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It is with regret that we report the passing of Mom and Grandma Margaret Tarr on February 19th, 2013 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. The family thanks the wonderful staff at KinVillage in Delta for their care and support. Mom was born on May 19, 1924 in Leeds, England and was the second of two, with older brother George. Her family then moved to Ireland for her formative years. She was a good student, although rebellious at times and was apparently excellent at sports and in particular running. The family then moved to London when Mom was in her late teens and it was there that she met the love of her life, Billy. Mom and Dad were married on October 10, 1942 and ended up spending 64 years together. Mom lived and worked in London through World War II, surviving the blitz and the subsequent V1 and V2 attacks. Mom and Dad were reunited in 1946 when Dad returned from India/Burma and his role as a Sergeant-Major in the British Army. They settled in North London and Dad first worked in the emerging television industry and then moved into Aerospace Electronics. Our family started soon after the wars end with the birth of Michael (1947) and Andrew (1950). In 1957 our family immigrated to Canada and settled in Richmond. Dad initially had a position with Canadian Aviation Electronics and subsequently moved to Canadian Pacific Airlines. Mom was initially involved in support organizations such as the Victoria Order of Nurses, but as her sons got older, she started to expand her horizons. Ultimately in 1970, she focused on real estate and became one of the top realtors in the province. She was a regular member of what was then referred to as the Million Dollar Club over the next dozen years, with a very high percentage of return clients that she was very proud of. Mom and Dad retired in 1983 at a relatively young age, in large part due to Mom's success in real estate. They relocated to White Rock, plus purchased a place in Palm Springs and wintered there for over 20 years, until Dad's health started to fail. Mom enjoyed following the exploits of grandsons Sean and Christopher, plus was very active in the community they lived in and got involved in numerous activities like dancing and shuffleboard, making many new lifelong friends in the process. Both Mom and Dad had an interest in genealogy and pursued both sides of the family history back over 200 years. They made full use of the pass privileges that Dad had through his career with CP Air to travel extensively, plus conduct family history tours down to church parish levels. With Dad's failing health, they moved into the KinVillage Assisted Living Home in 2006. Unfortunately, Dad developed complications with Parkinson's disease and succumbed to that in December 2006. Mom remained a resident of the KinVillage until the end. She is survived by sons Andy (& Malai), Mike (& Ruby) plus grandsons Sean and Christopher. By request there will be no funeral or service. In lieu of flowers and cards, donations in her name to the Parkinson's Society or the charity of your choice would be gratefully appreciated.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013