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Lois Jean Sprague

December 24, 1930 - March 20, 2020

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Lois J. Sprague B.Sc., B.Ed.
1930 Dec 24 – 2020 Mar 20

Lois was a fifth-generation Canadian born and raised in Windsor Ontario. She died rapidly in Lady Minto hospital from severe secondary effects of a long-standing heart problem. Husband John was at her side and appreciates excellent care by the hospital staff. Lois and John were married for 66 years, and for four years previously they were lab partners at university. Lois leaves 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She kept life-long loving contact with all the children.

After raising that family, Lois was a public school teacher for 20 years. She loved horses and in middle life enjoyed weekly riding sessions in Ontario, then in Nanaimo while on sabbatical, and went on trail-rides in the Alberta mountains. She also loved swimming, used the pools in Guelph, Nanaimo and Victoria, and later was faithful at aquafit in the Ganges pool. Lois and John lived in three provinces, coast to coast, and travelled to every province and territory, as well as five continents. They spent one year on their sailboat, wintering in the Gulf of Mexico. The picture shows Lois at age 50 in Rio de Janeiro.

Lois was a very active volunteer during 25 years on Salt Spring. She worked for about a decade each as volunteer teacher’s assistant in the elementary school, in the Resources facility of Salt Spring Seniors, then as Secretary of Seniors, as a Senior Peer Counsellor, and in the Salt Spring library. She was an active proponent and supporter of peace and environmental issues (Chair of the first and early recycling program in Guelph Ontario, Voice of Women, Canadian Peace Research Institute and many others). She was a Raging Granny in Ontario and Salt Spring. In later years she enjoyed quilting, and placed colourful quilts with all the family, with friends and friends-of-friends in every province and territory, and in England and U.S.A.

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From: George Renninger
Relation: friend

Lois was greatly admired by my late wife, Cynthia Folzer, who visited her on Salt Spring Island in 2002, and looked forward to her visitis bak to the Guelph area, whenever they happened

From: George Renninger
Relation: friend

Lois was greatly admired by my late wife, Cynthia Folzer, who visited her on Salt Spring Island in 2002, and looked forward to her visitis bak to the Guelph area, whenever they happened

From: Liz Mackie
Relation: Guelph friends

So very sad to learn of the death of Lois, it has been many years since our Guelph days but you both were an important part of our life at the university and within the Guelph faculty family. We are thinking of you at this sad time John. As ever, Gerry and Liz Mackie.

From: John Buttars
Relation: Guelph friends

John and family, I was saddened to read today of the death of Lois. Belssings to you and your family in this time of sorrow, especially when we are being asked to keep physical distance one from another. May there be an abundance of social support for you and each one in your family. John Buttars (former minister of Harcourt Memorial United Church, your backyard neighbour during your Guelph years)

From: Pat Ganning
Relation: Retired colleague and Christmas card friend

My sincere condolences to you, John, and your family. I have many fond memories of Lois dating back to our teaching days at John McCrae and F.A. Hamilton Schools. She was a remarkable lady, full of enthusiasm, knowledge, wisdom and wit. I want to think that this world is a better place because of Lois!

From: Ren Ferguson

I am saddened to hear of the loss of Lois. My condolences to John and family. I didn’t get to know Lois unfortunately but enjoyed talking with her whenever we crossed paths. She was clearly a real spark of an individual. I will always remember her telling me that she was a real S.O.B. I was a little shocked until she laughingly said – that means a Spouse Of Birder!

From: Sheralyn Nicholson

I was sorry to hear of your loss. I am a former student from Ottawa Crescent. Lois was a great teacher and I had a undying love for her.

From: Sonia Giberson

Dear John and family…..my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Words are never enough…memories keep us strong. Fondly, Sonia Giberson

From: Maureen Ollerhead

Dear John
I was very sorry to hear of the death of Lois. She will be missed by many.
Please accept our condolences to you and all your family.
With best wishes, Maureen

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 11, 2020
Beginning at 12:00am

Location:
Haywards Funerals
22 - 315 Upper Ganges Road,
Salt Spring Island,, BC V8K 2X4

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22 - 315 Upper Ganges Road,
Salt Spring Island,, BC V8K 2X4

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