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Obituaries and Memoriam(s) for 4/21/2009
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BARKER William T. (Bill) June 28, 1926 - April 17, 2009 It is with a
heavy heart that Bill's family announces his having passed away
peacefully after a brief but courageous fight with cancer. Bill is
survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joanne and his sister Gerry
and was predeceased by his sister Eileen. Bill is also survived by his
sons Geoff (Beth), Bart (Laureen), Frank (Julie), Steve (Erin), his
daughter Karen Bruk (Steven) and seventeen cherished grandchildren.
Bill was born in Vancouver and raised in Kerrisdale. He and Joanne
settled in West Vancouver to raise their family and later moved to
their summer place in Crescent Beach. Bill will be fondly remembered
by his family and friends and for his unending generosity, his ready
willingness to help others and his terrific sense of humour. His
family would like to thank all of the health care professionals in the
palliative care unit at Peace Arch Hospital for their care and support
during this difficult time. A service to honour the memory of Bill
will be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 2:00 pm at Morgan Creek Golf
Club (3500 Morgan Creek Way). In lieu of flowers, donations to the
Peace Arch Hospital Foundation (15521 Russell Avenue, White Rock,
B.C., V4B 2R4) in Bill's memory would be greatly appreciated.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

BOSANAC Miroslav (Mirko) Was born in Tomasica, Croatia on June 10,
1914, passed away in his 95th year after a short illness in Vancouver,
B.C. on April 17th, 2009. Predeceased in 2002 by by his wife of 65
years Eva, and in 1999 by his son Rudy. Mirko will be remembered by
his Croatian speaking friends and family for his sense of humor and
his good nature. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Ann
Merkl (Ted), daughter-in-law Karen, and son Carl (Raelond),
grandchildren Debbie (Rick), Rob (Julie), Ken (Simone), Chris, Terri,
Aaron (Katherine), Marques and Brodie, great-grandchildren Jamie,
Alex, Jake, Quinn, Sydney, Sabrina and Harrison. Mirko leaves behind
many nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbors in Canada as
well as in Croatia. Prayers will be held 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April
22nd at Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, B.C.
Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am, Thursday, April 23rd at Immaculate
Heart of Mary Croatian Church, 3105 E. 1st Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
Entombment will follow at the South Mausoleum, Ocean View Burial Park,
4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, B.C. The family would like to thank all
doctors, nurses, and staff at St. Vincent's Langara for taking such
good care of Mirko during his stay there. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made in his name to the B.C. Kidney Foundation or a
charity of your choice.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

In Loving Memory of Celestino Castelo Branco Mais um ano que passou
Sem nada poderes dizer Sile~ncio, tristeza ficou Saudade que faz
sofrer Sinto - te no meu caminho Recordo o nosso passado De noite,
choro baixinho Agora ja na~o canto Tu eras! O meu fado Fond memories
linger every day, Remembrance keeps you near. Your Loving Family.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

BRITTON (LETCH) Mary Dianne January 3, 1946 - March 27, 2009 Mary
passed away peacefully at home after a year of battling Cancer. She
was surrounded by her loving husband Derek and sons Jon and Paul. Mary
will be missed in so many ways and remembered always for her sense of
humour, determination, dedication to family and passion to volunteer.
Mary is also survived by her Brother Jack Letch and many nieces and
nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at Dunbar Heights United
Church, 3525 West 24th Ave., Vancouver, BC on Saturday, April 25th at
4pm. By request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to a
charity of your choice.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

COMPSTON Marian Irene (nee Ekensteen) Marian passed away peacefully at
Richmond Hospital on April 17, 2009 after a long and brave battle with
a number of health challenges. She will be deeply missed by her
husband of 58 years Ron, children Dave, Joan (Jacky), Jim, Barb
(Mitch), Pete, grandchildren Heather, Stacey, Eric, Gillian, Nadine,
Heather, Breanne, Davis, and great-grandchildren Mika and Kaya. She
was predeceased by her sisters Florence and Helen, and is survived by
sisters Millie and Dot, many nieces and nephews, and countless
friends. Marian was born July 19, 1927 on a farm near Foremost,
Alberta to Swedish parents Edith and Gustav Ekensteen. As a young
adult she moved first to Calgary and then in 1947 to Vancouver. She
met Ron while working at the Royal Bank in 1948. They married in 1951
and raised 5 children, living in Victoria, Burnaby, and Kitimat before
settling in Richmond in 1966. Marian was a stay-at-home mom, somehow
managing to maintain an orderly house amidst the chaos of a large and
active family. She re-entered the work force in the mid - 1970's,
ultimately returning to the Royal Bank where she worked her way up to
loans and mortgage officer before following Ron into retirement in
1983. In the years that followed they travelled to England and made
many memorable trips throughout Canada and the US in their RV. While
Marian's early artistic outlet was painting, she developed many
different outlets for her creativity over the years. In retirement she
became active in the Friends of the Richmond Public Library and in the
Trefoil Guild (part of the Girl Guide movement). Never a person to sit
quietly in the background, Marian's extroverted nature enabled her to
make many good friends in both organizations. Marian will be
remembered by her family and friends for her fortitude, her generous
nature, her engaging spirit and love of laughter, for never taking a
break, and for always having something to say! The family would like
to say thank you to the staffs of both Richmond Lions Manor and
Richmond Hospital, with special thanks to Amanda and Diane at the
Manor and Audra and Michael at the hospital, for the exceptional
caring and support demonstrated in her last months. No service, by
request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian's memory
to the charity of your choice. A celebration of Marian's life will be
held at a later date for family and friends. If you wish, please share
a memory of Marian at
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/26/2009

MOLLY CUTRESS May 22, 2003 Your smile and laughter will be with us
forever Love from Bill and both families
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009
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DADSON Helen Winnifred (nee Hyndman) Of Vancouver, born November 5,
1917 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, passed peacefully,
Sunday, April 19, 2009. Predeceased by her husband Tom in 1988.
Survived by her loving family, daughter Barbarah, sons Steve (Karen),
Tom, Ken, Philip (Sharon) and Mark, grandchildren Michael, Kelly,
Peter, Leland, Rebecca, Ashleigh, Patrick, Jennifer, Jeffrey and
Matthew. Memorial service will be conducted by The Rev'd Paula Porter
Leggett, Monday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at St. Faith's Anglican Church,
7284 Cypress St. (at W. 57th) Vancouver. Flowers gratefully declined
in favor of donations to St. Faith's Anglican Church, V6P 5M3. Walkey
& Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

EBERSBERGER Yvonne 1926 - 2009Long time resident of North Vancouver,
BC. She leaves her loving family, twin sons Bill and John, 3 daughters
Josanne, Geraldine and Karen, 3 sisters Betty, Margaret and Shirley, 1
brother Edward, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She
will always be remembered for her great sense of humour and generous
ways. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Private
memorial service will be held. Cremation.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

FABIAN Ann (nee Tifan) August 13, 1908 - April 16, 2009Ann passed away
peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at the amazing age of 100
years on April 16, 2009. She was born on August 13, 1908 in Varsog,
Rumania (then Hungary). Ann married Louis Bokor in 1926 and they
immigrated to Canada in 1928. While caring for daughters Emma and
Elizabeth, Ann spent the next 15 years cooking for her husband's
logging camp crews at sites around British Columbia. The family moved
to Vancouver in 1951 where Ann worked for three years as a cook at the
CNR station. She spent the next two years as owner and operator of a
highly successful restaurant on Granville St. and 11th Ave. Ann was
divorced in 1955 and remarried in 1957 to Alec Fabian. She became the
head cook at the Royal Bank on Broadway and held this position for the
next 17 years until her retirement in 1972. Together with her husband,
she also owned and maintained a series of apartment buildings in
Vancouver for several years and was able to take advantage of the
rising real estate market. Her work ethic and business acumen were a
great source of pride and admiration for family and friends. After
retirement, Ann became a source of love and support for daughters and
grandchildren for the next 30 years. Ann spent her last eight years at
Three Links Care Center where she received wonderful care and
attention from the staff. Predeceased by husbands Louis and Alec,
daughter Emma and and grandson Bob, she will be lovingly remembered by
daughter Elizabeth, grandchildren Lew, Lorne, Dan, Doreen, and Laureen
(wife of Bob), as well as 12 great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm on
Thursday, April 23rd at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, 1810 -
7th Ave. East in Vancouver, followed by a private reception for family
and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

