Eleanor passed away peacefully on January 23, 2018 at the age of 89
years. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving daughters Barbara
Garside (Brian), Katrea Dearness (Tom), grandchildren Aaron Garside,
Kevin Garside, Brendan Rooney, Graeme Rooney and Gillia Rooney.
She was predeceased by her husband, William Dearness, brothers Eric,
Ron, Tom and sister Ann.
Eleanor had a sense of adventure, enjoying travel, seeing and
experiencing new places and people. She set out on her own from
Newfoundland at the age of 18, arriving to start her RN training at
Vancouver General hospital. However she was not ready to settle at this
time and continued exploring into Washington State then back up and
down the West Coast landing in Whitehorse to run a hotel/restaurant.
Before leaving for the Yukon she married William the love of her life in
After some time in the Yukon they settled in Port Alberni where both
her daughter's were born. At the age of 28 she lost her husband in an
Eleanor was called back to a career in nursing where she completed her
training as a single parent and went on to excel in caring for those in
Eleanor was always kind, compassionate and loving for
her family. We feel blessed by her abiding love that will remain forever.
We are so very grateful to have had the privilege of calling her our
At her request, there will be no service or celebration of life held.