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Volunteer Profile: Dr. Shirley Louth’s Obituary

Volunteer profile - Portrait of Dr. Shirley Louth

It is with great sadness that Working Gear informs our community of the passing of our volunteer Dr. Shirley Louth.

Dr. Shirley Louth died unexpectedly from an acute infection on Monday, January 22nd, 2018. She was predeceased by her dear husband Douglas. Loving mother of Christopher and Evelyn and sister to Lynda. Shirley will be greatly missed by daughter-in-law Lisa, grandchildren Colwyn, Emrys and Rhiannon and many family members across the world, including Andrew, Lenka and their children in Canada. Shirley will also be fondly remembered by the host of friends and colleagues whose lives she touched over the years.

Born in Luderitz in German South West Africa (the country now recognized as Namibia), she is the daughter of Lee and Lillian Gordon-Bell. Shirley lived in South Africa and the United Kingdom before moving to Canada.

She completed her doctoral training at UBC and taught for many years at Langara College, concurrently working as a senior psychology advisor at WorkSafe BC. She loved her work and was dedicated to helping others who were going through difficult times.

Dr. Shirley Louth was a valued member of our team, and a loving volunteer, she will be greatly missed. Her wisdom infused the atmosphere of our organization, with insights and patience that have been deeply appreciated. The expertise and sympathy she demonstrated day-to-day in our organization have created a spirit of encouragement that was equally as inspirational to the people who walked in our doors, as it was to the rest of our team. She has been a kind mentor, and her positive influence in the community will continue to resonate.

A Memorial will be held at the Richmond Golf & Country Club, Steveston Highway, Richmond from 10:30 to noon on Tuesday, February 6th.

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