It is with heavy hearts that the family of Denise L. Irwin (Fontaine) of Sidney B.C. announce her passing on Friday October 22, 2021.
Denise is loved and missed by her husband Gordon Irwin of 54 years, daughters Christine Irwin and husband Dwight Muhlbeier, daughter Jody Dahlen and grandsons Austin and Caleb Dahlen, sister Linda Fontaine and nephew Stephan Hinton (Kendra Ojanpera) and family, nephew Christopher Hinton, sister Cathy Fontaine (Wayne Lamareaux), nephew Jeremy Leahy (Danielle) and family, and niece Lynsee Leahy as well as extended family and friends.
Denise was born in Kimberley B.C. to parents Roland and Jeanette Fontaine. She was the oldest of three daughters and grew up in a home surrounded by a large extended family who were always important to her.
Denise met Gordon while in high school though she studied nursing in Victoria before they married November 18, 1967. Gordon and Denise moved across Canada as a young couple eventually settling in Saskatchewan for a time, before moving back home to B.C.
Denise enjoyed friends and family gatherings where there was often laughter and cards, golfing with the ladies (Hazel, Judy, Pam and Joan), sewing, crafting, cheering on Gordon when he curled or golfed in tournaments, travelling, her time with the ‘Red Hats’ and using her green thumb in gardening and with plants. Denise had a quick smile and teasing word across the ages and stages of life. She made a positive impact in life and touched many people.