Obituary of Susan Elizabeth Dykes
Susanne Elizabeth Dykes (Scaldwell) August 2nd, 1943 - October *8th, 2023 Susanne (Sue) E. Dykes, age 80, of Grand Bend, formerly of London, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at University Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. Born in London, Ontario at Victoria hospital, Sue was the middle child and only daughter of parents Bud and Elvina Scaldwell. She grew up and lived in London for the majority of her life. Growing up in the Manor Park community, Sue was very active in sports and hobbies. She was a graduate of Wheable High School and earned an Administrative Certificate. After graduation, Sue began her career at EMCO. It was on the bus leaving work when 18-year-old Sue was spotted by a 20-year-old Gary on a wintery day. After much turmoil, Gary worked up the courage to ask her for a date by the Pepsi Cooler. On September 3rd, 1966, they married and began their life which would be shared together for 57 years. Gary and Sue bought their very first house on Lola Street in Byron in July, 1970. From there, the house became a home as they grew their family with the addition of three wondrous children who were born and raised on Lola Street. Friends became family as life long relationships blossomed on the corner of Lola Street and Belvedere. Sue grew to become the matriarchic Mom to the neighbourhood kids and the door was always open with snacks readily available. During this time on Lola Street, Sue returned to work and dedicated many years to Hutton House and Boler Mountain (London Ski Club) . She loved being a team member to both organizations and was a dedicated employee. She felt so lucky to have met many wonderful people who became dear friends and who she made many fond memories with over the years. In 1999, a new chapter began as Sue and Gary moved to Grand Bend to be close to the beach. They lived in Grand Cove Estates and created many new friendships throughout the area. So many new traditions and memories started, as all neighbours on South Winds Court became a new extended family. Sue embraced the beach life, whether spending time in Grand Bend or at Long Point. She loved the sunsets across Lake Huron and sand between her toes. Winters were now spent in Florida at Panama City Beach. The countdown to Florida was always looked forward to and the route well planned in advanced. There were certain stops on the route that could not be missed. Sue was an avid gardener and loved to keep her lawn manicured. No matter where she lived, her yard was always envied by many neighbours and received many awards over the years. Sue made sure the exterior and interior of their home was always decorated for every special occasion and holiday. Sue never gave up her passion and love for sports, all sports. But Sue’s heart held a special place for the Toronto Maple Leafs. She never gave up on them. Predeacesed by parents Bud and Elvina Scaldwell and older brother Edward Scaldwell. Survived by brother and best friend, Doug (Scarlett) Scaldwell of Strathroy. Beloved husband Gary William Dykes of 57 years and loving adored mother of Jacki Kostuk (Stephen), Jason Dykes of St. Thomas and Jeff Dykes of London. Loving, proud Nan to “her sweet boy” Kirby Kostuk (Keelan). Predeceased by brother in law Bill Dykes (Charlotte) and missed by sister in law Sandra Laabs (Lanny). Loved by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Soul sister to Carol McDonald, best friend of Robbie Warrington, and Vice President and founding member of the “Tipsy Girls”. A special thanks and gratitude to the amazing, compassionate staff, doctors and nurses of the 10th floor palliative care at University Hospital. Sue has requested in Lieu of flowers please donate to the Ark Aid Mission ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) A Celebration of Life will be planned for Sunday, October 29th from 1:00-4:00pm at Boler Mountain (London Ski Club). A few words will be shared at 2:30pm. Come comfortably dressed and we welcome you to wear your favourite sports jersey.