Aivlys Veronica Prendergast


Aivlys Veronica Prendergast was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 16th, 1932. She was the oldest daughter of Cecil and Sylvia Reid. She and her 3 sisters, the “Reid Girls”, enjoyed close friendships that continued throughout their lives. Veronica admired the gentle character of her father and his devotion to his family. Her dad nicknamed her “Birdie”, which related to her small stature as well as to her singing voice. She became a Christian in her teens and, from then on, used her singing voice to proclaim the Gospel as a soloist and member of groups such as the Gospel Heralds and the Joe McGann quartet. Veronica loved her Daily Bread and was a generous and committed supporter of a number of ministries. Her Bible was well used, with page after page of highlighted verses and personal notes. Veronica loved the Gospel and was always willing to talk to anyone about Jesus Christ. She was not afraid to guide the young and the old into an understanding of how to spend eternity with a faithful, loving God. Veronica loved music and singing hymns. She played her favorite songs by ear on the piano and took violin and accordion lessons. Music flowed through her and continues to reach to the third generation.


Veronica enjoyed several years of working as a Medical Laboratory Technician specializing in Haematology in Jamaica and Canada. While still a young mom, she won a scholarship to do specialized research in London. Veronica lived in many places around the world while raising her family, before settling in Prince George, B.C. in 1970. She was married for over 30 years and had a strong commitment to family. Veronica had tremendous love for her kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, praying for them faithfully. She was a beloved “Auntie Birdie” to many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends of her children, and generations of church friends. She is predeceased by her sister, Joan (Sunshine) Wight, and her son, Paul Prendergast. Veronica is survived by her aunt, Ethline Bullock; sisters, Fay Lumsden and Edna (Nena) Lewis; daughters, Charlene (Doug) Holtby, Angela Prendergast, and Trudy (Rob) Polley; daughter-in-law, Marie Pinder; grandchildren, Bethany (Jermaine), Jessica, Teddy, Mitchell, Duncan, Quinn, Naomi, Ellie, and Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Miles, Madelyn, and Marcus. Veronica will be greatly missed, but we glory in this: she now gazes into the face of the lover of her soul, Jesus.


A Celebration of Her Life is planned for 10:30 am on Saturday, September 2nd at Shepherd’s Care Christian Church, Kensington Village 12603 – 135 Avenue, Edmonton.


Thank you to the staff at Shepherd’s Care Kensington for caring for our Birdie!

If sending flowers, please send them to:


Shepherd’s Care,

Kensington Village 12603 – 135 Avenue,

Edmonton, T5L 5B2


If lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Veronica may be made to any of the following:


Shepherd’s Care Foundation, (General Donation, Music Care Program, Kensington Village Projects)


The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (The satellite Haemodialysis unit is where Veronica received dialysis treatment).


Our Daily Bread

 The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation


The ALS Society of Canada


Poem on her father, Cecil Reid’s, headstone:


Pause my friend as you walk by,

As you are now, so once was I

As I am now, you soon will be

Prepare yourself to follow me

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Kensington Village Christian Church

3rd Floor 12603 - 135 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

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Safina McIntyre

To Veronica I will always be the girl in the little red dressed. We will all miss her deeply. Her smile was contagious as was her love for her friends and family. We send our deepest condolences to her family. Safina, John and Tarek McIntyre; Lima Hassan; Shaheen Hassan; and Sumaya, Robert and Shamila Corless.

Charlene Johnson

I knew Veronica by her family-given name, Amma. The introduction to her as a “grandma” is very fitting to her personality, because that is exactly how she treated me from the moment we met. During one of our first conversations she left me with a feeling of security and acceptance of myself, just as I am. All of our interactions since then have been a natural rhythm, full of laughter and enlightenment.

I’ve learned a lot from Amma. Not only in the life advice she’s given me, but by her life story and how she has lived her life. I feel she has lived a rich life receiving all of the love and kindness she filled others’ lives with.

