Alison Iva Burwash
January 14, 1946 – July 22, 2015
Alison left us far too soon and will be deeply missed by her life partner David Johnson, sisters Elinor, Lorna and brother Neil. Bouncer, her beloved English cocker was her steadfast companion in life and memories.
Alison’s physical journey took her from her birthplace of Milden SK to Edmonton AB for much of her life and then in search of a warmer climate to Vancouver Island, eventually settling in Nanoose Bay BC.
Alison was entrepreneurial, partnering in creating a Canadian software accounting company. Then she built a custom design sportswear company where her true passion of fabrics, design and marketing shone. Her final career choice was working with environmentally safe products and food that would keep our bodies safe and healthy. This was her passion for the balance of her life. She shared her learning enthusiastically with friends and family.
Alison’s desire to be warm and a change of life direction prompted her move to the West Coast Island, however her love of another island – Maui lasted her lifetime and brought her warmth, happiness and peace. She enjoyed sailing; an interest that started with a Power and Sailing Squadron course in Alberta later becoming first mate of the “Blunoser”, David’s little clinker.
Alison embraced retirement with an ardor for gardening; planning and executing a beautiful retreat that was a source of pleasure for all who visited. Those talents extended to creating a home that showcased her many skills. Alison was a consummate seamstress, creating exquisite garments with unique details.
Alison loved travelling adventures with David and shopping excursions with “the sisters”.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Alison’s memory may do so to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria BC. This will help the Royal Jubilee Hospital Cardiac Care Unit continue to provide their excellent care for cardiac patients.
The family wishes to express gratitude to the cardiac team at the
Royal Jubilee Hospital and to Dr. John Cline for his dedication to
Alison’s continued health and well-being.
A celebration of Alison’s life will be announced at a later date.