The Service for Diane is postponed at this time.  The date and time will be announced in the near future.

With sad hearts, we announce the passing of Diane following a fiercely fought 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Diane was born in Kamloops and moved to Victoria in 1966 where she graduated from Nursing.  Most of her 33 year career was in CCU at RJH where she was loved and respected always.

Diane will be sorely missed by her loving husband, Bruce; stepdaughter, Shannon and all the Rands Family; brother, Lynn (Cheryl); nieces; great-nephew, and too many friends to count.

Diane’s great passion was Golf and her accomplishments are legendary.  Diane was brilliant at knitting, sewing and card making.

Heartfelt thanks to her Doctors: Dr. Woodburn, Dr. McGhie, Dr. Gustafson-Vickers, Dr. Belle, all of the nurses and, the staff at the Cancer Agency and all of the nurses and support staff at Victoria Hospice.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Uplands Golf Club in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or Victoria Hospice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

Uplands Golf Club

Diane has been a member in good standing since September 1, 1965 and has been a positive representative of Uplands at the course, in the community, and in the realm of competitive golf.  She has a proven record of golf achievements and of giving back to her club.

Below is a summation of some of her accomplishments:

From her profile (as Diane Phillips) on the BCGA Zone 5 Women’s Golf website:

It all started in 1965 when Diane traveled from her hometown of Kamloops to Vancouver with Marilyn Palmer (now O’Connor and 1999 Hall of Famer) who was participating in the BC Ladies Tournament.  With only two years experience, Diane played at Shaughnessy and came second in the Junior Tournament which qualified her for the BC Junior Team, then on to the Canadian Junior that same year, and won low gross in her handicap division.

The following year, Diane moved to Victoria, deciding to go to University and then into Nursing School which put her golfing career on hold until the 12 hour shifts came into being in 1979.  That year, Diane was runner up at the City & District to Dorothy DeGirolamo (Wilks).

Diane’s name can be found 8 times on the City & District Trophy (now known as the C-FAX Ladies Amateur) as well as runner-up on 4 occasions.  Other credits include: 1991 winner of the BC Amateur, 1991 and 1993 member of the BC Provincial Team (first alternate in 1990); runner-up at BC Provincials in 1993.

In her first year of eligibility, Diane won the 1999 C-FAX Ladies Senior Championship and went on to become the 1999 BC Senior Champion and a member of BC Team.  That same year, the City of Victoria nominated Diane for Athlete of the Year in the Masters Category.  In 2000, Diane and her District 1 teammate, Alison Murdoch, were 50% of the BC Team that competed at the Canadian Seniors in PEI.

Diane also competed very successfully in the Victoria and District Foursomes Championships, winning first place with partner, Lorna Rooper in 1992.  In 2015, Diane and partner, Carin Gallie and the team of Chris Vogelsang and partner, Jan Laidlaw tied with Cordova Bay for the Foursome Team First Place.  In 2016, Diane and Carin were flight winners at the Foursomes.

Diane’s contributions to golf in the district extend beyond competitions.  She served District One (now Zone 5) as the Handicap/Course Rating Chair for six years, then continued on as a member of the Course Rating team.

Of course, Diane’s golf achievements at Uplands are also equally notable.

Diane has held the Women’s Official Course Record – 67 (33-34) since August 1, 1993 in a Zone 5 sanctioned Harris Erickson competition.

Other accomplishments include the following:

6 time Women’s Club Championship Winner – 1969, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1992 & 2000;

5 time Women’s Senior Championship Winner – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012;

3 time Women’s Super Senior Championship Winner – 2013, 2014, 2015.

She also worked to support her club in the following capacities:

Serving as the Women’s Division Captain in 2008 and 2009;

Working on the Match Committee and Handicap Committee for many years;

Tabulating tournament scores, and other general volunteer positions.

Diane and her mother were loyal Heart Tournament donors.

She did the scoring and helped with the organization for Monday afternoon Duplicate Bridge for many years and would still be doing so if her health allowed.

The Hole in one proved elusive, but Diane finally had her first hole in one about 8 years ago, and her first Uplands hole in one about 5 years ago.  I had the pleasure of being in Diane’s group at the time.  She thought she had hit the shot heavy, looked away and the rest of the group watched it as it went in the hole.

Here are a few other accolades to make you green with envy: Diane scored a 2 on #6 and similarly had a double eagle on #12 in a match that won her the city championship.

Most importantly, Diane epitomizes what an Uplands member should strive to be: an asset to her course and an ambassador for Uplands in the golfing community.

