Louise M Hara

September 30th, 1951 - February 3rd, 2021

Biography


Louise Hara (nee Richard), age 69, of Chilliwack BC, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021 of cancer.


Originally from Aylmer, Quebec, she moved to BC in 1980 where she has made her home for the last 40 years.


She leaves behind husband Joe Boguski, daughter Miki Hara (Andy) and son Kenji Hara (Erin) and siblings in BC, Ontario and Quebec: Claire Heistek, Hélène Cameron (Don), Robert Richard (Danielle), Denise Richard (David), Luc Richard (Céline), Micheline Richard and Pierre (Peter) Richard. Predeceased by brother beloved Marc Richard.


No funeral arrangements are planned during this pandemic and her family will be keeping her ashes but we would like to invite you to keep an eye on the events page for virtual memorial events in the coming days and months. 


Louise will be remembered by her family as a loving force of nature.  She was the best listener, a passionate and thoughtful advocate for social justice, a joyful singer and dancer, a voraceous learner, a beautiful artist, and a creator of community. 

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About

Name Louise M Hara
Date of Birth September 30th, 1951
Date of Death February 3rd, 2021
Home Town Gatineau, QC, CA 
Other City Chilliwack, BC, CA 
Interests Family, Sharing meals, Making the world a better place for everyone, Personal healing and growth, Music, Dancing, Curling, Enjoying life, French press coffee, Spending time with all her wonderful friends, Deep reflective conversations, Listening to her loved ones with her whole self
In Memoriam Donation Surrey Women's Centre
In Memoriam Donation BC Cancer Foundation
Family

Family

ChildrenMiki Hara, Kenji Hara
SpouseJoe Boguski
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Milestones

1975 - 1992 Computer Management, Banking
1976 Married Shu Hara
1980 Moved to BC
1980 Birth of her daughter, Miki
1981 Moved to Cassiar, BC
1985 Birth of her son, Kenji
1986 Moved to Port Coquitlam, BC
1992 - 2000 Coordinator, Port Coquitlam Women's Centre
1997 - 2000 Community Partner, WOAW
2003 - 2007 Coordinator, Vibrant Surrey
2003 - 2018 Owner (Retired), Louise Hara Community Coaching and Facilitation
2006 Joined the sistahood of the Saturday Soup Salons
2007 Toured China with Joe
2011 - 2015 Executive Director, Surrey North Delta Division of Family Practice
2012 Toured France and Switzerland with Joe for 60th birthday gift from the whole family
2014 Married Joe Boguski on a beautiful riverboat surrounded by friends and family followed by a Mediterranean cruise
2019 Visited Miki in London
2020 Completed Indigenous Canada course at UofA

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Sun Lee published a tribute .

Louise was one of the greatest ladies I know. She had a warm heart, cheerful vibe, and she was a great listener who always made me feel at home. It is so heartbreaking to hear that she is not here anymore. But she will always be in my heart! I miss her a lot. My deeply condolences to all her family.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you for sharing, Sun. Louise had always loved coming to the salon for you to work on her nails, and was always excited to tell me how she enjoyed her time with you. She was more visiting with you than being a customer. Thank you for being there for her.

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Elizabeth Maguire published a tribute .

I'm very sorry to hear today of Louise's passing. In the early 80's I worked at the RBC in Cassiar when Louise was Branch Administration Officer. I remember her being a very strong and capable individual at that time, and with a big smile. It's very nice to hear that Louise had a lovely family life and achieved so much over all the years. My sincere condolences to all her family members.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you so much for sharing, Elizabeth.

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Maria Cvetkovich published a tribute .

Just learned of Louise's passing. My deepest condolences to the whole family. I worked with Louise at the Royal bank branch in Cassiar. The only time the bank had all female staff. Louise always had a smile on her face and was fun to be around. Brought Miki to work few times and I remember that sweet little face and dark curly hair so well.
I am so sorry for your loss.
R.I.P. dear Louise.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you for your kind words, Maria. She will be loved and remembered for a long time.

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Claire Heistek published a tribute .

Louise

My first memory of you is of the tiny little blackbird flailing for attention.

I saw you

Fledging and soaring away,

Cooing over your babies,

Watching for an opportunity to make a difference, and

Caring for your family and friends,

Over a lifetime, or just about.

Responsibilities taken care of, you started

Flapping your wings,

Enjoying your environment,

Relaxing into your new nest.

That was too short and

Now you are gone.

I see you

Flying away little blackbird,

Flying away home.

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Joe published a comment .

Beautifully said, Claire. Thank you for this.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

I love this. Thank you for sharing it

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Micheline published a comment .

Beautiful ❤️

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Guido published a comment .

Beautiful poem Ma.

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Betty Macdonald published a tribute .

I was heartbroken to hear of Louise's passing, especially since we had just reconnected last summer after many years and we both were looking forward to meeting again once this virus was under control. Louise and I were very close in the 70s, both in Aylmer and in Sandy Hill, where we shared an apartment on Daly Street. It was a very tumultuous time for me and I couldn't have asked for a better friend than Louise. She has always been in my heart because of it. I was so happy to hear from her last summer and we managed to have some wonderful chats on Messenger. I regret that we didn't have a chance to get together but I know that, because she was a very big part of a very important time in my life, I will think of her often with love for all she was to me. My sympathies to Joe, Miki, Kenji and all the Richard siblings. I will walk to Britannia Beach tomorrow in her memory.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Betty. (and what a great photo!) Lou was thrilled when you two reconnected, and was so looking forward to a face-to-face.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you for sharing this great photo and your memories of mom. She really was thrilled to reconnect. I am sorry you weren’t able to spend time together in person.

