Sheila Lauraine FIANDER
June 29, 1951 – September 9, 2014
With great sadness the family of Laurie Fiander (Mouat) advise of her passing at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. She was predeceased in 1999 by her parents, Mac and Betty Mouat. Laurie is lovingly remembered by her husband Bruce, her son Malcolm and daughter-in-law Laurie, her son David and daughter-in-law Jane, her grand-children Jordan, Steven, Mac, Cameron and Finnley, her sister Daphne and sister-in-law Derdri, and her many dear relatives and friends.
Laurie, a fifth-generation Salt Spring Islander, lived on Salt Spring for most of her life. She attended Salt Spring Elementary and graduated from Gulf Islands Secondary in 1969. She started her working life in her early teens at Mouat Bros. Ltd. working in the store after school and during summers. After graduation Laurie left the Island to work at BC Tel in Vancouver and in Victoria. She missed her Island life and returned after only a few years away. She and Bruce were married in 1973 and made their home on Salt Spring raising their sons here on the Island she so loved and amongst her cherished extended family.
Laurie was a valued and well-respected work colleague on Salt Spring at CIBC, Government Agent’s Office, CRD Building Inspection, Salt Spring Home Support and School District 64. She served as a member of the Lady Minto Hospital Board. She worked with Bruce at the Imperial Oil Agency when located in Ganges.
Laurie supported her sons in their school life, in sports and their other activities. With her family she enjoyed sport fishing, boating, camping, and nature in general. She loved to be on a special beach or by the lake and in her own garden. Some of her fondest memories were of spending time, as a child and as an adult, in the gardens or on the beaches with her aunts, cousins and friends.
Laurie had a strong and enduring love for family. Her family history mattered to her greatly and she was enthusiastic in researching and creating a family tree of all branches of her family. She treasured family photographs and family stories. She had strong relationships all her life with aunts and uncles, so very many cousins, and nieces and nephews. Her sons, their wives and respective families and each grandchild brought her great joy. She was a fully involved Grandma and she remains deeply loved by each of her grandchildren.
Laurie left us far too soon. Her spirit is alive with loving family and dear friends. We remember her, love her and celebrate her life now and for each day to come. A gathering in her memory will be held by the family at a later date.