Mary Patricia Cadorette

Mary Patricia Cadorette

On January 28, 2018, Mary Patricia (Tricia) Cadorette kissed this material world goodbye to embark on a new adventure in the ethereal world.  A little girl was born on Feb. 11, 1938 in Warrington, England to Peter Sankey & Emily Sankey (Holt). Ten years later her parents had another child, a brother, John Sankey who now lives in Spain with his wife Sue.

Tricia spent her formative years in the Warrington area and followed her dream of pursuing training as a fashion designer at the Leeds College of Technology. Upon graduation, she was appointed head designer to three British fashion houses. She also taught fashion and design at Newten de Willows College in England. In 1964, at the age of 26, she emigrated to Canada with her baby, Carl, tucked under one arm and a sewing machine under the other. She left behind a successful career to explore opportunities in the hinterlands of the British Empire called Canada.

Her first stop was Sudbury, Ontario and her last stop in 1966, was the teaming metropolis of the City of Duncan. Tricia remarried and brought a daughter into the world, Simone Padur. She raised two very independent children, Carl Woods, the cowboy from Kelowna (how did a Brit born boy become a cowboy?) (wife Camilla); and Simone Padur a teacher, artist, and woman of the world who now lives in Ipswich, England with her partner Adam. 

For a number of years Tricia taught fashion and design at Malaspina College in Duncan and Nanaimo. In 1987, Tricia, now on her own, met Raymond Cadorette at a Fireman’s Ball in Shawnigan Lake. They married in 1988 and spent the last 30 years building a life together. Tricia always said this thirty year period was the best years of her life.

Tricia was also a business owner. She owned and operated Tricia Originals, a couturier shop creating one of a kind designs for women from Duncan to Winnipeg. She expressed a great deal of gratitude to her friend and employee, Kim Sa Nguyen, who contributed to the end product with her fine hand at the sewing machine and providing Tricia and her family with delicious Vietnamese food over the years.

Tricia had many interests, renovating houses with Raymond, the opera, the symphony, gardening (both flowers & vegetables), art, reading, movies, dancing, swimming, going for walks, friends and family. Upon her retirement, Tricia enjoyed exercising her talents as an artist with brush & canvas. She was a past president of the Maple Bay Painters, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and a member of a book club. Throughout Tricia’s life she met many people who all became her particular friend because of their unique individual qualities that either complimented or contrasted with her own. She is forever grateful to have known each of you.

Tricia’s favourite movie was Pride & Prejudice. She loved the language and the communicating art of saying everything and nothing all in the same sentence and with such elegant prose. Her second favourite movie was the Importance of Being Earnest. She had an affinity to this movie as like Jack (who was known by one name in the country and another in the city) Tricia was known as “our Pat” or “Auntie Pat” in England and “Tricia” in Canada. Tricia was a Lancashire lass to the end, sending Raymond out for fish & chips, Cornish pastry, and custard tarts whenever she had the cravings, but alas no cucumber sandwiches.

Tricia’s last question to Raymond was “Do you think when I arrive at St. Peter’s pearly gates that I’ll have to take a number and provide my personal health number before getting into heaven?” 

Tricia leaves behind a brother, a son, a daughter, extended family members, cousins, nieces and nephews and her husband Raymond. Much gratitude to all the family and friends who made life worth living. Many thanks to the Community Health Nursing Team, the Home & Community Care Team, the Hospice Team and the various doctors who contributed to Tricia’s comfort.

A special thanks to Dr. Lyn Pascoe for your compassion, support and availability. Another special thanks to Josh & Crystal of Genoa Laser Therapy for your caring and kindness beyond measure. At Tricia’s request there will not be a memorial service, however, there will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date. In lieu of cards and flowers, please make a donation to Hospice or the Red Cross.  

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