Pixie McGeachie

Pixie McGeachie of Burnaby passed away on August 14.  She was eighty-eight. A resident of Burnaby for over 60 years, Pixie developed a keen interest in writing about history while developing columns and books throughout a successful career as an author.  She wrote numerous newspaper columns and produced her first Burnaby book “Bygones of Burnaby” in 1974.  She was selected to author “Burnaby – A Proud Century” which celebrated the City’s centennial in 1992, and ten years later wrote “Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby’s letters from Colonial B.C.” 

Pixie served as the community volunteer archivist for 20 years, and six years on the Burnaby Community Heritage Commission.  She was President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991–1993.  One of Pixie’s most valuable contributions was taking charge of Friends of Interurban 1223 just when the project to restore one of the last interurban trams needed a leader.  The City of Burnaby honoured her as Citizen of the Year in 2002, and she received the Heritage BC Ruby Nobbs Award in 2008.  A well-attended celebration of Pixie’s life was held on August 30 at the Burnaby Village Museum’s Tram Barn.

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