Corinne C. DESHAW
January 04, 1963 - February 28, 2019
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Corinne Carmen Deshaw - 56, born in Vancouver, passed away at home in North Saanich 28 Feb-surrounded by loved ones, after a long courageous battle with cancer.Corinne was the tenaciously loving mother of Jack and Holly,best friend and loving spouse to Ted Orlowski; Corinne was the first of three children born to William (Bill) & Mary Ann Deshaw (nee Grodzicki); sister to Mark Deshaw (Nicola) and Michelle Deshaw. Loving Auntie to Quinn, Ava, Gabriel, Firston, Sarah, Katie, Haley, Owen & Marlie. Niece to Charles Grodzicki, and Micheal Grodzicki (Debra Higgins) and dear cousin to Martin, daughter-in-law to Patricia Hallsworth, sister-in-law to Jonathan Orlowski (Barbara Steinberg); Patty Kruis (Paul); Christine Ramphal (Brian Tkachuk); Sean Orlowski; Jeremy Orlowski (Vicki MacLeod). She will be dearly missed.

Corinne was inspired by the Mary Tyler Show, and after graduating Mt. Doug High, she entered into Broadcast Journalism at BCIT. She was a radio personality in Penticton, Cranbrook; a News Reporter and Anchor @K-97 and 1070 Golden Radio, Edmonton, CFQC TV and Radio Saskatoon, and CHEK-TV. Corinne completed a UVic Public Relations and Communications program, and was employed in government communications in Fredericton, NB and Victoria. She was business owner of Deshaw Communications Consulting and worked in corporate communications in Kingston, ON. Corinne loved reading, politics and believed in the stewardship of her community - she volunteered as soccer coach, a board member of the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre, the J.R. Henderson Parent Council Chair in Kingston, ON, a member of the Saan Pen 100+ Women Who Care, fundraising for the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association, and a World Vision Sponsor!

Corinne was a beautiful soul inside and out; inquisitive, a proud Canadian traveler, a marveler of history, art, museums, cultures and civilizations; a ferocious advocate for her children, wanting them to achieve their finest. She was also independent and feisty, conscientious and diligent - keeping track of everyone; most loyal of friends; a cancer survivor from 30 years past; a lover of hiking, working out, cycling, kayaking, and spending quality time with friends and her family; and Alpha girl to her Alabama rat terrier 'Jada';

We want to acknowledge with special thanks, the superb health care team who empaneled Corinne with loving and professional quality care over the past 8 months, the BC Cancer Centre, V.G.H., Royal Jubilee and Saan Pen Hospitals, the Saan Pen Hospice Nursing, Beacon Community Hospice Workers, the Victoria Palliative Response Team, Victoria Parish priest Father Karam Alraban, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the UCSF Medical Centre, Dr. Kate Evans (Ocean Pier Medical Centre), family and friends.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held 10:00 o'clock am on Wed 22 May at the Holy Cross Catholic Church (4049 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, BC V8N 3X7). A small reception after the service to be held at the church hall. Friends and family are invited to eulogize at the service. Donations to the BC Cancer Society in Corinne's memory would be the best kind.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2019.
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May 7, 2021
Dear Ted, it is with sadness, upon reading Corinne's mother's death this week, that I found out Corrine passed away over two years ago. I remember our early days of having lymphoma and leukaemia. She was positive force in my and other's lives. She lives in my heart.
Chanah (Jan) Caplan
November 8, 2020
Corinne, you crossed my mind & I “looked” for you on line & am so very saddened to read of your passing. Even though my memories of you are from attending St Patrick’s Elementary School together, they are vivid & I clearly recall grade 3 & you sitting behind me & playing 4 square. Rest In Peace - my utmost condolences to your family.
Elizabeth Smallenberg (nee Kemp)
March 31, 2020
I was saddened to come across this news inadvertently today. Corinne was a fun colleague in the news business here in Grande Prairie in the mid-1980s while she was at the radio station and I was at the Daily Herald-Tribune. We got disconnected when I moved eastward but reunited a few years ago through LinkedIn and corresponded from time to time. My belated condolences to her family and friends and RIP to a spunky former colleague.
David Olinger
January 4, 2020
Happy birthday.. i love you
Jack Orlowski
May 21, 2019
Saltspring ferry June 2017
I was on the ferry heading back from Saltspring Island last weekend when I fondly remembered our day trip there in 2017. That led to all the other memories of fun things we did over the years -- house parties, going camping, vacation to Mazatlán, Escondido, etc. I am missing you a lot but glad I have such great memories of you. Hugs to Ted, Jack, Holly, Jada and the rest of your family.
Judy Tsukijima
May 21, 2019
I loved working with you in government communications Corinne. You always had a smile and a laugh, making work fun. I really enjoyed sitting next to you and getting to know you through our lunches and when we went to the opera and other shows. I can't believe that you're gone. Rest in peace. My thoughts are with Ted, Jack, Holly and the rest of your family.
Lara Hurrell
April 6, 2019
I hosted a morning radio show with Corinne in the late 80's in Edmonton. The radio station was CKST in St Albert. 1070 Gold. Corinne co-hosted. Did traffic and some news. i have very positive memories of this late 1980's era. Two striking ironies. I now reside in Victoria. I read about Corinne's passing in the local newspaper. The other irony, today I came across an audio file of the morning show we hosted, including Corinne. This happened today on an online site that stores old files of Western Canadian radio shows. I would be pleased to say hello and remember Corinne with family if it was felt it would bring smiles to anyone's faces. Meantime, below is a link to a few ditties we did in 1988 on 1070 Gold. Listen for Corinne and know how much she positively impacted so many by her words and demeanor.
Kevin Hilgers
March 12, 2019
I will miss Corinne much and my sympathy goes to her loving family.
Sean Orlowski
March 12, 2019
Ted ,Jack, Holly and Jada. Our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Corinne will be dearly missed and fought a hard battle. Love from Heather, Nathan ,Braden and Andrew
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Dave & Johanna Gordon
March 9, 2019
Pender Island 7 July 2018 -Jack, Corinne, Ted and Holly
Ted Orlowski
March 9, 2019
Godspeed Kerry Shaw I will never forget our fun times on flights from Victoria to Edmonton and return. Oiler games and nightclubs and general naughty-ness. Board games at your apartment and your cute kitty I nicknamed fish breath. I recently returned to Victoria and wish I had made the time to reconnect. For that I will be sorry for a very very long time.

I can only imagine the courage you had after the cancer came back. You were and will always be in my mind one cool and very strong chick.
Lee Wyllie
March 9, 2019
My mother was a beautiful soul, heaven gained a beautiful angel. She fought a long hard battle but she still lived her life the best she could. Gone but never forgotten, rest easy mommy❤
Holly Orlowski
March 8, 2019
So many memories of years of friendship. Definitely gone too soon. Much love to you Ted, Holly and Jack. xo
Lydia Neufeld
March 8, 2019
Ted, Jack, Holly and Jada - our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time. Corinne was a fun loving and adventurous woman/neighbor who will be remembered always for her courage and strength in fighting this terrible disease. Take care! Hugs, Diana and Porscha from Citiation Cres, Kingston, Ontario.
March 8, 2019
Love you - missing you - xox
Teddy O
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