Rgalsal has left us. Sally Ann Bishop passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Edmonton on August 23, 2016.
This happy-go-lucky child was born to Doug and Jo Bishop on September 15, 1938 in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. The family moved to Prince Rupert, Burnaby and Vancouver before settling for 10 years in Biggar, Saskatchewan, the community which Sal embraced as her hometown. She was a fine student athlete and won many accolades as she journeyed towards her goal of a degree in Education from the University of Alberta.
As a teacher Sally insisted on the best effort from each of her students and pushed many to achievements they could be proud of. She coached junior and senior high teams with the same determination, instilling life-long lessons of combined fun and discipline in her students-athletes. With a sense of adventure, Sal used her teaching career to travel extensively throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA. Everywhere she touched down she made lifelong friends. She had many families; her pets, former students, fellow teachers, book club, games club, dog lovers, neighbors, nieces, nephews, and her natural family, kept her fully occupied with wonderful experiences. She loved dogs and trained them to visit and provide pet therapy to folks in seniors’ homes in the Edmonton area.
Sally was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her four-footed pal Shilo; sister Tony Elaine (Jarl) Omholt-Jensen; brother Jerry (Sylvia); nephews: Dan (Cindy), Ray (Jennifer), and “Fave” nieces Delaire and Melita (Kevin) Kazan; six much-loved “greats”: Brynae, Daniel, Michaela, Duke, Atticus and Ronan, as well as friends far too many to mention.
At Sally’s request there will be no funeral. Family and friends sent words of love and came far and near to see Sal once you knew of her cancer diagnosis. Cards and her guest books are filled with your memories and encouraging comments. Sal’s wishes, that was the gathering she wanted, the one SHE took part in. That was her celebration of her life. Thanks to all of you who helped her achieve that by participating in your own special ways.