Lillian (Bea) Mae Richards (nee MacKinnon)

March 30, 2020

Obituary

Lillian (Bea) Mae Richards (nee MacKinnon) passed peacefully away on March 30, 2020, aged 71 years. Predeceased by her husband Gord Richards and father Fred MacKinnon.

Leaving with many beautiful memories, daughters Karen (Chris Lester), Lisa (Scott Doucette) and Ashley; grandchildren, whom she adored, Victor and Clara Doucette and Eva Lester; mother Isabell MacKinnon; brother Allan MacKinnon (Martin MacNeil) and sister Shirley Bursey (Eric); sister in law Betty Dawe (Ross). Also family from her birth province of PEI and close friends, especially Marion Bursey, Marge Brown, Heather and Moe Barker, her lifelong stitching girls and bowling friends.

A tremendous thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre that cared for her during her illness – especially Dr. Lester, Dr. Larson and Dr. Laing.

Cremation has taken place.

Due to current public health advisories, a celebration of Bea’s life will take place at a later date. Donations in Bea’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

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Shirley & Family

It’s always hard to lose a loved one! But, more difficult when you know you cannot be there with your family in NL. I never got to meet your sister, but was looking forward to that opportunity this summer. I’ve enjoyed listening to you talk about how wonderful a sister Bea was and how much she was always there for everyone, especially your Mom. Your Bursey Family in Fort McMurray are here for you! You are not alone during this difficult time. May your family find the peace they need to get through this time and treasure all the wonderful memories that were created.

Marilyn & The Bursey Family
Fort McMurray, AB

Bea is a beautiful soul who will live in many people’s memories for generations to come. Please let these wonderful memories of Bea make this loss a little bit easier as time goes on. Her energy is with us all. I wish the best to all of her family. I am fortunate enough to know some of you. I am sure Gord is showing Bea all of his woodworking projects that he has completed somewhere else. Love you Bea Richards.

Deepest sympathy to Bea’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bea was a great bowler and a truly wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by all of her bowling buddies.
May she Rest In Peace.

Lisa, Ashley and Karen and family.
My thoughts are with you during this time.
I know you will keep Bea’s memory alive and keep the love in your hearts forever.
Love you all

To Karen Lisa and Ashley extending deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I taught with her at both St. Phillips and Beachy Cove . She brightened our days with her stories and jokes. She could get away with saying anything to anybody . With that cheeky grin and sparkle in her eye we knew she was up to something . She will be remembered as a great teacher and friend .
Cherish your memories !

To Ashley and all of Bea’s family I extend my sincere condolences. I taught with Bea for many years , beginning at St. Philip’s School until my retirement at Beachy Cove Elementary. She was a great teacher and co-worker.. May the treasured memories of your loved one always keep her close to you.

Condolences to all the family on Bea’s passing . I was very lucky to have taught with her for many years and to have retired with her. Bea was a light in the staff room; sometimes a beacon, sometimes a fire and sometimes a twinkle. She was always there to help, advise, and support. both the other teachers and her students., I have many wonderful memories of her, continued to see her and will miss her.. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. With sympathy,
Marion Hayden

Sending our sincere condolences to all of Bea’s family at this very sad time. It is through Allan that I followed the lives of his family and Bea was always part of the adventure. Thinking of her mom, siblings, daughters and their families as they share wonderful memories of Bea.

Elva and Tony Areny

So sorry to hear this. My condolences to Ashley and all your family. RIP.

Allan and family,we are heartbroken to hear of Bea’s passing. She had a marvellous personality, friendly, straight forward, and funny. She made us feel good about ourselves especially when our bowling game was not going the way we wanted.She will not be forgotten. With love and sympathy, Galaxy Team,Joan, Doris, Susan,and Theresa.

Karen, Lisa and Ashley.
Our condolences to you as well as her Mom Isabell and family.
Lots of great memories of a beautiful lady.
Take care and cherish the memories.❤️

So sorry for the loss of your Mother, daughter, sister and Grammie. Thinking of you all .Such a sad time for you especially as your family cannot be together to comfort each other., take care and Love to all. Judy ,Charles and family.

Karen ,so sorry to hear of your moms passing.. I remember you,her and Cathy had so much fun in Hawaii. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time . Hugs. Effie and Ernie Roberts.

