LLOYD, EILEEN – On Sept. 18, 2005, Eileen departed peacefully on her last voyage. Born in Ireland on Sept 19, 1916 she moved to Tasmania, Australia at the age of seventeen where she attended university, received her degree, and spent years teaching at convent schools. In 1950 Eileen returned to the UK, married, and later immigrated to Canada.
Eileen was a remarkable woman. She was independent, loving, generous, and dedicated to learning and teaching. She taught for many years in Sask. and BC, more than twenty-five of which were in Port Coquitlam. A champion Irish dancer when young, Eileen shared her talent with her students, as well as her love of music and speech arts; the Coquitlam Music Festival was a forum for many years of successful competition in all these areas.
After retirement, Eileen’s time was devoted to her family, church and extensive garden. An avid walker, she found great joy in “going the extra mile”, seeing beauty in all seasons of unpredictable BC weather. Eileen was selflessly dedicated to her grandchildren, home schooling and tutoring them with pleasure and proficiency. She had a talent for making any work fun, actively supported her grandchildren in all of their endeavours and had a profound influence in their lives.
“Nanan” was deeply loved, and will be forever missed by son, Kevin Lloyd (Karen), Patrick and Katie; daughter, Oonagh Featherstone (Ron), Jonathan, Emily, Katherine, Bryn and Liam. Eileen leaves behind family and friends in Ireland, Australia, the US, and Canada, all of whom she spoke of fondly and often.
A special thank-you to Dr. H. Budau, Marian Friesen, the palliative home care team in Langley, and the Langley Hospice. No flowers, no service by her own request.
“Continue learning, never stop
striving and keep your curiosity sharp, and you will never become too old
to appreciate life.” (Anon)