Beverly Elaine Day (nee Brown) passed away peacefully at Beckley Farm Lodge on October 7, 2019. Bev was born in Vancouver, B.C., on May 4, 1930, a mere five minutes before her future husband Norm was born in a near-by hospital, though they would not meet for almost 20 years. Norm passed away many years ago, in 1999.
Bev grew up in East Vancouver, where she lived with her Mom, Dad, Grandma Minnie, Brother Stan and Uncle Erskine. Her father James Brown was in the navy and merchant marine, and her Uncle Erskine was a prospector, so, Mom Hilda and Grandma Minnie managed the home front, with Bev and Stan growing up with very strong female role models. When James and Erskine came home, they often brought with them friends and colleagues they had met from all over the world, and Bev developed a good understanding of many cultures, religions and countries that she would later turn into activist work with the Unitarian Service Committee and Peace Movement, Bev was also an accomplished musician, a concert pianist who sometimes accompanied Judith Forst, the opera singer, who was Norm’s cousin. She was a great fan of both Pierre and Justin Trudeau, which sparked many conversations around many dinner tables, and brought an understanding to her children and grandchildren of the importance of civil involvement and appreciation of being Canadian.
Bev married Norm in 1954 and had two children: Virginia Day and Rebecca Stewart ( Ron). The family moved to North Vancouver in the early 1960’s. Bev has three grandchildren (James, Jessica, Emily) and three great-grandchildren (Pender, Hendrix and Bronwyn). In 1995, Norm’s work took them to Victoria, BC, where Bev remained for the rest of her life.
Bev loved animals, and had many dogs through-out her life. After Norm passed, Geordie, a Shetland sheepdog, was Bev’s best friend and constant companion. She also liked to travel, and spent many vacations in Hawaii, as well as Key West Florida, Europe and the Middle East. There was nothing Bev liked more though, than spending time with her grandchildren, and she was over-joyed when at one point or another, all three grandchildren moved to Victoria to attend college and university and spent a lot of time visiting her at her townhouse, sharing stories about their days and lives, listening to her advice and enjoying treats.
She will be greatly missed by her family and we are all so thankful that she was here for us for her almost 90 years. She shaped many lives, and all of us are who we are today in large part because of Bev’s presence in our lives.