Valerie Ann GREENWOOD

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With loving family by her side, passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 15, 2013, after a very full and eventful life.
Born in Essex on March 29, 1939 to Harry & Lydia Sealey. Val immigrated with her family to Canada in 1947 and eventually settled in West Vancouver where she attended Pauline Johnson Elementary and West Vancouver Secondary school.
Married to Jack Barrie Greenwood in 1959, she was a wonderful mother to Andrew, Beth, and Jay. Raising her kids in West Van's Cypress Park Estates in the 60's and 70's, Val could only be described as a supermom. With her 'Go for it' attitude and seemingly boundless supply of energy she led her family in all manner of activities, providing her kids with a wealth of experience and the solid foundation of a full and happy childhood. Val's generosity of spirit and self sacrifice never wavered throughout her life. She could always be counted on for sound advice, encouragement when needed, or a reality check when that was more appropriate. Never afraid to speak her mind or make her own decisions, Val was a woman far ahead of her time; spirited, strong willed, independent and self-sufficient.
Val enjoyed a large circle of friends on the North Shore and beyond and was active socially, hosting and attending many parties and business events related to the BC Chamber of Commerce, CIMM and Mining Women's Association to name a few. Val was a savvy business person involved with Nelson Machinery and several other companies and ventures over the years.
Val will be dearly missed by her loving family, sisters Marianne and Debbie, children Andrew, Beth and Jay, and grandchildren Diana, Christina, Jamie, Daniel, Sydney, David, Logan and Annabelle.
While we are deeply saddened that she has left us so soon, we are heartened that her legacy will live on in the family she has left behind, and in the hearts of those she touched throughout her life. She was a true inspiration to us all and we are consoled by the fact that her indomitable spirit allowed her to keep her independence and dignity to the end.
In keeping with her wishes and to be true to her manner of being there will be no formal ceremony. Friends of Val's from any era are invited to join the family in a celebration of her life - a chance to reminisce and informally share fond memories of the dear and loving person that was Val. This event will take place on Saturday, January 26 from 2-5pm. Those who would like to attend please contact Beth at 778-855-9908.


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