One of the founders of Victoria Track and Field Club, Gwen Little, passed away last week. Gwen was loved by all who knew her, both for her passion for our sport and for her loving nature. She was a builder as well as a teacher in the sport and her work was appreciated by all members of the club.
The directors, coaches and athletes of Victoria Track and Field Club extend their appreciation and condolences to Gwen’s family.
LITTLE, Gwendoline (Gwen) Yvonne Passed away peacefully at Sunrise Senior Living, August 12, 2014 at the age of 92. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, John; sister Theresa (Tess) Harris and brother Clarence (Hank) Henry, she will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Jennifer (Rob Matson); cherished granddaughter Taylor; nieces and nephews. All who knew mom will remember her as kind, loving and generous – always willing to help others, especially those less fortunate. Mom loved walking, working in her garden and trips to Reno. She enjoyed sitting down with a crossword and a cup of tea, and our family dining room table was always covered with a jigsaw puzzle in progress. Born in Lintlaw, Saskatchewan; mom moved to Vancouver with her family in her early teens. She worked in The Sally Shops, first as a clerk then as a bookkeeper. At 19 she met her husband, John, at a roller skating rink when John’s twin brother dared him to ask her to skate. Ten months into their marriage, mom waved goodbye to her husband as he shipped out with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. On February 18, 1944, she received what every wartime spouse feared – a folded telegram advising her that her husband had been gravely wounded. Dad returned home to Shaughnessy Hospital a double-leg amputee, and mom devoted herself to his recovery and care. She made time to visit other soldiers in the hospital, and would often help them write letters home, read to them or simply lend a sympathetic ear. Throughout her lifetime involvement with the War Amputations of Canada, mom continued to visit aging or ailing war veterans and their spouses. Settling in Victoria in 1966, she became a member of Cedar Hill Golf Course and a Town and Country Lanes five-pin bowler. Mom was well known in the Track & Field community as a registered track official and one of the founding members of the Victoria Track & Field Club. She was inducted into the B.C. Athletics Hall of Fame for her 23 years of service to the sport. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Buie and the nursing staff at Sunrise, and to the wonderful staff on Reminiscence floor for their kind, compassionate care. No service at mom’s request. She will be interred next to dad in the Veterans Field of Honour Cemetery, Esquimalt. Donations may be made to the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation, Box 2332 Stn. A, Nanaimo B.C. V9R 6X9.