OCTOBER 17, 1953 – MARCH 8, 2006
A woman with a crystal spirit and a fighter pilot’s heart ‘flew west’ at 11:50 AM PST, Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock, BC.
A winter storm battered the windows. The ancients believed when a great soul leaves the earth, the wind rages; the greater the soul, the greater the wind to carry them away.
It physically pushed her friends off the sidewalk (“That’s Patrice going by.” they said.)
Patrice leaves to grieve many friends, her devoted husband, Wayne Ralph, and loving family, mother Anne Shore, Surrey, brothers Mark (Lori), in Whitehorse YK, and Robert (Teresa), Coquitlam, and sister Christine Blagdon, New Westminster.
She was predeceased in 1999 by her father, Hugo.
She was a loved and admired aunt to her nieces and nephews, an inspirational godmother, and a brilliant mentor.
This lovely woman was a huge intellectual and emotional force for good in many lives – an astonishing, unique model of unparalleled energy, courage, honesty, generosity and thoughtfulness.
Born in Victoria, she attended Queen Elizabeth High School, Surrey, and received her BA from Simon Fraser University in 1976.
She had a successful and distinguished career in real estate with Nu-West Development, Feedham Realty, Benchmark Realty, and Bay Realty.
She also served as a director on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, and Board of Trustees, Peace Arch Hospital Society.
With 20 years, firstly as a child, and later as an adult, living in the world of lymphatic cancer, she epitomized the virtue of positive thinking.
She took comfort from the humanity of all her health care professionals, particularly Drs Grace Park, Paul Hoskins, Nicholas Voss and Derek Lowe. Her nursing and social services professionals adored her, wonderful women like Daphne Frost, Cathy Paul, Sarah Sample, Kaniza Ishmail, Lynne Charlesworth, Mary Scott, Janie Brown, Gilly Heaps and Barbara Morningstar, to name just a few.
Also wonderful were the women of the Palliative Care unit in her last 40 hours.
She insisted that any memorial not be a dirge orchestrated by strangers.
She wanted her friends and family to remember how adventurous and fun her life had been, and recall not only her virtues but also her foibles.
To that end, we will gather at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 8, at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 28th Ave, Surrey – 604-536-6522 – www.victorymemorialpark.com
Donations to Callanish Society, providing retreats and support programs for people living with cancer, 2277 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 2J1 – 604-732-0633 – www.callanish.org ; or Union Gospel Mission, Box 2546, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8 – 604-253-3323 – www.ugm.bc.ca