21 August 1944 – 12 September 2015

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Gillian Rose Mary Prystupa on the 12th day of September 2015 from brain cancer. Gillian spent her final month at home in Coldstream with her husband Joseph of 27 years, her brother Thomas James, sister Betsy and her brother-in-law Bob Baillie and daughters Katherine Dill, Annette Cook and Corinne Hewson and son-in-law Adrian Cook. She celebrated her 71st birthday with her husband, sister, brother-in-law, daughters and grandchildren, Francesca and Sebastian, and Alexander. Gillian is also survived by her sisters Megan Cooper in Australia and Gwyneth Hawkins in England, 7 nieces and nephews and 6 grand nieces and nephews; and many other extended family members.

Gillian was born in Bermuda on August 21, 1944 to Thomas and Elizabeth James; and married Joseph Prystupa on March 5, 1988 in Bermuda. They moved to Toronto in 1989 and then to Coldstream in 2005.

A memorial service will be held at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vernon on Thursday September 17, 2015 at 11:00 am; with interment to follow immediately thereafter at St Nicholas’ Catholic Church Cemetery in Coldstream.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vernon Community Singers & St. Josaphat’s Women’s Guild. Condolences may be offered at 250-542-5961.

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