FUTRELL MichaelPassed away on April 8 at VGH. Professor Emeritus of
UBC, expert in Russian History and literature, international traveler
and philanthropist. Survived by his two children Max and Kajsa and six
grandchildren. To honour him please donate to his favourite charities:
Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders Canada, Seva Canada,
David Suzuki Foundation, Western Canada Wilderness Committee and Trans
Himalayan Aid Society. Thank you, Kaysa 604-263-9283.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

INGRAM Alan JohnAlan reluctantly succumbed to cancer on April 17th in
his 78th year. He was born and raised in Montrose, Scotland. He did
his National Service in the RAF and then volunteered for aircrew. He
was sent to Winnipeg to train as a navigator under the NATO training
scheme in 1952. He met his love Mildred and married her in 1953 before
returning to Britain. His bride joined him shortly. After receiving
his discharge from the RAF, the couple settled in Montrose for a time,
but in late 1954 returned to Winnipeg where they spent the next four
years. After a holiday in Western Canada, they moved to North
Vancouver in 1958 where they had their family. Alan worked for the
City of Vancouver for 25 years, the latter 20 as City Claims
Investigator, retiring in 1989. In 2003 Alan and Mildred enjoyed a
50th anniversary reunion in England with ten of his former air force
mates with whom he trained in Winnipeg and had not seen since 1953.
One of Alan's greatest pleasures was a long walk up the mountain with
the family dog, and a camera in his hand. His other passion was
reading from his collection of books. He was proud of his Scottish Boy
Scout training and led a Troop in North Vancouver for several years.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, and daughter Alison, son-in-law
Scott and his dearly loved grandson Mitchell, as well as
relatives/good friends Ross Bailey, Jill and Andy Parker (Nanaimo). He
was predeceased (1985) by his son Graeme. In Scotland Alan will be
remembered by his special cousin Eunice and her husband Mercer Blaikie
and family; in England by friends and relatives, and in Winnipeg by
sister-in-law Gwen Hobbs, niece Peggy and nephews Alan and Brian.
Sincere thanks to: Drs. P. Richards, J.Crawford and P. Klimo for their
expert care. Special thanks to all the wonderful North Shore Home Care
nurses and those at LGH Palliative Care. The family is extremely
grateful for all the help received from neighbours/friends this past
year especially Jack, a special friend. In lieu of flowers, please
consider a donation to the charity of your choice. Memorial service
will be held at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver, (604)
980-3451 on Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

Joan Patricia Ius February 9, 1946 - April 21, 2003 "We who loved you
sadly miss you, As it dawns another year; In our lonely hours of
thinking Thoughts of you are very near. Rest in peace." Leo, children,
& family.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

JAMES Reba On April 19th, 2009, Reba Audrey James peacefully passed
away at age 91 at the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge. She will be missed
by her eleven nieces and nephews, and special friend Marg. Reba was
predeceased by her parents, her sister Jeannette (Jack) Fergusson, her
brothers John (Mary) James, and Tom (Margaret) James. A special thank
you is extended to the staff at the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge for the
excellent care and kindness they extended to Reba. With God's grace
she was welcomed home.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

JENSEN Edna May (nee Bumstead) May 15, 1915 - April 9, 2009 Edna was
born in Manigotogan, Manitoba to Ryerson and Mary Bumstead. She died
peacefully in Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver. Edna was admired
for her energy, intelligence and appetite for life. After working in
MacDonald Aircraft during WW II she moved to the west coast with her
husband Martin Jensen and raised three children in a grand old house
in Lynn Valley. Here Edna used her natural talent as a gardener to
create a wonderful setting for the family home. She continued to
create beautiful gardens wherever she lived. Edna was an active member
of her community and an enthusiastic participant in the Great Books
program. In 1968 she left her position with the Hudsons Bay Company
and signed on as a stewardess on a series of Norwegian freighters.
>From 1971-1978 she circumnavigated the globe three times. Her love of
travel motivated her to drive across Canada and she made a final
journey to India in her late seventies. Edna was predeceased by her
husband Martin, her son Carl, sister Agnes, brothers Harold and
Randall, and son-in-law Morris. She will be greatly missed by her
children Martin and Patricia, daughter-in-law Colleen, granddaughters
Meghan and Julianne, great-granddaughter Airlie, sister-in-law Dalmer
and loyal friends Joanne and Susan. The family thanks caregivers
Shirley and Christine and Dr. Wickman who made it possible for Edna to
live independently right up to her final days. Plant a flower in her
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

