Ann Runciman passed away peacefully on August 28, 2014 at the Lodge on 4th in Ladysmith, B.C.
Ann was born on October 2, 1924 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain to Paul Philip and Elizabeth Agnes Schaeffer, the youngest of five siblings. She met and married her Canadian husband, James Runciman, while he was in military training in southern England, where Ann was serving her country in a branch of the women’s auxiliary forces. She made the long voyage to Canada in 1945 on a ship of war brides and then carried on by train across the prairies to Regina, where she reunited with her new husband to make a life together in southeastern Saskatchewan. Ann and Jim went on to build a family and relocate to Ladysmith on Vancouver Island in 1965, where they became a vital part of the fabric of that town. Ann’s links to her community included active involvement with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Rotary Club of Ladysmith.
Her loving family now not only celebrates her fulfilled life, but also celebrates the way she lived it with spirit, optimism, love, zest and appreciation of simple joys, song and laughter. She was steadfast in her loyalty and deep love for her husband, Jim. They will now be together to dance, read, garden, watch movies, go for drives and share more travel adventures. Ann was a dedicated mother and instilled in her sons Scott and Bruce and her daughter Sandi the satisfaction of a well run home, an appreciation of music, the love of books and travel, and the value and reward in the investment of true friendship. To her daughters-in-law, Carol and Kiran, she was generous and appreciative of their skills and opinions, truly enjoying their company at every opportunity. To her grandchildren, Jennifer, Brett, Mhari and Ewan, and great grandchildren Michaela and Riley, she was staunchly loving, caring and supportive without exception. To her cherished friends she was unwavering in her dedication to fostering and maintaining life long relationships.
Ann was very proud of her British heritage and stayed in touch with her brothers and sisters throughout their lives, as well as her nieces and their children. It must be said that all public and private activities by British royalty were ardently followed, analyzed and commented on.
Please join us in celebrating her life at a special mass/service scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Immediately following that there will be a graveside gathering with a few words and her interment alongside dad at Ladysmith Cemetery on 4th Avenue.