Singer Lois Lilienstein died on Wednesday night at the age of 78.
CBC News reports that her son, David, confirmed her peaceful passing, which occurred in her Toronto home while she was surrounded by her close friends and family members.
Described by her son as a fabulous cook and wonderful grandmother, Lois Lilienstein was diagnosed in October, 2014, with a rare form of cancer.
According to Us Weekly, David also confirmed that his mother was at peace with her passing — especially since the longtime musical trio member was expecting it.
“She knew it was happening, she was at peace with it, and she died very peacefully and not in pain. The care that she received at home through the various providers was stupendous.”
Lois Lilienstein worked alongside Bramwell “Bram” Morrison and Sharon Hampson to form the children’s musical trio Sharon, Lois, and Bram in 1978.
For nearly two decades, the award-winning trio enjoyed the ups and downs of touring and performing together until Lois decided to retire in 1998 following the tragic death of her husband, Ernest.
The successful musical trio is perhaps best known for their popular preschool television show — Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show — which aired in Canada as well as the United States on TVO, CBC, and Nick Jr.
Their catchy and easy-to-learn song, “Skinnamarink,” quickly became an iconic tune that engraved itself (along with its choreographed dance routine) into the minds and hearts of its listeners — regardless of their age.
Thank you Lois Lilienstein for the decades of love, laughter & learning. A big Skinnamarink in your honour. http://t.co/wJ2FGktfqt
— CJPAC (@CJPAC) April 23, 2015
The work that Sharon, Lois, and Bram created together — including the “Skinnamarink” song — has been passed on from generation to generation, just like many other iconic TV shows and theme songs from the 70s and 80s.
— Tiio Horn (@kaniehtiio) April 23, 2015
RIP Lois Lilienstein. Skinnamarink, one of the greatest and most memorable songs of my childhood. — Matt Webb (@MattWebbMT) April 23, 2015
Toronto city councillor Josh Matlow issued an official statement about the overall long-lasting impact that Sharon, Lois, and Bram made with their work for children (and parents) worldwide.
“[Lois], along with Bram and Sharon, were part of the magic of our childhoods. Their music played a very special role in so many of our lives. Even today, those of us who are in our 30s and 40s can still sing verbatim the lyrics of Skinnamarink. Lois dedicated her career to making children the world over so happy by her music. And I think I know that we are all grateful.”
Shortly after stating that his mother was a “normal everyday person” with a “phenomenal sense of music inside her,” he stated exactly how her many fans should show respect for her passing.
“Turn to your friends and your children and sing ‘skinnamarinky dinky dink.'”
A funeral ceremony for Lois Lilienstein is currently being planned for family members. However, David told CBC News that public commemorations will likely be held this summer.
[Image Credit: CTV News]