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Micheline published a comment .

Thank you Betty. I have fond memories of you and your appartement together on Daly St. She had also shared with me her excitement about having reconnected with you and I'm sorry that you guys didn't get a chance to see each other one more time. Hugs, Micheline (Linnie)

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Joe published a tribute .

Warrior woman - Louise at a "Take Back the Night" rally, 1995. She spent her whole adult life standing up for what she believed in, and trying to make the world a better place for us all.

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Micheline published a comment .

And she succeeded more than she ever realized.

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Joe published a tribute .

DAMN! I miss her!

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Me too ❤️

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Peggy published a comment .

Me too ❤️❤️❤️

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Claire Heistek published a comment .

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Micheline published a comment .

I see her everywhere.

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Joe published a tribute .

Peggy, Sandy, Louise - 3 best friends and comrades in arms and hugs, helping hands, fun and laughter, difficult times, happy times, vacations.......this was taken in Victoria on one of their adventures, 2009.

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Toxy Driver published a tribute .

So sad and sorry to hear of Louise's passing. My condolences to you Joe and the family. I will always remember her happy and smiling face at the Studio.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you so much, Toxy. As with all the studio compatriots, you have enriched our dancing experience. Thanks.

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Dawn published a tribute .

Louise loved to sing and laugh with her family and friends.

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks for sharing this picture, Dawn. Music was always present!

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Kim Meidal published a tribute .

I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed chatting over dinner at the Medal Ball and other functions and loved watching you two dance!

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you so much, Kim. The Medal Balls and such were always so much fun!

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Joe Robinsmith published a tribute .

I remember her always having a big smile when we were at dance lessons together.

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Joe. She always had reason to smile at dance class. We enjoyed watching you and Kasia dancing together, especially the tango. Good memories.

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Irene Au published a comment .

I remember her happy nature, always cheerful whenever I talked to her. She was so keen in her dancing, you too, Joe. So sorry that she left us too soon.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Irene. Some of her happiest times were at the studio, or one of the galas we attended. I remember you helping me with a dance step that I simply wasn't getting...you and the whole studio were always so encouraging!

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Dale Taylor published a tribute .

Louise was the great energy behind the formation of the division. The division grew quickly with her at the helm. It was great working with her on the board. So sorry to see her pass at a young age. We were asked to go for a walk in Louise's honour. This is a picture of our pup Leo on his first walk. He is rather indignant about the leash.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Dale...yes, she was taken from us far too soon, but I expect her legacy will continue in many ways.

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Sonya published a tribute .

Lousie was "good people". I worked with Louise in many different capacities and places over the years - PoCo Women's Centre, Vibrant Surrey and Surrey North Delta Division of Family Practice. I got to know her best at Surrey Women's Centre where she was the Treasurer for many years. Louise had a love of community and a very special way of creating safe spaces for people to connect, learn and serve others. She will continue to have a long and ongoing impact on Surrey Women's Centre. She led the charity through some of the most challenging times with an open mind, attentive ear and understanding heart. Up to last month, I still share stories of Louise facilitating 'a fish bowl exercise' as part of a strategic planning exercise many years ago. This experience had a profound impact on me and the charity - we learned to see ourselves through the eyes of others and identify the areas in which we could do better....without judgement. I think I can speak on behalf of Surrey Women's Centre when I say - "thank you".

Joe, Miki and Kenji - she talked about the three of you ALL the time! You were definitely the love of her life. I am thankful her heart was big enough to include Surrey Women's Centre and all of the women and children we served over the years. I wish you well.

BTW I have been going through old photos looking for snapshots of Louise to add to your collection of memories. Nothing yet but I will forward any photos I find in the future.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you for your kind words, Sonya. I'm glad we were able to connect by phone last week. Her departure leaves a big hole in the world! The Surrey Women's Centre has always been a favourite "project", for lack of a better word. She will be very much missed.

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Rashmi Singhai published a tribute .

What a wonderfully productive and loving life she lived. To the family, so sorry for this terrible loss especially during the pandemic when you cannot be together with your loved ones. Wishing you and her soul everlasting peace.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Rashmi. She certainly did live a good and productive life, one to be proud of. Your words are appreciated.

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Susan published a tribute .

Louise was so happy to be marrying Joe, this was her wedding shower at the Division. Thanks for everything you taught me, you were a great boss and mentor. Farewell Louise, you will be missed.

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Joe published a comment .

I'm so glad we "connected" through this page, Susan. I can't believe I couldn't find an email address for you! (must be hiding somewhere...) She was proud of your journey in the Division office, and you two had a mutual respect that can be envied by most people. Thank you.

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Tomas Reyes published a comment .

