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Obituary archive for Parksville - 2011

ANCION, Blanche Mabel

December 15, 1924 December 5, 2011 It is with great sadness that the family of Blanche Ancion announces her passing on Monday December 5, 2011 at the age of 87 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Blanche was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Blanche Roxanne Ancion (nee Gragg), sister Grace Ancion, brother Nicholas (Ella) Ancion and niece Joyce Ancion. She is survived by three sisters; Josephine Jones (Phoenix, Arizona), Marie Geldreich (Qualicum Beach, BC), Anna Boux-Davies (Winnipeg, MB), nieces and nephews; Arlene (Art) Sali, Sharryl (Helmut) Schwarz, John (Anne) Boux, Robert Boux, Paul (Jenny) Boux, Brian (Carmen) Boux, Joan (Doug) Teed and all their children, cousins; Nicholas (Peggy) Taylor, Jean Sayer, Lawrence Taylor, Laura Hamilton, Margaret Harris as well as many friends. Blanche first worked as a teacher in southern Alberta. After a few years she trained in Winnipeg, MB as a lab technician. She worked at a clinic in Calgary, AB and later, for many years, she worked at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA USA where she retired from in 1989. Blanche has since lived in Parksville, BC. Blanche had a passion for snow skiing and she and her cousins and friends skied Banff, Whistler and many ski resorts in the USA. She also loved to travel, going to Hawaii and three times to Europe where she maintained contact with relatives from Belgium. She enjoyed a good discussion about sports, news and politics. We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Kevin Martin, Dr. Mc Intyre, Dr. Johnston, Br. Broome, Dr. Burnett and staff, Evaleen (CNIB representative) and Susan Alexander at Emerald Estates, Parksville. We also thank the doctors and staff on the 4th and 5th floors of the NRGH for their excellent care and support. A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd Parksville on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:15AM with Father Bayron officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB (Macular Degeneration Dept), 2340 Richmond Rd Victoria, BC V8R 4R9.

ARMSTRONG, Fern Elizabeth

1928 - 2011 Gone to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 2nd at the age of 83, Fern enjoyed living in Parksville, BC for the last 10 years after spending most of her life in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Leslie Armstrong in 1975. Fern is survived by four daughters, Joan (Elgin) Kotanen, Patricia (David) Tiffin, Sharon Hermanson, and Faye (Ken) Hilliard, seven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service at the Wildwood Community Church, 113 McColl Road, Bowser BC on Saturday August 13, @ 2pm.


Bob was at his home in Qualicum Beach, surrounded by his family, when he passed peacefully. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon, daughter Brenda (Rob) Sang of Chilliwack, BC, son Dean (Melanie) Badminton of Maple Ridge, BC, his three adoring granddaughters, Bailee & Erika Sang and Kennedy Badminton and his sister Norma (Bob) Carrie of Surrey, BC. Sharon and his children will miss him beyond words could say. We love you dad. At his request, no funeral will be held and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Ave Victoria BC V8R 6V5 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 255 2000 Island Hwy, Brooks Landing, Nanaimo BC V9S 5W3.

BALDWIN, Gary Edgar

October 8, 1930 to January 24, 2011 Gary is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Brent, Scott (Darcie), Rob (Tiffany) and Dallis(Bernie) as well as his grandchildren Maren, Caitlan, Leigha, Jaqueline and Jordan. Gary is predeceased by his youngest son Christopher. Born in Yorktown, SK and educated in Prince Albert, SK, Gary graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955. Gary had a large part in road construction in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, a fact he was very proud of. He retired to Qualicum Beach, BC in 1995. Gary was a member of the Lions Club, and the Toastmasters Club. A memorial service will be held at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC, on January 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

BARCLAY, Thomas Lorne

Lorne passed away September 22, 2011, at the age of 85, after a lengthy illness. He grew up in Campbellton, New Brunswick, working in Labrador and Ft. McMurray, Alberta, before retiring with his wife Marion in Parksville, B.C., in 1987. Lorne was a veteran of WWII, and a boilermaker by trade. In retirement he focused his energy on his family, carving, playing the bagpipes, service to his church, working as a service officer for the Legion and with the Shriner's in support of the Children's Hospital. He was a lifetime member of the Masconic Lodge in Ft. McMurrary, Alberta, and an affiliate member of the Parksville Lodge, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Parksville Rock & Gem Club. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion, their three daughters, Barbara (Ron) Sands, of Anchorage, Alaska, Joan (Hugh) Furber, of Ft McMurray, Alberta and Heather (Walter) Ingram of Fernie, B. C., 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Knox United Church, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 1:00 P.M, with internment after the service. There will be reception and tea in the church hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations in his memory to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby BC or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V2

Condolence from: Poley/Bucci

Thinking of you and remembering all the wonderful occasions we shared. I can hear Uncle Lorne's voice and feel his hugs. I cherish all of the happy memories. Love Tammy

Condolence from: Steve Andrejiw

Joannie, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless you and your family. Steve

BIRD, Dr. Edward Arthur (Ted)

Mar 8, 1917 Oct 20, 2011 Ted passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Qualicum Beach, BC. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Genevieve in 1971 and his brothers Donald and Douglas Bird. He will be missed and always remembered by his partner Rosemary Patterson and his nieces and nephews. Born in Watford, England and raised in Saskatchewan, Ted lived a full life. He was the son of Fred and Winifred Bird. Following service in the Navy during WWII, Ted went to Paris and received his Ph.D from the Sorbonne. He returned to Canada for a position at UBC in the Romance Languages Dept. He retired as a Professor Emeritus and following retirement he was the author of twelve novels under the pen name of Edward Michel Bird. He was a life member of the Canadian Authors Association. An Interment Ceremony will be conducted at the North Vancouver Cemetery on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 1:00pm.

BLENKINSOP, Norman Heslop

February 15, 1918 to March 21, 2011 Norman passed away peacefully at Nanaimo General Hospital on March 21, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife Vernice, his daughter Jennifer (Port Moody), his son John (Ottawa) and three grandchildren, Adrian (Ottawa), Mark (Ottawa), Maia (New Zealand). He is also survived by his sister Laura (South Shields, England). Norman was predeceased by his first wife Betty (1999). Norman was a proud Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Legion. He was especially proud of his service in WWII (England) where he achieved the rank of Captain as a Glider Pilot. There will be no service at his request. A private family gathering celebrating Norman's life will be held at a later date.

BOT, Philip

1975- 2011. On December 18,'11 Philip passed away suddenly in Nanaimo, B.C. at the age of 36. He leaves behind his two young children: Evan Lee Lorne (5) and Sophia Maartje Mary Bot (2) and their mother Tracy Bot-Harrison. His parents Marsha Bergen (Ron) in Coombs,B.C.; Marten Bot, Athabasca, Alta; and brother Oscar Bot ( Rhonda) in Castlegar, B.C. are stricken with grief. Philip is survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins in Canada, the U.K. and The Netherlands. He was born in Calgary on April 28, 1975 and lived in Alberta and British Columbia. He followed a series of career paths and was proud to have completed his third year towards his journeyman carpenter's ticket. Philip confidently provided Industrial First Aid on the jobsite. Philip enjoyed art and painting all his life. Before taking a job in carpentry he worked in graphic arts. Many enjoyed his wit and comedic talents. He took on life with great energy which was evident through his mountain biking, outdoor activities and skateboarding. His gentle character and sense of humour was most evident in the company of his children. Many were touched by his frank and compassionate personality. We miss him terribly. Cremation has taken place. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Yates Funeral Service and Crematorium, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, B.C. A trust fund for the children will be created.

Condolence from: Harry Slobodan

To all of Phillip's family and friends. May I express my sincere condolences to you. Phillip will be missed by all of us in the work place. It has been a privilege to be associated with him during his years with Knappett. He was an asset to the job site where he brought skill and dependability. He had a natural ability to get along with others and his sense of humor was appreciated. Warmest regards, Harry Slobodan

Condolence from: Erin and Craig Jones

We are so saddened to hear of Phil's passing. We know of his zest for life and immeasurable love for his children. We were lucky enough to experience many trips together with Phil and Tracy, one of which was to see him complete the Test of Metal mountain biking race in Squamish. It was an outstanding achievement and he was thrilled. His sense of humour was contagious and we feel honored to have had him participate in our wedding as the Master of Ceremonies. We have so many fond memories of Phil from over the years, and offer our heart-felt condolences to his family. Sincerely, Erin and Craig Jones

Condolence from: Mike and Rosalind Davies

Ron & Marsha, We were so shocked and saddened by the death of Philip. He was a wonderful man and a devoted father to Evan and Sophia. We are sorry that we are unable to attend his Celebration of Life but our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this very difficult time. May God ease your pain and give you strength during the coming days. Love to you both, Mike and Rosalind

Condolence from: Kelly and Julia Davies

Dear Marsha,Ron and Family Our thoughts and prayers are with you in a time like this. Thinking about you guys and our condolences to you and your family. Love: Kelly and Julia

Condolence from: PAULA ANDERSON KIRK


Condolence from: Uncle Bert

Deepest sympathy goes to the parents and the children. Uncle Bert in Thiunder Bay

Condolence from: Jane and Ray Walker

To Marsha our thoughts and prayers are with you and Ron at this terrible time. Ray and Jane

Condolence from: Bill and Jean King

Marsh and Ron Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

Condolence from: Vince & Linda Bevan

To Marsha, Ron, Tracy and family: We send our sincere condolences on the passing of Phillip. May you be comforted by the good memories you created with him and strengthened by your family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from: Rob & Noni Clark

Dear Marsha and Ron, We were so sorry to read of your son Philips passing.It is always hard to comprehend the passing of a child before we do.Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from: Nancy Harrison

I ,too, lost a child and know the awfull grief you feel. There are no words to ease that pain ... But time and the love and support of family and friends make it bearable. Know that so many support you during this time...with deepest sympathy..Nancy Harrison

Condolence from: Sharon & Barry Ainslie

Dear Marsha & Ron We are deeply saddened to hear of your son's passing, and also understand how difficult it must be to lose someone so young and full of vitality. As you know, we are away and therefore unable to pass along our personal condolences, but please know that we are thinking of you, Ron, and Philip's young family at this difficult time. Blessings to you both for tomorrow and our deepest sympathy and prayers are sent your way. Love, Sharon & Barry Ainslie

Condolence from: Bob and Kim Greig

Dear Marsha, Ron and family: We are sending you our thoughts of condolence as you cope with this tragic loss. May you find strength in each other. Blessings

Condolence from: The Bunkers

Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your son. We cannot know how hard it is to lose a sibling. Please accept our sympathy in this great loss. Hugs Jeanne & Ralph

Condolence from: Jo and Sandy Dunn

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from: Allen and Dagmar Looy

Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for you Marsha and Ron, Philips two small children and all those left behind to grieve this terrible loss of a beloved father and son. Hugs to you all, love, Dagamr and Allen

Condolence from: Ralph Coomber

To Ron & Marsha. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolence. To the rest of the family, always remember the positive insight Phillip would have given you and the desire he would have for your contributions ahead.

Condolence from: Ken and Linda Nicol

Ron and Marsha, Our hearts go out to you and his wife and children. Sincerely, Ken and Linda Nicol

Condolence from: Ken and Pat Coldwell

Ron and Marsha, we are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your son Philip.Our hearts are with you! Sending you and your family love and strength. Hugs from us both

Condolence from: Kirsten and Bert Johansen

Our condolenses to you and your family.

Condolence from: Howard and Marlene Coram

Marsha and Ron, Marlene and I are saddened by the sudden death of son Philip. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from: Doug and Jeanette White

We are shocked and saddened to learn of your great loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy as you work through the difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Doug and Jeanette White

Condolence from: Walter & Shirley Reid

So sorry to hear of your loss.

Condolence from: Kevin & Debbie Pahl

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and our hearts are with you. Sincerely, Kevin & Debbie Pahl

Condolence from: Linda and David Prud'homme

Dear Marsha and Ron, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. With our deepest sympathy, Linda and David.

Condolence from: Donn & Sylvia Gardner

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and our hearts go out to you.

Condolence from: John Knappett

My condolences to Philip's Mom , Dad, extended Family and many friends. Phil was a well loved member of our Company and will be missed by all of us.

Condolence from: Freemans

Our deepest condolences to all the family. Our hearts are with you at this time. Linda and Dudley Freeman

Condolence from: Dunnett

We are so sorry for your terrible loss Marsha Our thoughts are with you Ed and Janet Dunnett

Condolence from: Monika & Neil Turpie

Our deepest condolences to you and your family

Condolence from: David and Leeanna Bulinckx

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your son.

