The Musicians of Blackthorn

In Memorium

Dianne rockin' out

Dianne and Cap'n Jack

Dianne playing banjo

Dianne bw

Dianne VanKirk (nee Foster)
May 16, 1959 – Feb 27, 2008

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss our dear friend and band mate, Dianne. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb 27, in the company of her parents at the hospital in 100 Mile House after a brief struggle with a rare cancer.

We are blessed with great memories of a beautiful person, the wonderful years spent making music and the many miles traveled.

We would like to include just a few of the loving notes of support we have received from friends:

You had to admire her spirit and sense of humour at all times, but especially in the recent months of adversity. It was wonderful to see her smile and listen to her cheery banter during the last few gigs we did together. That is how we will remember Dianne. —Jim & Joan

Dianne was just like a ray of bright light both on and off stage, she seemed larger than life and I know that she’ll be missed by many people not only for her talents as a musician but for her joie de vivre and her love of the craic. —Sandra

Dianne faced so much suffering in her life, but seemed to manage it with such grace. Our impression is that she found joy, and brought joy, wherever she could.
Karen and Dave

We live on
In the memory of those
We've touched along the way,
Whose faces light up
At the memory of us.
Eugene Numar

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