Sunny Gilda Margaret Grace EATON

1955 - 2021


It is with profound sadness the family announce the passing of Sunny Gilda Margaret Grace Eaton


Sunset-May 21/21

Sunny is survived by her 3 sons Micheal, George and Leslie and her partner of 42 years Brent. Also her brother Don (Mona) her sisters Majick and Anne (Rob) as well as many relatives. Cremation has taken place and condolences at Donations to VIU Students Fund.

Sunny was an amazing woman, friend, mother and partner. Sunny faced much adversity in her life and always persevered with Love. Born in Montreal and travelled to BC in the early 60s in a Vauxhaul with her parents.  She loved Victoria and the people who shared common ideas about connecting and community. She loved to dance and was a regular on Club 6 and forged   many friendships. She maintained some of these friendships from the 60s & 70s. Sunny made new friends wherever she   visited and lived. Meeting her soul mate in late 70s she and Brent crisscrossed the country to Ontario finally settling in Nanaimo in 1989. You could not walk with her without running into many people she knew and Loved, in fact whenever she travelled to Scotland, Greece, Mexico, India or Canada she knew people and forged lifelong friendships. Sunny was a practitioner of many modalities and Buddhism was one of her strongest practices. She was a natural to Loving Kindness  and she spread it everywhere she went. Sunny saw the silver lining in everyone and mentored many  to see the light.  She was a lifelong reader and learner and spread her wisdom to many people in a manner of confidence and ease.  She loved her community and volunteered for many causes. She recently supported VIU Mental Health Fund to help students strive for excellence. She believed that education   was   one key to moving forward and had a special place in her heart for teachers. She was a teacher to many over her life and recently taught Yoga to the teachers @ John Barsby High School and also in our backyard which was appreciated by all who attended. Sunny   worked at   many restaurants in Nanaimo and was the "Hostess with the Mostess". Her customers & workmates became extended family. Her personality drew many people from the homeless to the affluent to which she gave generously. It’s hard to sum up ones life in a few paragraphs especially one who    was so rich in connecting with Loving Kindness. Her life   was full of colour and she wore it well. Leslie and   Brent would like to thank everyone, too many to mention. There will be a party when many people can gather later this year. 

"She was made out of Love and she came from the Stars"

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June 6, 2021 1:57 PM

Remember I will always be there for you both.

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Martin Drakeley

June 13, 2021 7:20 PM

Sonny was a bright light and a happy spirit when you were having a bad day. She was full of wisdom and kindness and always had great things to say. We will miss your spirit Sunny.

Bill Robinson

June 13, 2021 9:09 AM

I am one of those customers who have known Sunny for more than 20 years. Every time I met her at her workplace or bumped into her around town, I always got an injection of Sunny’s upbeat Energy. I will miss those injections and remember her always.

Cathy Manson

June 11, 2021 7:01 AM

I also met Sunny at Starbucks when it became a new meeting place with my friend Laurie. Frim the first time I met her I felt something incredibly special. It turned out that we shared a cancer journey and she graciously shared it with me as part of the book I wrote. However it went beyond the illness to philosophies of life and I drove past your home with the Virginia Satir principles painted on the side of your brightly coloured house. I then went to more than one evening meditation to discover the piece that Sunny had found. Recently I was at that Starbucks mall and thought of her and wondered how she was doing because it had been sometime since I had gone in for coffee. To see the notice in the paper left an empty spot and a profound sadness and this is from someone who did not even know her that well. That is the mark of an incredible woman who left a legacy and touched everyone she met. My condolences to all of you - what a huge loss. Cathy Manson

Anneli Bramley

June 10, 2021 7:18 PM

Dear Brent and Leslie,
I was so sad to read the Bulletin today and learn that Sunny had passed. My thoughts are with you both. Leslie, I worked with you at Harewood School, if you can remember back that far, and at that time, your mother was such an amazing parent. Brent, you were equally amazing; you three were such a great family among so many that I have worked with. Years later, my path crossed Sunny's at Tim Horton's. I used to go there often in the summer with my young children and Sunny always served us with a smile. I remember the first few times I greeted her with, "Hi Gilda!" and she informed me that she was now Sunny. It took a few visits for that name to stick, but she was never cross when I inadvertently called her Gilda. Much later, our paths crossed at Harewood Starbucks in the summer months and Sunny was always so very welcoming. She gave me a book about fairies over twenty years ago; I still remember reading it. She was such a free spirit. I am sad that she passed. Please know that I am thinking of Sunny today and hope that you two are finding strength together during this difficult time. She was truly a ray of sunshine....our Sunny!

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