Passed away peacefully at home. Born on Victoria Day at St Joseph’s Hospital, Coleen spent her whole life in Victoria. After graduating from Mt Douglas High School in 1972 she entered St Joseph’s School of Nursing, class of 1977. During her time at St Joseph’s, she married her adoring husband Neil after asking the Director of Nursing for permission to get married while in training. The most important things in Coleen’s life were her family and friends, her nursing career and spending time at the Griffin “Cabin” on Shawnigan Lake. Predeceased by her brother Tom, sister Joanne, brothers-in-law David and Brian. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 46 years Neil, children Sean, Lori (Mike) Walmsley and grandchildren Zak, Clayton, Fiona, Isabella (Izzy) and Jackson. As the oldest of 8 children Coleen leaves behind a large and boisterous extended family of a brother, sisters, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Coleen’s eyes lit up at any gathering and she always brightened the occasion.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, June 27, 2022 at St Patrick’s Parish, 2060 Haultain St, Victoria, BC.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Maureen Werlin (Nuttall)

    Deepest sympathy to Coleen’s husband, children, grandkids and family. I was fortunate to have Coleen as a friend at St. Pat’s school, where I was lucky enough to experience weekends at the griffin “cabin”, sleepovers at the Griffin home, as Girl Guides we got our cooking badges by preparing dinner for Bishop Remi De Roo. We practiced our apple pie in the Griffin kitchen. At Gordon Head Junior High and Mt. Doug senior secondary schools we played field hockey together and I managed the girls basketball team. Coleen was a star in these teams as well as track and field.
    Coleen had a smile to light up a room, a fabulous sense of humour, she was fun-loving, a great friend for many years.
    Gone too soon, her legacy lives on in the lives and hearts she touched.

  • Linda Van Strien

    Condolences to Neil and all family. So sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Colleen in rehabilitation nursing. A beautiful, kind and caring person and outstanding nurse.. gone too soon. I pray for all to have peace.

  • Sharman Wieser

    I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family in your loss. Sending sympathy and love and fond memories.
    With warmest wishes,
    Sharman Wieser (née Blascheck)

  • Tina Cochane (Pali)

    I was so sorry to learn about Colleen’s passing. I was a friend of Nancy’s back in high school and have fond memories of hanging out at the Griffins’ house and the “girls room” downstairs. My condolences to all of the Griffin family

  • Denise Korolyk

    To Kelly and the family,

    Dan and I were very saddened to hear of Coleen’s passing.
    We fondly remember many happy times at Shawnigan Lake when Peter, Lisa, and Stephanie were small.
    Coleen always made us feel welcome and she will be truly missed as the “eldest sister” of such an amazing group!!
    Sending much love,

    Dan and Denise Korolyk

  • Barb Beaubien

    My condolences to all the family, so sorry to read of Coleens passing
    I remember her for her cheerful spirit always helping at St. Patrick’s school.
    God bless all of you.

  • Sheila Bill

    Condolences to all of Colleen’s family. Colleen was always a ray of sunshine in our Liaison team at RJH.

  • John Barnes

    Condolences to Neil & all his family.
    Lynda still talks about Colleen raising the service dog.
    Too young to pass on.

    John & Lynda Barnes

  • Brenda Lee

    I am so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. I really enjoyed working with her – her good sense of humor and always willing to help.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Colleen’s family.

    Brenda Lee

  • Linda Bapty

    Condolences to Neil and all the family. Coleen was a ray of sunshine, loved her family, and was a great deal of fun to work with! Gone too soon; gone too young! Always cheerful, if not giggling!

  • Denise McLeod (nee Beaudry)

    My thoughts are with all of you. I graduated with Colleen from St Jo’s in 1977. I hope this message finds you surrounded by strength and compassion. I will pray you find peace.

  • Norma Jones

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of her. We were room mates in our first year of nursing school at St Joseph’s School of nursing, class of 1977. She was such a beautiful soul and will be dearly missed.
    Love Norma Jones (nee Gray)

  • Keith Cooley & Mildred

    So sad to hear of Coleen’s passing. She was a remarkable person.
    To Neil, Sean and Lori.

    Note From Keith & Mildred Cooley & Family (Karen & Dwain).

  • Mary Weller

    Such shocking news…Colleen and Neil lived across the street from me on Holloway when Sean and Lori were young and they were the best neighbours! I have thought of them so often over the years since they moved away.

  • Maggie Eastman

    So sorry to hear about Colleen. It has been years since St. Pats school but our family grew up with the Griffins. We will pray for you all. Maggie Eastman nee Stuart

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