Condolence from: Robyn Harrison

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Bergen, and Mr. Bot, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Phil's death. As one of Tracy's cousins, I met Phil, and considered him a friend. He was always so much fun at our family reunions and get-togethers, and he was visibly and consistently, a proud Dad to Sophia and Evan. He will be missed. Sincerely, Robyn Harrison

Condolence from: Wendy and David Harrison

A messsage for the Bot Family, Dear Tracy, Evan, Sophia, Maartje, Ron, Phil' s Dad and brother, the extended Bot family and friends and all of our Harrison family, We remember Phil as a person who cared about family and friends through whatever joys and challenges he faced in his own life. We are very saddened to hear of Phil's passing and send love and compassion to each of you. With love, Wendy and David Harrison

Condolence from: Laura Harrison (Tracy's cousin)

Dear Mrs. & Mr. Bergen, Mr. Bot, Tracy, Evan and Sophia, I am remembering Phil today and thinking of each of you with heartfelt sympathy. I admired Phil's fun-loving spirit and how he was such a dedicated and caring dad to Evan and Sophia. He will be very missed in our family. Sincerely, Laura Harrison (Tracy's cousin)

Condolence from: Ian & Amanda Dunn

Our sincerest sympathy to all family members for their loss of a very special person. We feel honored to have had Phil as a part of our family. Rest in Peace dear Phil. You will always be remembered. Amanda (nee Harrison) & Ian Dunn (Tracy's Aunt & Uncle)

Condolence from: Kathie and Lorne Bergen

Our condolences to Ron, Marsha and Tracy. So very sorry that we cannot attend the service for Philip. Will always remember his kindness, quick witted humour and the smile in his eyes. It was an honour to know him and we hope that his children will grow up to know what a special person he was.

Condolence from: Joan Knight

So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from: Kruit

Very sincere condolences from our family to yours... Maarten & Anne-Marie Kruit

Condolence from: Bill and Donelda Klein

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your son. We cannot comprehend what you must be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Take care, Bill and Donelda

Condolence from: Ray Lajeunesse and Ida Prefontaine

We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Ida lost 2 sons, so she knows the pain of such a great loss.. We will keep you in our prayers.

Condolence from: Carolyn Gabourie

Dear Mrs. & Mr. Bergen, Mr. Bot, Tracy, Evan & Sophia, We are thinking of you all at this unimaginably sad time and sending you love. We are also thinking of Phil, a fun-loving, great guy to be around and of course an amazing and devoted dad to his two treasures, Evan & Sophia. Carolyn (Tracy's cousin) & Neil & Kale & Luke Gabourie

Condolence from: Bev Briggs

Dear Marsha; I can't even imagine what you must be feeling right now. We always think that we will die before our children and when it doesn't happen that way it is devastating. Marsha, hang on to the good memories. Lean on Ron, your friends and family. My deepest condolenses to you, Ron and your family. Sincerely Bev

Condolence from: Dixie and Carl Weiss

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ron and Marsha, during your tremendous loss.

Condolence from: Brian and Beth Morgenstern

Ron and Marsha, Our thoughts are with you as you journey through this very difficult time. Take care of yourselves.

Condolence from: Mark Blaauw ( cousin)

my condolence to tante maartje, tracy,oscar,ron,and max.

Condolence from: Susan Edwards

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle morning rain. And when you wake in the morning's hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die. (If you would like to listen to a performance of Eleanor Daley's choral setting of this poem, please visit www.vancouverpeacechoir.ca/in_remembrance With love and warmest hugs, Susan

Condolence from: Fenna and Les Poelzer

Our deepest sympathies to your entire family at this sad time. I cannot find words to express how incredibly much the loss of Philip means to so many of us that had drifted away over the years even though we can only remember him as a fun-loving kid whose smile brightened many days. He will always remain in our hearts. God bless.

Condolence from: Helmut & Ruth Klebe

The service today was beautiful. We send our continued love, prayers, and support to you all. May you keep all of your happy and special moments of Philip in your hearts forever :) Helmut and Ruth

Condolence from: Claude and Nelly Legrand

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your son.

Condolence from: Wayne Sahlstrom & Sue Hunter

Dear Marsha & Ron, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to your family.

Condolence from: Jay Akerley

I wish to convey my condolences to Philip's family during this terrible time. Phil was a talented artist and a bright light for all who knew him. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

Condolence from: Ted & Rose Harrison (Tracy's Uncle & Aunt)

To Phil's entire family .. Thank you for such a touching ceremony to honor him, it was beautiful though heart wrenching. We had many opportunities to enjoy Phil's company at family gatherings, he always added fun and laughter and we are glad that we had the chance to be a part of his life. He was such a loving and gentle father to his pride & joy(s) Evan and Sophia. We wanted to let you know that you and he are often in our thoughts.

BOYCE, Viola Elizabeth

February 1, 1916 - December 26, 2011 Daughter of Nelson John Boyce and Janie Elizabeth Boyce, nee Cully. Predeceased by her brother Richard and sister Marjorie. Mourned by her brother Ronald, sister-in-law Pleuke, nephew Richard; her nieces and nephews Janie, Bill and Debi, Doreen, Richard. Viola was born in Montreal, but spent the biggest part of her life in Toronto, where she worked as a secretary. After her retirement she moved to Orillia, Ontario and about 10 years later to Vancouver Island, where she lived in Parksville and Nanaimo. She was an avid photographer and a talented painter. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday January 4, at 1 pm at Yates Cemetery, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville.

BREEN, John (Jack) Kendall

January 6, 1926 - December 6, 2011. Jack passed away peacefully in Qualicum Beach, BC at the age of 85. He leaves behind his wife Ruth of Qualicum Beach; son Rod (Brenda) of Errington; daughter Judie Sanbrooks of Nanoose Bay; granddaughters Shailie and Jennifer (Dave); and, great-granddaughter Jordyn. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Alice, his first wife Elizabeth, along with many relatives, friends, and colleagues. Jack was born and raised in Prince Rupert, a place he fondly remembered. He was employed as a Statistician at MacMillan Bloedel in Port Alberni from 1957-1991. As a caring and loving father, he enjoyed camping and road trips with his young family. In 1985, Jack married Ruth and for over two decades they enjoyed international travel, plus many sunny days on local golf courses. Jack's interests included wood carving, music, and he was an avid cribbage player. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Funeral Chapel (1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC) on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to The BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4 or through their on-line Donor Center www.bcchf.ca Our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach for the comfort, compassion, and care that they bestowed upon this gentle, unassuming, and intelligent man. He will be forever in our hearts.

BRITTON, Joyce Elizabeth

Joyce, of Parksville BC, passed away at Nanaimo Hospital on April 6, 2011. Joyce was born at Lafleche Sk on October 8, 1930. She spent her childhood in Melaval SK with her parents, Walter and Kathleen Mackin and sisters, Marilyn, Karen and Joanne. She will be reunited with her family in heaven; her father, mother, Marilyn, Barb and special friend Pat, who she called my son, my son. Joyce is survived by her sister Karen and family, Calvin (Cindy), Kathy (Jim), Leslie (Murray) and Scott, Joanne and her children, Sherry (Dave), Sandra (William), Marilyn's family, Wendy, Jill (Dave), Blair (Bonnie) and several nieces and nephews. Joyce Elizabeth attended elementary school in Melaval and high school in Lafleche. She attended the Regina General Hospital Nursing program, afterwards nursing in Regina, Saskatoon Winnipeg and Toronto, then eventually at the Cancer Clinic in Vancouver until her retirement to Parksville. She met and married Lee Broderick in 1956. Bill Britton and Doug Dickson also shared in Joyce's love of adventure and life. Joyce was a spunky, adventurous, spontaneous, entertaining woman. She had a great zest for life and her carefree spirit took her to all parts of the world. One of her greatest loves was to sail in the open sea. She enjoyed skiing, hunting and golfing. Joyce was well educated and loved to read, she especially enjoyed her book club. She shared her love of cards with many family and friends. Joyce welcomed her Saskatchewan family with open arms, always putting on the Ritz. She had a flare for the fine things in life, Good Food, Good Company, Good Wine. Joyce lived life to the fullest, from quiet sister walks on the beach to dancing the night away with friends. Joyce will be missed by all of us. When God reached out, she was ready. A Celebration of Life was held on April 12, 2011 at the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club.


Peacefully on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of Ervin Bronson, wonderful mother of Judy (Bob), Carole (Serge), and Cindy (Henry). Private family service only. Her family would like to express their thanks to the staff at NRGH for their excellent care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Always loved and never forgotten.

BRYDGES, Joan Margaret

After a long and full life, Joan Margaret Brydges left us suddenly at home on December 20, 2011. Born in Birmingham, England on January 19, 1927. Remembered and loved by her family, husband Anthony, sons Tracy (Donna), Mark, Wesley (Susan), and daughter Victoria (Mark), granddaughters Sarah (Ryan), and Larissa (Mike), great grandsons Colton and Linkin, sister Mary and brother Doug and many other family and friends. One of her greatest loves is nature and all its beauty, a loving friend to all God's creatures. Always remembered, always loved. 'see you at sunset mum' Donations to your local SPCA or animal shelter are appreciated by mum and her family.

Condolence from: Jane Edmonds

I am relieved that I had the opportunity to give Auntie Joan my love at Auntie Mary's wedding last year. She spoke so lovingly of her family, and Uncle Tony was as sweet as ever to us. I want my aunts and uncles to live forever because I have such fond memories of them, but I guess that is a childish wish. I can hear Joan's voice (and that great laugh) in my head - I will never forget it. At least I have that. Love to all my cousins.

Condolence from: Melody Edmonds Turner

I, too, am so happy I had a chance to speak with Auntie at Aunt Mary's wedding. Now I'm living in Northern Saskatchewan and am so sorry I'll miss saying my last goodbyes to her in person. Our families spent every Christmas together for many years growing up and I have many fond memories. I also have lots of pictures and some videos which I can share if the family would like me to send to them. Auntie Joan was such a beautiful person both inside and out. She always seemed to be laughing and happy. She always had a kind word and a warm hug to share with me. My father sends his love and blessings to all of you too. He doesn't have access to a computer so I offered to send his condolences for him. My brother Dean also was saddened to hear the news of auntie's passing. Our family loves auntie Joan and Uncle Tony and will always have a place in our memories for them both. Our heartfelt love and blessings being sent to Wesley, Mark, Tracy and Vickie and all the spouses and grandchildren.

Condolence from: Jannette Edmonds

I will always be grateful that I made that phone call two days before Aunt Joan died. We had a lovely talk and I too remember her hearty laughter. I send love and condolences to all her family.

Condolence from: David Mathews

I did not know Jo. very well; I think we only met twice. But as I married Tony,s Sister Sally I guess I became a Brother-in Law to Joan. We did speak on the phone from time to time and I do remember that she was always friendly and cheerful and interested in my families activities. We were all sorry to hear that she had passed on, and know that Tony and all the family will pull together at this time. Thinking of you all. David.

BUTT, Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas Butt died on November 29th, 2011 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. Michael had demonstrated incredible strength and willpower over the course of many years as he fought kidney failure, Wegener's Granulomatosis, as well as a long list of other illnesses. His struggles came to an end as he passed away peacefully with family by his side. Born in Kingston, Ontario in 1951, Michael lived 60 years as a man of true honor. Faithful to life's values and kind to all, he has inspired many people on his journey through life. His sense of humour and ability to stay positive in even the most challenging times is what will be remembered most. Predeceased by his father Douglas and brother Gordon, Michael leaves behind his daughters Karen (David), Colleen (Brian), and Christine, granddaughters Keira, Christina, Madison and Mackenzie, mother Gladys and brothers Doug (Kelly) and Don (Gilda). A service will be held in Michael's honour at the Nanaimo Golf Club on Tuesday, December 6th at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

CARMICHAEL, John William (Bill)

1927 to 2011 - Bill was born in Edmonton, AB, to mother Edith and father Jim, and grew up there with brother Jay and sister Dawne. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Alberta, obtaining a M. Sc. in Bacteriology in 1951. In 1954, he graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in Biology. Bill spent his working life at the University of Alberta as a professor in the Bacteriology and Medical Microbiology departments. At the U of A he was published numerous times; participated fully in committee life; was the founder of the U of A Microfungus Collection and Herbarium; and was a respected and talented teacher. Bill was a caring and devoted father to the three sons he had with his first wife Dorothy. Bill had a love of nature and the wild, which he passed on to his boys through summers spent camping or at the cabin at Island Lake. In 1972, Bill reinvented himself. From 1972 to 1983, Bill worked as a part-time professor, splitting his life between Edmonton and his new passion, 27 acres of land in Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island B.C. In 1983, Bill retired and moved with Carol to the acreage, the Coal Creek Stump Farm permanently. It is in the context of his acreage life with Carol, house-builder, and builder of pools in the creek that he will be remembered most fondly by his friends and family. He and Carol were active in Fanny Bay community organizations, and the warm circle of friends they enjoyed enriched his life. At the age of 70 he took up the harmonica and spent many happy hours playing with the Beach Group. Bill passed away peacefully at home on the acreage he loved, cared for to the end by his loving wife Carol McPherson. He is also survived by his sister Dawne, his three sons, Craig, Stuart (Carlotta), and Ian (Margaret), and grandsons James William, Philip, Alexander and Warren. There will be a celebration of Bill's life on the acreage in August. Carol and the family wish to express their warm gratitude to the VIHA home support workers, home care nurses, occupational therapists, and schedulers, to Dr. Janet Green, who helped make it possible for Bill to remain at home, and to the many faithful friends who through their companionship and care supported Bill and Carol. If desired, a donation in Bill's memory may be made to the Fanny Bay Community Association Spirit Grove Project. http://fannybaycommunity.com/support-the-hall/

Condolence from: Sterling Haynes

We were close friends for almost 80 years. We will miss him

CARTER, Gwendoline Joan

December 6th, 1923 ~ September 30th, 2011 Joan passed away peacefully at Stanford Place, Parksville on the 30th of September, in her 87th year. Joan served as a Royal Navy Nurse during WWII and later married Donovan and immigrated to Canada in 1953. Joan had several books published that spoke of her loving nature. She was also an avid sports person and artist. Moreover, Joan was a terrific wife and a loving and caring mother. Joan will be dearly missed by her husband Donovan, her four sons Myles, Jonathan, Jason, and Michael as well as her five nieces and nephews. A Celebration of her Life will take place in Montreal in July 2012 and will be attended by her family. Special thanks and gratitude go out to the wonderful staff at Stanford Place.

CASAULT, J. Lester

April 8, 1925 to January 23, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lester (Bullet) Casault. He was a patient and loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Jo, two sons Mark (Kellea) with daughter Madison, Bob (Rhonda) and one daughter Leslie (Marc) his grandchildren Robin, Ashley, James, Liam, Aidan, Rowan, and great-grandchildren Chiana and Ailena, as well as many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd, Parksville, BC, on Saturday January 29, 2011 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Autism Bursary Fund, Suite 150, 2250 Boundary Rd, Burnaby, BC, V5M 3Z3, or the CKNW Orphan's Fund, Suite 2000 - 700 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1K9.


April 19, 1924 - October 15, 2011 Dottie passed away peacefully at Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, BC at the age of 87 years. She leaves to mourn, her husband of 66 years, Howard and her daughters Bonnie Christopherson and Jill (Jim) Chapman. Grandma 'Dodie' also leaves four grandchildren; Lisa (Jason) Coulman, Julie (Jason) Harrison, Christie and Jake Chapman, five great-grandchildren; Jaden and Rachel Harrison, Anna and Michael Coulman and Cali Chapman, as well as her sister Jackie (Don) Twitchell. Dottie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Dottie loved to curl and was very active in the Vancouver and Nanaimo Curling Clubs. Dottie also loved to draw and paint and was an excellent seamstress. She was known for her gentle spirit and beautiful smile. The family would like to thank the staff at Arrowsmith Lodge for the loving and compassionate care they gave Dottie for the past three years. A special thanks to Dr. Sulz. A Funeral Service will be held at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 12:00PM with Rev. Foster Freed officiating and a reception to follow. Interment will take place at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, 2347 Cedar Rd, Cedar, BC after the reception.

CLENDENNING, Margaret Jane (nee Patterson) (Peddle)

Margaret, of Nanaimo, passed away on April 13, 2011. Born Sept 10, 1916 in Victoria B.C. she was predeceased by her mother and father Walter & Margaret Peddle, brother Victor, sister Florence, and first husband Harvey, all of Victoria. Margaret is survived by her two children, Ivor Patterson (Maureen) grandchildren David & Teresa; and Dianne Moore (John) grandchildren Tim, Kathi, & Cody; her step-children, Sheila Benkie grandchildren Barbara & Darren; Loretta Becker (Darren) grandchildren Brad & Megan; and Ken Clendenning (Jacqui) grandchildren Sean, Aaron & Brady; and several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was very active in Daughters of the Nile, a past Queen of Miriam Temple, Victoria, and past president of Zora Club, Nanaimo. She was involved in many sports including golf, curling, and bowling; and she worked many years with Meals on Wheels in Nanaimo. A Celebration of Life will be held April 25, 2011, 2 pm at Trinity United Church, 6234 Spartan Rd. Nanaimo. Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby BC; or Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, 1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo BC.

COCHRANE, Maisie Alice (nee Roberts)

July 16, 1921 to March 29, 2011 Maisie passed away at ECU, St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox, BC. Granny has put down her fishing rod, knitting needles and quilting thread to go and join the others that have gone on before her. She was predeceased by her parents William and Mary Roberts, her husband George Cochrane (1993), brothers; William (Helen) Roberts, Harry (Belle) Roberts, sister-in-laws; Carrie Roberts, Cathy Roberts, in-laws; Gladys Cochrane, Olive MacPhee, Alex (Bessie) Cochrane and Gordon Cochrane. Maisie leaves behind many to celebrate her memory, brothers; Charlie Roberts (QC), Leslie (Cathy) Roberts (Nanaimo), Ernie (Yvonne) Cochrane (Toronto), Lucille Cochrane (Chilliwack), friend and quilting partner Willa Eden and daughter Dorothy Anderson (Campbell River), her family that will now have to wear store bought sweaters or learn to knit, daughter Georgina (John) Stokes, (Merville), grandsons; John Stokes (Ft St John), Ron (Filomena) Stokes (Prince George), Fred (Kim) Stokes (Ft St John), great-grandchildren; Andrew, Kayla (Ft St John), Izabella, Nathan, (Prince George), Joseph, Jacob, Kaleb (Courtenay), Kaitlynn, Chloe (Ft St John), great-great-granddaughter Jaylynn (Ft St John), daughter Linda (Dave) Henuset (Campbell River) and son Steven Cochrane (Campbell River). Maisie is also survived by many nieces and nephews across Canada and in Arizona. Her ashes will be taken back to the family farm in Rawdon, Quebec and at a later date we may celebrate with a tea. Thank you to Dr Reggler, Dr Blacklock and all the staff at Eagleview for the care given to mom (granny) over the years that she was in ECU. Those wishing to do so, may make donations in her memory to the Alzheimer Society of BC, unit 300, 828 West 8th Ave Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2 or a charity of your choice.


Sept 3, 1939 Dec 11, 2011 Steve was predeceased By Brothers Paul and Joseph. He is survived by his wife Susanna of 48 years of marriage, his children Sandra and Paul, Vancouver, Steve and Barb, Port Coquitlam, Shelly and Ward, Nanoose Bay and grandchildren Jake, Dylan, Kent, Brett, Lily and sister Marica, Croatia. Other Relatives include Tilka, Nick, Damir, and Ron Komadina, Prince Rupert, Shirley and Ted Hidber, Verena Briker, Hidber family, Briker family, Hoy family. Friends include John Murray, Mick Luckhurst, Peter and Elzy Paffen …and the rest of the world. Steve will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his wife Susan and children, Sandra, Steve and Shelly. Steve will always be remembered for his love for helping others and his smiling face. He would do ANYTHING for his friends and often people that weren't his friends…yet. Steve did things now, he did them well and he did them 'his way'. Whether Steve was on a boat, on a hunt, on the golf course or simply on a deck…he would always be where he wanted to be. And people wanted to be with him. Steve was an original…and they didn't make a mold. Service is to be held at Trinity Catholic Church, 1 pm, Friday Dec. 16th, 6234 Spartan Rd. Nanaimo. Donations to be made to the Renal Unit at NRGH Hospital Foundation.

Condolence from: Yorick and Jacinta

Dear Sandra, Paul and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and love are with you.

COONCE, Eric Michael (Rick)

August 1, 1946 - February 25, 2011 Eric (Rick) Michael Coonce passed away very suddenly at Nanaimo General Hospital on February 25th. He was 64 years old. Wife Barbara, son Trevor (and Vossie), daughter Emily, grandchildren Chloe, Aidan, Alina, brothers Phil, Gary and sister Joan, survive him. Rick was born in Los Angeles, California. From a very early age his musical abilities shone. At 17 he joined 3 other musicians to form a hit group The Grass Roots. Rick was the drummer and percussionist. Rick left the group in 1971 and moved to Coombs to farm. He soon found work at the Brannen Lake Juvenile Centre. When it closed down he joined the Ministry of Human Resources in Port Alberni, starting as a youth worker and then becoming a social worker in 1981. He was known as West Coast Rick and had a unique, beloved style of social work. Rick retired in 2002, and lived quietly at his farm until his death. Throughout the decades living on Vancouver Island, Rick played with and inspired many local musicians. Rick was a strong supporter of the Coombs community. He was a charter member of the Coombs Pensioners Hobby Craft Association and volunteered regularly for the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association. Rick's insight and sense of humour will be sorely missed.

COUTTS, William Huson

Bill passed away on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife Sheral and two nephews, David and Steven of Scotland. No service by request.

COWEN, Stanley Colville

DECEMBER 4, 1926 NOVEMBER 23, 2011 Devoted husband, father, grandfather passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Elinor, children; Michael (Hannah), Kathleen, David (Catherine) and sister Pat. He is also survived by his second family, Leeanna (David), Dean (Jacqueline), Mark (Michelle), Eileen (Raymond) and William, plus 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren from both families. Stanley had a distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Navy and retired as Lieutenant Commander, was a dedicated teacher at Edward Miln Secondary School and was a strong supporter of the Navy Cadets and devoted member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He touched many lives and will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Br #76, Qualicum Beach on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 12:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Legion #76 Poppy Fund, 180 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach BC V9K 1L8 would be appreciated.

CURL, Kenneth

1933~2011 Kenneth William Curl, 78, died October 30, 2011, in Nanaimo Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born February 16, 1933, in Ponoka, Alberta and moved to Vancouver Island in 1941. Ken worked for Eaton's in Victoria, where he met is wife Bonnie and was later transferred to Duncan where they started their family. In 1961 they moved to North Vancouver where he was active in his community, including coaching little league baseball. Following a 45-year career with Eaton's in the footwear industry, Ken and Bonnie eventually retired to Nanoose Bay in 1996 where he became an active member of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club. Ken was the ultimate outdoorsman with a passion for fishing, hunting and gardening. He was also a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather and cherished the time he spent with his family. He also loved his many friends and created special memories with all who knew him. All will remember his terrific sense of humour, his mischievous smile and his enthusiasm for sports. Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie, his children Don (Helen Mary), Gordon (Carolyn), Sharon and Darlene (Mike); his grandchildren Alexander, Christopher, Olivia, Lindsay, Marla, Nevada and Tanner; and his sisters Marilyn (Peter) and Joan (Doug). He was preceded in death by his brother Grant and his parents Thurman and Helen. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday November 14. St. Mary's Anglican Church 2600 Powder Point Road Nanoose Bay, BC Donations may be sent to the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island, 2410 Lee Ave Victoria, BC V8R 6V5.

Condolence from: Laurel & David Lambert

Bonnie, the world cries with you. We will always be here for you. Laurel & Dave

Condolence from: Del Thompson

My thought's and prayer's are with you at this time of hardship Bonnie. Ken was such a good person and friend to so many people.He made me smile every time I saw him and I will truly miss him.

Condolence from: Maureen Wilson

Dear Bonnie and Family, With Deepest Sympathy at this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken was a great guy and will be sadly missed by all of us. Maureen

Condolence from: Jim and Moira Fraser

Ken was a good man: his essence will forever be remembered.

Condolence from: Nacho Mexico

for all Curl Family , wich I really love, I sent my best intentions for all of you, I wish fortitude. all of you should be very happy because you had a great man, like a father, in your family. Nacho

DAIGLE, Lewis John

Lewis was born December 8th 1975 in Winnipeg. At age 35, surrounded by the people he loved, Lew passed away peacefully in Nanaimo, British Columbia on April 1, 2011. Lewis will be fondly remembered for his wonderful smile and gentle nature. He will be greatly missed by his Mum, Corrine and step-dad Dave; his Dad, John and step-mom Roberta; his sister Dani, "Uncle" Lindsay, Nana Davies, Grandma Joy, step-sisters and step-brother, numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who were close to him. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Laurie Daigle, Ben Davies, and George Blackmore; his Uncle Roy, Nana Banana (Rose Daigle) and his Aunty Nennie, (Helena Daigle); and his cat Thorax. Lewis grew up in Ste. Anne, Manitoba and enjoyed hockey, camping, hunting, fishing and playing his guitar. He moved to Winnipeg and graduated from Oak Park High School. Shortly after leaving high school, Lewis joined the Katimavik program. He travelled across Canada, and engaged in various projects of betterment for local communities. When he was stationed on Salt Spring Island, BC, the group built stairs down to Vesuvius Bay. Those stairs are still there today. This is where Lew fell in love with Vancouver Island. Lewis also fell in love with someone special from Katimavik which led him to live in Montreal for a number of years. Eventually he returned to Winnipeg where he worked in sales and advertising for Naylor Publications and the Matrix Group. Lew loved music and rarely missed a year of attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival with his sister and friends. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Montreal Canadians. Lewis was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2007, which inspired him to live life to the fullest and pursue his spiritual journey. Lew faced his disease courageously, supported by his family and friends and the assistance of the team at Cancer Care Manitoba. Lew loved playing his guitar and wrote songs about the disease that plagued him. In the spring of 2010, Lewis moved to Vancouver Island and settled in Nanaimo near his Dad and sister . He loved riding his bike all around the many beautiful trails the island had to offer and enjoyed his time kayaking with his cousin Linda. He always loved to discover the beauty of the island and felt truly at home here. A Celebration of Life for Lew will be held at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Road in Parksville, BC at 2pm April 10th. A memorial service will be held in Winnipeg later in April and details will be announced at a later date. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the Palliative Care unit in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital or to a charity of your choice. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the attention, love and care to all of the nurses at the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and to everyone who sent their messages of love, prayers and "good vibes". -Keep on Rocking in the Free World.

Condolence from: Auntie Pam and Family

Lew, you were a joy in my life that I will be remembering always. Memories of that beautiful smile from the moment you knew how until the last time I saw it, will be forever make me smile when I think of you. You will be very much missed by me, and your cousins; Jen, Thomas and Alina. I'm remembering a time when I nicknamed you my little French Fry. One the first days that you might have had a bit too much sun, and living in a french community, well my little French Fry, you are in the light, I will see you in the Garden Lew. I love you very much. xox Corrine, Dave, Danielle, John and Roberta, no words can describe the heartache I feel for you at this time. I am thinking of you and pray you will find peace. xox

Condolence from: DeeDee Dorge

Will always remember you. Love and light to your family during this time.

Condolence from: Kent and Tammy Rode

You live on with in our hearts, and every motion we make will involve you. love forever

Condolence from: Kroeker family

Dear Davies Family Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your Lewis. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Rob, Marilyn, Jared, Michelle and Ben (Kroeker)

Condolence from: Martens Parker

A happy memory never wears out ...

Condolence from: Frank Daigle

Lew, I never got the chance to get to know you as well as I would have liked. This is something I am going to try to correct with the rest of my nieces and nephews. I was glad that I got the opportunity to come out and hopefully add a little joy into your final days. It was not enough, and now I will not get the chance again. Know that you will be missed. Life's journey and yours were too short. I hope you are in a better place without pain. Say hi to Nana for me. With love from Uncle Frank, Aunt Marg, Alexandra and Shawna

Condolence from: Mary Rose Daigle and Steve Riddell

We didnt get a chance to spend much time together We knew you best when you were two and we called you Lew Bagoo You grew up in the Peg, far from the Daigle Clan back east We heard of your love for music and good times Although we did not know you well, one thing we know for certain You will be missed by all who hold you dear Corrine, Roberta, Dani and John, Along with many others, friends and family alike You will be remembered for your strength and courage We hope you are in a better place, free from pain and suffering. With love and sadness, Mary Rose, Steve and the boys

Condolence from: His Queen Huntress T.

My lovely Lewie, My Lizard King, You've chosen your day of divinity, Spread your eagle wings & fly free As Free as your free spirit has always been. You opened my heart & taught me to sing To never fear the success my potential will bring. The greatest gift I have ever known. I am humbled and blessed to have a friend as you for my own. May your journey be filled with as much peace and happiness, As the amount of love I hold for you in my heart. Eternally courageous I will stand, you as my angel, Together forever, may our love never part. Heart too enormous for one human form to maintain, A perfect mutant soul, unique in every way. Too awesome for mass production. Too exquisite to stay. My precious Jewel, My lovely Lew, Take your rightful throne amongst your fellow kings of light & love, And may the angels that greet you all play guitars. Our love lives on. Immaculate. Eternal. I love you forever my Lewie. Till we meet again, My lovely man. -Love Tammy Jean.


February 18, to 1934 March 18, 2011 Rose passed away peacefully at the age of 77. She was predeceased by her husband August Jr., and son Gordon. She leaves behind her daughter Yvonne Shortt (Ron), son Everette, brother-in-law Ira Griffiths (Irene), granddaughters Corrisa, Amanda, Jesslyn, Kara, Kendra, and many more beloved friends and family. Rose always spoke fondly of growing up on Reid Island, her previous fishing days, and her family. She carried with her a passion for life and an independent nature. Rose will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her. A Memorial Service and reception will be held at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville BC at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2011.


October 7, 1921 to January 20, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hazel Margaret Delorie. She was a patient loving wife and mother. Hazel is survived by sons, Allan, Patrick, and Leonard (Theresa) and daughter Heather Herbison. She was blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had one surviving sister and brother as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at Knox United Church 345 N. Pym St, Parksville, BC, at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011.

DESIATNYK, Jeannette Esther (Martens)

October 22, 1944 December 24, 2011 It is with great sadness we announce Jeannette's passing after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. Jeannette passed away in Palliative Care, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on December 24, 2011. She will forever be remembered by her loving husband of 26 years, Paul, her surviving sisters; Esabell Neufeld (Abe deceased), Caroline Doherty (Jim), Gladys Ralph (Bob), Verna Henry (Eugene deceased) and brother Donald Martens (Connie). She was predeceased by her parents Wilhelm and Mary Martens, sisters; Doris Lupton (Tom deceased), Edith Wall (Ernest) and brothers; Norman Martens (Elsie deceased) and Edward Martens (Pat). Jeannette was a loving wife and cherished her family. She thoroughly enjoyed their many vacations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, BC and Hawaii, surrounded by family and friends. She valued her friendships and had a wide circle of friends who hold her closely. 'Jenny' had a wonderful sense of humour, a beautiful smile for all, and a passionate drive to help those in need of any assistance. Those who knew Jeannette will remember her quiet demeanor, her love for good music, her extraordinary courage in suffering through her cancer, and her faith in the Almighty. No flowers please. In memory of Jeannette, donations can be given to your choice of charity. Rest in Peace. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

Condolence from: Ron and Marsha Bergen

Dear Paul: We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed the company of you and Jeannette.

Condolence from: Kathy Bergen

Words cannot express how much we will miss our beloved "Auntie Jenny"! She was an amazing woman and her family loved her beyond measure. Her dignity and grace were an inspiration to all who knew her. Deep sympathy and love to you Uncle Paul

DIXON, Rachel

Jan 12, 1938 - Oct 23, 2011 It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Rachel Dixon. Rachel passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Hospital at the age of 73 from Cryptococcal Disease. Loved by all, she leaves behind her husband Jack, daughter's Corrine & Rhonda, son-in-laws Ernie & Todd, grandchildren Kyle, Chelsea, Eric & Julie, sister Diane, brothers Michael & David and numerous other relatives and a plethora of friends. A celebration of Rachel's life will be held at Yates Funeral Home, at 1000 Allsbrook Rd in Parksville (250-248-5859) on Sunday November 20th at 1:30 PM. Many thanks to Vivian, Dr. Maccari and all of Rachel's friends for your years of care and support and also sincere appreciation to the wonderful Palliative Care staff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

Condolence from: Sharon Ellis

My dear friend Rachel, we hadn't seen each other in such a long time. This does not mean that you weren't in my thoughts. Remembering our good times, dear friend. Rachel has left a beautiful family behind. Love to you all. Sharon Ellis
Lantzville, B.C.

DUCK, Cecil Henry John

5 June 1927 27 September 2011 John Duck, surrounded by family, died peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital Tuesday evening. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughter Tina (Peter), three granddaughters, Liza (Ryan), Kyla (Trevor) and Lindsay (Steve), five great-grandchildren, Kate, Max, Jordan, Luke, and Sophia, sister Audrey (Udo) and brother Bill (Wendy), as well as numerous other relatives spread throughout Canada and England. He was predeceased by his son Grant. After raising their family in Kitimat John and Edith retired to Qualicum Beach and as always their primary focus remained family. John's granddaughters and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life. He explored Vancouver Island from tip to tip and was a wonderful tour guide for all their visitors from near and far. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Drs. Croome, Booth, Rasiah, Carson and the wonderful staff at the Renal Unit, also to the staff of Emergency, The First Floor, and Palliative Care Unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Your care and compassion were greatly appreciated during this difficult period. To Dr. Weir and the staff at the Home Dialysis Unit of the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, thank you also for your many years of care and support. A celebration of John's life will take place at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd in Parksville on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, 1200 Dufferin Cres Nanaimo, BC V9S 2B7.


With her family by her side, Muriel passed away on April 8, 2011 at the age of 89 in the Palliative Care ward at NRGH. She is survived by her daughter Wendy (Reg) LeBlanc of Toronto, granddaughter Elaine (Max) Legace of Toronto, cousins Sandy (Gladys) Slater, Ian Forrester, and Basil Fox. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 1:30 pm at St. Stephens United Church, 150 Village Way in Qualicum Beach. For those who wish, donations may be made to the SPCA Box 1407 Parksville, BC V9P 2H3 or Heart & Stroke Foundation 1212 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2.


Lydia was born March 4th, 1913 in Port Melon B.C. on the Sunshine Coast. She passed away peacefully July 7th, 2011 at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach. Lydia is survived by her son Ron Forshner (Yvette) daughter Barb Laplante (Marcel), Grand children Brad Forshner (Janet), Lynnae Redmann ( Jim) Rene Guerrier ( Darrel) and Chad Laplante. Great Grandchildren Kyle, Annette, Naomi, Jared, Tyrel, Derrick, Shelby, Kailey and Gabrielle. Brother Jim Capustinsky, ( Florence) , Sisters Anna Hrychuk, and Eva Buck. One of 16 brothers and sisters, Lydia lived in Alberta and several cities in B.C. She lived in Errington on a small hobby farm for 28 years raising , showing and caring for horses, always with a couple of dogs by her side . She loved her garden, was a fabulous cook and loved to bake. One of her favorite pastimes was fishing. She spent the last 12 years living on her daughter and son in laws' farm in Coombs, in her own house with her lovely dog Maggie always close by. Mom moved to The Gardens in Qualicum Beach January 2011 . Her Funeral was at Yates Funeral Service in Parksville, B.C. July 12th 2011 . A special thanks to the caring nurses and care workers at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA.

GLENCROSS, Patricia (nee Kadwell)

Born in Calgary March 14, 1937, passed away peacefully December 6th. She will be sadly missed by her devoted husband Al, her children, Lorna, Colin and Craig, and their spouses. Stepchildren Brian, Daryl, Susan, and their spouses. Also by her grandchildren, Oisin, Krystal, Colleen, Trudy and Ian. As well, by her sister Anne, brother Ed and by many wonderful friends. A private viewing was held December 8th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada.

HAFER, Nancy D.

1936 - 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Nancy Hafer, on July 21, 2011. She passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of NRGH. Nancy was predeceased by her loving husband Ding (Albert) in 2009. She leaves behind a blended family of six children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson. Nancy and Ding moved to Parksville in 1988 for the slower life in preparation for retirement. Together they loved to travel and enjoyed clubs such as the RV Camping Club and the Model Railroad Club. Nancy was an avid gardener, reader, painter and craftsperson. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at St. Stephens United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach on August 17, 2011 @ 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Donations Dept. 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2.

Condolence from: Debbie Talbot

Dear Denise,Dale,Michael & families I feel your grief & know that the loss of your mom will knot be easy as we laid to rest my own father this week. I have fond memories of sleeping in my first bunk bed at the house in Vancouver and of sleeping on the pullout couch & waking up to find little children staring at us wondering who we were. Please know that you have my sympathy & heartfelt best wishes for you all on the loss of both your parents in what seems to be such a short time. I will miss them very much but they are in my memories forever. Love Debbie & the kids Todd,Staci,Craig & families REST IN PEACE AUNTIE NANCY

Condolence from: Karen Hounsome

It is the end of an era. The joy , laughter and party games played over the years. The caring and joy Nancy brought to us all will be missed. Her pride in her children and grandchildren glowed through everything she did. The only consolation is her reunion with her beloved Ding. All my best wishes to the Nancy's family. She will be missed. With Love Karen Hounsome

HANSEN, John Carl R. H.

John was born in Denmark March 22, 1934 and passed away November 8, 2011, in Parksville, B.C. He came to Winnipeg, Canada in 1957, living there for 23 years before moving to Qualicum Beach. He is survived by wife, Carol (nee Seavers), daughter Karyn (Patrick) McLane, son John (Annette), five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sister Ruth in Denmark and many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed his many years of serving the community in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlander reserves, coaching ringette, and was proud to have received his twenty year service award with Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department. He was always happy when chatting with friends he had met through the Chuckwagon and Country Rose Café at Coombs as well as down at the Beach Hut. A gathering for all friends and family will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 at the Little Qualicum Hall, 1210 Centre Road.

