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Deborah Anne Bentley

February 19, 1954 - October 13, 2014


After a year long fight with cancer, Deb will be sadly missed by her friends and family.  Survived by her husband Jim, son Casey (Leslie), grandchildren Alannah, Alex, Brielle, Heather, Hunter and Paige, brothers Darcy and Rick.  Deb was known throughout the Valley for many vocations and projects.  As a graduate of the University of  Vancouver Island’s residential construction course and one of few women in the 90’s to venture into this area as a tradesperson.  From this she landed the position of supervisor of the Kaatza Museum Restoration Project, owner operator of Wood Revival Antique Restoration’s at Whippletree Junction.  When the antique market floundered, she worked several years as a flag person. Eventually she ended up working in a field she trained for in the 80’s – the Home Care industry, taking care of the elderly and palliative people in our world.  She excelled in her calling and received many kind verbal and written letters of thanks by their families and her clients she so lovingly cared for.  Rest in peace, you beautiful person.  No service by request.  Celebrate her life in the meaning of which you feel fitting.


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From: heather dickenson
Relation: friend

please let jim know how very sorry we are i met deb going back and forth to victoria she was special and a fighter she came to visit us in cobble hill and took pics of the renos to our mobile gord said oh boy jim is going to be busy lol jim and family we are so sad for you heather&gord dickenson

From: jay garrow
Relation: friend

Sweet Deb, I am so saddened to to hear of your passing and the struggle over the past year. Seeing Deb during our Whippletree years were always special, even when she was beating me in our football pool. I will plant a special flowering tree in our garden in Cowichan Bay in her memory. Jim and family , my heart goes out to you. When I think of Deb now I will picture here running and playing in a beautiful meadow with Cantu. Thanks for the memories!

From: Dr Brenda Bernhardt
Relation: friend

It is with bitter sweet sadness that I say goodbye to my friend Deb. So grateful that she’s out of discomfort, such a long go of it, and very sad that she’s gone.
Deb knew clearly that “the place to improve the world is first in ones own heart and head and hands”. Her generosity and kindness with her friends and clients was palpable and clear. I’ve heard many stories over the years of her showing up for clients in all different ways – enriching their lives. She even received cards and gifts expressing their gratitude. Her genuineness, humour, and heartfelt caring were forefront. In spite of her busy work schedule she was happy to show up and help me out on the farm when I hurt my shoulder. “No problem B – anytime” – cheerful and sincere. I appreciated that Deb “shot from the hip” and you knew where you stood or what she thought about things. I appreciated her big heart for animals and for gardening. Jim and Deb created a beautiful haven in their yard – a sanctuary filled with flowers and food and a beautiful pond. She was so happy with her home space.
I was touched by Deb’s deep love and appreciation for Jim. She would light up the room when he came in – the nurses said he was ‘good medicine for Deb’. Clearly!
No one can know another’s journey but I do know this: Deb and Jim loved each other and cared for each other deeply – and in the end – seems to me that’s all that really matters! Job well done friends!
See you at the ballet!!!

From: Kelsie and Bill Wheeler
Relation: Friend

Jim: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed working with you and I always remember the tour you both gave us of your garden. Kelsie and Bill Wheeler

From: John McCormick
Relation: friend

Hello Jim,
Please accept sincere condolences on the passing of Deb. I have so many fond memories of visiting with you guys at Whippletree, talking antiques and techniques for restoration. Later whenever I would see Deb in the store or someplace, we would catch up. We last talked about 3 weeks ago in Walmart.
I came over today but no one was home so am sending you this instead. Please feel free to drop by some time and have a chat. In the meantime take care of yourself.
Thinking of you,

From: Susan Simpson
Relation: Worked wtih her at We Care

So saddened with the message from work that my sweet Deb had passed. We were trying to get together but her health had declined. Her husband and grandkids were her life and also her yard. Spent many a night shift texting back and forth, Will miss you so much Deb, I will also miss her sense of caring for all of her clients. She was and is an awesome person. Love you.

From: Susan Simpson
Relation: work

Will miss you sweet Deb. Sorry to the family for your loss.

From: Cathy Wicks
Relation: work

I only had the blessing of knowing Deb for the past 3 years through work. She was the most caring and ferocious advocate for all those she cared for, and care she did! It was an honor knowing Deb and my heartfelt sympathy to Jim and all your family. The world is a little less bright without her glowing light. She will be sadly missed.

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