White Rock resident Donna Passmore is being remembered as a passionate advocate for the environment.

White Rock environment advocate remembered as an ‘inspiration’

Celebration of life for vocal environment advocate Donna Passmore set for 1 p.m. Nov. 6

A White Rock woman who dedicated herself to “making the world a better place” – whether for the environment, animals or friends – is to be remembered Sunday at a service in Langley.

Donna Passmore died at home on Oct. 16. She was in her mid-50s, according to a spokesperson for the B.C. Coroners Service.

A vocal advocate for the environment and animals, Passmore is being remembered by friends and fellow environmental activists “a real community go-getter.”

“She was an organizer, she was an activist, she was an artist,” said Mel Siteman, who grew up two doors down from Passmore, in Fort Langley.

“She affected a lot of people.”

Over the years, organizations Passmore put her heart – and voice – into included the Farmland Defense League and the Fraser Valley Conservation Coalition. She spoke out on issues ranging from the South Fraser Perimeter Road and protection of the Serpentine Fen in South Surrey, to the destruction of wildlife habitat in Stokes Pit and the need to maintain an off-leash area in Blackie Spit.

As recently as last month, Passmore was helping plan an FDL campaign to highlight issues around illegal dumping on farmland.

Online tributes to Passmore describe a woman who “paid keen attention to the issue of farmland protection with a rare combination of wit and humour.”

Susan Jones writes that Passmore was “a relentless campaigner for the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Fraser River estuary ecosystems.

“She organized campaigns and supported all the organizations who worked to protect the environment. The best way to honour her work is to attempt to duplicate her tenacity in the challenging task of saving farmland and the internationally significant ecosystems in this amazing part of the world,” writes Jones.

Kali Smith describes Passmore as “an inspiration.”

“Without meeting you, I would have never saw the possibilities in fighting for what you believe in,” Smith writes.

A gofundme page launched by Siteman on Oct. 20 to raise money in Passmore’s honour – to help pay expenses including funeral costs as well as support Passmore’s uncle, who Passmore had been helping with various tasks due to health issues – had raised, as of Wednesday, more than $6,100 of a $10,000 goal.

One donor describes Passmore as “an inspiration to many, pushing us to go farther often when it seemed hopeless.

“She was tireless, and made her mark on protecting farmland in this province,” writes Barbara Johnstone Grimmer.

Another said “there is no one with a bigger heart, stronger convictions or braver soul than Donna.

“We have lost a presence, a friend and a force,” writes Vicki Huntington.

On a website where Passmore shared her passion for refurbishing/repurposing items, she describes herself as “a lifelong environmental advocate (with) a passion for reducing landfills one surprisingly beautiful project at a time.”

Her last post to that site was made on Oct. 14.

According to the coroners service, cause of death has yet to be determined.

A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 6) at the Fort Langley Lions Hall, 23022 88 Ave.

Just Posted

Woman found dead in Okanagan Lake identified as Surrey resident

Police ‘do not believe criminality was involved’ in the death of 29-year-old Caitlin Bradley

‘I feel ready for it’: On a BMX, Surrey man is ‘Cycling for Sobriety’ across Canada

Mat Fee will depart Halifax on May 1 to raise money and awareness for John Volken Academy

Students run blood, stem cell donor drive at Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade

Volunteer youth group One Blood for Life aims to create a more ethnically diverse stem cell registry

Surrey prayer vigil planned to honour hundreds killed in Sri Lanka bombings

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday night at Holland Park

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Anti-SOGI activist slams ban on B.C. dad speaking out about transgender son’s case

A judge has told the father to stop publicly objecting to his son’s gender

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Victims injured in Lower Mainland deck collapse ranged from 15 to 83 years old

Victim Services staff have reached out to those hurt and their families

‘Ghost restaurants’ cooked up by Joseph Richard Group to meet demand of delivered food

The new Meal Ticket Brands venture aims to ‘disrupt’ the local restaurant industry

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Torched SUV linked to Vancouver’s fourth homicide

Manoj Kumar, 30, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Kitsilano neighbourhood

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Most Read