Feb 16, 2018
It is with a profound sense of loss that Lorraine’s family and many friends mourn her passing on February 16. Embraced by caring and compassion from family members and loyal friends, she was able to pass from this life at the home she so dearly loved.
Lorraine is survived by Clay, her best friend and husband of 50 years; son Kevin (Kate), son Trevor (Karen), and daughter Melissa (Paul Galloway); grandchildren Katelynn, Brad, Emma, Eric, Lauren, Reid, and Lachlan; brother Stu (Bernadette) of Orangeville, Ontario and sister Sharon of New Port Richey, Florida. In addition to grand children, Lorraine’s life was blessed by nephews Ian and Brad.
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1947 and married in Dawson Creek, British Columbia in 1968, Lorraine graced the lives of many people in many places. Always active in every community she called home, Lorraine was an educator, a dedicated volunteer and leader with community and church organizations, a skilled genealogist, a Lioness, Ukrainian egg artist, a painter, a quilter and seamstress, and a passionate organizer of everything!
Some of Clay’s RCMP detachment postings were in isolated parts of Canada. Not only did Lorraine focus on her children’s lives in these remote communities, but she was also called on to be Clay’s unpaid assistant. In recognition of this specialized work, she received the RCMP’s “Second Man Award”. Lorraine and Clay were a team in every sense of the word. Their leadership was acknowledged when Parksville appropriately named them “Citizens of the Year”.
A Celebration of Lorraine’s Life will be held at Knox United Church in Parksville on Tuesday, February 27 at 11:00 am with a lunch to follow.
All who wish to be part of a pick up choir are asked to arrive for a rehearsal at 9:30 am. To honour Lorraine’s multifaceted life of love and service, consider donations in her name to ALS Society of BC (alsbc.ca) or Canadian Foodgrains Bank (foodgrainsbank.ca).