Sylvia Coccia

Sylvia Coccia

Tuesday, August 29th, 1933 Saturday, March 14th, 2020

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Obituary for Sylvia Anne Coccia

Sylvia Anne Coccia (August 29 1933, March 14 2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sylvia
Coccia (née Will) after bouts with stroke finally took her from us
at the age of 86. She was pre-deceased by her father Alex,
mother Mona, and brothers Bud and Doug, and is survived by
sisters Marlene and Vicky.

She leaves behind her sons Donnie (and wife Hetty), Tony (and
wife Lorna), Rick (and wife Laura) and David (and wife
Conchita), grandchildren Marlow, Christopher, Melissa,
Christian and Stephanie, and great-granddaughter Hannah.
Lastly, she leaves her ever-loving husband of 65 years, Donald,
with a most heavy heart. Their devotion to one another and to
their family is the pillar on which we all now lean in our grief.

Like her father Alex, Sylvia had an abiding affection for working
people and a love of reading, which informed her keen interest in
the wider world, and the city of her birth, Vancouver. A simple
bus trip downtown was always a pleasure for her, whether it was
to shop and have lunch, or to just amble into Stanley Park and
stroll the seawall. Though she and Don travelled widely over the
years, Vancouver was truly her home.

Among her other great pleasures were movies old and new, and
music, especially that of her Scottish heritage. She loved plants
and flowers, and like her mother Mona, she cultivated something
of an interest in folk remedies.

Together Sylvia and Don lived a rich life, one that saw a
beautiful courtship, the raising of a loving family, the
companionship of close friends, and for many years the pleasure
of seeing the world. Most enjoyable of their travels were the
many visits with relatives in Italy that forged an enduring family
connection, the longstanding annual vacations in Puerto Vallarta
that also happily came to include relatives in Mexico, and
perhaps most precious, their holidays spent in Sylvia's beloved
Scotland, and the Maritime provinces of Canada.

Sylvia spent her final days surrounded by loved ones.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Care
Team and nursing staff on ward 7C of VGH's Blackmore
Pavillion for the guidance and patience shown in caring for our

A Celebration of Life will follow at a date yet to be announced.

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Dear Rick, Sending you our heartfelt condolences. Your mother was a beautiful person, and you take after her! Love Denise and Willem xo
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Janice McMurray

Our condolences to you and your family. Love to you all, Janice

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Grant McDaniel

Grant McDaniel
Mar 24, 2020
Dear Rick, Don, Donnie, Laura, Marlene, Brian, and the entire Coccia extended family.
My deepest condolences on the passing of Sylvia. She will be dearly missed by your families and her friends. I was happy to have known her.

Comment | Posted at 06:27pm via Condolence

Fabrizio Marchionni

Ciao adorata Mamma Sylvia, tu che per un periodo della mia vita hai preso il posto della mia Mamma, tu che mi hai accolto nella tua casa, che ho sentito subito mia. Ho fatto parte di una grande famiglia come la tua, una donna 5 uomini, eri una persona determinata ed allo stesso tempo dolce. Zio Don aveva scelto bene vedendo in te il suo futuro, tutto questo non sarebbe esistito senza di te, sei stata come un albero di quercia, forte, bella e senza tempo! Ora sono sicuro che sarai in buona compagnia dove stai andando, e porta un bacio anche alla mia Mamma Giuseppina, che ti adorava! A presto dolce Sylvia.

"Hello, beloved MammaSylvia, you who for a period of my life have taken the place of my Mom, you who welcomed me into your home, who I immediately felt mine. I was part of a big family ,like your 5 son. You were a determined person and at the same time sweet. Uncle Don chose well seeing his future in you, all this would not have existed without you, you were like an oak tree, strong, beautiful and timeless! Now I am sure you will be in good company where you are going, and bring a kiss also to my Mother Josephine, who adored you! Goodbye sweet Sylvia."
Comment | Posted at 06:00pm via Condolence

Alison Diamond and Family

Hello Rick, we are so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. You always talked so lovingly about her. It’s very hard to lose a parent. Our thoughts are with you. Lots of love. Alison & family.
Comment | Posted at 05:57pm via Condolence

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