Friday, 29 September 2017

A Flower is Missing in the Garden

Gloria Fordyce
     Many of you, who have plots in the Expansion Garden or other parts of the garden, will likely remember Gloria and will remember her fondly. We will miss her.  Gloria was often seen at the garden with her daughter Sandi, both of them working on their plots and spending time together. Usually laughing and smiling.  Gloria passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Preceded by parents, Rose & Charlie Nicholson and brother Allan Nicholson. Gloria is survived by daughters, Sandi Smith and Joyce Fordyce (Gregg Sewell) and grandson Trenton Sewell. She leaves behind extended family members and cousins as well as many good friends and neighbours she collected over the years from all corners of the world.
     From Estevan Sask., Gloria spent 50 years calling Deep Cove home. She had a personality and smile that would light up a room, always ready to engage in a conversation, glass of wine and light hearted humour. Most of her career was with the civilian side of the RCMP in Burnaby and North Vancouver. Outside of work and family, her time was spent in the figure skating community, with neighbours and friends hosting wonderful parties as well in recent years at the Cottonwood Community Gardens where she grew and donated produce to the Vancouver Food Bank.

     Today a flower is missing in the garden but a seed was planted that will live on.  There will be a Celebration of Life for Gloria on Sunday, October 15th at Seymour Golf & Country Club, 3723 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver, BC. Sandi has extended the invitation to Cottonwood gardeners to attend this memorial for her mom.  Please toast a glass to Gloria & share your favorite story. In lieu flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Society. Celebration of Life October 15, 2:00pm at Seymour Golf & Country Club.

"You can no longer see me, but please know I am there. I am the flowers in the garden, I am the wind beneath your hair."

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