Violet Fay Dalziel

Violet Fay Dalziel

July 12,1924 – Jan 22, 2015

Following a lengthy period of declining health, Mum passed away peacefully, at “Eagleview” Extended Care Unit, Comox BC,with her family comforting her throughout this final journey.

Mum was predeceased by her husband Inglis, older sisters Phyllis and Marg, plus younger brother Barrie. She is survived by her brother Fred; three sons Dennis(Heather), Bob(Mona);Don(Lu-Anne) and Toni MacPherson; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

Fay was born in Islay, Alberta and was raised on the family farm nearby. At 16 she moved to Denman Island to be with her sister Marg. Shortly after she became the “Upstairs Maid” in the Filberg’s home in Comox.

On Denman she met and was duly courted by Inglis. They married September 28, 1942. They lived on Hornby Island until 1946, then on Denman briefly before settling in UnionBay where they lived for 40 years. Here she was dedicated to homemaking and raising her three sons.

Fay was never one to have idle hands. She knit Cowichan style sweaters “to order” for many. She was an excellent seamstress and tailored most of her wardrobe. Mum, knit each grandchild a full sized afghan . Her signature handiwork was completing numerous large crewel work pictures.

Other hobbies included all card games, flower gardening and candy-making. Mum’s trademark gift for birthdays and Christmas was a box of delicious homemade fudge.

For several years she league- bowled with her brother Fred. Rarely did she miss a B.C. Lion’s or Toronto Blue Jay’s game on T.V.

Once the boys were grown Mum enjoyed her church activities at Elim Gospel Church and the group bible studies. During this period she and Inglis often went south for the winter in their motor home. Much of their summers were spent on the Denman property. Many of the grandchildren have fond memories of happy times with Grandma and Grandpa at “the cabin”.

In 1986 they moved from Union Bay to a patio home in Courtenay . Here they celebrated their 50th, 60th and 65th anniversaries.

Fay remained in the Courtenay home after Inglis passed away in 2009 at the age of 96. A fall resulting in a broken hip was a life altering event . In October of 2013 she moved to an assisted living suite at Casa Loma. A fall this past May and a second broken hip again returned her to hospital. Mum was unable to recover sufficiently to return to Casa Loma and moved to Eagleview in October 2014.

Our family deeply appreciates the very kind & caring staff of Casa Loma and Eagleview. Dr. Regler’s understanding, care and attention to her during later years and final days will always be remembered.

Deeply missed and never forgotten.

A “Tea” in Celebration of Fay will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in her memory may be sent to: “The Views Activity Program” c/o The Hospital Foundation: 2137 Comox Ave., Comox BC V9N 1P2 or Elim Gospel Church, 566 Fifth St. Courtenay. B.C. V9N 1K3.


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