Remembering Benita Yorck (Hibbert)
VILFHA would like to acknowledge the passing of Benita Yorck (Hibbert) who passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2017 at the age of 84.
“When we played together, she was the heart of the Oak Bay Ladies Field Hockey Club,” said Pat Hall, long-time VILFHA member and coach/organizer of the current Oak Bay Hockey Club. “She was an outstanding centre half, a worker for the game, our social directer and just a classy lady.”
Benita’s father-in-law donated ‘The Hibbert Trophy’ intended for the Most Outstanding Player on the Oak Bay team. “Nita” as her team mates called her, re-donated it to the league and pushed to have the trophy be awarded to the Most Outstanding Player in the entire VILFHA league and it is to this date still awarded for that.
From the Times Colonist Obituary:
YORCK, Benita (Hibbert) December 11, 1933 – December 28, 2017 Our Mother, Benita Yorck passed away peacefully in her home December 28, 2017 at the age of 84 with her three children at her side. She was born on December 11, 1933 in a small country village (Sarisbury Green) in Southampton, England. Immigrated to Canada in 1952 to Halifax, NS and finally moved to Victoria, BC in 1954 where she raised her family and resided for the remainder of her life. Benita was always seen with a beautiful smile on her face and was very well known in the community of Oak Bay through her various volunteering works over the last 10 years with the Monterey Rec. Centre, Oak Bay Rec. Centre, Henderson Rec. Centre and the Oak Bay United Church. Benita is survived by her brother Peter Scott and family, daughter Alannah Hanlen (Alan), sons Richard Hibbert (Isobel) and Peter Hibbert (Leah) and three grandchildren Tristan, Jaryd and Brianna. Benita did not want a formal service but wanted all her friends and family to know that she cherished every moment she had with you. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Monterey Recreation Activity Association (care of Yvonne Stewart at the Monterey Centre) in Benita Yorck’s name to support their program activities. Tributes and Memories can be shared by visiting www.earthsoption.com (Click on Benita YORCK)