Carole-Anne Zilkie (Bealle), 75, of East Sooke, BC, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Vancouver in 1948, Carole’s family moved to Vancouver Island in 1953.

Carole went to school on the Saanich Peninsula, and then began a long career as a teller with CIBC. She held the highest standard when assisting her customers with their financial needs, never backing down when the ‘sales first’ approach tried to overrun customer service.

Carole’s most cherished times were at the East Sooke property and the Port Alice cabin. Her #1 Bucket list item became a reality when she and Heidi travelled to New Orleans in 2012.

Carole will be remembered for always being there for her family and others, and never backing down when it came to anything she believed in. Being a long-time member of the Legion both in Langford and Sooke she donated countless hours volunteering her time.

Something you may not know is that Carole saved the lives of two people who were pulled out to sea by the riptide in Tofino. She spent over 30mins in the fridged water to rescue a man and a child. Carole is a hero, who wanted no praise, and needed no attention.

Carole is now pain free…leaving behind her husband and best friend of 58 years Ron, children Carl (Noel) and Heidi (Jason), grandson Ryan, sister Kellie, and many cousins. She is predeceased by her brother Craig, and brother-in-law Russ.

Carole’s family would like to give special thanks to the dedicated staff at the BC Cancer Centre (RJH) and Ayre Manor (Hospice) in Sooke.

As per Carole’s wishes, there is no formal service planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made directly to the Sooke Legion (Branch 54).

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • lorna williams

    To Kellie, Ron, Carl and Heidi
    Thinking of you at this difficult time in life. My heartful condolences to you. Carole was a strong and dedicated woman. Family was everything to her. In time the void will heal and the memories will live on.
    Sincerely Lorna

  • alma Bealle



    Our sincere condolences to your family on the passing of Carole. We remember Carole as being very friendly asking us to come and visit. I always knew when Christmas was near as we would get our first Christmas card of the season from the Zilkies, Carol and Ron. Don once told me he as a teenager used to babysit Carole so that Johnny and Ileane could could have a night out when they were visiting Don’s mother ( Auntie Anne) in East Vancouver.

    Our Love and Condolences to all of your Family. Carole will be greatly missed.

    Alma Bealle and Family, Sam, Catherine and Brian Bealle

  • Penny Bealle (Carole's cousin)

    Dear Ron, Carl, Heidi, & Kellie.  I send my heartfelt condolences to each of you. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time and always.  I’m so lucky that I spent an afternoon with Ron & Carole at Kelie’s in August 2023. I have fond memories of her perky spirit then and from many childhood visits with her family.  Carole took immense delight in life’s moments with family. I loved hearing her stories of how she enjoyed her crib games, jigsaw puzzles, Port Alice adventures, and volunteer work at the Legion.  In August 2023, she was excitedly anticipating the upcoming visit of her grandson Ryan and had wonderful activities planned (Dinosaur museum visit, Malahat Skywalk, cherished childhood swimming holes).  I miss her and know that you will miss her terribly and will have fond memories that will keep her spirit alive.   Much Love, Penny (Carole’s cousin)


    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Heidi. While there are no words that can fully take away the sorrow, may you find some comfort in knowing that caring thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Shirley (Ona) Owen

    Ron, Carl & Heidi, love & condolences to you all…missing Carole, who was my niece. My fond recollections of Carole was mainly her being a toddler, or stories of her carried as a baby for a surprise visit to my brother Johnny’s job site up island, where there was much scurrying to find accommodation for mother Ileane…& baby Carole! Maybe that began her adventure of living a fine life. She will be dearly missed…xx Shirley (Bealle) Owen in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Hugh and Sherry Paterson

    Ron, Carl, Heidi and Kellie, please know that our thoughts are with you and we are sending hugs your way. We all know that time is the great healer, but it does take “time”, be kind to yourselves. Our sincere condolences.


    Our condolences to you Ron and your family. She was an integral part of the poppy fund and poppy collection campaign. She was a real hero to us both. Plus she made a killer almond roca. We will miss her. Bob and Camille

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