November 23, 1932 - April 30, 2021
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Vera Elsie Findlay (nee Mair (Shye/Latin))

November 23, 1932 - April 30, 2021

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to our Mum, Vera. However, we celebrate and are thankful for her life well lived.

Survived by her husband of 64 years, Alex/Sandy; daughter, Linda (Doug); and son, Alan (Wilma). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Connor Buchanan, Logan Buchanan, and Gwyneth Findlay, whom she loved and adored beyond measure. Vera also leaves her beloved sister in Scotland, Sheila Rhynas; and lifelong friend and sister-in-law in Yellowknife, Edith Mair; along with her many loving nieces and nephews in Scotland, England, Bermuda, and across Canada. She was predeceased by her brothers, Max, Leslie, and Norrie Mair.

A proud Scot, Vera was born, raised and married in Portknockie, Scotland. After marrying Sandy in 1956, they embarked on the great adventure of emigrating to Canada in 1957.

Mum and Dad settled into the large ex-pat Scottish community in Vancouver, establishing lifelong friendships and extended families. Over the years, Mum took great pride in raising her children and sharing wholly in the lives of her grandchildren.

Mum was an extremely talented seamstress. She shared her love of textiles with many students throughout her career at David Thompson, Windermere and West Vancouver secondary schools as a beloved Home Economics teacher.

Mum's involvement with her church community was central to her life. We are so grateful for the support and encouragement from the St Andrews & St Stephen's Presbyterian Church family. We feel so fortunate to have shared time with Mum and Pastor Martin in her final hours.

Mum will be deeply missed and she will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

Ta-ta the noo then Mum, aye.....

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Published in The Tri-City News from May 5 to Jun. 4, 2021.
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May 16, 2021
So sad to read about Vera. She was a great friend to my mother Betty (deceased) and father, Charles. They had many a good 'Scottish' laugh. May your own memories help you through your grief.
May 12, 2021
Dear Sandy:
I was very sad to hear that Vera had passed away recently. As a member of the Capilano Mall Walking Club, I always enjoyed chatting with Vera during your morning visits to the mall.Our walking club has not been going to the mall regularly these days because of the challenges of COVID 19. However, over the last 20 years , we have had the pleasure of sharing jokes & laughs with you both. Vera always had a friendly smile & greeted us warmly with that lovely Scottish accent. We know you and your family will miss her dearly. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Janet Kemper & the Capilano Mall Walking Club
Janet Kemper
May 5, 2021
Vera and my Dad Ian were cousins, my Granda and her Mam were brother and sister. I got to meet Vera a few years ago when she, Sandy, Linda and Doug came to Cullen for a holiday. I’m so thankful I got to meet her because apart from her sister Sheila I don’t know many of my Portknockie relatives. Take care Sandy, Linda, Alan and families xxx
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