Our family is saddened to share the loss of Sharron Somerville (Johnson) on July 4, 2024, surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Vancouver, BC, on July 6, 1942, to Frank and Evelyn Johnson along with twin Marilyn. In 1956 the family moved to Cumberland, BC, where she met future husband, Gary Somerville. After obtaining her teaching certificate from the University of Victoria, they married in August 1964, and settled in Duncan, BC. In later years, she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. Sharron taught at many Elementary schools in Cowichan School District and retired in 2000.

During retirement, they travelled, enjoyed their Salmon Beach recreational property and family time. Sharron loved gardening, quilting and volunteered with the University Women’s club in Duncan. Predeceased by her parents.

Survived by husband of nearly 60 years, Gary, son Kevin (Sonia), daughter Melinda (Ernie) and grandchildren Luciano (Amy), Marino (Anneke), Ethan (Raven), Nico, Quinton and Tatiana, sisters Marilyn (Merv) and Dorothy, plus many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at St John’s Anglican Church, 486 Jubilee Street, Duncan, BC, on September 7, 2024, at 1:00 pm.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Judith Blakeston

    Sharron was truly at the heart of the Cowichan Valley University Women’s Club. An efficient and cheerful organizer with the energy , enthusiasm and commitment so important in a volunteer organization ( in this case committed to raise funds to further the education of young women ), Sharron supervised our yearly bridge luncheons with skill and good humour. The Christmas parties at her home for our members were legendary.
    I know other present and former members will remember her fondly as will the students and her colleagues in the school district. With Gary and her family, we will celebrate her life and cherish our memories of her.

  • Sue Matthews

    To Gary Kevin Melinda and families
    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Sharron such a lovely person and good friend to us for the past 20 years
    We will remember her with affection
    Sue and Bill Matthews

  • Veronica Latto

    Dear Gary, Melinda, Kevin and families

    We were so sad to hear of Sharron’s passing. Sharron was a lovely lady, always so kind, generous and welcoming to John and I and even my sister visiting from Ontario, whom she would always make her famous tiramisu.

    Gary, you and Sharron were so intertwined, our heartfelt sympathy to you at this difficult time and our condolences to you all on the passing of such a special lady. John and Veronica (Latto)

    Love John and Veronica (Latto)

  • Susie Toombs

    Dear Gary, Kevin and Melinda,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t have many memories that don’t include the Somervilles on Saturday nights at Roome Rd.
    Sharon will be missed by all.

    Grief is always a reminder that Love was present!

    Love to all, Susie

  • Barb Leenheer

    Dear Gary, Melinda, Kevin, and families, I am so sorry and sad to hear of Sharron’s passing. We were friends for many years and had many good times together. We all know she was such a giving and caring person. Always the first to help out in any situation! I know that anyone who was lucky enough to know her will be as heartbroken as I am. I feel blessed to have been her friend. May fond memories of her help to get you through this difficult time. Barb Leenheer

  • Linda O’Neil

    Dear Gary, Melinda and Kevin.
    Ken and I were deeply saddened to hear if your mom’s passing. We will forever treasure all the good times our families have had together over the last 45 years. Sharron was a dynamo; always lending a hand, especially during hay season, weddings, wood cutting and especially at Christmas putting up the farm tree; it was all hands on deck. She will be missed.
    Our love to you all and your families.

    Linda and Ken

  • Avalon

    The Beckman family is so sorry to hear of your loss, we will hold in our hearts and minds all the fond memories we have of Sharron. Will all our love condolences to all of you.

  • Georgina Waitzner

    Dear Melinda, Kevin and Gary
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Sending love and strength during this difficult time.

  • Evelyn Toombs

    Dear Gary, Kevin, Melinda and families.
    Our love and deepest condolences.

    Sharron was one of the first friends I made when we moved to Duncan in 1979. And a true friend she was. Always caring, helping out whenever needed, making her delicious cinnamon buns for family and friends…the list could go on.

    Sharron was like family to us. We had many fun times together. The four of us enjoyed many holidays in Maui. Great memories to look back on.

    We will all miss her dearly. She holds a special place in my heart.

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