Debra "Debbie" Elizabeth Calvin
The family of Debra (Debbie) Elizabeth Calvin announces sadly her unexpected passing on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Fredericton, NB. The daughter of Margaret Bannister and David Calvin.
Forever loved and remembered by her life-partner of twenty years, Dennis B. Wilson and his son Blair Wilson; mother, Margaret Bannister (stepfather, Ulric Cormier); father, David Calvin (stepmother, Judy); sister, Krista Stanford (Douglas); brother, Charles Allan Calvin; half-brother, Christopher Calvin and stepbrother, Brad Calhoun; nieces, Alexis and Amanda Rotolo and Kalie Dykeman. Debbie also leaves behind an extended family by whom she will be greatly missed.
Debra was born and raised in Fredericton. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at U.N.B. in 1994 and was a NCCP Certified Level 4 Artistic Gymnastics coach. In recent years, she became a Master Practitioner of Neural Linguistic Programming.
Debbie started her early gymnastics’ training at the YMCA at the age of six and then trained at the Fredericton Gymnastics Club where she competed at the local and provincial levels. Debbie continued her pursuit of gymnastics, first coaching in PEI and then as head coach at Kingswood Gymnastics’ Centre for twenty years. Debbie worked on many provincial committees and served on the Gymnastics Canada Women’s Program Committee (WPC) for eight years. As a Team New Brunswick coach, she attended four Canada Winter Games and countless Canadian Championships. She was a leader within the gymnastic community and was extremely passionate about the sport and her gymnasts – whom she always said were her children.
Debra was a great life-partner, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, coach and mentor. She loved nature and animals, especially her dog "Sunayna" and her cat "Bella". Her smile would light up any room and make you feel special. She had a way of caring for everyone around her and taking the time to say the right things at the most important times. With Debbie, everyone around her felt happy and loved.
Debra was predeceased by both her maternal and paternal grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth Bannister and Everett and Connie Calvin, her aunt, Linda Titus and uncles, George and Everett Calvin.
A "Celebration of Life" at Kingswood Park and a private memorial service was held on July 9, 2017. The family gratefully appreciates all the food, flowers, calls, visits, memorial donations and support of clergy and friends.