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Beverley Bev Jean Lapointe

July 29, 1957 - April 17, 2014

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 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Bev LaPointe, peacefully at home with her loving partner Loreli and her faithful companion Tansy by her side.

Born in Vancouver BC July 29, 1957, Bev grew up in Nelson with her parents Verna and Horace “Bucko“ and 2 brothers Allan and Murray.  She graduated in 1975 from L.V. Rogers Senior Secondary School.  Bev was a natural athlete and learned to ski at 3 years old. She excelled in women’s fastball and rode her mountain bike for many years. In 1999 Bev joined Toast Masters where she honed her incredible skills in writing and telling stories.  Bev's creativity knew no bounds.

Bev was employed for 32 years (1980-2012) with the City of Nelson working in parks and public works.  Many will remember seeing her in the gardens of Gyro Park, which she maintained with pride for 18 years.  Locals often saw her travelling down the street in her snow plow, bus and street sweeper, often joking “you bet I drive like a woman”.

Bev was community minded and had a tremendous social conscience, advocating for public services and environmental issues locally, provincially and nationally.  She committed many years to the Canadian Union of Public Employees working as President of CUPE 339 Nelson Municipal workers, General Vice President on the CUPE BC executive board, chair of CUPE’s BC environment committee and member of CUPE’s National environment committee. 

On September 14, 2013 Bev married long time partner Loreli Dawson. It was a lovely sunny day shared with family and beloved pets in their yard. They were surrounded by the many beautiful gardens that Bev had created.

Bev's big voice had a heart to match as she spoke words of encouragement and took pride in her good works and civic duties.  Her generosity knew no limits, to both  friends and strangers.  Bev had a infectious laughter with an amazing sense of humour. 

Everything that Bev touched turned to gold. Her beautiful smile always lit up the room and the hearts of her family and friends. Bev's natural leadership and loyalty to her friends inspired them to do better, to be kind and to bring out the best you had to offer. It was a joy to know her.

A lion of a woman, Bev's spirit will live with us forever. We love you Bev.

Bev is survived by her father Bucko, brother Murray, loving partner Loreli and her son Cody, aunts, uncles, cousins, many loving friends and her faithful companion Tansy. Predeceased by her mother Verna, brother Alan and her Aunt Lil.

Special thanks to doctors Malpass and Cochrane, the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital and to Home Care Nursing.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC V1L 2V1.

Please join us for a celebration of Bev's life at the Best Western Hotel (153 Baker St. Nelson BC ) on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 1:00PM.

 

Time is too slow…for those who wait

Too swift…for those who hurry

Too long…for those who grieve

Too short…for those who rejoice

For those who love…time is for eternity.

 

 

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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Kurt Edmunds
Relation: In the community

To Bev’s family and friends so sorry for the loss of such an amazing person, she will be missed.

From: mitzi hufty
Relation: friend

Bev was one of those special people that were few and far between. I always admired her strength and convictions when it came to what is important in our lives. So long my friend.

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: Freind

I am very sorry to hear of Bev’s passing I pent many years working with her at the City of Nelson she was a wonderful person and every thing she did she did it well from working in the parks to operating heavy equipment and taking part in the union.
She will be missed by many

From: Nancy Buonerba
Relation: Acquaintance

My Condolences to the LaPointe Family. Her partner, friend’s and all who loved her. I didn’t know Bev . We just said hi to each other , and spoke the odd time as we pass each other by. I always liked her energy and smile. I’m deeply saddened….. PEACE, to ALL…….
Nancy

From: Cheryl Dowden
Relation: I knew Bev through the Nelson community

My heart felt condolences to Loreli and all of Bev’s family and friends. Bev was an inspiration and I always loved being greeted by her big smile and hello when I saw her out and about tending and beautifying the parks and gardens in the area. One day she came into my office with the Super store reward receipt from the gas station to pass along to our service users who were in financial need. She started doing this on a regular basis and thought it would be a great idea for everyone to donate these gas receipts to people who could use the support. Bev thought big and could start a movement with small acts of kindness. She will be missed.

From: Carlene Keddie
Relation: Union Sister

I am sorry for your loss. Bev was a wonderful Union activist who maintained her values regardless of the adversity she faced. She was supportive to all those underdogs looking for the unions to do the right thing. My thoughts are with you and your family.

From: Patsy Harmston
Relation: Labour activism.

It was an absolute honour and pleasure to know Bev. She was an inspiration for other women activists. My condolences to her family.

From: Donna Macdonald
Relation: work

Deep condolences to all of Bev’s family and friends. I was one of those who loved to see her roaring up the hill on a snowy winter day, making the streets clear and safe for us. And I was told she was consistently one of the best vehicle operators the City had. During the unfortunate CUPE lock-out, Bev was a fierce opponent, which was difficult at times, but I knew she acted from a place of principle and the desire to protect the interests of her fellow workers. She was a fine woman.

From: Melissa Clifford
Relation: she was a client at a hair salon I worked at

Rest in Peace Bev.
What a wonderful woman with a wonderful spirit. Nelson has lost another great one. Her smile was contagious, she was a wonderful story teller, and leader in our community.
My heart goes out to her family

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 26, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Best Western
153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada

153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
 

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation

3 View Street

Nelson, BC 

V1L 2V1

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