CHANDLER, Esther . Esther Elizabeth Chandler (nee Fabry) b. April 30, 1922 d. September 19, 2013, aged 91 years. Esther passed away peacefully at the North Shore Hospice. She is predeceased by her husband Thomas Chandler, GM and is survived by her children Tom (Janet), Chuck (Gera) and Cate MacNeill (Jack) and grandchildren Tom, Cydney, Genevieve and Brendan. Mom was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She joined the US Air Force in 1941 at the age of 19 before the US entered WW11 and trained as a nurse. She attained the rank of Lieutenant and served at air bases in Louisiana and Florida before transferring to the US Army in 1943. Mom served as a nurse in the army MASH units operating in France and Germany and at a young age witnessed the horrors of war as did many of her Greatest Generation. Her experiences moulded her lifelong focus on helping others in need, serving her community, and placing the needs of others ahead of her own. While on leave in Paris in 1945 Mom reluctantly went on a blind double date with a young Canadian Army Captain. Her reluctance soon evaporated, however, and following a brief engagement, she married our Dad. The wedding service was in Pittsburgh, at the church her Grandfather built as its first reverend during WW1. Mom left the army and moved with her new husband to Ontario. They resided in Waterloo and London before moving to North Vancouver in 1968 where they resided until Dad's death in 1975. As a widow raising two teenaged children still living at home, Mom balanced a renewed nursing career with looking after children, and still pursued her love of sailing and travelling with friends in her various motorhomes across North America. She was an RN at Lions Gate Hospital for 25 years and became a head nurse at Evergreen Care Facility. Retirement gave her more time for travel and sailing, and her home became a regular "hotel" for her many friends visiting from the US, Canada and Europe, not to mention visiting family attending school in Vancouver. Mom's caring attitude, refusal to complain about her own troubles, and genuine interest in the lives of others will be fondly remembered by friends and family alike. Mom, we will miss you. Our great appreciation to Dr. Peter Schwarz and the caring teams at LGH and the NS Hospice for their compassion and professionalism. Special thanks to Jane Padden for her friendship and support of Mom in her final years.
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Published in The North Shore News from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2013