In Celebration of

Irene Pankoski Simons

October 15, 1925 -  October 5, 2017

Irene (Margaret) Pankoski (1925-2017) was born on her grandparent’s farm in Fenwood, Saskatchewan. She joined the RCAF during World War II (1943-1945), going AWOL once when denied leave to meet her new baby brother. After the war, she trained and worked as a nurse where she charmed all with her sweetness, turned heads driving down the streets of Vancouver in her white Pontiac, and found fulfillment serving others, a commitment she continued after officially retiring in 1986 with over 30 years of volunteer work. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Most importantly she was always her own person and governed her life by her own values of beauty, justice, duty and compassion. On October 5, she passed away a week before her 92nd birthday and not two days after her last volunteer shift. It was as if she had finally tired herself out. We wish her the peaceful rest of those who have done a good life’s work.


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John Kalomiris 

Entered October 7, 2017 from Laval Quebec

My deepest sympathies to the entire family for this great loss of a remarkable person Irene Simons who I lnew for the last 5 years.
Mrs. Simons warm smile and kind heart and word's of wisdom like clock work everyday
and her determination eain or shine or snow qould not alter her daily routine LIVING.
I am a better person because of Mrs. Simons.
I will never forget you.
Strength and Courage to the family to
move forward in these difficult times.
John Kalomiris.

Mary Stark (through Contactivity Centre)

Entered October 11, 2017 from Montreal

Irene was the real deal. A truly wonderful person who knew her own mind but who was always kind and compassionate. She was unfailingly cheerful, astute, and always sincere. As a volunteer at Contactivity she was a beloved part of the team and we miss her greatly. I'm so glad to have known Irene, to have crossed paths with her in this life. Deepest sympathies to her loving family.

Rev Neil Whitehouse (minister)

Entered October 22, 2017 from Westmount Park

Irene was a much loved member of our congregation, serving twenty years in the life of our church especially for the worship and pastoral care of our community. A beautiful person, sadly missed.

Eileen Hamilton (Nursing Alumnae)

Entered October 23, 2017 from New Westminster B.C.

On behalf of the Royal Columbian Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, I extend to you our condolences on the loss of your mother, Irene.
Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow, along with our wishes that the memories of her bring you peace, strength, and comfort.

Eileen Hamilton
nee Harris
Class of 63B

Anne-Marie De Silva (Friend from church)

Entered October 23, 2017 from Montreal

R.I.P. Irene, you will be greatly missed at WPC.


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