July 17, 1921 – February 27, 2012
Cynthia was born in Esquimalt in her family home, brought into this world by her grandfather Dr. F.B. Leeder. She was the eldest daughter of Norman and Hope Yarrow. Cynthia passed away quickly and peacefully surrounded by family at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Monday February 27th 2012.
At the age of 18 and during WWII Cynthia worked at the Royal Jubilee Hospital as a volunteer nurse’s aid. In 1979, she returned to work in the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s volunteer services department and stayed into her 91st year – a span of 32 years.
In 1944, Cynthia married Tom Hyslop with whom she had David, Gillian and Peter. Later she married Bill Pinckard with whom she had Christopher and Mark.
Cynthia loved the outdoors, she even rafted two rivers in the Northwest Territories; and she was a skilled floral designer and gardener. Cynthia was a lovely, gracious, sensitive, and compassionate woman always putting others’ needs before her own. She was a tireless walker who visited Oak Bay Village daily, turning down all offers of rides. Cynthia always displayed an abundant energy which amazed everyone all on a cup of soup.
Cynthia was devoted to her large and extended family. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends. Pre-deceased by her brother John (d. 1938), and her daughter Gillian (d. 2012); survived by her sister and best friend Veryan, and Cynthia’s children: David, Peter (Hazell), Christopher (Keiko), Mark (Christina); her nieces, Susan and Stephanie; her grandchildren, Jude (Sarah), Seth (Julie), Fraser, Melissa, Robyn, Hannah, Ayana, and Ian Stewart (Jeannie); her great-grandchildren Ben, Flynn, Tristan, Connor and Isla; and so many friends.
There will be a celebration of Cynthia’s life to be held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on Friday, March the 9th, 1:00 – 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Cynthia would prefer it if you were to make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Special thanks to the Royal Jubilee staff, and to all the fine people at Victoria Hospice for their kind care and attention in her last hours of life.