Razo (Zondag), Desiree Marie
October 1, 1978 – September 10, 2015
We are heartbroken to announce that Desiree passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 10, 2015 – doing what she loved, surfing. Desiree was born in Surrey, BC. She was fortunate to live in Canada, Ireland, England and the United States, which sparked in her a lifelong love of travel and an appreciation for the arts. Desiree was passionate about her career in the fashion industry, which took her from New York to Florence to LA – where she lived for the last few years and where she became a passionate surfer. Desiree is survived by her parents Dick and Corinne Zondag, her sister Shannon Mitchell (Robert), nephew Robbie, niece Jaquelyn, Whitney Lasker, Tino Razo and their loveable dog, Chunk. Desiree also leaves behind many extended family members: grandmother Inez Zondag; uncles Gerry Zondag (Cindy), Daniel Westley (Theresa), Ralph Zondag (Lori), Joe Westley and Jason Zondag (Zuzana); aunts Joann Fournier and Terry Hildebrand; cousins Sarah (Chris), Brayden, Dane, Tristan, Skyler, Dustin, Jon, Anna May, Luis, Layla, Steven (Michelle), Liam, Lily, Aimee (Kevin), Jacob and Autumn. Desiree was predeceased by her grandparents, Johanna and Ralph Zondag Sr, Audrey Westley and Uncle Glen Westley. Desiree made friends easily wherever she went. At a gathering after Desiree’s passing, a friend realized that while she thought of herself as Desiree’s best friend, so did everyone else in the room. Her joyous spirit was contagious and her passing is deeply felt by friends and family members. She was known for her carefree, kind and fun-loving ways, infectious laugh and her beauty and grace. May we all draw comfort knowing that we have been touched by such an inimitable yet unassuming, inspirational, creative, beautiful, brave and adventurous young woman. Desiree was released in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The ocean is eternal just as she is now and whenever you want to feel Desiree’s presence you know where to find her. In lieu of flowers, Desiree’s family would prefer that you make a donation in her honour to the Surfrider Foundation, http://www.surfrider.org/ A Celebration of Life will be held at Alexandra Hall, 2916 McBride Ave Surrey (Crescent Beach) on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm.