In Memory of




Obituary for Beverly Schwab (Danby)

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mom passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021, with her family by her side. She is predeceased by her parents Ernest and Amy Danby (Cunningham), her brother Ernest Deighton (Dick) Danby and niece Heather Meneses.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Dieter, her daughters Kathy (Mark), Debbie (Peter) and Susan (Scott), 5 grandchildren: Rebecca (Daniel), Robert (Steph), Sam, Stephanie, Nicholas, 4 great grandchildren: Jade, Grayson, Hayden, Brodie and nieces Bev, Rose, Sandie (Marshall), Kathy and nephew Robert.

Mom was born in Vancouver's West End where she attended Lord Roberts Elementary and King George High school. Her success as a top-ranked tennis player began on the courts of Stanley Park, where she made many lifelong friends and met the love of her life, Dieter. She worked for the BC Telephone Company for 14 years in the accounting department until the birth of her first daughter in 1959. While raising their 3 daughters Mom continued to work part-time as a bookkeeper. Along with enjoying tennis, her passions included writing (publishing many verses and poems), reading, birdwatching and taking up golf (sinking her very first bunker shot!).

Through all her adventures with Dad she learned that the secret of a happy marriage was to go along with every screwball idea he came up with, including trading the house in West Van to live on a 45' sailboat. Mom and Dad were so fortunate to spend a long life and active retirement together, enjoying many years of sailing the BC coast, winters travelling to California and Arizona in their Airstream and summering in Osoyoos. In 2005 they returned to West Van to be near family.

No service by request. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project c/o LGH Foundation, in appreciation for the dedicated and compassionate care of the doctors, nurses and support staff.

A Sweet GirI Named Bev

The warm October day dawned early, with all the leaves dancing and swirling,
Forced up by wind, showing no remorse, as it slowly turned and headed due north
The day would prove historic, the time had come to say, "So long"
With no doubt, nor uncertainty, she was ready, "Call me forth"

With family gathered round, all eyes filled with sorrow,
everyone sure there was no more time to borrow
You see a very special lady, one so kind and so true,
had a very busy schedule this day, and oh so much to do!

"I won't go far, l'll stay close by, you'll only need to look up high"

Bev loved a good chuckle and as dad would head out,
repeating firm instructions to not move about
She'd give him a sweet smile, "Don't worry dear, l'll be fine,
you see George is coming over and he's due here any time"

A cup of tea, book and pen in hand, the only thing missing was her very fine man
On the golf course, no doubt about that, hope he remembered to take his good hat
With a glance across the water, she emitted a soft sigh,
while thinking to herself "how fortunate am l"
To share a love with her man, so strong and so pure,
was life's greatest gift, of this she was sure

"I won't go far, I'll stay close by, you'll only need to search the sky"

Now the day was getting on and there were things needed doing,
it was time to turn the last page now and no room for brooding
"You see my dear girls, a new story awaits, but my love for you
is forever enduring. We are truly blessed," Mom said reassuring

With her head held up high, she had one final good bye
On a skip and a twirl, a last glance through her curls
Loving look to her man, their eyes locked in farewell,
"So long my dear, it's sure been swell"
"Now, please pass me my racket, and clear the way,
l've got a prime match on and it's time to go play!"

"I won't go far, l'll stay close by, you'll only need to see me fly"

For my Dad, from my heart
Sue Forbes