An Honorary Lifetime Membership of Uplands Golf Club is an acknowledgement of her important place in Upland’s history.

 

 

  • Mike Gray

    Dear Bruce and Family, I just found out now about Diane as I was looking for Dave Rands for lessons for my son Matt in golf. So sad to hear. I was a member at Uplands for years and often saw Diane and also her parents over the years. I think the last time I saw her was at the Canadian Ladies amateur at Victoria golf club in 1984? The one Dawn Coe won. Diane played well in the tournament that year as well as so many golf accomplishments in tournaments in the many years.
    Sincerely,
    Mike Gray

  • Barney Brend

    Bruce, we were so sad to hear of Diane’s passing. We will miss her joyful presence at the golf course.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and all family members.
    Barney & Debi

  • Kathy & Doug Utri

    Bruce, Shannon, Aunt Phyllis and all your family: Sincere sympathy in the loss of Diane. Though distance kept us from knowing her, Diane was obviously a remarkable woman, cherished by all her family and friends. You are in my prayers as you deal with the sadness of her passing. Hugs and much love.

  • Diane Shelley

    Bruce and Family, Sorry to hear of Diane’s passing, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Richard Austin

    The Rands, Phillips families plus the nursing profession and golfing committee have lost a true angel. Words do not do justice to Diane of how she was viewed by her friends and peers. Dedicated to her profession, always compassionate to those who spent time in the CCU, her patients spoke volumes of the level of care they received plus her attention to detail.

    Truly hope the authorities who administer the Greater Victoria Hall of Fame will consider and nominate her name for induction, her record is indeed impressive starting from a Junior continuing through to the Senior level deserves recognition.

    Rest in peace Diane.

  • Russell Reynolds

    Dear Bruce and Family,

    Sorry to hear to about your loss. Diane will be missed by so many. Thinking of you and your family, you are all great people. Sending love from an old friend.

    Sincerely,
    Russ Reynolds

  • David Stevens

    Dear Bruce: I am sorry to hear of the death of Diane. I did not know Diane very well, but I was always impressed with her kindness to me and others at Uplands. David Stevens

  • Mike Kelly

    Rest in peace.

  • Rick Burnip

    I have fond memories of times spent together over the years…we are so sorry for your loss…deepest condolences to Bruce and all the family.

    Rick Burnip

  • Jackie Little

    The last words Di said to me was my turn to call you next. My heart is so sad to say I never did get that call back. I’m so thankful for our last chit chat, it was full of every emotion but most of all that laughter. Nobody laughs like Di, just thinking of it makes me smile. Di and I had many fun battles on the golf course in earlier years, we roomed together, we cheered each other on, we helped each other and we competed against each other but most of all we have always remained friends. Di you may have left us but you will always be here in our hearts, you are loved by so many. RIP my dear friend, Bruce I’m so sorry for your loss, I hope the sadness you feel will quickly be replaced with the amazing wonderful fun memories you have of your Di.

  • Glenda Goulding

    Diane will be remembered lovingly and often. I was Blessed to have had this kind, caring and talented lady as a cherished friend and colleague for 36 years and my life was and always will be richer because she was a part of it. We shared it all….the Joy, the Happiness, the Sadness and the Tears. Hearing that infectious laugh of hers warmed my heart on darkest days! Her passing leaves a big hole in many hearts……including mine, but her Life leaves us all with a trail of beautiful memories.
    Sincere condolences to Bruce and the Rands and Phillips Families. May you find Peace and Comfort in knowing that hers was a Life well lived.

  • Holly Horwood

    What an enormous loss to the golfing community and the network of friendship and support that characterizes B.C. women’s competitive golf. Diane was two years ahead of me in Junior golf – and later in Senior golf. I was in Vancouver, she remained on the Island but like all the golfing gang in B.C. we crossed fairways regularly. Her warm laugh, quick intelligence and that beautiful smooth swing will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to all the family.

  • Kathy Ilott

    Diane’s accomplishments speak to her impact to so many. Her welcoming smile and quiet coaching during the few rounds of golf we had will be a memory I will cherish always.
    Wishing the entire Rand family my sincere condolences.
    Kathy

  • Kim, Damien, & the Girls

    Diane was, and will always be, a very loved member of our family; her kindness and compassion made noticeable differences in all of our lives. Sending so much love to Uncle Bruce, Shannon, Grandma, and all of our family.

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love” ~ Leo Buscaglia

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