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Sallie Evelyn Drociuk

June 10, 2023

Sallie Evelyn Drociuk (nee O’Rourke) passed away peacefully on June 10, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Sallie was born during the Second World War in London, England to Irene and Patrick O’Rourke. Despite the challenges of wartime, Sallie cherished her upbringing in London and recalls living near the Army base and seeking refuge with family during bomb attacks. Tragically, her father, a Canadian soldier, passed away shortly before the end of the war. Sallie and her mother immigrated to Canada, first residing in Ontario and Quebec to visit relatives before settling in Alberta with her Aunt Sarah, Uncle Fred, and cousin Bill White.

Growing up on a farm brought immense joy to Sallie’s life. She relished the company of her Aunt Sarah, appreciated the beauty of the flowers, and delighted in the winter snowfalls. Sallie had a deep affection for her farm animals, particularly her pet goats — all named Nanny — and her loyal dog Rover. Alongside her stepbrothers Wes and Emerson, and stepsisters Shirley and Sylvia, Sallie made cherished memories in Hanna and the Hand Hills. Additionally, she honed her musical talents by studying piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and accomplishing the Grade Four Piano Examination at the age of 12.

During her teenage years in Calgary, Sallie encountered Joe, who would later become her husband. The young couple embarked on a journey of marriage, and together they welcomed their beloved daughters Lorrie Ann and Teresa Lynn. Sallie wholeheartedly embraced motherhood and found immense happiness in her role.

In the early 1960s, Sallie and Joe made the decision to relocate their growing family to Vancouver Island. The couple had fallen in love with the island’s beauty during previous visits. Their son Rick was born during this period. Joe’s establishment at work enabled them to purchase their first house on Victoria Road, where they resided for many years. The family fostered a love for outdoor adventures, spending weekends camping across the island and relishing summer evenings by the river. Joe and Sallie were sociable individuals, regularly hosting friends and indulging in Harley rides. Hunting became an integral part of their family life in the fall. From the vantage point of their picturesque window, Sallie admired the neighborhood while observing her children’s outdoor activities. She would call them in for dinner from the expansive deck outside.

Sallie possessed a gregarious nature and found immense pleasure in socializing and interacting with others. She looked forward to meeting her neighbors for coffee and shared many card games with her best friend Cec in the afternoons. As her children grew older and spent their days in school, Sallie felt ready to embark on a career. In 1977, she secured a position at a local motel, relishing the work experience and the friendships she formed along the way. Seven years later, she moved on to working at Digitech Security as an alarm monitor, exploring new challenges and experiences.

However, life took a turn in the late 1990s when Sallie was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Despite the pain and challenges, she demonstrated resilience and managed her conditions. In 1998, Sallie took on the demanding role of managing Ed’s Mobile Home Park, a position she held for over 24 years. With her creativity and love for music, dancing, reading, gardening, and Christmas, Sallie built a beautiful and fulfilling life. She adored her grandchildren and had a deep affection for animals, nurturing several pets throughout her years. Sallie was revered for her artistic talents, excelling in oil pastel drawings, stained glass painting, and knitting a variety of garments.

While bidding farewell to a vibrant personality like Sallie is heart-wrenching, her legacy will forever remain in the hearts of those who loved her. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable care team at Eden Gardens for their unwavering support. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that individuals embrace their parents, grandparents, or elderly neighbors, for such expressions of love can truly make a difference in someone’s life. As Winnie the Pooh once proclaimed, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

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