It is with deep sorrow the family of Burling (Burl) Riley regret to announce her passing in Langley BC on April 9, 2023 at the age of 90 years.
Burl will be forever loved and dearly missed by her children; Jeffrey (Tina), Diane (Art) and Sheryl (Dave) who are left to carry on her memory along with 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burl was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Donald; and her eldest son Stuart.
Born in Fort William Ontario to Danish immigrants, she was incredibly proud of her Danish heritage. She moved with her family to Vancouver at the age of 12 where she remained until moving to Burnaby to raise her family where they remained for decades.
Burl's passion was truly her family and friends. Raised as an only child she was the sole keeper of not only her personal family history, but also held tight to the precious memories and funny anecdotes for multiple generations..There was nothing she enjoyed more than gatherings to listen to stories where she would commit every detail to memory, or to share her wonderful stories. Kindness was at the heart of everything Burl did, whether hosting wedding and baby showers, weekends at TeePee, Madeira Park, or opening her door to anyone that needed a friendly ear, she was both comforting and counselling without judgement. She made an impact on many lives, and her enduring connections showed just how special she was.
Her love of stories, humour and connecting with people coined the phrase for her family of "The Burl Report". She had the ability to relay the saddest of stories with incredible compassion and empathy, and the happiest news absolutely buzzing with excitement. No detail too small, every person recalled exactly as told; everyone's story was important. Everyone will miss those calls.
In lieu of a traditional memorial service, the family requests that you honor Burl by reaching out to family or friends, young or old and have a conversation, share some stories, make some memories and simply enjoy each other's company.
"Those we love can never be more than a thought away for as long as there's a memory, they're in our hearts to stay"