Decario, Margaret Rose   December 4 1940 – March 7 2019

Margaret Decario, aged 78, passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family and friends.  Predeceased by her parents Frank and Beatrice Walsh, husband Bruno Decario (1997), and her brother Ramon Walsh (2017).  Survived by her children Michael (Rebecca), Steven (Nici), Elizabeth (Lee Ann), her grandchildren Joshua, Emma and Darius, her beloved sister Kathleen (John) Perrin, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, in-laws ,extended family and friends.

Margaret was born and raised in Vancouver and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1959. She and her husband settled in Port Coquitlam in 1965 and raised their family.  Margaret worked at Royal Columbian Hospital in various administrative positions and then at age 50 changed careers and worked as a travel agent for Hagen’s Travel before her retirement.  Her work as a travel agent allowed her to travel extensively, visiting 30 + countries and she achieved her goal of going to every continent.

Margaret had a great many and varied interests over her lifetime and developed a large circle of friends.  She was involved in volunteer work at Share Community Services Christmas gift program, participated in a program offering sandwiches to the homeless in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, and volunteered during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.  She raised money for breast cancer research completing the Walk to End Breast Cancer twice, and attended SFU when she was in her 70’s.  She loved books and collected first edition books and antiques, made cards and painted.  She held annual “Ladies Lunches”, she was interested in forensic sciences, genealogy and she loved to dance, especially square dancing.   Her favorite TV program was “The Voice”.  Most recently she learned to play Mahjong at Century House in New Westminster and she enjoyed spending a little money at the casino on a Friday evening.

Margaret was generous with her time and had a zest for life.   Above all, she valued her family and was the center that held us all together. She will be dearly missed.

Margaret always said she lived her life on her own terms.  She remained true to her values, bravely choosing Medical Assistance In Death. Margaret’s family would like to extend their thanks to everyone who helped to make Margaret’s last few weeks happy and comfortable and our gratitude most particularly to Kathleen Perrin for the love and care she gave to Margaret.   Thanks also to the staff and residents at Thornebridge Gardens, and Dr. Paras Mehta and Dr. Melanie Brown.

Donations in Margaret’s name may be made to the Share Family and Community Services Society, Port Moody (sharesociety.ca)

Margaret’s ashes to be interred at Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby near her husband Bruno.  No service by request.  A Celebration of Margaret’s Life to be announced at a later date.

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