BARNSTEAD, Patricia Lea (Nicol)
Pat passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital, with her son at her bedside. Her journey was eased by the gentle care of nurses and hospice volunteers in Palliative care.
She is predeceased by her husband Ernie, parents Dick and Molly Nicol and sister Jean. She is survived by her son James (Lynn), granddaughter Rebecca Hastings (Richard), grandson Chad Barnstead, her sister Ashala Martell and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Sienna, Cruz and Rio whom she loved dearly.
Pat, “A Very Classy Lady” was born in Ioco, BC on October 26, 1929 and moved to Nanaimo after her marriage to Ernie in the early 1950’s. They moved to Ladysmith in 1970 where they enjoyed many years living on the waterfront. Pat loved her beach and swimming with all the neighbourhood kids 3 or 4 times a day in the summer.
Pat was one of the founding members of the Diggers Club and was very knowledgeable about buying and selling antiques. She also spent many years with the Bowen Park seniors. She attended and later taught the pine needle weaving class.
For the last four years Pat resided in Highgate at the Nanaimo Seniors Village. She loved her apartment with the beautiful view of the ocean and it was here that she met her best friend and companion Bruce. They shared many happy adventures together.
The family would like to thank the nurses on the 5th floor and especially the nurses and volunteers in Palliative Care.
There will be a memorial tea for Pat at Highgate Seniors Village, 6081 Uplands Drive on March 24, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Pat’s name to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation or the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society.