Wednesday, June 12, 2024
June 12, 2024


Patricia Ann MacFarlane  

June 25, 1930 – August 7, 2016

It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of our much loved Patricia MacFarlane.  She died Sunday August 7th in Extended Care at Lady Minto Hospital here on Salt Spring.  Patricia was born 86 years ago in New Brunswick. Her loving parents were Alda and Stuart MacFarlane.  She remembered fondly her happy childhood and felt deeply loved and cherished.

In the 1970’s, Patricia was a music producer at the CBC in Toronto. As well, she was a consultant in music education. She had an illustrious and varied career in the music world. As a lyric soprano, she won many professional competitions and was much sought after as a soloist.

Patricia was very suppportive of the Salt Spring musical community. She was a founding director of the Women of Note choir. Until June of 2015, many many vocal students passed through her capable and encouraging hands.  She was loved and respected for her musical acumen, her deep understanding of her craft and her insights that helped lead her students towards their goals.

Our deep appreciation for the compassionate and skillful care that Patricia received from the sensitive staff of Lady Minto Extended Care. As well, we are deeply indebted to Adele Storm’s care team who lovingly tended Patricia in her home for several months. Many thanks, as well, to the dedicated hospice volunteers who visited her regularly.

Patricia died as she lived, expressing concern for the welfare of her friends and deeply appreciative of her connection to her students. Each day brought many visitors to her bedside. Patricia wanted her obituary to include her statement, “I enjoyed life”.

A service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held here on the island in the very near future.  Our world was enriched by her strong and dignified presence.  

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