Mary Ann Heary October 28, 1954 – June 14, 2018
It is with deep sadness we share the news of Mary Ann Heary’s passing at the age of 63 after losing her valiant battle with cancer on Thursday the 14th of June.
Survived by her loving Husband, Harvey Soicher, her brothers Basil (Debbie) and John Heary (Ann), predeceased by her parents John William (Bill) Heary and Helen Gertrude Sanford, her sister Vivian and two wonderful furry children Skippy and Casper.
Mary Ann grew up in Port Credit Ontario where she went to Port Credit High School. She spent her early adult life working in Toronto and Calgary and settled in Vancouver for her remaining 30 years. Mary Ann worked in the Relocation Management and Sports Fashion Industry and was a shining star throughout her career. She was adored by many of her clients.
Mary Ann’s loves were hiking, going to the gym, skiing, golfing, travel and spending time with those she loved. She touched everyone she met with a smile and had a gift of making all whose lives she touched feel special and valued. She will be sorely missed by all but her spirit will live on in all those that knew her.
For the last 6 weeks of her life Mary Ann was comforted by many of her closest family and friends. Special thanks to all doctors, nurses and care aids who cared for and supported Mary Ann during her illness.
A special note of thanks goes to the amazing care by the staff of the BC Cancer Agency, the Vancouver General Hospital Palliative care unit as well as the staff of the South Granville Hospice where she spent her final 2 weeks.
Mary Ann lived her life, as described by those that knew her, as Inspirational, caring, a bright light, a role model, one in a million! She was truly loved by so many!
A funeral service will be held 11 AM, Thursday June 28th at the Chapel of Skinner and Middlebrook, 128 Lakeshore Rd.E. Mississauga,ON
A Celebration of Life will be held 1 PM, Wednesday July 25th at The University Golf Club 5185 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC.
In lieu of flowers donations to Mary Ann’s favorite cause is the UBC & VGH Functional Neurosurgery Research Fund.
18 years ago Mary Ann suffered a ruptured brain aneurism. Due in part to the lifesaving surgery performed by Dr. Chris Honey, Mary Ann enjoyed many years of a healthy and wonderful life and has contributed annually to Dr. Honey’s research on Parkinson’s Disease and has developed a great relationship with him personally. Just prior to Mary Ann’s passing Mary Ann contributed a very significant donation from her estate as one of her goals it to create a small legacy of which his research is part of. For more info on his research you can go to his website at, drhoney.org .
If you wish to contribute please Send donations to:
UBC & VGH Functional Neurosurgery Research Fund
#8105 – 2775 Laurel St., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9 or Email:vghfoundation.ca/maryannheary2018