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Sydney Mason

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On February 27, 2019 @ 3:50 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

Sept. 22, 1942 – Feb. 15, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our beloved Syd – mother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend.

Syd was born in Vancouver in 1942 to Jan and Betty de Bruyn, their eldest child. She attended school at Queen Elizabeth Elementary and Lord Byng High School, and attended UBC. 

After finishing her BA, she worked as a Social Worker in Williams Lake, where she met her husband, Bruce Mason. They later moved to Vancouver, where they were married in July, 1967. Their first son, Geoffrey, was born in 1970. Syd and Bruce moved to a “homestead” near Spuzzum in the Fraser Canyon, and their son Ian was born in 1972 in Hope. The family moved to Yale after Geoff started school. Once both the boys were in school, Syd took Library Science courses, and worked in the Chilliwack and Hope libraries for several years. The family lived in Yale until Bruce’s death in 2011.

After Bruce’s death, Syd moved to Castlegar to be closer to family, especially her parents. She lived with her sister for two years, and then moved in with her mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Syd stayed with her mom until 2015, when Betty died. Syd continued to help care for her dad, who lived independently but who was getting very frail. After he entered a care facility, Syd continued to visit him several times a week, and to advocate for his care, until his death in 2017.

While living in Castlegar, Syd worked at the library, and participated in several activities. She belonged to the Garden Club, Al Anon, and she loved to play Scrabble. She had two vegetable gardens that kept her busy in the summer. Syd was always there if you needed help. She was a lovely caring person, accepting and compassionate – just nice to be around. She will be sorely missed.

Sydney was predeceased by her parents, Jan and Betty de Bruyn, her brother Frankie, and her husband Bruce. She is survived by her partner, Bill Carlson, her sons Geoffrey (Adia) and Ian (Jessie), her daughter Selina (Russell Lai), her brother John de Bruyn, sisters Diane Andersson, Mary de Bruyn (Stephen Morris), and Kathy de Bruyn (Angel), 8 grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a great-niece and great-nephew, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends.

We would like to thank RCMP Sgt. Badry and his partner Constable Schmidt, Coroner Andy Cave, Jordan Wren and the Castlegar Funeral Chapel, and all of Syd’s friends, coworkers, and fellow club members for their compassion, support and assistance.

We are planning to hold a Celebration of Life for Sydney on April 20 at the Sandman Inn.

 

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Condolence from Elenore Archibald on March 16th, 2019 9:22 pm

Sydney, you will be remembered by me as a kind, soft-spoken, compassionate friend. Condolences to your family!
Elenore Archibald

Condolence from Karen Rushlow on May 8th, 2019 5:46 pm

Hi
I worked alongside Sydney and her hubby Bruce on the Yale Historical Society for many years. They were very dedicated people and contributed a lot to the Museum’s success.
I also took over as Branch Supervisor at the Yale Library where she worked for many years before going to take over at Agassiz which she left shortly after to take on the Branch Supervisor position in Hope where she worked for many years before retiring.
Sydney will be fondly remembered by me and a lot of others.

Karen Rushlow

Condolence from Peter Mason on December 31st, 2019 12:19 pm

Hello Ian, Geoffrey and family: I sadly just learned today of your Moms passing as I was trying to get a hold of her to let her know that Betty passed away on Dec. 23. I have lost track of everyone since Alana’s service so give me am email if you get a chance.
Take care

Condolence from April Wilding on February 5th, 2020 9:38 pm

Sending sincere condolences to Sydney’s family. I first met this very competent and friendly Lady when she was secretary of the Hope Garden Club. As I was not a close friend of hers, I lost track of where she moved to after she left the Hope area. But none the less it makes me very sad to hear of her passing.

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