Mona Rezk Attia

Passed 03/05/2023


Obituary For Mona Rezk Attia

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mona Rezk Attia on March 5, 2023. Mona was born in Cairo in 1939. She was fascinated by the history of art and philosophy, and earned her Masters in French Literature. While in Egypt, her zest for life led her to many areas of work, including a correspondent journalist for the Asahi Shimbun Japanese newspaper, a translator in the Arab league, and a tour guide in Egypt. The latter led her to starting a large touring company. She moved to Canada in 1968 and married her soulmate, Dr. Elhamy Attia. In Montreal, she taught French to adolescents in a polyvalent school, having a gift for connecting with troubled teens. Her real passion was for the Coptic Church. She was a prayer warrior and her faith was unfailing in all her trials and tribulations. When she moved to Halifax in 1987, she was instrumental in establishing the first Coptic Orthodox Church in the Maritimes. Mona was a devoted mother of her two children.

She was known by all for her unparalleled hospitality, and anyone who was welcomed into her home was fed a delectable homemade feast they will never forget.

She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret, and her father, Rezk. She is survived by her husband (Elhamy), her daughters Nada (James Marshall) and Tammy (Donald Ilott), her beloved grandchildren, Ronan, Diego, Jaime, and Miriam, as well as her brothers, Rafik and Reda, and her sister, Miriam.

Her funeral will be held in St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church, 167 Willet St, Halifax, NS on Thursday, March 9 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please send charity donations to: Donate Now | Coptic Orphans

She will be dearly missed by all – her warm smile, her infectious laugh, and the tender care she gave to all she knew. Rest in peace and joy, and never stop praying for us as fervently as you did for us in this world.

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  • 03/14/2023

    Dear Dr Attia I would like to extend my feelings and sadness for you and your families loss I met your wife only once but was a warm joyful person I feel your loss and my thoughts are with you Kevin Clarke

  • 03/10/2023

    Elhamy, Nada, Tammy and family We are so saddened to hear of Mona's passing, and hope that you will be comforted in your grief by her legacy of kindness, generosity and inspiration to so many. Nigel, Pauline & Family

  • 03/09/2023

    Dear Dr. Attia and family: We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mona. Many of us have enjoyed her legendary hospitality at your home on Jubilee Road as she supported your mentorship of so many students and residents over the years. Together, your warmth and concern for others has been inspiring. Wishing you peace and comfort as you mourn. Jonathan Trites on behalf of the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Dalhousie University

  • 03/09/2023

    She is truly a saint in heaven and on earth. Her faith is untouchable, her smile is contagious and radiant. Her beautiful spirit will live forever and I assure you if you pray to her she will respond with a warm hug. She is a loving mother to all of us, I will always smile when I think of her. I love you Mona, I know your watching over us.

  • 03/09/2023

    Dr. Attia and family - I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. Tim Benstead

  • 03/08/2023

    I met Mona many times when I was a surgical trainee in the 1990s at functions at the house of Elhamy and Mona, and after I joined the ENT Department in 2001. She was always so welcoming and friendly. My deepest sympathy to Elhamy and all of Mona's family. She was an amazing person and will be missed by all. Gerard Corsten

  • 03/08/2023

    Nada, I'm saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. I pray that time will lessen your grief, and the happy memories with your Mom will console you and your family. Krista LeGier

  • 03/08/2023

    My deepest sympathy goes to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 03/07/2023

    Dr. Tammy Attia and Family. Sincere condolences of the passing of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the many wonderful memories of her bring you comfort and peace. Mark and Gail Shegelski, Prince George. BC Mar 7, 2023


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    Peter mikhael sent Beautiful Dreams for Mona Rezk Attia - 03/08/2023

    Our deepest condolences. Awny Youssef Attia Rachel Youssef Attia Peter Samir

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