Condolence from: JAN & MARIA




HARRIS, Lily Louise

Born on 27th October 1912 in London, England, Lily passed away peacefully at Dufferin Place on 9th December 2011 at age 99. Pre-deceased by her loving husband Edward Harris in 1977, Lily leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters Mary (John) Bradbury, Nanaimo, Joan House, Nanoose Bay, and son Ken Bridges, Nanoose Bay, grandchildren Susan (Louis) Stone, John (Leanne) Bradbury, Tina House, Stephen (Deena) Bradbury, Bonnie (Dan) Hucul, Cindy (Michael) Lawrence, Alan (Cindy) House, Michael House, and fourteen great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please donate to Dufferin Place Nanaimo in Lily's name.

Condolence from: Gill

Deepest sympaties from all of us in southern Ontario. She was a great lady and will be missed.

Condolence from: John and Betty Snow and family

Rest in peace You are now in a place where you are rich and beautiful With fond memories of a big smile,and happy outlook, always remembered in our hearts. Betty and John

Condolence from: Pearl Pynn(Gill)

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Fond memories will always be with me of the great times we all had with Aunt Lil and the family. All my love always Pearl

Condolence from: Shari Shrum(gill) and family

My deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remembering all the great times we had in Barrie, with aunt Lil and all of you. Love Shari

HAWKES, George William "Bob"
S/Sgt. Retired RCMP

Feb 26, 1937 - July 22, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Bob passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family. He will be forever missed by his loving wife, Judy, his children Carrie Hawkes (Brian) of Nanaimo, BC, Georgina Wheatcroft (Mark) of Cloverdale, BC, Greg Hawkes (Patti & Jake) of Victoria, BC. Three granddaughters, Alex, Amy, and Chloe. Three brothers, Jim Hawkes (Joanne), Reg Hawkes (Donna), Rod Hawkes (Lisa); nieces, nephews, cousins, two aunts, and many friends. Bob was predeceased by his father, Fred, mother, Amy, and first wife, Fernande. Bob was a fierce competitor in curling as well as a great coach. He mentored his daughter, Georgina, in curling and she became a world champion. He coached his son Greg in Baseball to many championships including the Dizzy Dean World Series. Greg was also a Jr. National curling champion. Daughter Carrie was supported in her love of figure skating and is the Head Pro at the Nanaimo Skating Club. Bob was a true gentleman, loved and respected. He will be missed by all who knew him. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. S. Noble for his outstanding care and support and also thank Homecare and Hospice for their compassion and assistance. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday August 5, 2011, 2:00pm, at the Church of Ascension, 887 Wembley Road, Parksville, BC. Reception following in the church hall. If friends desire, Memorial tributes may be made in Bobs' memory to: The Canadian Diabetes Association, 1400 522 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2R5 or Oceanside Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1J9.

HEBENTON, (Jake) John Scott

June 5, 1989 - Sept 17, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jake, tragically taken in an ATV accident, son of Scott Hebenton (Diane Carefoot) and mother Sheryl Thompson. Jake is also survived by his siblings; Carolyn, Summer, Joe, Natalie, Brady and Jeffrey, grandparents; Bernice and John Hebenton, Walter and Patricia (deceased) Piatocka, many aunts, uncles and cousins, his lifelong friend and cousin Myles Ross, his love Kylie Parker, the Fourneau Crƒrw, and many, many friends of Parksville and Campbell River. Also missing him are his friends in the fishing community and the Sparwood Coal Mines. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 1:00pm. Donations in Jake's memory may be made to your local Food Bank.

HUNTER, Ronald

March 16, 1930 - Aug 6, 2011 Sadly we announce the passing of our much loved husband, father and grandfather. Born in South Shields, England he immigrated to Canada in 1955 with his first wife Audrey, the mother of his four children. Ron was predeceased by his parents Cpt. James and Laura Hunter and his two sons Jason and Clive. He is survived by his amazing wife of 38 years, Terry, his son Phillip, daughter Melanie (Brian) and grandchildren Shannon, Shaun, Mason, Grady, Brianna and Cory, as well as great-grandchildren Kayden, Caylee and Terra. He spent his working life as a First Class Marine and Stationary Engineer in BC and AB, eventually retiring in 1990 to realize his dream of building his own home on acreage in Parksville. Ron's great pleasures in later life were his dogs Winkie and Jock and his three fingers of scotch at 4pm!! We would like to extend a special thank you for the compassionate care given by the Palliative Care Unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. In keeping with Ron's wishes, there will be no service held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the World Parrot Refuge, PO Box 645, Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0.

IRELAND, Thomas John

January 12,1922 October 30,2011 Fulham, England Parksville, B.C. Tom passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Respected, appreciated and deeply loved, he will be greatly missed. Tom served in both, the Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy as well as Canada's Department of National Defense. Tom was a Freemason, member of C-NAG (CDN. Naval Air Group), and a serving member of the Legion, Summing up his career life, with is his own consulting company that defined the man and his intentions, Quality Assurance, Quality First. Survived by his wife of 65 yrs., Janet B.R. Cunningham , children, Peter J, grand children, (Christopher J. & Leah A ). A. David / Janet , grand children ( Heather M. & Michael D). Thomas D. granddaughter (Janis Billet) Richard M. Elizabeth J. (grand children, E. Leighton Wilson, R. Kyle Wilson / Dana Somerville great grandson( Jalen Somerville) Niece / Nephew, Christine and Christopher Hibbert, children ( Morgan, Keeley ), Nephew, Andrew Pinner / Alice, daughter ( Lily) A celebration of Life will be held on Saturday November 12/11 at the Chief & PO's Mess, 1575 Lyall Street, Esquimalt between 2pm and 4pm. Please join us, wherever you are, as we raise our glasses in tribute to Tom at 3pm. PST. In accordance with Tom's wishes, a Naval Chaplain shall ceremonially scatter his ashes at sea in accordance with Naval tradition. The Family would like to extend a note of special appreciation and thank you to our adopted family at Stanford. To know Dad was in loving, skilled hands has been an immeasurable comfort to us all. He loved his Cabin there, he loved you. With our deepest gratitude, The Ireland family

JACK, David William

Born August 17, 1931 - Leaving a unique mark in our hearts, Dave passed away quietly on April 2, 2011, at Stanford Place, Parksville, British Columbia. Beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, David was the eldest sibling of five children. Prededeased by son Steven; sisters Valerie and Beverley, David is survived by his children; son David, daughter Kimberley and spouse Robert; son Robert and spouse Suzi; his grandchildren Jarvis, Alexandria, Carley and Dylan; brothers Ernest and James. Born in Hornepayne, Ontario to David and Gertrude Jack (nee Menard) he married Jean Alder (deceased) of Stratford, Ontario, together having four children.
Having lived in Toronto, Windsor and Parksville, David was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years. His early career serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers was shortened when he suffered a car accident leaving David a paraplegic. Re-training and becoming a successful clock and watchmaker, David spent his life actively volunteering for the Royal Canadian Legion while advocating for the physically impaired. At the Royal Canadian Legion he held chairs within the Sports Committee, the Honours and Awards Committee and the Meat Draw Committee. During the early development of paraplegic sports David participated in the coordination of wheelchair basketball while participating in several walkathons to raise awareness of the needs of the physically impaired. David was loved by his children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, friends and staff of Stanford Place and will be missed by everyone.
A service will be held in honour of David at the Parksville Royal Canadian Legion, Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 1pm. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Royal Canadian Legion, Poppy Fund or Memorial Fund.

JOHNSON, Lloyd Charles

1938 2011 Our beloved Lloyd, husband of 42 years to Vivian, father to Betty-Lou Faa (Allon) of Maple Ridge, BC, David Johnson (Lisa) of Vernon, BC, Debi Lyons (Robin) of Kamloops, BC and Laurie Proudfoot of Trail, BC, grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 11, all of whom adored him. He is also survived by his brothers Vern Johnson (Virginia) of Kelowna, BC and Gary Johnson (Marilyn) of Cassidy, BC. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Casper and Lila Johnson. A big man with a love for any person or furry creature that needed help, he would pick a baby robin from the ground and carry it so gently…. He was one of those people that would give his shirt…. if only to help. Lloyd began his working career as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator. It was his entrepreneur spirit and love of business that led him on a journey to own and operate Paving Companies, Hotels, Restaurant Franchises, and Night Clubs. He loved his work and it drove his passion to never quit. He was also successful in his journey of the heart with his adoring children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Vivian, whose dedication kept it all ok. Lloyd loved the ocean, travelling to foreign countries, making smoked salmon in his great big smoker, Football, Hockey, Golf , Live Theatre, entertaining and having fun. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Saturday, October 1, 2011 @ 2:00pm. Donations in Lloyd's memory may be made to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, PO Box 364, Errington, BC V0R 1V0. ‘You left us too soon and will be sadly missed always'

Condolence from: Greg & Andrea Prommaz

Wishing your family peace at heart as you are at peace.

JOMINI, Dorothy Munro

10 April 1918-24 Sept. 2011 Mrs. Dorothy Jomini quietly passed away at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital early Saturday morning. She is survived by two sons, David (Scynthia) living in Qualicum Beach, B.C. and grandchildren Adam and Amber Jomini, and by Gordon (Diane) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Throughout her life she was very involved in the Methodist Church, which became part of the United Church of Canada. She was awarded the Lifetime Membership by the United Church Women's Association. She moved from Grand'Mere, Quebec to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia in 2003. In Qualicum Beach, at Hawthorne Place and St. Stephen's United Church, she made many friends. Social activities, game days, teas, and lunches at Cockney Pride were all special events. Wearing her Tilley hat, she was easily recognized about town by helpful staff at stores, the bank, and especially the library. Dorothy will be missed by her many friends and family. After a long active life she has gone to eternal rest. A memorial service will be held at St. Stephens United Church on Village Way, Qualicum Beach on Wednesday September 28 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice, or the Community Meal Program at St. Stephens Church. Thanks to the staff and residents at Hawthorne Place, and to the staff at Nanaimo Hospital.

JONES, Velda May

We sadly announce the passing of our mother Velda on October 17, 2011 at the age of 84 years. She was predeceased by her husband Al, sister Mary and brother Jack. Surviving her are her children; son Gary (Linda), daughters Dianne (Cliff), Linda (Brian) and Susan (Gord), grandchildren Sharon (Darren), Alan (Sarah), Denise (Russ), Stephanie (Cliff), Mike (Erin), Jennifer (Will) and Kathleen, 13 great-grandchildren, sister Shirley (Jack), brother Larry (Lucy), brother-in-law Ernie, cousin Ken (Lill), several nieces and nephews and many special friends. Thank you to Dr. Henderson and to the nurses, doctors and staff of the 6th floor at NRGH. A private family service will be held at a later. For those who wish to donate in Velda's memory may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Parksville/Qualicum, PO Box 730, Parksville, BC V9P 2G8. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her.

LATHAM, Dianna Audrey

January 27, 1987 July 31, 2011 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dianna on July 31, 2011 at the age of 24 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother Evelyn, step-father Don, siblings; Kenneth, Christine, Josh, Jennifer, Tim, Donny, Sarah, Jordan, and Carrie. Dianna was predeceased by her father Philip and will be missed by her many nieces, and nephews and her very close best friend Jessica. Dianna had a love of animals, and her dogs Bronx and Brooklyn had a very special place in her heart, and they will surely miss their 'mom'. Dianna was also a budding artist, taking time out of her day to sketch and draw. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dianna's name to the Parksville SPCA A Memorial of Dianna's Life will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011. Yates Funeral Chapel, 2pm 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville

Condolence from: Jessica Leigh LeBlanc

I'm still lost for words. I love you you are my star my moon my sun remember that. Ill see you when I get to the other side :)

Condolence from: Cindy LeBlanc

Dianna. Extremely sad. I can't imagine you not coming through my front door yelling "Mama two...did ya miss me". Now we all will truely miss you. Be at rest baby girl. Know that you are loved and missed.

Condolence from: Grant Gibson

so sorry you are gone but now u can rest in a better place.....watch over everyone , we will all miss you so much ...love your cuz grant....xo

Condolence from: Sarah Lee

I love you so much, and miss you, thinking of you always you big sister

LOUTIT, Edith Elizabeth (nee SCOTT)

August 28, 1930 - January 21, 2011 Edie passed away peacefully at home after being diagnosed with cancer in November 2010. Edie was born in Vancouver, and graduated from McGee High School and from UBC. She worked as an Orthopedic Technologist at Seattle Orthopedic until marrying her long time love, Jim. They lived in Toronto, Edmonton and West Vancouver until retiring in Qualicum Beach. She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Christena Scott, and her sister Norma Olsen. She will be greatly missed by her husband James Irvine Loutit, her children, Christie Drewbrook (Cecil), Nance McDougall (Brent), and James Loutit (Sandy), her six grandchildren, Connie, Leah, Fiona, Josie, Alden, and Rowan, as well as all of her nieces and nephews. Edie was an active participant in her local golf clubs, Seymour, Eaglecrest, and Pheasant Glen. She enjoyed volunteering up Grouse Mountain with the Tyee Ski Club and in later years at the Qualicum Gardens. Edie was very involved in her grandchildren's lives and they all considered Nana and Papa's house their home away from home. She had many fond memories of ski and golf trips with close friends, bridge games, hosting Christmas and pool parties, and holidays down south. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen's United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2: 00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oceanside Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Rd W, Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1J9, Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care, 1200 Dufferin Cres, Nanaimo, BC, V9P 2H3 or the BC Cancer Agency, 2410 Lee Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 1T3.

