It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Cheryl on November 26, 2022. She is predeceased by her Father John Douglas Pears and Mother Ruth May Pears (née Green).
Cheryl is survived by Nick Balikis, loving husband of 31 years, and son Mark Balikis who both live in Nanoose Bay, BC, and daughter Pamela Balikis who lives in Vancouver, Treasured brothers Doug Pears and John Pears and sister-in-law Beverly Pears. She is also dearly remembered by her sisters-in-law Kathy Ouranitsas, Nikki Bakas, and Vasso Papavasilopoulou. She will be strongly missed by relatives and friends in Canada, Greece, and many other places around the world.
Born to John and Ruth Pears (née Green) in Calgary, Alberta. Cheryl was one of a kind, she loved her family deeply (even if they were far away), and she always signed off her phone conversations with “I love you”. She was a straightforward and honest woman, always told it like it is, but would always be kind. She had a wicked sense of humor that always made people laugh. Cheryl grew up in Calgary, Alberta before moving with family to Edmonton in 1972. She graduated high school from Harry Ainlay in 1976 and soon after began her career in banking at HSBC. She was an auditor for many years and traveled across Canada to different branches, making friends wherever she went. Upon being transferred to Vancouver and eventually the West 10th branch she met and married her loving husband, Nick. Cheryl, Nick, and their two cherished children Pamela and Mark spent many summers at Pigeon Lake where they met a number of lifelong friends. Cheryl enjoyed spending winter breaks in Maui and loved watching the sunset each and every day. She passed peacefully after a long struggle and her family will always remember her strength and love.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Lung Association.