August 25, 1946 – February 2, 2015
at the age of 68 years
Celebration of life: Salmon Arm Secondary School, Jackson Campus, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the gymnasium
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Latimer. Surrounded by love, Susan left us on February 2, 2015 at the age of 68 years. She is survived by her children Debbie (Doug), Richard (Karen), Curtis (Gwen), Michael and Kate (Brian) and her siblings Fiona, Robert (Cheryl) and Terry (David). Let’s not forget the grandchildren: Justin, Shaylee, Otto, Jenna, Liam, Aidan, Ashley, Jessee, Ty and Paxton along with four great grand kids.
Susan worked for the school district for close to 30 years. Besides her children, her job was her greatest achievement. Working as a certified education assistant and lunch hour supervisor allowed her to hold court and what better place to do that than in the hallway or cafeteria of a high school. The kids called her grandma Susan and she cherished being part of their lives.
Susan loved to shop – a lot! Family members tried to avoid at all cost, being dragged around on one of her excursions. She knew everyone and she stopped to talk to them all. She could spend an hour in Safeway and only buy a few items.
A strong union supporter, Susan served for many years on the local CUPE executive and attended many conferences as their representative. For many years, she was on the negotiating team for the CUPE collective agreement. She joked that the school board office management would hide under their desks when they saw her coming up the stairs.
If there was a cause, she’d be there – you could count on her. Susan lived to help people – in every aspect of her life. She loved her kids, her grand kids and great grand kids with all her heart. She was happiest in their presence.
A celebration of life will be held at Salmon Arm Secondary School, Jackson Campus, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship for Salmon Arm Secondary has been set up in Susan’s name.
Courage, my friends; ‘tis not too late to build a better world…. Tommy Douglas
I read today with deep sadness of the loss of your mother and my colleague at Jackson for many years, Susan Latimer. I just cannot express how sad we all are with her passing. I first met Susan in the late seventies when we worked on the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” for Shuswap Theatre. We had many wonderful moments during those school days and I recall Susan always joking with her dry sense of humour. I especially liked to hear her opinion on students who she would reprimand in the hallways, her thoughts on some of the Admin. she had to deal with each day, plus union concerns along with what she had to do to solve those problems, and the ever changing staff (quite a few in the decades she was CEA). Through all of these she made me laugh. That was just “Susan”!!
To my past students I taught: Debbie, Curtis and Kate, and the rest of the Latimer family, know I share your grief. Your Mother was a good parent who worried about your grades, your social lives, your activities and your health. She loved you all very much. Your Mother will certainly be missed, but mostly remembered. Remembered for all those great working years with her students. She was very special to us all.
Know I am thinking of her and you.
Ms. Jan (Harris) McDonnell
Jackson Jr. Secondary School-SD83
It was sad to hear that such a wonderful lady had been taken from not only a great family but the community as well.. Lunch hours will never be the same with out her.. She will be fondly missed and never forgotten, love and hugs to the family.
Susan wil be very much missed by us. She was a part of our family also. Our condolences to the whole family.
I was so sadden to hear about Susan passing. She was an awesome lady! I can remember the countless times she would stop in front of my unit at the Co-op and tell me such funny stories of the antics of her grandchildren. She would bring us both to tears as we would be laughing so hard. Susan had such strength and I could always count on her. Susan was an awesome neighbor and I will miss her smile.
Working with Susan at J.L.Jackson included lots of laughs and her help which was much appreciated during the years we worked together. Warm regards to all of the family during such a difficult time. No doubt many happy memories will keep Susan in your hearts as you carry on shining her light in the world.
Tears are shed. With all my heart I send love to a family I feel very much a part of. Susan, I will never forget you are the one who taught me “It takes a village to raise a child!” Many years of laughter and fun when you were around. Lots of LOVE to all the Latimer’s.
XOXO Molly and Be Mai
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We remember all the ball games and great times we had with your Mom and Dad. Seems like such a short time ago. Hugs Katie, Michael, and family.
Moms are the anchor to the Family tree. They keep the world informed of all the branches of their tree with such Pride, Affection and Love. And seem to keep track of everybody else’s as well. I always enjoyed running into Susan in town, she had such a great spirit, and was never afraid to tell it like it was. Tremendous respect towards your Family, as we all have known each other forever. It saddens me to know of your Family’s loss! Great Lady!
My kids were fortunate enough to have met Susan through the School system, and Loved and enjoyed that little spit fire as well.
Best regards and Condolences.
Rick & Stacey Larson and Family.
Susan …….. a warm, humorous women that made me laugh when I heard her laugh. So many funny stories that were perfectly animated when told by her. I can close my eyes and see her perfectly from almost 40 years ago. Fond memories of the Latimer Family growing up on 59A street. We in our family are very sorry for your loss. I will tuck those beautiful memories close to my heart. Much love, from our family to yours, Rhonda Salas – Neill XXOO
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.