It is with great sadness that our family has to announce the passing of Deborah Lee Goffic (nee Thompson) on June 25, 2015, at the Prince Rupert General Hospital, at the age of 50.
Deb fought almost 5 years against ovarian cancer. Her will to live and her strength throughout all the treatments and surgeries that she had to endure was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She is now in a better place with her brother Michael who passed in 2008. Deb leaves behind her daughter Chantelle (Darin), and son whom she just recently met after having to give him up for adoption 33 years ago Scott (Rebecca) Maguire, her grandchildren who she would have spoiled rotten but didn’t get the chance to meet.
Her boyfriend Bill Sutherland who was by her side from the day she got sick until the moment that she took her last breath; her parents Lee and Mike Haylock of Duncan, BC and Dick and Wati Thompson of Bakersfield, Calfornia; her brothers Jim (Jackie) Thompson of Fort Vermillion, AB, Ken (Michelle) Thompson of Austin, Texas and sister Michelle (Dave) Calder of Vernon, BC, and many nieces and nephews who she loved very much. As well as many friends that were a source of comfort and encouragement to Deb, they too will feel a whole in their heart. The following poem was something that gave Deb comfort when times were rough during the last few years:
‘Some days I can be strong, I can be weak.
I can be proud, I can be meek
I can be gentle, or I can be tough.
I can explode when I’ve had enough.
Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry.
Sometimes I lose, but I always will try.
I always get up when I get knocked down.
And make a smile, out of any frown.
I hope that God likes me, the day that we meet.
If only for a chance, to sit at His feet.
And be by His side, year after year.
While all the bad things just disappear.
So when life gets tough, and it’s hard to be strong.
I’ll never forget… Heaven is where I belong.
A Celebration of Deb’s Life will take place at a later date