It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Winnifred Irene Firkus, age 71 years, on Monday, January 31, 2011 at Chilliwack General Hospital surrounded by her husband and three sons.
She was born at New Westminster and is survived by her husband Gordon Firkus; 3 sons Ray, Leonard and Paul Firkus; 5 grandchildren Kelsey, Kyle, Caleb, Jason & Lauren Firkus; mother-in-law Maria Firkus; and brother & step-sister Steven Cooper and Colleen MacGregor. She was predeceased by her mother and father Ada & Stephen Cooper.
After graduating from Nurses training, Winnifred went on to dedicate her life to serving others: first as an O.R. Nurse and later as a loving mother committed to raising her children. Tireless in energy she lived her life much larger than her 5’2” frame would suggest. Win loved to travel and explore yet cut her dream European adventure short in order to come home and be with her other love, Gordon whom she soon married thereafter.
Raising 3 sons (and a husband!), Win kept herself very busy from soccer practices to sewing Halloween costumes to gardening to serving as a Scout leader for many years. She remained active with the Airport Flying Club all the while supporting Gordon and Firkus Aircraft Servicing. One did not have to earn Win’s trust – they always had it until proven otherwise.
Win beat 2 rounds of breast cancer before succumbing to the effects of Alzheimer’s in her final years. She imparted a spirit and tenacity on everyone she met and will remain a source of inspiration to her children & grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by all.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday February 7th, 2011 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C. Reception is to follow at the Chilliwack Flying Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Chilliwack Branch, 9136 Young Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 4R4.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com