Rosemary Ann (nee Gamble). It is with great sadness that we announce Rosemary’s passing on March 22nd, 2004 at Peace Arch Hospital Palliative Care Unit after a valiant battle with cancer. She was only 65 years old.
Beloved wife and best friend of husband Alvin of 44 years, she is predeceased by her Mother, Irene (Schmelke) Gamble and Father, Dan Gamble..
Rosemary leaves to mourn husband Alvin, daughter Melody, son David, Daugher-in-law Joan and precious grandsons, Joshua, Tyler and Devin.
Rosemary graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Education. she taught elementary school for three years and then devoted her time and energy to her children and her home. She was involved in the community as choir directory for Northmount Baptist Church, organizing musical programs at senior’s homes and passing on her musical skills to many piano students in Calgary and Oakville, ON.
Her passion and commitment to the welfare of others expanded in 1975 when she volunteered with the Oakville Parents Anonymous organization. After moving to Richmond, B.C. in 1979 Rosemary became invoved wth Chimo Crisis Services where she volunteered for 21 years, assisting with many aspects of their volunteer program. Rosemary also directly supported the women at Nova House, a transition house for abused women.
Her volunteer work continued with Vancouver Victim Services., Richmond Family Court and Vancouver Coalition Against Pornography. She has been an active member of both South Surrey/White Rock and Richmond University Women’s Club and the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists.
In 1987, Rosemary received the Canada Volunteer Award in Ottawa and in 2001 was honoured by Volunteer Vancouver with the Community Service Award.
Rosemary made a great contribution to the many lives she touched. She was generous, kind, compassionate and committed to making a difference. She will be sorely missed..
A Celebration of Rosemary’s Life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd, 2004 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 – 28th Ave., Surrey. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.