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Lisa Ann Kerr

September 24th, 1966 - May 12th, 2022
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To honour Lisa’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Lisa did not want her friends and family to gather in sorrow; rather, she wanted all those she knew to remember her laughter, amazing sense of humour and compassion - as she was always there to brighten the lives of others.

If you would like to express your condolences or your fond memories of our beautiful friend and colleague, her family would appreciate hearing from you on this memoriam tribute page.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Ovarian Cancer Canada, made on Lisa’s behalf, would be deeply appreciated.  You will have the option to send an eCard to inmemoryofLisa@shaw.ca.

Thank you.


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The Wilson’s
June 30th, 2022

Our condolences to Bruce Brooklyn and Morgan. Cannot imagine the loss that all of you are feeling and going through. B

We remember well when Lisa brought Brooklyn and Morgan to dance at our dance studio.

I personally always remember the beautiful spirit Lisa had and that beautiful infectious cheery attitude all the time that she possessed. Enjoyed our talks and Brooklyn and Morgan were so talented

Rest In Peace our beautiful Lisa

Lindsay Sue and Tom Wilson
Coastal Edge Dance Centre

Jeff Grout
June 21st, 2022

I had the great fortune of meeting Lisa at DFO and getting to know her on our shared daily commute on the West Coast Express as one of the Pitt Meadows "crew". Lisa had a great sense of humour and loved telling stories about travel adventures with her daughters. She was also a wealth of information on travel tips and loved sharing ideas to help others (I'm still using Costco travel for my car rentals!). The same went for work. Lisa was always calm, cool and collected and could always be counted on to offer balanced perspective on the most challenging problems. I will always remember her warm personality and that infectious laugh that had the whole train car wondering about our private jokes. You have my deepest sympathies. Jeff

Jeff Jung
May 31st, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's family. I first met Lisa when she was a new student working in Finance at DFO. As a young student, her enthusiastic work ethic, love for keeping an upbeat and positive attitude along with her smile and laugh made her such a pleasure in the office. Over the years, Lisa and I crossed paths at DFO working in various assignments. She never changed since her days as a student regardless of how tough work got. I will always remember exchanging a quick laugh with Lisa over the "issue of the day" in hallways, elevators and office events. Lisa will be sorely missed.

Jen S
May 26th, 2022
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It is so hard to comprehend that Lisa is actually, literally gone. I’ve been going through old photo albums from the 80s and 90s; reminiscing and feeling nostalgic. Back in our hometown of Sidney, we met in grade 6 and were friends ever since. I have so many fond memories of all the crazy shenanigans we got up to over the years!

As time went on, our lives didn’t intersect as much, but I still consider Lisa to be one of my oldest and closest friends. She was the OG. The type where you might not talk for ages, but when you did, it was like it was yesterday. The type you could laugh with non-stop till tears rolled down your face. Now they are tears of sadness, because there is something fundamentally wrong with the world when someone like Lisa is taken away.

In this photo… When our hair was big, but Lisa’s smile was bigger! That’s what I will always remember… Rest in peace my friend.
Jen

Lisa Leung
May 25th, 2022
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I am deeply saddened by this loss. I still remember the good old days when we were in Justice together. Your laughter always came before you stepped into the office. You brought sunshine to everyone around you. You will be sorely missed. The image of your curly red hair and your signature laughter will remind in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Bruce and your girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Lisa Leung

Linda Barley
May 25th, 2022

Dear Bruce, Brooklyn, Morgan and family,

Sending my condolences and love. I can honestly say that the way Lisa talked about all of you showed how very much her world revolved around her family. Despite the challenging role she held at work, her real world was all of you.

Lisa was more than my manager, she was my friend and my mentor. Her super skill was being able to gently tear down barriers, guide us through difficult issues and allow us all to do our very best. I have never worked for a truer leader than Lisa.

Her kindness and caring manner will be missed. She was by my side and checking in all the time while I went through my own battle and I truly cherish the fun we had at work and on a personal level. Her amazing laugh was so honest and heart felt and lifted everyone around her up. She was impactful in so many ways and leaves behind a small piece of her in all of us who knew her.

