August 22nd, 1923 ~ December 25th, 2015
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Sereine Marie Caudwell at St Josephs Hospital following a brief illness. Predeceased by her husband Wesley, sisters Anna Mae, Delima, Pearl, brothers Henri, Don, her soul sister Jesse Reynen and close personal friend in later life, John Smith. She will be lovingly remembered by sons Dale (Didre), Grant (Nicole), grand-children Faye Caudwell(Anita), Jamie Caudwell (Caleb), Danna Caudwell (Lawrence), Justin Caudwell, great grand-daughter Taylor Caudwell-Irye, nephew Bob Perry (Willie), close personal friends, Winnie and Jack Morgan, Earl and Sharon Kierstead, Shane Cattrall and a host of other friends not forgotten but too numerous to mention.
Sereine was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and moved to Canada with her father Benjamin after the death of her mother Eveline Richard (nee Bernard) and settled in Tignish, P. E. I. After her fathers death in the Tignish train wreck of 1932, Sereine and Mae were sent to live with her grandfather until they were old enough to leave home and work. This bond was life long and culminated in the two sisters taking care of each other later in life. After WWII she moved to Powell River, following her sister Mae and took a job at the Bosa Mitchell Brothers store in Cranberry where she met Wesley. They were married in July 1953 and left Powell River when Wesley reenlisted in the RCAF after his tour of duty during WWII. They were stationed in Edmonton, Whitehorse, Rivers, Trenton and finally the Comox Valley where they stayed when Wesley retired in 1970.
Sereine worked as a waitress at the Arbutus Hotel for many years and was well known in the Valley. After Wesley’s death in 1995, it was then when Mae who had lost her husband Camille, moved to Courtenay to be with Sereine and they became inseparable. Along with their long time friend Jesse Reynen, they became known as the Golden Girls with Sereine behind the wheel with Mae and Jesse along for the ride. After Mae became ill and was hospitalized, Jesse and Sereine both moved into Berwick where she began volunteering at the Views ECU where Mae was a resident. She continued volunteering after Mae’s death in 2012 until she was into her 91st year. She enjoyed her independent living at Berwick, was active in the choir and was an energetic individual known to enjoy her occasional visits to a Casino up until shortly before her death.
We would like to thank Dr. Jonathan Reggler and the nursing staff at St Josephs Hospital for their exemplary care and compassion for Sereine during her short stay in the hospital and a special mention to Roger Kelly and Joseph Thiessen at Piercys Mount Washington Funeral Home for their effort and professionalism when Sereine passed on Christmas day. As per Sereine’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, individuals may make a donation to The Views ECU in Comox. For anyone who would like to leave a tribute for Sereine, you can go to