BELFORD, Vesna (nee Marguc)

Vesna Belford Photo
December 14, 1965 – February 9, 2014

Vesna was born in Ptuj, Slovenia and emigrated to Toronto with her parents Ivo and Maria and sister Martina when she was six. Eventually the family moved to Uxbridge Ont. where she became a very good skier and worked as a ski instructor and administrator at Dagmar Ski Resort. At this time she received a diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown College and also backpacked around Europe twice, once with her sister Martina, and once with her friend Hester Fuchs.

Vesna met Bill, who was taking a break from a circumnavigation, at Dagmar , and left in the spring to do a boat trip. This was a big step for someone who had never been to sea and they did six months through the Mediterranean from Larnaca in Cyprus to Gibraltar with the highlight being two months spent on the coast of Turkey.
Vesna & Bill were married in Toronto in 1990, Bill having crossed the Atlantic and turned north to Toronto instead of west through Panama.They moved to Calgary where she was the guiding hand for Brentwood later Dalhousie Station Veterinary Clinic.
Vesna was very talented artistically as a painter, photographer and pianist and had a particular talent as an interior designer She was very proud of her house and garden in Bragg Creek.

As well as the diploma in Graphic Design, she did a B.F.A. and B. Ed. at U of C.
She has two children, Evan and Megan who have made her very proud and have inherited her love of seeing the world having already been to Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Vesna made good friends in Bragg Creek and was very appreciative of their help and support during difficult times and was also very appreciative of the help and support of family.
This brave, talented woman died in Canmore at sunrise looking out on the Rockies with her family at her side on February 9th.
A celebration of Vesna’s life will be held in the Snowbirds Chalet in Bragg Creek on Sunday March 16th at 2:00 p.m.
Special thanks to Dr. Lau, Scott Blanchard , Dr. Quinlan ,the Tom Baker Pain Clinic and to Val Hancock from the Cochrane Palliative Care team. Donations in her memory made to the Alberta Cancer Fund, 1331 – 29th Street N.W., Calgary T2N 4N2 , will go towards A.C.C. research and clinical trials.

  1. On 03/03/2014 at 5:58 am Wendy Bridle Said:

    Bill and Family

    Dad and I are extremely sorry to hear about your wife’s passing. The world is both a better place for her being in it and a lonelier place for her having left.

    Our thoughts and prayes are with you and your family.

    Wendy/Tom Bridle

  2. On 08/03/2014 at 4:05 pm Les & Gwenda Pardoe Said:

    Bill, We were saddened to read of your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Sincerely, Les & Gwenda Pardoe

  3. On 11/03/2014 at 11:41 am Bev Dye and family Said:

    Bill, Megan and Evan, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Hold tight to the memories of Vesna for comfort, lean on your friends for strength and always remember how much Vesna was loved and respected by those who knew her.
    Bev Dye and family
    Bragg Creek, Alberta

  4. On 11/03/2014 at 3:48 pm Paul Jorgensen Said:

    Hello Bill

    I was sorry and surprised to read about Vesna’s passing in last Saturday’s Globe and Mail. Even though we have been completely out of touch, I enjoyed working with you and Vesna at Dagmar. You seemed well suited for each other and I am glad to have read some highlights of your time together. Please pass on my condolences to your children and the rest of your family.

    Sincerely, Paul Jorgensen

  5. On 12/03/2014 at 4:05 pm Susan Youmans Said:

    I enjoyed Vesna in many ways. She had lots of great travel stories, a passion we both shared. She was a happy person, sincere, honest and always so humble especially regarding her artistic talents.

    At one of the Bragg Creek fairs I saw her photographs framed and displayed available for purchase and I thought her work was wonderful.

    Another time, she volunteered to help the grade 5 class our boys attended together, to help create a display in the art room. When I arrived to volunteer later that day, she’d already been there a couple hours, and the end product was nearly finished. It was amazing. Her artistic talent really became apparent to me that day.

    I have fond memories of frequently seeing Vesna walking the puppy around the block in her ski outfit. She was probably cold even when those of us lucky enough to be healthy weren’t. Or maybe she was hiding her weight belt underneath. We will never know for sure.

    Vesna was sweet, kind, helpful, generous, and always happy to visit and pause her walks to chat. Until cancer overcame her when her absence started to become apparent. It was clear she didn’t want to burden her friends and neighbours with all she was dealing with but at the same time we would have done anything for her. She never asked.

    We moved to England in summer 2010 and Vesna attended a going away/birthday party held for me. She gave me a beautiful turquoise silk scarf. Every time I wear it I think of her and will continue to do so with even more love and appreciation for the beautiful person she was.

    Vesna will always hold a special place in my heart.

  6. On 12/03/2014 at 7:42 pm Corey Gibson Said:

    I met Vesna and Bill a few years ago, and all thought my interaction with them was brief i was quick to realize that she not only possessed a kind heart and was one of those ladies that full of life. She was an asset in the community and will be missed for years to come. Please pass on my condolences.

    Corey Gibson

  7. On 13/03/2014 at 4:31 pm Renee & Scott Diehl Said:

    Bill, Evan & Megan; I am very sadden to hear of Vesna’s passing. I will always remember her kind soft voice on the many times that I would see her at the school or when the boys hung out. I especially remember how excited she was on your family trip to Australia a number of years ago. Our thoughts are with you all. May you find strength in your memories.

  8. On 17/03/2014 at 12:11 pm Alison McDonald Said:


    My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. Vesna was a beautiful woman inside and out and she will be greatly missed. Know that she is watching over you and your beautiful children and she will always remain with you in spirit.

  9. On 19/03/2014 at 2:26 pm Kirk Onken Said:

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Vesna. The adventures that you and Vesna had over the years traveling and sailing around the world are inspirational. I have fond memories of your wedding at The Guild Inn in Scarborough and being on your sail boat. You and Vesna made incredible memories everywhere you went. Please pass on my condolences to your children and the Marguc family.

    Kirk Onken

  10. On 24/03/2014 at 8:50 pm Jason & Leah McCallum Said:

    Bill, our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Jason & Leah

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