A life well lived .. une vie bien vécue

Lucy passed away with dignity and peacefully at Glenwarren Lodge in the early evening on April 9, 2019 with daughter, Pat Hannah and husband, Brian by her side. She proved her strength many times over the last few years overcoming many health issues but the reoccurring pneumonia since the New Year became too much to fight any longer. Predeceased by her husband, Bob on February 12 2008, she is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Ottawa, Gatineau, Milwaukee Wi, Winnipeg, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Abbotsford and Perth, Australia. Lucy was also Nana to many friends’ children. Family was important to Lucy as proven by nephew Paul and niece Dianne both coming to Victoria last May and July to see her.

The youngest of 6, she was the last survivor of the Larocque siblings; Gerry, Claire, Irene, Aurele and Bertha. Lucy was born in Ottawa, Ontario to French Canadian parents and went to an English school so was bilingual from a young age.

Bob and Lucy met in Ottawa in 1950 while he was on training at Station Rockcliffe and at the tender age of 17, she was married on September 1, 1951 with their only child, daughter, Pat, born on June 9, 1952.  Bob’s Air Force career took them to postings in Goose Bay, Labrador,  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,  Marville, France (1 Wing),  Camp Borden, Halifax, NS and Victoria in 1969. Lucy was a Dispensing Optician for over 25 years, working at Eaton’s Optical for most of her career.

Her warm and genuine smile made her a friend to everyone who knew her with friendships lasting for over 75 years starting with school friends, Jeanette and Margaret.

Lucy’s hobbies included figure skating, bowling, fishing and harvesting clams and oysters with Bob on the beaches of Parksville and of course playing BINGO! They were both members of the Golden Rods and Reels for several years.

Lucy loved to travel, which included trips with Brian and Pat to Reno, Las Vegas, Jasper, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii,  Mexico, and Europe. Lucy and Pat enjoyed many Mother and Daughter getaways and celebrations and their last 3 trips were cruises to Alaska and California.

Her 85th Birthday was celebrated January 31, 2019 in style with close friends.

Special thanks to everyone at Glenwarren Lodge, particularly Nurses, Nikki and Quinn,  where Lucy resided for the past 8 months and Dr. Dwight Forster who continued to be her family physician.  Also gratitude and appreciation to companion, Debbie Lewis and good friend, Linnea Comolli, who spent time with Lucy in her last days.  Thank you for all the calls and emails from family and friends to Lucy.

A Celebration of Lucy’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall’s Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

Donations in Lucy’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army or the BC Lung Association.

Maman, toujours dans mon Coeur

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
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  • BOB MOORE
    May 4, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian,
    I can’t be there in person, but I am there in thought.
    Bob

  • bruce and fran sinclair
    May 1, 2019

    pat your mother my aunt was an amazing woman we will miss her of course I was hoping to make it to her service however my work schedule will not make that possible all our love and prayers bruce and fran

  • Patricia Haakonson
    May 1, 2019

    So sorry to hear about Lucy’s passing. She was a wonderful woman. Gentle, kind, funny and thoughtful. She lived life to the fullest. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Alice Adams
    April 27, 2019

    April 27, 2019
    My condolences, Pat, on the passing of your Mom, dear Lucy. I have lovely memories of a next-door neighbour at Somerset House whose cheerful greeting and bright smile lifted the spirits for the day. I miss that, still.
    The dedication and devotion to your Mom was inspiring Pat – you shared an amazing bond.
    With deepest sympathy, Alice

  • Pat Walsh (Daisley)
    April 27, 2019

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, Pat. She was a lovely lady.

  • Tina Catlin
    April 24, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian,
    I’m so pleased to have visited you and Lucy in 2017. To see Lucy and you again after almost fifty years was something I wouldn’t have missed. Lucy will remain in my memory as a fighter with a beautiful soul. My condolences to you both.
    All my love,
    Tina xxoo

  • Marie-Therese Larocque
    April 24, 2019

    Pat & Brian please accept my condolences for the loss of Aunt Lucy . She was a very special person in my life. My last visit with her was when you brought her to Ottawa and she invited us all to join you & her at Chateau Montabello for a brunch. She will always be in my heart. All my love. Please take care.
    Therese XXXX

  • Kim and Richard
    April 23, 2019

    Pat and Brian,
    Aunt Lucy will be terribly missed. She was such a kind and wonderful person. Thinking of you.

