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Born: Apr 16, 1993

Date of Passing: Mar 11, 2021

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It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Ashley Julia Tokaruk on March 11, 2021, in Toronto.
Ashley leaves to mourn her passing her father Micheal, mother Lori and stepfather Tony; brothers, Matthew and fiancé Katherine, Christopher (Kathleen), nephews, Edwin and Haydn; Aunty Katherine and Michael, Aunty Diane and Trevor, her "sister cousins", Jade (Brandon), Mikaela (Maxence), Camille and Chantal, brother cousin Luke and her three precious loves, Rose, Nora and Clive; Uncle Don (Melene), cousins, Julie (Ryan) and Laura (Frankie), Jace and Jaxon, as well as many other family members and friends.
Ashley was born in Winnipeg on April 16, 1993. She graduated from River East Collegiate and then successfully completed the Creative Communications Program at Red River College. She joined the Swish Model Management team where she loved her co-workers and gained valuable experience. In 2018 Ashley's career took her to Toronto where she worked as a Social Media and Community Management Coordinator for a large restaurant design group. Ashley made some very special friendships during her short time there and they miss her terribly.
Ashley began dancing at the age of four at The Ziegfeld School of Dance and later at Ken Peter Dance Express where she also taught dance. During her dance years she made friendships that have lasted her lifetime. She competed for many years, and was presented with a multitude of dance awards and scholarships that led her to travel all over North America. One of the highlights of Ashley's dance career was when she was chosen to represent Canada in the World Dance Competition in New York City.
Ashley loved to travel and her favourite trips included Thailand, Los Angeles, The Dominican, Bahamas, Greece, Italy and spending time with family in Laguna Beach.
Ashley was well known in the City for her volunteer work, and for co-creating the Main Street Project event "The Runway to Change". This event highlighted the plight of the homeless and brought awareness, funds and action to Main Street Project.
She spent a cold winter night outdoors to support the homeless, organized clothing and food drives for those in need, and she was always helping others through charity work including Ronald McDonald House and The Humane Society.
Ashley was creative, adventurous, spirited, altruistic and tender hearted. She was forever compassionate and empathetic to all, and she was the best friend ever, never missing a chance to help others.
Ashley was known for her spontaneous dances no matter where she was, and knowing every word to every song. Her energy was contagious. Her raspy laugh was infectious and to know Ashley was simply to love her.
Ashley lit up every room she entered - and had a natural ability to make each person feel special. With her long blond hair, and bright blue eyes she loved and gave freely from her huge heart. She lived a life of integrity, dedicated to her values. She exhibited patience, trust, tolerance and sincerity. The way she lived is an inspiration to us all.
She was the brightest light in our family, and her family was her world. No one was more excited for a family gathering than Ashley, her presence and loving hugs are so truly missed. There are no words.
None of our lives are the same without Ashley near us, and a piece of all our hearts are gone and will forever remain with her in Heaven.

In the arms of an Angel, fly away from here. Too perfect for this world.
God bless you Ashley our love, our light,
our shining star. We will meet again.

Whenever you see 11.11 please close your eyes, make a wish, blow a kiss and think of Ashley.
We would like to thank everyone for their loving support, kindness and generosity during this unimaginable time. To Ashley's friends who have honoured her with numerous beautiful tributes both in Winnipeg and Toronto, Thank you. She loves you all to infinity.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Missionaries of Charity, 167 Akins St., Winnipeg, MB.
Please visit to share your favourite memory of Ashley with us.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • We watched beautiful Ashley grow up through our profound friendship with her wonderful grandparents, Mickey and Eleanor, and also through a lifetime friendship with her mom, Lori, aunties Katherine and Diane and dad, Michael, and Stepdad, Tony, and all of the outstanding and close extended Zurowski family. Ashley was a fairy princess - beautiful, sparkling, completely resilient, joyous, bright and very caring. She was a tiny sparkle in a big world but her determination and feistiness made a HUGE impact on her world and on ours. Always smiling and positive, she would brighten up a room wherever she went. I can still see her as a suntanned blonde little girl at the lake selecting nickel candy at the Grindstone General Store. She always had a bright "Hello" and a warm smile for everyone that she knew. She simply shone! Her grandma Eleanor loved to tell me stories about her dancing prowess and achievements and I loved to hear about her too. At every family gathering Ashley would always offer us a warm greeting and welcome and of course that winning smile would always just melt your heart! She was sophisticated for a girl so young and always had a good sense of her own specific sense of style and how to pull off a look that would not work on anyone else. Her kindness and compassion were written all over her face and you always knew that she not only paid attention to how others were feeling, but also that she cared. Her mother's pride in her was complete and Lori's unconditional love for Ashley was apparent in everything that she did and all of the things that they did together. Their love for one another was a treasure to behold and a blessing that will last forever. Shine on, precious fairy princess and make heaven a brighter place because you are in it. Rest in peace and love until we meet again. With great love Jane and Bruce Campbell - Posted by: E. JANE CAMPBELL (long time family friend and lake neighbour) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • Dearest Lori, Tony, Katherine and all the family, Ashley truly was and is an angel. She did light up every room. Funny, smiling, having fun. All the video memories are just such true examples of her great spirit. My heart aches for you all during this difficult time. Words don't seem adequate to express the sadness and heart ache you all must be feeling. Thinking and praying for you all in the midst of this sorrowful time. Praying for all the years ahead as we remember Ashley at 11:11 and so many other times her presence and aura will make us remember her and special memories of times with her too. Ash was beautiful inside and out and was loved by so many people. She has left many with gaping holes in their hearts which will never be filled as she was so precious. Cherish the smiles, laughs, dances and all the great memories. I wish I could turn back time and she could be laughing with you again. Love you all. Hugs and more hugs and more hugs. XOXOXO - Posted by: Victoria Taraska (friend of the family ) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • I was so sorry to hear of Ashley's passing, thoughts and prayers with your family. I will always remember the days at Zigfeld and trips for competition fondly. - Posted by: Britta Muehleisen (Dance class ) on: Jul 27, 2021

