Ilene passed away peacefully on January 26, 2023 in Victoria, BC. She was born on November 4, 1954 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ilene was predeceased by her father Arthur Luining in 1994. She is survived by her mother Lucille (Sue) Luining and her loving husband Robert. She also leaves her sister Ruth (Doug), her brother Art (Marlene), her brother-in-law John (Betty) and her much loved dog Sophie. Ilene also leaves her nephews, Chad, Mark (Sherry), Kevin (Darcie) and her niece Danielle. Great nephews and a great niece. Many other friends and relative across Canada, England and New Zealand.

Rob and Ilene married in 1991 and lived and worked in Victoria together for 34 years. Ilene retired after 32 years in public service on 2009.

A Celebration of Ilene’s life was held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Victoria Human Society, 4217 Glanford Ave, Victoria, BC V8Z 4B9.  Condolences may be offered to the family below. To view service click on arrow below,

McCall Gardens

  • Wendy Hibberd

    Rob and family,
    Don and I are so sad to hear of Ilene’s passing. Thinking of you and sending lots of love. May you find comfort in the good memories and support of friends and family.

  • Virginia Wong

    To the Luining family
    I send my deepest sympathies to your family as you grieve the loss of your dearest sister and daughter.
    Virginia Wong

  • Nicole

    Rob, our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Please take good care.

    Nicole and Andy

  • Gokce Ozel

    Rob, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Take care.

  • Sydney

    Rob, very sorry for your loss. Take care.

  • Slavik Nastasyev

    Rob, please accept my sincere condolences.

    Sincerely, Slavik

  • Natalie Salloum

    Rob, I am so very sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Carol Byers

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Mike Watson

    So sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words to fill the hole in your life. My wish is that you are surrounded by the love of family and friends that are able to comfort you, and each each other, during this difficult time.

  • Mike Falkiner

    I have no words Rob. So sorry. Take care.

  • Darci Hamilton, former colleague with Rob

    Rob and family

    So sorry to hear of this sad loss Rob. My thoughts and condolences are with you all at this sad time. Take care of each other and treasure memories and photos of your times with Ilene. Extra hugs for Sophie.

  • Sandie Cartie

    Rob, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your soul mate, Ilene. May the memories of your life together provide some comfort at this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you, your family, and all those whose lives she touched.


  • Tracie Nadiger

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. Hold on to those wonderful memories of your time together. I know her spirit will be with you always.

  • Wendy Swonnell

    So very sorry to hear, Ruth. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Brian & Wendy Quinn

    Rob, hoping that sharing happy memories and stories with friends and family of your many years together, will help you with your loss.

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Dave Nicholls

    My condolences Ruth.

  • Diana Townley

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you Rob, Ruth, Art, family and friends. We lost a vibrant, full-of-life soul, who was a long time friend and “auntie”. We will miss her dearly, but will forever cherish our memories.
    Love, Diana, John & Family

  • Barbara Dashwood

    So sorry for your loss, Rob. I have been acquainted with Ilene for over 50 years through Diana. She was always so cheerful and ready to laugh. She will be missed.

  • Catherine McDonald

    The great sympathies of all your neighbours go out to you Ruth, and all your family.

    Braefoot Place

  • Jenny Roach

    Ruth, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. My heart goes out to you as you deal with the loss of not only your sister but your friend too. Grief takes many different avenues and with help from your family and friends you can find your way through.

    Love Jenny

  • Joanne Kirk-Southworth

    Rob, so sorry for your loss of Ilene.
    Our most sincere condolences to you, your family and Sophie.
    I hope happy memories help you through this most difficult time.

  • Nancy Taylor

    So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all her family.

  • Jill and Ernie Ferne

    Ruth, Rob and all of Ilene’s family and friends,
    We are sending you our deepest condolences on Ilene’s passing and praying you will find comfort in the days ahead knowing others are sharing your grief.

  • James family

    We’re thinking of you Ruth, Rob, and family at this sad time.
    Ilene will be missed a lot but you will have memories to cherish. Ilene was always smiling.

  • Jaan

    Sorry for your loss. Care take of your tender heart.

  • Joclyn Burke

    Dear Robert, my heart is with you and Ilene’s family. Love you always, Joclyn

  • Jean Hunter

    Sorry to hear about your sister Ruth. You will miss her. Love, Jean.

  • Ray Luchkow

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you. Take good care during this sad and difficult time.

    Ray and Jen

  • Joyce Carr

    My heart goes out to you Ruth and your family.

  • Kerri Brownie

    My sincerest condolences for your loss Rob and all of Ilene’s family.

  • Judith Rimes

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Ilene was well loved, and she will be greatly missed.

  • Debra Graves

    I will miss you terribly, my friend. Life will not be as beautiful or as interesting without you in it. Thank you for being my friend. RIP

  • Sharon Matterson

    Dear Rob,

    My love and deepest sympathies to you Rob and all who loved Ilene and may you take comfort in the memories you made. Sharon

  • Alex Steele

    My thoughts are with you and your family, Rob. My condolences. Sincerely, Alex

  • Sherrie

    So sorry for your loss Rob. My thoughts are with you at this time, take care.

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