I had the opportunity to meet Louise in 2012 when I joined Fraser Health and had the privilege to be assigned to work and partner with the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice. Louise was the Executive Director at that time and we worked really closely for a span of two years. I can only describe the experience as fantastic! Louise was a savvy and committed partner, she was a very strong and inspirational leader and overall, she was a wonderful human being. After working together in that capacity, I left FH and went to work for Doctors of BC and continued working with her from a different standpoint until she left the division, developing our professional relationship further, but also our personal one. I want to believe that Louise and I became good friends and we were in touch quite frequently via LinkedIn, e-mail, and phone until she moved to Chilliwack and announced she was formally retiring. In an interesting turn of events, after all these years I currently hold the role she built up from scratch for the SND Division as the ED of the organization. I have to confess it is my true honour and as Louise was an inspiration to me, it is a constant reminder about working hard and doing my best to "fill her shoes" and do as a great job as she did when she was the ED for this organization. I was quite saddened by learning that she passed away and I want to use this opportunity to offer (from a personal standpoint and on behalf of our organization), our most sincere condolences. Louise and all of you (her family) are in our prayers. She (and the difference she made in "our world of healthcare and community development in Surrey") will always be remembered. R.I.P.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you so much, Tomas. I had only met you a couple of times, but you came up in conversation more that you might think. Louise and you had a special relationship, I know. Your words are an inspiration. Thanks again.

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Bob published a tribute .

Yesterday, Danielle and I joined Pete, son Griffin and daughter Chelsea for a little stroll around Clark lake in memory of Louise. Even with a temperature of -15oC it was a lovely walk as the sun was shining and providing a little warmth (thanks Lou!).
Louise loved Clark lake where our brother Pete has a (family) cottage near Gatineau-Aylmer - she loved the whole cottage scene and sitting by the lake to admire.
We miss you Lou!❤

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you for posting, Uncle Bob.

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Treena Innes published a tribute .

I will remember Louise fondly as one of the first Executive Directors of the Division of Family Practice making primary care history. I loved her thoughtfulness and leaned into her smarts as a true leader of inspiration. Sending caring thoughts to all of the family.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you, Treena.

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Susan published a tribute .

My walk was snowy and then I looked up to see the sun peaking thru. I knew it was Louise coming to say goodbye. Rest In Peace!

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Joe published a tribute .

Whether it's my place to say, or not, I would also like to remember Louise's brother Marc, who has been waiting for his little sister to join him for 50 years. The whole family was impacted by Marc's death, and I know that Louise has re-lived that evening countless times. I can see Marc taking Lou's hand and guiding her through the next phase of her existence, just as her and my soul will re-unite in some magical universe. Rest in Peace, both of you!

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Hélène Cameron published a comment .

Thanks for mentioning that, Joe. Marc's passing in Feb. 1970 was a traumatic time for Lou, and reliving it this past year (as the sibs recalled their perspectives and processed a bit) had an impact on all of us. Nice to think that they might be re-united in some way.

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Brian Purves published a tribute .

Hey guys, Me, Moose, Sandi and Charli did a nice walk by Cheakamus River in Squamish. My inept tech skills are stopping me from posting photos right now, working on it. Peace, Brian

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Brian. I believe Louise had a special connection with you, even though we seldom saw you.

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Shannon Tomlinson published a tribute .

Walking in New Zealand for Louise today.

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Leanne published a comment .

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Shannon. Big hugs.

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Sylvia Holland, With Catherine Kerr published a tribute .

Walked down to the sea on south Vancouver Island, passing first through a magnificent arboretum on the memorial grounds of Ross Bay and thinking of how deeply rooted, like these magnificent trees, is Louise’s friendship is in me. Her passion for justice, and the example of her deep calm, the spaciousness she held for others, her integrity, and her adventuring spirit will stay with me for all time. As we approached the sea, a golden sidewalk of light stretched all the way across the bay, reminding me that I can always walk with the sense of Louise’s presence still near. I will keep talking with you a long while, Louise!

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you. ❤️

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Laurie Boguski published a tribute .

Took a nice little walk down the driveway today on this beautiful sunny -34 spring day.
Then I took a little walk to the fridge to find some enjoyable morsel as I remembered all the great meals prepared by Louise and Joe. Enjoyed spending time with you both whenever I was down on holidays - especially the crib games and of course the meals.
May Louise rest in peace.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you, Laurie

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Maninder published a tribute .

I dedicated all walks with my big puppy Sweet Pea yesterday to honouring and remembering Louise. The snow was peaceful and playful. As I held Louise in my heart, I thought of what I learned from her, her kind and gentle nature, her loving heart and passion for dancing. I think Sweet Pea's snow play would have brought a smile to Louise.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Mom would have loved walking with you in the snow and laughing at Sweet Pea’s exuberance. Thank you for sharing your walk.

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Miki Hara published a tribute .

Mom came to visit me in London and we found these cute animal statues on a walk. I love her sense of whimsy.

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Sandi published a comment .

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Sandi, you need to start a new post rather than commenting on one of the other tributes. Should be at the top and give you the option to add a photo or video.

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Miki Hara published a tribute .

I chose Minnekhada park to remember mom today.

As I picked my way through the trails I was reminded of some of the lessons mom has taught me - namely to mindfully choose my path, whether it’s the well worn steps of those who have gone before me or to blaze my own trail. It also occurred to me that while this next part of the path is hard and full of challenges, there is also beauty in it if I look around.

