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Marguerite Susan Labranche

June 18, 1950April 20, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we share, on Monday, April 20, 2020, Marguerite Susan Labranche (Sue), nee Whitfield, passed away peacefully at the age of 69, at George Derby Centre in Burnaby, B.C. Sue will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed. Sue is survived by her sister Anne Henry (Kevin), her niece Christel (Billy), her nephew Mike (Erin), her stepson Craig Labranche (Nancy), her grandson Jaden and her granddaughter Jessica. She is predeceased by her father Joseph, her mother Marguerite and husband Bob Labranche. Sue was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Her parents moved to Edmonton when she was two years old, where she grew up. As a young woman, Sue moved to Vancouver and worked at Evergreen Press. The people at Evergreen Press became her family and through the years she continued to meet up with “the boys” for breakfast. Sue moved to Oliver in 1981 then back to Vancouver in 1985. Sue joined the Port of Vancouver Police as a dispatcher. She met Constable/Sergeant Bob Labranche who would become the love of her life. The two married in 1993, travelled, entertained and enjoyed a wonderful life together until Bob’s sudden passing in 2003. Sue spent the next 10 years being a dedicated grandmother to her two grandchildren, thoroughly enjoying sleepovers and attending their activities. She loved visits from friends and family especially her niece and nephew. Sue always brought a smile and a positive energy everywhere she went. She was passionate about the many dogs she owned over the years. She was known for her sense of humour and practical jokes. Sue was a kind and generous friend to so many and always opened her heart and home. Sue was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2012 at the age of 62. In January 2016 Sue began living at George Derby. Special thanks to the wonderful caregivers and staff at George Derby Centre and Sue’s dear friends and companions for their care and support. With the current state of pandemic there will not be a service held at this time. Meanwhile, family will be working on a memorial slide show to share. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or to BC Children’s Hospital.


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Marguerite Susan Labranche

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Clint and Joan Taplin

May 22, 2020

Our condolences goes out to Susan's Family and Friends.
In the early days we both worked at Evergreen Press. And those were great years. With so many fond memories.
As the years went by and as we all retired. And eventually a few of us got together for a Breakfast. As more people learned about the Breakfast it became very popular with many Retired Employees of Evergreen Press.
The Breakfast started in earnest in 2002. Became known as "The Grumpy Old Men's Breakfast". We got together four times a year.
Susan came to many of those Breakfasts. And She will be deeply missed.

marie ashton

May 20, 2020

In sadness I recall the wonderful memories of our friendship when we first connected in school 50 plus years ago. I remember so clearly the day you announced your move to Vancouver , and you never regretted it. True friendship is a place where you feel safe in being who u are without judgement. The love, support, laughter, tears, crazy-ness and sense of humor that what I was blessed with. Thank u girlfriend. So I will make us a bowl of popcorn, pour the wine and celebrate the gift. Till we meet again Love always

Cheryl and Bob Christian

May 13, 2020

We remember all the good times we had with Bob and Sue on holidays in P.V.They made such a darling couple!Sue will always be remembered for her love of dogs which we all shared.Poodles were what we picked because they were so smart.I will always remember
her with Sarge and then later with Jack.She loved to walk to our home for a little visit lots of times.We both liked champagne and red wine so when Bob passed I would join her for a little cheer.She
was always glad to have company and had a heart of gold.I cut and coloured her hair for her when she couldn't .We were all happy when Gary came into her life.He was a great companion for years.
She had a wonderful best friend Carole &loving sister Anne.We miss her very much.She was one of a kind... xo

Deb Gucwa

May 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about Sue. We were Sue & Bobs neighbours on Parkside until she moved to George Derby. Sue & I went on many long walks together with the dogs and shared more than a few glasses of wine over the years. She was a kind & thoughtful person who we were all the better for knowing.

Linda Rak

May 5, 2020

To Sue's family and dear friends please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Sue was so loved by everyone who knew her and she touched everyone's heart strings.

I knew Sue for over 30 years. She was a very special friend to me and someone who I could trust with my life. I'll miss her laughter, all the crazy, fun times we had and will cherish those memories forever.

Thank you Gary for your love and devotion to Sue and all of the family and friends who were there for her. I know she loved you all very much.

See you on the other side Sue....
Love you,
Linda Rak

Betty Perverzov

May 4, 2020

So sorry to hear of Sue's passing...….I had the pleasure of working with both Sue and Bob Labranche at the Port of Vancouver. I shall always remember Sue's laugh, and her warm sense of humour and how kind she was to everyone.

My sympathies and good wishes to the family.

Betty Perverzov - Port of Vancouver

Amber Elias

May 4, 2020

My girlfriend, I met you at the Port, 30+ years ago and life was never the same. You showed me how to laugh, love and say a few other words...You and Bob were an amazing couple, your wardrobe was stunning and wish I could have shared your physique, to share your clothes :) Always looked forward to Bob’s peach schnapps concoction and you me and Celia, belting out “teenage dirtbags...” before heading out for a night on the town....we were good! Thank you Gary for looking after and loving my friend, Anne, Kevin, Craig, Nancy and family for looking out for Sue. I have so much more to say but will leave it here. Sue, I have missed you dearly, you are an amazing person with the biggest heart and unbelievable spirit...you are forever in my heart...until we meet again my friend. My sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of Sue’s family and friends xoxoxo

Mike McTaggart

May 3, 2020

My heart goes out to Sue`s family & friends, my memories will remain of a beautiful woman who cherished life to the fullest. After I met Bob for the first time and after his sudden passing , Sue had send me some pictures and personal mementos of Bob to which I am forever grateful, Rest in peace Sue, heaven has a new Angel to look after us. God Bless and Stay safe Michael McTaggart

Jo-Anne Whissell

May 3, 2020

Dear Aunt Sue,

Your energy, love, laughter, compassion & love of life was so infectious. You touched so many of us. Blessed that you were part of our lives - Michel, Rachel, Mom (departed) & myself. Our memories of you will never fade. You were such a special person in Uncle Bob’s life, which was so beautiful. It was such a joy to see you both together. We say farewell for now. You are in our hearts forever. 🙏


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