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Marjorie Winifred Lancaster


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Marjorie Winifred Lancaster

Marjorie Winifred (Smith) Lancaster

was born on Sept. 14th 1917 to Amelia Laura and Isaac Charles Smith originally of England. Growing up on Vancouver's North Shore she was versed in milking goats, tending her fathers prize winning rabbits and skiing on weekends with friends on Grouse Mountain (years before ski lifts being there).

Upon completing studies at UBC, Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, London's Royal College of Music as well as the University of Washington she set her sights on becoming one of the leading concert pianists in Canada. After the untimely death of her father in 1944 and at the age of 27 was charged with the responsibility of supporting her Mother and Aunt. She sold the family home in "North Van" and bought a house in the Kerrisdale neighborhood of Vancouver.

She dove into teaching piano and quickly became the "go to" piano educator in Western British Columbia.

In 1951 she married the love of her life William (Bill) Lancaster. They bought a house in Magnolia that soon became a home and settled in for a long and happy life there together. In February of 1954 I (Rob) was born. I grew up and probably left in my trail the usual set of parental angst.

In Junior High I met Christy at the ripe old age of 15. After a long on and off again courtship we married in April of "77". In August of 1986 our son Sean was born and Grandma and Grandpa couldn't have been happier, he lit up their lives.

To her credit she wrestled me into studying classical piano from around the age of 5 until I got serious about a career after high school. She always told me to keep up with piano "because it will bring you much joy later in life". She couldn't have been more spot on.

June of 1990 Dad passed and Mom was left to manage the house alone. After a couple of years she booked travel on a river barge through the French countryside. Later she joined me on some of my travels to London and Paris.

Many Magnolians will remember her as she walked several miles twice daily, always stopping to talk to all she met. Many other Magnolians will remember her too as their piano teacher.

She brought to everyone who knew and loved her a sense of elegance, manors and a fierce sense of the subtle British humor. Her love of her family and her Grandson Sean, would meet no match.

I love you Mum.

Rest well.

Sept 14th, 1917 ~ March 1st, 2014

Celebration at Bayview Manor: 03/24 at 3:00 p.m.

Donations: A dog charity of your choosing.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 9, 2014
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