Barbara Eileen Finch, born January 22, 1928, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Barbara was the only child to Joseph and Marjorie Meredith and has lived most of her life in Campbell River. “Joe”, her father, was a well-known Painters Lodge fishing guide.
Barbara was predeceased by husband, David Lornie and husband, John Ray Finch. She is survived by long time partner, David Earl (Bud) Lanyon. Sons, James (Anita) Lornie, William (Penny) Lornie, Thomas Lornie, Richard (Sandy) Finch and daughter, Eileen Lornie. Step-sons, Barry (Lydia) Lanyon and David Lanyon. Grandchildren, Matt (Lisa) Lornie, Oliver Kirk, David Lornie, Karen Lornie, Colleen Lornie, Meredith Ponto, Katie Ponto, Larissa Finch and Elizabeth Finch.
Barbara was an entrepreneur long before most women thought of leaving the home to work. She was a Trustee/Secretary of the North Campbell River Water District, a position she held until the Water district was taken over by the District of Campbell River. She also served as Secretary to the North Island Construction Association until her retirement. In 1965 she started the business The Sweet Stop which thrived in Campbell River for many years. She sold this business in 1986 to devote more time to a new venture, the C.R. Office Shop. Throughout the years Barbara was a strong supporter of business in Campbell River and was very involved in the Chamber of Commerce, becoming its President in 1977. In 1988 her entrepreneurial spirit took hold once again and she sold the Office Shop to open Your Office Services. Barbara finally retired from all her business ventures in 1994 so she and her partner, Bud Lanyon, could travel and spend more time with family. They made many wonderful trips together across Canada, through many of the United States and weekends would see them at their favourite pastime, camping out in the backwoods of the Campbell River area.
Barbara worked hard throughout her life to provide for her family yet she always had time to shower her children and grandchildren with love and caring. She always found time to knit exquisite sweaters or smock party dresses for her grandchildren and seldom missed any event that included them. Her family and close friends will miss her deeply, her sense of humour and her undying spirit for life. Barbara never knew the word ‘can’t’, she just ‘did’. All of those that had the privilege of knowing her are the better for having had her in their lives.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff of Woodlands and Homestead in Yuculta Lodge and to Dr.Coetzee for the exemplary, loving care they gave to Barbara. The family had wonderful peace of mind knowing that the one they loved was so well looked after.
A memorial Service for family and friends will be held for Barbara on Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Dogwood Street, Campbell River. No flowers by request however donations may be made to the Campbell River Community Foundation at #201, 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, BC, V9W 7Z8.