Cheryl Hutcherson
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Our dear Cheryl left this world peacefully after losing her long and brave battle with cancer on July 12, 2012 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, the same place she joined it 57 years ago. She is survived by father Bill, siblings Rodney, Donald and Erin, adopted sister Patt Wilhelm and her beloved dog Bridget. She is predeceased by her mother Barbara who passed away in 2004.

After graduating from high school in Richmond in 1973, Cheryl began a 37 year career in the Social Services Branch of the B.C. Government rising among its ranks to the position of computer program trainer.

Always giving back, each year Cheryl and her team of elves spent countless hours each Christmas ensuring thousands of children received a response to their letters to Santa.

Cheryl's true calling though came from her love of theatre. A respected publicist for many community and professional theatre groups in the Vancouver area, Cheryl worked tirelessly as a promoter of the talent in Vancouver. Cheryl received the ultimate honour from the theatre community she served as the recipient of the Mary Phillips Award for Behind-the-Scenes-Achievement at the 2011 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

A celebration of Cheryl's life is being planned for August. Details will be posted on Cheryl's Facebook page at and on her blog at

An avid musical theatre enthusiast and with a desire to help nurture young talent, Cheryl requested that a scholarship fund be set-up in her name with the Applause Musical Society. The scholarship will be established as an annual financial award to be given to a deserving student in a post-secondary theater program to assist them with the payment of voice, dance or acting coach. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made online at

You'll be with us like a handprint on our heart, and now whatever way our stories end, we know you have re-written ours by being our friend.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jul. 21, 2012.
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February 27, 2013
This is so late. I did not know. The last time I saw you, you held me in your arms and offered me such comfort. My memories of happy times at Metro, Victoria, our kitchen and so many places. Out of pain and organizing heaven. rest in peace dear Cheryl
July 27, 2012
Cheryl's enthusiasm and support of the local theatre scene is without peer! She will be truly missed.
Owen Lock
July 25, 2012
Miss your smile and bright cheery words every day. I have learned so much from your troubles over the past 6 years. Thanks for the lessons in living, loving and grace. Aloha! Kathy Harradine
Kathy Harradine
July 24, 2012
"Our Gang" will not be the same without you. I know you are relieved of suffering, and boy will you be remembered. So long sweet pea. - Stephen Street
Stephen Street
July 23, 2012
Dearest Cheryl, I have just sent off a letter to Dad Bill, trying to say some of the things I wanted to say but couldn't on line. I'm missing you every day, especially on facebook where you always had something interesting to say or post, it's not the same without you. We will never forget you and we will make sure the kids remember you too, what a great supporter of young people in the arts you were and we are forever grateful to you for that. All our love, Ann, Brian, Ethan, Roan and Holden too
Ann Henry
July 22, 2012
You were one of a kind & will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Cheryl.
Sue Gammon
July 22, 2012
Cheryl, as I've told you before, you are my hero!
Your humour and caring and your grace in adversity inspire me. I miss having you here but know I will continue to converse with you. Yours is a spirit which won't ever really leave us. Much love to you on your continued journey, nancie
July 21, 2012
It was an honor and a privilege to work with Cheryl on her annual Santa letters project for many years. WE all discovered what Cheryl intuitively knew: that we would get much more from the project than we gave. Cheryl and I shared a birthday and a passion for the musical theater; so we had much to talk about over the years. I'll always remember her unflagging optimism, her terrific sense of humor and her genuine and deep concern for all who crossed her path. That's a darn good legacy when you consider that we never met or even spoke to each other, smile. May the memory of Cheryl's spirit bring peace and comfort to all whom she loved.
Don Horn
July 21, 2012
You were so very special to both my family and myself...we love you, Cheryl.
Jolanta Krol
July 21, 2012
So generous and always smiling.
David C. Jones
July 21, 2012
Dearest Cheryl, you have left a gaping hole which you once filled to the brim. I will honour you by living life, being positive, and laughing. You taught us well xox
Melinda Kelf
July 21, 2012
What fun we had Cheryl driving around in your convertible in the West End. Your friendship through the years meant so much to me. It was a profound pleasure knowing you and your spirit continues to live with me....all my love and fondest memories.
Shirley Third-Genus
July 21, 2012
you will be missed have touched so many of us over the years, and sharing your journey with us on FB was touching and brave. with love, Nora McLellan
July 21, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take comfort in knowing that Cheryl is looking down upon all of you with love. It was an honour and a pleasure to work with Cheryl and it is still an honour to call her "my friend". She will be missed by us all.
Charmaine Guimond
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