Sadie Eleanor Hinsberger

Sadie Eleanor Hinsberger (nee Scow)

Sadie died suddenly on Thursday, January 27, 2005, at Campbell River. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband George, sons Gerald, Reg (Shannon), two granchildren Jordan, Cassidy and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews. As well she is survived by six brothers, Alfred, Rupert, Peter, Reginald, Vincent Henry and Glen and six sisters, Joyce Gray, Beatrice, Winnifred Speck, Irene Bertelsen, Nellie Moon and Karen Adams.

Sadie’s parents were William D. Scow, Hereditary Chief of the Kwicksutainiek (Qwi’Qwa’Sot’Enox) First Nation, and Alice Scow (nee Whonnock) daughter of Chief John Whonnock of the Kwakiutl Nation.

After graduation from high school in Alert Bay, Sadie worked as a telephone operator for the Northwest Telephone Company in Alert Bay and for a short time in Powell River. In 1959, she met George an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Sadie and George were married June 25, 1960.

In the early years of their marriage they lived in Alert Bay where George owned and operated a water taxi business with Sadie’s help as bookkeeper and dispatcher. In the 1970s they moved to Campbell River where their home became open house for family and friends from Alert Bay, Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. One could always be sure of a warm welcome from Sadie and George. How many of us sat around their table, nourished by Sadie’s love and goodies and by her humour and understanding. While so much grief is felt by her passing, she will always be remembered with the greatest affection and gratitude from the many people whose life she enriched.

The funeral and celebration of her life was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Father MacDonald officiating, on February 4, 2005. There were over 400 people in attendance to pay their respects. The Hinsberger family, the Scow family and the Whonnock family extend their appreciation and gratitude. They also extend thanks for the compassionate caring by the doctors and staff of the Campbell River General Hospital provided to Sadie. The families’ thanks go as well to the ladies of the St. Patrick’s parish for providing part of the refreshments and the ladies of the Campbell River reserve for their contribution. Finally the families wish to express their thanks to the Sutton Funeral Home for their considerate services.

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