JURAK Lilija Marianne nee Upitis (lovingly re-ferred to as Mandy) Born
in Riga, Latvia April 3, 1922, died peacefully at 87 on April 16
,2009. Survived by her cherished daughters Gunta (Marcel Evrard),
Wanda (Hipolito Garabatos) and Jennie (Chuck Baker), 6 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchlidren and her four legged companion, Missy. We will
forever remember her strength, faith and enthusiasm for life. A
memorial service will be held on Friday, April 24th 1pm at Redeemer
Lutheran Church, 1499 Laurier (Granville at 24th). In lieu of flowers,
please donate to the charity of your choice. Many thanks to the
outstanding staff of Windermere Care Center.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

In Loving Memory KEARNEY - Tessa Leanne March 22, 2008 - April 21,
2008 The day you were born we were blessed with such a beautiful baby
girl. Words cannot express the love and joy you brought to our lives
in the short time you were with us. It brings us comfort knowing that
you are in the strong arms of your granddad. You are lovingly missed
by your mommy, daddy, sister Stella, grandparents, auntie, uncles,
cousins, extended family and friends. Our precious baby Tessa, you
will forever live in our hearts and our memories.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

KENT William (Bill) George September 4, 1923 - April 19, 2009There is
a new recruit in Heaven; on April 19th Bill passed away peacefully. He
will be greatly missed by all of his Family and Friends. Predeceased
by: son Martin Raymond Kent, grandson Martin William Kent, father
William Martin Kent, mother Louise Mary Ann Kent, brothers Dick and
Davey, sister Elaine Smith, nephew Rick Kent. Survived by: loving wife
Betty Ellen Kent, children Lucy Kent/Dan Gordon, Allan Kent/Jill,
grandchildren Dan Sasseville, Angie McMullen/Rick, Joseph Kent, Kim
Zoladec, great-grandchildren Hayden, Kaylen, Brian, Kyle, sister
Louise Hinthorne/Dutch, other relatives Marg, Fran, Lorie, Gail, Judy,
Caroline, Barbara, Edward, Michael, Russell, David, Steven, Bob,
Linda, David and Douglas. Special friends: Bill, Barb, Don, Pat,
Harry, Joanne, Gail, Nancy, Joe, Doug, Larry. Bill served his country
during WWII from 1944 - 1947, first in the Army and then in the
Merchant Marines, he fought tirelessly in the pursuit of recognition
for the men of the Merchant Marines to be treated equally with their
comrades in the Armed forces. A long distance truck driver for most of
his life, he put on many miles in the big rigs. Bill then moved to
Vancouver Island and established his own backhoe business in Nanoose
Bay. Bill was very community minded and he was responsible for the
building of the Nanoose Bay Community Centre; it was said that "Bill's
stubborn determination kept things moving to a successful conclusion.
Other communities could learn from this marvellous effort." Bill was
happiest out on the water in his boat, he loved to go fishing and
would stay out for hours, he very rarely came home empty handed.
Thanks to the staff of the Eagle Park Care Home. No service by
request, in lieu of flowers please consider donations to the
Alzheimer's Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

