Silvana Ester Carr (née Minuto) passed away peacefully on January 18, 2021, after a year-long struggle with Stage 4 cancer. She will be lovingly remembered by Derek, her husband of 50 years; their children Kate and Paul; daughter-in-law Jackie; wonderful grandson Joseph; relatives in Italy and England; and countless friends and former colleagues in Canada and elsewhere.
Born in Alba (Piemonte), Italy, to Paolo and Rina Minuto, Silvana spent part of her childhood in Córdoba, Argentina, before the family moved to Vancouver in the early 1950s. Graduating from Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in Point Grey, she went on to UBC where she completed her BA with honours in romance studies in 1965 and her PhD in 1978. Silvana taught both Italian and Spanish as a graduate teaching assistant at UBC and was a sessional lecturer in Italian from 1978 to 1989. She then enjoyed a long and satisfying career as coordinator of the internationally recognized and award-winning Court, Medical and Community Interpreting Program at Vancouver Community College. She retired in 2009. Silvana was also involved with the UBC Faculty Women's Club, the Catholic Women's League, and other church-related activities.
A private requiem Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church on January 27, 2021, followed by interment at the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey.