Eleanor May Loiselle

(née Richmond)

Eleanor May Loiselle (nee Richmond) of Ladysmith, B.C. passed peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 22, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Nanaimo, B.C. on February 22, 1935, loving daughter of William (Bill) Richmond and Edna May Simpson. Devoted wife for 60 years to Normand J. Loiselle.

At the age of five Eleanor moved to Port Alberni with her family. As a young girl she enjoyed gymnastics, basketball and being a member of the very first Girl Guide Unit in the Alberni Valley. We loved her stories and her favourite was one of riding over Mt. Arrowsmith on her peddle bike with the Guides and washing their hair in Cameron Lake. The water was so cold they could not rinse out the shampoo so all the girls had white hair.

In 1953, at the age of eighteen, Eleanor joined the Canadian Air Force and was posted to R.C.A.F. Station Rockliffe outside Ottawa, Ontario. It was there that she met and fell in love with Norm. They married on August 11, 1956 in her home town of Port Alberni. Norm was posted to Centralia Ontario, and further to Zweibrucken Germany, Cold Lake, Alberta, and finally Comox, B.C. Eleanor & Norm lived the service life and were blessed with five children.

Eleanor was an active person. Bowling, golfing and playing bridge were her favourite pastimes. She enjoyed her garden and picking wild berries. In her quiet time she could be found in her reading room snuggled by the fireplace. She loved her family very much and we all knew we could count on her to help in any situation.

She was predeceased by her Mom & Dad, sister, Doreen (Bell) and brother, William (Billy) T. Richmond. She leaves behind her husband, sons and daughters: Norman A. (Jackie), James H. (Mitchy), Carolyne, Denise (Churchill) (Christopher), Rosemarie (Flint) (Edward). 10 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren as well as two sisters, Eileen (Stewart) (Ian) and Anne (Parks).

Funeral Services will be held at the First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1720 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC. on Friday, May 27th at 11:30 am. With the internment of ashes to follow at the Nanaimo Cemetery at 2:00 pm Located at 555 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC.

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