Donna Jean Strachan

Strachan, Donna Jean

Donna Jean Strachan passed away on January 18th, 2007 at the age of 68. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, Janice Strachan, Christopher Strachan, Susan Keetley and Robin Strachan; her grandchildren, Megan, Phillip, Laura, David, Liam, Sidney, Chloe and Alexandra; her sons-in-law, John Keetley and Gavin Kennedy; her daughter-in-law, Ellie Rubin; and her two dogs, Rupert and Beethoven.

Donna sold Real Estate in the Comox Valley from 1969 until her retirement, at which point she pursued her passion for painting. She embraced life with an incredible sense of wonder. A true explorer, a lively mind and incredible thirst for knowledge kept her young at heart. Donna enjoyed world events, horticulture, sports, knitting, reading (history), crosswords, puzzles, decorating, music and debating with her many friends. She will be missed and missed.


For Grandma Courtenay


How do we hold ourselves together

When your loss would break us apart?

When we cannot see past the moment

Beyond our broken hearts


If we could dream the world anew

You know we would dream you here,

If we had not been captured unprepared

We’d have said what you needed to hear


Change opens the door and leaves us no choice

In this sweeping waltz from dawn ‘til dusk,

A future without you that must be faced

So blindly, with grace and trust


We imagine you scratch the chin of the moon

Or wander the planets and stars,

The human spirit released from its shell

Adventuring too soon, so far


It is impossible for us to measure,

The immeasurable human being

The mysterious magic that made you alive,

Your music, your rhythms, your tune


Each will hold dear a special person,

One long moment of life and love

Each will remember the care that you gave,

Let it fly in our hearts like a dove


We have what you gave us to cherish,

We honour and celebrate in song

As you walked with us, talked with us

Shared what you knew

And then quietly moved along