Salli Bielby

Salli Bielby

It is with deep sorrow to share the unexpected death of a very much loved mother. Salli Bielby, passed away peacefully on August 9th, 2014 in Ashcroft at the young age of 89 1/2. She was born in Evijarvi, Finland on February 20th, 1925 and immigrated to Canada in 1951 after getting married to a young British bachelor she met while vacationing in England.

She will be dearly missed by her son, Harry and his fiancée, Annette who live in Escondido, California and predeceased by her husband, Harry Sr. who passed away in Vancouver, November 21st, 1984.

Salli moved to Ashcroft from Coquitlam in August 1989 to be close to her year-round cabin at Pavilion Lake. She loved spending countless hours trout fishing at all her favourite spots. Salli also enjoyed gardening, crocheting, feeding the local birds and horses, and helping injured birds until they were well enough to fly on their own.

During her Ashcroft years, Harry kept in close touch with visits and daily phone calls. His last visit was in July 2014 and was a very memorable one. This is the last photo taken from that visit.

Salli requested to be cremated and there will be no public services. Donations in memory of Salli may be made to your local chapter of the SPCA. She was a huge animal lover and loved all kinds of animals.

Harry and Annette would love to express their gratefulness to the Police Constables and to Shawn of Thompson Valley Funeral Home for all their help, kindness and patience.

One of her favourite songs that seems fitting is:

“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

Unforgettable – That’s what you are,

Unforgettable – Tho’ near or far.

Like a song of love that clings to me,

How the thought of you does things to me.

Never before – Has someone been more…

Unforgettable – In every way,

And forever more – That’s how you’ll stay.

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