Esther Mar

November 30, 1929 – June 19, 2020, Esther Mar, loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother died peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital in the early morning of June 19, 2020 after suffering a major stroke earlier in the week.
Esther was born and raised in Victoria BC. She eventually married husband Alex and moved to Courtenay B.C. where she spent most of her life raising her family and helping with the family restaurant business, until she finally moved to Victoria in 1999. Esther was a cheerful, kind and generous woman who loved her family greatly. She enjoyed spending time with family, going out for dinner, family celebrations, and winning jackpots during various excursions to the casino.
Esther will be dearly missed by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Wally (Donna); Wayne (Gerry); Alan (Laurie); Grand-children, Wayne Jr.; Jeremy (Christine); Alexander; Leah (Justin); great-grandchildren Anthony, Mia, Bailey, Kiya, Maaike, Isaac & Jakob; Sisters Rose, Dorothy, Gladys, and Diana, Brother Philip (Joan); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The Mar Family wish to extend a huge thank-you to the Victoria General Hospital Nursing Care Team on Floor 6B South, for their kindness, understanding, care and compassion during mom’s final days. We also wish to thank all of the kind and helpful staff at Cherish Central Park Independent Living Facility where mom lived for the past 2 years. Mom enjoyed living there, but more importantly, she was so happy with the care, attention and friendly assistance the staff provided to her while living there.
As per Esther’s wishes and due to the Covid 19 restrictions, there will only be a gathering of immediate family members in the next few weeks.
Flowers are graciously declined. But if you wish, feel free to make a donation in her memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any charity of your choice.

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  1. Norman & Bonita Mar

    Dear Alan, Wally, Wayne & Families

    We are thinking of you and your families during this sad and difficult time. We have known Aunt Esther for a mlong time and she has always been friendly, caring and always smiling. We have had many interesting conversations with her and will miss her dearly.

    Our sincerest heartfelt condolences to all.

    Love, Pinky & Bonita,

  2. Norma Hamilton

    We are thinking of all of you during this time. We will miss Momma Mar’s gentle and smiling face…she was always happy to see everyone. Take care of yourselves and our condolences to the Family.
    Love, John and Norma

  3. Dear Wally, Wayne, Alan and families,

    Our sincere condolences to all of you during this sad time. Our parents were very good friends and had many travel and casino adventures together. I have very nice memories of your mom including learning to make “ha gow” in my kitchen. I hope they are all now reunited, enjoying each others friendship once again. Thinking of all of you.

    Marisa (Lee) and Al Ball

  4. Lari Mitchell

    Hello Wally, Wayne and Alan. I am sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Your parents were well liked by my parents, were good neighbours and always greeted me nicely. Best wishes to you all during this difficult time.


  5. Heather Blackburn

    To Ester’s Family
    Our sincere condolences on the recent passing of your mother. Our Family will always have fond memories of her and your family when you lived in Courtenay.
    May the memory of her smile warm you like the sun.
    May the memory of her laughter echo in your heart.
    May the recall of your best memory of her enrich your day.
    Caring Thoughts and Sympathy
    Heather Blackburn and Family

  6. Starr Winchester

    Hi Wally, Wayne, and Alan.
    We were so sorry to read about your dear Mom’s passing in our Courtenay paper. We have lots of wonderful memories of you all as our neighbours on Stewart Avenue in the 1950’s. Our Mom and Dad, (Bill and Eileen
    Moore) were very good friends of your parents, they used to rave about the fantastic meals Alex would prepare on New Years Eve! Your Mom and Dad gave so much to our community, they are now together again. Our sincere condolences to all of you….Starr, Val, Dawn & Cathy Moore

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