I wish you love, peace and only good memories.

Albertina
May 24th, 2022

Lisa, I am deeply saddened by your loss. It is hard to believe you are gone, it is just too soon. If I knew the time I saw you at Waterfront going down the escalator to catch the West Coast Express would be my last, I would have run after you. May your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.

My heartfelt condolences to Bruce, Brooklyn and Morgan. May God continue to comfort you during this difficult time.

Jacqueline Cheung
May 23rd, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's family and friends...
I conversed with her one-on-one only a handful of times. Most of my interactions with Lisa were in group meetings. I always came away admiring her intellect, confidence and humour. Lisa was an empowering role model. It was an honour to have worked with her.

Sincerely,
Jacqueline

Leanne Murakami
May 23rd, 2022
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Dear Bruce, Brooklyn, Morgan,

A huge part of my cheer heart is broken9 💔knowing that my cheer-mom-sister-wife is no longer here. Lisa was easy to talk to and one of the first people I met at VAS. I instantly clicked with her because I could tell she was honest, knowledgable and caring. Thru my travels with her on various cheer trips we ventured on together, I discovered how fun-loving and good humoured she was too. She always made an effort to get together even after our daughters "retired" from the sport.
Although our interactions were not frequent thereafter, she left an everlasting impact on me that I'll never forget and the fondest of memories I'll always cherish! CMOG forever, Lisa. Here's a photo of our #Bowentobewild day trip. Thereafter we went to play Bingo in Vancouver and had so many laughs trying to keep up! With love and deepest sympathy. Leanne

Kim Utting
May 23rd, 2022

Dear Bruce, Morgan and Brooklyn,
My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to you. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa on the Westcoast Express, and we would ride in to work together. Lisa always had a smile on her face, and talked highly of her family who she loved so much. We use to talk about the places we wanted to visit when we retire, and I am now sad to learn she never got her wish. It was my absolute pleasure to have met Lisa, and I will miss our chats. Rest In Peace dear Lisa.

Kim Utting

Marcia Croy
May 23rd, 2022

Lisa and I met when I was the Librarian at DFO. I have delightful memories that brought smiles to both our faces.
I live in England now but I know there are close friends to support Lisa’s family.
“ Some people come into our lives and quickly go,
While others stay and leave footprints
in our hearts and we are never the same”
Lisa left footprints in many, many hearts.

Wendy Ham
May 20th, 2022
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Bruce, Morgan and Brooklyn - so incredibly sorry for your loss - As you know Lisa was our rock, voice of reason, and our travel extraordinaire - having a fleet of cars and the most palatial place to hang our hats - we so looked forward to “Worlds week” and had so much fun together - We can’t imagine Worlds without you - but we are incredibly grateful we had the experience together - the trip to the Florida Keys will be one we will never forget! You will forever be in our hearts Larry! Love you forever - Sally, Walt and Terry

Angela Bate
May 20th, 2022

To Lisa's family -- I am so so sorry for your loss. I knew Lisa through work at DFO. We sat at the same tables for about 10 years and I always loved seeing her there, and sitting next to her. Her sense of humour, her straightforward nature, and her incredible fingernails were all part of the Lisa package that everyone loved. She loved her daughters so much and shared news of their cheer achievements and other milestones as they grew up.

Lisa -- we haven't been in touch as much since I left DFO but even the occasional check-in was so lovely. I wish we had checked in more often. I had the opportunity to meet one of your staff in a completely different context the other day and we reminisced about your amazingness. You are so well loved and will be missed by all.

Angela

Lisa Mijacika
May 20th, 2022

Lisa was a special person to so many of us. An amazing and dedicated mom, daughter, wife, friend, colleague, boss and mentor. But for me she was a special person who had my back when I needed it the most offering her encouragement and strength to support me through times of adversity. Lisa had a way of sharing her personal experiences to make points that would show an appreciation for life and a respect for people. I am grateful for Lisa and will miss her and always have her back. Growing old is a privilege denied to many and I am so sorry and sad it was denied to her. My deepest condolences to her family. Always and forever. Lisa M

Naomi Smith
May 19th, 2022

As you read the tributes to Lisa, you notice words like; laughter, hilarious and happy. The last thing I said to Lisa, three weeks ago, was " Always hilarious ! " I feel that I couldn't have expressed my feelings about Lisa more aptly than those two words. Her personality, her outlook and the way she experienced life ; was ringed with joy. I wake each morning unable to believe my dear friend is no longer on this Earth, always to be missed; never to be forgotten .