I can see how rich her life and relationships are and the love from her friends and family spilling over have been heartwarming. I don’t know if she knew how truly loved and admired she was and I hope she can see it all from wherever she is now. That she felt all our collective thoughts of her as we walked together and apart.

The deep quiet and the softly drifting snow felt like a gentle reminder to breathe and to trust that she was there all around and always will be.

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Helene Cameron published a tribute .

When we still lived in White Rock, Lou, Joe, Don and I exchanged homes so we could experience each other’s ’ neighborhoods. Lou was enamoured of the Boardwalk and pier. It’s a miserable day today, but a visit to the pier was in order to honour Lou.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

So glad you were able to take the walk. Thank you for all your help and support through this sad time for all of us.

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Linda Young published a tribute .

I was then compelled to look up and saw the beauty of this towering tree. Louise - thanks for the reminder to "look up"! Photo 2 of 2

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Yes! ❤️

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Linda Young published a tribute .

I had a quiet stroll in the neighbourhood, looking down thinking imagining Louise walking next to me. Photo 1 of 2

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Avril published a tribute .

Some years ago, Ali Grant and Louise and I would get together for lunch and a walk every couple of months, alternating neighbourhoods between my Main St. digs, Ali's place in the West End, and Louise's (then) home in Coquitlam. We decided we would honour our memory of our dear friend by walking with Louise one more time - Ali and me in body, and Louise with us in spirit. Of course, we had to be near water, so here we are on the south shore of False Creek this morning.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you both for sharing this walk with mom and your thoughts here. She had such wonderful friends.

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Micheline published a tribute .

Mac wanted to participate in today's walk though he's not much of a walker. Louise did appreciate ice skating and did play hocker therefore he honoured through the old Canadian sport

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Joe published a comment .

That works, too. Thanks, Mac.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

It’s a great tribute. Thank you, Mac. I used to love hearing the stories of her fierce hockey player days. Thank you for the reminder

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Jennifer published a tribute .

I am so terribly sorry & shocked to learn of Louise's passing.

She was such a beautiful spirit that I had the honour of knowing.

We first met about 10 years ago when Louise hired me as a Consultant with the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice. Since that first connection, I so admired Louise's strong sense of integrity, fierceness, joy & authenticity through & through.

With each conversation or correspondence over the years, I loved hearing about Joe, Miki, Kenji, & Louise's latest adventure.

My heart goes out to you, Joe, & family. Louise will always remain in my thoughts.

Peace,
Jennifer Scrubb

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Jennifer.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. We really appreciate it

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Maddie published a tribute .

Walked down to the beach this evening, thinking of Louise, sending love and respect and honour for the bedrock she has been in my life.

I’m so thankful for the many years as Miki’s childhood best friend, the thousands of times I was welcomed in Louise and Joe’s home. The infinite meals I was welcomed to! The sinkfulls of dishes I probably didn’t wash enough of!

I will always remember Louise as having an open door, as being open and willing to hear you and help you if you needed it. I saw her through the years, never wary to keep that door open and welcome those who came through it. While still maintaining healthy boundaries! I will never stop admiring her. Sending love to everyone else whose life was enriched by this brilliant person.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Maddie.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you for joining the walk and for sharing your memory, Maddie.

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Diane published a tribute .

This mural is on the elementary school the boys went to, just down the street. The artist did a great job highlighting the natural beauty of Pitt Meadows. Love you, Louise!!
Bill, Diane, Richard, and David

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Diane. What a wonderful picture!

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Leanne published a tribute .

Thinking of you all today and sending my positive thoughts. I didn’t get out for a walk as I was working but thought of her while going up and down the stairs! I didn’t know she lived in Cassiar! So glad she and Uncle Joe connected and had a great life singing and dancing through life. I remember the great sing-a-long at their wedding! Love to you all

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Leanne. Big hugs.

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Micheline published a tribute .

I often sent pictures to Louise of me feeding the chickadees so it only seemed natural that I do it today in your honor my sweet sister

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Joe published a comment .

Nice! Thanks, Miche.

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Sylvia Holland published a comment .

Beautiful, Micheline!

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Avril published a tribute .

Addendum: you can't see the water in the last photo. Here's what it looked like today.

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Joe published a comment .

Great photo! Thank you Avril and Ali.

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Hélène Cameron published a tribute .

A favourite memory: Louise and sister Hélène, July 1972. Camping in London, Ontario.

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Joe published a comment .

A couple of beauties in the sun....

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Micheline published a comment .

Wow Hélène, I've never seen this picture. What a gem!!! Thanks for sharing

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Claire Heistek published a tribute .

I did get a walk in on the back of the property. Not too cold because we were protected from the wind. Thanks for your company Louise.

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Myriam Laberge published a tribute .

Temporarily obscured from view by feathery snow, this image from today’s memorial walk reminded me of dear Louise who may be temporarily gone from our human sight, but remains solidly in our hearts.

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Claire Heistek published a tribute .

I haven't gone out yet but thought that I would share the view outside my window in memory of all the beautiful pictures that Louise share with us. Note: we lived in a cottage area in a mixed forest with many white pine.

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Joe published a comment .

Louise would love this photo, Claire. Thank you.

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Joe published a tribute .

Miki and I picked up Louise's ashes this afternoon. Three urns for me and the kids.

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Danielle Prud’Homme published a comment .

