Dr. Anita (Andres) SLEEMAN
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SLEEMAN, Dr. Anita (nee Andres) It is with deep sadness that the family of Anita Andres Sleeman announces her peaceful passing early in the morning of October 18, 2011 at her home in North Vancouver. The uniquely creative Anita was born December 12, 1930 in San Jose California to Alejandro Andres from Salamanca Spain and Anita Dolgoff from Stavropol, Russia. Her exceptional musical abilities were evident as early as age three and she began to compose at age eight. She attended Placer College as a music student where she met her future husband, Evan Sleeman, in 1948. They married in 1951 and purchased a ranch in Nevada along with Evan's parents, Lou and Alice Sleeman. There they had six children and immigrated to Canada in 1963, where they lived on a remote Chilcotin ranch. They relocated to the Vancouver area in 1967. Anita resumed her studies at UBC earning a BMus in 1971 and MMus (on graduate fellowship) in 1974. She was co-founder of the Delta Youth Orchestra and was involved in the establishment of the music program at Capilano College in North Vancouver as a member of its Music Faculty. She returned to California to complete her doctorate at the University of Southern California (1982) while also attending the famous Dick Grove School of Jazz. For 17 years she acted as musical director and conductor of West Vancouver's Ambleside Orchestra, retiring in 2010. Anita's compositions have been premiered in London, England and Fiuggi, Italy as well as in Ottawa, Winsor and Vancouver; commissions include CBC Radio, Vancouver Community College, the Delta Youth Orchestra, the Galiano Trio, and others. Anita was also a pilot, avid knitter and seamstress, builder of dollhouses, and gracious host. She had an offbeat sense of humour and loved to write satirical limericks. She was the mentor and friend of many. She is survived by her loving husband, Evan, and their children: Grant Sleeman, Kevin Sleeman (Nancy), Julie Andres, Cindy Sleeman (Chris Ingram), Kathy Kyler, and Bryan Sleeman (Irene Blazich); grandchildren Yukon Sleeman (Ashli Nonis), Mieke Bray (Vigeland Rubin), Jesse Bray (Kristen Sperle), Sarah Mey (Donovan), Graham Cunliffe (Samantha), Nico Sleeman (Kevin Page), Sunny Sleeman, Kelcie Walther, Alex (Jenna), Evan, and Nichi Pluschke, and Lily Blazich; and great-grandchildren Baeden, Tyler, Kiayra, Braeden, Cedar, and Tait; and her sister, Alma Drown and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by twin great-granddaughters Calan and Kiana. Other members of the extended family include: Jock, Joanne, Jordan, and Jamie Bray and Bradley, Sarah, Gabriel, and Adara Shende. The family would like to thank: Dr. Colin Horricks and Grace, Drs. Buller, Virani, Werb, Cook, and Bennett, Nola Wurtele NP, the doctors and staff at VGH and Lions Gate Cardiac Units, friends Hilary Clark and David Boddington. A service in Dr. Anita Sleeman's memory will be held on November 26, 2 pm at St. Christopher's Anglican Church, 1068 Inglewood Ave., West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers donations in her name to the Variety Club are welcome ( www.variety.bc.ca ).

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Oct. 29, 2011.
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August 18, 2016
Evan I'm sorry for the loss. I'm certain Anita is with your boy. Love to hear from you Wayne 210 8829813
Wayne Carter
March 17, 2013
Anita taught me at Capilano College in the late 70s. She was a warm and inspiring teacher - someone who really made a difference. I still use my knowledge of "20th Century Music Theory" that she passed on.
November 19, 2012
I just learned about Dr. Anita's death...I am a friend of Grant's, who inherited her quirky humar, brilliant intellect, and love of music...so sorry Grant, I know how much you loved her, and how much she loved you and wanted the best for you. I hope you are OK...your old friend Kathy (Redwine) now Kathy Sassi.
September 22, 2012
November 21, 2011
November 7, 2011
Dear Evan and Family,My thoughts are on you and Anita ,An engaging force to be sure,Anita was very kind and gracious to me. Michael Lisik
November 6, 2011
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." ~ Anonymous


Dear Cindy and Sleeman Family - may the stars shine brightly upon your hearts during this difficult time.


Ingrid Koivukangas
November 6, 2011
So sorry Cindy to hear of your loss. Your mother sounds like she was an amazing and inspiring person.
Nadine Lumley
November 6, 2011
Dr. Sleeman accomplished much in her life and it is very sad to hear of her passing. My condolences to my friend, Cindy, and her family.
Lexy Cameron
October 30, 2011
A fine tribute to Anita. She continues to be loved and will be missed. Dear Evan and my cousins, I am sorry for your loss.
October 30, 2011
A wonderful obituary to a wonderful woman! She built my dream of a community orchestra in West Vancouver, the Ambleside Orchestra. She will be sorely missed.
Hilary Clark
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