    Love Kim and Richard.
    xx

  • Sylvia Scudamore
    April 21, 2019

    I am so sad to hear of Lucy’s passing. Mom and Lucy shared a room at Glenwarren. Whenever I came to visit mom, Lucy had a twinkle in her eye and a kind word for me. She was a very gentle, caring, lovely person and she will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to her daughter Pat and the rest of her family. We never thought we would be sharing the same heartache.

    Sylvia and Doug Scudamore

  • Nadine
    April 19, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian,

    Your mom was a joy to have as a visitor everytime she came in the Ottawa region. You wrote beautifully about her and the life she lived and loved.

    With all our love…

    Jeff, Nad and Liam

  • Ber Jim and Sarah
    April 19, 2019

    In a busy Victoria restaurant a dear lady started smiling over at our young daughter. The lady was Lucy and thus began a beautiful friendship. We were only in Victoria for a summer but it was so enriched by Lucy, Pat and Brian. The kindness they showed led to a long (sadly long-distance) friendship that has lasted since. She will always be in our thoughts and memories. “Go gcoinni Dia i mbos A laimhe thu” (Irish for: May God hold you in the palm of his hand.)

  • B.J. Roberts
    April 19, 2019

    Our sincere condolences go out to Pat & Brian. Lucy had such a great smile that radiated her world, and that of those who she encountered everyday. A bientot Madame Lucy.

    B.J. & Winnie Roberts

  • e.d.davis "Dave"
    April 18, 2019

    Pat and Brian! Lucy and Bob were my friends since 1951 in Ottawa. We may not have always been close in distance, BUT we never lost track of each other. MY life was richer because they were my “FRIENDS”. The memories I have of our times together are priceless. More recently my frequent phone conversations with Lucy were SPECIAL. I phoned her about 4 days before she left us and she told me then, “I am SO tired. I just want to go and be with Bob” .. Lucy was so afraid of spoiling your trip to Mexico, Pat & Brian. That was typical of Lucy, always concerned for others. This dear lady was well loved and will be greatly missed. Go with GOD, my dear friend.. We shall meet again sometime soon ..”Somewhere over the rainbow”
    Hugs “Dave”

  • Gaylene Yeung
    April 18, 2019

    Dear Pat
    It is such a huge loss in our lives when our Mother’s are no longer here to share our lives. I know you were very close with your Mom and she will remain forever in your heart. I was saddened when reading Lily’s email since I, too have a close relationship with my own mother who has also been a constant in my life. There is a special bond between mother’s and daughters. My condolences to you and your family.
    A huge hug to you.

    Gaylene

  • Janet
    April 18, 2019

    Thank you for the great memories Lucy. RIP
    Xo

  • Debbie Lewis
    April 18, 2019

    Pat, Brian and family, may you find comfort in the days, weeks and years ahead with the memories you have created with Lucy, she truly was one of a kind.

    I will treasure the time I had with Lucy, it felt like I had known Lucy for years from the first day I met her, she was a beautiful lady, inside and out…..she will be missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing her.

    Pat your bond with your mom was AMAZING!!!!!! I see where you inherited your generosity and kindness.

    xoxo Deb Lewis

  • Amanda Mills
    April 18, 2019

    Pat and Brian,
    Pat , you were lucky to have such a strong loving bond with with your parents and they were blessed in you as a devoted daughter.
    I know that in recent years you travelled on many memorable trips with your mother. You were all fortunate to share these experiences.
    Your mother lives on in you Pat. I know you will miss her terribly.
    May you and Brian find comfort in your good memories.
    Amanda Mills

  • Dennis Jones
    April 18, 2019

    So very sorry to have heard about Lucy. As I have told Pat, I know of no other child as devoted to her parents as Pat. I hope you are proud and happy for that wonderful devotion.

    I knew Lucy since the 70’s and from time to time had occasion to have Lucy in my car. I always played French music and she loved it. She would sing along and was always so happy.

