November 18, 1968 ~ April 20, 2015
“Be grateful for what you have,” was the mantra of Susan Bohonos and the life-lesson she imparted when she passed on to eternal life surrounded by her immediate family on April 20, 2015.
With this in mind, we share why we are so grateful for her:
• Two bright children who carry on her beautiful features
• The most amazing, chef-inspired creations you have ever tasted
• Fits of contagious laughter that turned into rolling cackles
• Toughness and fortitude which served her well throughout many aspects of her life
• An adventurous spirit that travelled her to south-east Asia and convinced her husband they could live off-the-grid for over 10 years
• The ability for perfect strangers to feel like they were her best friends when she hosted them at her retreat, the Echoes on the Harrison River
• A party-goer who loved boating, costumes, cribbage, chips, salsa, caesars and moscota d’asti
• A gardener who taught us the magic of mother earth
• A dedicated volunteer for the BC Children’s Hospital
• A confidante, pillar of strength and wise soul for her close friends
Susan will be severely missed and never forgotten by her husband Clint of 18 years and their young sons, Reece and Nash Thomson of Harrison Hot Springs; father, Gerry Bohonos from Sandy Hook, Manitoba; mother and step-father, Marilyn and Grant Sorensen from Winnipeg; sister and brother in-law Jani Sorensen and Steven Goldstine from Winnipeg; step-sister Kristine, John, Shelby and Cole Thevenot. Clint’s family, all life-long residents of the Fraser Valley: father Grant Thomson; sister Shannon, Grant and Thomas Hankins; brother Brad, Sherri and Joel Thomson. Other extended family; fellow Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School parents and many more dear friends from the Harrison/Agassiz, Vancouver and Winnipeg areas. Susan has gone to meet again her beloved grandmothers Angela Bohonos and Josephine Johnson, Clint’s mother Bev Thomson and the greatest dogs of all time Chehalis, Leo and Echo. Susan and her family are deeply appreciative of the medical expertise she received from Dr. Johnston, Dr. Scudamore, Dr. Renouf, Dr. Bull and Dr. Smiljanic and his team at Lions Gate Hospital Oncology. Staff at the blood clinic in Agassiz, Dani from Agassiz Home Health; Lucy and the team at Chilliwack Hospice Society; massage therapist Kim; healing touch provider Judy; sound therapists Liz and Cheryl from Spirit Yoga; and healing remedies from Miel provided Susan with the nurture and care she needed to get through her last few months. The entire family is grateful for the generosity shown to Susan, Clint, Reece and Nash through two fundraisers helping her battle pancreatic cancer. While not expected, should people be so inclined they can make donations in lieu of flowers the following ways:
1. Visit your local CIBC Banking Centre to make a gift into a dedicated account which will be entrusted to Reece and Nash Thomson for their post-secondary education. The account number is available on the Facebook page listed below and will be announced at the Celebration of Life.
2. Donate to Pancreas Centre BC by visiting vghfoundation.ca and clicking the DONATE button in the upper right-hand corner of the page and then selecting Pancreatic Cancer Research from the drop down menu. Condolences can be sent to email@example.com, through Facebook at facebook.com/cancerbenefitforsusan or of course cards at the celebration. The family would love any old photos you have of Susan. The Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, April 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Ag Hall, 6800 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz, BC. Susan’s ashes will then be scattered at her most favourite places on earth by her family at a later date.