February 20, 1920 - August 15, 2019
My mother was born in the Parish of Sutton-in- Ashfield, Nottinghamshire England on February 20, 1920. She always said that 20 was her lucky number! As a child and teen she attended All Saints Church of England, Common Roads School and was a High Jump Champion for many years there.
Sutton -in-Ashfield historically relates to the great number of Ash Trees that once grew there, very close to Sherwood Forest. The Great Forest is where her family spent happy Sunday afternoons to collecting "Chestnuts" and it was here that mom met Alfred Slack. Mom married Alfred Slack on July 16th 1940 in St. Michael's Church in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Mildred was considered an expert Framework Knitter at the local PRETTY POLLY FACTORY located in Sutton. Making those ladies stockings with a dark seam in the back and attaching the foot section was her specialty!
Mom and Dad waited a very long time to at last get a new rental council house on Jepson Road in Sutton, not knowing their time would be very short in the home. In July 1948 a letter arrived from Canada Immigration that noted that the Slack family had been "accepted as new immigrants to Canada". Mom was very reluctant to move from her new home to start a new life in Canada. But Dad was excited and said "Let's go to Vancouver British Columbia Canada and meet Alf's relatives who work on the Fraser River!"
In November 1948 we packed some our English cherished possessions into a wooden box and we all boarded a train and arrived at Liverpool the same day. The Song "Wish me Luck" by GRACIE FIELDS was on moms mind as we all boarded the Cunard White Star Ship the "Ascania" bound for Halifax, Canada. The good ship carried 811 passengers and all were separated by male and female for each cabin!
Our Gracie once sang "Smile When you Say Good Bye" and at at 03.00 P.M. the ships lines were cast off for a 6-day voyage to Canada. The ship experienced heavy seas a few days out into the Atlantic and I became very sea-sick not eating anything. This was not like paddling at the English Sea Side mom said! On Nov. 26th, the Ascania berthed at Halifax, Nova Scotia and we all registered at Pier 21 and at last we were Canadian Immigrants!
The C.P.R. train to cross Canada onn was waiting at the station. But we were not on the list as paid up passengers! Mom said "We are going home!" However, the mix up was finally corrected and off we went! It was at the Winnipeg Station that mom found out that Canada was NOT the "Warm South Pacific" with ladies dancing in grass skirts!
On December 3, 1948 after many days on the train the trip ended in New Westminster, B.C. and we were all met by Uncle Harold Slack for a boat trip down the North Arm of the Fraser river to a boat house on Iona Island. In 1951 we moved from the floathouse to the log booming Grounds across the river. In 1954 we "moved to civilization" as mom said. It was a rental house at 7325 Blenheim Street on the Blenheim Flats close to the river! In 1958 after years of "Saving Family Fishing Money" we purchased an old house at 3564 West 28th Avenue in Dunbar.
Mom visited England many times over the years. Mom's favourite English vacation trip was to the Scilly Isles in England and she loved the Tresco Abbey Gardens but not the BOAT TRIP to get to the Islands! Mom had a very interesting life!
Recognized as long term volunteer at Kerrisdale Community Centre Seniors Centre, She will always be lovingly remembered by son Terry (Sharon), grandchildren Leslie (David), Heidi, Martin (Chisato), great-grandchildren Kaden, Josie, Jeramie, Machisa. No service by request.
In lieu of flowers, donation to charity of choice is appreciated.