Diane Margaret Christine Lea (nee Cockburn)

May 14, 2020 4 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

December 27, 1950 - May 10, 2020

It is with tremendous grief and sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Margaret Christine Lea of Edmonton on May 10, 2020 after a very brief and tragic illness.

Diane is survived by her beloved husband Robert of Edmonton, daughter Lynzee Klippenstein (Terry) of Pilot Mound MB, son Derek Rainville (Kelly) of Saskatoon SK, daughter Dana Gagnon (Eric) of Morinville AB, step daughter Cyndi Dyck (Ken) of Young SK, step son Tim Lea (Tanya) of Edmonton, step daughter Tracy McKenzie (Paul) of Forestberg AB, brother Peter Cockburn (Vivian) of Saskatoon SK and her mother Lillian Cockburn of Saskatoon SK.

Diane is predeceased by her father George Cockburn of Saskatoon SK. Diane leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Diane was born in Saskatoon SK on December 27, 1950 and attended Mount Royal Collegiate. Diane’s strong interest in law enforcement was reflected in her love and loyalty for the greater policing community and lasted her entire lifetime. Her working career included working for the Saskatoon Police Service in an administrative role as well as many years as a civilian member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in various capacities and detachments in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. She especially enjoyed her role as Community Relations Officer in Grande Prairie, AB as well as her administrative role with GIS RCMP sub-division in Thompson, MB. Toward the end of her working career Diane spent many years with the Government of Canada, Service Canada unit in program delivery within Alberta and British Columbia.

Diane enjoyed travelling especially to her favourite places on the planet (Tofino, Jasper and Vancouver / Victoria). She could often be seen reading true crime novels and binge watching tv series. Diane’s true passion however was her love for her family and especially her grandchildren. Having retired in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in 2010, Diane missed her family on the prairies very much. In the fall of 2016, Diane and her husband moved back to Edmonton to be closer to the kids and grandchildren. The grand kids brought a smile to her face every time she saw them and she could often be heard boasting to anyone who would listen.

A very special thank you to the Trinity Funeral Home for the professionalism and caring assistance they provided to us. We also want to thank the medical team who assisted Diane and the family through this journey, especially to her family physician Dr Belhaj for his overwhelming compassion and empathy. Also special recognition to Dr Schiller, Oncology Surgeon for his professionalism, candidness and expeditious referrals, Dr Scarfe Medical Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute, the Doctors and Nurses at the University of Alberta Hospital (Unit 5F2) and the outstanding Palliative Care Team, Kristin (RN), Karen (RN), Victoria (RN), Elisha (Nurse Practitioner) & Dr Chan for their excellent support and care provided during home visits.

Diane’s wishes were for donations in lieu of flowers to the MARS Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, Merville BC, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington BC or any SPCA.

  1. Diane and I grew up together in Montgomery. She was such a kind person, always with a smile. Diane was instrumental in encouraging me to begin a career at St. Paul’s Hospital. It was her support and belief in me that made this possible. I’ll always be grateful to her. I’m very sorry for your loss, my heartfelt sympathies. The world has lost another beautiful person.

  2. i am so very sorry to hear of Dianes passing. I met Diane at Weight Watchers in Comox a few years ago and absolutely loved her. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to all of her family and friends at this difficult time. I will never forget her as she was a beautiful lady inside and out.

  3. Diane was my oldest son’s godmother. I will always remember her friendship. Sincere condolences to her family. Gone way too soon. May she rest in peace.

  4. God bless you Diane a good woman who was always had a great spirit and who always had a good energy and a loving soul. You were one of those people I’ll never forget.

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