Sara Marguerita Ghilarducci, a fixture in Vancouver fashion industry, delivered newspapers on horseback

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Lost to us all on Wednesday, November 30, 2011: Sara Marguerita Ghilarducci

Sara was born Sept. 10, 1969, in Mission and brought home by Nan Miller and her husband Allan at 12 days of age. She spent her youth and young adulthood in Surrey delivering newspapers on horseback and raising animals. She worked as a nanny, travelled widely in Europe and was a fixture in the Vancouver fashion industry.

Since 2010, Sara immersed herself in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program at BCIT where she is sorely missed by her classmates.

Sara is survived by her parents Nan Miller and Joe Ghilarducci, her brothers Jake Miller and Cameron Ghilarducci and too many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mention.

(This story appeared on The Vancouver Sun on Dec. 10, 2011.)

Sara contained the best of us all.

Now that she is gone, we will have to do for ourselves all the things she did so well for us.

We have to be brave because she was not afraid.

We have to be kind to each other because that was the example she set.

We have to be passionate because she showed us every day that commitment was the way to contentment.

We have to be curious because she showed us it is never too late to ask why . . . or how . . . or what is this called . . . or where does that wildflower grow.

We have to find a way to do the important things because that is what she did and we cannot let her down.

Sara went out on the top of her game – in love with life – wrapped up in a great adventure that never ended but just changed.

She approached the world with her head up, her heart open and her hands covered with fish slime.

Things will never be the same again. They will be better. We will make them better because that’s what Sara would have done.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 AM at St. Bernadette Catholic Church at 6543 132 St. in Surrey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society. 604-664-7664 ex107

Messages of condolence can be posted on her Facebook memorial page “Remembering Sara” or by calling 604-664-1011.

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Fascinating people die every day, some well-known, some not so known. People's obituaries are often the only things written about their rich, varied, interesting lives. This blog celebrates the large and small among us, without whom our experiences wouldn't be as meaningful.

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