Allan, Mrs. MacKinnon and family
I was so sorry to hear about Bea’s passing. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her presence in our bowling league. It was so good to talk with her a few weeks ago at the bowling alley. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Shirley Moss

Karen,
So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Wish we could visit but know that we are thinking of you and Chris and your whole family as you go through this heart break.

Sorry to hear of Bea’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless!

Ashley and family
I am so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. In starting my teaching career I had the opportunity to work, learn and laugh alongside your mom. Her smile was contagious and her heart big! She was so very proud of her girls and I can imagine she adored her grandchildren.
Thinking of you
Gail Gates Hatcher

Dear Allan , Mrs. MacKinnon and Bea’s Family,
So sorry to hear of Bea’s passing. . Our thoughts and prayers are with you. . Bea was a wonderful bowling teammate of ours and a keen competitor . She dearly loved her Bowling 🎳. (and especially when she got a higher score than you , Allan).
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have.. God Bless you all.
Sincerely, Tony any Maureen Healey

Ashley and Family: So, sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.

So sorry for your loss.
I remember her antics at BCE concerts and her smile whenever she was out and about.

Karen, and all your family, our hearts and prayers are with you. May all the love, care and healing wishes from your family and friends fill your homes and carry you through this difficult time. Xo Charity and Charlie

To the Richards family
So sorry to hear of Bea’s passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jim a Maisie gollop

I wish Bea’s family all the best during this difficult time.
I taught with Bea at Beachy Cove elementary., she was a tremendous, dedicated colleague.
Bea will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Ashley, Karen, Lisa and families,
I am so sorry to hear of Bea’s passing.
She was such a wonderful woman. who raised strong, smart, beautiful, kind daughters.
Her laugh was infectious.
I fondly remember her driving the tractor at Lester’s, as we went to pick strawberries. We always waited to make sure we got on “Bea’s tractor”. It always felt more special when she drove.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family now. Although we can’t be with you in person, please know that we are with you in spirit.

Karen, Lisa, Ashley
Bea was my Friend, Teacher, Mentor, & partner in crime it is with a heavy heart I write. Both your mom and dad supported Russell and I at a very young age, there actions, words, and Love have impacted our lives so much. ♥️Camping, PEI, woodworking, stitching & bitching, New York, group shopping , Happy hour, lol, I could go on forever.

Thank-you for sharing your mom with Me🥰
I loved her dearly. 😢

To Al and family
So sorry to hear of Bea’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Marilyn Letto

Karen, Lisa & Ashley,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing your mom is no longer is pain and her beautiful and infectious smile is shining down on you all and your families.

To all of Beas’s family and friends -God Bless all of you at this sad time and may all your happy memories bring you comfort in the coming days. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vern and Elaine Abbott

Allan and Family
We are sorry to hear of Bea’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
Scott and Kathy

To the family of Bea Richards:
I had the pleasure of knowing Bea through the Retired Tsachers’ Bowling League. Am very sad to hear of Bea’s passing. My condolences to her family .

Dear Lisa, Karen and Ashley,

So sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. It was a difficult time especially with the epidemic, especially for you Lisa., not being able to get home. Be comforted that you girls did everything in your power to be there for your Mom. The three of you were wonderful. Your Mom would be so proud. Take care and God Bless.

John & Gail Cook

Sincere condolences to her daughters and close friends.

Karen, Lisa and Ashley
So sorry to hear the passing of your Mother, many fond memories I will cherish of her in St. Philips school. Prayers are with you all .

Peggy squires

So sorry to hear this…my partner Janet Holden knew Miss Bea…I met her a couple of times at the hospital…Janet lost her battle in August..May you all find comfort in the days ahead knowing she’s not in pain anymore…Fly High with the angels and Rest In Peace..

Sincere condoleces Karen Lisa and Ashley and family’s on losing your Mom. Bea was a wonderfu person , friend and left a mark on everyone who had the privilege of knowing Bea as a teacher and friend. God bess you all. Linda Ern Churchill

Sincere condolences to all the family. Bea was a great friend to the Birsey family and made many trips to Caplin Cove in the summer time down through the years with Aunt Marion. She will be missed.