Her infectious personality and spirit will be sorely missed and will never be replaced. I am forever thankful for Veronica’s heart and gifting me with her friendship.

I love you forever, Amma.

Annemarie & Dr. Lee Travers

Dear Charlene, Trudy and Angela and families,

It is with sadness for you all to have to say good-bye to your Mom, Veronica, but she is planning a welcome party for you as you come into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, eternally.
We have been friends since 1971, and also look forward to our heavenly home to live forever! We laughed, danced, prayed and cried together. We were of one heart and soul. The most important question each one of us needs to answer is: ” What have you done with Jesus, neutral you cannot be.” Jesus loves us so much. If you have not accepted Jesus, please accept him now – and we shall all celebrate together.

With love to all,

Annemarie, Dr. Lee Travers and the Travers family

Mrs. Janet Mac Innes

Dear VeronVeronicas family and friends
Happy memories of dear sister in Christ I met in Prince George at the Gospel Chaple.
ONLY what’s done
For Christ will last.
Titus 2:13

Leeanne Mraston

I am so very, very blessed to have been able to see Mommy at Christmas time. She was an amazing woman and always made me feel special. Her laugh was contagious and I am smiling now just remembering. I know I will see her again – so this isn’t good-bye it is just see you later! LOVE YOU!

Esther Forson and Family

There were so many precious, cherished memories shared with my dear, loved Aunty V. We laughed, cried, prayed, dreamed and loved each other through life’s victories, sorrows and battles. She always had excess love sprinkled with God’s blessings. I was always “her baby” and she never let me forget I was like one of her own and I couldn’t love her more…I am encouraged daily by her faith and optimism and continue to take life “one day at a time”
All my love Aunty V and may you slumber sweetly in our Father’s benevolent love and grace.

Esther Forson and Family

Nena Subratie Lewis

My Big Sister Birdie
We shared a special bond physically, you being the first and I the last, but our spiritual bond will never be broken. You have showed me what a Godly woman looks like. We enjoyed talking a lot covering numerous topics and the distance never mattered it was as if we were next door. Such wonderful memories will keep me until we meet again at Jesus’ feet, praise God.

Bill & Linda Adams

Dear Beloved Prendergast family. our heartfelt sympathies to all the family ,, we have precious memories
of our Dear sister in the Lord , and remember the times spent together in Prince George.. even though it;s a sad moment But we rejoice she is in the presence of her Lord ..

Grace Chan

I have known Birdie all my 46 years of married life. She was like my mother, sister and best friend!

She was the first person I met when we moved to Prince George after our wedding in 1971. I just started to learn the North American culture after I immigrated to Canada and Birdie was my teacher of lots of things. She was very generous with her words of encouragements and praises and I have learn and benefited so much from her.

She loved the Lord very much and was very firm on what she believed. I loved singing with her of all the old hymns and also enjoyed sharing her spiritual insights. She loved me, my husband Chee and my children very much! I visited her 3 years ago and had spent a few days of very rich time with her which will imprint in my heart for a long, long time!

I will miss talking with her , but not sad knowing we will meet again in our Heavenly Home one day, I just envy her that she could enjoy the splendour of Heaven before me.

Bye for now, my dear Birdie!


Olive Wright

Birdie was a dear friend of mine. We met in kindergarten, and been close friends all these years. She was an inspiration to me. I loved her . We will meet again my friend. Sleep well.

Christel E. Travnik

Our dearest and most precious Veronica,

Your live was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond words
And will be missed beyond measure.

Rest in heavenly peace, Veronica.

With love and admiration
for your friendship and inspiration,

As ever, until we meet again,

Danny and Christel E. Travnik
and family

Nikki & Mike Nancke

Dear Trudy, Rob & Family, your Mom was an amazing and loving person. She was always so happy to see me when I would visit. She will truly be missed, my love and prayers to you. Love Nikki

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