Ken Smith
May 19th, 2022

Bruce, Brooklynn, Morgan, Lisa’s Mom and other family members: I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I am shocked and deeply saddened by Lisa’s passing but I have also been flooded by so many positive and happy memories. Lisa was like a little sister to me, we grew up together in DFO. We worked and laughed together for over 35 years and have many of the same friends, colleagues and shared experiences. I really did enjoy mocking and teasing her and she took great pleasure in giving it back just as good as she got, if not more. We spent what seems like countless hours in meetings, staff retreats, work Christmas parties (with some horrible group karaoke numbers), group coffees, riding the west coast express, and sharing updates on our families. I feel fortunate to have gotten to know Lisa quite well - she really did care about people, she was positive, she loved and cared for her family and friends, she was genuine and honest, she was witty and funny, she was fair, and she was always dedicated to doing a good job. I could see over the years the very positive impact she had on so many people and why she was so well respected and valued as a friend, boss and colleague. I will greatly miss her laugh and friendship but will fondly remember many fun stories and happy memories.

Patty Baker
May 19th, 2022

My thoughts are with Lisa's Family, Friends, and Colleagues as we grieve and celebrate Lisa. Lisa took the time to get to know everyone who crossed her path, sharing stories of family, work experiences, never taking life too seriously, finding the joy or humor, and her unwavering support was unmeasurable. "We have work to do, but remember it is just that(with a laugh)." Her smile, and laugh was so infectious. After spending even a short amount of time talking with Lisa, you left feeling excited, and empowered! It was my honor to have met and worked with/for Lisa!

Kinder Brar
May 19th, 2022
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As I’m thinking of what to write in this tribute, there are truly no words to express how deeply saddened and sorry I am for Lisa’s loss. I started working with Lisa at DFO in 1988 and we have been friends ever since. I have a lot of fond memories with Lisa. From our daily coffees at Tiny’s Diner until they closed down, our trip to Tyax Resort, the laughing contest to sharing memorable life events such as weddings and having kids. Even though we moved to different departments throughout our careers, we always kept in touch.

I was blessed to have a friend like Lisa in my life. She was the most caring, selfless and positive person I have ever met. She had a laughter that was contagious and a heart of gold. She was always there when you needed her. When I look back at messages from Lisa, I’m reminded of how great she was. When I suffered a loss of my own; Lisa was there to support me even though she was dealing with her own health issues. She cared genuinely and will be deeply missed.

Lisa, love you, my friend. May you rest in peace. I will miss you heaps (a word from Lisa’s vocab) and cherish the memories we created.

To Lisa’s family, please accept my deepest condolences. Lisa has been taken far too soon but she will live in your hearts forever. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace and comfort as you navigate through this difficult time.

Leanne Wiltsie
May 19th, 2022

Lisa’s family, I am very sorry for your loss. Lisa lead with knowledge, respect, kindness and most of all humor. It was a pleasure to work with her. She cared about people and we all cared about her.

Tara Mannall
May 19th, 2022

My heart felt condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Lisa. I first met Lisa in the 90's when I arrived at DFO. Lisa was a warm and wonderful person. I had the pleasure of seeing her again when I returned to DFO in 2015. We didn't work together but we always shared a smile. Lisa will be dearly missed.

Tara

Anthony Lemphers
May 19th, 2022

Lisa and I started with Fisheries and Oceans at around the same time, back in the late 1980s. She was a breath of fresh air, and brought laughter, fun, and caring to the workplace. We worked together closely, and I had an amazing time working with her. She was a beautiful person, and an amazing Mom. Everywhere she went she touched peoples’ lives in such a positive way. She has left us much too early, and I am missing her greatly. I pray for comfort for her friends and family.

