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Hazel Green

June 18, 1948 ~ October 10, 2020

Hazel Green

Hazel Lillian Green (nee Downey), passed peacefully away on October 10th in Whitehorse, Yukon surrounded by family, friends and a room full of love.

Leaving behind with great sadness and amazing memories her husband George, daughters Susan Green (Sue), Joanne Green, Dayna Philpott (Brad), sisters and best friends Murial Vardy St. John’s, NL, and Sandra White, Whitehorse, YT, brothers Roy Downey (Elsie) Comox, B.C, Wilson Downey (Rose), Harbour Grace, NL, grandchildren Kelsey Langer, Emma Philpott, Alyssa Philpott, Olivia Power, Caleb Power, Whitehorse, YT, sister-in-law Gail Groves (Glen), Hearts Desire, NL, Kelly Philpott (Kevin Sherman), Brittany and Hailey Sherman, surrogate family Paula Malloy (nee Brown), St. John’s, NL,  Joel and Sarah Macht, Amelia, Xavier, Ellie, and Odessa, Whitehorse, YT, and a very large extended family and many friends in the Yukon and in Newfoundland.

Hazel was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland to Norman and Lillian Downey (nee Piercey), raised with her seven siblings on New Gower Street above the family owned grocery store.  NJ Downey Grocery was renown for having specialty products relevant to the Newfoundland cuisine of the day.   Upon closing the grocery store, Norman and Lillian retired and moved into the Green family home, where Hazel cared for her parents until their passing.

At the encouragement of her sister, Sandra White, the Green family moved from Newfoundland to Whitehorse, Yukon in June of 1993.  While Hazel left Newfoundland, Newfoundland never left Hazel.  She returned annually to her family on the rock spending precious time making new memories.

To her friends Hazel personified love, compassion and acceptance.  Her infectious laugh, beautiful smile, and warm embrace greeted every person who entered her home, of whom there were many.  Hazel contributed to her community, volunteering for the Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Yukon Agriculture Society, Kaushee’s Place and Child Development Centre and dedicated many hours baking, cooking and delivering food to Yukon Seniors at Christmas time.  The Green family’s Christmas eve open house was an annual highlight for her friends and community for many years.

Hazel dedicated many years raising her beautiful grandchildren, and was the neighbourhood grandmother to many.  She spent hours teaching children art, baking, and singing.  Hazel dedicated her life to her family and her community, surrounding them all with so much love and happiness.  She will forever be missed and loved by all who were lucky enough to have known her.

The Green family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Carew, Dr. Passmore and Dr. Quong.  We would also like to sincerely acknowledge the exceptional staff at Whistlebend Place whom there are too many to mention.  The love and care provided by staff to Hazel was above and beyond the call of duty.  We will be forever grateful for you all.

Donations in her memory can be made to The Yukon Foundation (George Green Legacy Fund) or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

A Celebration of life for Hazel is planned for June 2021 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Comments (6)
  • 16 October 2020

    I’m so saddened by this news. I worked with Hazel for a short time and was blessed to have her daughter Susan play significant role in the care for all four of my children.
    Much love to Hazel’s family and friends. She really was a very kind and special woman.

  • 18 October 2020

    George, Maureen and I are so shocked and sorry to hear of Hazels passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Jim and Maureen Callahan.

  • 18 October 2020

    Sue, I am saddened to hear of your mothers’ passing .You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

  • 31 October 2020

    George, it saddens me to hear of Hazel’s death. It was a pleasure to know her. She always opened your home to your students and made us feel welcome xoxo

  • 9 November 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Hazel’s passing. My heart goes out to all the family. She was a wonderful lady.

  • 7 November 2023
    Janet Miller Pitt

    Dear George and family, I have only now learned of Hazel’s death and am so very sorry. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and partner in all the extraordinary community development efforts undertaken with George. My admiration for both, and for Hazel’s steadfast love of her husband, family and community knows no bounds.

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