Beverley Ann Harnett
May 12, 1948 – May 10, 2020
Beverley Ann Harnett passed away peacefully at the Vancouver Hospice Society on May 10, 2020 two days shy of her 72nd birthday.
She was born in Halifax on May 12, 1948. She was a lifelong learner and studied at Dalhousie University and Mount St. Vincent University. She completed her Master of Education degree at the University of British Columbia in 1989. She moved to Vancouver in the early 1970’s to teach, but always considered Nova Scotia her home. She lived in a wonderful heritage property, surrounded by kind neighbours and friends, including John and Barb, who were always willing to help her out, especially during her illness.
She was the daughter of the late Jim and Margaret (Armstrong) Harnett. She was pre-deceased by her beloved brother, John Harnett. She is survived by her niece, Jennifer MacInnes, and her great-nephews, Ryan, Nathan and Jordan all of Stittsville, Ontario, as well as her beloved friends Joan and Terry Fisher (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and Carol and Fred Turner (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Many thanks to the wonderful health care professionals who took exceptional care of her, especially Olivier and Melanie, and the kind and compassionate staff at the Vancouver Hospice Society.
No service by request.
Donations in Bev’s memory can be made to the Vancouver Hospice Society. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Beverley Ann Harnett
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May 20, 2020
Jennifer and family
I was so saddened to hear about our collective loss of your most wonderful Aunt Bev. I had just sent her a birthday note and know now, sadly, she didn’t get it this year. She and I go way back to our early and fearless days in Halifax.....we both went to “The Mount”, skied together at Wentworth, played many, many hands of bridge and above all, had so many good times and so many laughs....her laughter was infectious.
When she moved to Vancouver, I moved to Saskatoon and we would see each other from time to time when I would make it to Vancouver...and since I have moved back to Halifax, we didn’t see each as often, but we did have a special visit a couple of years ago. Bev was a classy dame and a dear friend. I will treasure the memories of the good times we had together.
Healing to your heart.
May 17, 2020
Dear Bev, how well I remember all the fun times we had together. Your wonderful sense of “proprietary “ and appreciation for true quality were an inspiration. You tackled lifes ups and downs head on, even coping with the pounding noise when each pilon for Expo was being struck into False Creek.
So sorry we lost contact after I returned to England but you were never far from my memories of Vancouver and the times we spent together.
Rest in peace my dear, gracious friend.
May 15, 2020
As a health care worker, I meet and provide support to many people. Some I have met along the way stand out as extra special, and Bev was one of those. She made me laugh with her wry and self-deprecating sense of humour and would readily join me in seeing the ridiculousness of life’s challenges with a hearty rich laugh of her own. She had a calm and grounding presence and a stoicism in the face of tribulations. An unforgettable and beautiful person. Goodbye my dear Beverley...
May 15, 2020
I worked with Bev at Fraser Valley College in Abbotsford a long time ago. Although I never saw her after she left there, I have retained memories of good times with her, like sharing a bottle of wine at Pub Night and both of us finding everything too funny. Bev was easy to talk to with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. She has left this world far too soon and the sadness I feel at her loss even after years of no contact is testament to the memorable person that she was. RIP Bev. I will remember you.
May 14, 2020
Bev will always be remembered for her laugh, quick wit and fun times. She enjoyed quality over quantity when she picked clothes, cars and even friends. She courageously faced many health issues over the past few years, and recognized that her quality of life had waned and preferred to say good-bye rather than try to fight any longer.
The lights of her life were her niece Jennifer and three nephews, Ryan, Nathan and Jordan. She also loved the lobster treat from Joan and Terry every year and keeping in touch with them and their girls
She will always be remembered for her love of a good turkey Christmas dinner and never refused an invite.
We will all miss Bev and send our deepest sympathy to Jennifer and the boys. The fun times and wonderful memories will live on within all of us.
Carol & Fred
May 14, 2020
Goodbye Bev. You were a bigger presence in all our lives than I think you ever knew. My daughters Laura and Emily were babies when you arrived here, and they grew to grown women in your company. I had a catastrophic fall from a ladder in 1997, and was taken to VGH where your friend Dr. Bruce, an emergency room physician, started me on the road to recovery. We have shared so much of life's tragedy and triumph together. You and your mischievous sense of humour will never be forgotten. Thank you Bev for all the good times.