McCall Gardens

It is with heavy hearts that our family announce the passing of our Mum, Lilian. She was born in Saskatoon SK, the first of 3 children born to Elsie (Love) and Elmer McInnes. Lil was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Al (1993), daughter Noreen (1967), son Raymond (2016) and brothers John and Raymond.

Lil grew up in Saskatoon and married Allan Burrows in 1943. They had 4 children. Lil and Al moved from Saskatoon to Edmonton, and then Winnipeg during Al’s career with the Hudson Bay Company, Wholesale Division. They retired to Victoria, BC  in 1987.

After Al’s death, Lil kept herself busy with golf and was a long-time member of the Royal Colwood Golf Club. When she wasn’t golfing she was playing Bridge, a game she loved. Through those interests, she met and kept many dear and wonderful friends.

Lil was an amazing woman. When her Pulmonary Fibrosis compromised her lifestyle, she herself said that she couldn’t complain as she had 96 good years, only being inconvenienced for a year and a half with ill health. She quit golf in the fall of her 95th birthday and even managed to get in one last bridge game only 2 weeks before she passed.

Lil will be sadly missed by her son Donald (Marilyn), daughter Louise Head (Douglas), her 9 grandchildren, Nancy, Steven, Laurie, Troy, Tyson, Leigh, Lisa, Rhianna and Tyson, her 9 great-grandchildren, and a close-knit family of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Lilian’s wishes, there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Jubilee Hospital Foundation. Attn. Respiratory Dept., 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8.

“Lovingly Remembered Forever”

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Norman and Pauline Love
    January 17, 2018

    We have many happy memories of you Lil on your visits to us in England.
    We will never forget You and send our heartfelt sympathy to all your family
    May you rest in peace.

  • John O’Reilly
    January 14, 2018

    From the family in England we all send
    our heart felt condolences to lousise, Don, Ray and family’s for the loss of a wonderful lady Lil.

  • Pam Hill
    January 11, 2018

    You will be missed Aunty Lil. Not just by your immediate family but by your extended family of nieces, nephews and the many friends who all were lucky enough to share their lives with.
    Although we lived so far apart all the years, we were one of the lucky families that truly loved one another. You showed us how to do that. Thank you for loving us all, your smiles and laughter and the many good memories we share.
    Lovingly Remembered

  • Laurel Gerelus
    January 10, 2018

    Thinking of you lisa as I know you and grandma B were very close. It was great that you were able to see her recently to give her hugs and kisses. From Auntie Laurel

  • Maxine Campbell
    January 9, 2018

    Dear Lilian was such a nice lady to play golf with. She was an inspiration to us all & was sorely missed when she stopped playing.We found it hard to believe how active she was despite her age.She really enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends.Her gentle & loving spirit will always be remembered.
    May God Bless & comfort the family with a life well lived, & the knowledge how much she cared about you all.

  • John and Marilyn Bate
    January 6, 2018

    We are so very saddened on Aunty Lil’s passing.
    We are grateful she is at peace now.
    We had a wonderful life with her.
    We are so very proud how the family was there right to her passing. Know how special your care and Love was to her.
    We have lost another Gold Link in our Family Chain of Life.
    Thankfully our precious memories will live on forever.
    John and Marilyn

  • David Bate
    January 4, 2018

    Will will miss you, Aunty Lil. You were always a calming presence in often loud and rambunctious family gatherings. You will be especially missed at the card table after family dinners, where you tried to keep everyone honest (as much as possible).

    We know how important family was to you, and how much you cared for each member of our family. We always cherished the little Christmas gifts we got from you because it reminded us that you were thinking of us. The dolls that you made for Jordan, Riley, Jacob and Harper are cherished possessions that sit prominently on their bed, not because of what they are, but because of whom they came from.

    You saw a lot of this world and endured a lot in this world. Throughout it all, whether up or down, you carried yourself with grace and dignity. It is a part of you that we will carry forward. We are better people because you were our Aunt.

    We are sad that you have left us but know that you are happy to see Uncle Al, the kids, your brothers, parents, family and friends in Heaven. We are not sure if there are any golf courses in Heaven, but we are pretty sure that Saint Peter has a chair with your name on it for the next big Bridge game.

    All our love,
    David, Joanne, Jordan, Riley, Jacob and Harper
    Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Leslie Burke
    January 3, 2018

    What a nice long and fulfilled life Auntie Lil was able to live. Seeing all those decades come and go would have been something. Forever in our hearts Auntie Lil, condolences to the family. xo Leslie, Glenn and family

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