Theo G. Bell-Irving, BCom’52

Theo G. Bell-IrvingJune 23, 1930 – June 7, 2018

Theo died in Qualicum Beach on June 7, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents, Dora and Norman Gyles. Theo is survived by her husband D. Harry Bell‑Irving; her children Sara Olivotto (Ivo), Jan Bell‑Irving (Chris Dahl), Malcolm Bell‑Irving (Wendy), Tori Purdon (Toni); her grandchildren Theodora, Kathleen, Michael, Nicholas, Fraser, Maddy, Christopher and Claire; her great grandchildren Alexandros, Nikolas, Andrew, Emma; and her brother David Gyles (Bev). Theo graduated from UBC in 1952 with a Bachelor of Commerce, where she was one of the few women in her graduating class, and went on to work as a statistician with William M. Mercer. She participated in the community by volunteering on fundraising drives for a number of charities. Theo loved art and, for years, volunteered at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store and subsequently at the store for the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Theo was kind, gracious, and patient, and will be remembered for her gentle, loving nature. A celebration of Theo’s life was held this past summer at Qualicum Beach.