Obituary: Ann Van Oeveren

Ann was born December 2, 1943, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020, on Salt Spring Island after a determined and long fight for 10 years against her cancer. While she kept up her 3 times a week workout which she had done for about 40 years, even during all her Chemotherapy and other treatments as she considered the people there her Support Group.

After completing college she accepted a job as a Dental Assistant and thereafter worked sales in her mother's store of books and magazines where she met in 1960 her future husband Robert who delivered the merchandise 3 times a week. By coincidence, they met unexpectedly at a Film theater where their love for each other started to blossom until well into the small hours of the night against her mother's instructions for an early homecoming. But the marriage happened much later on August 3, 1967, due to the unacceptable "living together unmarried" mentality of the time.

Subsequently, she worked in a large Dutch Bank where she worked herself up to Supervisor of the Stock Trading Department until she and Robert immigrated to Canada in 1974. After a year of leisure, she was hired by the Jim Pattison Group of Companies in their (now long deserted) car dealership on Main Street in Vancouver and subsequently worked as a Loan Officer for Scotiabank while studying to get her Realtor's license. When she obtained this license she went at it with great guns and in a relatively short time became an MLS Realtor in the top 5 percent of the Vancouver Real Estate Board. This lasted till their immigration in 1974 and Ann started working as an Insurance Broker for Salt Spring insurance for 5 years. The company was bought 4 years later by Seafirst Insurance Brokers where she worked in the same capacity for a further 10 years until 2014 while during that time her cancer was diagnosed which has no lead to her passing in a peaceful way.

Great thanks to the various doctors and specialists in particular Drs. Kesh Smith, Dr. Ryan, and several other doctors. Also many thanks to the devoted medical staff at lady Minto Hospital. No flowers, please but a donation to the Salt Spring SPCA is greatly appreciated. A celebration of Ann's life will be held at a later date.

May 7, 2020 11:20 AM

  • Christopher Roy says:

    Peace be with you Ann. You were one of the first people we met in the early days living on Salt Spring and we will always remember your warmth and kindness and eagerness to help and welcome us here as you likely did for so many. Thank you

  • weste says:

    Ann was my favourite person to deal with for my complicated insurance needs, back in the day. Always found solutions, not problems. A joy to interact with. RIP Ann

  • moriahboone says:

    I didn’t know Anne well but what I new of her I admired. She was a strong and passionate warrior.
    The last time I saw her, she was headed to Vancouver, to try yet one more possible option to beat cancer. So much courage and determination. Anne was a wonderful example of the strength of the human spirit.