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Victoria Times-Colonist; Wednesday, April 09, 2008 > Victoria home

Obituaries and Guest Books for 4/9/2008
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ANDERSON, William Freeman Major (Ret'd) November 2, 1927 March 23, 2008
Peacefully at home. Survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Eunice;
daughter, Joanna (Daryl); granddaughters, Alexis, and Heather; sister,
Carolyn; and nieces and nephews. Freeman had a lengthy Canadian military
career as a Personnel Selection Officer, serving in Canada and Germany. A
memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 2 pm, First
Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1155 Fort Street. Condolences may be sent to . Donations to the Canadian Diabetes
Association gratefully accepted in lieu of flowers. 457847
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/10/2008.

AUBREY, Edward Henry Passed away at the Lodge at Broadmead on April 5, 2008.
Born in Vancouver, BC on November 12, 1919. Predeceased by son Robert, wife
Elsie, parents Edward and Clara, brother Roland (Bud), sister June and
loving partner Doris Murray. Survived by son Ronald (Linda), granddaughter
Nicole (Bill) Lewis, grandson Chris (Kinza) Aubrey. Great grandsons Jordan
and Gavin Aubrey, great granddaughter Ashley Lewis, brother Denis (Shirley)
Aubrey, sister-in-law June Aubrey, nieces and nephews. Ted served in the
Royal Canadian Navy for 26 years. After retirement, he ran a boat chartering
service for many years to the Gulf Islands. He was a member of the Chief &
P.O.'s Association and the Sidney Legion. The family would like to thank the
staff at Broadmead for their excellent care of Ted. A celebration of life is
to be held at the Chief & P.O.'s Mess, 1575 Lyall Street on Saturday, April
12th at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Chief &
P.O.'s Association, 618 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 2N7; the Coast
Guard Auxiliary, 25 Huron Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 4V9, or the Broadmead
Care Foundation, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC, V8X 4Y7. 458366
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/11/2008.

BACHMANN, Suzuko It is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of my
loving mother, on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Susie was born Suzuko Matsushita
on January 8, 1927 in Steveston, BC. She was raised in Steveston and was
relocated during World War II to New Denver, BC. In the 1950's she moved to
Vancouver, where she met her future husband Jake (Jacob Bachmann). Together
they drove across Canada in a 1954 Ford Fairlane, to Toronto where they were
married on December 27, 1958. Mom, worked at the First Division Court/Small
Claims Court in Toronto until she had a daughter. Suzuko also lived in
Zurich, Switzerland for a short time working at the Bank of America.
Eventually she settled in Victoria in 1974 where she worked for the Family
Court until she was disabled by poor health in the 1980's. On her own, she
was fiercely independent and strong willed, but also extremely considerate
and kind. She faced her physical hardships privately with great courage,
never wanting to burden others. Susie led a quiet, simple life taking great
joy in arts and crafts. Pressing fresh flowers, ikebana, sumi-e, making
greeting cards, and origami, and playing Scrabble on a daily basis. While
she was still able to get out she was a ranked Scrabble Maven competing in
tournaments. Although her body failed her in the end her mind did not. She
won her last scrabble game three days before her death. She also enjoyed
trips to Las Vegas where she was energized with the excitement of playing
the slots. She leaves behind daughter Joyce Hanako Bachmann of Long Beach,
California. Her sisters: Kanako (Ken) Ikeda, Yoko Greer, Harumi (Tom) Kamino
and Lily Ishida of Toronto. Brother Takeshi Matsushita (nieces Linda and
Faith) of Vancouver and niece Elaine Matsushita (Ray Lett) of Victoria.
Former husband Jacob Bachmann of Kelowna, BC, Scrabble partner and friend
Katy Madsen and many others, who she touched with her kind heart. I would
like to thank all of the staff from Beacon Health/Juan de Fuca/Vancouver
Island Health Authority who supported her over the years. She wanted to
share this with you, When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set
for me, I want no tears in a gloom-filled room, Why cry for a soul set free?
MISS ME A LITTLE -BUT NOT TOO LONG, And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that once was shared Miss me. But let me go" Funeral
Service will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street,
Victoria, BC, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Please email your
memories to: if unable to share in person. 458371
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

BARRON, Mark Christopher 1958 2008 Suddenly and unexpectedly in Edmonton,
Alberta on Friday, April 4th. He went to join his God and his dad Bill.
Elder brothers, Andrew, David and Roger are still in shock, Mom, Ruth is a
tough old soldier and copes. We luvs you. " My God Mark 4" 458375
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/10/2008.

DUNDAS, Oenone Judith Born on September 26, 1927 in Pelly, Saskatchewan.
Passed away peacefully on April 4, 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia. She
is survived by her brother Robert Dundas (Shirley) of Vancouver, British
Columbia and her sister Ann Shepherd (Ronald) of Victoria, British Columbia,
as well as many nieces and nephews. Judith was educated at Victoria College
(University of British Columbia), University of Wisconsin and the University
of London. She published numerous articles on poetry and painting in the
Renaissance and was the author of several books. From 1969 to 1997 she
taught at the University of Illinois where she was professor Emerita of
English. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral,
Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm.
Interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. Condolences may be offered to
the family at 458223
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/10/2008.

GAVIN, David James (Jim) Born May 29th, 1947 in Vancouver, BC, passed away
peacefully March 20th, 2008 at Mount Saint Mary's Hospital. Predeceased by
Lorraine, his wife, and his parents. He will be lovingly remembered by his
daughter Carol, sister, sonin-law, grandchildren, niece, nephew and many
family members and friends. His warmth and sense of humour will last in our
hearts forever. Thank you to Mount Saint Mary's Hospital for taking care of
all his needs. He will be truly missed. Love you Dad, always. Family and
friends will be contacted regarding time and location of Recognition to
honour his passing to be held Sunday, April 13th, 2008. 458063
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/12/2008.

GENT, Derek Victor Beloved nephew of Aunt Vivienne. Taken too soon and
missed so much. Always remembered. 458019
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

GENT, Derek Victor May 11, 1962 April 9, 2004 Four years today, always
lovingly remembered. We love and miss you son. Mum and Dad. 458104
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

HAHN, Myrtle Theresa Peacefully on April 5, 2008 at Mount St. Mary Hospital,
at the age of 84 yrs. Predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald W. in 1987,
she is survived by the Hahn family in Saskatchewan, her extended family and
good friends on Vancouver Island, across Canada and in England, who will
miss her greatly. A Thank you to all at Mount St. Mary Hospital who took
such good care of Myrtle. Visitation for family and friends will be held at
McCALL BROS. Johnson and Vancouver Streets on Thursday, April 10, 2008 from
6:30. A Funeral Service will be conducted from McCALL BROS. FLORAL CHAPEL,
on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. A Reception will follow in the
McCall Family Centre. Interment thereafter at Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers
are gratefully declined; tributes, if desired, may be made to the Mount St.
Mary Hospital Memorial Fund, 861 Fairfield Road, Victoria, B.C. V8V 5A9.
Condolences may be offered at 458077
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

HALL, Mark Robert Our little angel Mark Robert was born on March 7, 2008. He
left us on March 30, 2008. Mark is survived by his Mommy and Daddy, Leslie
and Bob, his big sister, Heather, his grandparents, Walter and Joan Muir,
Diane and Ted Hall, his Uncle Scott, Auntie Sarah, Uncle Richard, cousins
Rosie and Rory, all of his extended family and friends. His life was short
but wonderful. We had 23 blessed days with our little boy and we will
cherish the time we had with him. Mark was dearly loved by everyone. We
would like to thank Dr. Adey, Dr. Norris, Dr. Dansereau, Dr. Patte, nurses
Romona, Pamela, Leslie and the many nurses at VGH for looking after Mark
before and after his safe arrival. We would like to thank Dr. Kent, Dr.
Beck, nurse Michelle and the many staff at VGH ICU for the amazing care he
had when he was sick. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service for Mark will
be held on, Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 2:00pm, at Gordon Head United
Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation to VGH ICU or Pediatric Units would
be a lovely tribute to our angel. Condolences may be offered to the family
at . "We love you, Mark, more than we can say." 457956
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

