In Memory of




Obituary for Daphne Elisabeth Lakes

Daphne passed away following medical complications from a fractured hip.

She is survived by her five children: Susan, John (Clare), Diane (John), Patricia, and Barbara (Jim); eleven grandchildren: Leanne, Alisa, James, Colleen, Brennan, Cole, Bryan, Robyn, Nicholas, Lauren, and Jane; four great-grandchildren (one more due in July) and her nephews, Patrick Pease, and David Pease, and their families in England. Daphne was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Edith Pease, her brother, Alan and her sister, Barbara and her former husband, John R. “Mike” Lakes.

Daphne was born and raised in South Nutfield, Surrey, England. Daphne’s idyllic rural life was disrupted in 1939 with the start of World War II. Daphne was sent to boarding school for her safety. Upon returning to life in South Nutfield, Daphne met a young Canadian soldier from Nelson, BC; Mike Lakes, introduced via Daphne’s Uncle George who ran a garage in Nelson.

Unfortunately in April, 1945 Mike lost his leg in Holland. Less than 2 months later on June 14, 1945 21 year old Mike married 18 year old Daphne. The war created odd adventures.

Mike was returned to Canada by the Canadian Army shortly thereafter. Daphne joined one of the first group of War Brides in 1946 and after a sea voyage on The Aquitania, she arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax in March. She took a train with war brides across Canada in the midst of winter to arrive in Vancouver. Daphne joined Mike, who was studying at UBC, eventually graduating from Law School in 1949. They lived in a “fun” apartment on Dalhousie Road full of students and their families. Mum typed papers for Mike when he was at UBC and Susan was born in 1947.

In 1952 Mike and Daphne bought their first house on Beaumont Drive in the Capilano Highlands. They moved to Leovista in 1959. For the next few decades Daphne was full-time mother and wife. She had a very busy husband and five active and strong willed children. Life in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were a bit of a struggle with limited finances, young children, few modern appliances, and being the master of all: Daphne was the driver, the cook, the seamstress, the knitter, the nurse, the gardener, the hairdresser, the cleaner, etc. She attended Sports Day at Highlands Elementary School 20 years in a row. Daphne loved that time in the Capilano Highlands when people lived simpler times, but they had a community with neighbour parties, tons of children, children were feral, and everyone knew each other.

Daphne was an active member of St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, Capilano Winter Club and the North Shore Winter club and the Senior Tennis Club of the North Shore. Always physically active Daphne loved walking, golfing, curling and especially tennis. She played tennis well into her 80’s. Daphne played bridge for over 60 years, her weekly games disrupted by COVID.

In January 2001, Daphne moved to the Cedarbrook Village, in Westview, North Vancouver. She loved the community and met many new friends. She looked forward to their regular gatherings.

Daphne loved being a grandmother and was proud to boast the she attended the high school graduations of all of her eleven grandchildren.

Daphne remained fiercely independent to the end, She still drove (not far), maintained her home with minimal assistance, was active in her complex, completed crosswords, watched golf, curling and especially tennis on TV. She was never without several knitting projects and wants everyone to know that her naturally brown hair at 94 ½ was “never dyed”.

Daphne was very proud of being British. She loved the Queen, the occasional gin and tonic, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner, correct table manners, and a proper cup of tea.

A “proper” Celebration of Life shall be held for Daphne when Dr. Bonnie gives us the OK.

If you wish to make a donation in Daphne’s memory please do so to either to the War Amputees of Canada or JDRF.

“Always count your blessings”