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Linda Florence

February 3, 1943 - April 16, 2016


 Linda died peacefully at home after a three-year fight with progressive supranuclear palsy, complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Born and raised in Powell River, Linda excelled at piano and school in the 1950s. She began her lifelong interest in reading, writing and editing with projects including her school annual and a series of pioneer stories in the Powell River News. In the 1960s, after a degree in education at University of British Columbia, Linda taught at elementary-level schools in Prince George and Ottawa. Married in 1964 to Dave Florence, Linda began travelling life with the Royal Canadian Air Force. After bearing children in 1969 and 1971, Linda returned to writing in 1974, first as the prison-beat reporter for the Kingston Whig-Standard in Kingston, ON, and later as assistant editor of the Der Kanadier in Lahr, Germany. On return to Ottawa in 1980, she became editor for 13 years of The Leader, Scouts Canada magazine, and edited its newspaper at several scout jamborees. Returning to Powell River in 1993, Linda did several writing projects for School District 47 and served on the Powell River Public Library Board from 1994 to 2002. She then enjoyed retirement with hobbies including gardening, reading, bird watching, clarinet performance and travelling; including semi annual visits to family in Ontario and five-month stints for many winters to the southern United States. Predeceased by her parents Earl and Babe Courte, Linda is survived in Powell River by her husband Dave, brother Terry Courte (Alice) and half-sister Mavis Beatty (Lin); and in Ontario by her son Scott (Louise), daughter Lisa (Adam) and three grandchildren Jared, Erica and Raphael. The family would like to thank Dr. duToit and his staff and all the home support workers at Vancouver Coastal Health and PR Home Care Services for their skill and kindness to Linda during her last few months. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Powell River Public Library new library fund. No service by request. A celebration of life will be held July 2, 2016.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: linda bessant(goddard)
Relation: school mate

Condolences to David and family. Linda bessant

From: Michel Charron
Relation: C&E Branch member

Sorry for your loss. Condolence to you and your family!

From: Dan Spencer
Relation: Military colleague/friend

Dave & Family – Bev and I were saddened at the news of Linda’s death. We remember the many good times we had in Kingston and Germany.

From: Martina and Ed O'Neill
Relation: friend

We have fond memories of times spent with Linda in San Diego. We shall pray for her.

From: Ivan Wawryk
Relation: RCAF colleague/friend

I was saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. I have many warm recollections of great times with Linda and Dave in North Bay and Ottawa. Sincere condolences to Dave and the family.

From: John Leech
Relation: Friend neighbour military colleague

Dave, Sincere condolences to you and the family in your time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Barbara& Wayne Langdale
Relation: Friend

Our Deepest Sympathy Dave and Family. Thinking of you all. Barbara & Wayne Langdale.

From: Preston Smith
Relation: Friend of Dave's

Dave and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. We remember fondly the time we spent with you in Lahr oh so many years ago. As you go through these rough times don’t forget to look after yourself.

Betti Ann and Preston Smith

From: suzanne aagaard
Relation: I was a friend of John Smail

Dave, my condolences,
I am very sad to know that Linda passed away, already in April 2016 but I did not find out here in Denmark until today
I shall remember Linda as a wonderful, always so kind and a very sincere person – I was delighted to meet both of you through John from we first met in 2005
I wish you well, all the best, Suzanne (Suzie)

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 2, 2016
Beginning at 1:30pm

The Laughing Oyster Restaurant
10052 Malaspina Rd.
Powell River, BC Canada

10052 Malaspina Rd.
Powell River, BC Canada

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