Tuesday, April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024


Anna Rubinsky

Oct. 11, 1924 – June 25, 2015

Anna passed away surrounded by love, in her home on Cadboro Bay, on the evening of June 25, 2015.

Adventurous, independent, curious and determined, Anna was known by her copper walker parked at theatres and events worldwide.

Anna loved language in all its forms: stories, theatre, poetry, books and good intellectual discussion and debate. She enjoyed travelling the world and welcoming global travellers  into her home.

From a very young age, Anna loved to swim. Up until very recently, you could find her, walker parked at the water’s edge, swimming ever so happily in Durrance Lake.

Anna, daughter of Helena Goldberg and Teodor Dawidowicz, was born in Krakow, Poland, October 11, 1924. The war years saw her in Russia, Persia, and then Lebanon. After graduating from the American University of Beirut, she married Andre Rubinsky and came to Canada in 1955 after the birth of their two children. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and loved to host family events whenever she could.

Predeceased by her son, Yuri (1996) and husband Andre (2001), Anna will be missed by her daughter, Kathryn, son-in-law, John Akehurst, grandsons Jamie and Christopher, Jamie’s wife, Robyn, and great grandchildren, Annie and Fraser. We all loved her. Also missing her will be loving cousins, Adam, Litka, Marisha and Kasia, daughter-in-law, Holley (Yuri), sister-in-law, Tanya, brother-in-law, Eli(Marisha), and extended family and friends here, and around the world, who enjoyed her individuality.  

Her family is forever grateful to Loreta Maningo for the dedicated and loving care she gave Anna during her final years. Gratitude also to Helena and Stan for many years of caring for her and her home, and to Cait for being her swimming/outing friend.

Her wish to remain at home could not have been accomplished without the extraordinary service of Home and Community Care, the Palliative Response Team and the Red Cross. A heartfelt thank you from all of us.

A celebration of life will be held in Victoria in early August. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Victoria Hospice, Theatre Inconnu, or the Malala Fund. 

Please tell a story, read a poem or enjoy a swim in her memory.

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