    There were many times in my life when I was directly helped by Lucy. She bought a car from me when I was selling cars. From where she lived, she could watch me working and realized I didn’t have a proper coat for our climate. She bought me one.

    But Mostly, I was enriched just knowing Lucy and Bob and of course Pat & Brian.

  • Cathy Cox
    April 18, 2019

    Pat and Brian, so sorry for your loss of course, but know because of the bond you had with Lucy; the trips, pictures, you will hang on to those wonderful memories for all time. A loss of a mother is the worst, you will talk with her still; think of her always and wish she were here to share more…..she was so thankful to have a daughter like you Pat and of course couldn’t have asked for a better son in law. She was a beautiful, strong woman Pat, apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
    Love Cathy and Wayne

  • Dianne Fetherstonhaugh
    April 18, 2019

    Dear cousin Pat and Brian. Glenn and I are so lucky to have spent many great visits with aunt Lucy in Victoria. In 1970 when Glenn and I took the bus out west the fishing trip for Glenn up island with Bob was special but, I lucked In going to the beach with aunt Lucy hearing stories of my grandparents and having your mom spoil Lee. Pat, many a great memory over the years was carved over a glass or two of wine. God Bless you Pat and may the happy memories remain forever in your heart and help you at this difficult time. Love Dianne and Glenn.

  • Marg Huxtable
    April 18, 2019

    I have very fond memories of working with Lucy for almost 20 years in the Optometrist Department of Eatons. She was a kind and generous lady who loved (!!) her family. She also took great interest in other people’s’ famililies, always making them feel very special to her too. She touched many hearts and will be sadly missed. Hugs to everyone who knew and loved her…..

  • Deb Linehan
    April 18, 2019

    Pat – now we know where you get your sense of style and joie de vivre from! I enjoyed reading your mother’s story. I have witnessed first hand the dedication and love that you and Brian had for Lucy. She was well loved and cared for. Lives well lived and no regrets – right?
    Love to you both
    xo
    Mike and Deb Linehan

  • Nancye Hardman
    April 18, 2019

    I was lucky to live next door to Lucy and Bob for several years on Princess Ave, Victoria. Lucy was the dearest neighbour with a huge heart. She loved life and her family. She will be sadly missed.

  • Laura, Stephen, Isabella and Aliyana
    April 18, 2019

    Pat and Brian, we are so sorry for your (our) loss. Nana was a beautiful person and I loved seeing the amazing bond you two shared Pat. We will treasure our many memories with Nana over the years.

  • Colleen Dawson
    April 18, 2019

    Pat and Brian,

    Words can’t express our sorrow at your (and our) loss. I will never forget my excursion to Chicago in August 1990 with Aunt Lucy to see “The Phantom of the Opera” onstage. It’s one of my most precious memories. She will be missed eternally… toujours en deuil. – Colleen and Colin

  • Vicki Peach
    April 18, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian
    So sorry to hear about Lucy. She was a very special lady. It sounds like she lived a full life with lots of travel.

    Vicki

  • Nancy and Bob Peccole
    April 18, 2019

    One of the most lovely and interesting women we have ever known. We only knew her for a couple of years, but so enjoyed her presence when we were together. Love to her family at this time. Remember that memories last forever.

  • Paul and Kerry Larocque
    April 18, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian,

    Lucy will be greatly missed by all of our family. We will miss our weekly phone calls to her which has been going on for at least 25 years or more. Having her stay with us when she visited Ottawa on several occasions was a great joy to us too. We are lucky that all our memories are good ones.
    Pat and Brian, you are in our thougts all the time. Take care, Paul and Kerry and family xxoo

  • Kathy & Terry Venning
    April 18, 2019

    Dear Pat and Brian,

    I have such good memories of your Mom.She was a joy to talk with and always had a smile and kind word.May your memories be a comfort to you and Brian.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Kathy & Terry Venning

  • Lily Yee
    April 18, 2019

    Our condolences Pat, your Mom was able to live an extraordinary life! Such a beautiful lady, your special love and bond will last forever in the beautiful memories that you’ve shared.

    All our love,

    Victoria Chinatown Lioness

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