July 11th, 1923 –
December 19, 2012.
Dates, events, homes and wars chronicle Bea’s life but love, joy, passion and grace are the milestones of her passage. Beatrice Marion Roberta Aylott was born in Whitechapel in the east end of London. She was born within the sound of Bow Bells, a true Cockney. Her parents, Nelly May Aylott (nee Stonehill) and Frank George Aylott had 6 sons and 3 daughters. Bea’s sister, Stella, the last remaining member of the Aylott family, continues to live in England. During W.W.II Bea worked and struggled through the Blitz in London. She married John Carr in 1946 and had two sons, Roger and Richard. In 1967 the family moved to Canada and Bea become a manager and purchaser for Ladies Fashion and Makeup at Sears. Her energy and vibrancy charmed all who met her and inspired those who worked for her. In 1982 she and John retired to Saltspring Island where she was part of an energetic circle of friends and ran The Ladies Auxiliary at Lady Minto Hospital. As health and ferries made Saltspring living less tenable, Bea and John moved to Brentwood Bay and eventually Sidney. Bea’s failing health necessitated residing in Extended Care at Saanich Penninsula hospital since 2011. Recently her husband John joined her in residency there. Despite impecable care and lashings of love, Bea left us on the morning of December 19th.
She is survived by her husband, two sons, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A granddaughter in Sweden wrote:
“The world has lost a fighter, but heaven gained an angel.
-Rest in peace grandma! We will never forget you…”