Susan Gilbert (nee Griffin)
June 21, 1921-October 8, 2009
Susan passed away peacefully at Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Hardy, BC on October 8th 2009, at the age of 88 with her son Charlie at her side. Pre-deceased by her loving husband Alf, daughter Yvonne, and parents Ned and Susan her brother Willie and sister Jean. Left to mourn her passing are her sister Peggy and brother Jackie, children Alf (Karin), Charlie (Phyllis), Susan (Bill) and Teresa (Cameron) as well as her nine grand children, Zach (Teara), Peggy-Sue, Jessica (Joe), Erin (Terry), Erica, Paul (Sarah), Chuck (Hillary), Dave, and Elysian (Scott), as well as 6 great grand children, Skyler, Ashton, Mikayla, Sasha, Kaia and Tyler.
Susan was born in Dundee Scotland and at the age of 18 enlisted in the Kings Army. Susan was stationed in England where she met Alf, a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers. They were married in Scotland in 1946. Susan came to Canada as a War Bride on the Queen Mary. They lived in Calgary and Vancouver then moved to Port McNeill in 1968 where they ran a little shop called Island Imports for many years.
Susan was a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79 in Vancouver as well as a Charter and Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 281 in Port McNeill and the Br. 281 Ladies Auxiliary she held many positions on the executive in both, including President.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Jill and all the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor for their tender care during mom’s last days, to Father Anthony of Saint Mary’s parish, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 281, The Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Scottish Veterans Association.
A service will be held on Saturday, October 17th 2009 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Chapel Street in Port McNeill followed by a gathering in celebration of Susan’s life at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 281 in Port McNeill. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Mary’s Parish; to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines or the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 281 and the Ladies Auxiliary.
One of Our daughter’s Has Fallen
One of our daughter’s has fallen.
She walks the earth no more.
She heard her Master calling
Across that distant shore.
She left us with no warning.
She’s now in heaven’s care.
We’ve placed a wreath of mourning
Upon her empty chair.
We come before you humbled.
With bended knee we pray.
For one of us has stumbled;
A ‘Daughter’ has gone away.
We had a bond of kinship
That few can surpass.
It goes deeper than friendship.
She was a Scots Lass.