May 10, 2018
Following an exciting, happy and fulfilling life, Irene, beloved and loving wife of Frederick George McBean, quietly slipped into the world beyond on May 10, 2018.
Proud and devoted Mother of four sons and Mother-by-marriage to their wives James and Patricia of Scarborough, Ont., John and Sharon of Edmonton, Jeff and Janet of White Rock, N.S., and Jordan and Carla of Calgary.
Cherished Nana to grandchildren Samantha (Kate), Amanda (Nick), Sean (Catherine), Scott (Katie), Paul (Alana), Cory and Ben. Devoted Margeaux to her five great-grandchildren Briar, Sawyer, Adelyn, Spencer and Felix.
Irene was the oldest child and only daughter of Margaret (Burgess) and James Seed of Winnipeg and Toronto. Irene was the consummate homemaker, delighting in everything to do with presenting a warm and inviting home atmosphere, being a lover of cooking and baking and entertaining as well as the “old fashioned” arts of sewing, knitting, crossword puzzles and writing letters.
Irene loved old things, old friends, old books, old places and old furniture, and especially her collection of antique jewelry, which she wore with elegant dignity and elan. She enjoyed her bridge games with good friends and loved to travel.
She and Fred felt blessed to have been able to visit and explore many varied and exotic parts of the world since their retirement to White Rock B.C. in 1987. But most of all, Irene loved “her boys”. Nothing gave her more pleasure than to be with family members, singly or in groups; her boys, their wives, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren all were her pride and joy.
She was predeceased by her husband Fred in 2011, her parents, and two brothers John and Robert.
Irene’s family wishes to express their appreciation and love for her friends and staff at Touchmark at Wedgewood over the last six years and the doctors and nurses at the Misceracordia Hospital for their care and compassion over the last few weeks.
There will be a Remembrance Tea held at Touchmark at Wedgewood on Saturday June 9, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Although Irene loved flowers, her wish was that donations be made to the Cancer Society for Leukemia Research. Written tributes can be made to www.dignitymemorial.ca
If I should die and leave you here a while
Be not like others, sore undone, who keep
Long vigils by the silent dust, and weep.
For my sake – turn again to life and smile,
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
Something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete those dear, unfinished tasks of mine
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
-Mary Lee Hall