Vera (Eileen) HARNISH

Eileen passed away on September 18, 2011 at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her father, Edwin; mother, Vera and partner Howard Drodge.

Survived by her brother, Don (Dorothy); sister, Myrtle (Lawrence) Janisse; nieces Brenda (John) Cairns; Jo-Anne Dore; nephews Gerry Harnish, Joseph (Dorothy) Janisse; Dale Janisse; Christopher (Jamie) Janisse and many great-nephews and nieces. She also leaves behind friends locally and extended family in the US.

Eileen was born in Nanaimo on May 20, 1927, living most of her life in Parksville except for a brief time in Ontario with her sister, Myrtle. She was the historian in the family, keeping in contact with relatives in the US, and remembering fondly her younger days on Harnish Road. We are fortunate to have a well documented history and pictures of the family. She was very proud to have reached the grand old age of 84. Eileen was an excellent seamstress and made many spectacular Halloween costumes for her and Howie. She looked forward to making baskets full of baking and crafts for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.

The last two years have been challenging for Eileen. Many thanks to all the staff and Dr. Fletcher at Stanford Care Campus for making Eileen’s stay as comfortable as possible and to Pat Russell for her generous help that enabled Eileen to stay at home for two years before she moved to Stanford Place.

As requested by Eileen there will be no memorial.

Flowers are gratefully declined. In memory of Eileen those so desiring may make donations to; The Society of Organized Services. Condolences may be offered at

Telford’s of Ladysmith – 250-245-5553

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