Andrew Smith
May 19th, 2022

My heartfelt condolences to Lisa’s family. I was privileged to work with Lisa over many years at Fisheries and Oceans . She was truly a special person who did not hesitate to offer her help and counsel. She was a great friend with a wicked sense of humour who helped put things into perspective. She knew what truly mattered. She used to joke with me that I was the only person she could call in Ottawa after 2pm Pacific and then, after our chat, tell me it was time for me to call it a day. When I moved back to Newfoundland a couple years before retiring , she wished me well and reminded me to take more time for myself. She cared about others and will be fondly remembered and missed.

Cay Carlson
May 19th, 2022

Bruce, Booklyn, and Morgan, My family and I send you our deepest sympathy. I got to know Lisa, the lady over the fence with an infectious laugh, as we shared stories every time we saw each other in our back yards. We got to know each other over sunny days and a gardening break. It was always an uplifting moment for me. Gosh I’m going to miss her.

Karen Bateson
May 19th, 2022

Bruce, Brooklyn & Morgan. I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and Mom. It’s really terribly unfair to lose your rock. She was so proud to be your mom.

I loved her laugh, it was infectious. Her big hair was epic! One time I saw her with three pairs of glasses buried in her curls.
I loved her enthusiasm for cheer, she loved it and was so proud of your both! Emily would not have joined cheer if it wasn’t for her love of the sport which she passed on to us.
She gave me a great piece of advice which I still use today and share with other moms “have sleepovers on Friday nights, the kids are tired from the week, and will go to sleep early”.
I hope in time you will come to see that she wants you to be happy and enjoy your life while she watches over you. <3
Karen

Heidi Catlin
May 19th, 2022
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Lisa was a dear friend and an amazing mentor to me. We worked together for many years through several different jobs. In every job I have had, I’ve always recalled her advice and have tried to model the way she worked and led her employees. She was kind, strong, confident, funny and so smart. I have such fond memories and we shared many fun times and many great laughs, sometimes laughing til the tears were streaming. She will be so missed.💔
Hugs ❤️

Kaitlynn Kenney
May 18th, 2022

To Bruce, Brooklynn & Morgan,

I was heartbroken to hear about the passing of your beloved wife and mom, Lisa. I’ve known Lisa practically my whole life. With Brooklynn and I being so close growing up, I spent a lot of time with your family especially during my teenaged years. I have so many wonderful memories of Lisa. There wasn’t a time that your mom didn’t make me feel like I was part of your family. I admired her drive and determination when it came to her career. Her sense of humour and laugh was infectious. Her kindness knew no limits, and she always made everyone she met feel special. Your mom impacted my life more than I think I’ll ever know, and I am a better person for having known her. She is gone far too soon, but she will live on in our hearts forever. Sending you my deepest condolences and all of my love while you navigate this difficult time.

Kaitlynn❤️❤️

Rhona Motz
May 18th, 2022

Bruce,Brooklynn and Morgan.
So sorry for your unimaginable loss of Lisa....a wonderful wife,mother and friend.
Lisa was a second mum to my daughter Kaitlynn . She fed her many times, took her on family vacation and even found her a job . She was a wonderful ,loving,kind and funny gem. She will be sadly missed by many but especially by her girls and Bruce.
I am so sorry for your devastating loss.

Patricia Monaghan
May 18th, 2022

Dear Bruce, Brooklyn and Morgan

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you, Aunt Merna, Len and extended family with this very sad loss. I have many happy memories of times spent with Lisa when we were young and our pen pal correspondence. My favorite memory was the week-long adventure I had with her when I travelled on my own for the first time from Banff to Victoria to spend time with her, Lenny, Aunt Merna & Uncle Al. Lisa was always welcoming and was such a kind and caring person who valued family. She was so very proud of her wonderful daughters. Love and hugs to all of you at this very difficult time.

