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Rita Bramble, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away quickly on August 15th, 2013, surrounded by family.
Rita Bramble (née Finch) was born close to Hampstead Heath in London, England on May 20th, 1934. A war child, Rita was shipped to the relative safety of the countryside during WWII and shortly afterwards her mother was killed during the Blitz. Soon after peace was declared, Rita followed her older sister, Doris, to California, where she became a quintessential California girl, and secured a then-exciting job as a switchboard operator. In 1957, during a return visit to England on the RMS Franconia, she met the love of her life, Frank Bramble. They were married within a few short months.
Frank and Rita eventually settled in Frank’s hometown of Victoria on the west coast of B.C. Together with her mother-in-law, Rita taught kindergarten in a small school house where Lansdowne Junior High School is now. Later, as a stay-at-home mum and entrepreneur, Rita founded a very successful school uniform business, which provided uniforms to almost all the girls’ private schools on Vancouver Island.
Frank and Rita spent many years traveling the globe and had adventures aplenty, most including the start of what would become lifelong friendships with their fellow travelers. Rita continued to travel and stay active throughout her later years, sometimes hopping down to Las Vegas with Frank, or planning annual holidays with the entire family in Mexico. Rita also enjoyed her time at the gym, where she exercised and socialized regularly.
Rita was one of four Finch girls and is predeceased by sisters Doris and Betty, with younger sister, Pauline still residing in the UK. Rita leaves behind her immediate family of husband Frank, son Eric, daughter-in-law Fiona, and grandsons, Kieran and Truman.
Rita was always interested in people’s lives and was a voracious collector of interesting anecdotes about everyone she knew. When you were talking to her, Rita had an amazing way about her that made you feel like you were the most important person in the world at that moment. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A small, private gathering celebrating Rita’s life will be held Sunday, August 25, 2013. Please make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers.