Former Journal publisher passes away

Tuula Opheim, 52, passed away peacefully this week after a long battle against cancer.

Tuula and Chewy in front of The Journal in 2007.

Tuula and Chewy in front of The Journal in 2007.

The Journal joins with its parent company, Black Press, in offering its condolences to the family of Tuula Opheim, 52, who passed away Jan. 24.

Tuula was publisher of The Journal, 2006-2009, before taking on the publishing duties at The Northern View in Prince Rupert.

Tuula was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010, but successfully underwent treatment for it. Her doctors declared her cancer-free, but soon afterwards a tumour was discovered in her brain.

Tuula passed away peacefully n the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with her family by her bedside.