Sandra Lorraine “Bonny” Makarewicz
July 29, 1962 – March 27, 2014
Bonny Makarewicz, born in Revelstoke, B.C. on July 29, 1962, passed away in Whistler, B.C. after a courageous battle with melanoma. She is survived by Laurence Perry, her loving husband of 18 years, and dog “Biggles”. Predeceased by her parents Nick (1996) and Joanna (2005) Makarewicz and brother-inlaw Stuart McCrae (2012), she also leaves behind sisters Gail Hendrickson (Barry), Linda McCrae, Sharon Saar (Erik) and brother Bob (Phyllis), all of Revelstoke, Janice Makarewicz (Dale) of Kelowna and Sheila Makarewicz of Vernon, as well as nieces and nephews Lee, Jill, Tyrone, Seth, Jordan, Alex, Annie, Connor, Nicholas and Paige, and Laurence’s children, Rees and Alida.
Bonny will also be missed by her numerous friends with whom she shared her interests and passions including skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking, and travelling throughout the world, as well as cooking, gardening and the outdoors. She will be fondly remembered for her hospitality, kindness and generosity, her lively spirit and sense of humour that she maintained until the end. Everyone enjoyed life a little more when in her presence.
An award-winning photojournalist and photographer, Bonny developed an interest in photography while attending Revelstoke Secondary School from 1976 to 1980, and went on to study at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). She was a regular contributor to The Vancouver Sun and Province, Pique Newsmagazine, Whistler the Magazine and the Whistler Question where she was staff photographer from 1991-2002. Her images also appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Ski Canada Magazine and internationally – including her photos from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – as well as in the book The Top of the Pass: Whistler and the Sea to Sky Country. Bonny’s work may be viewed at picturewhistler.com and bonmakphoto.com
Bonny spent her last hours at home in Whistler with Biggles snuggled at her feet, surrounded by the love and comfort of family and close friends. Special thanks is extended to her doctors and the medical staff in Whistler, at the Seattle Cancer Center and Lions Gate Hospital, who cared for her during her illness and in her fi nal days.
A Celebration of Bonny’s Life will be held in Whistler on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Memories and photos can be posted on the event Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/khyap2h In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to the Save Your Skin Foundation (saveyourskin.ca/in-memory-of-bonny-makarewicz).