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BHATIA, June (Helen Forrester)
June 6, 1919 - November 24, 2011
On November 24, 2011, June Bhatia passed away at the age of 92 years.
June will be sorely missed, and fondly remembered, by her son, Robert, daughter- in-law Dianne and grandchildren Stephen and Lauren. She also leaves her brother, Dick in the United Kingdom. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Avadh who passed away in 1984.
June, also known by her pseudonym, Helen Forrester, was born in Hoylake, near Liverpool in the United Kingdom. After experiencing abject poverty during the depression and the hardships associated with war, she met her husband-to-be in the late 1940's, was married in India and lived there for two years. They then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and Ottawa before settling in Edmonton in 1955.
As well as being a most devoted wife and mother, June (Helen) became an accomplished author. Her first book was published in 1959. She continued to write until 2004, producing sixteen books, most of which were bestsellers particularly in Britain, including her well-known autobiography, Twopence to Cross the Mersey.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Ranieri and the compassionate and caring staff of the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., at All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 10035 - 103 Street, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton Food Bank.
To send condolences, please visit
Foster and McGarvey Funeral Home
Downtown Chapel
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Nov. 27, 2011