Gertrude Broad

Gertrude Anne Broad

Wednesday, June 22nd, 1927 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gertrude (Trudy) Anne Broad (nee Dean) on August 10th, 2020. Trudy was predeceased by her husband Donald Archibald Broad, her father Lloyd Alfred Dean, mother Rose Alma Dean (nee Hamel), brothers Lyle and Bert Dean and sister Helen Maher (nee Dean).

Trudy was born in 1927 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She grew up in Saskatchewan, and graduated with a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan, later working for the Dean of Law where she first met her future husband Don. But adventure beckoned and she headed to Vancouver, where she once again met up with Don and they were soon married. Don, Darrell and Tom were born and in 1960 the family moved to Montreal where Patricia was born. In the 1980's Trudy and Don moved back to their beloved North Vancouver.

Mom was known as a strong, intelligent and independent woman. The arc of her life reflects these characteristics - notably her ability to engage in articulate, challenging and compelling conversations. Her language skills were determinedly perfect, a value that she impressed upon her children.

Trudy will be fondly remembered for these traits, along with her kindness and interest in others. She is survived and will be deeply missed by sons Don (Susan), Darrell (Mary) Tom (Guylaine) and daughter Patricia; grandchildren Lisa Harker (Adam), Michael Broad (Morgan Bathurst), Hannah Broad, Aaron Broad, Derek Broad, Sophie Broad and great-grandchildren Olive and Julia.

For Tributes please see the website. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
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  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Edmunds Catholic Church
    545 Mahon Avenue
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    Father Steny Mascarenhas
  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 12:30pm
    Capilano View Cemetery
    1490 Third Street
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Marty Collier and Mary Davis

Posted at 06:02pm
Dear Tom:

We have been thinking of you and the entire Broad family so much since you gave us the sad news about your amazing “Mom of the Broads” –- she was one in a million and what a great life of 93 years.

Since 1979 and 1984 respectively, we were the lucky recipients of your Mom’s welcoming smiles and phenomenal hospitality. She was "a class act" and we loved spending time with her at 4350 Graham Drive in Montreal and 3300 Capilano Road in Vancouver. She is now with your jolly Dad in heaven and will always be with you. From on high, she’ll continue to encourage you to do your best at home, work and play –- including playing piano/keyboards, which I’m so glad she introduced you to. If she hadn’t, our 41-year musical partnership and friendship may never have happened… We are so blessed to have known her through you.

Take care and we’ll be in touch soon.

With sympathy and love,
Marty and Mary

Margot Wright

Posted at 03:18pm
Dear Darrell, Mary, Hannah, Aaron and family

So sorry to hear of your Mum's passing.
Never an easy time.
I have fond memories of being in your parents home in North Van. (All those years ago) Always made to feel welcome!

I hope you are all okay and I would enjoy to reconnect, when you feel the time is right.


Margot, Jesse and Christina


Wanda Dean

Posted at 12:30pm
Today I send love to Auntie Trudy's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We have always lived many miles apart but that makes my memories all that much dearer. I met Auntie Trudy a few times when I was growing up but then in 1968 I was finally able to visit your family. It was wonderful visit to get to know my aunt and uncle and cousins. Yes Don, I remember seeing Montreal with you.
Years ago, I was sitting in the hospital cafeteria when I looked up and thought I saw my aunt and uncle but was not sure how that could be possible. But yes it was Trudy and Don in Calgary. It was a hard time for you Darrell but I got to spend a lot of time with Auntie Trudy which was such a privilege.
About 12 years ago Stan and I were visiting in Richmond. Auntie Trudy cheerfully came to us there for lunch. I was so excited to see her again and would have been happy for that lunch to never end.
Wanda Dean

Gloria Dean

Posted at 11:07pm
Based on our family movies and pics I know that Aunt Trudy and her family came to some of our family BBQ's and gatherings in Saskatoon. And of course those oh so wonderful Christmas Eves at Grandma Dean's for all her adult children and grandchildren.
After our family moved to Vancouver in '66 we didn't see the "Dean" side of the family as often. But I do remember one summer when Aunt Trudy and Uncle Don and their "Broad [sic]" of kids came for a visit and we all went swimming in our above ground swimming pool in Richmond. Jumping off our balcony into the pool was great fun!
Another time I remember was when mom asked me to pick up Aunt Trudy and Trissie at the airport as mom and dad would still be at school teaching. I brought both of them back to mom and dads and offered them some tea or coffee while we waited. They seemed delighted that I would offer them some tea but little did they know that I had never made tea before. (At that time I drank neither tea nor coffee.) So I set about to boil some water for tea. I plunked what was most likely a "red rose" tea bag in mom's corning ware tea pot and then served them both what would probably be the worst cuppa tea that they had ever tasted. But Aunt Trudy and Trish were very gracious and I very much enjoyed their company.
Aunt Trudy seemed very comfortable and attentive around family and in small groups. I absolutely loved her long beautiful grey hair.
Later on when I was probably in my 30's I recall us "Llyle Dean" girls going out for lunch with Aunt Trudy at the Hotel Vancouver. I believe Aunt Trudy enjoyed the outing as much as we did.
There was another time when I was on the ferry with Auntie Helen and Trudy. They were lots of fun to be with and I remember rambling on with some very youthful thoughts and ideas and Aunt Trudy patiently and intently listened to me babbling away.
It was so very nice to have Aunt Trudy and Uncle Bert come to Christina Lake and be with us after our dad (their brother) had passed. And now the last of the elder Dean siblings has passed on.
I am so sorry for your families loss but believe that your mom has found her peace and lives on in spirit and in love.
So in honour of Aunt Trudy I continue to have my chocolate as an evening snack with a cuppa tea (yes I now drink tea and love it--and yes it's organic tea!) (Although Auntie Trudy told me that she had one square of chocolate in the evenings--I choose to have at least six!)
Gloria Dean

Patricia Broad Posted at 11:49pm

Hi Gloria, that is a beautiful set of recollections. I beleive the tea was delicious, and I have seen pictures of the lunch and the ferry ride with mom and aunt Helen. Everyone looked very happy. What sweet recollections.

Fred Romain

Posted at 01:21pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Patricia Broad Posted at 11:45pm

Fred! that is so beautiful! thank you so much!!

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