MacFARLAND, Ruth (Muriel)

Ruth passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 6, 2011 at Parksville, BC. She was born on November 22, 1919 and was aged 91 years. Beloved wife of Alan; Ruth will be missed by all who knew her. No service by request.


Ruth passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on April 26, 2011 at the age of 70 years. She is survived by her husband Ray. No service by request. Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the charity of ones choice.

MASSICK, Linda Cheryl (nee Mahaffey)

Linda was born on August 1, 1947 and passed away on March 11, 2011. Predeceased by her parents Edward C. and Pearl E. Mahaffey, she is survived by her husband Murray Massick, children Tara Massick of Surrey, BC, Glen Massick of Nanoose Bay, Keri Willie-Massick of Nanaimo, grandchildren Marissa, Madyson, Brian, Brayden, Kaleb, Kailynn, Hailey, brother Brian (Judy) Mahaffey of Port Alberni, sister-in-law Louise (Greg) Brunt of Parksville and Jeani, uncle Norman (Isa) Waugh, and her four nieces and their families. Linda was a resident of Lantzville for over 40 years, where she and her husband built their family home and raised their three children on the beach. Linda was a wife, sister, mother, nana and friend. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. A Celebration of Linda's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda's memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, PO Box 730, Parksville, BC V9P 2G8 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 255 - 2000 Island Hwy, Brooks Landing, Nanaimo, BC V9S 5W3.


Ilse was predeceased by her husband Arthur Mathes in 1973. She was born in Germany and after immigrating to Canada in 1953 she settled in Toronto. Around 1990 Ilse moved to Nanaimo, finally settling in Parksville. She spent her last years at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach. A special thank you to the 3rd floor care unit for taking such good care of Ilse. Interment will be with her husband in Mississauga, ON. Ilse will be remembered for her love of animals and who often could be seen walking her dog in the neighbourhood.

MAY, Betty June

A life well and fully lived ended peacefully, at home; on December 16, 2011. Betty will be deeply missed by her husband James and daughters Barbara (Graham), Pamela (Joe), and Nancy (Charles). She also leaves two very special grandsons, Dylan and Owen Riley, and was the cherished sister of Alan Platts (Eleanor) and his family. Betty was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and trained as a medical laboratory technologist. After marrying Jim in 1953, they spent several years in northern Alberta where May Contractors brought electrical power to rural areas. After Jim joined Canadian Utilities in Edmonton, the family moved to Whitehorse, transferred to Drumheller, and later to Grande Prairie. Betty and Jim retired and moved to Nanoose Bay in 1986. Life was an adventure that Betty fully embraced. She had a keen sense of humour and showed determination in everything she undertook. Betty was a bright student, an accomplished figure skater and curler, ski instructor, private pilot, Boat Wise instructor, and hockey player. She was as skilled with a chainsaw as she was with a sewing machine, equally comfortable as a gowned lady at the regimental ball or spending the day outdoors in waders catching trout truly an original. Betty was a caring person with a strong social conscience and a goal of making other people's lives a bit better. This was apparent in Whitehorse where she provided grub-stakes to trappers, her involvement with the Friendship Centre in Grande Prairie, and as a volunteer with the Feral Cat Society in Nanoose Bay. During her twenty six years of retirement, PGOSA activities were the thread that created a tapestry of pleasure and purpose. Betty had a wonderful touch with animals. Many dogs and cats had happy lives after being found on her doorstep. She loved the outdoors and was happiest when fishing, sailing, working in the garden, or storm watching with her beloved dog, Girl. If desired, donations can be made to the SPCA or Oceanside Hospice Society in Betty's memory. A memorial service, officiated by Reverend Lynn Cawthra, was held on December 19, 2011 at Yates Funeral Service, Parksville, BC. THANK YOU The family of Betty May extends sincere and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful people whose help enabled us to care for Betty at home. Her quality of life was enhanced by your kindness, thoughtfulness, and professional care. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Sue's Senior Care, VIHA Home and Community Care Program Nurses and Community Health Workers, Pharmacists at Shopper's Drug Mart, volunteers at Oceanside Hospice and Legion Lending Cupboard, Dr. Carey Sulz, Reverend Lynn Cawthra, friends and neighbours. Your support brightened her days and helped us during a difficult time. James, Barbara, Pamela and Nancy.

MELDRUM, James Alvin

Oct 19, 1935 - Jan 4, 2011 After an eight month battle with cancer, Alvin died peacefully at home with his wife of 52 years, Kay Meldrum (nee Piepgrass) at his side. Also surviving him are his children; Jim, Hal (Violet), Judy Boorman (Chuck), Dan (Aynsley), grandchildren; Natasha, Konnar, Chrystal, Murray, Braden, Quinn, brother Ron Meldrum (Redwater, AB), ex-sister-in-law Marilyn Meldrum (Grand Prairie, AB) and many nieces and nephews. Alvin worked in the oil industry finishing up with Shell after 23 years. At retirement in 1988, he moved to Parksville where he volunteered for almost 20 years with TOTAMS (Time Out for Tots and Moms) and was very active with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (for 20 years) and the Probus Club. In 2007 he moved to Bowser and helped construct the Deep Bay Yacht Club just before his battle with cancer began. Alvin touched the lives of many in both communities. A small service of immediate family was held on January 8, 2011. A Celebration of Life will be held on the Easter weekend, time and venue TBA, and everyone who knew Alvin is invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 1299, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1T3 or the Oceanside Hospice Society, 210 Crescent Rd W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1J9.

Condolence from: Knelsen

Dearest Kay & family
Just reading the Valley Views and see Alvin has passed away. So sorry to hear this. It brings back the memories of all the coffee times we had at your house in Vallyview when we were so young. We always felt at home and you took us under your wing when we had no family close by.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you We are now in Rimbey, AB and think of you often. Gerry and Lorna Knelsen email: jgk1949@telus.net

Condolence from: Rolling

Kay, we were saddened to hear of Alvin's passing. I started working with Alvin as a teenager in 1982 and will always remember working shift work with him at the Simonette Gas Plant. We also remember our chance meeting with you both, on Vancouver Island, after you had retired there. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Blake and Donna Rolling - St. John's Newfoundland

MITCHELL, Gail Sandra (nee DeMontigny)

Born August 30, 1948 in Victoria, BC a long time resident of Parksville, BC passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on March 2, 2011 in Nanaimo, BC. Predeceased by her father Ray, Gail is survived by her loving husband Maurice Tieulie, her two sons James (Patricia) and Dean Crawford, both of Edmonton, AB, mother Suzanne, Victoria, BC, sisters Diane (Bob), Duncan, BC, Carol Dunsmuir, Victoria, BC, brothers Wayne (Dorrane) DeMontigny, Campbell River, BC, Ken (Amanda) DeMontigny, Victoria, BC and stepsons Richard (Darcy) Tieulie and Bradley (Shelly) Kitiuk, both of the Edmonton, AB area. Gail also leaves many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends. A Service of Remembrance will be held on March 10, 2011 (2:00pm) at the Catholic Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd, Parksville, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gail's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 1299, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1T3. Gail's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for their kindness.

MITCHELL, Marjorie Elizabeth

Born April 9, 1927 in Belfast Northern Ireland, passed away in Qualicum Beach December 16, 2011 after a short illness. She is predeceased by her daughter Jean and husband John and is survived by her son David, of Nelson BC., and her twin nieces Jennifer Carlisle and Rosemary Petrie, both of Comber Northern Ireland. Marjorie and John were married in Belfast in 1953, and soon after left for Montreal where their son David was born. They moved to southern Ontario, living most of those years in Oakville. Marjorie was very gregarious and made friends easily. Marjorie became very active in the fabric arts and embroidery community and met many of her closest friends there. After her daughter Jean passed away in 1982 she took up painting, thinking she might finish some of Jean's unfinished works. Upon John's retirement in 1990, Marjorie and John moved to Qualicum Beach to be closer to their son and return to life on another island in the ocean. Marjorie continued with her painting with the Schoolhouse and Nanoose painting groups. Marjorie was a founding member of the Arrowsmith Needle Arts Guild. She made many new close friends through those activities. Throughout her life, Marjorie loved to be out in nature. This was her meditation. It comforted her and reminded her of her childhood and father. Sometime she would be with John or her children, but she was always with one of her beloved Westie dogs. She was always exploring new places looking for new sources of fruit and berries for her endless assortment of jellies, jams and liqueurs. Marjorie learned to live alone for the first time in her life when John passed away in 2002. She continued her embroidery and painting with her large circle of friends, and of course, her walks in nature. No memorial service has been planned. However, if you wish to memorialise Marjorie, you may want to make a donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Go to www.natureconservancy.ca and follow the tab How to Help select in memoriam

Condolence from: Tina Wilson

An unforgettable spirit has passed from amoung us and the community, family and friends mourns her loss. Marjorie introduced me to the Arrowsmith Needle Arts Guild and shared her love of the needle arts. She will be missed.

Condolence from: Barber

I grieve as for a sister, a loving sister with whom I shared many interests, but Marjorie was better at all of them. Loving thoughts to David and her neices.

Condolence from: Jennifer Carlisle

My heartfelt sympathy goes to David. Aunt Marjorie was all her obituary says and so much more. She loved life, loved exploring new places, learning new skills. As David says, generally with a Westie in tow. Marjorie will be greatly missed by me and all who knew her but I have no doubt she is keeping a close eye on how we all go forwards. Rest in peace Marjorie.

Condolence from: Trevor and Marie Wood

Trevor and I are so very sorry to hear of Marjorie's passing. Our friendship was through the love of our westie's and embroidery guild. David please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother.

Condolence from: Doreen Warren

On behalf of the Nanoose Watercolour Group may I offer our condolences to you David for the loss of your mother. Marjorie was a long time member of our group, she was a talented painter and a good friend. She will be greatly missed by us all. May we offer our sincere sympathy

MURLAND, Sture Jansson

Dec 20, 1934 July 17, 2011 Stu passed away at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents George and Mary Murland, he is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jean, daughter Linda (Terry), grandson Stuart (Lindsy), sisters Jessie (Les) of Campbell River and Etta (Ken) of Edmonton, brothers Jim and John (Joyce) plus a very large, extended family. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy for 22 years (where he was known as 'Moe'), he left as a Chief Petty Officer and went on to be an electrician for 30+ years. Stu loved to work and he enjoyed a vast array of music. He loved hockey and other sports and ran a Hockey Referee School in Victoria and Parksville. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on July 23, 2011 @ 1:00pm. Donations may be made to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, 1200 Dufferin Cres Nanaimo, BC V9S 2B7 or the SPCA, Box 1407 Parksville, BC V9P 2H3.

MYCOCK, Earl (Buddy)

March 2, 1955 October 22, 2011 Buddy peacefully passed away, aged 56 years, at Halliday House surrounded by his family. He leaves to mourn; his mother and father Gloria and Earl Mycock, his sisters Carolyn (Ernie) Eveleigh and Debbie (Armand) Bergeron, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and his 2nd mom, Ria Dewilde. Buddy was a wonderful, warm and loving young man, who was loved by all. The family would like to thank Halliday House for their love and care for Buddy. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 @ 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Parksville/Qualicum, PO Box 730 Parksville, BC V9P 2G8.

MYCOCK, Norman Henry

April 28, 1927 - February 14, 2011 Norman passed away peacefully on Valentines morning in Nanaimo Hospital. All who knew and loved him know that he passed with his usual courage and dignity. Norman is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (Bette) whom he adored, his eldest son Norman Jr. (Debbie), Robert (Bob)(Val), Len, and his only daughter Penny (Greg), his brothers Wilfred, Earl (Gloria), and numerous grand and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Norman lived his life the way he wanted, full of zest for any living creature, both two and four legged. All who knew him loved him and received his love, generosity, encouragement and help in so very many ways. Norman was always there for so many people in so many ways we would need a book to record it all. Norman will be missed so very much by all those lives he touched and he will always be with us, whether it be a smile, a helping hand, a beautiful sunset, or in the birth of a newborn calf. Much thanks to the wonderful caring staff at Nanaimo Regional Hospital you were so good to him. Celebration of Life to be held Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC.

