BLADON, Beverly “Bev” Joan (nee Purdy)

December 18, 1949 – August 17, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beverly Bladon. Bev was born and raised in Trail, BC and moved to Calgary in 1968. She worked long and hard to establish herself in her successful career as a Professional Accountant while raising her children. Her practical and logical mind served her well in those demanding endeavours. When she turned 50 she enrolled in art classes and immediately discovered her great talent as an artist. She spent her remaining years immersed in her artistic passion and produced many beautiful paintings; a joy to her in the creation and a source of lasting enjoyment for those who now own them. With Bruce she relocated from Calgary to Cochrane in 2014, loved the town and its people, and was a valued member of the Foothills Art Club and The Escape Artists.

A loyal, kind and thoughtful soul, Bev is survived by her loving and much loved husband Bruce, by her son Steven Smith (Sharlene Jerome-Smith), her daughter Nicole Gettle (Lance), Bruce’s daughter Lana Wright, Bruce’s son Michael (Adrienne), and her treasured grandchildren Emma, Noah, Kayla, Claire, and Leah. She is also survived by her brother Brian Purdy (Alice), her sister Vivienne Schulz (Lothar), Nicole’s father Brian Smith, a nephew and nieces, cherished long-time friends in Alberta, and life-long friends in Trail and Castlegar, BC. Bev was taken by pancreatic cancer and passed peacefully at home. At Bev’s request, there will not be a formal service, but rather a “joyous wake” shared by family and friends at a later date. No flowers please, but donations in Bev’s memory may be made to prepprogram.ca/donate/ or Renfrew Educational Service www.renfreweducation.org/donate-now and would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – cochrane@piersons.ca – 403-932-1039

  1. On 20/08/2021 at 7:24 am Michael Schulz Said:

    Aunt Bev was always ‘the cool aunt.’ Over the last two decades, I barely got to see Bev and my life will be poorer without her. Her family and those close to her have my sincere condolences and sympathy.

  2. On 20/08/2021 at 7:36 pm Susanne Popoff Said:

    Our thoughts are with Bruce and family. We are deeply saddened.
    Bev will be in my heart, I will always remember our carefree days as children, and growing into adult years. Bev’s smile and laughter were infectious!, when we spoke we ending our conversation with a good laugh. Bev was truly a very special, loving, talented person, who deeply loved Bruce, her children, and Grandchildren.Bev’s passing will be a loss to all those who were lucky enough to have had her in their lives. Sending love to Bruce and family.

  3. On 21/08/2021 at 7:44 am Mona Halwa Said:

    Bruce and Family:
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I remember the great days shared with Bev especially at the Bohemian Art functions.
    My sympathies.

    Mona Halwa

  4. On 23/08/2021 at 4:51 pm Barbara Dewar Said:

    Bruce and Family,
    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I remember Bev from working together in our ‘keypunch’ days and the fun we had dancing at La Caille on the Bow. Bev was always one to reach out a hand to help others as she did for me as a single mom going back to school when she gave me a part-time job which helped greatly with expenses.
    Bev’s bright light will be missed by so many but that light will shine on in our memories of her laughter and kindness.
    Thinking of you,
    Barb

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