LOCHHEAD Hazel Marie December 24, 1928 - April 15, 2009 Surrounded by
family, passed peacefully at Langley Memorial Hospital. Mother of 8,
grandmother of 15, and great-grandmother of 10, Hazel's concern and
caring for the young was reflected again and again in her
contributions to the larger community. She was predeceased by her
husband Robert and, sadly, her daughter Caprice, as well as brothers
Perry, Ivor and Doug. She is survived by her children, Violet, Dinah,
Bill, Cindy, Nola, John and Angela, her niece Bev, and her siblings
Myrna and David. Born and raised in the South Okanagan ("God's
country"), she married her childhood sweetheart, Noel Woodworth, in
1946. Together they bore 6 children, built a small cinder-block house,
cleared sagebrush and cactus, planted and raised an orchard in Oliver.
In 1958 they moved to Vancouver. In 1965 she married Robert Lochhead
and had Angela and Caprice. While Hazel's home was her castle, even
with such a large family she always managed to find the time for
volunteer activities. She taught Sunday school, was a Cub leader
(Bageera), a Brownie leader (Brown Owl), brailled books for a UBC
student, was a docent at the Vancouver Museum, and a library
assistant. She made wedding dresses for her children as well as their
friends and frequently took in extended family and her children's
friends. A highly intelligent, articulate woman, Hazel had a rich
interior life. She had a passion for literature, especially fiction
and poetry. She completed her high school as an adult and went on to
study literature and philosophy at SFU. Her abiding sense of wonder
and amusement at the world was obvious in her love of gardening,
camping, cooking and the delights of children. She was a stunning
beauty, but always maintained that "there's more to this girl than
just a pretty face!" A complex person, Hazel's warmth and compassion
for others was balanced by a rapier wit. A lovely and talented woman,
she will be deeply missed by her large family, most especially when
the lilacs bloom. A private gathering will be held soon. In lieu of
flowers, a donation to Covenant House (a cause dear to Hazel's heart)
would be her wish.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

MARCONATO Lina It is with great sadness that we announce the passing
of Lina Marconato on April 17, 2009 at the age of 86 years. She is
predeceased by her husband Alberto and daughter Lorenza. Lina is
survived by her loving family, children; Nora (Vince), Walter (Lori),
Mike (Liliana), grandchildren; Alessandra, Giuliano, Serena, Joey,
Emily, Tiana and Dante, sister Elda, family friend Dan, and a large,
loving family and group of friends. Prayers will be held Wednesday,
April 22 at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 555 Slocan St.,
Vancouver, BC. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April
23 at 10:00am. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes
Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at .
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

McNICOL - Russell Thornley Russell passed away April 17, 2009 at the
age of 91. Russ (Rusty) was born in Northampton, England in 1918, the
son of James Henry McNicol who passed away in 1946 and Florence Annie
Twist who passed away in 1974. Russ is survived by his wife Peggy,
children Robert and Barbara, grandchildren Emily and Len Reisenleiter,
and cousin and friend James Putsey, as well as many other extended
family members. Rusty was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion,
Branch 256 in Nanaimo, where he reminisced about his years during WWII
as an active member of the British Royal Air Force when he was
stationed in South Africa. After Russ immigrated to Canada in January
1950 he worked at a variety of jobs in electronics and settled on a
career with BC Telephone Company (BC TEL). Up until his retirement the
family lived in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver and Russ was an active
member of the Telephone Workers Union (TWU) and Van Tel Credit Union,
serving as Vice President and President from 1971 - 1983. Russ
remained a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America where he was
recognized for his years of service in the telephone industry of
British Columbia. Our father was a thoughtful and unassuming presence
who always cared about those less fortunate than himself. He will be
missed by his family and his many friends.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

McRAE - Margaret "Lucile" Recently of Campbell River, formally of
Vancouver and Prince Rupert passed away peacefully on April 8th, 2009
age 85 years. Predeceased by her husband Duncan, she is survived by
her daughter Marilyn (Wayne) Roberts of Campbell River. No service,
Cremation. Donations to the Wildlife Rescue Association would be
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/20/2009 - 4/21/2009

MIKELI, In loving memory Of Frank Who Passed away April 21, 2008 He
was a wonderful Father, Father-in-law, Brother-in-law, Granpa, &
Great-Granpa who loved & adored his family. Today our hearts are heavy
with sadness wishing he was here. Remembered & missed by his family
who loved & adored him.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

MIKELI, In loving memory of Frank Who Passed away April 21, 2008 To
have, To hold, and then To part, is the greatest sorrow of our hearts.
He was the kindest, most loving, Best Dad, who is missed everyday, &
remains close in memories & in my heart always with love his daughter,
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

MORTIMER Irene Emma (Barkasy) (nee Hauser) July 11, 1927 - April 13
2009 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the
passing of our wonderful mother Irene. Mom passed away peacefully at
the extended care unit of Peace Arch Hospital ( Hogg Pavillion ) from
complications of a stroke suffered in March 2004. A memorial service
will be held April 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Ocean View Funeral Home,
4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC. In lieu of flowers, please make
donations in Irene's memory to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC,
200 - 1212 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2. Please go to
for further information and biography of moms life.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/18/2009 - 4/21/2009