Condolence from: Johnson

I was so sad to hear of Norm's passing. He was a great neighbor...knowing I was home alone with the kids much of the time he always came and checked on us. Following Norm as he drove down Errington Road was always a test of patience, but it made you look around and see the world at his pace. Rest in Peace my friend, my thoughts are with you and your family as you rest and look out for us from afar. Don't give them too hard a time up there!!! Christina

Condolence from: John Thwaites

Mycock family-sorry to hear of Norm's recent passing. He was a friend of my Dad's and a foundation of the community. I have fond memories hunting ducks on Sunday morning on your property with my Dad. Also please send best wishes to Bobby. John Thwaites

PAISH, Howard

Howard, born in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England, March 8th, 1930 died peacefully in his sleep, April 21st, 2011. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, children Cathryn, Susan (Brad), Martin (Crystal) and Gillian (Mike), eight grandchildren and his brother Clive. For 81 years Howard told stories, made us laugh, cringe, swear and look at things in a new way. He was an accomplished runner before an injury ended his elite athletic career. He then discovered hunting and fishing and his life changed forever. In 1954 Howard came to Canada with his new bride, Sylvia after being recruited to teach in rural Saskatchewan. They arrived at the railway whistle stop, Junor, climbed into a horse and cart and were taken to Pearl school. The school had no electricity or plumbing. Undeterred, they brought their British stiff upper lip teaching to Canadians, although we know that his upper lip was nowhere nearly as stiff as Sylvia's! In 1955 they arrived in the Kootenays where Howard expanded his love of the outdoors. In self-defence Sylvia joined him. It was here that Howard shot the Boone & Crocket world record mountain goat and Sylvia bagged the record mule deer. The family memoirs are full of hunting tales, including the time that he arrived at the hospital covered in blood and dirt after cleaning his latest creature, only to be told that the false alarm had evolved into the arrival of his first child. The family moved to the lower mainland where Howard became the Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation. In 1970 he established Howard Paish & Associates. For the next 40 years he and his colleagues helped forestry, fisheries and government organizations understand the importance of environmental management and co-operative approaches. He was a pioneer, providing advice and warnings about the impacts of development, commercial harvest and government policy on precious natural resources long before current regulatory frameworks were on the radar. He pursued his love of the outdoors when he and Sylvia purchased an outfitting territory in the Spatsizi Plateau where they worked with First Nations communities developing sustainable tourism for sports fishermen and hunters. Howard always loved fishing and hunting. In October 2010 he netted coho during the Stamp River run. His last hunt was Boxing Day when he and Sylvia bagged pheasants in the Hidden Valley. While there were many and varied wildlife that crossed Howard's path, his most prized catch was Sylvia, his wife of 58 years. They retired to Nanoose Bay in 1996 where they enjoyed gardening, beachcombing and visits from friends and family. His children and, grandchildren Colin, Rachel, Diana, Kyla, Alexei, Nadia, Simon and Jenna kept him proud and entertained to his final day. Howard's love of this country and all that it offers was unparalleled. He appreciated the riches of his adopted home more than we will understand. He gave more than he took, and that is one of his greatest legacies. He was a visionary environmentalist, a teacher, protector, creative cook, lousy housekeeper and a great Dad. The woods and streams will be quieter now, but they have lost one of their best friends. In lieu of flowers Howard wanted donations to the BC Wildlife Federation Building Fund, or the Salvation Army. A private family service was held beach side at Sylvia and Howard's home. A celebration of his life for colleagues and friends will take place later in the spring.

PAPP, Gordon Edward

Sept 28, 1952 - Jan 21, 2011 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our brother Gordon Papp on Jan 21, 2011. He died in his sleep at home after a long battle with liver disease. He will be sadly missed by his loving family; father John Papp, sisters; Cheryl Hopps (Larry), Barbara Hamilton (Allen), nephews; Brian Einarson (Michelle), Thomas Hamilton (Madeleine), niece Jennifer Edwardson (Scott), great nieces; Emma, Ella, great nephews; Alexander, Cohen, and Oliver. No service by request however a memorial will be held at a later date. No flowers please but donations to the Liver Transplant Association, 109 - 828 West 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2 would be gratefully appreciated.

Condolence from: Kate Quinn

May you find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and confidence knowing that his was a life fully lived. You will are remembered and loved Gord. Kate

POLLOCK, Francis Trevor

Trevor was born on May 5, 1925 in the Village of Havelock, ON and passed away at home on March 10, 2011. Predeceased by his loving wife Marguerite in 2001 and brother Keith, he is survived by his sisters; Irene of Lakefield, ON and Noreen-Adele (Bill) of Norwood, ON and brothers; Bruce (Janet) of Trent River, ON and Claude of Norwood, ON. He will also be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends. Trevor enjoyed hunting, fishing and was passionate about his garden. He was extremely generous in sharing everything he grew or was fortunate to catch. Trevor worked for the CPR for over 35 years and was involved with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as president. He also served for two years in the Merchant Marines. He was a long time member (56 yrs) with the Royal Canadian Legion. Trevor will be missed by all who knew him. In memory of Trevor, donations to the Heart House, 1580 Pembroke St Victoria, BC V8R 1N2 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 107 - 1001 Cloverdale Ave Victoria, BC V8X 4C9 would be appreciated. A service was held on March 17, 2011 at Yates Funeral Chapel, Parksville, BC. "A friendly smile, a gentle touch, these are the things that mean so much."


Martin of Courtenay, passed away on April 26, 2011 at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife Susan, son Hank of Campbell River, special friend Daniel Fraser of Parksville, daughter Liz (Scott) Eustis of Campbell River, grandsons Robert and Anthony, and numerous nieces and nephews. No service by request. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses of St. Joseph's Hospital for their kind and loving care given to Martin during his stay. Donations to the St. Joseph's General Hospital Foundation, 2173 Comox Ave, Comox, BC V9M 1P2 would be appreciated.
His hands were his treasure
They were always in use
No matter how big the job
Always caring and giving
Your loving wife always,
Susan & family
Forever in our hearts.

REID, Wallace Daniel

August 14, 1923 - March 30, 2011 Wally, 87, passed away suddenly at home. He is survived by his wife Glenna Lorraine Reid, daughter Cherryl Anne Halbert, sons Thomas Dale Slater (Joke), Glen Arthur Slater (Jill), grandchildren Lorreena Shaw (Roland), Robert Halbert (Lori), Trevor Slater (Linda), Phillip Slater (Shannon), Jeffery Slater (Agnes), great-grandchildren David and Daniel Shaw, Dustin Halbert, Darian and Kelley Slater, McKenna and Avery Slater, sister Marion (Art) Shama, nieces and nephews Barry Shama, Robert Shama, Elizabeth Carter, Marilyn Clarke, Maureen Bundy, Michael Clarke and Marlene Willock. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara (Cliff) Clarke and son-in-law Bob Halbert. Wally was born and raised in Victoria where he began his career in the Automotive Industry. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII in Jamaica. On his return to Victoria he was Service Manager at Chrysler then Shop Foreman for Saanich. Wally was President of the Victoria Optimist Club and a member of the Legion. In 1973 Wally and Lorraine purchased Shawnigan Garage and worked there until they retired to Parksville in 1986. Never one to sit still, he spent endless hours in his workshop handcrafting wooden toys for the enjoyment of children world wide. Wally would go out of his way to help others and could fix most things with his magic fingers. Wally was very much loved by his family and friends. We will miss him always. A come and go Reception will be held at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville BC on Wednesday April 6, 2011 from 2-4pm. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (Victoria Chapter), PO Box 8532 Victoria, BC V8W 3S1.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Judi Ryvers,now into the presence of her Lord and Saviour at the age of 60 on December 28 2011 at the Nanaimo General Hospital. Judi was born in Camrose A.B Aug 25 1951 Predeceased by her mother and father and sister Phyllis. She leaves behind her loving husband Jack Ryvers of 23 years, and she will be sadly missed by her loving family and friends. Her son Mark Andreassen ( Jennifer ) granddaughter Katie Anholt Andreassen Jack's children , John Ryvers ( Nancy) Grandchildren Lisa Christine Jacob Julie. Edward Ryvers, Silvia Ryvers Edmundson ( John ) grandson Derek. The memorial service will be held on Saturday January 14 at 1.00 PM 2012. at Yates Funeral Services 1000 Allsbrook Road Parksville B.C. A special thanks to the Doctor's and nursing staff for their love and care at the Nanaimo Palliative care. In lieu of flowers we ask donations to be made in Judi's memory to Project # 70500 Haiti children school Starfish Program, OMS Canada 293 Wellington St N Box 132 Hamilton Ontario L8L 8E7 Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.yatesfuneral.ca 250 248 5859


July 19, 1927 - March 12, 2011. Predeceased by husband Larry Smith, second husband Harold Burkholder and daughter Darlene. June is survived by sons Brett (Cimone) and Curtis (Linda) and granddaughter Terry. A Memorial Reception will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 (2:00PM) at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chances Dog Rescue, Parksville, BC (Telephone: 250-248-1057). "Miss me but let me go"

STONE, (Rev.) David Ross

February 24, 1926-November 26, 2011 Unexpectedly but peacefully in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Saturday November 26, 2011. David has joined his loving wife (Betty) in Heaven. He will be sorely missed and forever loved by his children Edward (Ted) of Burlington ON, Andrea Martin and her husband David of Port Elgin ON, Shannon Carson and her partner Al Wiensczyk of Prince George BC, grandchildren Eric Martin, Adam Martin, Heather Carson and Colin Carson and foster daughter Kathy Rains of Burnaby BC. He will also be missed by his brother Mack Stone and sister-in-law Norah as well as nieces and nephews Paul, Maureen, Megan and Allison. David leaves many life long friends. David celebrated 60 years in Ministry within the United Church of Canada. He was a WWII Veteran and proudly celebrated Remembrance Day every year. A Memorial Service will be held in Qualicum Beach BC at St. Stephen's United Church, 150 Village Way on Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 2:00PM.

STRACHAN/ENGLISH, Phyllis Elizabeth (nee Laker)

Nov 20, 1915 - Feb 3, 2011 Born Nov 20, 1915 in Winnipeg, MB, Phyllis moved to Mission with her family, then to New Westminster and then on to Kitsilano, where she and her brothers, Eric, Douglas, Vernon, and sister Hilda went through the Depression years. There she attended Kits High. Nanaimo was next, where she met Frank English and was married on Oct 15, 1936. In 1939 first son Terrence Francis (Frank) was born and second son Philip was born in 1945. A graduate in stenography brought employment in legal offices including Leslie Peterson, Attorney General of BC and eventually Dept. of Indian Affairs, where she attended many conferences around BC. Settling back on Vancouver Island in Qualicum was the beginning of a new life after diagnosis of cancer. Her friends on Bluebird Place became a big part of her daily routine. A special thanks to Alvin & Vi Sewid, great friends and neighbours to mom. She was predeceased by her first husband Frank and second husband James Strachan and is survived by her sister Hilda Griffiths, sons Philip and Frank (Christine), niece Dianne Powell, nephew Wayne Laker, nieces, Norma (Dale) Connell, Sharon Rankin and Cathy (John) Miller, grandchildren, Robert, Joe, Philip, Cielo and Andrew and great-grandchildren, Sam, Ty, Brooks, Skylar, Sawyer, Shaylyn and Flora. Countless summers were spent with her grandchildren at Judges Row, their special place. Together with your family next to you, you left us peacefully after 95 years. To the staff at Arrowsmith Lodge, for the care and loving and for making mom's home there a very meaningful one, thanks so much from Phyllis' family. Cremation has taken place. No service by request and a Celebration of Life to be determined.

STRIK, Helena Petronella Maria 'Leny'

Leny passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Dec. 7, 2011. Leny will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her husband Hugo, her twin sister Elly, her daughters Hilde (Rick) and Ingrid, her four grandsons: Luke, Rylan, Skyler, and Levi as well as her six sisters, her two brothers and their families. Leny was born in De Lier, Netherlands on January 8, 1934 to a family of thirteen children. Coming from a long line of commercial growers of produce, Hugo and Leny emigrated from Holland to Qualicum Beach in 1977. They continued their livelihood in horticulture with the family-cooperative Strik's landscaping and nursery business. Mom lived a gracious and noble life placing family, husband and children at the center of her life. Her Roman Catholic faith was to her a pillar of strength and directed her towards a life of selfless and tireless service and generosity for others. The family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness evidenced in thought, word and deed during this difficult time. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011 at the Church of the Ascension at 11:00 am. The Celebration of Life will be held following the funeral procession at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre from noon 3:30 pm. For those unable to attend the service there will be a viewing held at the Yates Funeral Home on Tuesday Dec.13, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm. In Lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations may be made in Leny's name to Development and Peace, www.devp.org

SUTHERLAND, Ann Marie (nee Walker)

September 27, 1926 September 28, 2011 Ann passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. Left to mourn is her daughter, Katherine Anne Newell living in Qualicum Beach and two granddaughters, Heather Mary Newell, residing in Australia and Jillian Michelle Newell of Qualicum Beach. Fortunately Heather was visiting Qualicum Beach at the time of her grandmother's illness and had an opportunity to spend time with her before she passed. Also left to mourn is her family in Nova Scotia, her brother Charles T. (Frances) Walker, sisters Eva Dow and Doris (Syd) McNaughton and in Abbotsford, BC her brother Phillip (Joyce) Walker and numerous nieces and nephews across Canada. Ann was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on September 27, 1926 to Newell and Harriet Walker into a family of six children. She had many fond memories of growing up on the farm surrounded by family and friends. One of her favourite activities was ice skating which she continued to enjoy throughout her life. She graduated from Bridgetown High School and then attended her Aunt Nelly's business school which led to her working as a legal secretary in Halifax, NS. She would often tell us of the excitement of living in Halifax during WWII as Halifax harbour served as an essential naval base for Allied warships. Ann was very vivacious and fun-loving and enjoyed attending the many dances in Halifax during the war. Ann later moved to BC and worked as a legal secretary for Ron MacIsaac in Nanaimo and where she met and married Thomas M. Sutherland in 1955. They moved to Vancouver where Tom opened his law practice. They had two children, Katherine Anne (b.Nov 5, 1956) and Jacqueline Marie (Jan 10, 1962 Jan 8, 2009). They lived in North Vancouver and later in Shaughnessy and were members of the Point Grey Golf Club and the Arbutus Club. They would often visit the Island Hall Resort Hotel in Parksville, Vancouver Island, which Tom's mother, Mary Sutherland owned and operated. Divorced in 1967, Ann moved to Kitsilano and continued working as a legal secretary. She retired to Vancouver Island in the 1980's to be near her family. Her greatest sorrows were losing her younger daughter Jacquie, to cancer at the age of 46 and losing her brother Jimmy due to a heart attack. Ann will always be remembered for her ability to make people laugh, her kind and gentle nature and her nickname of ‘Knomer'. She brightened the lives she touched. Thanks to the staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for the care given to Ann.

