Sylvia Joanna Drugge (nee Furey) of North Vancouver passed away July 14th 2023 in Lions Gate Hospital after a brief battle with thyroid cancer. She was 83 years old.
Sylvia navigated a difficult childhood to achieve her RN from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Chatham Ontario, and later to complete her BSN at the University of British Columbia in 1994. Sylvia was a long time staff member at Evergreen House (Lions Gate Hospital) and a past president of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia.
Sylvia married Carl Drugge (d. 2013) in 1963 and the two were married nearly 50 years. Sylvia is survived by her two sons, Brian Robert (Los Gatos CA) and Jeffrey Edwin (Montreal PQ), daughters-in-law Kelli Wong and Karen Li, and grandchildren Aiden, Cole, and Thomas.
Sylvia was happiest when outdoors, especially skiing, and infused the family with her passion for adventure. Until the sudden onset of symptoms of her illness Sylvia was still hiking weekly with her niece on lower mainland mountain trails. She was an indomitable spirt and will remain forever in our hearts.
A celebration of life for Sylvia will be held August 25th at 1PM at West Vancouver United Church. Donations in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the BC Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.