April 29, 1930 – June 20, 2021
Kathleen (“Lena”) Stewart (née MacAuley) of Qualicum Beach, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 20, 2021. Born in Co. Donegal, Ireland on April 29, 1930, in 1956 Lena emigrated to Toronto, Canada, following Samuel James (“Jimmy”) Stewart, whom she married in 1958. In 1972 Jim and Lena moved the family to Vancouver Island.
Lena had a love of people and a gift of turning strangers into friends and making anyone welcome. Her legendary parties were lively reunions for a large circle of friends and relatives.
Lena leaves behind her children, Colin (Nan) and Sharon Recalma (Michael), three grandsons, Matthew, Andrew and Francis (Tiffany), her two dear sisters, Bertha Christie in Belfast, N. Ireland and Evelyn Grier in Duncan, B.C. as well as special sisters-in-law, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. A celebration of Lena’s life will be held at a later date.
Thanks go to the wonderful nursing and home care/support staff at Island Health and the medical and care staff at NRGH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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