Pegoraro, Diane Sylvia (nee Castle)

Oct. 20, 1944 – Apr. 13, 2024

It is with extreme sadness we announce the passing of our dear Diane after a mercifully short bout with lung cancer in the tender care of the incredible staff at the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She was, as ever, dignified, upbeat and looking fabulous until the end.

Diane had very fond memories of growing up in West Vancouver, picnics at Eagle Harbour and camping trips with her family around BC.  She loved travel and went on many adventures to far-off lands, from the jungles of SE Asia to the art galleries of Europe. She loved hosting fabulous dinner parties, attending symphony concerts, art and cultural events and made regular road trips to indulge in wine, craft beer and fine food in romantic getaways locally and down the Pacific Coast.

After her retirement in 2010, she moved to Gabriola Island with her long-time love Pat Jackson where they lived a in a cozy cabin while they designed and built their dream home together, making many new friends and acquaintances as they fully embraced island life.  Unfailingly generous, she became a patron of the arts, buying exclusively from local artists, who’s work decorated her impeccably furnished home.

Diane is survived by her brothers Dave (Louise) and Dean, niece Shawna, nephews Jeffrey and Kristopher and grand nephews, Wyatt and Quentin and leaves behind many, many friends, neighbours and admirers. She always lived life to the fullest – in her own words, “I’ve had a perfect life. No regrets and tons of fun with the one I love”.  She died happy, knowing that she left little undone nor unsaid.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in Diane’s name are directed to the North Shore Living Well Society and/or the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. There will be a celebration of life hosted  at the Surf lodge on Gabriola  island  on June 2  from 2 pm – 4pm. Those interested in attending please email Bruce at