To Vera's daughters and ever growing family, my condolences for your loss.
I remember meeting Vera at CNIB Lake Joe during her first visit to the camp. During the evening program she lost interest in the large social and asked to sit out on the patio and talk. Though we were just meeting one another, there was an energy between us like we had known each other for years.
Right away her wit, charm and elegance was obvious. The enthusiasm in her voice when sharing her experiences had a way of drawing you in making you want to hear more. As a lady in her mid 80's she conveyed a zest for life that many under 60 don't have.
Vera's beauty was not only in how she dressed and cared for herself, but in how she expressed a desire to do and be with others. Whether it was a boat ride, a canoe ride, a zip on the tube or a dance at the legion, Vera always appeared to be supersizing her fun at Lake Joe.
I know her vision decreased as time went on but because of my dark skin and size she could always find me quickly and easily. I like to think this made me her favorite "boyfriend" at camp. As you know she had a way of making sure she always got some time with the male intervenors - but I was her favorite. When we danced (which was every chance we could), she was like a precious flower in my arms.
I loved sitting with Vera because she always made conversation easy. She always spoke proudly of her daughters and kindly about the intervenors who worked with her regularly. In the off season we would share letters and Christmas cards and share our excitement to connect again in the upcoming summer.
I am so happy to have shared many sunny afternoons and sunsets with such a beautiful woman. Even when she complained of back pain, foot pain or just being tired she would find a way to have one more dance and make the moment last just a little longer.
I know Vera will be missed by many. I also know her beauty as a mom, a lady and one of our most special CNIB guests will live in our hearts forever.
God Bless you Vera.
Derek (A.K.A. The Duke)
Lynn, Patty, Barb and Wendy:
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I have so many precious memories of "Mom" that I will never forget!
Sitting outside Laura Secord on hot days, eating ice cream and people watching. Ice caps in Lynn's beautiful backyard listening to stories of raising the 4 of you, her grandkids and great-grandchildren, working at Living Lighting and stories of what living through the war was like. Oh, and gossiping about the Royals of course!
Lazy days at Lake Joe sitting watching the water, people and just laughing. Her 'boyfriends' who loved her dearly, tubing, swimming and afternoon naps. Lake Joe was one of her favourite places to be. The friends she made there and the impact she left on so many is amazing. She truly is unforgettable!
Vera's smile, laugh and determination was what hooked me the moment I met her so many years ago. Her fierce independent spirit that was still with until her last day. She loved so many and is loved by so many. Hope you are singing loud somewhere Vera!
Always in my heart xo