do?
CSN promotes awareness of SM throughout local communities and across Canada.
CSN acts as an information and referral network.
CSN provides an on-going support system for it's members and anyone interested in SM. 

CSN works closely with ...
* People with SM and/or other neurological disorders that are associated with SM
* The American Syringomyelia Alliance Project Inc., Texas
* The World Arnold-Chiari Malformation Association  Philadelphia
* Hospital departments of Neurosurgery, neurosurgeons, and other health care professionals now treating and/or working with people with SM
* Families and friends of people with SM
* Educators