Alice Bluck (nee Sankey)

January 3, 1922 – May 5, 2011

With love and sadness we honour

the life and passing of our dear

mother. Alice was ever-welcoming,

kind, witty and a staunch friend. She

was steadfast, open-minded, openhanded,

dependable, wise and strong. She spoke through

her actions and encouraged everyone she met. Alice was

born in Vancouver and loved it her whole life long. As a

young woman she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in

the Cariboo and later worked for the Bank of Montreal

where she met Marsh. They were married over 59 years

and raised three daughters in Kitsilano with magical

summers at ‘The Lookout’ on Galiano. Alice gave freely to

others working with the Kinettes, Save the Children and

other charities. She had a lifelong involvement with Girl

Guides Canada as a leader, running camps at ‘Olave,’

as a District and then Divisional Commissioner, and as

a Trefoil Guild member. Alice lived the Guide motto, ‘Be

Prepared.’ At 65, she re-entered the workforce to co-run

the Vancouver Guide Offi ce. Her later years were spent

caring for Marsh (Died 2006).

Alice leaves us with lovely memories: Sunday Yorkshire

pudding and apple pie, off to the Chinatown lion dances,

wandering walks to delight in the fi rst snowdrop, tending

the big fi re, and good cups of tea. We marvel daily at our

extreme good fortune in having been born into her loving

arms. We’ll keep on loving and singing and watching the

parade without you mom. But it won’t be the same.

Alice is survived by daughters Thea Stavroff (Michael

McGuire), Cathie (Gabe Somfay) and Susan (Mike

Sites) Bluck, granddaughters Layla, Belle, Ezmy and

Jennah, sister-in-law Betty, nieces Barbara and Debbie

and nephews Doug, Mike and Neville Sankey.

Sincerest thanks to Coastview Staff (Stanford Place), to Penny

Wade and Sherry Samis for grace and caring, and to ‘old

friends’ from The Gardens & Arranglen.

Condolences to the family at: 2600 Grafton Ave.,

Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1Y1


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