After a long and brave battle with Parkinson’s disease, it is with great sorrow that the loved ones of Ann Jamieson bid her a peaceful goodbye on July 17, 2017.

She will be profoundly missed and held dearly in the hearts by the close friends she considered family: James Ireland, Judith Powell, Debbie Bletcher, Diane Love, Marte Miller, Susan Doerksen, Bev Ireland, Koleman Ireland, Brooke, Nuv and Stella Takhar.

A life filled with so much love, laughter, and kindness is never easy to encapsulate or say farewell to.

From a young age, Ann had a passion to help others, and give a voice to those who couldn’t be heard. Her long and colourful career as a mental health social worker displayed some of her very best traits – empathy, grace, patience and the willingness to listen intently but also truly hear all the layers of a conversation.

Ann’s epic dinner parties and holiday celebrations brought together her favourite things in life: friends both old and new, exquisite food, lively debates, thoughtful gifts and boxes upon boxes of Purdy’s chocolate.

Ann loved to vacation by the serene beauty of water, whether that was her childhood cabin in Comox, road-tripping along the US West Coast or sunbathing in a wildly patterned dress by the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii.

She shared her happiness and passions so freely, so her presence in our lives is still tangible. It lives on in the quilts she made for us, each square significant and carefully selected; in the cherished handmade cards; and in the thumbed-through albums of photos we all posed for under her many fragrant Christmas trees.

Ann wasn’t a religious person (unless you count her worship of Martha Stewart), but we hope she is at peace, calm and still once more.

Wherever fragrant pink flowers bloom, wherever Elton John hits never stop, wherever her beloved puppy Teddy romps and begs for a lick of chocolate, wherever the waves kiss the shore, wherever her parents Mick and Margaret offer warm embraces – this is where we wish she spends all her tomorrows.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada.

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