Obituary for my Mum – Jacqueline Gore

Surrounded by the love of her family in a quiet room high above the city, Jacqueline Irene Gore’s spirit moved from this realm into the next in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 11th. Jackie was born near London, England on April 24th, 1944. As a young child she spent time in both England and Canada, often cared for and greatly loved by her grandmother Emily Chenery. Frequently on the move with her parents after her father returned to military life in the early 1950’s, Jackie lived in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Germany, returning to England after finishing high school to briefly work as a reporter at a local paper in Eastbourne. In 1962 she returned to Canada, eventually settling in Toronto, where she began her long and varied career working in and managing bookstores. In 1965, at the request of her father, she moved to Vancouver to help her mother Irene after the birth of her younger sister Katherine. Soon after, she began working at Pauline’s Books on Denman Street in Vancouver. A frequent customer in the shop, more frequent when Jackie was working, was her future husband Steve Holecka. In November 1967 Jackie’s son John-Paul was born, followed soon after in December 1969 by her son Stefan. In the early 1970’s the family moved to the Sunshine Coast, living in a variety of locations in West Sechelt, Pender Harbour, and Gibsons. Jackie wrote columns and book reviews for the Sunshine Coast News and Raincoast Chronicles and worked at Sunshine Coast Books in Sechelt. In the late 1970’s the family moved to North Vancouver and in the early 1980’s Jackie began her post-secondary studies, taking courses at Capilano College. Because of work and family commitments, it took her some time to complete her first two years of academic work; she was determined to continue and eventually transferred to Simon Fraser University where she completed her bachelor’s of arts degree with a major in archaeology in 1996. Aside from bringing her two sons into the world, completing her university degree was her proudest accomplishment. While going to school and afterward, Jackie continued to work at a variety of occupations, but she was happiest when working in bookstores, as a gardener and gardening consultant, and as a freelance writer (including articles that appeared in the Vancouver Province). She also worked for several years at Kwantlen University College in a wide variety of departments where she made many friends. In December 2006 Jackie began a new chapter in her life, returning to the Sunshine Coast to spend her time enjoying nature and creating jewellery. Working with stones, beads, silver, and spiritual power, Jackie ‘s necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and other objects came directly from her heart. They shine on with a passion, grace, chance, and beauty that reflect the strength and loveliness of the person who made them. Jackie’s great gift in life was the love and intelligence that she so freely gave to so many people. She was a healer in the true sense of the word, touching and changing lives through her ability to help people find and believe in their own inner strength. Jackie left the Sunshine Coast in November 2010 to move back to Vancouver so she could be closer to her family. Jackie’s love continues on in her son John-Paul, his wife Denise and their son (Jackie’s grandson) Noah, her son Stefan, their father Steve, her brother Robert and his partner Mitchell Levin, her sister Katherine, her daughter-in-spirit Cara Leyshon, her lifelong friends Merril Preston and Cory Takarabe, and all the friends she made everywhere she went in life. She will be missed by so many people, but would want us all to go on with love and laughter, something her young grandson Noah gave to her in such bountiful quantities. The family would particularly like to thank her doctor Bella Hughan and her spiritual guide Dana Williams for their wonderful support and care, the caring and gentle staff at the palliative care unit at Vancouver General Hospital, and the doctors and staff at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver and St. Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt.

As Jackie would want to say to everyone: ‘may the blessings be.’

Written by Robert Gore

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 29th at 1pm. at the Rowing Club in Stanley Park:

In Jackie’s memory, a tree will be adopted at VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver. Tax deductible contributions can be made via the Paypal button below or mailed to VBGA – Adopt a Tree Program, VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1.



  1. Kelly Phillips says:

    I think we can all agree that someone very special has gone out of our lives, someone whose spirit was so strong and generous its hard to believe she’s gone. Looking at her picture I remember her unmistakeable voice, and her conspiratorial sense of fun. Like the true artist she was Jackie had the gift of showing you how to see the beauty in things, sometimes in very unexpected places. Above all she loved and respected animals as beings in their own right. Reflective, appreciative, and aware, Jackie’s greatest gift to her friends was the gift of her full attention. May the winds rise to greet you Jackie, and the soft rains fall forever on your fields.

    Miss you always,


  2. Marjorie Coey says:

    We have lost a dear and talented soul!

    “May she continue her walk in the light!

    May the angels rest their wings over her for evermore!”


  3. Francine says:

    I worked with Jacqueline at Kwantlen and loved working with her. She had a great spirit and was always so positive. I loved her smile. I will miss her.

  4. JP Holecka says:

    Here is the official release from Kwantlen that went out today. I was deeply touched by this.

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University announces the passing of retired employee Jacqueline Gore. Jacqueline passed away on May 11, 2011. Jacqueline began her Kwantlen career in August 1998 and retired in November 2006. Jacqueline worked in many departments and she will be missed by all those that knew her and had the privilege of working with her. The flags will be lowered on Friday, May 27th in memory of Jacqueline Gore.

  5. Nancy Dhillon says:

    I got to work this morning and I opened my email to read that Jackie had passed away. I’m so saddened by this….. Jackie was such a classy lady with a beautiful spirit. I lost touch with her after she moved from Vancouver, but we remained friends on Facebook. I wish I had known Jackie was ill, so I could have seen her one last time. I would have loved for her to meet my two little girls. I know that would have loved her right away – just like I did. I know that Jackie is somewhere great right now and making others smile. Love you, Jackie…. Nancy

  6. Lorraine says:

    I worked with Jacqueline at Kwantlen a long time ago and she was such a delightful and fun person to be around. She will be sadly missed but we were so fortunate to have her in this world.

  7. Gail Emanuels says:

    I was one of the fortunate ones to have Jackie touch my life….she was a wonderful person as we were colleagues at Kwantlen….when she left it was sad to see, but knew her life would be glorious…I was sorry to see that our paths never acrossed again….I loved her positive spirit…My prayers go out to the family…she truly was an angel. She will be spiritually free now and no doubt enjoying Heaven and over looking over all of us she touched

  8. JP Holecka says:

    Re-posted by JP Holecka from the Vancouver Sun Obituary Guestbook:

    Jacqueline touched my life for a short while during the “Kwantlen Years”. Being the special person she was she’ll be in my memory for life.
    May knowing you have the love and support of friends and family help you through this difficult time.
    Respectfully,” Lornell Ridley, Delta, British Columbia

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