TAIT, Sheila Margaret (nee Doherty)

Oct 21, 1922 to Sept 13, 2011 A keen curler (Pres of BCLCA) and golfer (low net club championship 2000). A gifted gardener all she planted thrived under her care. She loved the ocean and treasured her many vacation years on the West Coast with family. Sheila is survived by her loving husband of nearly 70 years - Bob (Qualicum Beach), Children: Barbara (Victoria), Judy (Victoria), Rob (Pat)(North Vancouver) and Susan (Qualicum Beach); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Tea will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 137 Denman Drive, Qualicum Beach, BC between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parksville/Qualicum Beach chapter of the Salvation Army where Sheila happily counted and rolled coins from the Christmas kettles.

THOMPSON, Edna Alberta (nee Beard)

February 24, 1916 October 21, 2011 With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother. She was predeceased by her husband Walter A. Thompson and her grandson Kelly John Thompson. Missing her are her children; David (Lois) Thompson, Janet (Ken) Cretelli, Gerald (Robin) Thompson, Donald Thompson, Lucinda (Lorne) Hepting, Elizabeth Naylor, her grandchildren; Kim (Carol) Thompson, Cliff (Tena) Thompson, Ross (Adrian) Thompson, Dave (Christine) Cretelli, Nicole (Scott) Reilly, Dan (Alice) Cretelli, Leanne (Peter) Sowden, Christy (Devin) Scott-Thompson, Melissa (Graeme) Carleton, Jessica (Jay) Hepting, Lucas Hepting, her great-grandchildren; Grant, Brayden, Gunner, Heather, Fiona, Sieben, Cleo, Kai, Michelle and Ty, and her brother John R. Beard of New York. Edna was the glue that held us all together. She was the life of the party, our greatest inspiration, strong and beautiful every day, a world traveller, nurturer, craftswoman and mother to us all. She lived her full adventurous life on her terms she did it her way. A special thank you to all the staff at Eagle Park for the wonderful care they gave mom. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on October 30th, 2011 @ 1:00pm. Donations in Edna's memory may be made to the Therapeutic Gardens Fund at Eagle Park Health Care Facility, 777 Jones St Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2L1.

Condolence from: Prinsze

Our thoughts and condolences are with you Gerry, Robin, Cristy and family. She was a remarkable mom and grandmom! Sandy & Maarten


Jim passed away peacefully April 15, 2011 in Nanaimo. Born January 25, 1917, in Canmore Alberta and raised in Vancouver. He leaves to mourn and will be terribly missed by wife of 71 years Margaret, their two children David (Susan), Peggy (Stan) Robertson; grandchildren Paul (Deanne), Christine (Arnt), Scott (Lisa), Cathy, and great grandchildren Brandan, Stephanie, Zachary, Aila, Brooke, and Justin. In 1965 after a long career in the coastal forest industry he and Margaret moved to Prince George to operate their own business. They retired back to Vancouver Island in 1982 to spend their time golfing, traveling and fishing. No service by request.


Passed away on Sept 14, 2011 at the age of 68 years. He is survived by his son Rene (Christina) of Nanaimo. Predeceased by his wife Marilyn in 2010 and son Adrian in 2005. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 @ 1:00pm.

Condolence from: Suzie Fines

Branko, was it worth it? I know the answer ......... peace be with you my friend, I miss you!

TOUGH, Margaret (Peggy) Stewart (nee Nicoll)

July 6, 1923 September 10, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peggy Tough, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. After a courageous battle with cancer, Peggy passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Bruce Eggleston of Bowser, stepson Wayne (Colette) of Peachland, stepdaughters Dianne Bagan (David) of Surrey, Debbi Moyen (Norman) of Metchosin and Gwen Howes (Stewart) of North Vancouver, sisters Dorothy Staseson and Laura Schultz (Bob) of Moose Jaw, SK, 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy was predeceased by her husband Ernie Tough and daughter Jill. Born in Limerick, SK, Peggy lived in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, SK before moving to Edmonton, AB where she married Ernie Tough, her husband of 28 years. They retired to Vancouver Island in 1982 and spent many wonderful years with family and friends enjoying life to the fullest. Peggy wished to thank all her dear friends including her pool, poker and bridge girls who meant so much to her and who were so generous with their time and help. Along with her family, Peggy gratefully acknowledges all the support and wonderful care she received from Dr. Lougheed, Dr. Love and the home care nursing staff, especially during her last months. A Memorial Service was held on September 13, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion Br #49, Parksville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy's memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Building Fund, PO Box 820 Parksville, BC V9P 2G8.

TRAKALO, Jae Margaret

of Qualicum Beach, passed away July 27, 2011 aged 71 years. She is survived by her loving husband Bernie, 1 Son Dan Heiduk of Nanaimo, B.C., and 1 Daughter Christine Webber of Nanaimo, B.C. 1 Granddaughter Jolene Webber of Nanaimo, B.C..Also survived by 1 Brother Robert Carpenter of Nanaimo, B.C. and 1 Sister Jean Younger of Comox, B.C. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and her Mother-in-Law Jennie Trakalo of Winnipeg, Manitoba. A Memorial Service will be held at Knox United Church, 345 North Pym St., Parksville, B.C. on Friday August 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Foster Freed officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, 938 West 28th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4H4.

TREMBATH, Gloria Jean (nee Bishop)

May 27, 1927 - February 26, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gloria Trembath at Qualicum Manor in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island on February 26, 2011 at the age of 83. She was predeceased by her beloved husband William James (Bill) in 1989 and her eldest son William Donald in 2008. She will be dearly missed by her sons Christopher (Sharon) and Toby (Alison) and her daughter Catherine (Doug). She will be sorely missed and remembered by her grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebecca, Vincent, Brian, Charlotte and Sarah, and Amelia. Gloria was born in Vancouver and spent her early years in Saskatchewan before the family moved to New Westminster in the 1930s. In 1954 she married William (Bill) Trembath. Together they had four children and lived in Venezuela, Iran and Africa before settling down in 1980 on Erwin Drive in West Vancouver. This is where she had her most pleasant and enduring memories, until the passing of her husband Bill. Gloria stayed in the family home until 2009, when she relocated to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Nanaimo Regional Hospital and Qualicum Manor for the exceptional level of care and compassion given to her in her final weeks with us. Gloria will be remembered for her keen sense of humour. She had strong sense of direction doing things in her own time and her own way and was devoted to her family. She will not be forgotten and will live on in those she has left behind. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Vancouver Children's Hospital or Easter Seals Camps would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Beach House Restaurant, 150 - 25th Street West Vancouver.

Condolence from: Greg Upson

My best childhood memories were those spent playing in the neighbourhood on Erwin Drive and over at the Trembath house. Mrs. Trembath will always be always be remembered for her kindness to all of us kids in the neighbourhood. Best wishes to the entire Trembath family.

URQUHART, Robert Emmett

May 30, 1916 - January 14, 2011 Robert Emmett Urquhart passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife Dolly, daughter Peggy and special friend Eve Knight. Emmett will always be fondly remembered by his son Emmett (Karen) and their children Kimberly, Max, Sean and Natalie as well as son Peter (Wendy) and their children Peter John, Cassidy, Chelsea, Barney and great-granddaughter Ashley. He will also be missed by the great number of friends whom he has made over the years in the Qualicum - Parksville area. On June 25, 1940 Emmett enlisted in the Irish Fusiliers Vancouver Regiment, and returned to civilian life on June 23, 1946. While overseas he met Dolly, the love of his life and they were married on April 22, 1946 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Emmett worked for the Federal Government until his retirement in December 1976. He and Dolly moved to Vancouver Island in 1980 where they enjoyed gardening and other outdoor activities. Dolly passed away on January 26, 1994. Emmett was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and thoroughly enjoyed their camaraderie. Many thanks go out to his caregivers and numerous friends at Hawthorne Place and Stanford Place. Special thanks to Mike and Isabel Murphy, Tom and Vida Cunniffe and of course Father Jozef Kobos and his fellow parishioners at Church of the Ascension and a big hug to Diana and Joe Meyer. If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made directly to a charity of their choice. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembly Road, Parksville, BC, on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:00 am, reception and fellowship to follow in the Church Hall, and burial at Qualicum Beach Cemetery after fellowship.

Condolence from: Lubey

Thinking of you all. Your father certainly had a very long, interesting and fullfilling life.

Condolence from: Diana and Joe Meyer

Heartfelt condolences to all your family, Emmett and Karen. I was proud to be of assistance to your dad for the past seven years and we became close friends. I have to say he was every bit the gentleman, and have heard many refer to him in that way who knew him well. Everywhere we went people seemed to know him and we often joked about it. His favourite outing was for a hambuger at Parksville's A & W or to Henry's Kitchen in Qualicum Bay. He was kind, considerate, compassionate and caring always thinking of others before himself. He rarely complained and was even sad when he had to cancel the newspaper becoming unable to walk around and share it with the other 'inmates' as he called them of Stanford Place. He was also sad to leave his friends at Hawthorne Place a year or so ago but was able to make it back there on their special occasions and loved it. He will be greatly missed by Joe and I but we know his faith has taken him where he wanted to be.

VEERKAMP, Johannas (John)

August 11, 1934 July 27, 2011 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John on July 27, 2011 at the age of 76 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Anna of 46 years. His Step-children Elizabeth (Hayden Piper), Ronald (Darlene), Robert (Tracy), numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was one of 12 siblings and was predeceased by both parents and 2 brothers, and will be missed by his very large extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends and church family. John had a love of all things in nature, he was a hands on fellow, was a carpenter, builder and a master craftsman of fine woodworking. John was a very active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. A Memorial of John's Life will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2400 Highland Blvd., Nanaimo, B.C. 2pm

WIDEN, Larry

August 23, 1938 August 13, 2011 Sadly we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Larry Widen on August 13th. He is survived by Sandy, his wife of 49 years, children Kirsten of Surrey and Drew (Sherry) of Abbotsford, grandchildren Keiffer and Danielle of Abbotsford and Linnea of Surrey, sisters Audrey Rennie of Sidney and Arlene Worsfold of Kelowna and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Sonny and sisters Annette Bowen and Alice Martin. Larry was a wonderful, bright, articulate, hard-working and caring leader who was active in the labour movement and the NDP. He was also a member of the Kinsmen and K-40. He worked at Elk Falls mill in Campbell River for many years before joining the Vancouver office of the CLC in 1974. He will be dearly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Sunday, August 28th at the Willow Point Hall, 2165 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation or a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend our thanks to all those who assisted at the scene by administering CPR, calling 911 and offering comfort. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Yates Funeral Service.

WILSON, Alexander John (SANDY)

November 26, 1933 - June 26, 2011 With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Sandy Wilson, following a stroke. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He leaves behind his loving wife Joan, and children Cameron (June), Jennifer (Chris), Erin (Paul), and grandchildren Sandy and Morgan. Sandy is predeceased by his first wife Martha (1995), and son Ross (1987). He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by family and friends. Sandy was a truly wonderful soul and an extraordinary man. He retired as president of Magil Construction (Montreal) in 1992. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for their efforts, care and kindness. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA in Parksville, British Columbia in his name.

Condolence from: Spindler

We are so sad to have read the news of Sandy's passing in The Montreal Gazette. Our condolences to you all. We have fond memories of Sandy and will always remember his remarkable character and kindness. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Fondly, Linda and Larry Spindler, Montreal.

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