OWENS Ruth Ann (nee Plester) Born October 21, 1935, passed away
peacefully at her home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
She will be sadly missed by her loving family and many dear friends.
Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Bill, son Gary and
daughter-in-law Sheila, grandson Brian and granddaughter Kristy. There
will be a private graveside service, no flowers by request. Donations
in Ruth's memory can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

RYCE Peter David July 17, 1944 - April 16, 2009It is with extreme
sadness that his family announces Peter's sudden and unexpected
passing. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Peter spent his childhood roaming and
exploring the bush. While studying in England, he met his wife Claire
and they eventually settled in North Vancouver. Peter worked with his
dear cousin Peter Wentzel at BMW Distributors for 15 years before
joining the Duess family at Parkshore Motors BMW. An African at heart,
Peter enjoyed the great BC outdoors with his family and friends:
skiing, hiking, cycling, camping, working on cars with best friend
Paul, overlanding in the Chilcotin, making a notable impression on the
West Coast car rally circuit, and volunteering his time to his
children's many activities. Predeceased by his cousin Peter Wentzel,
beloved husband of Claire (nee Sharpe), devoted father to Christopher
(Stefanie), Andrea, David, and Timothy (Cassandra). Also survived by
sisters Anne (Alan), and Griselda (Bernard) and cousin Penny Wentzel.
Proud grandfather to Adam and Annabelle, and uncle to nephews Andrew
(Maria), Mark (Leah), and Neil, and nieces Tania (Doug), Annick, and
Nathalie. A mentor to many and a friend to all, Peter's generosity of
spirit and willingness to lend a hand will always be remembered. Come
gather to remember Peter on Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 10:00 am at
First Memorial Service's Boal Chapel, located at 1505 Lillooet Road,
North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East
African Wildlife Society.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

SANDAR (Shenderevich) - Frank Born March 10, 1927 and passed away
suddenly on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the age of 82. Predeceased by
his loving wife Kathleen Rose in 1994. Survived by his five children:
David, Lynn, Anthony, Philip, and Stephen; ten grandchildren; three
brothers; and also aunts, nieces, and nephews on both sides of the
family. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April
25th at Hillside Community Church, 1393 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation in Frank's honor.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

SMITH Maurice Alan 17 September 1926 - 17 April 2009Maurice leaves
Hilary, his loving wife of fifty-six years. He was the proud and much
loved father of Alan (Linda), Sheila (Ken), Barbara (Gen) and David
and grandfather to Maya, Laura, Kiera, Joel Zoe, Emma and Tova. He is
also survived by a nephew Philip Smith (Lois), Shawnigan Lake, and a
niece Jan (David), Waksfield, UK. Born and raised on Merseyside,
England, Maurice lived through wartime bombing as a young teenager and
served in the Royal Navy later in WWII. He taught for five years in
England before immigrating to B.C. in 1955. Before retiring in 1985,
he worked in Revelstoke and Richmond including twenty years as school
principal. He had B.A., B.Ed. and M.Ed degrees from U.B.C. Maurice
enjoyed sports as a young man. He played rugby and cricket, boxed and
was competitive at the college level in swimming and throwing events
in athletics. He liked to play tennis. He was still swimming up to a
mile in his late seventies. He was a founding member of the Richmond,
B.C. Rugby Club in 1957 and played for them for over twenty years. He
was the club president for many years, was a coach for one season and
played over forty rugby for Evergreen and Twilighters. Maurice was a
world traveller to over sixty countries including Iceland, Japan,
China, Cuba, South Africa and Argentina. He road on the Trans-Siberian
Railway. He walked on the Great Wall of China and saw the sunrise and
set at Ayers Rock in Australia. He enjoyed a variety of music. Maurice
died peacefully at home after continuing to live a full life In spite
of cancer for almost five years. The family would like to thank Dr.
Kevin Murphy, Dr. Maureen Adamson and the nurses of the BC Cancer
Agency, Surrey, and the Palliative Care nurses for their much
appreciated care and attention. A Memorial Service and Reception will
be held Monday, April 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm in the Chapel of Richmond
Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond. In lieu of flowers, please
send donations to the BC Cancer Foundation, 600 - 686 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1 or the Richmond Retired Teachers Association
Scholarship Trust Fund Foundation, c/c General Currie School, 8220
General Currie Rd., Richmond, B.C. V6Y 1M1.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/26/2009