HOLMEN, Hazel (Singh) Born in Whitecourt, Alberta, December 8, 1927, died
peacefully at Kiwanis Pavilion on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Hazel is survived
by 3 sons, Dean (Sandra), Terry, and Graham (Debbie); 3 daughters, Donna,
Jo-Anne (John) and Penny. She enjoyed 16 beloved grandchildren and her 14
great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving sisters, Helen,
Bunty, Patricia and Judi; her brothers, best friend Paul, and Leslie. She
also leaves cousins, nieces, nephews and many other extended family members
to mourn her death. Hazel was predeceased by her husband Roy in 2007, her
parents Sam and Effie Singh in 1968 and her dearly loved son Allan in 1986.
Hazel was a joyful worshipper of her Creator, she loved music, gardening and
fishing. She was a famous cook and could bring laughter to any situation.
Heartfelt thanks to her spiritual brothers and sisters who cared throughout
her illness, especially Lisa Jackson. Thank you to the tender, compassionate
staff at Kiwanis who made her final days as dignified as possible. Donations
may be made in Hazel's name to: Watchtower Canada Branch, Box 4100,
Georgetown, ON, L7G 4Y4. 458256
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/12/2008.

HUMPHRIES, Evelyn Elizabeth (nee Lockhart) March 26, 1921 March 28, 2008
Evelyn passed away peacefully in Victoria with her family close by.
Predeceased a year ago by her husband Allastair, she leaves sons David
(Erdi) and John (Joan), grandchildren Aaron (Mara), Matthew and Katie Ellen,
great grandchildren Alexandra and Isabel. The eldest of 8 children, she grew
up in Halifax where she met her husband-to-be Allastair, an RCN sailor, in
1940. They were married in September of 1941. After the war they moved to
Victoria to raise their family and in the following years welcomed all of
her siblings to the West Coast. In 1964 Eve and Al moved to Kamloops where
she was part of the team that opened the new Woodward's store there and also
in Prince George. She made many good friends in Kamloops before retiring to
Metchosin with Al in 1983. She is survived by her brother Glen (Cathy)
Lockhart, sister Marion (Mike) Carroll, inlaws Ian Humphries, Jack (Delma)
Humphries, Elaine Lord, Helen Lockhart, Peter Meservia and many nieces and
nephews. Eve will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as a very caring,
generous person who graciously reached out and encompassed her family and
many, many others. She enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music and
loved dancing, especially with Al. Walking on the beach and being in nature
always gave her great joy. The family wishes to thank Dr. Dan O'Connell, Dr.
A. Ross, the staff at VGH 7AS and the staff at Eagles Bluff Lodge for their
kind and compassionate care of Eve. A memorial service will be held
Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 1:00 pm in St. Columba's Church, 40 High St. at
Burnside Rd. W. with a reception to follow with Reverend Chris Parsons
officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Eve's name to
a charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be offered at . 457664
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/5/2008 - 4/9/2008.

KLAASSEN, Lois Lucile (nee Hawthorne) October 23, 1922 April 5, 2008 Born in
Killarney, Manitoba, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Lois
Klaassen passed away at RJH Memorial Pavilion in Victoria, B.C. Survived by
her husband of 59 years, Lloyd; children: Margaret of Victoria; Grenville
(Joyce) of Claresholm, AB; Murray (Tanya) of Victoria; granddaughter
Jessica, grandson Owen; sister Bernice Burdell (aka Buddy) Hawthorne;
cousins, nieces and nephews. Lois graduated from Killarney High School
(1940), and from Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, MB (1945) as a
registered nurse. She was working as a public health nurse in Manitoba when
she met and later married Lloyd on September 3, 1949. While married and
raising a family, she worked part-time in general duty nursing at rural
hospitals, in areas in which her husband was stationed with the RCMP. In
1960, she re-entered the public health field in Winnipeg. In 1963, she did a
twenty-nine week TV series on "Teaching Pre-Natal Classes" which aired in
Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. In 1937, she joined the United Church
choir in Killarney, MB and since then, Lois sang continuously in United
Church choirs as a soprano. Her love of singing brought her to the Victoria
"City of Gardens" Sweet Adelines Barbershop chorus, winning a regional
competition with her "Pepsichord" Quartet. Sewing and curling were also
interests that kept Lois busy. A memorial service will be held at Gordon
United Church, 935 Goldstream Ave., Langford, Friday, April 11, 2008 at 2:00
pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of
your choice in Lois' name. 458438
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/11/2008.