  • Dear Lori and family, There are no words to fully express how deeply sorry we are to have heard about the loss of your beautiful Ashley. Keeping all of you close in our hearts and prayers and wishing you strength. Kathy and Kerry ❀️ - Posted by: Kerry and Kathy and family (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • We were very saddened to hear of your unimaginable loss, and send our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. Andrea Silver, Samara & Jordan and Zachary & Nikita - Posted by: Andrea Silver (Friend ) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • Memories of baby Ashley, of Julie and Laura playing with Matthew and Ashley at the lake, of Christmas Day while Laura played carols and Ashley sang, all the way up through the years. Our hearts hurt for you - Lori and Micheal and Matthew. With love and sorrow M&D - Posted by: Don and Melene (Aunt and uncle) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • I did not know your daughter but I know through Katherine what she meant to her and her daughters and the love they had for her! I can’t imagine how difficult this has been but I truly believe they are around us all the time! Our deepest condolences Lori to you and your family! Kim and Bob - Posted by: Kimberley Silver (Friend ) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Sweet Beautiful Ashley. πŸ’“ I know you are in the loving arms of Aunty Elly and Uncle Micky. You had so many incredible accomplishments in your life. I greatly enjoyed reading about your projects and hearing about everything you were working on from Grandma. Everyone who knew you was so proud of you and enchanted by your bubbly, glorious personality. Rest in peace with love gorgeous girl. πŸ’žπŸ’“πŸ’• - Posted by: Joelle Roccola Plantz (Family friend) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • We have been devastated since hearing about the loss of your beautiful Ashley this spring. She has left a deep wound that will never fully heal. We will think of her at 11.11 and her gorgeous spirit will live on in the legacy of her philanthropic work. Thank you for sharing her story with all of us. - Posted by: Jennifer, Jack & Luke & family (friends) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • First I must say I cannot imagine the depth of pain and heartache that you wake up to each and every day. I feel inadequate to try to ease that pain with words but let me say that I am praying for you to have strength beyond your comprehension. I am so deeply sorry for this tragic loss of such a beautiful, talented and giving young woman. Ashley was radiant, kind, loving and so giving of her gifts and talents for the greater good. I did not know her like many others but when I met her during that spectacular event at the Fort Garry Hotel I could see what a gift she was to all involved. Her passion and love for the homeless was so evident and all that she did for that event showed the character and heart of an amazing young woman. Again I simply say I don’t know really what to write other than my memory of her was etched in my mind because I was so impressed with her. May the Lord comfort you each day and help you live a life that would honour her legacy of caring for those around us. Praying for you πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Much love Tressa - Posted by: Tressa Lemky (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Dear Lori, I am thinking of you as I often do and of your beautiful Angel Ashley. I continue to hold you near. Sincerely, Judi Meller - Posted by: Judith Meller (Family friend) on: Jul 25, 2021

  • Words cannot express how sorry I am for your unimaginable loss. Love and prayers to The entire family. - Posted by: Dawn Schenkeveld (Family friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Dear Lori & family - Ed, Georgia, Jackson and I want you to know how utterly heartbroken we are to hear of the passing of your beautiful girl - we all have such wonderful memories of Ashley hanging out at our house on Klaus Bay. Always so much singing, dancing and laughing. She was a beautiful soul. There are no words - may your wonderful memories of her always hold you so tight. Sending you all our love - Kim 🧑 - Posted by: Kim Black-Richtscheid (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • So sorry for your unimaginable loss. Love and prayers to all of you ❀️ - Posted by: Dawn Schenkeveld (Family friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Never was there ever a girl who could change a room like Ashley. She was full of light, it was almost other worldly. Her laugh like a child’s deep from her belly and her feet never stood still. She danced around the office like a fairy. Ashley was loved and adored by so many and for me she was my little Ashley bean. I have so many great memories of her. Road trips for work, singing in the car, her dancing down the aisle of grocery stores, the mall. Everywhere. Waking up next to her on the road with her little face on my shoulder. I remember being in Toronto with her on a job and walking briskly down a street in downtown from one show location to another and giving her major props for being able to keep up with my long legs. She had determination and she looked at me and cheerfully said yup I am keeping up no way I am being left behind. I loved her spirit, her sense of adventure and her kind compassionate heart. I loved her and the impact she has had on those who knew her will never be forgotten. My heart breaks for Lori and family. So much love from my family to yours. Always. πŸ’— - Posted by: Liz Crawford (Family friend and huge fan of Ash ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Our condolences for Lori and family. Ashley was a light and loved by everyone. Always kind to everyone She will be missed. - Posted by: Clive and kim Wightman (Uncle) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • For years, Ashley and I spent many early mornings together as she was my teaching assistant at Dance Express and we also worked together at Mountain Bean. She was such a bright, positive and happy person, she made work so fun. All of the little ones we taught dance to loved Ashley and wanted to be the lucky one that got to hold her hand during circle time. She also had lots of Mountain Bean regulars that would come in hoping to see Ashley's smiling face holding their favourite cup of coffee which she'd already have ready to go. I have so many happy memories with Ashley and am so sorry to hear about her passing. Sending lots of love and positive thoughts to all of her family and friends during this difficult time. - Posted by: Sarah (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

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