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Obituaries (04/11/09)
ALLEN MargaretIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
our mother Margaret Allen (nee Hulme) on April 8, 2009 after a
courageous battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband
William (Bill) on July 4, 1990 after 42 years of marriage. She is
survived by her children Jeff (Gail), Steve (Jane), Philip (Kim),
Alexis (Phil) and Kathy (Mike); and also by her grandchildren Kate,
Samantha, Robert, Michael, Brittney, Danielle, Antonio, Stephanie and
Scott. Margaret was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England on September 1,
1927 and she is also survived by her sister Edith, and nieces and
nephews dear to her heart. Margaret loved her family and was forever
"taking care" of us all! Funeral Services will be held on Thursday,
April 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 514 Carnarvon
Street, New Westminster, BC, followed by burial at Forest Lawn
Cemetery, 3789 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, BC at 12:00 pm. Reception
for friends and family to be held at the Canoe Club, 2 - 6pm, 501
Klahanie Drive, Port Moody, BC (off Ioco Road, left on Murray Street,
left on Klahanie). The family would like to give special thanks to
Crossroads Hospice Society and to the Tri-Cities Nursing Staff who
assisted the family in keeping our mother in the home she loved.
Forever in our Hearts, we Love You and know that you are at peace,
free from pain and with your Beloved Bill. The Family welcomes
donations to Crossroads Hospice Society, P.O. Box 1072 Ridgeway
Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3J 6Z4.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
ASHTON JennieBorn in Young, Saskatchewan, May 9, 1913. Passed April 5,
2009. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our
beloved sister, Jennie. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold,
and her brothers, Fred and Arthur. She is survived by her brother
Wilfred Harris, her sisters Emiline Jamieson, Louise Hemming, and
Josephine Macdonald, her sister-in-law, Judy, and several nieces and
nephews, as well as her very good friend, Jean, and many other
friends. Jennie was loved by all who knew her. She was kindness
personified, always there for anyone who needed her. The family would
like to thank the doctors at the B.C. Cancer Clinic who looked after
Jennie, especially Dr. Pike, who was kind and caring, and also the
nurses and staff at Lions Gate Hospital Palliative Care Ward. There
will be no service per Jennie's request. Memorial donations may be
made to Canuck Place or the B.C. Cancer Agency.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
BALDRY GizeleGizele Baldry was born on July 10, 1954 in Sturgeon
Falls, Ontario to parents Ernest and Jane Jarbeau. She passed away
peacefully on April 7, 2009 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital. She leaves
behind her husband Peter and daughter Erin. She is also survived by
two sisters, Lorraine and Linda, and a brother Marcel, plus many
nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by all her knew her
including many close friends. A service for her will be held at
Calvary Baptist Church in Chemainus, BC located at 3318 River Road at
2:00 PM on Friday, April 17, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation (1-800-563-5483) or to the
Cowichan District Hospital.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
BANKS Irene Joyce (nee Cook) Passed away peacefully on March 22nd. She
is survived by her son John, her two grandsons arrett and Jeremy and
her sister Slyvia in New Zealand. Irene was indomitable in spirit and
compassionate in life.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
BIRTLES Margaret Rose (nee Ashton) July 2, 1937 - April 4, 2009
Margaret (Marg) passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 4, 2009.
She is predeceased by her father Samuel and mother Hannah and is
remembered by her sister Donna, husband Allan, children David and
Lesley. Marg was born at Grace Hospital in Vancouver and lived most of
her early childhood at the Deeks Sand & Gravel Co. Ltd, where both her
parents worked. When the company closed, the Ashton family moved to
the City of North Vancouver where Marg attended high school while
working part-time at Dewhurst Confectionary. Marg's professional
career began as a dental assistant for six years in Vancouver before
moving to Toronto to become an oral surgery assistant. In 1966, she
received an exceptional offer to establish a dental assisting course
at the BC Vocational School in Prince George. Upon returning to North
Vancouver she met her husband Allan. It wasn't long after they were
married that they had their first child David, and their daughter
Lesley followed three years later. After enjoying several years as a
stay-at-home mom, Marg began her second career at CIBC on Lonsdale,
where she worked her way up from part-time clerk to a Personal Banking
Representative, trusted and beloved by many of her clients. In 1999,
after 18 years of exceptional service, she retired. Among other
pursuits, she joined the Red Hat Society, which is attended by senior
women with an enthusiasm for social gatherings and adventures. Marg
was a generous and giving person who always put others before herself.
