Irene was born in Vegreville, Alberta on March 31,1924, and passed peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital ECU 2 on July 21,2022. She leaves to mourn her son Michael and wife Sue; 5 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and an extended family of relatives and friends across Canada. Predeceased by her husband John Paul (2008).

The family is most thankful for the wonderful care and compassion provided by the many staff of ECU 2 as well as Dr. Jovic, and the continued support given the family.

No service at her request. Cremation will be followed by inurnment at the family plot in Wallaceburg at a later date. Tributes, if desired, may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Lynn Sabourin

    Dear Michael,

    My name is Lynn Sabourin and for 40 years I worked at the North Shore Unitarian Church, which is where I met your Mother and Father. I kept in touch with Irene by phone once or twice a year when she moved to the island and she was still on our mailing list. When we got some returned email last week, we tried to find out about her and eventually thought to look for obituaries on the island. While it is sad to lose a Mom, I know that it is wonderful that she had a good long life. Your Mom wrote the church newsletter for a number of years and I remember how much she enjoyed scribing for the poet, Dorothy Livesay.
    You must have so many memories of your dear Mother; she was a kind and gentle soul and I will remember my conversations and interactions with her fondly.

    Lynn Sabourin

  • Marie Sadoway

    My family has been exchanging their tributes to Aunty Irene and are grieving together, the aunt, who loved to have cousins, nieces and nephews around. She welcomed them all and was a tower of hospitality. We shall miss her.

    Marie Sadoway and family

  • Sue

    So glad we could be with you on your final journey. Rest in peace.

  • Chernyk Jim

    Michael, Sue and family:
    Our deepest condolences to all of you.
    We always have fond memories of aunty Irene.
    I’m sure mom is playing a game of Spite with her right now.
    Love and deep regards
    Jim, Anne and The Chernyk family

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