Ria Faye Hansen
27 July, 1981 – 15 April, 2021
Ria Faye is now safe and shining with those in waiting surrounded by universal love. The love, energy, joy, kindness and compassion of those that were a part of Ria’s life and transition has been grounding for us all many times over.
Ria was born in Comox and her childhood is full of many happy memories growing up surrounded by love and affection. Her grandparents Papa John and Gramma Helen on Piercy and Nana Kaye and Grandad on the farm contributed to guiding and shaping Ria’s many wonderful qualities and attributes. This has had such a positive effect on so many people throughout her beautiful life. As Ria’s parents and family we have been the ones being guided by Ria through this difficult journey and we continue to learn from her. We must all be comforted in knowing her strength, courage, grace, gratitude, vision and humility will help continue to guide us and make us all stronger as we face life’s challenges.
Ria’s passion for the Arts and Photography began with inspiration from her mom Margaret, her art teacher Neil Crouch and carried on through Camosun College and Concordia University. Following this was her dedication to professional photography capturing life long treasures for weddings, family portraits and newborn time lines. We will forever treasure Ria’s beautiful storytelling cards and her Dream Catchers full of her life’s special moments, meanings and memories that will watch over us. Her time with WestJet enabled her to travel the world where she enjoyed many cultural experiences and happiness with her partner Cyrill and family. A visit to Cyrill’s home town in Switzerland generated a strong bond of love and friendship with his family and was always a highlight when travel tales were told. She also engaged in humanitarian community projects in the Dominican Republic and made an impact on so many others she met along the way. Ria didn’t let her illness slow her down and with determination and inner strength successfully completed her Yoga instructors training with her amazing Yoga family and to them all we say Namaste.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of Ria’s family and many dear friends who have made her challenging journey over the past thirty three months a more joyous and meaningful path. We would also like to thank Comox Valley Hospice and staff, Ruth Barry for your guidance and support, Ria’s surgeon Dr. Hentschel, Oncologist Dr. Mcgee, Victoria General Hospital staff, the Cancer Clinic, North Island Hospital staff and Dr. Smit. Ria’s beautiful transition of life ceremony took place in her home surrounded by her close family. A very special thank you to Dr Daws and Laura, Ruth Barry, Michelle and the Threshold singers, Andrea and Jesse for all your beautiful transitioning and travelling drumming songs.
Ria will continue to be cherished, loved and held by her husband Cyrill and Luna, father Chris, mother Margaret, sister Jesse and partner Matt, and our little joy of life Beecher. With much Light & Love.
In lieu of flowers please consider Comox Valley Hospice and or the Brain Tumour Research Foundation of Canada ( www.braintumour.ca )
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Ria Faye Hansen
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4 May 2021
I have been very blessed by being connected with the Hansen/Brown families for over 45 years. One of the gifts of being a high school teacher is the meeting and working with young people, many of whom drift away from memory and others who become the very reason why one loves to teach.
Ria was one of those young people who fit right into that realm, always with a smile and readiness to jump into and explore the next task set before her.
The photo I see in this memorial is the dear person I had the pleasure of spending considerable time with, sharing her creativity over her high school years. Making suggestions and supplying guidance for gifted persons is something that makes the teacher look like he knows what he's doing, and what a blessing that is. Jesse, too, was just such a gift to her teachers.
Going back in time, I reflect on how strong my memories are of working with the young Marg Brown back in the 70’s during her creative high school years. I was a young teacher at the time and she and her classmates were a significant part of my development in the classroom. Though I didn't have him as a student, I enjoyed crossing paths with the delightful young man Chris who would become Ria's dad.
Between the art and music communities in this valley we have so much for which to be thankful, in particular at this time the Hansen family for what you have been to me and so many others.
26 April 2021
I did not know Ria but I heard wonderful stories about from her Aunty Pat and Uncle Duncan. And knowing her parents, I know that she is a reflection of the loving family who guided her to be such a fine person. So sorry for your loss, Chris and Margaret. We are thinking of you and your family.
Gayle and Allan Lobban
22 April 2021
Ria will always hold a special place in my families heart. Ria photographed many beautiful pictures of my family over the years. Her talent to snap ,candid in the moment shots were truly captivating. Ria had the most beautiful smile and the most contagious laugh. She was known for her positive outlook and humble domineer. Ria loved to dance and have fun. I will miss Ria very much,I wish her family strength and love at this time. Kind Regards, Alesia, Dave, Mat,Aly,Nev
21 April 2021
My heartfelt condolences to all of us who will miss Ria, but most of all to those that did not have a chance to bask in her light.
For as long as I can remember I have always looked up to my talented cousin. She had a way of excelling in everything that she tried and always making me feel acknowledged and included whenever I reached out to her to ask her questions about her many talents.
Living away from our family on island most of these years has left me feeling sad for the time I have missed, but in my last few messages with Ria she was the same bright and wonderful self I have always known her to be.
I told her of some of my favourite memories of her, and my favourite I’ll share here. Dancing in our living room as she babysat myself (age 6/7 ) and my baby brother. Watching and laughing to the Goofy Movie. And once near the Christmas Holidays, she let me sneak out after bed time and read one extra story curled up next to her by the tree.
I know you are still dancing and laughing Ria.
Say hi to Great Grandma, Great Grandpa and my Grumpa for me❤️
21 April 2021
My deepest condolences to all Ria’s family and friends for this profound loss.
I’ll always remember spending time with Ria and Jesse in Montreal, but more than that I’ll always carry with me Jesse’s reflections of sisterhood with Ria and I keep that in mind often when cherishing the adventures and relationship being built between my own two young daughters. Lots of love to you all, and lots of love to Ria in the great beyond.