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Elizabeth Ann Fairbrother

February 6, 1949 - May 19, 2023


It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we share the passing of Elizabeth Ann Fairbrother on May 19th at the age of seventy-four. Her death was a result of complications from a short but intense battle with dementia.

As a life partner, mother, grandmother, friend, colleague, and teacher, Liz shared her joy and lived her life with energy, love, commitment, passion, and grace. Her greatest happiness and source of pride was her family – her husband Dave, her children and their partners; Kara, Michael and Naomi, and Graham and Melissa, eight grandchildren, Christina, Oliver, Sam, Thomas, Matthew, Chloe, Willow, Lily, and close cousins Vicki and Alexis and her uncle Richard.

Liz was a lifelong teacher beginning at age twenty-two and working well past retirement age to sixty-seven. Her love for her students and the great satisfaction and pride she got from her profession as an educator burned bright her whole career. She especially had a place in her heart for those children who struggled and needed more love and support to manage and learn and was a committed and forceful advocate for children with special needs.

Liz loved to camp, work in her garden, spend time with her grandchildren, read, and walk, and in an earlier life was a runner, quilter, sewer, weaver and crafter, and an avid amateur geologist. She loved her dinner glass of wine and a rich caramel macchiato. Liz’s beautiful smile, sense of fun and humour, quick wit, measured irreverence, and dedication to her family and friends was evident in everything she did. She was serious, but never took herself too seriously.

Liz hated the disease that tormented her until her passing and we know she has an incredible feeling of relief and tranquility to be finally rid of it. Instead of flowers or gifts, she would want any donations you felt appropriate to be directed to the Penticton Alzheimer’s Society in the hope that there might soon be a cure for this debilitating disease and that one day others might not have to suffer through it as she did.
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A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2023,  at Park Drive Church, 6570 Park Drive Oliver B.C.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd.

The Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Liz, Frank, David Kocsis
Relation: Her daughter Kara dated my son Frank

Our deepest Condolences to Dave and the family.

From: Sandy Walker
Relation: Coworker

My condolences to you Dave and your family. Liz was a remarkable woman and I am grateful to have worked with her. She was an advocate for all.

From: Tammy Hagel/ Vesper
Relation: Student

Oh Mr Fairbrother ….. so so sorry to hear about your wife!! Many many years ago I bbsat your first two kids, time flies!! You both lived your lives for the many many children’s lives you have touched!!! It’s a terrible disease!!! Prayers for peace in your heart!!

From: Fiona Wood
Relation: Work colleague

Saddened to hear of Liz’s passing. Condolences to all the family.

From: Susan White

I am so sorry to read of Liz’s passing. She was such a larger than life personality!
Always quick to laugh, even at herself. A genuine kind soul who really did advocate for all the children in her care. I was so very fortunate to have worked along side her for many years. She taught me so much! I will always remember her as someone who made a difference in so many lives. Her memory should be celebrated. Deepest condolences to Dave and her entire family. Cherish every memory.

From: Donna Deeg
Relation: co-worker

Very sorry and sad to hear about Liz. Working with her at Oliver Elementary School was an honor. She was a magnificent teacher. Liz will be missed by many! My deepest condolences to Dave and the entire family.

From: Tamela Edwards
Relation: Parent of children in school district

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Liz was gifted in her work with struggling children. Will always be grateful for her efforts on behalf of one of my children and countless others over the years that she blessed with her patience, professionalism and compassion. Our sincere condolences to her Family and her school Family for such tragic loss.

From: Robynne Fraser
Relation: Former colleague

Liz was an amazing teacher, colleague and mentor. I will always remember her wit, laugh, and smile. How lucky for everyone who crossed Liz’s path.
Please accept my condolences…Liz was a remarkable woman.

From: Nieves Windley & Greg Smith
Relation: Co-worker

Out thoughts, love and prayers are with you Dave and your entire family.
Liz was a kind, compassionate, understanding and love all the children under her care most especially the ones that needs it the most. She was an incredible mentor. I was very fortunate to have had the chance to worked with Liz and Dave. An excellent duo. She love life and live it to the fullest. You are one of a kind Liz. Thank you for being a huge part of my career, you were always there for me whenever I needed you. Rest in Peace!

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 23, 2023
Beginning at 2:00pm

Park Drive Church
6540 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H1T4

6540 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H1T4

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