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Eileen Gladys Larratt
(1931 – 2014)
With her devoted son by her side, Eileen passed away, April 23, 2014. She is survived by her son Martin (Kim), grandsons Austin and Dylan, step-son Bruce (Heather) and their children Ian, Mark, Elana, and Justin, step-daughter Merridee and her son Jean-Phillipe, step-son Ian, her sisters Frances and Laurie of England. She was predeceased by her husband Milton, sisters Hilda and Sheila, and her parents Elsie and Richard Lawrence.
Eileen Gladys Lawrence was born March 30, 1931 in Streatham, England. She was the second youngest daughter of five. After WWII, Eileen left school and worked as a legal secretary. She enjoyed riding her bike on trips around the British Isles and she was an avid hiker throughout her life. In 1957, Eileen arrived in Canada where she worked as a legal secretary for Russell and Domoulin in Toronto and then in Vancouver. In Vancouver Eileen took up sailing and won the 1964 Ladies race in the Lightning 90 class. In 1965, she moved to Sydney Australia where she met and married Milton (Max) Bruce Larratt in 1966 along with his three children Bruce, Merridee and Ian. In 1967, Max and Eileen welcomed their son Martin into the world.
The Larratt family moved to North Vancouver in 1974. Eileen took a secretarial position at Ross Road Elementary school in September of 1979, and would later take a position with BC Transit. In the late 1980s, she became a legal secretary for June Laker (lawyer) and her last position prior to retirement in 1995 she was a land conveying clerk with the District of North Vancouver. She belonged to the North Shore Ramblers Hiking Club. In 2005, Eileen moved to Victoria to be closer to her son, Martin and his family. She took great pride in being Nanna to her grandsons and especially watching them play soccer. Eileen was huge soccer fan. She also loved to travel, whether it was around the province or back to England and made many friends while on her adventures. We will miss you, Mom.