Victoria Louise Fairbairn

(nee Radonicich)

1950 – 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Vicki Fairbairn at the age of 62 on her ranch in rural Lumby on November 9th, 2012.

Vicki is survived by her loving husband, Rick, of 44 years; and her children, Deb (Brent) Luchene and Jeff Fairbairn. She is also survived by Brittany and Dawson Luchene, her two loving grandchildren whom she loved dearly, as well as her siblings: two sisters, Suzan and Michelle, and three brothers: Peter, Robert, and Mike. Vicki was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Dixie.

Vicki was born in Connecticut, U.S.A. and grew up in Belleville, Ont. At the age of 18, while flying with the Prince Edward Flying Club in Picton, Ont., she became the youngest commercial flight instructor in North America. It was while teaching there that she met the love of her life, Rick, one of her students.

After spending many years in Ontario, Vicki and Rick moved to British Columbia, where she eventually found her own piece of heaven on earth on the ranch. It was there that she spent the remainder of her life raising and caring for cattle (being a surrogate mom to numerous calves) and rescuing and riding her beloved horses. She always had her dogs along while checking the “herd” and was very proud of how every year she could get her garden to grow “even better than the last”. Vicki had tremendous insight into animals and their needs, was loved by all that knew her and was an untiring, enthusiastic mentor to many, always putting everything and everyone ahead of her own needs, even up until her very last breath.

As Vicki requested no funeral or ceremony, the family gathered to celebrate her life.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the caring and compassionate paramedics, RCMP, Coroner, Dr. Pritchett, Dr. Blythe, Loren D., and Roni M. from the cancer centre at VJH. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our neighbors, family and friends who have been here to support us during this very difficult time.

Friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Vicki may do so to the S.P.C.A.

4800 Haney Road, Vernon, B.C. V1H 1P6.

“I could spend each day in sorrow crying and wishing you were here,

but instead I choose to celebrate your life”

Arrangements have been entrusted to:


(250) 542-4333

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