OBITUARY

Noreen Helena Davis

May 24, 1962July 29, 2020

Noreen Davis will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her zest for life and her incredible strength. Noreen was born on May 24, 1962, in Dauphin, Manitoba, to Albert and Olga Kozak. She and her three siblings grew up in various communities across the Prairies, including Leaf Rapids, Man., a northern mining community that her father, a construction professional, helped to build. Noreen is survived by her older brother Raymond (Rosemary) of Brandon, her older sister Carla (Eric) Wenger of Winnipeg, and her younger brother Leon (Randeen) of Kamloops, and all of her nieces and nephews—Clayton, Erin, Niki, Ben, Hilary, Lexi and Mason—and great nieces and nephews. After leaving Winnipeg for the promise of adventure and warmer climates in Vancouver, Noreen reconnected with friend June Quiroga, who had also worked at an insurance brokerage in Winnipeg and had moved to the Lower Mainland. June introduced Noreen to a colleague, Tony Davis. Tony had emigrated from the UK to Canada in 1987. He still remembers the night he met Noreen, dancing on a table at Carlos & Buds. In 1995, the couple was married at the Kozak family home in Brandon. Together, Tony and Noreen pursued many passions, including skiing, boating, golf and travel. Noreen became a fantastic skier and a first-class first mate as they sailed along the BC coast and Gulf Islands. She adored the Greek Islands but looked most fondly on a trip the couple took to Africa, where they helped build two schools through Rotary International, and then went on a safari together. Wherever she went, Noreen made friends and lit up rooms. She always treasured her time with June, lifelong friends Judy Culbertson & Cheryl Taylor of Brandon; Joan Probert, with whom she traveled to Europe and South America; Jenny and Carmen deFoy, friends she became close with through work; and Lisa Telford, a friend and nurse at Lion’s Gate Hospital. Other special friends include Dale Schreyer, Michael Aucone, Kellie and Michelle Tornai, and so many more dear friends in Canada and abroad. After her career in insurance, Noreen pursued the world of real estate, working in various roles, including as an agent, before she began her role with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. Twenty-two years later, she was still with the REBGV, overseeing the Member Services Dept. including the MLS division. Even in the most difficult recent months, Noreen remained a focused, positive leader, and was adored and admired by her team and many of her peers. In December, 2019, Noreen was diagnosed with colon cancer. She fought it valiantly, and Tony is grateful for the special times they shared enjoying each other’s company in recent months, and rediscovering all of her amazing qualities. Even though she was often in pain, she always smiled. The family would like to thank the many gracious people who were a part of Noreen’s care team, including oncologist Dr. Howard Lim, Dr. Janelle Bellerive, Dr. Noelle Davis, all the nurses, doctors and care providers at North Vancouver Hospice, and the BC Cancer Agency. A small service is being held Friday, which will be livestreamed so others can join as we remember Noreen at https://www.dignitycanada.com/northvancouver/ In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Agency or North Shore Hospice and Palliative Project.

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Tomoko Sato

August 13, 2020

Love that the first thing we noticed about each other when we first met was our fabulous shoes - you were always dressed to impress. When you hired me to be your assistant at REBGV, I was expecting only that. So imagine my surprise when you became more than my boss, but a valued mentor and trusted friend. I learned not only about real estate but life lessons from you - including the value of a great pair of shoes! I will miss being greeted by your brilliant smile and hearing your infectious laugh, but most of all, I will miss your signature hugs and the vibrant energy you filled this world with. You were and always will be one of a kind. So grateful to have known you.

Ashley Smith

August 12, 2020

Intelligent, articulate, good with ideas, beautiful, and always fun. For me, most of all, Noreen was a strong woman who marched to the beat of her own drum and through her kick-ass, sometimes love me or hate me attitude, truly inspired me to sometimes say “eff ‘em!” and just keep moving forward as true to myself as I possibly could. I’m not sure if she knew it, but Noreen was one of the several amazing female pillars of support and inspiration I have been fortunate enough to stumble across over my last 10 years volunteering with REBGV, and her presence in my life had a real impact. This is a woman I was always excited to find at my table - whether for a brainstorming workshop or for dinner and a good conversation. Noreen, I am so sad your amazing spirit has been taken from this world far too soon. Sometimes life isn’t fair. I wish you had the chance to retire and spend your days with adventure, enjoying quality vino, and of course, time with Tony. This loss inspires me to really have a good look at what’s important. I’ll miss you Noreen. Taylor and I had a glass and shared a salute in your name when we learned of your passing. REBGV and its membership were very lucky to have you around for as long as we did. Love you girl. Will always remember your infectious laughter. 😘🍷🙏💕

Maureen Coleman

August 12, 2020

Noreen has always been such a favourite workmate/friend of mine. Never had a time with her that wasn’t tons of fun and her energy inspirational. Oh yeah, we were supposed to be serious grownups. Oops, we forgot. Best wishes for your next journey.

Phil Moore

August 12, 2020

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in
the hollow of His hand.

Celeste Caravetta

August 12, 2020

Your wonderful spirit and contagious laugh, is already missed. RIP

colleen moore

August 12, 2020

Kozak Family,.
sorry to see my dear cousin go, i have lots of fond memories of my Noreen, as we grew up together, lots of fun, laughter and joy.
She will be missed,

sincerely,
colleen moore -

Lynn Bonham

August 9, 2020

Tony, Steve and I were devastated when Carla shared the news of Noreen's passing.

I have attached a photo I came across while thinking of her. Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do for you. Our deepest condolences.
Lynn and Steve

Julie Solar

August 7, 2020

It is with heartfelt sorrow that I say goodbye. May memories of Noreen give you strength in the days/years ahead.

"Forever Remembered – Forever Missed"

Reminds me of Noreen for one reason or another:
• Avgolemono soup
• Family
• Tony
• June
• Backyard tanning
• Great Hostess
• UNICORN on 86th Street
• Late night noshing
• White Tower Pizza
• Late night talking
• Australians
• Meeting new people
• World’s Largest Christmas Office Party
• Smiling
• Green eyes
• Minutiae
• Laughter
• North Shore Greek Taverna
• Robson Street Greek Taverna
• Greek dancing
• Any kind of dancing
• Brandon
• Real estate
• Heart of GOLD

Kellie Tornai

August 7, 2020

"See you on the dance floor with the butterflies my dear friend" I am heart broken that you are no longer with us. I am grateful for all the fun we had over the years. Also, grateful that I got a chance to say Goodbye and have one last laugh with you. Sending hugs to Tony, her family and friends! She was one in a million and will be missed dearly.

Cindy Trudeau

August 7, 2020

I was very saddened and heart broken to hear of the passing of Noreen. I first met Noreen in the early 80's in Winnipeg. She was a vibrant and beautiful person. And yes she loved to party. The times we had. Then life brought us ALL out to Vancouver. She made friends wherever she went. I know that she will be enjoying her days and loving life as she did and looking down and making sure people go on with theirs. May you Rest in Peace my friend.

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