With a heart full of love, a mind still sharp and a quick wit, Pat Hale (nee Mary Patricia Standish), died peacefully on August 11, 2015.
Born in Winnipeg on September 3rd 1923, Pat always remembered her Prairie roots and wonderful summers at Minaki Lake, Ontario, but identified as a Nova Scotian, where she spent her formative years with her mother Grace, father Harry and sisters Margie (d. 1990) and Anne.
Pat excelled early in life as an accomplished student, pianist, artist and figure skater but her greatest gift was in her ability to forge lasting relationships. She met her life partner, Robert (Bob) Hale (d. 2005) while she was serving overseas with the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. Early marriage brought the young couple to Holberg, then Vancouver, while Cowichan Bay remained their summer sanctuary, until they decided to call it home. Together, they thrived creating a large extended family, while Pat built an enviable reputation for her work as a
volunteer with the Cowichan Valley Hospital Auxiliary, curling, golfing, fishing, cards and bridge. Not one to be left behind when the world moved forward, Pat went on line early as the “Wired Granny” and most recently loved playing Internet bridge as the“ Sporty One”!
Pat loved people and people loved Pat. Her memory will be cherished by her five children; Elizabeth, Bob (Elizabeth), Judith (Terry), Carol (Glenn), Bruce (Ruth), her sister Anne (David d. 2014), niece Heather, her eight grandchildren, Elisa (Milan), Jeff (Marnie), Todd, Steven (Kristy), Suna (Iain), Aaron, Lucas (Roxy), Lindsay (Karla) and eight great grandchildren, Braeden (d.2006), Mackenzie, Colby, Ava, Atwood, Max, Locklen and Shyloh.
Many people have been touched by Pat’s warmth and ability to find points of connection, ones she maintained throughout her life. To those of you lucky enough to have been in her orbit, we thank you for the gift of your friendship, which meant so much to her. We also wish thank Christine, her caregiver, who provided so much to her over the past two years and to the staff of the Cowichan District Hospital’s ICU and second floor who showed that caring is still at the heart of the Health Care System.
“May we all be so lucky to be loved by so many for so long”
A Service to celebrate Pat’s life will take place in Duncan at the First Memorial, 375 Brae Rd. Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 A.M. with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cowichan District Hospital Auxiliary.