May 9, 1932 – May 19, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Patricia (Pat) Margaret Elizabeth Stibbs (nee Bryant) on May 19, 2018 at Peace Arch Hospital, due to heart complications from Lupus. Pat was admitted to hospital several weeks earlier, following a fall at Westminster House, where she had been living since November.
Pat was born on May 9, 1932, in Tredegar, Wales, as the second child of Dr. Trevor & Elizabeth (Betty) Bryant. Pat began her nursing training at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1951, and there met the love of her life, a dashing young doctor-to-be, David Michael (Mike) Stibbs. After Pat graduated from nursing, and Michael from medicine, they married in 1955. They emigrated to Canada in 1957, shortly after the birth of their first child, Jonathan. They established Michael’s family medical practice, located first in Newton, and later in Cloverdale.
At their welcoming heritage home (the Chris Brown House, c. 1898), on 5 acres of ‘hobby farm’ on Coulthard Road in Surrey, Pat and Mike spent many happy years raising their 3 children, Jonathan, Penny, and Andrew, and entertaining the many friends they acquired in Canada. Pat was the office manager of their medical practice, as well as a long-standing member of the VON and the Colebrook Community Club, serving her community. While they still lived on the ‘farm’, Mike started the first rounds of a log house which they eventually completed at Horton Bay, Mayne Island. ‘The Log House’ on Mayne hosted many gatherings of friends and family, and Penny and Gordon got married there. Pat and Mike spent many summers on Mayne after Mike’s retirement in 1990. They also travelled extensively, including many trips back to the UK, and enjoyed the ‘TALK’ program at Kwantlen, where they met and made good friends.
Pat was predeceased by her husband in 2011, her son, Jonathan in 2013, and her brother Kenneth, in 2018. She is survived by Penny, son-in-law Gordon, Andrew, and her daughter-in-law, Brenda (Jonathan) and three grandsons, Dylan, Jack and Matthew.
Pat was a very loving person, a wonderful mother and grandmother, as well as a strong and ethical woman. We will miss her greatly. The family would like to thank Westminster House and Peace Arch Hospital for helping Pat through these difficult last months.
A commemoration of her life may be held at a future date.