STEWART Mary Flavelle "To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a
hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life - this is the
commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can
do." Mary Flavelle Stewart passed away peacefully on April 15, 2009 in
her ninety-sixth year. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Douglas
McLean Stewart, she leaves behind an extended family including her
three children, Patrick (Paddy) Stewart (Judy), Jean Ross (Jim) and
William (Bill) Stewart (Susan). Mary was grandmother to Nigel Stewart,
Angus Stewart, Jonathan Carpenter, Simon Carpenter and Justin Ross.
Also included in the family are four great-grandchildren, her sister
Amy Stewart and sister-in-law June McLean (both of Toronto) and their
families. Mary's legacy was her lifelong passion as a gardener,
whether at her home in Kerrisdale or in her vegetable garden at
Chataway Ranch in Ashcroft. This love of gardening led to a long and
satisfying relationship with the Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver with
which she was associated from its inception. Together with Doug, she
established the Stewart Fund at the Vancouver Foundation which has
given generously to her many interests including social welfare, the
visual and performing arts and medical research, particularly with
respect to aging and dementia. At Mary's request, there will be no
official service in her memory.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/19/2009 - 4/25/2009

VELLA John January 19 1939 - April 16 2009 It's with great sadness we
announce that John lost his battle with lung cancer and passed away,
peacefully, surrounded by his family at Laurel Place Hospice. He will
be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Riccarda, daughters Jo
(Michael), Grace (Michael), Janice and Cheryl (Paul), grandchildren
John, James, Peter, Laura, Elisabeth, Tobias, Adam, Lucas, Alexander,
Alicia, Victor, Joshua and Joseph, brothers and sisters, Maria, Frank,
May, Theresa, Esther, Bro. Joseph S.J., and Sunta, and many other
relatives. John was predeceased by his parents Victor and Grace Vella
and granddaughter Alayna. John was a devoted husband and father, hard
working, caring, loving, compassionate, thoughtful person and was
always ready to help family and friends. John was a member of the
Knights of Columbus and also enjoyed spreading the Divine Mercy
Devotion for many years. The family would like to extend their
heartfelt appreciation for the excellent care shown to John from Dr.
S. Peach (Family Doctor, Nordel Crossing) and to Dr. A. Picton and all
the Nurses, Staff and Volunteers at Laurel Place Hospice. Many thanks
also to Father Gary Franken, Father Alessandro Lovato and Father
Nelson Santos. A special thanks to all who supported our family during
this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to
Surrey/Delta Pro Life Society 604.574.0225 .
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

VERNON Dorothy Lavinia (nee Richmond) Dorothy was born on August 28,
1925 in Vancouver, B.C. and passed peacefully into the presence of her
Lord and Saviour during the afternoon of April 18, 2009 surrounded by
her immediate family. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband
Norm of 63 years, her 3 children, Nancy (Bob) Hoy, Ray (Kathryn)
Vernon, and Lorene Vernon. She also leaves to mourn her 5
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Bobby (Susan) Hoy, Emily
(14) and Jordan (13); Bev (Dave) Ellis, David (12), Sierra (10) and
Cody (7); Norm (Heather) Vernon, James (13) and Kelly (12); Sheri
(Blair) Jefferies, Cordi (7) and Braeden (5); Laura (Josh) Stigall,
Tyler (6) and Kaiden (5). Dorothy leaves her 5 sisters-in-law, Janet
Vernon, Claire Vernon, Alice Richmond, Dorothy Gratias, and Yvonne
Vernon, also brother-in-law Gordon Vernon as well as several nieces,
nephews and many lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her parents
Tom and Martha Richmond, her 3 brothers, Joseph, William (Helen), Fred
(Iris), and her great-granddaughter Rebecca Lynn. Dorothy doted on her
husband Norm, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
they were the highlight of her life. Throughout her years Dorothy's
strong faith was evident in her daily life and was most important to
her. Dorothy also enjoyed giving of herself at Church, Christian
Women's Club, Marketplace IGA Gibsons and the Telus Teepee Store. The
family extends special thanks to Dr. Caterina McGuire as well as the
nursing staff at the N. Delta Home Health Palliative Care Program and
the Delta Home Support Team. A Celebration of Dorothy's Life will be
held at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 - 28 Ave., Surrey on Thursday,
April 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Officiating Graveside - Maurice McElrea;
Service - David R. Jones. In lieu of flowers a donation to either
Daybreak Point Bible Camp Society (107008310RR0001), 380 - 233 West
1st St., North Vancouver, BC V7M 1B3 or Keats Camps (118804830RR0001),
234 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1 would be appreciated.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009

