SUCHE, Anne Elizabeth Maureen
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January 7, 1936 - February 22, 2012
Anne Suche, best friend and long suffering wife of Tony Suche, passed away in the early morning Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Anne was born in Montreal, went to school at Kings Hall Compton, entered McGill University at age 16, and attended the University of Lausanne. At age 17, while skiing in the Laurentians, Anne broke her leg and was introduced by her doctor to another of his clumsy patients. Tony had broken his leg on the same day in the same location and was being treated at the same hospital. They married on May 26, 1956. Anne and Tony enjoyed their first 10 years in Montreal, before their growing family moved to Connecticut. In 1967 they reluctantly agreed to a years' stay in Calgary for Tony's work, and fell in love with a young city full of larger-than-life characters. Professionally, Anne followed a career as a journalist writing for several magazines, notably as a writer and Alberta Editor for Western Living. There she made many lasting friendships amongst the magazine staff, architects, designers and restaurateurs. Her columns on food, architecture and design were widely read and highly respected. Anne and Tony lived life full on; camping and hiking in the Rockies, ballooning over the Alps, skiing Lake Louise in 30 below, sailing the Mediterranean on the "Adelina", sharing a cabin on Brady's beach with the local bears. In 1989, a summer's visit to Australia ended badly when they were struck head on in a horrific car crash. Against the odds, and by sheer determination, Anne lived. However her injuries were profound, and their effects ultimately claimed her life. Muchly a private person but married to an extrovert, Anne carved out her own space. She was beautiful, elegant, articulate, acerbically witty with a wicked black humour. She also had an iron will and extraordinary bravery. She was greatly loved, irreplaceable and will be missed beyond reckoning. Anne leaves behind Tony and two children, Stephen (Monica) in Calgary and Camilla in Sydney, Australia. Her youngest daughter Robin predeceased her in 2009. Anne is also survived by her brother Crozier (Susan) and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Zoë and Cassandra as well as many relatives and dear friends throughout the world. Friends are invited to a celebration of Anne's life on Friday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. at The Pioneers of Southern Alberta Memorial Building, 3625 - 4 Street S.W., Calgary, AB.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2012