Lorraine Rivard (nee Bigelow)

April 17, 1928-February 18, 2015

Was taken from us on February 18, 2015 in Parksville, after a brief illness, at the age of 86 years.

Lorraine was predeceased by her parents Edward Bigelow and Alice Dillon; her husband John; brother Don Bigelow and sister Joy Bain.

She is survived by her brother Ernie (Margaret), sister Marie, brother-in-law Don Bain, sister-in-law Jean Bigelow. Lorraine is also survived by her children; daughter Jan (Bob) Cole, sons Marcel (Darlene) and Denny (Dianna) grandchildren; Lauren (John) Douglas, Anita (Blayne), Michelle, Katie, Christi, John and Megan, great-grandchildren Max and Sam Douglas as well as extended family members Rob (Tana) Cole and Terri (Mark) Weiler and their families.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1928, Lorraine moved to Port Alberni in 1946, met John and married him in 1950. Together they proceeded to raise their family in the small, vibrant community, and lived there for the next 58 years.

Lorraine worked hard as a homemaker, providing a wonderful, loving environment for John and the three kids. She never complained about the endless demands of her time and services from the family, be it a gourmet meal prepared at the campsite, a favorite pair of pants in need of mending, or a scuffed knee requiring medical attention, Lorraine was always at the ready to dispense her unique skills as Super Mom and doting grandmother.

Eventually the kids grew up and (reluctantly) moved out, and Lorraine was able to enjoy retired life with John, camping, travelling, wine making, and playing with the grandchildren. In 2008, John and Lorraine thought it was time to kick retirement living into a new gear, and moved into an apartment at the Qualicum Beach Gardens. Tragically, John passed away a month later. Lorraine loved her new home and lived there for another 6 years, where for the first time in her life, others were doing all the work for her, putting an indelible smile on her face forever!!

Always cherished. Terribly missed Forever in our hearts

A service for Lorraine will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family thankfully requests donations be made in Lorraine’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC 107-1001 Cloverdale Ave., Victoria BC V8X 4C9.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr El Karsh and the staff at Qualicum Beach Gardens and Stanford Place.


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