CORNFIELD, Heather Elizabeth (Mackay) July 7, 1952 to April 11, 2014 . Heather passed away peacefully at home with husband (Charlie) and daughter (Kim) by her side, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Heather was an inspiration to others displaying dignity, grace, courage and strength, as she approached life's most challenging situation. She never complained, and always maintained her sense of humour, beautiful smile and a very positive outlook stating "it is what it is and we will just make the best of it". She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years Charlie; son Matthew; daughter Kim; brother Ian Mackay(Dawn); her sisters-in-law Margaret Angus (Don) and Bunny Carey(Donald); and her nieces and nephews Meaghan, Scott, Ryan, Poppy, Linda, Paul and John; and numerous cousins and other "family". Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Heather grew up in Toronto, Regina, Red Deer (Penhold) and Victoria, where she graduated from Esquimalt High School in 1970. After marrying the love of her life (Charlie) in 1972 they embarked on an adventure that took them to Vancouver, Williams Lake, Kamloops and Langley. In 1991 they arrived and fell in love with what would become their true home, Campbell River. It was here that Heather settled down to raise her wonderful family, and build many lasting friendships. She was a rare and special person, with her passion and care for others experienced by many through her involvement with the Association for Community Living serving on the board as director including as President. She advocated for all people with special needs with a quiet and gentle way of making each and every person feel very special and important. She touched the lives of everyone she met and excelled managing the M&M Meat Shops where customers, suppliers and contractors were more than clients they became friends. She was a true lady and will not soon be forgotten. We wish to express our deepest thanks to the myriad of family and friends for their help and support, her dedicated and caring doctors, nurses and health care professionals and staff at the Hospital, the Campbell River Hospital's Cancer Care Clinic, Palliative Care Home Nursing and Home Support, as well as Alder Medical Clinic, and Evergreen Pharmacy. A Celebration of Heather's life will be held on Thursday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation in memory of Heather Cornfield for the Cancer Care Clinic. Listen quietly and watch with open eyes, for angels walk among us. I know this to be true because I met you.
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Published in Campbell River Courier Islander from Apr. 18 to Apr. 25, 2014