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Loretta "Lorie" FitzGerald
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<div itemprop="description">Lorie passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016. Born in 1938 in Saskatoon to <br>Myrtle and Palmer Pederson where her big brother Donnie (Donald), “brat” as <br>she affectionately called him, was waiting for her. The Pederson’s moved to <br>Brantford, Ontario where they raised their children. Lorie was involved in <br>scouting and was Akela for the local cubs. She started babysitting at age 9 <br>and working for Woolworths at 14. As she grew, Lorie loved fishing, dancing <br>on weekends, and going to Hamilton to watch her Tiger-cats play. After <br>highschool graduation she went on to nurses training at Brantford General Hospital <br>where she graduated in 1959. <br> <br>After a vacation in Victoria, BC, Lorie fell in love with the west coast. She <br>made it her permanent home in 1961. <br>Lorie’s effervescent personality won her many friends <br>and dates but, it was through her first job at St. Joseph’s hospital that she <br>met her future husband David Shaw. They were married in 1962 and were together <br>for 43 years until his death in 2006. They had 3 daughters whom they raised in Victoria. <br> <br>Lorie worked in various areas throughout her 40+ years of nursing. She was <br>highly respected and admired by the staff and patients who had the privilege <br>of knowing her. Her career gave her many lifelong friendships both in <br>Brantford and Victoria. <br>Lorie enjoyed curling, playing bridge and coaching girls softball. She also <br>enjoyed the simple pleasures in life such as afternoon tea, drives along <br>Victoria's water front, ice cream cones from the Beacon Drive-In, feeding <br>the ducks at Beacon Hill Park and summer days swimming at Elk Lake. Lorie <br>was on the board of directors of HepC BC, along with her husband, for many <br>years. They helped to raise awareness of HepC and provided hope and support to many. <br> <br>The love of Lorie’s life was her family. Although, some would argue, it was <br>shopping! She always tried to be off work for every celebration and made sure <br>she made everyone feel special through her gifts and hand written cards. She <br>gained much satisfaction from giving to others and seeing their joy. Lorie <br>always put others before herself. <br> <br>She leaves behind her daughters Debbie, Shawna, and MarLynn. She also leaves <br>behind her son's in law, Marcus, Jon and Quinn., her grandchildren, Tanner, <br>Dakota, Kiera (Cortez), Spencer, Shelby, and Jackson, and her great <br>grand-daughter, Annelise. <br> <br>Please no flowers. <br></div>