The family of the late Lois Steed would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to family and friends for their loving support, floral tributes, charitable contributions, on-line condolencea, food and prayers during the loss of our mother and grandmother. Thanks to Dr. Natalie Whiting and the Palliative Care Unit staff, especially Wil, who Mom took a real shine to, for the excellent care, kindness and compassion. We also gratefully acknowledge the never ending support of “The Pink Sisters” near and far......letters, cards, hugs and happy thoughts were sent mom’s way. To Survivors Abreast, a huge thank you. Not only for your support and visits, but also for the inspiring Paddle Guard at the funeral. Also, a thank you to Rev. Nancy Wilson for her kind words.
- Kathy, Joe, and family.
Solvej Riana Strandvik passed away peacefully holding her father’s hans at 21:00 on the 24 of June, 2011. She felt no pain and has gone to a much better place.
Solvej was an amazing daughter, sister, and friend. She was, and always will be an inspiration to us. We would go to visit her to encourage her and would find ourselves, instead, being encouraged and lifted up by her. This is how she was right up until the end. Throughout her sickness I can’t remember her complaining or getting angry. This is how she was in life..a beautiful, caring, and selfless person.
Solvej, we love you and miss you. We are completely devastated, and your leaving us has left a hole in our hearts. Your life was cut short, but we know you are where you want to be, with your Father who has been faithful to you and carried you through the tough times, and has now carried you home.
Leonie Caulfield passed away on February 23, 2011. Leonie was thrilled to paddle with The International Pink Sisters in Peterborough in June, 2010. It meant a huge amount to Leone to realize her goal of paddling at an International event, her first ever, even though she (and we8 knew the writing was on the wall. She was a person who never did things by halves. Deter,ined, and committed to her home team in New Zealand, she was passionate about dragon boating. Her energy and dedication benefited her own team and the Aukland Dragon Boat Association, helping to revitalize the sport in her home town. Leonie is missed by her family and her many friends. We still feel her presence when we are paddling. She was a very special lady.
JUNE 28, 1946 – JUNE 2, 2020
Diane was kind, compassionate fun loving and always smiling. She was an enthusiastic dragon boat paddler whose diagnosis had come at a young age in 1980. Years later, in 2001, following her career as a Registered Lab Technician, Diane joined the dragon boat team in her hometown of Peterborough, Canada. She volunteered for the local Canadian Cancer Society, encouraging those newly diagnosed. Diane was an avid traveller. She joined others to raise awareness of breast cancer worldwide. She raced her heart out traveling. With International Pink Sisters Diane travelled to Venice, Italy in 2008 and was part of the first north American breast cancer crew to race the Vogalonga a 25-kilometer race. With International Pink Sisters Diane participated in festivals in, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico. Diane was a great storyteller. Diane and her friend Lois would always return from an outing only to share a funny story or an episode that occurred when they were off touring in a new country. It was the highlight of the day for many of us to listen to the humorous stories. Diane’s paddling world included her husband Gary, who paddled with her home supporter team for eight years. After Diane retired from paddling, she started a group called “ The Golden Dragons”, an informal group of former team members who wanted to keep in touch. It was all about food, support, and fun! Sadly, in the summer of 2018, Diane was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). As her disease progressed and her quality of life dwindled, Diane made a brave decision to arrange an assisted death. Even at the end, she was thinking of others especially her family who she loved the most. Per Diane’s request there was no funeral. Diane would want everyone to remember her as being happy and full of life.
in Memory/ Tricia paddled with un in Cyprus with her stage 4 cancer.
At 10:18 pm on 19 March 2020 Tricia Jean Cook passed away peacefully with family in her home in
Phoenix AZ from cancer related liver failure after a courageous 6-year battle.
Tricia was born in London Ontario on 30 March 1959 and grew up in Streetsville (Mississauga).
She graduated from Queens University in 1981 with a Civil Engineering degree and moved to Vancouver BC. There she got an MBA at UBC, and there is where she met her husband Tony Rice.
They were married in 1984, and celebrated the birth of their two sons Adam Rice (1989) and Sean Rice (1990), before moving to Phoenix AZ in 1999 to work for Golder (Tony) and Stantec (Tricia).
Everyone who met Tricia knew her as an amazing person and all will remember her as an accomplished engineer, an intense athlete, but most importantly, a loving mother.
Today, the Los Angeles Pink Dragons celebrated the life of our dear teammate, Reri Nonosina Pumphrey. It was a beautiful tribute and I was grateful that I was able to recite the poem I had written for her:
We call ourselves Pink Sisters because we have a common bond.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters because our love for each other is strong.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters in good times and in bad.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters when we are happy and when we are sad.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters when experiencing shock and disbelief.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters when united in sadness and grief.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters especially on a day like today.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters especially when a sister passes away.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters as we remember Reri’s beautiful face.
We call ourselves Pink Sisters as we remember Reri’s warmth and grace.
To our Pink Sister, Reri- you will always be in our hearts and on our boat.
We will paddle in your honor and we will keep your memory afloat.
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