Winifred Alice Haggerstone (nee Holland) passed away at Noric House in Vernon on February 11, 2011. Her husband Edwin George (Ted) predeceased her in August of 2007.
Winifred (Wyn) was born on January 3, 1922, in London, England. She immigrated to Canada in 1927 along with her parents and brother. They initially lived in Vancouver and then moved to the gold mining community of Pioneer, located in the Bridge River Valley. It was there that she and her 7 brothers and sisters grew up and it was there that she met Edwin (Ted) Haggerstone. Wyn and Ted fell in love and were married in Vancouver in November of 1942.
Following the war, Wyn and Ted returned to Pioneer where their first two children, Bruce and Jain were born. In 1952, the young family moved to Revelstoke: a beautiful community nestled in the Columbia valley between the majestic Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. In 1960, Wyn had two more children, the twins James and John.
Wyn led an active, social life in Revelstoke playing bridge, skiing, curling, gardening and playing tennis. She began painting in the late 60’s and became an accomplished artist maintaining a successful studio in downtown Revelstoke for many years. Her paintings were shown and sold in several galleries in Vancouver and Whistler and some still grace the walls of many fine homes in Revelstoke.
Wyn and Ted moved to Penticton in 2004. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Vernon where they spent their final years. Although physically they had moved away, their hearts and minds never left the community they loved and the many dear friends they had made in the 52 years of wonderful living.
Wyn leaves behind 4 children; Bruce, Jain, James and John and 6 grandchildren; Primo, Dallas, Haley, Sarah, Travis and Taryn. We will all miss her eternal optimism and expressive spirit.
Many people touched the lives of Wyn and Ted during the years. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the many fine people of Revelstoke and especially to Dr. Ross Waldron and the staff at Noric House in Vernon for the compassion and care they showed both Winifred and Ted in their final years.
A celebration of Winifred’s life will be held in Revelstoke on Saturday March 12, 2011 at 2 PM in St Peter’s Anglican Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.