She will always be close to our hearts

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Claire Heistek published a comment .

Gorgeous flower to keep her company

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Joe published a tribute .

Hope River looking East from Young Street. This was taken a couple of days ago. I'm not well enough to set foot outside the apartment today.

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Claire Heistek published a comment .

Great photo Joe. So sorry to hear that you aren't well. I am sending healing and caring thoughts your way.

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Sharon Bruce published a tribute .

I thought you might like this photo also. Down the street from us was previously home to native American buildings, it is now 2 public schools but they saved the art to keep the spirit of their land alive. Spirit never leaves us.. Big hugs

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Joe published a comment .

That is something that Louise would be thrilled to see. Art, spirit. land. Thanks, Sharon.

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Sharon Bruce published a tribute .

Uncle Joe, I found your angel. We are thinking of you and the family. Peace and love to all

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you Sharon!

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Richenda published a tribute .

I’ve been having a hard time coming to terms with Lou’s passing. I wanted to do something that represented for me the most beautiful qualities about her that I admired so much. A few days ago I ran my first half marathon. For me running brings out clarity, determination, bravery, patience and gratitude. All of these qualities lived so clearly in Lou. To me, she was the definition of clarity and wisdom. I will be walking today and think of her in every step but I also wanted to share that she very much visited me last week on this run in the form of a rainbow. That run was special because she was there every moment.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you so much for sharing this, Richenda. Mom would be so proud of you for running the half marathon, and I think most especially would love that you found something that brings out all those beautiful qualities.
I keep looking the sky and feeling her presence, too. ❤️

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Richenda.....

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Lawrence Yang published a tribute .

We appreciate Louise always for her 5 years of dedicated service in Surrey working for family doctors.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you Lawrence. She was a force to be reckoned with!

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Joe published a tribute .

Recommended Reading: The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. We went to Seattle for a weekend to take in some Blue Jays games. When Lou was searching hotels, this one came up on her screen, she said "there's something familiar about this!" She had read the book much earlier. The hotel was built around 1910(?), and is all original except for mattresses and toilets. A single bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling. Separate men's and women's washrooms down the hall. There was a clawfoot tub in the "bath" room for the women. You get the idea. It is a story of heartbreak, love, trust, hope, I won't go on...I read the book when I got home. Very much worth it.

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Corrine Arthur published a tribute .

My deep and sincere condolences Joe, Miki, Kenji and families. It was my pleasure to work with Louise during my years at Surrey Women's Centre in many capacities. She carried herself with and shared much light in the world. We are all better for her. That was a long cancer battle. Wishing you all peace in your grief.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Corrine. She holds a place in her heart for SWC, and takes that with her into her next life. Keep doing what you do.

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Margaret And Rick Clark published a tribute .

We were so saddened to hear of Louise’s passing. It is still so hard to believe. I love seeing all the pictures posted showing her lovely smile and laughing eyes.
Some special memories have:
We joined Arthur Murray Dance Studio together. We had so much fun at the studio and after we would stop at their place for a glass of wine and review our steps. Lots of laughs!
Then there was the music. Hootenanny time with Joe and Louise. Louise was always so encouraging and was able to make us feel so good about our singing. She would sit beside me on the couch and smile and nod to me from time to time. She was always so positive about everything and had a way of making you feel good about yourself.
It was our pleasure to have known Louise.
Louise, you were loved by many and you will be greatly missed.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you, Margaret and Rick. I remember how excited mom was to meet and spend time with the two of you. She would give me updates every time we visited about the fun she had with the two of you.

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Joe published a tribute .

Looks pretty comfy! How is it that Louise can catch two fish and Dawn and Norm and I get skunked???? Thanks, you two, for many adventures that we shared. Camping, fishing, eating, bowling, and so much more.

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Dawn published a comment .

We did have so much fun through the years. I hope you still come up fishing with us sometimes Joe. <3

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Joe published a comment .

You may hear a knock on the door one day...

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Avril Orloff published a tribute .

A couple of weeks ago a small group of Sistas met on Zoom to send collective healing prayers to Louise as she traversed the latest (and, tragically, final) phase of her illness. My partner was in the next room attending a Zoom workshop on Yiddish music. Despite closed doors, the music seeped its way into my room. At first I tried to tune it out, but then I thought, why not use it? And so I envisioned our ebullient Louise dancing freely and gaily to the music, and then imagined Louise and Joe dancing together in the centre of a room while we all danced around them in a circle. Finally, in good Jewish wedding tradition, we picked them up in their chairs and danced them around in the air, all of us laughing and whirling and singing and rejoicing. It felt fitting, because when I think of Louise, I think of joy and laughter and dancing and music. Through all the years I've known her (since about 2008), and through all the ups and downs she has lived, I've never known her to be anything but generous of spirit, positive of outlook, and the walking embodiment of love.

As a Soup Salon Sista, I’m tempted to look for a food metaphor to describe Louise, and I think I have it. In the collective broth of our gatherings, Louise was the seasoning that binds all the others ingredients together and makes the dish taste just right. Subtle and gentle, it doesn’t grab centre stage like the flashier ingredients, but without it, the dish is just somehow less satisfying, and you know something is missing. We will have to work harder to find that ingredient now that Louise is no longer with us in body - but I know she will always be with us in spirit, and I will imagine her sprinkling her stardust into our soup to make it delicious again.

