Janet Brunton Ross Ireland (Nee Cunningham)
July 1, 1923 – January 23, 2016
Mom passed on peacefully, 92 years young at home in Qualicum BC.
She was always there for us with a kind word, moral support
or whatever else we needed. Family was extremely important to her. A devoted wife and mother, married 65 years, Mom was predeceased by Dad, (Tom on Oct. 30, 2011), is survived and lovingly remembered by sons/significant others: Peter and Regula, David and Janet, Tom, Richard and Rose Wilson; daughter Elizabeth; grandchildren Chris & Leah; Heather & Mike; Janice Lane; Leighton Wilson and Kyle Wilson; niece Christine and nephew Christopher Hibbert parents to grandnephew/niece Morgan & Keely, nephew/niece Andrew & Alice Pinner parents to grandniece Lily.
Born in Edinburg and brought up in Gore Bridge Midlothian, Mom apprenticed in the bindery of a print shop before taking up nursing during the war where she met Dad, a patient at the time in Kingseat Hospital. “She got me in a weak moment” Dad always said with a glint in his eye. Most of the injured seamen from the Tirpitz were treated there during her tenure. They emigrated to Burlington Ont. (1948), then on to Shearwater N.S. (1952), Sidney BC (1965), Ladysmith (Rocky Creek), Nanaimo (Deerwood) and Qualicum.
A talented seamstress, knitter, cook, breeder of Canadian Champion American Cocker Spaniels, she also enjoyed the comradery of teaching ceramics, dabbling in acrylic paints, any travelling and RVing as a snowbird. She was a creative and resourceful armchair interior designer and home renovator. Both Mom and Dad were members of the Canadian Naval Air Group (CNAG).
An informal memorial tea will be held Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2:00 PM at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Dr. in Royal Oak BC 250-658-5244. If you are unable to join us in person, consider joining us in spirit as we raise a glass to Mom at 3:00 PM.
We would like to thank:
– Elizabeth (Liz) Ireland for her extraordinary efforts as a caregiver, companion, daughter, housemate and trusted friend to Mom in her final years.
– Dr. Colin James Forrester MD, Mom’s long time doctor who provided the latest geriatric knowledge with compassionate care and honored her wishes to remain
comfortable at home in her own bed at the end.
– Dr. Marlene Vanderweyde of Qualicum Beach, whos compassion, honest and gentle clarity gave the family the time and knowledge to face the finality of our shared road together with grace and gratitude.