Sylvia Ellen Irene Bedford (Sacht)

March 3, 1939 – July 20, 2013

“The strongest most free-spirited influence of my childhood is free once again. We’re going to miss you Under Gramma.” Ben

Sylvia was a strong, beautiful woman, who made her life’s path her own. Growing up, first, in the wilds of Sayward and then for many years on the ocean’s in Royston, nature was where she truly loved to be. She loved flowers and gardening and was chiefly employed in that domain. Sylvia had a sharp mind and a great love for reading. She was not afraid of much and boldly went towards any challenge caring not a wit as to its difficulty. She had many friends of all ages and walks of life. She was a brave woman, who overcame obstacles that others would have given up on, including an accident that left her in a wheelchair in her later years. A true artist herself, she enjoyed movies, theatre, music and an infinite variety of arts and crafts. Sylvia lived life, and didn’t wait for anyone to tell her how. She got on with it and was an inspiration to us all.

Sylvia is survived by her sisters Marilyn Seifert and Beverly Turnbull, her four children Sandy Staples (Barry), Charles Bedford (Gina), Kim Weninger (Gary) and Dawn Bedford (Mike), her grand children Ben (Alissa), Kelsey (Jamie), Garrett (Ciele), Candace, Tristan, Nik and Alex and great grand children Kara May, Leland, Sophie, Abby and Jayda as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Everyone is invited to a celebration of Sylvia’s life at 2:00 pm on Saturday August 31st at the Staples residence, 360 Salsbury Rd, in Courtenay. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Sylvia’s name to, Spinal Cord Injury BC, 780 Southwest Marine Dr., Vancouver BC V6P 5Y7. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Eagle View in Comox, for all of their help and kindness and Piercy’s Mt. Washington Funeral Home for their services.


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