With shock and sadness we announce the unexpected death of Pat, beloved mom, gramma, sister, partner, aunt, cousin, sister-in-law and dear friend to so many.
Pat took her last breath on Monday, November 16, 2020. She was driving on a side street with Mike when she suddenly felt ill and lost consciousness. Mike got the car to the side of the road and called 911. Paramedics took Pat to Vancouver General Hospital and soon after a doctor informed Pat’s son, Eric, that Pat had an aortic dissection (tear of the aorta) and her death was imminent. While we are still in shock because Pat was the healthiest 82-year old anyone knew, we imagine that she is actually pleased and relieved that she avoided the pains of a lengthy illness.
Pat was cremated on November 19 in a pine and cedar casket made by Eric. A virtual memorial service will be held via Zoom on Saturday, December 12, 2020 (details below). A graveside service to inter her cremated remains will be held in 2021 when the sun is shining and many can gather to honour her life and mark her death.
Pat is predeceased by her father and mother, John Leslie Gugin and Eleanor Isabella Gugin, husband Jon Vilhelm (Bill) Johnson, cousin Ron Vivian and little brother James, who died as a toddler.
Pat is survived most immediately by her partner Mike Rylands, daughter Lara and partner Allan, son Eric, daughter-in-law Michelle and grand-daughter Tecla, sister Fay, brother-in-law Robert, niece Sarah and her girls, cousins Carole Robertson and family and Betty Vivian and family, and the family of her late husband including his youngest sister Mae Romeo and family and the surviving families of his late sister Fjola Davies and late cousin Hazel Braeuer.
Thoughtful, kind, and with a warm, sunny way about her, Pat will be missed beyond words by many many people in particular her Walking Women, Queen Vic and Birch Bay friends. She tended and nurtured her relationships just like she cared for her beloved gardens at home in east Vancouver and in Birch Bay. Pat delighted in baking, cooking, preserving foods, finding and giving thoughtful gifts, tending her gardens, reading, sewing, swimming, soaking up the sun, travelling to warm places and being with those blessed by her love.
DONATIONS IN LIEU OF FLOWERS
In lieu of flowers and in honour of Pat’s many years of nourishing children and colleagues while working at Queen Victoria Elementary School, you are invited to make a donation to the Vancouver School Board’s School Nutrition Program.To donate and receive a tax receipt you can either:
- Write a cheque to the Vancouver School Board
- Include in the cheque memo: “School Nutrition Program in Memory of Pat Johnson”
- Mail your cheque to Vancouver School Board, Attention: Matt Redkwich, 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 5K8
2. Donate online at https://vsb.schoolcashonline.com/
- You must first make an account. It will ask you to register a student after you first login but you can skip this step.
- Once logged into the system click “Make a Donation” which is in the ‘Items’ tab in the top menu. Select the amount you wish to donate and there will be a drop down menu where you will select “School Nutrition Program.”
- There is an option to select “in memory of” and leave a message as well. You will be emailed a tax receipt once the donation is completed.
VIRTUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
Given our times, we will gather online to remember, mourn and celebrate Pat. The gathering will take place via Zoom, the free video conferencing software. During the memorial it will be nice to see everyone’s faces, so we hope you’ll join us with your video camera on.
Please join us at 10:00am (Pacific Time) on Saturday, December 12, 2020 for Pat’s Virtual Memorial. We expect to be together for approximately 1.5 hours.
You can join us virtually by using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Click below to access the full event invitation including the link to join us virtually on December 12th: www.NewNarrative.ca/PatriciaJohnson.
We invite you to check back to this page periodically for new details on the event including any special items we might invite you to bring with you to the memorial.
You are welcome to log in at 9:45am (PT) to enjoy some music and view the digital event program with an Order of Service.
If you’ve never used Zoom before, you can visit www.Zoom.us/test to join a practice meeting prior to our event. Please be sure to download the latest version of Zoom if you are joining us on a phone or tablet.
If you or anyone you know would like additional assistance, please contact (778) 960 – 8782 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to help you. Zoom has also compiled some wonderful video tutorials if you would like to watch ahead of our event.