Bonnie Bavin (nee Lepage) was born in Rossland, BC to parents Joyce and Albert on August 7, 1950.
Bonnie grew up in this mountain town where she developed her love for the outdoors and her early talent and passion for skiing at Red Mountain. Here, she met her future
husband, Pat, in 1970 on the slopes of “Red” as members of the Selkirk College ski team. Bonnie went on to UBC, studying math and physical education before marrying in 1973 and relocating to Windermere, BC where they welcomed their first son, Ryan, a year later and youngest son, Marc, in 1977.
Bonnie was the great outdoor mom, living the Kootenay lifestyle always with family and friends on the lake, in the mountains, on the slopes or trails. She was known for her big smile, her equally big hair and positive yet competitive spirit, all of which were present whether skiing, windsurfing or battling a friend in squash. Bonnie’s many talents led her to work in various local jobs at the Valley Fitness Centre, Radium and Panorama Resorts, and was everything from trail builder, excavator, ski instructor, and realtor. Bonnie was a designer and artist and her entrepreneurial drive was instrumental to family operations such as KRS, the Courtyard Cafe and Bavin Glassworks. She volunteered her time as a Beaver Leader, to the Nancy Greene League, as a Panorama Foundation board member and more. Bonnie enjoyed a life rich with travel, adventure, nature, and the love of family and great friends.
Bonnie is survived by husband Pat, sons Ryan (Tina) and Marc (Carrie), grandson Conrad and the Lepage family of Holly, Albert (Janet), Gordy (Lynn), Terry (Lori) and Cheri (Dave) and all of their children.
An outdoor gathering will take place at the Windermere Public Beach at noon on Saturday, January 12th followed by an informal reception at Winderberry Nursery starting around 1:30 pm. Please dress warmly, wear sturdy footwear and carpool. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Ovarian Cancer Canada.