It is with great sadness that her family announces the passing of Vivian Helen Marie McCordick at Pine Grove Nursing Home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 31st, after a lengthy brave battle with Alzheimer’s. She passed peacefully and quietly in her sleep and will be missed by her family and the masses of friends who loved and adored her.
Vivian was born on October 28th, 1937, to Hilda and Don Myles, and grew up on the west side of Saint John on Duke and Prince Streets, attending New Albert School and Saint John High School. She graduated from the School of Nursing of the Saint John General Hospital in 1958 and remained life-long friends with her fellow classmates.
In her youth, she enjoyed family gatherings in Lorneville and Quispamsis and the frequent trips to Melvern Square, N.S., and Needham, Mass., to visit family. Always ready to go when her parent said "Let’s go".
She first met her future husband, Avery, while he attended school on the west side, eventually enrolling at Rothesay Collegiate School and her at Saint John High School. They connected again in 1958, ultimately proving to be a match made in heaven and were married in September of 1959 by Avery’s father, Canon E.R. McCordick.
Vivian continued to work as a nurse while Avery went to University to get his education degree. Eventually adding two children to their young family, first their daughter Sheri Lynne followed by Michael Avery. Stays in Maine, Moncton, Newcastle, and Woodstock followed, making great and long-lasting friendships along the way, no matter where they found themselves, Florida to Arizona.
Vivian was active in her sorority, was an Anglican Church woman, worked at the Cornerstone Project, and the Altar Guild. Wherever and whenever she was needed, she never hesitated to contribute in any way she could and did so with great enthusiasm and joy.
Summers were spent in Island Falls, Maine, at the cottage, walking the old camp road, visiting friends, floating on Pleasant Pond and welcoming her husband back from his daily rounds of golf. She and Avery welcomed an endless stream of visitors and guests over the years and appreciated every one of them, always with open arms and a smile. Eventually she and Avery settled in at Arbour Brook Lane with the view of the river that she had always longed for. These were wonderful times for her and her husband of 59 years and they made most of every day together, rarely apart from one another during their lives and are now together again forever, surely a perfect pair.
It was very fortunate to have her as my mother. She and dad, as they did with everyone, never hesitated to support, console, or cheer on anyone they knew, myself included. I grew up with endless and frequent reminders of this whenever people learned that I was their son. They would effortlessly speak so warmly and genuinely of their fondness for them. To me it is that kind of regard that people have for another that ensure that someone’s memories last forever, it is not the gifts or favours, it is living life with complete sincerity that ensures that your spirit is everlasting. She will be greatly missed; however there will always be a part of her that we can all carry with us.
Love you mom.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Friday, June 3rd, 2022 from 4-7pm. A Funeral service will be held at Christ Church (Parish) Church on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at 2:00 pm, with The Venerable John Sharpe, and The Reverend Canon Wandlyn Snelgrove officiating. A private family interment will follow at Fredericton Rural Cemetery, after which the family will return to the reception in the church gym. Masks are required inside the church. Memorial donations may be left to the Sheri Lynne McCordick Memorial Bursary Fund at UNB.