Friday, February 17, 2006

France Queyras 1956-2006

With great sadness we announce the passing of “France”, Francoise Marie Therese Oline Queyras on February 14th. Born in Vancouver on October 1st, 1956, France battled cancer for over 20 years. Her strength, independence and tenacity were admired by all.

Acclaimed videographer, France’s work was shown at Film and Video Festivals around the world. *Body Burden* was based on the personal experience of her exposure to DDT and living with metastatic breast cancer, as well as a critical look at the tightly intertwined connection between the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their impact on the global environment.

France was a fiercely loyal friend, demanding, caring and loving. A tireless environmentalist, she fought for the underdog, and dogged the fat cats. Until the end, she refused to be pandered to because of her illness. Her formidable character was marked by this summer, although almost completely house-bound, she ventured out with a friend and went white water rafting.

She is predeceased by her father Guy, and brother Jody; she is survived by sisters Cecile Page and Sina, brothers Oli and Guy, mother Elin Gudrun (nee Lingholt), nieces Angela and Danielle, nephews Guy, Eric, and Tristan, great nephew Nathan, and great nieces Cassidy and Maddox, as well as many relatives in Canada and in France. Many loving friends, including Ellen Aubrey, Nicola, Susan, Janice, Corrine, Barbara, Luce, Theresa, Mary, Jane, Kate, Chris, Sherri, Gite, Mark and God-daughter Maxine, also survive her.

France: Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Sound/Picture Editor, Great Friend, Advocate, and, until recently Cancer Survivor.

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