Dr. Dzintra Fernandez (neé Parums)

January 9, 1941 to February 13, 2018


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Dzintra Fernandez (neé Parums) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories of a beautiful, brilliant matriarch are her three daughters: Bridget and her partner, Matt, Anahata and her husband, Tim, and Angela; along with her two granddaughters: Nevé age 12, and Isabel age 9. Dzintra, a pioneer in her field, was a pathologist at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Health Sciences Centre for three decades before retiring in 2007. Born in Latvia in 1941, Dzintra’s nuclear family found their way through post war Europe to safely settle in England where she grew up with her three siblings George, Andy and Dinah all of whom have survived her. Dzintra attended medical school in Sheffield where she met and married Dr. Peter Giles Fernandez, who sadly predeceased her on October 25, 2017. Resilient, optimistic and insightful, Dzintra will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may visit the family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, February 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service to honor Dzintra’s life will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, February 19 at 2:00 pm.  A private inurnment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dzintra’s memory may be made to the Health Care Foundation in support of Neurology Services.



2-4 p.m. on February 18, 2018

7-9 p.m. on February 18, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Monday February 19th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Private Inurnment will follow.

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Bridget, Karen and Angela

I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing so soon after your dad passed away. We haven’t seen you in a long time but I remember how funny your mother was. Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending our condolences.

Tasmin Paun (Jaward)

Bridget, Karen & Angela I was just in formed of the passing of your mother. I have many fond memories of you all growing up on Winter Ave. Please accept mine and Dennis’s deepest condolences and know you are all in our thoughts and prayers…

So sorry to hear about your mother’s death. She was such a lovely woman. I hope she is at peace now and that perhaps you can take some comfort in that knowledge. Our thoughts are with you and your sisters.
Sarah and Bryan

Ahna, Bridget and Angela…..
My deepest sympathy to all of you, to Tim and your daughters, and to Matt as well, on your mom’s passing. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for all of you, to lose your mom so soon after your dad’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I only had the pleasure of meeting your mom after your dad’s passing, but her determination and the love and compassion she had for all of you was very clear. I knew your dad much better and his pride, in each one of you, and in your respective accomplishments, came up in almost every one of our discussions. The best way to honor them both is for you to be there for each other, in support, and to continue the family traditions that meant so much to them and created the wonderful memories that you’ll treasure the rest of your lives.

Remember that they may be gone, physically, but will always be with you in spirit. Remembering their great love and support for each one of you will help you through the difficult days ahead.

May God bless you all during this very difficult time.


Dear Bridget, Matt and family,

We are so sorry to learn about your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

WIth sincere condolences,
Your colleagues from RIMGC at CHOP

Dear Bridget and family
Your Mom was a very special person. She will be sadly missed but leaves behind warm memories of her gentle but effective ways that made working with her at the medical school such a joy for me and so many others. Thinking of you with sincere condolences,

Oh Bridget,

I’m so terribly sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I do understand that she hadn’t been feeling well of late and for a woman as fit and vital as Dzintra, this must have been dreadfully frustrating. For that reason, if it’s any consolation, perhaps her departure is a deliverance for her, although most certainly a devastation for you, your sisters and family.

I will miss seeing her slight form, walking briskly along Circular on her way to you, her determination evident, no matter the weather! All of us, your neighbours, were very much the richer for having known Dzintra, for having enjoyed her brilliant conversation and for having her model as the calm, brilliant woman and strong loving mother that she was. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Renée and Paul Antle

Dear Bridget,

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was truly a lovely lady. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember her.


My dear sweet friend Ahna
We were so sad to hear that your mom passed over the threshold this week. We loved her dearly and will always have the fondest lovely memories of her and the times we all spent together. What a beautiful Spirit she is and so very compassionate, sincere and caring. Godspeed to you Dzintra. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family, dear Bridget and Angela’s families too.; and all your loved ones. Thinking of you all everyday.
Lesley, Jason and Bridget and Kai xo

Dear Bridget and family, I am so happy I had a chance to meet your Mother and Father before they left this plane of existence. I am sorry their passing was very close together – it isn’t easy to understand the world as you knew it has changed yet again so soon. We hope you and your family can take sometime to celebrate your beautiful Mother’s life and it will bring you comfort and wonderful memories that will be with you always. Please take care, Becky & Leith Quinton

Dear Bridget and Family,

My sincere condolences on your loss.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mohamed Ravalia.

Bridget, I will remember your mother as a lovely lady, kind and thoughtful, always so interested in others. I am sorry to hear of her passing.
Thinking of you.
Lynda Younghusband

Dear Bridget and family, we are very sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet Mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers,
sending you our love, Fei-Yu and Yagang.

Bridget and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Bridget, Matt and Family, my condolences for your loss. She sounds like a beautiful woman and I know she was a cherished mother. I wish you well during this tough time.

Dear Bridget and family,
So sad to know that I won’t be seeing or chatting with your mom walking along Circular Rd. anymore. She was alsways so cheerful and interesting to talk with.
The loss of both your parents in such a short time span is so painful but hopefully your good memories of both can sustain you and your families for the rest of your lives.

Our condolences to your family. She was always very patient and helpful.

I’m very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother, Angela. May she rest in peace. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

Bridget, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your mom was such a wonderful lady, thoughtful, kind and very humble yet so willing to share her vast knowledge with others. To lose both parents in such a short time span must be devastating for you and your family. Keep all the beautiful memories of your Mom and Dad close to your heart as you go through the next few months and let some of those wonderful loving memories warm your heart. Thinking of you and sending our love and prayers.
Mary, John and Rebecca Wilson

My sincere condolences, Bridget and family. Sending love and prayers.

Angela so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your mom growing up. Thinking of you and your family. Love Jenn Young (French)

Dear Bridget and family, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet Mother, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, Sending you our love, Wanda, Peter & Maria Learning.

My sincere condolences to you, Bridget and your family.

Sorry for your loss Bridget and family

Sorry for your loss Bridget and family.