On Monday, November 12, 2012 Ann Hoffman (nee Bell) passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with her family at her side.
Ann is survived by her loving husband Paul of 43 years, brothers Doug (Roxanna) Bell and Bill (Joy) Bell, son Robert (Jennifer) Hoffman, daughter Jennifer (Stephen) Hoffman, grandchildren Sydney, Rio, Elizabeth, and Silas, as well as other extended family members. Ann was pre-deceased by her father William and mother Mirren Bell of Courtenay.
Ann was born on August 5, 1942 in Comox and was raised in Courtenay, attending Courtenay Elementary School and Courtenay High School. She completed grade 13 in 1961. After training as a medical laboratory technician Ann traveled and lived in Europe and Australia. It was in Australia that she met Paul. After marrying there and having Robert, they moved back to BC, living first in Nelson where Jennifer was born, and then settling shortly afterwards in Nanaimo. It was here that Ann and Paul raised their family and successfully ran Lorne Refrigeration for 31 years. After retiring in 2009, they joyfully traveled to Australia, as well as throughout the US in their motorhome.
Ann will be remembered for her kindness, grace, integrity and gentle disposition. A lover of art, nature and her family, she always had time for family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Ann’s life will be held in Nanaimo on Sunday, November 25th in Activity Room #1 in Bowen Park Complex from 1 pm to 4 pm. A memorial celebration to be held in Courtenay is also planned for the spring of 2013.
The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses of Nanaimo’s Palliative Care Unit for the wonderful care provided to Ann and her family in the recent weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or the Nanaimo Hospice Society.
Mom, we will love you and hold you in our hearts forever.