Passed away peacefully on November 19, 2013.
Rita Poole, wife of Douglas Poole for 66 wonderful years. Rita was born in Southend-on Sea, Essex, England. They immigrated to Canada in 1975 and settled in North Vancouver until work took the family to Fort McMurray, Logan Lake and Grand Forks.
Finally they retired to Qualicum Beach in 1987. They became instrumental in having the Macintosh building rebuilt at the Qualicum Beach Museum. Then they became involved with moving the original St. Stephens Church up the rail tracks to its present location in Heritage Square. They were among the first group of local citizens to start the successful campaign to save what is now the Heritage Forest. For many years Rita volunteered at the Museum as a Guide and as a Garden Sitter at the annual Mars Garden Tour. Rita was a passionate gardener all her life and could not pass a nursery without checking out the plants.
Rita will be missed by her husband Douglas, son Ian-wife Kimi, grandson Alex, granddaughter Nikki, daughter Susan, grandson Paul-wife Diane, Great Granddaughter Julie and her many friends.
We would like to thank the Vancouver Island Health Authority homecare nurses and staff who have given Rita homecare treatments for her facial cancer for many months. Also thanks to the Nanaimo Hospital staff for their care during her hospital stays.
There will be a Memorial Service at Parksville
Fellowship Baptist Church, 550 Pym Street,
Parksville, on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a tea. In lieu of flowers a
donation to the Cancer Society would be