Isabelle Rose Redford

11 March , 193727 June , 2018

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Isabelle Redford on June 27, 2018. Isabelle will be missed by her husband Jim Redford, children Jayne Chase (Doug), John Redford, and Karen Hoekstra (Frank), grandchildren Megan Chase, Rachel Hoekstra (Dwayne) and Sydney Chase.

Isabelle was born in Humboldt Saskatchewan in 1937. Her family moved west in 1941 and eventually settled in Port Alberni in 1946 where she met and married her husband Jim Redford.

Isabelle was predeceased by her father Henry Rieder in 1987 and her mother Marie Rieder in 2008. Isabelle spent a lifetime loved and supported by her brothers and sisters Marie Gillis (George), Bernie Pearce, Edith Kenny (Jack), Lorne Rieder (Carol), Bob Rieder (Judy), Rick Rieder (Brenda), Kathy Rieder and soul sister Dorothy Aston.

Isabelle will be remembered for her passion for travel, gardening, hiking, the arts and for her professional achievements while working as a personnel manager at the Alberni Pulp & Paper Mill.

In keeping with her love of social gatherings with friends and family, there will be a celebration of Isabelle’s life at 8867 Faber Road, in the gardens of her beloved Sproat lake home on July 21st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in honor of Isabelle to The Ty Watson House Foundation. Stories and condolences may be left for the family at


  • Ty Watson House Foundation


  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, 21 July , 2018

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Maureen Hanright

13 July 2018

I first met Isabelle through my good friend, her sister, Edith. Isabelle was always such a gracious host whenever I fetched up at Sprout Lake with Edith. I am shocked and saddened to,learn of her too early demise. She will be missed not only by her husband but also by her sisters and brothers who were so close as a family. My condolences to Jim and the family.

PS. She shared her recipe for cooking baked fresh salmon. Every time I make this dish, it will be more special.

Julie Swaney

30 June 2018

I met Isabelle in 1977 as the wife of my first principal in the Alberni Valley. My first memory is of Isabelle and Jim graciously hosting many E.J. Dunn staff parties at their Sproat Lake home. I later had the pleasure of golfing with Isabelle. I will always remember her warm and welcoming ways.

Colleen Goodrich

29 June 2018

I met Isabelle as the wife of my first principal, Jim Redford. I taught their daughter, Karen, at A.W. Neill and enjoyed getting to know Isabelle better when she joined the Musical Rubber Band - learning to play the flute as an adult beginner. Time went on and Isabelle and Jim were the ones I turned to when Kyle was bitten by a dog out at the lake. They kept my older two while I took him into town for stitches. Everyone had a glass of wine when I came back to get them. By this time I was teaching Rachel, at Maquinna and keeping in touch with Jim and Isabelle at parties. In 2006 my daughter wanted a lakeside venue for her wedding - and Jim and Isabelle hosted 130 people at their house for a beautiful ceremony! After I retired I taught Sydney, at Wood Elementary, and Meghan at A.D.S.S. while working as a T.O.C. I marveled at the close, warm relationship Isabelle had with her 3 grand-daughters. It was my privilege to know Isabelle over the 39 years I have lived in the Valley. She will be deeply missed by many.

Rosanne Doiron

29 June 2018

I loved our visits. I was fortunate and blessed to be able to be Isabelles Hairstylist. We had great talks and shared many experiences. She was a an amazing lady.... full of life and had a very fulfilled life! She enjoyed telling me about her family and grandchildren, I will miss you and think of you often. To the family..... hugs and prayers. Stay strong ...she would want it that way.... live life and share the incredible memories!

Lauralee Edgell

29 June 2018

Isabelle and I spent many months a couple of years ago teaching Marilyn Dailey and Bea Stuyt how to play bridge. We laughed and learned so much about each other. I will miss her loveliness and her amazing skill at bridge.