July 12, 1922 – June 13, 2012
On June 13, 2012 just one month shy of her 90th birthday, our family matriarch passed away peacefully with family by her side.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband George, sisters Clare and Lynn, and brothers Fred and Ernie. She is survived by her older sister Bernadette and younger brother George, loving sons Ron (Judith) and Brian, four grandchildren Tanya (David), Michelle (Greg), Tim and Robin, five great grandchildren Sophie, Zachary, Marcus, Teighan and Jessica, one great-great granddaughter Aubree and many nieces and nephews. Also sadly missed by Shirley Parish and Bruce Gorle.
Del (as she was known to most) loved her big extended family and was somehow able to keep track of everybody even though they were scattered from coast to coast. She remembered birthdays and anniversaries and she kept in touch with them by letter, phone and email. Mom was able to attend family gatherings right up until Mother’s Day in May. She had a sense of humour and a sharp mind until the end, and she made us all laugh with her frequent “Delisms”.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beechwood Village in Sidney, Dr. Paul Keith, the wonderful ladies at SARIN and the nurses and staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Palliative Care Unit for making Mom’s last weeks as enjoyable, comfortable and peaceful as possible.
There will be a memorial service at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 9641 4th St., Sidney, at 2pm on Friday July 6, with reception following at the church hall. Flowers gratefully declined, but if so wished a donation to Del’s favorite charity “Save the Children” in her name would be appreciated.