Yvonne Fee (nee Park)
March 2, 1946 – Sept. 27, 2014
We are left to mourn after the unexpected death of Yvonne just 33 days after a diagnosis of cancer of the liver. She passed at home in her own bedroom, beautifully and peacefully, with us holding her and loving her. She knew her short fate and accepted it with strength, serenity and grace.
Yvonne was the centre of our small household; the rock around which our everyday tumult swirled; dependable, organized and efficient to the end. We will miss her more than all our words and tears can express.
Yvonne was born in Manchester, England, coming to Canada via the U.S. in 1967. She and I were both hippies working for the Georgia Straight when we got together in 1968, having a groovy time in the Summer of Love, taking in some of the best concerts, festivals and Be-Ins the ‘60s had to offer. But reality loomed and so did the future; we moved on, got jobs and became (somewhat) responsible and in 1970 Sara was born.
Together we had lived in various B.C. towns and cities: Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, Courtenay, Colwood, Revelstoke, Golden, Coombs, Qualicum & Port Hardy before coming to a welcome rest on Salt Spring Island in 1980.
For 22 years Yvonne worked for the Gulf Islands School District as a teaching assistant at Fernwood School, school secretary at Salt Spring Elementary and Salt Spring Middle School. She loved the kids and loved working with her friends, the staff. She was also a strong Union advocate serving the CUPE local as shop steward, secretary-treasurer, vice-president and president. She retired to her dream house in South Wellington, south of Nanaimo, in 2002 and has happily planted her garden, kept her house and spent retirement with her family. A gathering of remembrance will be held on October 25, 2014, 2pm at the South Wellington Community Centre, 1555 Morden Rd., Nanaimo.
In our grief and sadness, Don, Sara and Hamish.
“Early detection is the best weapon against cancer.
If you suspect get it checked!”