December 13, 1921-October 22, 2013
Lucy (Lucia) Cain of Sidney B.C. passed away on October 22, 2013 in her 92nd year. Born Lucy Corcelli on December 13, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, she grew up with a fondness for music and a natural singing talent. During World War II Lucy inspected precision optics manufactured for the war effort, singing in her off-hours at popular clubs in Toronto and around Ontario under the stage name ‘Gene Corday’.
After the war she continued to perform and record as the featured vocalist with well known orchestras of the day. Lucy ventured out west to Red Deer, Alberta in the early 1950s with her husband Gordon and baby daughter. After adding two boys to the family, they moved to Edmonton. Through the 1960s and 1970s, Lucy balanced raising her family with managing the office for Gordon’s electrical contracting business. Lucy and Gordon retired to Palm Springs in winter and to the cottage they built together at Alberta’s Wabamun Lake in summer. Later they moved to Nanaimo, B.C., where they enjoyed lawn bowling, long nature walks and their beautiful views of the harbour and Mt. Benson.
Lucy joined the Bowen Senior Songsters and rediscovered her talent as a soloist. After Gordon’s passing in 2003, Lucy continued to enjoy life in Nanaimo for a time and then moved to Sidney, B.C. to be closer to her daughter. Lucy’s gentle, loving and independent spirit will be cherished always by her daughter Laurie; son Stephen and daughter-in-law Dawn; son Michael and daughter-in-law Janice, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Spencer, Vanessa and Allison. Predeceased by her brother Joseph and sister Anne, she is survived by her brother Nicholas and sister Jeanne.