With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Myrna Cussen (nee McGrath), age 73. She died peacefully at home in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday, December 31st, 2016, with Harry, her loving husband of 41 years, at her side, after a short battle with cancer. Born in 1943 in Chandler Quebec, to parents Gus and Bea McGrath, she graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Chandler and Convent of Notre Dame in Ottawa.
She worked at DuPont in Montreal and Vancouver and at the Canadian Consul in Seattle.
She leaves behind brothers Gerry and Morgan, niece Kelly (Rand), stepchildren – Kerry Cussen Retzlaff (Jim), Erin Cussen (Julie) and Liam Cussen (Julie) and her son Ryan Cussen (Melanie). She was a loving grandmother to Janie, Bridget, Tommy, Chloe, Connor and Garrett. Beautiful inside and out, Myrna had a great sense of style and elegance. She had been an accomplished skier, loved to walk daily, enjoyed traveling and reading, was an animal lover, a generous hostess of many famous “Cussen” parties and wisely left the cooking to Harry. She was known for her lovely voice and iconic rendition of Edith Piaf’s “Non Je ne Regrette Rien” (“No, I Regret Nothing”) – which truly sums up her life. Her family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Heather Fay, Dr. Mo Yeung, the amazing palliative care nurses with Vancouver Coastal Health, led by Elena and Jacquie, and to all of her wonderful friends and the neighbors at the Buena Vista. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine’s Church in Kitsilano. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Vancouver Hospice Society, 4615 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6H 3M1.