She was a staple in North York for nearly three decades and now the woman, simply known to most as “the Peace Lady,” has died.
She was 74.
For years Pauline Davis stood on overpasses above the Don Valley Parkway, blessing millions of commuters below.
Donning an all white gown, her arms outstretched – one holding a white flag the other making the peace symbol, Davis would stand for hours.
In 2009, Davis told the Toronto Sun she decided to end her highway blessing mission when a driver suddenly stopped his car in the middle of the DVP to take her picture, nearly causing a massive crash.
When she wasn’t blessing drivers, Davis spent most of her life living in a tent by a ravine near the Don River.
She was a mother, a grandmother and even a great grandmother.
According to her website, thepeacelady.com, Davis passed away peacefully at Mt. Sinai Hospital on April 12 after a lengthy illness.
“She will be missed by her many friends and the people that she has adopted over the years,” the post reads.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 at 1083 Pape Ave. on May 6, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.