Beverley Rebecca Patterson Parnham
May 2, 1952 – May 21, 2014
Bev was born in Vancouver BC and lived in
Coquitlam until the age of 16 when she moved with her family to the Comox Valley. In 1972 she married Greg Parnham and they started their life together in a tiny house in Comox. In 1978, Bev and Greg moved to Port Hardy and built their home at Storey’s Beach, where they raised their 3 daughters. She was involved in her girls dancing for many years and besides spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, she enjoyed reading her books, camping by the water, being with family and friends, and organizing anything and
everything that needed to be done. She was our calm whenever there was a storm.
Bev started working for School District #85 in 1992, first at Port Hardy Senior Secondary, then later at the maintenance department. Bev’s natural leadership led her to pursue politics. She became a councillor for the District of Port Hardy in 1989 and was then elected Mayor in 2008. She took great pride in the North Island and the people who live there. Bev was pre-deceased by her parents, Ron &
Margaret Patterson. She is survived by her
daughters Leah (Vlado) Kos of Nanaimo,
Kendra (Ivan) Hall of Port McNeill, Brittany
(Kenric) Exner of Regina Saskatchewan and their father Greg Parnham. She leaves a legacy of cherished
grandchildren, Mikaela & Nikolas Kos, Bryson & Jaidyn Hall and Nola & Bohdi Exner. Also left to mourn her passing are her brothers Ron (Mary)
Patterson and Dan Patterson of Courtenay, her sister Debra (Mike) Balcke of Port McNeill, her Aunt Irene Walker of Burnaby and Angie Patterson of Port Hardy. Her nieces and nephews – Sage, Simon, Chris, Andrea, Shawn, Keith, Jennifer,
Richard, Alisha & Stephen. Her numerous cousins, and her many many dear friends.
A Celebration of Bev’s life will be held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre on Friday May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested
contributions to a scholarship in Bev’s name at the District of Port Hardy.
“Remember me with smiles and laughter,
For that is how I will remember you all.”