General News · 29th June 2017
Long time resident of Cortes Island Sybil Louise Irwin (née Olson) died peacefully after a brave battle with cancer in Campbell River General Hospital June 24,2017 at the age of 71.
Sybil is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Gordie Irwin, daughters Cindy King (Rob) Corinne Irwin, Grandchildren Josie, Nikki, Max and great-granddaughters Scarlett & Isabella. Sisters Jacquie Scott (Bob), Marilyn Scott (Doug), Sandra Hanson (Lionel), Virginia Shelton (Ken) Brother Pete Olson and several nieces and nephews. Parents, Ray & Idelle Olson, Brother Lenard Olson and Sister Edith Brosseau of Powell River, BC precede her in death.
~When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me but let me go. ~
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Comment by Ian McCoy on 5th October 2017
Sybil, a long and present part of my life growing up on this Island, a family friend and instrumental figure in childhood, as well as adult mentorship on a banking and inspirational level through her above and beyond professionalism, ( With a little bit of a moms advice in her way of dedication and care)... Lol
It was one of those moments of recognition of loss for me, a strong, dedicated woman who brought so much forward for everyone, meanwhile protecting the values of privacy and integrity for her home life in a fish bowl community, admirable at a minimum... a beautiful being on all levels and one who commanded a respect for her personable way of being, meanwhile protecting what and who was most important in her life.... her family, her husband... her best stories and reflections were of the simplest times, on the boat with Gord, off the boat with Gord, the girls, the grandkids... She offered a respected meaning to dedicated love for her family.
There will never be a day in my Life that when I hear her name, that I will not be brought back to these feelings and sense of sadness, but with the imprint of someone unique and beautiful that paved her own road and also offered by example a sense of integrity, family values, and maintained her own classy way of being.
Always with love, admiration and inspiration...
Much love... Ian
Comment by Sujon on 29th July 2017
I will miss your smiling eyes and the kindness you extended to us as our family grew, and with the confidence to care , you made us belong. Thank you.
Comment by Martin & Lorraine Wydenes on 4th July 2017
So sorry for your lost Gordie & family, our thought are with you all during this time. May the memories of good times help ease the pain you all are going through.
Comment by Yvonne Kipp on 1st July 2017
For many years Sybil was the Banker on Cortes. She managed quietly, the two- window Quadra Credit Union in Manson's Hall which moved on to the 'Bank on the Hill'. Sybil was strong and clear, always ready to answer any and all questions with her lovely smile and her warm eyes. I loved her Fishing stories and the Tales of the Tyee. I feel her loss on the Island and my respects and condolences to her family.
"Miss me but let me go."
Comment by Bonnie MacDonald on 30th June 2017
I have nice memories of Sybil from times on Cortes and before. But I will never forget how much she helped me, always with her reassuring smile, through several impotant and complicated transactions at the Credit Union. She was missed when she left there and will certainly be missed now by all who knew her.
Comment by Dave on 30th June 2017
So Sorry for Your Loss, Gordie and family, to all of you from all of the our family
Comment by Dave on 30th June 2017
So Sorry For your lose Gordie and Family
Comment by Bertha Jeffery on 29th June 2017
RIP Sybil. My condolences to Gord, Cindy and Corinne and the rest of the family.