Al and family,

So sad to hear of your sister’s passing. May she Rest In Peace. Thinking of you at this challenging time.

Shirley Ryan

We are so sorry to learn of Bea’s passing. She taught our kids at St. Lawrence and Beachy Cove. Her humour and kindness were always evident. May you find comfort in your memories of your mom.. Take care.
Anthony and Gail Griffiths

Ashley and family,

I’m so saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humour, and was such a positive influence on so many young lives. My heart hurts so much for you and your family at this difficult time; you are all in my thoughts.

Mrs. Richards is responsible for instilling a life-long love of sports in many kids Prom Portugal Cove. For me, she was also the first one to put me back in my place when I got too big for my britches in the St. Lawrence and Beachy Cove gyms. I’ve never forgotten the many lessons she taught me and so many others..

On behalf of the thousands of kids that passed through her gyms and classrooms: deepest sympathies, warmest memories, and heartfelt thanks.

Our deepest sympathies to Bea’s family and many friends on her passing. We remember her fondly for her sense of humor, open and friendly personality and deep love and appreciation for her family and large circle of friends. May she rest in peace.
Gerald and Cindy Wheeler.

My condolences to you, her family and friends, on Bea’s passing. Take comfort in your memories and the high regard in which she was held.
Ruth Sacrey

Mrs. Richards was a special lady, not only a great teacher, a great mom, but a great friend and she will never be forgotten. While she rests in peace now, my deepest condolences for your loss.

So sorry to hear of Mrs Richards passing, she taught me as well as my children. Over the years, I ran into her many times, and she always had a smile on her face and ready for a chat. My thoughts & prayers are with her family at this very sad time. Treasure all the happy memories.

Deepest condolences to the family. Had her for a teacher many many moons ago. You will be in our thoughts and prayers

Al and Family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Take care.

Allan and family
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother and sister, blessings to all.

To the Richards Family
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
She was a wonderful person and a great Teacher.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen, Chris, Eva & Family, so sorry to hear this guys. – I’ll be thinking about you. Take good care of yourselves and each other. Erin

To Karen, Lisa, Ashley, so sorry for the loss of your mom. Living on Western Heights all those years I recall nothing but smiles & laughter when in her presence. You girls certainly had a wonderful, loving and caring mom. RIP Bea.

Karen, Lisa, Ashley and families. We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.. We have great memories of your Mom and Dad..
Love to you all.
Jackie and Gordon Squires

Karen, Chris and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at such a difficult time.

My deepest condolences to you and your family, Ashley. Bea was such a great influence on so many kids, including mine, and I enjoyed being a volleyball mom with her. Take care,
Xxxooo
Linda Cohen

Al and Marge, so sorry to hear of Bea’s passing! You are very much in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Al and family,

So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Richards was a great teacher.

Karen, Lisa, Ashley, and family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. You were truly blessed to have such a wonderful mom. I have great memories of teaching with Bea at St. Lawrence and Beachy Cove schools. Bea always had a way of saying something to brighten our day. She was a kind caring person, and always there to help.
My condolences to all.

Karen, Lisa, Ashley
We are so Sorry to hear of your Moms passing.
We send condolences to you and your family.
Arch & Judy Greeley

Ashley, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great person (and the best gym teacher!). You did an excellent job of being there for her. Now, we’re here for you. This is a difficult time, but know that you’re in our thoughts.

Mrs. MacKinnon, Allan and Family:
I was very sorry to bear about Bea’s passing..May your precious memories bring you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.
Dorothy Latreille

Karen , Lisa, and Ashley . Also to all the families My sincere condolences to all. She is at peace now , no more suffering God Bless you all ..

Ashley and Family. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Janice and Terry Young

Karen, Lisa , Ashley and families. I was so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful, thoughtful and caring person. My deepest condolences go out to you. I have many fond memories of her when she taught Curtis, Crystal and Heather physical education. May you hold her in your heart. She will be greatly be missed God Bless.

Sorry to learn of Lillian’s passing. We taught together at St. Philips School for many years and I have fond memories of our time together. My condolences to all the family.