Our sincere condolences
Patty, Brian, Molly & Katie

Terry Tebb
May 18th, 2022

To Bruce and the girls, my deepest condolences. I have known Lisa since she was hired at DFO and I was her first Director. She was always professional, a hard worker who excelled in everything she did. She went back to school to improve herself while continuing to work hard and care for the family she loved so much. She had an infectious personality and was always fun to be around. It was a pleasure to watch her career progress as she moved up in the organization. It is with deep sadness that I reflect on the painful journey she went through with that horrible disease, yet she always managed to maintain a positive outlook and continued to persevere. I know it was the constant support from the family that kept her going. We have lost a wonderful human being on this earth but I know she will be looking down on her family to make sure you are all doing ok. She would want you to remember all the happy memories you have shared together. Her planning for this eventuality is an example of how she did not want people to mourn but to celebrate a beautiful life. My heart does out to all her family and her many dear friends. Terry

Adam Keizer
May 18th, 2022

One could always tell when Lisa was in attendance at a meeting. No matter the topic, at some point in the meeting her laughter would erupt from behind the boardroom door and make me smile.

Morgan and Brooklyn: your mom was so proud of you and took every opportunity she could to let the world know.

Lisa, I will miss swapping stories about how we lived in the best town around, and I will miss the advice that you so willingly shared. I'm grateful that our lives crossed paths.

Tom Titus
May 18th, 2022

The World has lost an incredible gem . Though short , It was great knowing Lisa and having her as our Boss , leader and Friend! I remember when I was new to DFO , and attended the Christmas party she completely bowled me over by her down to earth and fun demeanor. Lisa is very special and will not be forgotten.
My deepest condolences to Lisa's family for their loss.

Bill Varvaris
May 18th, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's Family. Lisa will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends.

Kristine Steenbergen
May 18th, 2022

I had the pleasure of working with Lisa for about 20 years.
I will always remember your infectious laugh that could be heard throughout the office. Your quick wit & sense of humour always had a way to brighten up anyones day. There was never a dull moment when you were near. You were not only a co-worker but a friend to everyone & anyone who had the pleasure of knowing you.

I feel very blessed to have worked with you & called you my friend. I will miss you, your laugh & so much more.

Love & hugs to all your family & friends during this very difficult time.

Xx

Démian Martin
May 18th, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's family.

Lisa was one of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with, and I was glad I could call her a friend. Her knowledge, drive, compassion and leadership was evident to all those who worked with her - as was the love of her family.

God bless and keep you by his side Lisa.

Démian

Brenda O'Hara
May 18th, 2022

Condolences to Lisa's family. As many have said Lisa was a great boss and truly cared about everyone she worked with. She will be greatly missed by all. She had a huge positive impact on everyone she met.

jacquie mccarnan
May 18th, 2022

Though I didn't have the opportunity to get to know Lisa very well we did end up on a couple of cheer trips together. She was absolutely hilarious! We were in Calgary and she started to tell me about an incident she was having at work. Apparently the crows at her work had started to pester her to the point where she decided that all crows had it in for her. I thought that she was exaggerating until we were standing outside of the gym one evening when a bunch of crows just started making a beeline towards us. Sure enough, they were after her. Her theory was that all crows, everywhere, communicate through some form of crow language and that she was their target. It absolutely cracked me up and now whenever I see several crows together (which is often) I think about Lisa. <3

Kyleen Ennis
May 18th, 2022

To Lisa's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed spending time talking with Lisa. She had a quick wit and I appreciated how she helped to bring humour to lighten up any situation. She cared about people, and is sadly missed.

maddie
May 18th, 2022

Lisa is the sweetest person, i met morgan through cheer & we became friends so i met her quite a few times. She always welcomed me into her home and she was at every single cheer competition - She is always gonna be watching out for you guys🤍 sending you hugs

Dan Bate
May 18th, 2022

I always enjoyed Lisa's sense of humor, joyful laughter, and positive get things done attitude. She had a quick wit and an ability to brighten up a any room with her smile. She will be missed by those who she was around. My sincere condolences to Lisa's family in this unfortunate time of loss.

