BENNETT, Alison Claire (nee Fuller)
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Alison Claire Bennett (nee Fuller) at age 50 on May 20, 2013 after a long, brave battle with ALS. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 26 years, Dave; sons Scott and Ian; parents David and Margaret Fuller of Courtenay; brother Mark Fuller (Rhonda) of Vancouver; parents-in-law Tony and Elaine Bennett of Victoria; brother-in-law Bruce Bennett (Randi) of Whitehorse; brother-in-law Michael Bennett (Jacqui) of Victoria; sister-in-law Jennifer Gill (Chris) of Victoria; and nieces and nephews Nicola, Kevin, Seth, Kalie, Jason and James, and many other loving relatives and friends. Alison was born and raised in Victoria, received her teaching degree from UVIC in 1985, then moved to Calgary and became a popular teacher at Christopher Robin School. She also taught in Vancouver, Victoria, and most recently at Laronde Elementary in Surrey. She was passionate about her job as the music teacher at Laronde, and took great delight in her students and directing their musical productions. Generous and fun- loving, Alison also had a strong sense of community. Among other projects, she was instrumental in the construction of a playground in Vancouver's Clinton Park, as well as many fundraising efforts for the ALS Society. Over the years she spent many happy holidays with family on Hornby Island and Wise Island. She enjoyed traveling and loved taking family photos while visiting friends and relatives in the UK, the Bahamas and every corner of North America. Naturally athletic, she loved to "run the ravine" in White Rock with her good friends. She was also an avid gardener with a green thumb who loved flowers outside and inside her home. She liked to see musical theatre, tennis matches, and was a constant presence at her sons' many activities, including their musical performances and hockey games. The main focus of Alison's life was family, and no mother was ever more proud of her children than Alison was of her sons Scott and Ian. Her family would like to thank Amanda Myring (Nick), Alison's circle of friends who gave their unwavering support, and her many dedicated caregivers. They gave her the independence she craved and the highest quality of life that was possible in her final years. A service celebrating Alison's life will be held at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 - 28 Avenue, Surrey, BC on Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Society of BC (www.alsbc.ca). Condolences may be offered at www.victoryfuneralcentre.ca.
Published in The Calgary Herald on May 25, 2013