MARTIN, Thomas Hilliard Passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2008 at home
in North Saanich at the age of 79 after living with health issues for a
number of years. Tom was born in Montreal on October 11th, 1928. He grew up
in the Montreal area, graduating from Montreal West High. Survived by his
loving wife of 57 years, Eve, daughter Kathy (Bob), son Jeff (Anna-Tora),
stepgrandson, Jason (Julia), and their four daughters, Maddy, Hannah,
Clarissa and Zoe. Also survived by his sister, Shirley (Jimmy), nephews
Martin (Elaine) and Rob; sister-in-law, Pam (Jim), nieces Lyn (David), and
Ann and their families. Tom was a kind gentle man with a great sense of
humour and a wonderful way with people. He was a wonderful husband, utterly
devoted to making sure Eve's needs were looked after, often making dinners
and looking after household chores. He was a great Dad, coaching sports and
driving his children to their many activities. Tom was a sports enthusiast,
playing hockey and football well after he graduated. Saturday nights were
Hockey Night in Canada nights in the Martin household. Tom spent most of his
career with Trans Canada Airlines and Air Canada at the base in Dorval. He
was most proud of his role negotiating maintenance contracts with other
airlines, where travels took him to many interesting locations, including
Jamaica, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Dubai, Germany, Switzerland, as well
as regular trips to England and France. Upon retirement, Tom and Eve moved
to North Saanich, where Tom became involved in numerous interests, including
the Huguenot Society and Celiac Society. His greatest passion was UVic's
SAGE program, which he participated in, and later facilitated for many
years. He made many friends through SAGE. Tom also became the family
historian, researching in particular his Newfoundland heritage. Through that
work he also made many friends who happen to be his relatives. No service
will be held, but a gathering for family and friends to celebrate Tom's
memory will take place at a later date. 457900
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/6/2008 - 4/12/2008.

MCGUIRE, Francis Joseph (1940 2008) Born in Blantyre, Scotland, on January
11, 1940 and passed away on March 31, 2008 from complications of a stroke
that he suffered in 2001. Frank was predeceased by his mother and father,
and brothers Jackie and Dominic. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion,
who was with him when he left us; son, David and wife, Tina; grandchildren,
Shannon and Liam, and brothers, James, Mick, and twin John (Pam). The family
wishes to thank the caregivers and medical staff at the Lodge on Fourth
Street in Ladysmith for their wonderful treatment of Frank while he was in
their care. Frank had been a commercial fisherman and diver since 1960. He
and his twin brother supplied marine specimens to various aquariums in
British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. They were the chief
divers for Undersea Gardens and were instrumental in the construction and
formation of Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria. Frank was a pioneer in the
abalone fishery and supplied product to Japan, China and South Korea. He and
his brother were featured guests on the show, "What's My Line " in the
sixties and stumped the panel with their occupation as octopus hunters. "The
world may change from year to year, And friends from day to day, But never
will the ones we love, From memories pass away. " God bless you, Frankie.
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/10/2008.

MELLETT, James Raymond (Jim) August 7, 1932 April 3, 2008 Jim passed away
suddenly at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Predeceased by parents, Percy and Eva
and by sister, Laverne. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter,
Tasha; grandsons Andy and Cale; Barbara, mother of Duane, Monique, Michele,
and Darren; grandchildren, Erica, Brittany and Brandon; brothers, Lloyd,
Bill and Chuck; sister, Doreen; nieces, nephews and other relatives. A
celebration of life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1155 Fort
Street on April 11, 2008 at 2 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers,
please donate to Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary or charity of your choice.
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

NANCARROW, Peter Henry February 10th, 1938 April 3rd, 2008 It is with
profound sadness we announce the passing of Peter, our Rock". His many acts
of kindness and compassion will endure in the memory of all those whose
lives he touched. Peter strongly believed in being of service, he was a
volunteer over the years, most recently at William Head Prison and Ozanam
center. He had a profound influence on many people brining comfort and good
counsel. Peter's spirit will continue on in the heart of his wife of thirty
years, Margaret (Peg), his stepson Ed Dixon and his grandson Nick Dewald.
Peter had two sisters June Young of Australia and Kim Wakely of New Zealand.
He will be lovingly remembered by his nieces Tracey and Suzanne. Peter was a
great letter writer and many people will miss his weekly update on life with
Peg. Peter was born in Sidney, Australia. He emigrated to Canada in 1964. He
was predeceased by his parents, Hazel and Henry Nancarrow, and by his
teenaged stepdaughter Robyn Dixon. Celebrations of Peter's life will take
place at St. John's Heritage Church in Colwood on Thursday morning at 10:30
am, also at William Head prison and at Ozanam Centre. Instead of flowers, we
know Peter would appreciate donations to the John Howard Society. 458264
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

NICHOLSON, James (Jim) Always in my thoughts. Forever in my heart. Loved and
missed by Bett. 457910
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

PATTERSON, William T. (Bill) July 13, 1927 April 02, 2008 Passed away
peacefully, at home with family, in the early hours of April 02, 2008.
Predeceased by his beloved wife Mary-Lou in August 2006, Bill will be
greatly missed by friends and family including his children Bill Jr., Kathy,
Ron and grandchildren Aidan, Bridget, Meghan, Emily, Wesley and Marissa.
Born in Lethbridge Bill moved to Victoria with his family in 1940. A veteran
of the Korean War, he served in the Canadian Navy from 1945 until his
honourable discharge in 1965. After 22 years with the Post Office, he
retired to enjoy working on his property, spending time with his family and
became very involved with the Masonic Lodges. As a Free Mason he was Past
Master of Camosun Lodge, served as District Deputy Grand Master, and in the
York Rite served as Grand Superintendent of K.T.P. where he received the
Grand High Priests Award. He was also a member of the Queen City Chapter #5,
Order of The Eastern Star. A man of dignity and humour, he will be missed by
all who were touched by his life. A memorial service will be held at St.
Andrew's Presbyterian Church April 10 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers Bill
requested donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. 458015
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

POLKINGHORNE, Fred Fred, Born in Cumberland, BC, November 10, 1933, passed
away peacefully April 6, 2008 at the age of 74. Predeceased by his wife,
Jean in 2001 and son, Brian in 2004, he is survived by sons, Freddie and
Kevin; grandchildren, Dana, Erin, Amanda, Jessica and Megan. A Celebration
of Life will be held for friends and family Saturday, April 12, 2008 from
1-3 pm at the Mesachie Lake Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers donations can be
made in Fred's memory to the Alzheimer Society of BC, #20 601 West Cordova
Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G1. Condolences may be sent to: 458357
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

PREVOST, Lorne Stewart Passed away peacefully on March 20, 2008 after slowly
being taken from us by Alzheimer's. Margaret was with him in his final
moments to ensure comfort and peace. His children, Andrea, Guy (Catrin) and
Glen (Jean) would like to thank their mom for the dedicated care and support
she provided Lorne during his illness. The family would also like to thank
the staff at Oak Bay Lodge, John Williams and Dr. Bryan Murray for their
care. Lorne was born in Oak Bay December 25, 1928. He attended Monterey
Elementary School and Oak Bay High. He raised his family in Cordova Bay and
was the ultimate father. He was a loving, devoted grandfather to his four
grandchildren, Justine, Ross, Rhys and Brennig. He is survived by his sister
Ellen Davenport, predeceased by his brother, Wilfred and leaves behind many
nieces and nephews. A gathering to celebrate Lorne's life will be held at
McMorran's Beach House, 5109 Cordova Bay Road, on Sunday, August 4, 2008,
from 12:30-3:00 pm. 458308
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

RATHLEF, Annie (Nicholson) nee Sanford Born January 22, 1922 in Cedar, B.C.,
passed away April 3, 2008 in Victoria, B.C. Predeceased by first husband,
George Nicholson and husband, Robert Rathlef. Also predeceased by brothers,
Dave, Walt and Hollis Sanford and sister, Esther Dods. Left to mourn her are
her sons Tom (Judy) Nicholson of Langley, B.C. and Doug (Terry) Nicholson of
Victoria, B.C., three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Annie and
George lived in Honeymoon Bay operating the BA Gas Station when they were
raising their sons, and then moved to Victoria around 1965 where Annie
worked part-time at Eaton's in the bakery and in housewares and George
worked at the Dockyard. She was an excellent cook and baker and did a lot of
canning, camping, fishing and travelling. She was a lifetime member of the
Order of the Eastern Star, Sharon Chapter No. 4 and the Order of the
Amaranth, Mizpah Court #2 and a lifetime member of the Royal Purple. For
about 30 years she made up cancer dressings and collected stamps for cancer.
She loved going to Hawaii. In 1995 she married Robert Rathlef and lived in
Ladysmith, B.C. After Bob's death, due to failing health, she entered
Ladysmith District Hospital, Extended Care and then in November, 2006 she
was relocated to Victoria to Heritage Woods, and when her health failed she
was relocated to Ashgrove Section of the Hiscock Building where she received
excellent care and attention. We would like to thank the staff in the
Ashgrove Section for their faithful care and love, dished up with a little
humor, of Annie. We thank Lydia Beitsma for her faithfulness in her weekly
visit with Annie, reading, talking, laughing, pushing Annie around in her
wheelchair and showing her the flowers. We will miss a wonderful mother,
mother-in-law and friend. We wish you Aloha! No service by request.
Donations in Annie's memory may be made to Greater Victoria Eldercare
Foundation, 1450 Hillside Ave., Victoria, B.C., V8T 2B7. 457986
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

ROGERS, Douglas Morrison June 18, 1924 April 4, 2008 Died peacefully,
surrounded by his family, after a courageous struggle with muscular
dystrophy. Born at his grandfather's ranch in the Cyprus Hills area near
Orion, Alberta, Doug spent his early years in Castor and Red Deer. He joined
the active Canadian army in March 1941 at the age of sixteen. He served as a
sergeant with the 15th Artillery Regiment in France, Belgium, the
Netherlands, and Germany. At war's end, he volunteered for the Pacific
Force. He later rejoined the army as an officer, serving for fifteen years
with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and the Queen's Own Rifles. Doug married
Patricia Elizabeth Sansom in 1950. On his retirement from the army, he and
his family settled in Victoria. He served with the provincial government for
16 years, and was instrumental in the acquisition of Pacific Rim National
Park, and numerous provincial parks, including Ruckle, French Creek, and
Hemer. After his retirement, Doug and Patricia enjoyed their various homes
and gardens, their cottage on Thetis Island, a multitude of animals, and
their ever increasing family tree. Doug became progressively more frail in
the last few years, but never lost his intelligence, humour and keen
interest in the doings of the world. He could be, and often was, plain
spoken, but his family always knew of his love and pride in all of them, and
that he would support and protect them to his last breath. Survived by his
wife Patricia, sisters Aleen and Beth, brother Kent (Helen), children Kerry
(David), Craig (Louise), Jill (Ian), Shane (Margot), grandchildren Rebecca
(Dan), Megan (Jason), Jessica, Susannah, Alice (Jordan), Max (Zoe), Ben
(Risa), Michael (Shannon), Adam, Brittany, Kyle and Maren, and eight
great-grandchildren. Deeply missed. Funeral Service Wednesday, April 9 at 2
pm at St. George's Anglican Church. Donations to the Muscular Dystrophy
Society would be appreciated. 458061
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