To Bea’s family and friends, we are so very sorry to hear of her passing. Our condolences to you all. She will be greatly missed.
Kindest regards,
Myrtis and Wilson Guy
River John, NS

Karen, Lisa & Ashley,
Sincere condolences to you & your families on the passing of your dear mother. I fondly remember her from my days growing up on Western Heights. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. Xo

Karen, Lisa, Ashley and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.
Bea. was a truly special person who touched many lives with her kindness and humour. I was privileged to work with her at Beachy Cove Elementary and have very fond memories of her. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

To Beas family and friends.
Joe and I are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.May she rest in peace.

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Richards passing. I remember her fondly as my gym teacher at St. Philip’s and later Beachy Cove. I then went on to have the pleasure of having her husband as my teacher at Macpherson. Condolences to the entire family.

Karen, Lisa & Ashley, I’m heartbroken to hear about Bea’s passing. She was a wonderful person and she raised three wonderful people. I have great memories of Bea from when Ashley and I were growing up, from teaching us at Beachy Cove Elementary all the way up through the important moments in high school. My thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.

My condolences to Mrs. Richard’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. She was a very bright and beautiful soul.

So sorry to hear this. Not only was she my teacher, she also taught my son. She was always there with a smile and a hug. R.I.P.

Karen, Lisa and Ashley we are so very sorry for your loss…from being a wonderful teacher and an amazing friend to the church and CGIT your mom will be missed so much…our thoughts and prayers are with you

Barb, Ernie, Nick and Melissa Mercer

Bea was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this very difficult time.

our deepest condolences

Karen ,my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time . 💙

Bea was on my first bowling team 20+ years ago…the Stars, and she definitely was the star of our team! She was an inspiration to everyone and always had a word of encouragement, however the bowling was going.

My deepest sympathies to her family and friends and especially her mom who used to come to the alleys. I had many a fine chat with her over the years

Those who have made such an indelible mark will not be forgotten.

May Bea rest in peace.

She was one of the teachers that I will never forget. A very wonderful lady and great teacher. Deepest condolences to Karen , Lisa , Ashley and all the family on her passing RIP Mrs Richards . God Bless

Mrs. Richards was my PE teacher at Beachy Cove Elementary many years ago. I have many fond memories of her. She will be very missed, my deepest condolences to her family.

Will always remember her as my gym teacher, may she rip, gone but never forgotten

A bright, lively person who was always there to help. We had great days teaching at St. Lawrence in Portugal Cove. I remember the fish dinners that our custodian, Harold Somerton, cooked for us Friday afternoons after school. She always had an anecdote to tell. Happy times. Condolences to all her family.

Mrs. Richards was a beautiful soul and a fantastic teacher at St. Lawrence school. I have many great memories of her. My deepest condolences to the family on your loss.

Mrs. Richards was my Gym teacher back in St. Lawrence, and I have lots of great memories of her. My deepest condolences to the family on your loss.

To Bea’s family and friends,
So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Light and love… Lisa

So many wonderful memories of Bea.

The best bus driver in the world, a lifesaver of my common phrase “Bea I forgot my keys, can I come in?”, always a wave and a chat as we grew up and moved around. She was a beautiful force of a woman and will be deeply missed.

Much love and condolences to her family x

Sorry sorry for your loss. Miss. Richards will always live I. The hearts and memories of So many people. I personally will always remember her as my gym teacher who encouraged, laughed and played with her students.

So very sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

To Bea’s girls……We are sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May the memories you shared give you comfort.
May God bless you all🙏

Sorry To hear about Mrs Richards passing away thoughts and prayers are with the family .

Karen, Lisa and Ashley I am deeply saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all, your mom was a wonderful woman.

So very sorry for your family’s loss. My deepest condolences

Allan, Mrs. MacKinnon and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Bea’s passing. We always enjoyed sharing a laugh with her at bowling. It was so good to see her a few weeks ago when she came to visit at the alleys . Take care of each other.

Dan and Heather

So sorry to hear of Bea’s passing, my thoughts prayers are with her family at this time. Bea was a beautiful person and will be missed by many, especially her bowling buddies..

So sorry to hear of Bea’s passing, she was a beautiful person and will be missed by many, especially her bowling friends.

My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Bea.

So. Sorry to hear of Bea’s passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
Sincerely

Jean Quirk