November 7, 1965 – April 25, 2022
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beautiful aunt, sister and friend, Rhonda Renee Hoffman. Rhonda was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, November 7, 1965, and had immense pride of her hometown. She was able to travel and live in different cities but eventually made Vancouver her permanent home.
Rhonda was predeceased by her mother, Shirley, in 1985, whom she missed every day since she left. Left to mourn and who will greatly miss this beautiful, kind soul are her sisters Sharon Delorme (William) and Michelle Murley, her nephews Duane Ryan (Diane Boutroucas), Craig Murley (Shelley), her nieces Erin Forchuck (Graham), Shannon O’Donnal, Stephanie Beard (Spencer), Chelsea Swain (Willie), nephew Samuel Mason, many great nieces and nephews and her longtime friend and sister since they were in their teens, Maureen King.
Rhonda was blessed to have a chosen family of friends who loved her unconditionally. Paul Waloshuk and Derek Wilczak, thank you so much for caring and loving her and stepping up as her primary caregivers following her double lung transplant and beyond.
To her extended family of pride friends, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your visits to Rhonda during her stay in ICU and for all the love and support you provided her and helped her to fight as long as she was able. Cecilia thank you for creating the group chat that enabled all of us to share our stories. Janice Lynne, Gwen, Carol, Dallas, Kim, Cory, Harpaul, Tina, Jude, Ross, Rosanne, Susanne, Brad, Stephen, Leonard, Aaron, Char, Christina, Dominique, Geraldine, Jason, John, Kate, Ken, Kev, Laura, Michelle, Peggy, Rita, Sharelle, Susan, Tanya, Wayne, we know you will miss Rhonda deeply and we thank you for showing her how loved she was by each of you. I have met many of Rhonda’s friends over the years (too many to mention) and the one common theme that struck me with each individual is how much they loved Rhonda and how much Rhonda loved them. It was extremely heartwarming to experience this, and I will be eternally grateful for the kindness and love shown to Rhonda by her truly amazing friends.
Her cats, Buddy and Zoey will also miss her, and she loved them both with all her heart and missed them greatly during her hospital stay, thank you Rick, her longtime roommate for watching them for her.
Although life handed Rhonda some extreme trials and tribulations, she faced them head on and lived life to the fullest and enjoyed life as she believed life was meant to be lived. Her passion was playing softball (as indicated by her long-standing membership with WESA, she could not wait for spring training to arrive each year), dancing and especially the camaraderie of being around friends and family. We will miss her chats, her jokes and her love. As Janice so eloquently put in a poem to her best friend “she was always there for me”. “She loved people, she loved life and would always pour kindness, compassion, humanity and grace to all those she encountered.”
Rhonda was a special woman, and her love was always unconditional. She welcomed you into her home and would help as best she can. Rhonda, we think of you in love and silence and always speak your name. We have left memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory will never be forgotten, and we will always have you in our hearts. No more hurt and no more pain, we hold onto the memories until we meet again.
She was a special gift given to us to teach us love. You gave love unconditionally and inspired without reward. We all benefited from your strength in all that you endured and we will never stop missing you. We are so thankful that you were a part of our lives and we will miss you every single day. You were a precious gift from God, so much, love, life and compassion you possessed. You touched our hearts in so many ways, your strength and smile even on dark days made us realize we have an angel in our lives.
Rhonda you heard your mother’s whisper calling you home, you did not want to leave us and you fought so hard. You loved us so much that you held on tight, until all your strength was gone, and you could no longer hold on. Finally, you gave your hand to your mother and slipped away quietly without telling us goodbye as you did not want us to grieve for you. You will be forever loved and remembered often. We love you and will miss you daily.
If roses grow in Heaven,
Lord, please pick a bunch for us.
Place them in Rhonda’s arms
and tell her they are from us.
Tell her that we love and miss her
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss on her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
we do it every day.
But there is an ache within our hearts
that will never go away.
We love you, Rhonda!
A celebration of her life will be held on August 20th, 2022 details to be posted on her Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Rhonda’s name to her favorite nonprofit charities, WESA or BCSPCA.