FITZHARDINGE, Sonia Natalie
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April 11, 1926 - September 21, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce that our beautiful and loving mother, Sonia Fitzhardinge, passed away with quiet dignity on the evening of September 21, 2012 at The Irene Thomas Hospice. Sonia, known as Sunny by her family, friends and colleagues, was Sunny by name and sunny by nature. Born and raised in Montreal, she met and married Moreton John Fitzhardinge in 1948. When Moreton passed away prematurely in 1964, Sunny rose to the challenges as a young widow, and in her fearless way, moved her young family of four daughters across Canada by train to Vancouver. She never regretted the move and was immediately enamoured with the landscape and charm of the West Coast. Sunny was known for her love of the beach, whether it be in Hawaii or at Spanish Banks and she had a year round suntan until the end. Most of her working life was spent with the City of Richmond, working in the Clerks' Department as a Stenographer. She started out on a typewriter, wrestled with word processing, and in her retirement, made peace with technology and became a regular e-mail correspondent and internet searcher. She was an avid cook, always trying out new recipes, almost to the end. Despite her physical afflictions, Sonia lived her life with grace, humour and great courage. She was an extraordinary mother to Lesley (Woods), Kathy (Mercer), Brooke (Sheridan) and Holly (Fitzhardinge-Aviles) and a loving grandmother to her five grandchildren. Her mental sharpness remained intact until the end of her life, for which we are truly grateful. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Christine Gemeinhardt for her wisdom and compassion and to the "angels of mercy" doctors and nurses at the Irene Thomas Hospice Residence. Notification of a Celebration of Sonia's Life will be given at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delta Hospice Society at 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, BC. www.deltahospice,org
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 26, 2012