Dance on, radiant spirit! You are so loved and missed.

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Joe published a comment .

Oh, Avril, you said things perfectly! Let's talk earlier than later......

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Life will certainly be a little bland without her. I love the image of her spirit dancing amongst you all sprinkling stardust on all the dishes <3

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Linda Young published a tribute .

I enjoyed an evening of song and dance (by Louise and Joe) in their lovely home in Chilliwack. With Joe on the guitar and Louise next to me on the couch, we sang until our hearts beamed with joy. Louise was so gracious (and stealth) in helping me carry a tune song after song. Our precious songbird.

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Joe published a comment .

Louise does have her ways...thanks, Linda.

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Joe published a comment .

The music has not ended, but it's different...

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Linda Young published a tribute .

Louise and I enjoyed a lovely brunch and walk around Deep Cove in West Vancouver, BC prior to her and Joe's move to Chilliwack. It was such a beautiful, perfect for the water babe!

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you for sharing this, Linda. Mom spoke so often of you and how much she enjoyed your ranging and deep conversations and most especially your sense of humour. Thank you so much for your friendship and support to her over these difficult months. She really loved you and your sistas.

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Linda Young published a comment .

Miki, not a conversation went by I had with Louise that she didn't mention the awesomeness of you and Kenji. She was not only a proud mama but was also so inspired by you both.

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Arthur Murray Coquitlam published a tribute .

This photo captures how we remember Louise. What a bright and fun spirit she was to have around the studio! This was taken at one of our event dinner dances and illustrates what a delight she was at the social gatherings she attended. It also shows how adored she was by Joe, too. She will be missed.

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Joe published a comment .

There are a number of things that "tickled Louise's fancy". Dancing was near the very top of the list. Although we were part of the studio for too short a time, as soon as a lesson was finished she was looking forward to the next one! We learned so much more than dancing, with you all. She took those memories with her, as I will also remember our times with you.

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Linda Young published a comment .

I'll always remember the impromptu dance you and Louise did to the kpop song by BTS in your kitchen.

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Miki Hara published a tribute .

Photo of mom and mine and Ken’s dad, Shu, from their marriage in Japan in 1976.

Even though their marriage wasn’t forever, mom and dad made sure that we stayed close. We all celebrate holidays together as one big blended family.

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Micheline published a comment .

I specifically remember this picture. She had told me that firstly the kimono was very heavy but also that the photographer was getting frustrated with her because she kept smiling which goes against Japanese tradition.

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Joe published a comment .

oh, my...I had forgotten that part about the smiling!

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Avril Orloff published a comment .

Oh, what a wonderful photo! I'm not surprised to hear that Louise kept smiling. It's hard to think of Louise NOT smiling!

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Ayumi Hara published a tribute .

Our last family Christmas photo from 2019. Louise was always a very kind and warm-hearted person. We will miss her greatly.
Shu, Ayumi, and Sorato.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you for posting this picture, Ayumi. We weren't able to get together as a huge family too often, but I hope that we will soon be able to do so again. Those times we did always felt good. We can set an extra plate next time we do.

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Susan Erdmann published a tribute .

Oh sweet Louise...dear friend.. Thank you for the lovely dance of your life here with those you loved and the world who loved you back. Thank you for gently making your journey with beautiful grace, a sweet nature and kind wisdom. Your smile invited the world to smile ..your laughter to laugh. Thank you for always showing up so completely…. at a Soup Salon gathering or in a hospital emergency ward….for a turn at night watch for a recovering sister or for dosas at whatever dosa restaurant was open on our shared birthday. Thank you for the best flour free chocolate cake ever , delicious soups and welcoming home. Thank you for sharing your giggles with the world and your viewing of the world with such love. Now you dance among the stars …. the joy of who you continue to be now shared with the angels... and all who know the contentment of your continued presence in their hearts... dance with you still. Where there is love, there is never separation.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you <3

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Joe published a comment .

Oh, Susan...thank you for those beautiful words. You, and the sistas, as well as so many friends and family are able to fill in a tiny bit of the huge hole in our hearts. and by "our", I also include "your".

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Elaine Nelson published a tribute .

Hi Miki, we don't know each other well (yet), but I heard from Leiki about your mom and found this tribute to her online. Thank you for sharing about her; she looks like such a special and inspiring lady, so vibrant - she really, really does! I'm so sorry for you and Joe and Kenji, and your whole family. Clearly she will be terribly missed and it is a tremendous loss for her friends and the community as well. I hope in your pain at this time you can take some consolation in how proud you can be of this unique lady. Your friends at the BC SPCA are thinking of you at this time. Elaine Nelson (Adoption Centre)

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Elaine, I am so touched by this incredibly kind and thoughtful message. Thank you so much.

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Miki Hara published a tribute .

Mom loved playing cards and camping so this perfect crib hand to top it off really made her day.

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Joe published a comment .

...and we had to keep playing until she won! - best of three, of five, of fifteen, take your pick. However, she did win the game in which this picture was taken!

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Micheline published a comment .

Our mom would have been impressed! She was also a big crib player and to my kno6, never obtained a perfect score

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Frances Carter published a comment .

