Eileen Margaret Giles (nee Rea)

It is with incredible sadness that we announce the death on October 24 2016 of Eileen Margaret Giles (nee Rea). Eileen was born in Winnipeg in 1952 to John and Peggy Rea. Her family moved back and forth across the prairies until in the early 1970s, they settled in North Vancouver. Eileen began working at Vancouver General Hospital as a Lab Tech, and shortly after she met Rod. The two were married in 1976 and lived in Faro Yukon, Espanola Ontario, Stewart BC, and then Richmond BC. Eileen thrived in each of these places, working as much as possible at local hospitals and clinics, interrupted only by the birth of her children – Graham and Lauren. As the kids grew up, Eileen surfed into Girl Guide leadership roles and was also an unmatchable soccer and softball mom. Eileen and Rod were able to take early retirement in 2007, and began searching for their forever home. They found it in Nanoose Bay, and Eileen got right down to a busy life of home decorating and landscaping all summer, and choral singing and curling in the winter. The arrival of her grandchildren Mathias and Eleanor gave her reason to show off her talents as a seamstress, not to mention her selfless love for the “kidlets”. She loved travelling, and organized trips to Europe, the US, and various destinations in Canada for herself and Rod, and to BC retreats for her Girls Only club. In her final few days of life, she skipped her curling team to a victory, cheered on her nephew in the RCMP Tour de Rock, sewed neckscarves for her choir, cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for her family and a second dinner for friends and neighbors, organized a weekend “for the girls”, hugged her grandchildren, and put her flower beds away for the season. She was so full of energy and was doing so much. But on her way to a dinner date with Rod, she lost control of her car on a wet, dark, slippery road, and the injuries she sustained could not be overcome. She leaves her parents, husband, children, grandchildren, her daughter-in-law Melissa, two sisters Linda (Bryan) and Kathleen (Jim), nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, fellow choristers, curlers, neighbors and friends, all of whom are devastated by this tragedy. Through their fond memories, Eileen will live on. Eileen’s greatest happiness came when she was helping others. Her final unselfish act was the donation of her organs so that others’ lives might be extended. A Celebration of her life is planned for the near future.

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