Sheena
May 18th, 2022

Heaven got a great lady is exactly right!!
Lisa was my sister in law but more a great friend.
We were pregnant together and spent a lot of time together when the kids were little.
The keg was our go to we did that a lot lots of laughter
Much loved 🥰

Julia Reinhard
May 18th, 2022

Lisa, you were incredible and always greeted me with the warmest hug and smile. I’ll never forget how you impacted my life and the lives of those around you. You were such an amazing supporter and a great mom to Morgan and Brooklyn that was noticeable by everyone!

Kerr family, my heart goes out to you and Lisa will be with you forever as your guardian angel! Love you guys tremendously ❤️

Megan Adam
May 18th, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's family. As a colleague, I always enjoyed Lisa's down-to-earth approach, sense of humour, and her willingness to get down to problem-solving with a real desire to do the right thing. This is a loss that will be deeply felt across all of those who knew and worked with Lisa. xo

Anju Garg
May 18th, 2022

I only met Lisa briefly a few years ago when Morgan was babysitting my kids. We kept in touch via fb over the years. Last Oct she sent me a message of support for my own cancer journey. I am shocked and saddened to hear she lost the battle. My condolences to her family and friends. I know she is loved infinitely.

Steve Gotch
May 18th, 2022

Lisa's positive energy, enthusiasm and tireless knack for brining levity to challenging situations will be missed greatly by her "extended family" at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Although our hearts are filled with sorrow, we will forever cherish having the opportunity to have known Lisa and take comfort in the fond memories of her which we hold dear.

Our sincere condolences.

Cher LaCoste
May 18th, 2022

Lisa you were such a great boss and a mentor. You were quick to find humor in even the most challenging of situations. I loved hearing about your family and all the great Cheer stories. You had the best laugh going and always brightened up our meetings and Christmas parties and the office in general. You were respected and appreciated and will be sorely missed.

Karen Calla
May 18th, 2022

My deepest condolences to Lisa's family. Lisa spoke of you so fondly and often- we feel a bit like we know you. Lisa was more a friend than a colleague to so many of us.

Lisa could always see past the noise to the heart of an issue. She showed her brilliance and her compassion to everyone she worked with. You always know when Lisa was in the room because she had such a big laugh - it's not the same place without her wonderful sense of humour and her kindness.

Kyle Wilson
May 18th, 2022

I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones. Though I didn't know her terribly well, when I did interact with her she was always very nice and appreciative. She will be dearly missed.

Dan Charitar
May 18th, 2022

Thank you Lisa for being an awesome leader. I had lots of respect for you. May your soul rest in peace. God Bless.

Sharan Johal
May 18th, 2022

So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Lisa for 30 years and have some very fond memories. I don't ever recall seeing her mad, angry or losing her cool. She was always smiling and laughing. My colleague, Julie Poirier, and I used to laugh that every time Lisa had a meeting with the Associate RDG you'd think they were in a bar, as there was so much laughter coming from the office. I will always remember Lisa for her contagious laughter and lovely smile.

Lam Hughson
May 18th, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa had such a big personality who was kind and caring and those who knew her has felt the impact of her loss.. I remember how all Lisa wanted was a quiet smoke break but instead, had to put up with me chasing her into the elevator and answer my questions as we ride it down to the ground floor and outside. Never once did she complain.
Our world is a little dimmer without her light. She will be greatly missed.

Lam

Jackie Bramall
May 18th, 2022

Heaven gained a wonderful person when the world lost you Lisa.

We have worked together for over 17 years now, you have never once waivered in your integrity, kindness, generosity, or empathy towards others and have always been a bright light to guide us. You weren't just a boss, you were a really great friend too, and your fabulous nails- don't even get me started!

I am going to miss you so much, but know you will always be connected to those you cared about, and watching over everyone just like you did when you were here, but now from a better position to see all!

I am grateful to have met you, to have known you, and to have called you my friend. Will be sending all the love and light to your family that you loved and adored so much as they navigate through these troubling times and beyond.

Thank you for being you, until we meet again my friend
xo

Victoria Surry
May 18th, 2022

Condolences to Lisa'a family. Thank you for the influence you had in my life. I appreciated the private conversations we had and so appreciate the influence you had for me.

Victoria.

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