Shirley Jean (Jill) Stannard

June 29, 1927 – April 13, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother and well- known passionate Nanaimoite Jill Stannard at the age of 94 years. She was predeceased by her parents George and Edna Stannard, sister Jackie Clavora, infant granddaughter Jennifer, son-in-law Randy Johnson and her long time companion and partner Ab Seriani. Jill leaves to mourn her 3 children, Rick Rispin (Linda), Kathleen Milosz (Tom), and Michael Rispin.
She was affectionately known as Bubi and will be deeply missed by her 10 grandchildren Geoffrey, Lesley, Dean, Katrina, Braydon, Breanne, Brittney, Amber, Spencer, and Curtis as well as 18 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her much loved extended families the Seriani’s and Clavora’s.
Jill was born in Nanaimo, as was her father, where she enjoyed a very happy childhood. She was especially close to her sister Jackie and the pair were well known as “Jack and Jill” on Franklin Street. She was always devoted and passionate about the history of Nanaimo, dedicating many hours serving in the Nanaimo Historical Society, Nanaimo Archives, and on the Nanaimo Historical Heritage Commission, as well as being a lifetime member of Friends of the South End. In 2018 she was acknowledged for her contributions by being appointed the Parade Marshal during Nanaimo Heritage Days, which was the ultimate recognition, as she loved being the centre of attention. She loved providing walking tours for Friends of the South End, having an impeccable memory for names and details of who lived in each home in downtown Nanaimo.
As a young lady she was a keen basketball player. Later in life she was active in the IODE, played golf at the Nanaimo Golf Club, volunteered for the Claytree Society and was an avid bridge player. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining. Bubi will always be remembered for her wonderful roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinners, at least five vegetables and always ended the feast with a delicious wild blackberry pie. Jill enjoyed traveling, taking many trips to Europe and RV trips with Ab to Mexico, the US and throughout Vancouver Island and Western Canada.
She was independent all her life, living on her own until her last few weeks. She was outgoing, witty, vibrant and never hesitated to offer her opinion. She took pride in looking her best and loved fashion and jewellery. She worked as the hostess at Nanaimo Harbour Lights Restaurant, and for many years at the chic ladies wear store, La Boutique, in Woodgrove Mall, including modeling in theirs and others fashion shows.
Despite all her activities, she was most devoted to her family. As the matriarch, it was important to her to attend birthdays, graduations, weddings and all important family occasions. You always knew she was there because she was the life of the party.
Later in life as her health deteriorated, she was comforted by her devoted children, grandchildren and many friends, with special recognition to Anne LaRose (nee Clavora), Joyce McRae and Flo Vandeligt. The family will be forever grateful for your love and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mom’s favourite organization the Nanaimo Community Archives, 150 Commercial St., Nanaimo BC V9R 5G6.
Her ashes will be laid to rest in the family plot at the Nanaimo Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at the Nanaimo Golf Club from 2 to 4 pm, Sunday July 17, 2022.


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