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SUSAN PERKUHN On November 27, 2020, peacefully but far too soon, at home in West Vancouver. Much loved sister of Michael of Victoria and predeceased by her parents Brigitte and Wulff. Susan was born and spent her childhood in Pickering, Ontario and graduated from Carleton University. She pursued her first career working in technology in Ottawa and Toronto, eventually moving to Vancouver where she launched ratatouille designs, the textile company she began and passionately nurtured from her North Vancouver studio for the past 10 years. Whether at home, sipping early morning coffee and reading newspapers at Bean, in her studio, at a market, spending time in her garden, enjoying lunch on a sunny terrace in Provence, hiking beautiful BC, listening to podcasts or watching the Sunday morning recaps of weekly politics, Susan was always up for a good discussion and an informed view of world events. Her caring nature was evident and she was a constant support for family members and friends. In every conversation you could count on her to ask "and how are you?" When she laughed, she laughed hard. Due to current COVID restrictions, a celebration of Susan's life will be held next year. Until then, please hold your own celebration by raising a glass, recalling a shared moment and enjoying a smile at the memory. She'd like that. For more information:

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, 2020.
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March 29, 2021
I have only just learned of Susan’s passing. I am truly shocked & saddened! I have several of her Ratatouille designs & love them. A friend of mine commented on one of my beautiful aprons yesterday & I was talking about how I had met Susan at the markets in WV. And how she repurposed vintage linen. I checked on line at her website and saw the sad message. I am so sorry for her family & close friends!
Linda Ash
January 25, 2021
Susan was a dear colleague at the markets and a truly gracious soul, I will cherish our friendship and she will be missed. Sincere condolences to her family in Victoria and her market family.
Nidhi Raina
December 13, 2020
Dear Michael, my name is Gabi Lappa and Susan and I were roomates, along with Carol and Denise, for two years during our time at Carleton University. The notice of Susan's passing comes as a big shock and I would like to extend to you my sincere condolences on your loss. After many years of not being in touch, it was such a pleasure to see Susan's creations and follow her news on Facebook. Our last conversation was about her wonderful sweet peas from her garden in August. I was also going to send her some antique linen bedsheets I had so that she could use them for her many creations. Last week I was looking at these precious fabrics and remembering that I was supposed to send them to her. I don't know who wrote her obituary but it described beautifully the Susan that we knew and remembered. Morning coffee, tea throughout the day, deep discussions and late-night cramming to the sound of Gordon Lightfoot's Railroad Trilogy. Her smile and her laugh were contagious and heartwarming. She loved my Mom's food and my Mom loved making it for her. I recall so well the weekend we all visited your parents in Pickering and your Dad took us on a sailboat ride on Lake Ontario. You were a young teen at the time! I am so saddened by this news and grateful that I have good memories of our Carleton University days together. Please let me know when a memorial is planned for her. If it is at all possible, I would like to attend. Rest in Peace dear Susan. Gabi D'Emilio Lappa
Gabrielle D'Emilio Lappa
December 13, 2020
Susan was a dear friend from her life in Ottawa .
Always up beat and enthusiastic and laughing I am sorry that we lost touch .
She was a very special lady .
My sympathies to those friends and family left to mourn this special person .
Wonderful memories we can all enjoy
December 12, 2020
Susan and I worked together at ROLM/IBM in Toronto and became best of friends. When I got married and moved to Vancouver, I'd share with her how one could be at the beach and hike in the
mountains in the same day. It wasn't long before Susan joined us skiing, hiking and dining al fresco at our home in North Van.

Sibylle and Susan had a great chat the day before she passed. She was so full of plans for the future. We're speechless and so, so sad to lose you, Susan :-(
Ean Jackson
December 12, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Susan. I knew her through Ratatouille and looked forward to our visits every year at the craft shows. Gone way too soon. Condolences to all her friends and family. I will certainly raise a glass.
Vicki Webster
December 12, 2020
High standards
Eye for style

Susan & I met as work colleagues in the mid 90’s, becoming a good friend as we discovered our like mindedness in many ways, & especially in the art & craft of creating garments. We could always count on one another as someone who shared our enthusiasm for solving a construction challenge or appreciating timeless quality in textiles.
She is to be admired in her pursuit of a life’s dream, taking risks & pushing on through uncertainty, with dedication to quality craftsmanship we rarely see. She arrived, in her words, at ‘the top of her game’. I salute her!
Susan’s business reflected her style so well. Every one of her choices were thoughtful. She so valued the execution & history of each piece she found, bringing these elegant remnants into daily use. She served up unique, absolutely beautiful pieces for ‘you and your home’.
Our conversations indeed involved intense interest in ‘how are YOU’- each family member remembered, the news always an important, considered part of the exchange. She was deeply, kindly committed in the gift of self to her circle of treasured friends & family.
Susan was willing to sacrifice in some areas to live the BEST of this moment in time, be it food, art, space. She inspired me to live well.
I see her all around my home in my apron, tea towels, wee gifts, MANY garments, our bedspread
I am so grateful to have had her as a friend. I have, & will, be raising a glass in her name, while perhaps having some exquisite cheese.
Mary Martin
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