She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. As per
Marg's wishes, there will be no formal memorial service. Instead,
family and friends will hold a private gathering at the home. In lieu
of flowers Marg requested that you " something nice for someone,
and remember to smile..."
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
BREMNER James (Jim) McIvor It is with great sadness that the family
and friends of Jim Bremner announce his death on April 5, 2009. Jim
was born on April 18, 1945 in Washington, DC and grew up in Weyburn,
SK. He is predeceased by his parents and sister and is survived by his
daughter, Kim Robinson of Calgary, and his blood brother, Doug Perks
of North Vancouver. Jim began his working life in the Canadian Navy
where he trained as a medical assistant. He then came to Vancouver to
study psychology and kinesiology at SFU; during this time he also
worked as a lifeguard in Burnaby. He moved to Toronto as the assistant
coordinator of first aid for the Canadian Red Cross, returning to BC
to become the manager of the UBC Aquatic Centre for 15 years. While at
UBC, Jim enjoyed his volunteer work as an auxiliary RCMP officer. More
recently, he pursued his dream of becoming an actor and loved being a
part of the acting community. Jim was a gregarious, outgoing man who
enjoyed a good party and sharing food, drink and lively conversations
with his many long-term friends. He made new friends wherever he went,
as he was always interested in other people and their ideas and
willing to lend a sympathetic ear. Jim's family and friends would like
to thank the dedicated staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria
for all their efforts while Jim was in their care. In honour of his
great affection for his dog Buster, donations can be made in Jim's
name to the SPCA or other shelters for dogs.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
BUONASSISI Leonard Peter March 26, 1941 - April 07, 2009 Passed
peacefully in the presence of his family after a courageous battle
with cancer. Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Maria and Luigi
Buonassisi. Much loved and greatly missed by wife Anne, sister Lucia
Bondi, brothers Sam (Jeanette), Peter (Andrea), many cherished nieces,
nephews, great-nieces, and nephews, many cousins in Canada, the US and
Italy and many long time friends that were such an important part of
his life. His absence will be no doubt be noticed by the many
customers at the Hardware Store where he worked for many years with
his brother Sam as well as by all the Commercial Drive residents that
were accustomed to seeing him on his daily walks. We would like to
thank all the wonderful people associated with his care over the past
few months, Dr. Stuart and staff at the Cancer Center at Burnaby
Hospital; all the Home Care Nursing staff, especially Lisa; the
Palliative Care staff, especially Dawna and the wonderful nurses at
St. Michael's Hospice during his very brief stay there. Funeral Mass
will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Our
Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 555 South Slocan Street, Vancouver,
BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard's name to the St.
Michael's Hospice or Burnaby Cancer Center would be appreciated.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
CARTMEL William (Bill)It is with sadness we announce Bill's passing on
January 10, 2009. Born in Trail, BC, Bill grew up in Atlin and North
Vancouver, and then resided in Burnaby until retiring to Penticton in
2002. He is missed by his family: wife, Sharon; daughter, Frances;
son, Daniel; siblings John (Jane), Mike, Val (Joan) and his many
friends. Bill always faced life's challenges with a positive attitude
and never gave up. He was a world traveler and is now embarking on a
different kind of journey. A celebration of his life will be held on
Sunday, April 19, 2:30 - 4:30 at the Jericho Tennis Club, 3837 Point
Grey Road, Vancouver.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
COLLINS Ronald CharlesRon peacefully went to be with Jesus on April
08, 2009. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Susan, son
Joshua, daughter Amanda, daughter-in-law Sarah, new grandson Braedon,
brother Steve (Barb), sister-in-law Christina, brother-in-law Ted
(Lois), mother-in-law Betty, nephews David and Jesse, nieces Katrina,
Merina (Ian) and Hannah, as well as many other family and friends. Ron
was predeceased by his father Charles, mother Laverne and
father-in-law Fred. Ron touched the lives of many with his love for
life and people. There will be a viewing held on Monday, April 13,
2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 - 72nd
Avenue, Surrey, BC. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday,
April 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm at South Gate Church (Langley Mall), Suite
120, 5501 - 204 Street, Langley, BC. Ph. 604-532-7769. Refreshments to
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
DAVIES Orca 1916 - 2009It is with sadness that we announce the passing
away of Orca in White Rock, B.C. on April 5th. She is survived by her
son David (Dianne) and her grandchildren Megan and Min. Orca, who was
predeceased by her husband John in 1997, was born in Esquimalt and
lived the early part of her life there and later in the Gorge area of
Victoria before coming to White Rock. She will be remembered for her
love of gardening, interest in nature and keen awareness of world
events. Our sincere thanks go to the staffs of Mount St. Mary Hospital
in Victoria and the Evergreen Care Facility in White Rock.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
DOROZIO John Paul Born January 1932, passed into the presence of his
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom he loved and served on April 5,
2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Marge, son Carl
(Susan), daughter Rosanne Brissette (Albert) and son Ronald (Kim),
grandchildren Alana and Rachel Brissette and Cameron Dorozio. Older
brother Fennell (Alice) and sisters Margaret (Jim) and Olive (Gino),
sisters-in-law Helen Ambrose and Helen Burrows (Jack) and many nieces,
nephews and good friends. Dad touched many people throughout his life,
many for eternity and he will be deeply missed. Only eternity will
reveal how many lives he touched. A family graveside service will be
held on Friday, April 17th at Forest Lawn at 2:00pm. A memorial
service will be held at the Richmond Funeral Home on Saturday, April
18th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Evangelical Tract Distributors (PO Box 146, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2G9)
or Radio Voice of Christ (PO Box 2161 Sardis Station Main, Chilliwack,
BC V2R 1A6). The family also wishes to thank Dr. Philip Hanam for all
the help given over the past year.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
FEDERSPIEL Jean 1921 - 2009 Jean Federspiel (nee Cook) passed away
peacefully on April 2, 2009 at the age of 87 after several years with
Alzheimer's Disease. She was predeceased by her loving husband
Orville, sisters Winnie Patchet, Dora Cook, and brother Bob Cook. She
is survived by brother Alvin Cook of Abbotsford, and sisters Gwendolyn
McMillan of Port Coquitlam and Audrey Carmichael of Winatchee,
Washington. She will be missed by her daughter Peggy VanTine from
Ashcroft, her daughter Gloria Eyolfson and her husband Dave of
Langley, her son Don Federspiel and his spouse Brenda Glen of Vernon,
as well as her seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one
great-great-grandchild. She will be missed by her many relatives and
friends. Jean was born and married in Imperial, Saskatchewan. Jean,
Orville and the children moved to Abbotsford, B.C. in 1942 and bought
a farm on Mt. Lehman Road. They subsequently lived in various
locations across western Canada. They spent many years in Kamloops,
Blind Bay and Chase, B.C. Jean will be remembered as a vibrant woman
who enjoyed numerous world trips and who pursued many hobbies and
activities until the last years of her life. Her family would like to
express great appreciation to the staff of Langley Lodge for the extra
care she received during the last three years of her life there. We
would also like to thank the staff at Harrison Landing for the good
times Jean had during her two years as a resident. As well, we would
like to express appreciation for the excellent care from Dr. D.
Richardson, and nurses and staff at the Langley Hospital during Jean's
hospital stays. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be
held Saturday, April 18th from 2 - 4 pm at the CedarCrest Clubhouse at
21848 - 50th Avenue, Langley, B.C. In lieu of flowers, for those
desiring, donations may be made in Jean's memory to a charity of your
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
HARBOTTLE Jeffery P. January 20, 1914 - April 4, 2009Only child of
Thomas Percival Harbottle and Jayne Baynes, Jeff was born in North
Vancouver and lived his entire life there, often saying there was no
better place in the world to live. Jeff and his father had the first
milk business on the North Shore and many still remember the old
Harbottle milk truck which Jeff restored and then donated to the City
of North Vancouver museum. He lived a long and interesting life; he
traveled extensively throughout the world, often on small freighters.
Always self-employed, he had many different businesses, including a
fishing boat and a logging company. The towboat Reliant was his pride
and joy; he and his friends enjoyed many trips on her. Jeff was a
philanthropist and did a lot for the citizens of North Vancouver. A
reception will be held in the church hall, St. Martin's Anglican
Church, 195 East Windsor Road, North Vancouver on Friday, April 17,
2009, 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. and
graveside service at 2:30 p.m., Capilano View Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, Jeff asked that donations be made to St. Martin's Anglican
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
HEPPNER Alvin "Hap" On Thursday, April 2, 2009, Alvin "Hap" Heppner,
80, passed away in the loving arms of his family. He is sadly missed
by his wife of 60 years, Alice, his daughter Alayne (Richard), his son
Larry (Mylene), and his beloved grandchildren, Meryl and Allan. The
family wishes to thank the staff of New Vista Care Home and Royal
Columbian Hospital for their caring support of Alvin in his last
years. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on
Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Creek at the Burnaby
Mountain Golf Course, 7600 Halifax Street, Burnaby.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
HOLLEY Wilma A. (Billie) (nee Gillis)In loving memory of Wilma A.
(Billie) Holley (nee Gillis) of North Vancouver, B.C. who passed away
peacefully on April 1, 2009, after a brief illness. Born August 7th,
1917 in Sperling, B.C. to parents Jane and Allan, she was raised in
North Vancouver and attended Ridgeway Elementary and North Vancouver
High Schools. Billie later lived for many years in Prince George
before returning to the coast. Predeceased by her sister Dorothy
Franks, her husband Warren Holley and her daughter Lana Holley, she is
survived by her sister Kay Welsh of Utah, her children Allan Holley
(Debby), Billie Bunz (Norm), Wayne Holley (Donna), Linda LaChance,
Toni Tetreau (Bob), Greg Holley (Aradia) and Dean Holley (Janet); her
22 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one
great-great-grandchild. She will be remembered by her family for her
inspiring grace and charm, her quick wit, her ready smile, her loving
kindness and generosity, and for her lifelong devotion to family.
Special thanks to Dr. Eric Brisco and the caring staff at Lions Gate
Hospital. No service, by request. A celebration of Billie's amazing
life will be held at a later date for her family and close friends.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
IRVINE Wayne Ronald September 13, 1933 Passed away peacefully April 5,
2009. He will be deeply missed by his wife Maria, his son Eric, his
surviving brothers Lance (Rilla), Scott (Linda) and George Grieve
(Maggie), his sister Dawn Holmlund (Ron), his mother Ida, his children
Joe Elsinga (Katrina), Ria Lawson (George), Michael Elsinga, his
grandchildren Kristine, Kaleb, Heather, Katie and Colin as well as
dearly beloved aunts, uncles, friends, colleagues and others in his
large extended family. Wayne obtained a masters degree in engineering
at UBC and started his distinguished career with the research
department of Atomic Canada at Chalk River. Later Wayne developed the
metallurgy program at BCIT where he served as instructor for over
thirty years. Wayne loved the challenges and the exchanges of
information with his students. Wayne and Maria enjoyed 12 fabulous
years of retirement, where they travelled extensively, spent time with
the grandchildren, and enjoyed boating in the Gulf Islands. Special
thanks to the doctors and staff at the VGH Leukemia/BMT daycare for
their loving care and support. No service by request. In lieu of
flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
JANSSON Greta Predeceased by husband Gunnar. Survived by sons Barry
and Bert (Darliene); grandchildren Steven (Tina) and Linda;
great-grandchildren Kyle and Ashley. No service at the families
request. Greta will be greatly missed.
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JOHNSON Ralph Stewart February 5, 1913 - April 5, 2009Passed away
peacefully at the McKenney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge on April 5,
2009 at age 96. Predeceased by his loving wife Aithel (50 years) and
will be sadly missed by his family - Keith (Trudy), Gregory (Susan),
Diane (Rick - deceased) and Joan (Jim - deceased). Grandchildren -
Kathy, Gina, Brian, Valerie, Bill, Ken and Michael and many
great-grandchildren and friends. Born February 5, 1913 in Rollette,
North Dakota. Served his country in the Black Watch during World War
II and was a proud 55 year member of the Carpenter's Union. Ralph will
be dearly missed for his sense of humor, generosity and passion for
life. Many thanks from the family for the compassionate care Ralph
received from the staff and volunteers at the McKenney Creek Hospice.
In lieu of flowers donations to the RIDGE MEADOWS HOSPICE SOCIETY will
be accepted for those who wish to contribute. A celebration of life
will be held on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00pm in the Clubhouse at
20554 - 118th Avenue, Maple Ridge.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
JOHNSTON Dorothy Winifred "Billy" (Wright) June 5, 1917 - March 31,
2009Billy, a dynamic, caring woman who was loved by many and will be
missed by all who knew her, passed away peacefully in Palliative Care
at Peace Arch Hospital with her family at her side. Predeceased by her
parents, her sister Betty Wright, and her husband, George, Billy is
survived by her daughter, Jeffie Ward (Glenn), son, Archie Johnston
(Susan), grandchildren, Lisa Coulson (Paul), Ryan Ward (Jennefer),
Kyla Beattie (Neal), Bobby Johnston, Peter Johnston and Tessa
Johnston, and 6 great- grandchildren. Billy spent her early years in
Rossland where she excelled in piano, earning top marks in her music
exams, skiing and enjoying the outdoors. Billy moved to West Vancouver
with her family and entered university. She earned her teaching
certificate at Normal School, specializing in music. She taught in
Matsqui, Mission, and then Vancouver during the war. She married in
1947, settling down in West Vancouver to raise her family. She taught
at Irwin Park Elementary for 17 years and her choirs sang every
Christmas in Park Royal. In retirement, Billy and George enjoyed
family dinners, cruising, working in the garden and walking on the
seawall with their dog. Billy knitted for all her family and friends
and enjoyed being part of a knitting group. She also helped every year
with the bazaar at West Vancouver United Church. After George's death
in 1991, Billy continued living independently in her house until after
her 90th birthday. Billy's family would like to thank her neighbours,
who helped to make this possible, especially the Knill family and Tom
Darwin. Also, the family would like to thank "We Care" on the North
Shore and the nurses and support staff at Westminster House in South
Surrey for the loving care Billy received during the last few years.
Billy's greatest pleasure was spending time with her family and her
many friends, old and new. All who knew her were touched by her
enjoyment of life and we will all miss her positive attitude and
generous spirit. Following a private burial of her ashes, there will
be a celebration of Billy's life at West Vancouver United Church on
Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a
donation in Billy's memory to the Cancer Society.
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JONES Michael "Mike" November 3, 1929 - March 16, 2009 Passed quietly
in his Coquitlam home. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Sylvia
"Pat", daughter Treacy (Shane and Taylor), niece Keisha, son Gary and
sister Esther (David). At Mike's request there will be no service. In
lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer
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KEEFER James EdwardJune 20, 1935 - April 4, 2009 Jim passed away at
Mckenney Creek Hospice after a valiant battle against cancer. All of
us who loved him were by his side, his longtime friend, companion and
partner Edna, his four children, Shearal Black (Les), Karen Seemann
(Harry), Kim (Monique) and son Jim. Also survived by his brother
Victor. He was predeceased by his devoted wife Dianne and mother of
his four children, his father Jack and mother Melba Keefer and his
sister Sharon. He also leaves five grandchildren, Michelle (Mike),
Lesley Ann (Joe), Dakota, Kassidy and Logan. Special thanks to the
caring staff at McKenney Creek Hospice, and to Dr. Patidar for his
visits and kindness. No service by request, donations to B.C Cancer
Society will be appreciated in lieu of flowers in Jims memory.
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KELLY Sarah Laura December 27, 1984 - April 4, 2009Sarah was
tragically taken from us at the tender age of 24. Sarah was a
beautiful free spirit, loved by everyone she met during her short
life. She will be deeply missed by her loving family; parents Joe and
Laura, sisters Jennifer (Mike) and Kerry (Jeff), nephew Navin,
grandmothers Beryl Bremner and Teresa Kelly, best friend Maggie
Morrison, and our treasured family dog Roxy. She also left to mourn
many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sarah was predeceased by her
grandfathers L. Bremner and G. Kelly and her furry friends Magic and
Misty. Sarah was brought to earth as an angel to touch everyone's
heart. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2009,
1:00 pm at First Baptist Church (483 Gillette St). As animals were a
very big part of Sarah's life, in lieu of flowers a memorial donation
can be made to the SPCA or charity of your choice.
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LAWRENCE Allan Lee (Lorne) Past into the presence of the Lord April 1,
2009. Lorne was born in Vancouver, BC March 16, 1924. He was
predeceased by his wife Lolita, son Keith, sister Esther Oke and his
friend Lucy. Left to mourn his passing, his twin sister Kay Craig
(Doug), sister Marguerite Marshall, many nieces and nephews and the
Cunningham family. Lorne enjoyed many years as a manager of Sunny-side
camp grounds at Cultus Lake. The family will gather to remember his
gentle spirit, happy nature and his quick wit. He will be greatly
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McCOMBE - Captain Bill October 5, 1918 - March 27, 2009 It is with
deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bill McCombe at Deltaview
Life Enrichment Center. He was predeceased by the love of his life,
his wife Betty, of 65 years. He came with his parents to Canada from
Adrossan, Scotland and grew up and went to school in Vancouver. He
went to sea at a very early age learning his trade on ships on the
West Coast, later joining the Canadian Navy during World War II. He
eventually joined the Union Steamships Company, then Alaska Cruise
Lines, and finished his career at B.C. Ferries. Both Bill and Betty
were longtime members of the Kinsmen Center in Tsawwassen and enjoyed
a great social life with many friends over the years. He is survived
by his daughter Lorna (Murray) and sons Bill (Joan) and David
(Colleen), grandchildren Michael, Shannon, David, Janine and Daniel,
great-grandchildren Oliver, Jackson, and Summer. A big thank you to
all the great nurses and support staff at Deltaview where Bill was
blessed with wonderful care and love over the years. A special thanks
to the Devji family for having such a wonderful facility. Special
thanks to Dr. Lai for all the years of professional care and
compassion for both our parents. No service will be held. In lieu of
flowers a donation to the Alzheimer Society or Delta Hospital
Foundation would be appreciated.
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MIDDLETON Sydney Edwin Born January 8, 1924, Elderslie Township, Ont.
Syd passed away peacefully on April 5 at Richmond General Hospital.
Syd fought health challenges for many years, but managed always to
have a ready smile and have a good conversation with anyone, he will
be sorely missed. Predeceased by his parents William and Olive
Middleton, from Chelsey, Ontario; Syd leaves behind son Kevin (April)
in Langley; two sisters Evelyn, and Elda Jean (Elmer) in Ontario with
also many stepbrothers and sisters, and half brother and sisters in
Ontario; and stepdaughters, Dorothy, Diana, Alice and Wendy (Gary)
from Vancouver area. We thank his many caregivers and especially Dr.
Howie for their compassion and care. No services will be held upon
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MONTGOMERY Marjorie Eleanor (King) Passed away on March 21, 2009 at
the age of 91 years, just 4 days shy of her 92nd birthday. Predeceased
in 1999 by her loving husband Harry, she is survived by her children
and their spouses, Trevor (Joanne), John (Yvonne), Dale (Errol), her
cherished grandchildren, Nicole and Jason, and her nieces Daryl and
Terry. Mom was a gracious, kind spirit who gave unconditionally to her
children and grandchildren and was a devoted caregiver to many family
members throughout her life. A longtime member of West Burnaby United
Church, she shared her faith and talents through her involvement in
the choir and the women's Agenda Unit. An active resident of Canada
Way Lodge for 12 years, Mom led the Lodge Singers, organized monthly
sing-alongs, enjoyed her weekly Bingo and Cribbage games and treasured
the many friends she made there over the years. By request, a private
celebration of life will be held. Our family extends thanks and
gratitude to the staff at Fellburn Care Centre and Burnaby General
Hospital for the compassionate care they gave to our wonderful mother.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
PICKERING Dorothy Maybelle May 11, 1922 - March 28, 2009 Dorothy
Maybelle Pickering passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 28th.
She was preceded by her husband John Pickering and son Melvin Dyson.
Dorothy ("Dot") leaves behind three daughters, Elizabeth (Brian) Eby,
Anne Pickering, Jill (Danny) Campbell, four sisters in England, Betty,
Sheila (Phillip), Diana, Christine, eight grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren. Born May 11th, 1922 in Birmingham, England,
Dorothy moved to Vancouver in 1946 married to a Canadian soldier
(Ernest "Red" Dyson). Although Dorothy spent the majority of her life
in Canada she kept strong ties to England, along with her English
accent. Dot was also a wonderful cook and baker of pies. Her heart is
now at peace under an English heaven with her "John" who she married
in 1982, with whom she pent many a blissful day in their beautiful
gardens in South Vancouver and Ladner. Her family is very appreciative
of the wonderful care received from the nursing staff in Prince
Rupert. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer Society would
be welcomed in Dorothy's name. A celebration of life will be held at a
later date in Prince Rupert.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
RACINE Roger Passed away suddenly at Royal Columbian Hospital at age
76 on April 1, 2009 surrounded by family. Predeceased by brothers
Albert, Arthur, Roland. Survived by sisters Lina, Alice, Eva, Rita;
numerous nieces and nephews. He entertained many with his beautiful
voice and will be sadly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at
Royal Canadian Legion, 1025 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam on Thursday,
April 16, 11am - 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his
memory to Royal Canadian Legion No. 263.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
SASK Agnes Passed away peacefully on April 8 2009 in Surrey, BC in her
81st year. She was predeceased by her husband Walter and by her
granddaughter Shannen. Agnes is survived by a loving family Bryan
(Judi), Martin (Terri), Elvina (Terry). Janet (Roy) and Donna (Kurt).
Also by 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. A special thanks to
the staff and volunteers at Zion Park Manor in Cloverdale for
dedicated and loving care for the past 10 years. A Funeral Mass will
be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthews
Catholic Church, 16079 - 88th Avenue, Surrey, BC. Fr. Augustine
Obiwumma Celebrant. Interment in the Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey,
BC. In lieu of flowers a donation to the B.C. Parkinson's disease
Association, the Canadian Diabetes Association or charity of your
choice would be appreciated. Kearney's Cloverdale 604.574.2603
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
SMILLIE Evelyn Ruth Born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1914, Ruth passed
away on April 6, 2009 in Vancouver General Hospital. She was
predeceased by her beloved husband, Jimmy, with whom she shared 67
happy years. Mom is survived by her loving family: daughters, Margaret
Thompson (Edmonton) and Donna (Hugh) Templeton (Vancouver),
grandchildren - Kim, Ian, Patty, Doug - Jill and James, ten
great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild as well as her
special niece, Marguerite McLean-Hewetson (Toronto). She is fondly
remembered by all for her warmth and sense of fun. Thanks to staff at
Gilmore Gardens (Richmond) and South Granville Park Lodge (Vancouver)
where she lived for the past five years. Sincere thanks to VGH
emergency and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ridley and the palliative
Care Unit. No service by request.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
SMITH Elizabeth (Betty) Mary (ne?e Blois)Born 20 October, 1921 in
Droitwich, England; died 2 April, 2009 in Surrey, BC. Betty's family
sadly announces her sudden passing. She quietly slipped away
mid-afternoon without pain or fear. WWII, trips abroad and
environmental activism punctuated a full and wonderful life. Always
devoted to those in need of protection and a kind hand to hold, Betty
was a social worker for many years. Even in retirement, she
volunteered with Victim's Services, Surrey RCMP. Highly active, Betty
was an early member of the Valley Outdoors Association. If she wasn't
skiing down the mountain, she was hiking up it. And when there wasn't
a mountain to conquer, she could be found stepping out with the Royal
Scottish Country Dancing Society. In early 2005, Betty became a
resident of Newton Regency Care Home. She loved it there, entertaining
new friends, singing a tune, never idle. The extraordinary staff truly
cared for and about her. A remarkable and well-loved woman, Betty was
wife to the late George Smith; Mom to Fiona (Rory) Mulhern of Surrey,
Gillian (Jeff) Wilson of Jasper and Jennifer (Kevin) Collings of
Melbourne, Australia; Granny to Heather and Kelly Mulhern and Peter
and Colin Wilson; Grandma to Smith and Marissa Collings; a caring aunt
to Fiona Agassiz of England, Sheila (David) Watkins of North
Vancouver; Aunty Betty to Kate Nielsen and Andrea Stinson; and much
beloved friend to Jackie (Darrell) Erickson of Maple Ridge. As
requested, there will be a private burial. She will be sorely missed
and fondly remembered, forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers a
donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
SYMINGTON Frederick James 1917 - 2009Fred was born in Winnipeg on July
14, 1917 and died in Surrey on April 6, 2009. His early years were
spent in Canada prior to moving to England at the age of 14. He joined
the British Army at the start of the War and served in the Middle
East, North Africa, Italy and Britain. Following the War he returned
to Canada and worked in the Pulp Industry until his retirement. His
wife Audrey predeceased him in 1998 and he has missed her. Mourning
Fred's passing are son, Michael; grandson, Brett (Jackie);
granddaughter, Nicola (Tom); and great-grandchildren, Morgan, Madison,
Cameron and Jesse; daughter-in-law, Jill; and family and friends in
both Canada and the UK. Fred spent the last eight months of his life
being well cared for at Fleetwood Place in Surrey, a special thanks to
all the staff there for their caring attitude. A memorial service will
be held at St. Anne's-Steveston Anglican Church, 4071 Francis Road,
Richmond on Wednesday, April 15th at 2:00 PM. No flowers please,
donations to the charity of your choice.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
TOMANIK Chris 1963 - 2009It is with great sadness we announce the
sudden and tragic passing of Chris who was a devoted father and
adoring husband. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by
his wife Lisa, sons Cole and Jared, parents Georgina (Rick,
predeceased) and Ron (Carole), sisters Laurie (Danny), Penny (David),
Melanie (predeceased), brother Ted (Katrina), nieces Lindsay,
Stephanie, Melanie, nephew Chase, great-nephew Rhyder and many family
members and friends. Chris will be forever remembered for his kind and
generous heart as well as his devotion to his boys' interests and
activities. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude
for all the love and support that everyone has given. A private
service will be held. The family asks that in lieu of flowers,
donations be made to the Cardiac Unit of St. Paul's Hospital,
Vancouver. Please visit the Memoriam website at:
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
TURNBULL Kenneth (Bud) Surrey, BC - It is in great sadness that we
announce that Kenneth (Bud) Turnbull passed away March 24, 2009, at
the age of 74. He will be forever missed by his children Dawn (Lance),
Kenny, Robbie (Heidi), grandchildren Tanya, Shawn, Michelle and
Clayton, brothers Bill (Jan) and Mike, nieces, nephews and friends.
