Eleanor Arvilla (nee Gerrie) born in Vancouver on July 31, 1922 passed away on July 15, 2006 in West Vancouver, predeceased by her dear husband, William Dunn Hamilton in 1995 after 41 years of marriage and by her parents, William and Agnes Henderson Gerrie from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Eleanor is survived by her sister, Wilma Wanstall (Harry), her nephews Rolf Beltz and Gerrie Beltz and niece Janet Steiner (Kenneth), three great nephews Shaun, Shane and Devin and one great niece, Amanda. Eleanor is survived also by her cousins Charles Gerrie McPhalen of Vernon, B.C. and Dorothy Henderson Stevens of Washington State, U.S.A. and many friends and relations in Canada and Scotland.
Eleanor was the elder daughter of William and Agnes Gerrie. William Gerrie was the proprietor of Hotel Gresham on Granville Street, Vancouver from 1923 to 1937 and Eleanor enjoyed those years growing up as a resident in the hotel. In 1937 the family retired to West Vancouver to a house they had built on Marine Drive ten years previously. Eleanor graduated from West Vancouver High School, Vancouver Normal School and the University of British Columbia.
Eleanor enjoyed many years of teaching in both West Vancouver and Vernon, B.C. In Vernon Eleanor initially taught art, and subsequently became a student counsellor. She met her future husband, Bill, a fellow teacher, in Vernon. She was artistic, gentle and gracious, all of which traits encouraged the creation of great and loyal friendships throughout her life. Eleanor was a member of the Vernon Art Association, the Okanagan Historical Society and a life member of the West Vancouver Historical Society.
Eleanor wished to acknowledge the kind attention and support of her doctors, Dr. Paul Klimo, Dr. Gary Jenkins and especially Dr. Joel Teichman, head, Division of Urology, St. Paul’s Hospital. Heartfelt thanks also to the staff of Hollyburn House, West Vancouver, for their love and support.
A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
“Let me go quietly into the good night.”