Fay Eileen White

October 19, 1945 – August 7, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce that Fay White passed away from cancer earlier this month.

Fay enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, her work, Saturday morning coffee, Sunday bingo and shopping, especially for gifts. She loved people and had an impressive memory for names and stories.

Fay lived and worked in the Yukon for 50 years and was known to many Yukoners. She worked for the Royal Bank for thirty years in various capacities and greatly enjoyed working with her colleagues and clients, many of whom remained lifelong friends. In her current position at Yukon Government, where she worked for nine years, she was well known for being one of those rare people who managed to rise above the difficulties of day-to-day life to distinguish herself every day with a ready smile and an uncommon grace. Her wit, wisdom, unflagging professionalism and willingness to help each person who called or came to her desk for assistance were inspirational to her colleagues. Her sincerity and dedication could be discerned by the most anxious callers. They knew they were in good hands, as did the many friends and co-workers who came to her for advice, a pet story or an ear sympathetic to their deepest worries.

Fay had a strong moral compass. She wanted to do, and make things right. The only thing she let slide was discipline for her little dog, Pepper! They adored each other and Pepper could get away with just about anything with Fay. She loved that little dog, as she did all animals, her plants and travel (especially to Vegas), and she loved her family beyond measure. Those passions were just a reflection of how she loved life itself. She was, and remains, an inspiration to all of us who had the good fortune to know her.

All those whose lives she touched in so many different ways will miss her. We will wipe away the tears and remember her as the joyful person she was.

Fay is survived by her husband John, her daughter Bonnie, her sister Char, and grandchildren Ashley, Jayleigh and Mathew. She was predeceased by her (first) husband Stewart, son Craig, mother Rosa, father Buck, and sister Karen.

Fay and her family very much appreciated all of the visits and support they’ve received from her many friends and colleagues during these last few months.

Many thanks to Dr. Naylor, Dr. Kanachowski, and all of the nurses, careworkers and staff on the Surgical Ward for their wonderful care of Fay and their kindness and support to family and visitors. Thank you also to Yukon Home Care and Hospice Yukon.

All are welcome to drop in to a gathering of family, friends and colleagues at the Royal Canadian Legion, 503 Steele Street, on Saturday afternoon August 23 at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Yukon Humane Society or any charity of your choice.

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