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Irene McKnight
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<div itemprop="description">Bunny (Irene) N. McKnight <br />November 5th, 1932 &ndash; January 3rd, 2016 <br /> Bunny died on her terms and timing, outliving Don, her husband (62 years) by 34 days. Bunny considered all the time since her pacemaker implant in November 2008 as bonus years with him, and succumbed to heart disease at Delta Hospital. <br />She is survived by son Rick McKnight (Joyce), daughter Laurie Fanning (Dave), grandchildren Amanda McKnight (Lee), Ryan Fanning, Trevor Fanning and great-granddaughter Ella Tovey as well as nieces Diane Kennedy, Victoria Rempel, nephew James Garret-Rempel. <br />Bunny was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, at 17 she met and married Don while she was working for Cara Kitchens, before they moved to Vancouver in 1955. She was a stay at home Mom until the early 60&rsquo;s when she started work with Simpson Sears. In 1977 she learned the trade of engraver to assist in the family business, Richmond Trophies and Engraving. <br />She was a tireless, energetic organizer of everything, was an accomplished seamstress and a voracious reader. She learned to stretch a budget by canning anything that came their way, sewed cloths for the entire family including tailoring of men&rsquo;s suits. She would find time to sew a bridesmaid or grade dress for any and sometimes all of her daughter&rsquo;s friends. She never said no to anyone needing a step up, a meal or place to stay. Don and Bunny&rsquo;s home was often the center of family gatherings with cousins piled up in sleeping bags in every spare space. <br />Together Bunny and Don built a life that rotated around shift work, family and travel. They had many wonderful trips, including Australia, British Isles, Mediterranean and many of the Caribbean Islands, but their hearts always took them back to Barbados. 4 generations of their family as well as many friends were introduced to their home away from home. <br /> Bunny was a fierce friend and a tireless communicator, keeping letters going to friends and family all across the continent. Her friends describe her as &ldquo;inspirational&rdquo; &ldquo;tenacious&rdquo;, &ldquo;my hero&rdquo;, &ldquo;the ultimate Amazon Warrior&rdquo;, &ldquo;Iron Lady&rdquo;as she fought back from yet another health issue or took on a cause that she believed in. <br /> She loved hearing from all of the nieces and nephews via e-mail and was looking forward to mastering dictation on her i-pad to keep up with their lives. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She loved her family deeply. To her last breath she &ldquo;never met a man she would rather be married to&rdquo;. <br />In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Irene Thomas Hospice &ndash; <br />No funeral by request. <br /></div>