It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen W. Cropper on July 14, 2014. Mom was born in Lake Isle, Alberta on September 30, 1922. Kathleen and her family lived in Alberta until the 1940s and then moved as a family to Vancouver, BC. There she met and married the love of her life, Robert Cropper. Dad was employed by MacMillan Bloedel as a Forestry Engineer so their lives took them to remote logging camps up and down the BC Coast; including Menzies Bay and Juskatla in the Islands formerly known as the Queen Charlottes. Mom and Dad retired to the Comox Valley in the early 1970s.
Mom had a life-long love of horses and had other hobbies including painting, gardening and rock wall building. She was always adding one more rock to the wall fronting her home. It still stands and will remind us of her every time we pass by it. Upon retirement, my parents started farming; raising cattle, growing strawberries and finally planting an apple orchard and nursery with family friend Pieter Buisman’s help. They grafted and planted more than 3,000 trees and harvested up to 60,000 pounds of apples a year. Following Dad’s passing in 1997, Mom continued to garden and paint and watch her three grand-daughters grow up on her beloved farm, which she didn’t leave until her 89th year.
Mom passed peacefully at Golden Grove Care Facility in Willow Point, Campbell River. We cannot be more grateful to the owners and caregivers at Golden Grove for the wonderful care they provided for Kathleen during the year and a half she resided with them.
You are at peace, mom, and reunited with your special man, Robert. We will always love you.
A Celebration of Life for Kathleen will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2:30 PM at Kathleen’s farm, Robin Ridge Farm, at 3473 Dove Creek Road, Courtenay.