Sunrise April 10, 1957 ~ Sunset September 17, 2023
With deep despair and anguished hearts, we announce the passing of Carolyn "Vail" Thomas.
Vail left us much too soon, at the age of 66 in White Rock, after a brief but fierce battle with cancer. Her strong tenacious spirit and giving heart prevailed through her cancer journey touching the lives of so many right until her final goodbye.
Left to miss Vail is her mother Barbara, daughter Alaina, son Marek, brother Roy (MaryLyn), sister Lori (Tony), grandchildren Ava, Thayne, Tayla, as well as her friend and ex-partner Ken, her large extended family, many dear friends and colleagues. Predeceased by brother Mike, father Jack and step-dad Al, as well as ancestors from the Tzeachten First Nations.
Vail lived her life always thinking of others giving her empathy, time and dedication. Her selfless huge heart was at it fullest when she could positively lift others around her up. She was stubborn and opinionated towards what she believed in and protected the ones she loved with virtue. From her time as a ballroom dancing teacher into her extended years with the White Rock Players Club, her love for the arts was a passion she always kept with her. She advocated for the hearing impaired and vulnerable groups, volunteered with the Tour De White Rock and Delta and spent the last 20 years with the Vancouver School Board shaping so many lives.
To commemorate her life and enthusiastic adventuring nature, we will be celebrating Vail's life on October 21, 2023 at Sea Ridge Bays Clubhouse, 15875 20th Ave, South Surrey, from 2-8pm with "memory moments" beginning at 3Pm, where people can share their thoughts and stories with others.
As per Vail's wishes, please dress with bright colours for a party! Bring a favourite appetizer and your own refreshments. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please bring photos and your memories to Star.
Also feel welcome to add your thoughts, stories, pictures, well wishes and memories here online. This will be a going away to remember and celebrate the remarkable woman that Vail was to so many. Photos submitted to email@example.com will then be added to an online slideshow.
Please direct any questions to her sister Lori at 604-839-7116 or her daughter Alaina at 604-441-1904.
To quote Vail, "the show with must go on" so please have her in your daily thoughts, with strength and a smile.