OBITUARY

Lynne Marie-France Cosgrove

February 14, 1962April 5, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Lynne Cosgrove at the age of 59. She will be greatly missed by her mother Diane, her sister Anne (John), her brother Brian (Sylvie) and her 4 nieces and nephews, Shawn, Julie, Thomas and Beatrice. Lynne was born in Montreal area and spent her childhood there before moving to Vancouver to attend UBC where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. Lynne later went on to obtain her Masters degree from the University of San Diego, specializing in counselling. Lynne fell in love with Vancouver while studying there and made it her permanent home. Lynne had a long career of over 30 years with the Vancouver School Board. She began her career as a French immersion teacher and later became a senior school counselor. Lynne loved her students and was fully dedicated to her work. She was especially devoted to helping students in crisis and served on her district’s critical incident team. In her spare time Lynne loved to travel the world and was an avid photographer, frequently surprising friends and family with wonderful photographs, many of which hang on our walls at home. Lynne was kind, soft spoken and extremely loyal to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Memories, photos and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting the website of Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, Surrey BC. If so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser. https://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/donate/ Your donation will be directed towards their children and youth programs to support kids living with mental health challenges and to their youth mental health literacy initiative Here4Peers.

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Julia Fleming

May 3, 2021

To Lynne's family and loved ones,

I have so many wonderful memories of Lynne. She was my grade 3 teacher at L'École Bilingue. I have fond memories of her being kind, approachable, gentle, supportive and always happy to be around her students. As a child, I had no idea how much influence she would have on my life. I grew up to be a French Immersion teacher, just like her. Serendipitously, I was offered my first teaching contract at L'École Bilingue. Lynne's career had progressed and she was now a school counsellor. Coincidentally, she was working at L'École Bilingue at the time. Because of this good fortune, I was lucky enough to work alongside her as her colleague for 5 years. It is truly special to think about how full-circle our connection was. Looking at the big picture, Lynne has been a positive female role model for me for most of my life. She has made a huge impact on my career as a teacher, and she has made many lasting impressions on me in terms of being a compassionate, caring, and giving member of our community. Lynne was dedicated to her career and to helping children for many, many years. I know that she made a positive impact on hundreds of other people's lives along her journey. I hope that by sharing my story, we can think about all of the greatness that Lynne brought to this world. She was an amazing women, and her life should be celebrated. I will never forget her, and I will always appreciate her. I strive to be a warm and nurturing, yet a strong and passionate teacher just like Lynne. I know that Lynne helped instill these qualities in me, and I hope that one day I have a positive impact on those around me, just as she did.

Rest in peace, Lynne.
Love always,
Julia

Becky Dawson

April 26, 2021

Cher Cosgrove famille and friends,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Lynne in the early 80’s came to live in our house on West 22nd, and a she was a dear friend through university and UBC Catering years. I remember her as most humble, having a panache of style and love of life. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. I treasure her smile in my heart and may she Rest In Peace.

Brigitte Boily

April 26, 2021

Brigitte Boily

April 26, 2021

I worked with Lynne at L’École Bilingue for numerous years. We travelled to Quebec with our grade 7 students together and she also facilitated Roots of Empathy when I had my daughter. I am very saddened by this news and will forever hold her in my thoughts.

Stephanie Hungerford

April 26, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Lynne’s passing earlier this month. When I lived in LA, Lynne joined my mom and our friend, Gayle, on an adventure to visit me. We enjoyed many laughs, shopping trips and a fun jaunt down to San Diego where she bought me shoes and a wonderful Bossa Nova CD which is still my favourite album to this day. Her sense of style and love of beauty was something we all admired. I would often consult her about paint colours since she knew them all by heart! She attended our wedding and I’ll never forget the gorgeous dress she wore - always a fashion icon. I do hope, Lynne, you are at peace on the other side and please visit when I go to a medium, okay? Love, Stephanie

Nancy Kartsonas

April 24, 2021

I knew Lynne as a colleague at the Vancouver School Board. Over many years, she also became a friend. We worked together at nearby schools and would sometimes meet up for coffee. I got to know Lynne when I joined the Critical Incident Team. Lynne was always a consummate professional who was very detail oriented and organized. She was very caring and an excellent listener and she was a highly valued member of all of the school staffs that she joined. I always admired her sense of fashion and her friendly, vivacious personality. I loved hearing her talks about her travel plans and the many trips she had been on.
Some of my favourite memories of Lynne include having special lunches and happy hours always with the appropriate wine pairing. We would meet up for walks when Lynne came to Vancouver. On one such 'walk' we played a spontaneous prank on another counsellor. All of us were doubled over with laughter on the steps outside this person's home.
Lynne may you rest in peace.

Mellisa Fahy

April 22, 2021

My deepest sympathies go out to all of Lynne's family, friends, and colleagues.

Lynne and I met over 30 years ago. Over the years, Lynne became many things to me - a roommate, fashion and interior designer and travel advisor, cat and house sitter, confidant, coach, and a best friend. I am heartbroken by her death. But Lynne would want us to somehow find a silver lining in this tragedy. She will remain with me forever - a role model for kindness, generosity, and positivity.

Rest in peace, calm, and joy, dear friend.
Mellisa.

Brian Cosgrove

April 19, 2021

On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you all for posting your comments and kind words. Although we knew, it's heartwarming to hear from others how she touched so many lives with her kindness and fun-loving attitude.

Lynne was an important and loved member of our family and we will miss her greatly.

I have included a few pictures of our family along with pictures taken one evening in Rome when Lynne joined my wife and I along with a few of our friends on a trip to Italy two years ago. We had so much fun that evening, especially when she put on her head the "crown" I had just purchased for her from a street vendor. I can still hear her laughter…

Sylvianne Genest

April 19, 2021

Lynne was a very close friend. We met as young teachers in 1987. From then on, we developed a life long relationship. As we moved along our respective career paths, we always found time for one an other. Lynne had many interests: photography and interior design (her help was appreciated in my condo). Travelling was a passion of hers, she did numerous trips and I had a visit with Lynne, in one of Bueno Aires famous cafés. Real Estate was also a regular topic of conversation and often was on her mind (I Should have taken a few more notes from her). She had a great respect and love of natural settings and she also loved the beach (but careful with the sun & very mindful of her perfect complexion).
Her favourite beach was Crescent Beach.
So on her birthday, Feb 14 2019, we went to her favourite location Crescent Beach and took a very long and lovely stroll. There was snow on the ground on that day (quite unusual) but the weather was clement. The setting was Fairy Tale like with not a soul in sight. It was as if time had stopped and we were just savouring the moment. This is one of the pictures taken on that day. It bring tears to my eyes but in a way they are happy tears that I had the privilege to have her all to myself on that special day.
I will miss Lynne for ever and I will always cherish the privilege I had to experience true friendship.
Lynne tu seras dans mes pensées à Jamais....❤️
Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille et amis.
Sylvianne Genest

Burt Frenzell

April 19, 2021

Lynne Cosgrove

My school counsellor, my friend, my spiritual kindred spirit: oh how we miss your wisdom, kindness and love.
When I received the call informing me of your passing, it was a very stormy day with waves and rain lashing and pounding.
I asked you: please give a sign through sea or sky that you are in a better place my dear , Lynne?
Within moments the sun and a circle of blue sky burst through the storm clouds!
It was you! This gave me solace.

Burt Frenzell
Principal, L'Ecole Bilingue
Retired

FROM THE FAMILY