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In Memory of Louise Gittens

It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Louise Gittens, Crofton House teacher in the Senior School, left us on April 11, 2019. She is deeply missed by her beloved daughters Jessica (Brent), Tamsin and Robin, mother Dorothy, brother Eric and sister Jane and, of course, her treasured grandchildren Oliver, Kenley, Parker and Reed. She was an energetic, loving and generous mother, always supportive of her daughters. Her family, friends, colleagues and her many students are bereft.

Louise was born in Torquay, Devon, England as her father, Norman, was in the RAF, the family was posted to Gibraltar and then to Germany post war. On return to England she attended St. Joseph’s Convent in Reading. The family then immigrated to Montreal in the late 50s. On a trip back to England to attend a cousin’s wedding, she decided to stay and ended up working as a nanny for a jockey in the Midlands. She was always fashionable and arriving one evening at a party in London where John Lennon was in attendance, this long-legged girl emerging from the taxi made quite the impression. One of her great stories from that wonderful era.

Back in Canada, Louise attended Macdonald College and Sir George Williams University. She taught elementary school for several years before marrying and moving to the West Coast. After having her three lovely girls she returned to Quebec eventually teaching at Stanstead College.  She made one more move back to Vancouver where she finished her teaching career at Crofton House School. 

Teaching was her calling. She poured her energy and love of teaching literature and poetry into her classes and knew that being an educator was a privilege. She cared deeply for her students and the respect was mutual. Her keen fashion sense and fun style was famous at school and beyond. Her love of the English language was insatiable from reciting poetry to her own toddlers to passing on this love to others. She would certainly prefer to be writing this herself or at least editing it!
 
Many, many thanks to the Vancouver Hospice Society for their loving care of Louise and support of the family. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Vancouver Hospice Society.