Deb Hope Obituary, Death – Deb Hope, who passed away at the age of 67, was a former reporter and anchor for Global BC. She had worked there for a period of time. At least two generations of British Columbians deemed Hope to have one of the most identifiable faces in the province thanks to her striking appearance. She read the news at noon, 5 p.m., and subsequently became a co-anchor on BCTV’s flagship broadcast at 6 p.m. alongside Tony Parsons. In addition to that, she had a chuckle that was well-known all across the world for its infectious quality.
Hope went into retirement in 2014, and not long after that, she was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, which finally led to her being required to reside in a nursing facility. Hope passed away in 2017. She was unable to recognize any member of her family, including her husband Roger, her children Katherine and Roxanne, or any of her other relatives. She also was unable to recognize any of her other relatives.
In 1981, when Hope started working for the company, Global was still operating under its old moniker, BCTV; the channel had not yet been renamed as Global BC at that point. Although she was born in Trail, she left the city when she was 18 years old in order to attend the University of British Columbia. Her first job in journalism was at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she began by reading newscasts on CITR, the campus radio station, and by contributing to the Ubyssey newspaper.
She began her academic career by obtaining a bachelor of arts degree with a specialty in French. Subsequently, she attended Carleton University in Ottawa and got a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with honors from that institution. She completed her studies and received both degrees. After relocating there, she was able to secure a position as a junior reporter with The Canadian Press’s wire service; yet, she never stopped harboring the desire to return to the province where she was born and raised.