THATCHER, Gloria Lily Left us suddenly on April 4, 2008. She was born on
August 26, 1922, soon after her family (George, Lily, George, Walter and
Sylvia Edwards) moved to the Comox Valley 86 years ago. The Comox Valley and
her family were her life. Her breadth of knowledge about the people and
families here was astounding. She remembered everyone's name and connection
and loved them all. Gloria is survived by her partner and loving husband of
62 years, Fred. She was very proud of his service to his country in World
War II. They met on a blind date shortly before the war ended and they were
married six months later. She was our mother, grandma, surrogate grandma,
beloved auntie and friend. Her daughter, Margot, son-in-law, Bob and their
daughters, Alicia and Tara will sorrowly miss her, as well as many nieces,
nephews and their families. We love you Mom, we'll miss your warmth, your
passion and your energy. Rest peacefully. A Celebration of Gloria's Life
will be held at Piercy's Funeral Home, 440 England Avenue, Courtenay on
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm. A donation in Gloria's memory may be made
to the charity of the donor's choice. 458345
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/9/2008.

THOMSON, Pamela Alice Mary (nee Renshaw) It is with deep sadness that the
children of Pamela, born August 4, 1929. wish to advise friends and
acquaintances of the passing of our loving mother. She is predeceased by her
dearly beloved husband of 37 years, Fred. She is survived by her sister,
Sheila Hutchens, her four children, Judith (Doug), Rod (Jane), Colin and
Fred (Maru) and seven grandchildren, Fionna, Melanie, Georgia, Andrew,
Maddie, Rebecca and David. Pam (Rennie) had an amazing life of travel and
adventure at the side of her husband and with her children. She will be
remembered by friends and family in Europe, North America, South America and
Australia. Mum passed away at her home in Victoria on April 1, 2008 after a
brief fight with cancer. She retained her humour, spirit and dignity to the
end. Special thanks are extended to Dr. D. Saunders, Dr. J. Wilde, the staff
of the Victoria Hospice and the staff of the Gordon Head/Oak Bay Health
Unit, especially nurse Terry Downing. There will be a family service
followed by an open house for friends of the family. Donations to the
Canadian Cancer Society or Victoria Hospice gratefully accepted. 458014
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/9/2008 - 4/10/2008.

WIGHTMAN, Winifred Esther 1916 2008 Passed peacefully away on Saturday,
April 5, 2008 at the age of 91, Winifred Esther Wightman (nee Lyster) of
Cobble Hill, formerly of Gordon Head and Malahat. She was predeceased by her
husband Charles Ivan in August, 1980 and sons Clifford, May 1975 and
Patrick, August 1967. Esther's memory will be forever remembered and
cherished by daughters, Frances Thomas (Wayne) of Grand Falls-Windsor,
Newfoundland, Margaret Siemens (Everet) of Arras, BC., and Marion of
Malahat, BC. She is survived by three sisters, Ruth Lesperance, Vernon, BC.,
Anne Toole (Ned), Edmonton, Alberta, and Mary Rose, Gabriola Island, BC.
Also survived by 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Lara, Christopher, Stephen, Cynthia,
Mark, Barbara, Kristin, and Peter, also 11 great grandchildren, and many
nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family would like to thank and
acknowledge the care and support provided by special granddaughter Lisa and
husband Derek, Margie and all staff of Arbour House. Your loving care for
Mom will be forever remembered. Special thanks to Val of Angel Helping
Hands, Penny Clare and staff of VIHA-Ladysmith and especially Doctors
Lisinski and Watson. Mom was never one to shy away from expressing her
opinion or taking on the politicians of the day, she championed her causes
with determination. Having a Horticulturist's degree gave her the knowledge
to take on environmental issues and was an outspoken conversationalist
whenever the need arouse. Mom took great pleasure in passing her gardening
skills on to family and friends and worked long hours on things that she
believed in for a better world for all of us. Cremation has taken place. A
Celebration of Esther's life will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803
Quadra Street, Victoria, BC at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2008 with a
later private family burial in Hatley Park, Garden of Gethsemane. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the
Jedidiah Trust Foundation or an Environmental Charity of ones choice. We
love you Mom, your warm smile and great sense of humor will be forever
missed. Condolences may be offered at . May you rest in
peace" 458023
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 4/8/2008 - 4/9/2008.

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