General News · 22nd June 2021
January 19, 1943 – June 18, 2021
- by Ian Ross; photo by Meredith Feldmar
Suzanne Minogue passed from this life, quite mercifully, just at the rising of the dawn on Friday June 18, in her bed, at home, asleep, with her cat Sophie by her side.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Suzanne moved to the coast in her early twenties, attending VCC for a time, before embarking on her true vocation: feeding folk. She owned and ran Pepitas in Vancouver for ten years, a popular Mexican restaurant, as well as becoming a UBC Food Services manager for several years before moving, with her daughter Nicole and her mother Fran, to Cortes in 1991. Suzanne took over the coffee shop at Manson’s Hall and ran it for six years before opening up and running Café Suzanne in Squirrel Cove. After that, she kept on cooking, selling food at the Friday Markets and catering for events all over Cortes, for her vocation here in life, and her passion too (among some others), was the making of fine food. Indeed, it was a gift.
She had, as well, a truly large lust for life and she lived hers fully in the flesh and, though this no doubt hastened her ending here with us, it was also cause of her own great joy and zest. Her love of all things sensual, oftener than not, overflowed its banks the way, say, a river does in spring; not temperate and rarely sober in any straight suburban way (and, too, quite shy), she was wholly who she was, and her life was a large and centrifugal force for many of us here, her home – her kitchen – an open space for all, offering – always – refuge and sustenance and, too, acceptance and great love. She had a gift, it seems, for taking people in and, not just feeding them, but making them feel honoured for their presence.
She wished neither funeral nor service, and yet a small warm group of friends gathered this last Sunday afternoon, at her home, an event hosted by her dear, nay, best friend, Hanyu, and by her niece Soma, who was Suzanne’s ‘angel’ these last long several months, taking care of her and tending to her needs. An awesome, selfless task.
Her family and her friends wish to thank Suzanne’s caregivers and the medical and clerical staff at the Cortes Medical Centre. Her latter days were much the better for their care.
She shall be missed – a cliché, I know, but true – and, by those who knew her well, never not remembered.
Our sky dims down with her star’s fading.
May you be in peace, dear soul.
Fare thee well,