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Valerie Lynne Swerhun

26 julio , 19625 octubre , 2020

Valerie Lynne Swerhun was blessed to Ray and Lynne (nee Blyth) Swerhun on July 26, 1962. Born and raised in Vancouver, the family lived a few houses down from Renfrew Park where her and Leonard were avid swimmers and active members of the local swim club. As a family they travelled often with or to visit relatives widely spread across western Canada. Expo 1967 was a huge family endeavour.

With a dozen aunts and uncles plus their spouses and over 20 first cousins, there was always an abundance of family around. Living only 2 blocks from the Renfrew bus to downtown and the PNE/ Coliseum their home became Grand Central for visiting relatives. And gave Val the perfect opportunity to pull her little pranks on us. Some were funny, others not! All in good fun.

Valerie loved the outdoors and was at her best lounging around Cabo beaches, rafting rivers (like the Tatshenshini in 2000), or just walking her favourite section of the near by Fraser River. The outdoors was her element.

In 1991 Valerie met Keith and began the relationship that would last her life time. Together, they found love and laughter spending many years in Vancouver on Upland Drive before relocating to Abbotsford in 2006. As Keith frequently travelled with his job, Valerie was content to maintain the home and provide a loving environment for her beloved rescue cats. One poor dear with only three legs.

Love, life, and laughter connect us as we remember Valerie, her role in our lives and connection to our hearts. xo



Valerie Lynne Swerhun

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Cheryl O'Kane

octubre 29, 2020

Val, was my best friend for forty-five years. We met in grade eight at Windermere high school, played on many sports teams together. Field hockey, lacrosse and ice hockey. I could call her anytime, and she would always be there for me. She was a good friend and I will really miss her, and her sense of humor, that sometimes her and I only understood. Rest in peace my friend.

Evelyn Jones

octubre 16, 2020

My sweet young cousin Valerie, with personality plus, you were truly a rare find.
To know you was to love and adore you.
My memories of times spent with you are a treasure I will always cherish and hold dear. Highlights of my life and I sincerely mean that.
Never gone. Always right here in my heart and all of our hearts who had the privilege to know you.
I am sad to say good bye. For now.
And to Leonard and Keith I send my sincere condolences.
Love you Val.

Al & Katherine Swerhun

octubre 15, 2020

We are saddened to learn of the passing of cousin Valerie. It has been a few decades since we last saw Valerie, 1999 I believe at the family reunion and before that when Valerie visited Thunder Bay, such fun times that was and before that when we visited Vancouver in the early 80's. Valerie, such a heartwarming person.
Our condolences to Leonard and Keith.
May you find peace in knowing that Valerie is now at peace.
Love Al & Katherine and family

Melissa Webber

octubre 15, 2020

I have had the pleasure of spending many family occasions with Val, Kieth, and his boys. Her laughter was infectious. I will always remember her cheeky ness, quick witt and desire to help anyone and everyone! I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending love and well wishes. May you rest with the Angels .

Suzanne Barton

octubre 14, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Valerie's passing. Every family gathering was brighter with her presence. That shine in her eyes and her open, contagious laughter will remain with me for many years.
My thoughts are with Keith and Leonard.

Rest easy Valerie, you were a true gem. <3 <3

Jean Roan

octubre 14, 2020

Keith, thank you for being a loving and caring partner to Valerie throughout the years. I’m sure you shared many happy memories.

Valerie, our sweet cousin. I remember you most now as a curly haired little girl. Lynne/Your mom had such a struggle keeping your two piece bathing suit on you. You’d compromise by wearing the bottoms ... some of the time. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Such a natural in the great outdoors.

You were always so smiley, bubbly and full of life. I will hold these memories of you close in my heart.

💐 May you Rest In Peace Valerie. 🙏

Our thoughts are also with you Leonard.

Joanne Barton-McGaughey

octubre 14, 2020

I will remember you most by your laugh....always laughing and smiling! Rest easy cousin, we will miss you dearly. ❤️

Sharon Mackenzie

octubre 14, 2020

Definitely in her element when in the great outdoors. That smile is one of pure joy!

Keith, our family can't thank you enough for always being there for Valerie. You were most certainly her 'rock' - and you stood by her through thick and thin. For that, we will be forever grateful.

Rest in peace, dear Valerie. I will always love you.

Auntie Sharon...

Nadine Cullum(Swerhun)

octubre 14, 2020

Valerie’s twinkle in her eyes and her Smile and laughter lit up the room.She always had a funny little story to tell ...
Rest In Peace sweet Valerie

Donna Swerhun

octubre 11, 2020

I shall miss our phone conversations, and cherish the memories of our adventures.
You and your family were our Vancouver connection. We watched you grow up as one of the youngest cousins, and put up with your pranks.
Whatever you need, we’re here Keith.
Love and hugs! Donna xoxoxo


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