Pauline Marie Naidoo (nee McManus)

Pauline Marie Naidoo (nee McManus)

Jan 16, 1945 – Dec 12, 2017
Pauline McManus was born in Liverpool, U.K and died in Chemainus, B.C. on December 12, 2017. 

She attended Everton Valley School and then Manchester University where she got a B.A. in languages with distinction in English. She then taught English and Spanish at Rock Ferry Convent School in Cheshire. 

She married Bala Naidoo in 1969 and soon afterwards they moved to Indiana where she worked at the Cardinal Newman Centre for two years while he did postdoctoral research at Purdue University. Thereafter they returned to the U.K where she taught at Woodford Green Secondary School in Essex. 

They then emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1973 where their three children were born.

She is survived by Bala, her husband of 48 years, and her  children Robin, Loren (Dr. Kara McKeown) and Sarah (Dr. Matthew Keegan). She adored her four grandchildren Cooper (age 6), Rowan (4), Kieran (3) and Bodhi (1). 

She was predeceased by her mother Marion and father Fred.

She leaves behind in England her sister Anita (John) and brother Tony (Frances), her mother-in-law Mani in Mauritius, and many relatives in England, Canada, Mauritius and New Zealand. 

She was a gentle, loving and selfless mother who always put her children first and instilled in them a passion for learning. She was very proud that all three of them are now doctors in their respective fields. 

Pauline worked in journalism and was a founding editor of Your Local Journal, an English weekly in the Montreal area. She and Bala retired to Vancouver Island in 2005. 

Pauline was always keen on physical fitness and enjoyed many sports, including aerobics, tennis, badminton and running. An accomplished runner, she competed in the races of the Vancouver Island series as well as the Victoria half-marathon, and regularly finished first in her age group.

She also took part in several BC Seniors’ Games including those held in Prince George in 2008, where she won five gold medals in track and field. 

The family would like to thank the caring nurses and doctors at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria, the Cancer Clinic at Nanaimo General Hospital, the Chemainus Medical Clinic, and the Chemainus Health Care Centre. 

The funeral mass was held on December 15 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ladysmith and was followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the BC Cancer Agency.

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