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Patricia Tryon

January 30, 1952 - July 4, 2021


Pat died suddenly at home after an accident.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, James Tryon and Virginia Tryon (nee Ramsay). She is survived by her spouse of 40 years, Rose Lippert, and her siblings Jim Tryon (Heather Tryon), Allan Tryon (Joyce Johnston), Gordon Tryon, Robert Tryon and Diane Eyben.

She was especially close to her niece Cordelia Tryon and her Godchild Colette Berryman, and she was so proud of their careers and families.

Pat was a pragmatic feminist. Finding her English degree from Simon Fraser University virtually useless in the job market of the late 70’s, she entered a trades program in Northern B.C., acquiring her carpentry certification after a winter apprenticeship in Dawson Creek. She and very few other women were the first to be employed in heavy construction in the 80’s in B.C. She was also a skilled finishing carpenter, working on the interior renovation of the Empress Hotel. As a small holder and farmer, she built several barns, out buildings and greenhouses, often by herself.

Once again making the most practical transition, in her forties, she retrained as a Care Aid and worked more than 25 years at Cowichan Lodge and Cairnsmore Place. A fierce advocate for the elderly, she always called it as she saw it, and was one of the last HEU staff to leave when Cowichan Lodge was closed.

Pat was a fearless beekeeper and an accomplished dressage rider. A true Aquarian, she had the ability to do extraordinary things and make them look easy.

Infinite gratitude goes to the heroes who attended the accident scene transcending chaos to do their jobs: BC Ambulance and Paramedics teams, Lake Cowichan RCMP, Volunteer Fire Dept., Coroner’s Service and their support staff, and Victim Services (WAVAW). Also, to the angels who arrived as if sent, Kerry, Susan, Howard and Phil, many, many thanks.

Pat was a lover of all animals but especially Havanese dogs and Andalusian horses. Any contribution to the BCSPCA will preserve her memory.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Susan Hawkes
Relation: Friends at work ( Cowichan Lodge)

RIP Pat, you were a hard worker and fair. I always enjoyed our discussions over breaks. You will be greatly missed

From: Patricia Zubatiuk
Relation: I know Rose from work.

Rose I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse Patricia. My thoughts are with you.

From: julie francoeur
Relation: Worked with Rose for many years and a friend.

So very sorry for your loss Rose.

From: vern white
Relation: long time friend and neighbour

That was a sweet obit Rose and extended family. Such a loss. I hope there is a place peace can find to settle amongst the angst and sorrow grief hails. Forever a friend; wishing you the best. vern

From: Anna Wang and Sue Browne
Relation: Friends

Dear Rose,
So very sad and sorry to hear about Pat’s accident Pat was such an engaging , charming person with a big heart , ready laugh and enormous talent and intelligence. We remember her building the massive bookcases out of Sue’s trees in our home, designing the most aesthetic dimensions for the wood , making those dados perfect, her intense concentration sanding the wood. She was an artist , putting her skills into creating something that was important for Sue. In so many ways she also got to live a dream that many of us hope for , being able to live happily with her lover for forty years , getting to create with you your lovely organic farm and home ,complete with her beloved horses dogs and bees,having meaningful work plus building a supportive community of family and friends. A rich life indeed , lived with clear intention, but far too short . Our thoughts are with you at this time . In memory of Pat ,we are making a donation to the BCSPCA.. Take good care , Rose.

From: Sharon Driscoll
Relation: Co worker of her partner Rose

Rose I am so sorry for your loss- you are in my thoughts – I have never met Pat but she sounds like she was a woman who lived her life well and cared for many who’s path she crossed- my heart goes out to you and her family- take care

From: Heather Browning
Relation: co-worker and friend

To Rose, I can only say me heart is heavy, heavy at your loss of Pat and the tragedy of her loss of life so prematurely. I think she was my favourite person to work alongside and I very much missed our conversations and time spent together when the Lodge closed and we went to different work places. My grandson, Demetri, has fond memories of coming out to the farm with me when he was a little guy, playing with the little goats, petting the horses and fishing in the pond. I cannot imagine how difficult this all must be for you but I believe the spirit of Pat is not gone and I hope you are able to feel her presence still.

From: Linda McAdams Gray
Relation: I am a first cousin of Pat's

Many of Pat’s Tryon family just heard this sad news. What a remarkable person. I wish I had know her. Only remember her as a child when she was called Patsy.

From: Margery Tryon
Relation: First Cousin

Dear Rose and Tryon Family♥️ My cousin came across Patsy’s obituary. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. We visited the Family in North Vancouver all our childhood. I’ll always remember her beautiful smile and strawberry blond hair🥰

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