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Born: Jun 23, 1944

Date of Passing: Oct 18, 2018

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LORRAINE EVELYN HENLEY June 23, 1944 - October 18, 2018 It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Lorraine Evelyn Henley (nee Rowe), on October 18, 2018, in Courtenay, British Columbia, at the age of 74. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Lorraine died peacefully at home with family. Lorraine is survived by her husband, Thomas, daughters, Heather (Sandor), Lindsey (Eric) and Hilary (Patrick), and grandsons, Hunter and Caleb. Lorraine is also survived by her sister, Joyce (Ronald) Buchwald, and nieces and nephews, Gordon (Tess) Rowe, Brenda (Federico) Barnabè, David (Crystal) Rowe, Sheri (Blaine) Zurba and Shane (Christie) Rowe. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Gladys Rowe, and brothers, Elmer and Wilfred. Lorraine was born in Fork River, Manitoba on June 23, 1944. She completed her education in Winnipeg, Manitoba and began her career as a resource teacher. She later became a vice-principal, principal, and school board superintendent. Lorraine made life-long friends during her career and those bonds brought her great joy. Lorraine and Thomas married in Neepawa, Manitoba on December 17, 1977. Their three daughters were the center of their lives. The Henleys had joyous times together including summers at their Lake of the Woods cottage and many Christmas gatherings. Lorraine and Thomas retired to Vancouver Island in 2016, made many trips to Mexico, and were overjoyed to welcome grandchildren to their family. Lorraine made fast-friends with the Ladies of Sussex and spent many evenings sitting in the backyard gazebo with Thomas and their neighbours. Lorraine's family wishes to thank the staff at the Comox Valley Hospital Chemo Room. A gathering of family and friends in celebration of Lorrraine's life will be held on October 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Rd., Courtenay. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations in Lorraine's memory made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 20, 2018

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Tom, Heather, Lindsay, and Hilary, I am so sorry to hear about Lorraine's passing. I have many fond memories of her and all of you from my childhood. She was a wondering person and spending time in your home as a child was so fun and special due to her welcoming presence. She was such a special woman and I am so sorry for your loss. love to all of you, Gwen Hughes - Posted by: Gwen Hughes (family friend) on: Nov 04, 2018

  • Dear Thomas, Heather, Lindsey, Hilary and Familes: I was saddened to hear of Lorraine's passing. May your many many happy memories comfort you in your times of saddness. - Posted by: Deborah Porath (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2018

  • Dear Thomas and family. It is with great sadness that I learn of Lorraine's passing. I have fond memories of meeting Lorraine at CPS dinner parties. My prayers are with all of you at this time. Always remember: neither death nor time will ever be enough to erase the memories of those happy times we shared here on earth together. John Nakielny. - Posted by: John Nakielny (friend) on: Oct 24, 2018

  • Dear Thomas, Leona and I were so saddened to learn about the loss of Lorraine. As you know, we got to know Lorraine through our Tuesday evening CPS gatherings and the semi-annual group dinners we all enjoyed. I recall you and Lorraine hosting such a pleasant evening a few years ago, where Leona and I first met her. A couple of years later, it was also a pleasant time, albeit unplanned, when you and Lorraine, and Leona and I happened to arrive at the same Mexican resort. We fondly recall the many conversations we had over shared meals. I first learned that Lorraine and I had each worked in different school divisions in the public school system. I recall our discussions about our various educational experiences and expectations for public school education. We know she will be missed but always remembered by all who knew her, and our serendipitous holiday with you and Lorraine will be among our fondest memories. Take Care, Dave and Leona - Posted by: David and Leona Fitzpatrick (Friends) on: Oct 23, 2018

  • Dear Tom & family: We were sorry to hear of Lorrain's passing. May special memories be a comfort to all of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Norma (Radford) & Bill - Posted by: Bill & Norma Edwards (Cousins) on: Oct 22, 2018

  • It is heartbreaking to know that Lorraine has passed following her battle with cancer. Lorraine was a wonderful colleague and friend who adored her family, a great person professionally and personally. Our deepest sympathies, Janice and David Low - Posted by: Janice Low (Friend and colleague ) on: Oct 20, 2018

  • It was with shock and profound sadness that I read of Lorraine’s passing. I have many happy memories of working with her at Bonnycastle School. I remember how, one winter when Lorriane’s mom was staying with Lorraine and Tom and girls, I took my EAL students sliding on the hill near the Henley’s house. Lorraine arranged for the kids to go to her house after we finished sliding, and her mom warmed them up with hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. This kindness was typical of Lorraine and one of the many reasons I felt so blessed to know and work with her. Les and I have fond memories of the last time we saw Lorraine and Tom in Keremeos with Al Hartman. They were making their way to their now home and were filled with such excitement. I am so deeply sorry I did not know of Lorraine’s illness. Les and I send our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to you, Tom, and to your daughters and their families. We hope you are surrounded by friends to sustain you and that one day, you will find your way through your grief and be able to remember Lorraine with the many happy memories we know you have. Much love, Les and Roberta Mitchell - Posted by: Roberta Mitchell (Former colleague and friend) on: Oct 20, 2018

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