Mary COATES

passed away surrounded by family on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Ty Watson House in Port Alberni at the age of 59.

Predeceased by parents, Rose and Neil; family Butch Chipman, Sharron MacNeil, Biff MacNeil and Daniel Planetta. Mary is survived by loving husband of 43 years of marriage Big Derrick; children Little Derrick (Michelle), Rob (Kim), Neil (Jessica), Ryan and Scott (Amanda); grandchildren Chelsea, Azlyn, Kenna, Sarah, Trinity, Zac, Madison, Easton, Neo, Brandon, Makaela, Daniel, Jacob and Joseph; family Alice Planetta from The Lake, Scott (Ann) MacNeil from Cape Breton, Sandy MacNeil (Jean McKinnon) from Cape Breton, Donna (Frances) Aucoin from Ottawa, Marjori Vienneau from Kanata Ontario, as well as Sharon Chipman from Hamiton, Ontario as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mary was born and raised in Cape Breton. She and Big Derrick loved traveling and exploring new places. A busy, stay at home Mom, Mary had her hands full with raising 5 boys and keeping up with their adventures. Mary was a passionate Neil Diamond fan and had the opportunity to see Neil in concert 5 different times. She and big Derrick moved to Port Alberni 8 years ago.

According to Mary’s wishes, a memorial service will be held in Cape Breton in the future.

Donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Ty Watson House Hospice Foundation, 2649 – 2nd Ave, Port Alberni, BC., V9Y 1Z8. The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to each and every staff member, caregiver and nurse for the care Mary received and the support offered from the staff at the Ty Watson House.


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