SABATINO, Barbara Anne (nee Williams)
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June 10, 1944 - December 3, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barbara, after a lengthy fight with Crohns disease and ALS. Barbara passed away peacefully on Monday December 3, with her husband Paul and daughter Nidia by her side. Barbara was born at Vancouver General Hospital on June 10, 1944 and spent her childhood in Maple Ridge (Haney). Following graduation from secretarial college, she worked as a payroll clerk for Manulife Insurance in Vancouver and London England. She traveled extensively and lived and worked in London, England before returning to Vancouver where she worked for BC Tel. In 1970 she and Paul were married in Vancouver where they lived. In 1973 they welcomed their only daughter, Nidia. After Nidia's birth, she stayed home to raise her and enjoyed volunteering with children. Barbara spent the last few years managing Paul's law office and caring for her beloved grandchildren. Barbara was predeceased by her father Frank Williams in 1970, and her mother Mary Williams (Scott) in 1995. She was also predeceased by Father in law Michele Sabatino in 2006, and brothers in-law Biagio Sabatino in 2008, and Domenico Sabatino in 2012. She is survived and greatly missed by her husband Paul, daughter Nidia, son in law Zak Pawliuk and grandchildren Tyler and Sarah. She is also survived by her brother Ken Williams (June), sister Norma Cowan (John), mother in-law Maria Carmela Sabatino, sisters in-law Caterina Marchesini (Tony), Teresa Bradley (Paul), Lena Sabatino, Anna Hansen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. After many years of suffering without complaining, she is now at peace. A very special thank you to Dr. Howard James, Dr. Wendy Yeomans, Brenda Rosenau, Susan Gray, and Yvonne and the caring staff at the VGH Palliative Care Unit, who made Barbara's life as comfortable as possible during the last two months of her life. A service will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 10:00 am, at St. Mary's Kerrisdale, 2490 W. 37th Ave. Vancouver. Internment will follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum, 4000 Imperial St., Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C.H.I.L.D. foundation or the ALS society of BC.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2012