May 28,1952 – April 21, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Elizabeth Stoyles on April 21, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox after a private and courageous battle with cancer.
Sue was born on May 28, 1952 in Vancouver. As a ‘military brat’, she spent time at many different military bases across the country until her father’s final posting in Comox. Sue graduated from G.P. Vanier in 1970 and started her long career as an Administrative Assistant the following year. She fell in love with a Newfoundlander named Chris and married in 1972. Their 41 year marriage was always based on the motto 50/50 and was a true testament of a beautiful partnership. They spent the first 6 years of their marriage in Baden Germany enjoying their many travels around Europe. After the birth of their two children they would once again call the Comox Valley their home.
Susan was a loving wife and mother. Always energetic and upbeat, she cherished her family and friends. Sue always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Sue loved to be out on the water in her kayak, in her Teddy Bear workshop or just at home spending time with her family. Before retiring in 2007, Sue worked at many schools throughout the Comox Valley. She loved her job and gave freely of her own time and valued the many friendships she made with her colleagues over the years. In retirement, Sue enjoyed packing up the Westfalia, strapping the kayaks on the roof and heading North with Chris to camp, fish, paddle and relax. Not one to let life get her down, Sue remained positive and was strong until the end.
Susan will be lovingly remembered her husband Chris, children John and Leigh-Ellen (Brian), brothers Dick (Deb), Shawn (LuAnne) and Mike (Marla), sister Mary (Dave), nieces and nephews as well as her many friends.
A remembrance and Celebration of Sue’s Life will be held at Piercy’s Funeral Home in Courtenay at 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 30. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects to Sue and say a few words in her honour. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charitable organization of their choice.