Thanks to you, Joe for this lovely memorial for Louise. She was family to me as we all grew up in Wychwood Quebec through the 40's, 50's and 60's then made our way into the world. I recall many fun, musical days in her home where the family gathered and sang. Being with Louise and her family really gave me a sense of belonging in a special place.

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Frances. Lou often talked about "the old days". I wish I could take credit for this memorial page, but it was Miki that was the workhorse behind it. I've been thanking her a dozen times a day for putting this together.

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Kevin Mole published a tribute .

Having met Louise at the Arthur Murray dance studio we would occasionally dance together at the classes/parties/events. Louise was always so full of joy to be dancing and enthusiastic about learning new moves. She will be missed by the studio community

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Kevin. She certainly did enjoy her dancing, and group class was especially fun, being held by all the good-looking men.

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Sylvia Holland published a tribute .

Over 15 years of friendship, Louise became a sister to me also (despite no apparent need in her to acquire spare siblings, given her good-sized clan). Some friends I have treasured for such qualities as a rapier wit. Louise I treasured especially for her depth and the spaciousness with which she seemed to meet all others.
I knew her joyful laughter, her love of song and dance and music-making, her gluten-free tricks with decadent chocolate desserts, her attention to getting just the right amount of protein in every meal, her breadth of study, her consulting and facilitation skill, her love of back road discoveries and quiet places by bodies of water, and her readiness to jump in and swim.

But most of all, I knew Louise as the deep well within our salon circle from whom so many of us drew a gift of pureness. She embodied a quiet, steady quality of attention that was stripped of all persuasive or judging inclination. She listened with kindness and with care. She spoke in the same way, staying committed over the long-term and in every encounter to a shared pact of bravery and buoyancy—finding it, sharing it, extending it. I love her and miss her unfathomably already.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

This is beautiful, Sylvia. Thank you so much. Does that mean that mom joined the Salon started 15 years ago? I would love to add it to the important milestones of her life.

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Sylvia published a comment .

Hi Miki, and a big strong hug ‘round you,
Thank you for creating this memorial site. Already it is so rich in tributes! I love continuing to learn more about Louise. ❤️ Louise and I had a friendship as professional colleagues before we were seeing each other regularly in the salon circle, so I may have shorted us a little! Because yes, indeed, 2006 was the year in which the Saturday Soup Salons began and from that year on—sisterhood!

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you <3 I've added the salon to the milestones. It was such an important space to explore life for her. I have loved seeing the joy in her face in all the photos the sisterhood has shared. It warms my heart to know that she has such wonderful people who loved her and "see" her.

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Sylvia published a comment .

Miki, can you expand the family tree now too? You do realize that Louise bequeathed you and Kenji fourteen new Aunties? ❤️

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Micheline published a comment .

Hi Sylvia,
Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment/tribute. I'm her baby sister, Micheline.
I'm tickled to learn about the salon circle. I'm guessing that this is what she meant by her "amazing group of women".
I'm also so pleased that she felt like a sister to you...though this does not come as a surprise. She had this way of making one feel like the most important person in the room....and btw, the more the merrier ;).
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Joe published a comment .

Miche, "amazing group of women" is exactly what the salonistas are. And they have also made me feel like an honorary sista. What a special group!
Sylvia, you DO have a way with words. Thank you so so much. We will certainly keep in touch.

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Joe published a comment .

By the way, what a great picture! Look at the smiles you are all sharing.
Thank you again and again.

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Kathy De Cecco published a comment .

I am sorry to read about Louise. I knew her when she moved to Cassiar. We worked together at RBC. We had such good times at work, a number of us used to get together and play cards. Joe, I recognize your name and also Lawrence's. May she soar with the Angels............

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Joe published a comment .

Thanks, Kathy. Yup, good times there were! You and I didn't interact a whole lot, but I know all about you...sounds creepy... I think you babysat Miki at times, did you not? She seems to remember a table that was taller than her. I wonder if Rose still cheats at cards?

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Micheline published a comment .

Omg Kathy!!! I had visited Casiar in 83, I believe. In was in September and I decided to give my sister a surprise party. You and I were in cahoots I believe. It was not a big to-do though I recall that there may have been too much tequila going around. She loved that place ♥️

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Andy Gearhart published a tribute .

One of my favourite aspects of Louise was her bravery and willingness to try and learn new things; always challenging herself to expand her horizons. For example, last year while Miki and I were living in London we kept in touch regularly with her and Joe playing online boardgames through Steam such as Ticket to Ride while streaming audio chat.

Miki and I also taught her how to play Dungeons & Dragons and introduced her to role playing games and she did very well! Her character, a half-elf druid named Rainbow Bright, was able to save a local farmers guard pomeranian from a troupe of goblin highwaymen that were harassing the nearby major trade highway.

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Joe published a comment .

She certainly got a thrill out of playing D&D with you, Andy, and wasn't shy about sharing that experience with friends. Thank you.

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Peggy Hendrickson published a tribute .

Words can’t express how much I will miss Louise. Louise was such a huge part of my life for many years. My friend Sandy, Louise and myself were known to others as three very special friends who enjoyed so many experiences. The good ones and the bad ones. Louise was always there when needed to laugh with or to cry with. So many great conversations, Louise always a library of information. The three of us took holidays together, dined together, played together and together enjoyed our families stories. I remember many times when Louise came to help me with various challenges without any hesitation at all. Louise was the definition of a True Friend. I miss her smile and “everything” that made Louise My Friend.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

You and Sandy were absolutely the greatest of special friends. The way the three of you were together was such a beautiful example of how deep friendship can be.

