May 12, 2019
We are deeply saddened to share the news that our fierce, beautiful and beloved other (and Gaga) Thelma Johnstone died on May 12, 2019. In keeping with Thelma’s renowned sense of occasion, she passed away on Mother’s Day when, after almost 85 years, her extraordinary strength at last gave way.
She will be missed always and every day by her children Jeffrey (Terry), Jennifer (LaVance) and Victoria and her adored grandson Tor.
Thelma is predeceased by her sisters Elinor and Bernice and her beloved niece Susan, and survived by her nephews Rob, Pat, David and their families, her brother Jack (Jennifer) and their children Brandon, Jason, Verona & Ashley.
Throughout her lifetime, Thelma blazed a path for women in work and public service. In addition to raising her three children, running first her own business for 25 years and then the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for just short of another 20 years, Thelma devoted herself to public service including proudly serving as an elected Councillor at the Resort Municipality of Whistler for four terms beginning in 1988.
In 2009 Thelma moved to Concord Retirement Community where she was supported with love and care for the next 10 years. We are tremendously grateful to Holly and all the staff at Concord.
Thelma did not want any kind of celebration event at the end of her life but if you would like to remember her by making a donation in her name to the Women of Whistler (WOW) Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Whistler, we know she would be honoured.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online obituary at: www.myalternatives.ca
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