Beverley Marilyn Pisto
April 6, 1934 – June 20, 2018
Bev passed away peacefully at the age of 84 at the Comox Valley Hospital. Bev was born in Kelowna B.C. She grew up in Nelson and remembered riding the streetcar as a child and enjoying ice skating, softball and sewing. Bev decided to become a teacher so she went to Normal School in Victoria in 1953 where she met her husband-to-be Freddy Pisto. They moved to the Comox Valley and Bev taught school for two years at the Airport Elementary School. Her son Tony was born, soon followed by her daughter Lori, and Bev stayed at home to raise her children, a job that she took very seriously. Bev was very active in St. George’s United Church serving as the church librarian for 25 years. She was the Chairperson of the Church Librarian Association of B.C. Bev was also an active Rotary-Ann and served as its President as well. Later in life Bev lived at Casa Loma where she enjoyed the social activities, the meals, reading and watching Jeopardy. Bev particularly loved doing crossword puzzles. At Casa Loma they often did a group crossword puzzle and Bev would have to hold back from answering the clues so that others in the room could have a chance to provide an answer, as she knew all the answers. Bev spent each summer at the Point Holmes beach cottages and the summer weekends at the cabin up Comox Lake. Bev was predeceased by her husband Freddy. Bev is survived by her brother Lorne (Wendy), her sister Marnie (Bill), her son Tony (Betty), daughter Lori (Jeff) and 5 grandchildren (Josh, Katie, Dylan, Jordan and Michael). A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at St. George’s United Church. Donations can be made to the Comox Valley Community Foundation.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Beverley Marilyn Pisto
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Catherine McLean (nee Hornby)
July 4, 2018
To Tony and Lori (and Family),
I felt a real sadness learning of your mom passing. While we hadn’t been in touch much these last years, she was a big part of my growing up years. Our Moms were such good friends, and they really showed us how much fun life could be, just being together. As I think about them together, I see smiles and hear laughter!
Just last week I came upon a picture of Bev holding my daughter Whitney. I decided to frame it and put it on my wall. I grew up knowing that if anything happened to my parents, there was a place for me. As her Godchild, this always gave me great comfort.
Summer after summer at Point Holmes, we all had such fun days – swimming (rocking those blown up tires back and forth), fishing, playing games, camp fires, sleeping under the stars, beach forts etc. Candy (their dog for those reading this that may have known Candy) and our dog Nipsy were a big part of those days too. Watching Candy “fish” in the tide pools was a treat for anyone who saw it. Such special times.
The first year I went to University, my mom wasn’t well and Bev drove me with all my stuff. She made sure that I was all settled and comfortable before heading back to Courtenay. This type of kindness was so very typical of your mom – she was such a lovely person. She always had a smile on her face and found a way to enjoy everything she did.
My heart is heavy today; but as I live my life, part of it is to exemplify your Mom’s. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Love Catherine Hornby
June 29, 2018
Dear Tony, Lori, & families;
Please accept my sad condolences in the passing of your mom; such a warmhearted & vital lady. Bev and I enjoyed many great visits together; sometimes reminiscing about earlier days in Nelson , Point Holmes & up the lake, while we were walking , checking out her latest book selections, or doing puzzles. A wordsmith with a wonderful vocabulary, she was fast with the right answer & would often look up definitions in a special dictionary if she was not sure of the meaning; learning , & needing to know. Bev was sure to bring a smile, and whenever we met , her pride and love of her family shone through. A very special person; I have been privileged to know, and will always remember.
FROM THE FAMILY
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