We’re sad to report that we’ve lost our beloved mother and grandmother. Alice Brennan passed away peacefully on November 28, 2017, in Victoria General Hospital, only six weeks shy of her ninety-third birthday.
She was born Enid Alice Moore on January 8, 1925, in Whitgift, a tiny village on the River Ouse in Yorkshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in Scarborough, where she and her classmates loved to push a piano over to the window and belt out tunes to confuse the soldiers drilling in the square below. By the time World War II ended, she was in Birmingham beginning her career. Two years later, she was back in Goole, near Whitgift, serving as a headmistress. At 26, she was the youngest woman in West Yorkshire to have stepped into that role.
Wartime training brought an Irish Guard named Paddy Brennan to Yorkshire and into Alice’s life. They were married in 1951. After two years in Northern Rhodesia, they moved to Victoria in 1954. Kate, Jude, and Pat were born over the next four years, and Alice devoted herself to our upbringing. She loved books and animals, and sometimes commented that in another life she might have been an ornithologist or a wildlife photographer.
Mourning Alice are her daughter Kate, son-in-law William, grandson Adam, great-granddaughter Monroe, grandson Evan, daughter Jude, son Pat, daughter-in-law Anne, and extended family members Mili and Teri-Lynne.
We thank Dr. Jim Stockdill for taking care of our mother and grandmother these last few years. We also thank the 4 AB staff at Victoria General Hospital for their wonderful care in recent weeks.
Please join us as we celebrate Alice’s life at 11:00 am on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Royal Oak. In lieu of flowers, we’d be grateful for donations to the SPCA http://www.spca.bc.ca/branches/victoria/ or the Times Colonist Christmas Fund https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14772.
Condolences may be offered to the family below.
Keith BristowDecember 16, 2017
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