WALSH Eileen Mary (nee McPhillips) April 22, 1924 - April 17, 2009 It
with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen Walsh, after
a brief illness, on April 17, 2009. Predeceased by her parents,
husband James, sisters Maureen and Bridie, and brothers Benny, Tommy
and Jimmy. Much loved and much mourned, Eileen left behind her
siblings Peg, Phyllis, Eddie (Kay), and Kevin (Philippa), children
Brian (Lynda), Ron (Lesley), Barbara, Carmel and Una (Mario),
grandchildren Shannon, Brendan, Tia (Nils), Seamus, Kevin, Michael,
Lia and Daniela (Dean), four great-grandchildren and many nieces and
nephews. Also grieving are Eileen's life-long childhood friend Mairi?n
Fanning and close friends and "gang" Anne, Gloria, Lily, Mary and
Maureen. Eileen was born in Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland and lived
in Ireland until 1960 when she and Jim immigrated with their children
to Canada. In Canada, while raising 5 children, she trained and worked
as an accountant until she retired from Sauder Industries in 1987.
Eileen embraced life in her new country and all the joys and
challenges that it presented, making many friends and constantly
learning. Her humour, her unfailing generosity, her warmth and her
vitality embraced and enlivened us all. Her courage, determination,
resilience and strength inspired and motivated us. Her departure and
absence mute us - she is and will be loved and missed. A service will
be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2465 Crown
Street Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 11:00 am
followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant
House (575 Drake Street, Vancouver, V6K 4B8: )
would be appreciated.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from 4/21/2009 - 4/23/2009

WATSON Betty C. (Bowlsby/Boxall) Betty Watson of Penticton, passed
away peacefully at home with her family by her side on April 17, 2009.
Survived by her sons Bob (Kathy) of Penticton, Jim (Shelley) of
Surrey, Jerry (Steph) of Coquitlam and her daughter Barb of
Chilliwack; grandchildren Andrea (Tyler), Bo, Tyler, Corissa, Kelsie,
Vince, Jamie, Timmy, Rachel and Tony; great-grandchildren Annika and
Daxton; sisters Bubs (John) and Becky (Wally), numerous nieces,
nephews and other family. A celebration of life will be held Saturday,
April 25th at 2PM at her son Jim's home, 16779 Edgewood Drive, Surrey,
BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer
Society. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services,
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

WILKINSON HaroldIt is with great love and many wonderful memories that
the family will remember Harold who passed away peacefully on April 16
at the age of 90. Predeceased by his great wife Edythe, his 5 loving
sisters and many other loving family and friends, he is survived by
his children Rick (Muriel), Rob (Patty), Marilyn (John) Hossack, Craig
(Susie) and Ken, as well as 6 loving grandchildren. Although he was
born in Pincher Creek, Alberta and spent short times during his youth
and young adulthood around B.C., he will be most fondly remembered in
New Westminster where he spent most of his life. He lived a long and
very diverse life, working hard for many years helping people in the
community while working in his youth around New Westminster, then
towing and repairing countless vehicles, warmly welcoming people into
an always open home and making many people laugh and smile in his
later years sharing love, friendship, stories and laughs. Continue to
enjoy your memories of Harold with Edythe, the diverse family and his
wonderful canine companion Watson around the city, in Queen's Park and
at the Quay. In keeping with his informality and open home, a tea for
everyone to laugh and smile remembering Harold will be held from 2 pm
to 7 pm on Thursday, April 23 at 446 Byng Street, Coquitlam.
Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 4/21/2009

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