We Remember

KERSHAW, Kay Mary (née Simpson)

March 7, 1960 — July 17, 2023

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kay Kershaw, who departed this world peacefully on July 17, 2023.

Kay was a woman of great spirit, intelligence, and humour. Throughout her life, she faced her battles with alcoholism. She leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and resilience that will forever remain etched in the hearts of those who knew her.

Born March 7, 1960 in Hyde, UK, where Kay spent her childhood before immigrating to Canada on January 29, 1975. Landing in Oyama, BC, she raised her family surrounded by nature and was deeply connected to the picturesque lakes, orchards, and serene landscapes.

One of the brightest aspects of Kay’s life was her boundless love for animals. She followed her passion and dedicated years to working in the local veterinarian hospital, where her nurturing spirit shone through. She had an uncanny ability to connect with animals and would go above and beyond to rescue and care for sick creatures.

Kay’s witty sense of humour never failed to light up a room, and her smart and thoughtful conversations endeared her to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She loved her family dearly, and they were the anchor that kept her steady through life’s trials and tribulations.

Kay leaves behind her two amazing children, Tyson (Renee) and Elizabeth (Mike); her three incredible grandchildren, Dylan, Tyler, and Zoey; her three loving sisters Denise (Jim), Wendy (Curtis) and Meg (Bob); her very special nieces and nephews and numerous caring friends (niece Keri Lee Currie was predeceased). As we bid farewell to this loving woman, let us remember her with joy and gratitude for the laughter, love, and compassion she shared with all.

May her soul find peace and reunite with her loving parents, Bill and Dee Simpson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA or your local charity that helps with addiction.

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SPCA or your local charity that helps with addiction Link: spca.bc.ca




  • Wendy Garding (King) says:

    I’m so shocked & words escape me – so very incredibly sorry 😞 to hear of Kay’s passing… I have very fond memories of babysitting Tyson & Liz when they were little …. much love & sincere condolences… Wendy Garding

  • Heather King says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I knew her from my Oyama days, I babysat the kids when they were little. I remember her always being kind, sweet, funny with a great laugh. She was a lovely lady. My condolences to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Heather King

  • Linda Dorion (Berkholtz) says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. I have so many good memories of times spent with her and her family in Oyama. Kay was the kindest and caring person with pets and farm animals and it was a blessing to have her at the vet clinic. My sincere condolences to the family .

  • Manda says:

    I miss you Auntie, Merry Christmas. Who am I going to talk to for hours on Christmas day? I guess it will be a one way conversation, I know you will be listening in heaven. Love you, Manda.

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