The TRU Faculty Association was saddened to hear of the passing of a treasured colleague, Dr. Camilla Sears, of the Sociology and Anthropology department last week. Her kindness and generosity, her sunny disposition and her dedication to her students will be sorely missed and the TRU community grieves her loss. Dr. Sears arrived at TRU in 2012 from Simon Fraser University and made an indelible mark on her students and colleagues. She served as a well-loved and trusted mentor to her students and a cheerful, dedicated colleague and researchers. She is survived by her husband, Ben and her adored daughter, Charlotte. Our deepest condolences to Camilla’s family, friends, students and colleagues.
Dr. Camilla Sears’ Obituary:
Dr. Camilla A. Sears, age 40, of Kamloops, died at 3:30pm, Friday, March 10, 2017 in Kamloops, BC. She was born in Vancouver on June 24, 1976 to Helen and Michael Sears and grew up in East Sheen, London, England. She married Benjamin Sears on March 29, 2008 in Vancouver. She is survived by her husband Ben and her daughter Charlotte, 5. She is also survived by her aunt Fran, her cousins Nick, Wendy, and Andrew, many dear relatives and close friends in England and Canada. Both of Camilla’s parents preceded her in death.
Camilla grew up in England where she attended Sheen Mount Primary School, Waldegrave Girls Secondary School, and then Thames Valley University in Ealing. She moved to West Vancouver, BC with her parents in 1998. She attended Simon Fraser University for her Post-Baccalaureate degree, followed by her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in criminology. She moved to Kamloops in 2012 to work at Thompson Rivers University, thus fulfilling her dream of becoming a professor. Camilla was well loved by students, staff, and colleagues everywhere she worked.
Anyone who met her would remember her beautiful smile, her wonderful laugh, and her love of the colour purple. She loved to travel, attend shows, read Jane Austen, and celebrate birthdays. She was a loving wife and mother and the best friend anyone could have. She also loved teaching and is remembered as a true mentor by so many students.
Religious services will be held in Kamloops at Sacred Heart Cathedral: prayers on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00pm, and funeral on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00am. A celebration of life will be held at West Vancouver Presbyterian Church, 2893 Marine Drive, West Vancouver on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.