Colleen Janice Bay

July 20th, 2022

April 3, 1952 – July 20, 2022

It is with great sorrow and sadness that the love of my life, Colleen Bay, peacefully passed away on July 20th after a lengthy battle with Dementia. Colleen is survived by her loving husband, Bill Pettigrew, and sons Chris Bay in Castlegar and Jason Bay in Vancouver.

Colleen was born in Rossland and lived in the city she loved for most of her life. She was an avid reader, fun loving and quick to laughter. She was a strong believer in giving back to the community, lending a helping hand to those in need and volunteering at many events over the years. More recently, she was highly involved with St. Andrew’s United Church and volunteered at the Rossland Thrift Store. Some of her hobbies included gardening, camping, cross country skiing, golfing and long walks along the nature trails in the Kootenays. Colleen was loved by all her knew her, and she will be sorely missed. A special thanks to her long-time friend, Linda Grigg, who comforted her right to the end. Thanks also to the wonderful staff at Columbia View Lodge. Colleen will now join her mom and dad, Olive and Frank Emery.

Andreas Schmitz of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


Bill, Chris, and Jason, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Colleen was one of the sweetest and friendly person. I pray that all your wonderful memories of her will help you through all the difficult days ahead. Thinking of you all, may God give you peace and strength. Big Hugs and our Sincerest Sympathy. Louise & Tom

My deepest condolences and sympathies to Bill, Chris and Jason. Colleen always had quick humour. She will be missed by so many. RIP

My deepest condolences to Bill, Jason, and Chris. Colleen was a dear friend and I will cherish the support and friendship we shared forever. Colleen was sincere, funny and lovingly gave her time to friends, family, and the community and I feel blessed to have been one of the lucky people she shared herself with. Her spirit will shine on well past the years we had her here.

Goodbye Colleen. You were so much fun! We had lots of coffee dates, walks, bike rides… Your wit was so quick, we had a lot of laughs. Love you forever. Audrey

My sincere condolences to Bill and the family of my dear friend, Colleen. Colleen has always been a special friend, my first when I immigrated to Canada in 1999 to join my partner Neal McKenna! Colleen and Bill were always there for me, comforting me when I felt lost and frustrated with the challenges of immigration. I used to love visiting them with Neal over the years. I have such fond memories of sitting beside their kitchen window, having a good laugh with them and eating one of Bill's delicious potatoes and egg scramble for breakfast. Thinking of you Bill! Much love during this very difficult time.

Oh....this comes as such sad, sad news! I so enjoyed the many laughs we had together while being on the Follies Board those many years. A very big virtual hug to all three of you! - Lisa

Bill, Chris and Jason - Our sincere condolences on the passing of Colleen. We enjoyed many good laughs and fun times with her. A beautiful soul she was indeed.

Our condolences Bill, to you and family. Colleen was a wonderful person! Janice and Gib.

Dear Bill and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Colleen was the most kind, generous, funny, and beautiful soul. I feel privileged to have worked with her for many years and will always cherish all the fun memories from that time. She was a very special lady! You are in our hearts and thoughts and we send our deepest sympathy.

Colleen's family - she was part of so many of my childhood memories - a great lady - just like her mother. Her smiling face will be missed by so many. Blessings to all.

Bill, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Colleen was a lovely lovely lady. I am proud to say, we knew each other through high school. Can't imagine how much you will miss her Bill. and family. Gerry Brown

Bill, Chris and Jason; Colleen was a generous, funny and compassionate lady whom I had the privilege of getting to know thru our volunteer stints for Golden City Days and then the United Church. What can I say except that she was a truly lovely lady who had grace and wit. Our hearts go out to you in this very difficult time as you navigate the future. Heather and Doug Brandvold

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