It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of our beloved Beverley Edwards of Courtenay BC, on the 20th of January 2014.
Bev was born on the 29th of August 1930. She was the first child of Vera and Cecil Gill of North Vancouver and granddaughter of Julius & Martha Fromme, Lynn Valley’s first pioneers. Bev lived most of her life in North Vancouver attending Ridgeway Elementary and North Vancouver High School. In 1951 she married Neil Campbell and with him they welcomed sons Alan and Grant. Until Neil’s death in 1959 she was his loving companion and supporter. She handled the task of raising two little boys with the aid of her parents with such grace.
Air Canada provided a new opportunity that was full of challenges, excitement and rewards for her thirty-year career. Her colleagues respected her and were always part of “her team” – a team she was always proud of. One of her many achievements was as a “team manager” at Expo ‘86. Early in her years with Air Canada, she met Alan Edwards, an insurance manager who handled a claim of Bev’s. Business became pleasure and in 1969 they married. Al brought two more children to the union, Gerry and Lynda, making their family of six.
Vancouver Island soon became another home for her as a family cabin on Denman Island had been built by her father in the late ‘60’s and following retirement 22 years ago Bev and Al made the final move to the Comox Valley to a house on the sea. Bev was a constant support of her community and she became involved with St. George’s United Church, Sunnydale Golf Club and CNIB services to support the blind. Bev’s main focus for fourteen years was the loving care of her Mom, who because of limited vision, required extra care and attention. Friends and family remember Bev as a beautiful elegant woman, always looking her best and continuously willing to lend a hand. She was appreciative of family traditions and values and so proud of her children’s successes.
She will be missed by her loving husband Alan Edwards, her children Alan Campbell & wife Petra, Grant Campbell, Gerry Edwards & wife Lydia and Lynda & husband Stewart Mason. Grandchildren Nicole, Kimberley, Christopher, David, Travis and Brittney and Great Grandchildren Chase and Lauren. Bev will be also missed by her loving sister, Lois Cutler, Aunt Julia Fromme Myles and her nieces Leslie and Laura. Cousins David, Rhelda and Martin join the family and lovingly remember Bev. All will carry forth the family stories, memories and traditions.
A Celebration of Bev’s life will be held on Friday the 31st of January 2014 at St. George’s United Church, 6th Street and Fitzgerald Ave, Courtenay, BC at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. George’s Church Memorial fund or the charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged.