September 4, 2019
Our dear Mum drifted away peacefully on September 4th with her family at her side. Kathleen was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Stanley, and is survived by her children Anthony (Elizabeth), Janette (Steven deceased) and grandsons Sam, Dominic and Keegan.
Born in London, England in 1924, Kathleen observed many world events in her lifetime. She left school at 14 to support her family, working at WH Smith & Sons. At 19 she was called up, and worked as an EA for senior army personnel during the War.
Kathleen was very involved with her church, where she met Stan. Married in 1956, they moved to Crawley where their son Anthony was born. Seeing opportunity in Canada, Stan & Kathleen flew to Vancouver in 1959. Dad hired on with Malkin & Pinton and worked there until retirement. Mum took on secretarial work p/t and ran the household. When Janette was born, they moved to Surrey where Mum had a garden. Her canning & freezing skills sustained the family through winters. Having lived through a war and a depression, they were skilled in hard work and frugality, yet saw that their children never wanted.
In the 70s, they moved to acreage near Crescent Beach. Kathleen earned a journalism certificate and a weekly column in the Peace Arch News.
Mum spent hours volunteering for the Anglican Church in various roles. She was awarded a 25 year pin recognizing her volunteer hours at White Rock Hospice.
In their retirement Kathleen and Stan walked the beach promenade daily and enjoyed travelling abroad.
After Stan passed, Kathleen moved to Whitecliff. She became a pillar of their community, attending events, classes and organizing games.
It is a great challenge to describe Kathleen in only a few short paragraphs. She was a much loved and appreciated wife, mother, friend and volunteer. She was selfless, positive and resilient. She will be greatly missed.
Thank you to the nurses who tended Kathleen at Peace Arch Hospital and Dr. Tyrell who was a compassionate support.
A Memorial Service will be held October 17 at 2:30 pm at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 15111 Roper Avenue, White Rock.
In lieu of flowers, donations to White Rock Hospice or The Anglican Church of the North are appreciated.
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