Born and raised in Nanaimo, Deb graduated from NDSS and then, later in life went on to earn a degree in early childhood education. Deb lived and raised her family in Courtenay where she was able to fulfill her dream of working with children at the Kinnikinnick Child Care Centre in Comox.
Sadly, Deb leaves behind her husband, David Coutu; sons Tyler (Jenny) and Geoff (Chrissy). Her beloved, young grandsons Korbin and Ryder, Mother Enid Lighthart; Sister Margo (Rob) Fletcher; Niece Alaina Fletcher; Brother James (Tara) Lighthart; Niece Tessa Lighthart (Jerome) Elliot.
She was Predeceased by her Father; Don Lighthart in 2004.
A family gathering was held on December 5th to mourn the sudden loss of our dear Deb, who’s passion and zest for life included many years of mentoring youth at Scouts Canada. She was fondly referred to by the Cubs and Scouts as “Akela”, which would aptly describe her; a wise, clever and noble leader.
She will be remember for her love of, singing and telling stories around a campfire, digging clams and riding motorcycles on Long Beach.
In the spring, a tree will be planted in her memory at a place she found the most joy.
“Fly free dear one, we will watch for your colourful spirit shining through rainbows”.