Service postponed until further notice.

Lover of all dogs, all children, her family, a good laugh, a new adventure and especially a new handbag, our beloved Ann Elizabeth Nelson passed away on March 11, 2020.

Ann leaves behind her devoted husband of nearly 58 years, Blaise Nelson, daughters Fiona Nelson (Kris), Tara Nelson (Steve) and Shannon Nelson Evers (Kevin). She also leaves her cherished grandson Alexander Evers, and her brother Thomas Bennett. She will be missed by many other relatives and friends.

Ann was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 12, 1940 to Thomas and Lily Bennett. Her favourite childhood memories are those spent with her cousins, Myrna and Isabel, larking about the Antrim Coast, going to dances, and getting into mischief.

Ann met the love of her life, Blaise, when she was 19. They married in 1962 and welcomed Fiona a year later. In 1967, they made the bold move to relocate to Canada and the trio set off on their first big adventure.

Many happy years followed, in Sherwood Park, Alberta where Tara and Shannon completed the family. Over the years, Ann worked primarily in administration and retail, but her greatest joy was raising her children and watching them grow.

In 1998, Ann and Blaise retired to Victoria, which they have loved since the first moment they stepped foot on the Island. From making cherished friends in James Bay and walking Willows Beach, to having tea at Murchie’s and popping into all of her favourite stores on Government Street, Ann loved Victoria.

She also loved to explore the world. Ann and Blaise enjoyed two spectacular cruises, and made enjoyable trips through the US and Europe, where she discovered her favourite city, Paris. Ann’s final trip in 2018, was a family journey back to Northern Ireland. She delighted in seeing her childhood haunts and breathing in the North Atlantic air.

Ann lived a joyful life ~ her greatest happiness coming from time spent with her family. The addition of grandson Alex made her heart swell.

Service postponed until further notice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Rita and Al Garred

    Hi Blaise:

    Just read the news letter and it is deep sorrow to learn of Ann’s passing. Please accept our condolences. I will try and call in the coming weeks.

  • Sheila Martindale

    I haven’t seen Ann for some time, but I remember she used to interact with children from the James Bay School at New Horizons – such a loving person. We were all better for knowing her. Rest in peace.

  • Laurie, Olivier, Lily and Jack

    This was a very beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. Like many – we were blessed to have had her touch our lives. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Jonnie Goyer

    Lovely tribute to Ann and I am so sorry for your loss. I am so pleased to have met and chatted with her again last year in Cushendun. Doesn’t she have the gentlest but most elegant of smiles. Much love and strength.

  • Gabe Levesque

    Victoria, Gabe, Sylvie, and Felix Levesque

    We are so saddened by the loss of Ann. She was a splendid neighbour on Superior Street for many years. She was always delighted to see Sylvie and Felix even when we moved out of James Bay.

  • Barrie and Anne Bolton

    A lovely lady, very missed by her many friends. Neighbour and adopted Grand mother to our grand children. Blaise, Fiona, Tara and Shannon, you are in our thoughts and prayer.

  • Syrina Facca

    How sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful momma. Hugs and love to you all.

  • Bea and Larry Carfantan

    Our sincere condolences to all of the Nelson family for loss of a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
    I will always remember the times when we would cross the street and have a cup of tea and many laughs together. We also shared many memories of our girls growing up and sharing many happy times with the Nelson girls. We truly missed Ann and Blaise when they retired and moved to Victoria, but we did stay in touch and had long telephone conversations every Christmas. Ann, you will be truly missed. Love and hugs to Blaise and his family.

  • Marty and Gladys Bodnar

    Ann, what a most wonderful woman, kind, gentle, proud, loving. We will very much miss our great visits and attempts to solve the worlds problems! We have a space in our lives that we will not be able fill. We are lucky to have shared her with you Blaise, Fiona, Tara and Shannon.

  • Jane Pendlebury

    This is lovely to read about Ann’s life. We are so sorry to hear the sad news of her passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care, and our love to you at this difficult time. Jane, Mark, Phyllis X

  • Molly Goyer Gorman

    It is lovely reading this about your mum’s life. Thinking of you all, and sending much love and strength. xoxo

  • Dawnine Sembaluk

    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom (and wife and sister). Hugs to you all at this difficult time. Love, Dawnine Sembaluk & family

  • Simon Crowther

    Very sorry for your loss
    A lovely lady who I enjoyed meeting.
    Thank you for sharing your light.

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