August 9th 1933 - July 19th 2013

It is with great sadness that several members of our A.I. Recreational Club bade farewell to Rose Murray Driver at a moving Requiem Mass held on July 30th 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in North Vancouver.

We, along with Rose's family and throngs of friends from near and far, joined together to pray for Rose; that she be enfolded within God's loving embrace and that her soul finds peace and eternal rest. We prayed, too, that the family be comforted in their grief and loss and given strength to endure through this difficult time. Fr. James Comey led the service which had many poignant moments: Caroline Korolec, widow of Peter's late cousin as well as an old and dear friend, eulogised Rose's generous and caring spirit, Tracey Bartley (son Christopher's partner) sang the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, and the service came to a close with the stirring processional hymn, How Great Thou Art.

A Celebration of Life at the Church hall followed the service and over a lavish spread of sandwiches, fruit and desserts, our Club members and several friends gathered to offer sympathetic hugs and share their feelings of sorrow with Peter and the rest of the family. Rose's children, Janice, Douglas and Christopher and her granddaughter Jaime (Janice's youngest daughter) paid tribute to a cherished parent and dearly loved grandparent. The afternoon closed with a slide show of photographs that scrolled through the years: Rose and Peter's wedding day 53 years ago, Rose as a young mum with her tots, then shots of her with the children as they were growing up. So many festive occasions and happy times spent with friends through the years. And Rose, ever smiling, ever gracious. The accompanying music and meaningful lyrics—Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World", "Happy Together" by the Turtles, and Jim Cuddy's "Pull Me Through", to name just a few—brought a lump to the throat.

The family's poem to Rose, says it all:

When family ties are broken
And loved ones have to part,
It leaves a wound that never heals
And an ever aching heart.
We cannot bring the old days back
When we were all together,
But loving thoughts and memories
Will keep us close forever.
There will always be heartache
And often silent tears,
But also precious memories
Of old days when you were here.
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again

Those who would like to leave a condolence message for the family, please see the Obituary section of either the Province or The Vancouver Sun archival section. Click here This will be available until July 26th 2014.

Rest in Peace.