October 11, 1932 – August 3, 2019
With heavy hearts, the Fermill, Carnegie and Aningalan families announce the passing of Lydia Calderon Fermill on August 3, 2019. She is predeceased by her parents, Cipriano and Demitria Fermill and sister Nola Fermill.
Lydia is survived by her two siblings, Nellie (Gerald) Carnegie, and Pacita Aningalan, Nephews, Larry Fermill-Orines, Nicholas Aningalan and Vaughn (Teri) Carnegie, Niece Yvette (Craig) Behnson and many other relatives and friends who loved her as she loved them.
Lydia was born in Dagupan City, Philippines on October 11, 1932, the oldest of 4 girls. She graduated with a teaching degree at age 17 from a prestigious University, Centro Escolar in Manilla. After moving to Prince Rupert, BC in 1967, from a one year teaching position in Lethbridge, Alberta, Lydia began teaching in the Port Edward School District, followed by 35 years teaching at Roosevelt School. Lydia loved to travel and travelled to all 7 continents. She would spend all school holidays adventuring around the world. She loved to tell stories of the countries she visited and of her experiences traveling alone or with friends. Lydia was very proud of where her former students ended up and would tell family stories of how amazed she was to find out about the adult lives of the children she taught. She still has class pictures of every year she taught.
Lydia was an amazing friend who was very social in many community activities such as the PAC, MC’ing Filipino-Canadian nights, volunteering with the RCMP, teaching English to newcomers to Canada at NWCC and visiting with friends. She was very generous and sent money and items todistantrelativesinthePhilippines. ShewasasupporterofWorldVision because she believed that children in third world countries should attend school to obtain a better life. She was very independent and was proud to remain living in her own home. She had an infectious laugh and loved telling stories to everyone who knew her. She was a voracious reader who was constantly in our local library. Lydia was loved by so many people and was an important person in the lives of all who knew and loved her.
A viewing is scheduled for Thursday August 15 at Annunciation Church at 6:30 pm. A funeral mass with a reception to follow will take place at Annunciation Church on Friday August 16 at 11 am. Father Terry Brock will officiate the ceremony. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Ikari, the hospital and community services staff at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital for their support in following Lydia’s wishes.
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