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Valerie Craine

Valerie Edith Craine (Blunsdon)

Friday, June 19th, 1953 - Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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CRAINE, Valerie Edith-
Valerie died suddenly of a heart attack at home on April 9, 2019 at the age of 65. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. Quiet and understated, Val had a clever and quirky sense of humour. Her sharp wit will be missed almost as much as her devilled eggs and artful Christmas veggie platters.

Val’s love of animals began at a young age and lasted throughout her life. In total, 18 fur and feather babies imprinted on Val. She loved her dogs, cats, and birds unconditionally - even when they barked, dined on the houseplants, and chirped their way into her telephone conversations. She will be happy to reconnect with Phred, Trigger, Flash, Bear, Bullet, Curbé, Silver, Cookie, Divot, Hooper, Kimble, and Louis. Down here on Earth she will be sorely missed by Shelby, Ruby, Felix, Stuart, Alfie, and Marcel.

She was an avid gardener, and we all marvelled at her ability to grow beautiful flowers and a variety of vegetables. Evidence of her green thumb will be found at the cottage and in her backyard garden for years to come.

Val was a great listener and she was always willing to lend a hand, share a laugh, and give a hug. In her career as a law clerk, she connected with clients, listened to their needs, and did her best to help them. She made many friends along the way. Long after she retired, she maintained strong relationships with her colleagues.

Val is survived by Alan, her husband of 40 years, daughter Sarah, and son Andy. Dear sister of Robert Blunsdon (Linda) and Jan Hillyer (Bruce). Also survived by her nieces and nephews: Rob, Chris, Greg, Laura, and Julia. A gathering of friends and family will take place at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 485 Brant Street (one block north of City Hall), BURLINGTON, 905-632-3333 on Sunday, April 14th between 3 and 6 p.m.

Donations to your local SPCA would be much appreciated by the family.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Brant Street
    485 Brant Street
    Burlington, ON L7R 2G5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial Gathering to be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 3-6 p.m.


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Kathrynn Matthews

Posted at 02:26pm
Val was a good friend and we shared many giggles over the years. She was always positive and fun to work with at MH and other law firms in Hamilton. She will be dearly missed and remembered. May she RIP.

Paulette Smith

Posted at 02:19pm
She gave me my first paycheque in September, 1975. We enjoyed friendship ever since. I liked her alot and I do remember her wicked sense of humour.

Marsha Didone

Posted at 07:56pm
With deepest condolences
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Nicole Bean

Posted at 04:23pm
May you be tending a beautiful garden surrounded by your loving pets, my friend. You will be missed.

Carol, Dave & Rem

Posted at 03:12pm
Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to your family, and we will treasure the wonderful memories that we have, especially sitting out front on a nice summer evening, while the kids played non-stop. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time.

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