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Joe published a comment .

You three were so close, for so long...I felt special when I was allowed on a "date" with three lovely women. Thank you for being there then, and now. Love you both.

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Dawn Myers published a tribute .

Louise was so very proud of her family, her children Miki and Kenji, and her husband Joe. They were all the love of her life, although in later years we did not get to see Miki and Kenji very often, Louise kept us apprised of what they were up to with a huge smile on her face. She was so proud of both of you. Love you all, Norm and Dawn

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Joe published a comment .

Louise had such a large heart, she loved her kids unconditionally, yet had room to love so many others. We are so so proud of Miki and Kenji. Thanks, Norm and Dawn.

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Linda Chen published a tribute .

It's the last time we met together with unexpected surprise

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Joe published a comment .

I remember that well...it was indeed a surprise to find you in the next booth. I'm not sure if Lou recognized your laughter, or one of you heard her, it was a nice encounter! Thanks.

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Mary Ann Purves published a tribute .

We were so privileged to have Louise for our sister in law. You will be greatly missed. Joe was very blessed to be your husband.
I love the video that Miki took of Louise & Joe dancing at an event at the studio in April 2018. The link is https://youtu.be/tBMO-lKcUwY

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, sis...this video was our first experience with "competitive" dancing. We were critiqued by a pro with Arthur Murray, but there are no winners or losers. Except everyone is a winner. We were both terrified and excited, and this was the first time we actually did the routine with no mistakes!

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Jim published a tribute .

I am saddened and shocked by Louise's passing. I worked with Louise as part of her job with the Surrey Division of Family Practice, I was on the panel that hired her. She became a friend and confidant and we met outside of work. She and Joe even attended a concert I was playing in. She was a gifted facilitator and worked well with challenging groups moving them forward through difficult issues. I can't believe she is gone and although I didn't see her often, we kept in touch. She will be terribly missed. I am so very sorry.

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Joe published a comment .

Jim, I well remember that concert you referred to. It was such a treat for both of us! But that was only a sideline to the relationship she had with you, and your name came up more than you might guess. in a good way.

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Sandra Parsons published a tribute .

I am so heartbroken to hear of the passing of Louise. She was such a beautiful spirit. What a gift to the world she was. Louise and Joe made the most amazing couple that I have had the privilege to know and work with. She wll be in our hearts forever.

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Joe published a comment .

Thank you, Sandra. It has been a pleasure for us to work with you during our last couple of moves, and spending a little bit of time with you where real estate wasn't involved.

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Colleen Reid published a tribute .

I met Louise through the WOAW research project (Women Organizing Activities for Women) when she was at the PoCo Women's Centre. Louise was central to the success of this project - she understood women's issues deeply and had an amazing capacity to reach disenfranchised women in the community. We continued our work on the Women's Employability and Health Research Project and travelled together to Haida Gwaii to meet with project partners. At that time my son was 6 months old and came with us, and I have a clear memory of Louise singing him Quebecois lullabies when he was fussing. In everything she did, Louise showed such wisdom, insight, empathy, and passion. She was truly an old soul and bright light. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Colleen, thank you for sharing more about mom's amazing work and also the beautiful memory.

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Linda Young published a tribute .

Some soup, some sistas, some saloning; Chilliwack Oct 2019

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Joe published a comment .

Louise was totally thrilled to have you all here. She rode that wave of happiness for days, and she/we often reminisced about that day. Thank you, sistas. Love you all.

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Dawn Myers published a tribute .

Louise had an open heart for all four-legged fur babies, cats, horses, and especially dogs. This is Nikki, Louise in 2016 brought Nikki up to the Cariboo to visit us and play with Chevy in the snow. It was such a wonderful visit with Louise and Nikki.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Ah little Monkey Dog. I imagine her bouncing up and down waiting for mom at the gates of the next world.

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Jen Sheremeta published a tribute .

Louise was so fond of our daughter, Emily (Kenji and Erin’s niece), though she didn’t get to spend much time with her. One memory I have of her is playing with Emily and chasing her around the sushi restaurant we went to and having such a blast! Emily must have been maybe 3 years old at the time.

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Joe Boguski published a tribute .

Lou....- Kenji and Andy made a wonderful stir-fry today that you would have been proud to share. We love you. P

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Kenji Hara published a tribute .

Music and family. A wonderful night watching one of Guido's shows (Chaise 2018).

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Joe published a tribute .

2014 - Honeymoon...Mediterranean cruise. So hot. Lots of great memories.

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Dawn Myers published a tribute .

A day we will never forget. Louise took me, James, and Liam (my grandsons) to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, her love for nature was infectious. In this photo she was showing James some nesting Crans, James was so excited to use her binoculars and watch the beautiful birds. Louise had a vast amount of knowledge and love to share it with others.

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Miki Hara published a comment .

Thank you so much for sharing this, Dawn. She loved spending time with you and the kids.

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Kenji Hara published a tribute .

Our last Christmas together (2019). Mom was always a joy during dinner conversation.

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A walk to remember Louise

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