Predeceased by wife of 51 years Sophie and brother Ted. Born in
Ontario, he moved to Vancouver at a young age where he met wife Sophie
and raised their three children. Bud loved his family, his friends,
good coffee, fishing and his dogs. He will be deeply missed and
forever in our hearts. At Bud's request no service will be held. In
lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to make a donation to the
Langley Hospital Foundation.
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
URATA Minoru A Memorial Service will be held at Steveston Buddhist
Church, 4360 Garry Street, Richmond, BC on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at
11:00am. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
VRIEND Peter (Piet) A gentleman with a wonderful spirit. We would like
to thank him for being a great husband, father, grandfather, and being
a friend to many. Peter loved his family and God. Peter was dedicated,
hard working and grateful. He loved life and liked to have fun.
December 13, 1919 - Sunday April 5, 2009. Remembered with great love
by daughters, Patty, Evelyn, grandson Colton Peter, and son-in-law,
Steve. A Celebration of Peter's life will be Sunday April 19, 2009,
2:00pm - 6:00pm at Country Meadow Golf Course, 8400 No. 6 Road,
Richmond, B.C. V6W 1E2. Personal Alternative Funeral Services
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Obituaries (04/11/09)
WALDRON Jessie Edith (Guthrie)Born during a blizzard on a farm near
what was to become Eston, Sask., January 27th, 1911, to George and
Elizabeth Guthrie, the fourth of 10 children. She had a happy loving
childhood in spite of tough times. The family moved to Saskatoon in
1922 after losing crops to hail. Jessie graduated from Bedford Road
Collegiate, married Otto Waldron in 1931, moved to Vancouver, and in
1942 settled in the house that was to be their home for the rest of
their lives. Jessie had a great sense of humour and a quick wit. She
liked to skate, swim, read, garden, play the harmonica, shop at thrift
stores, make things pretty, make people happy, and above all, she
provided a home for many, many people who needed a helping hand well
into her later years. Jessie's wish to remain in her home until the
end was granted in her 99th year on March 31st, 2009. While listening
to favourite music taped by Otto, with a smile on her face she left to
join her loved ones who have gone before. Her husband Otto (1995), her
children, Robert (Bob) (1974), Lee (1993), June Millson (1999), Keith
(2000), and eight siblings. Missing her are sister Alice Olafson,
grandchildren James Millson (Shellie), Richard Millson (Heather),
Robert Millson, Alan (Colleen) Waldron, Lesley (Jackson) Wong.
Great-grandchildren Matthew Anderson, Robyn, Heidi, Kelly and Jamie
Millson, Jesse and Jacob Waldron, and Jaxon, Mateo, and Arlen Wong.
Daughters-in-law Patricia Waldron, Diana Waldron, Marcia Croy Vanwely,
and many nieces, nephews, neighbours, and friends. Thanks to her niece
Bernice Rolls for her loving care to Jessie, and to Sean Teahan for
his help over the past year. Thanks to all Meals On Wheels volunteers
who delivered meals and hugs to Jessie, and friendship and support to
Bernice over the past 7 years. Special thanks to the longest serving
volunteers: Dorothy, Karim, Lucy, Maureen and Joan. Thanks also to
palliative care volunteer Erika. Jessie chose Children's Hospital for
donations in her memory if you so wish. Celebration of Jessie's Life
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 1 PM, Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th
Avenue (45th and Yew), Vancouver, BC. Share a memory of Jessie at the
online guestbook: .
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