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A Collection of Newfoundland Obits
From the Victoria Times Colonist
Victoria, British Columbia



Published: March 4, 2004
O'KEEFE Julia: (in religion, a.k.a. Sister Alice Maureen) Sister of St. Ann
, age 85, died peacefully April 1st, 2004, at Saint Ann's Residence, Victoria, BC. Julia was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, March 5, 1919, the youngest of 7 children of William and Alice (Dalton) O'Keefe. In 1933, the family moved to St. John's, where Julia received her high school education. Joining the RCAF in 1942, Julia served overseas, experiencing the "blitz" in London, England. She moved to Victoria in 1946, found employment at St. Joseph's Hospital, and later, decided to enter the Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Ann. She made profession on September 8, 1948. Diagnosed with cancer in 1951, Julia recovered from surgery in time to pronounce her final vows that September. Despite her delicate health, for the next 33 years, Julia served as teacher, child care worker, and other forms of community service in SSA missions throughout BC. One of her joys was teaching summercatechism classes to children unable to attend a Catholic School. Julia's "joie-de-vivre," laughter, and humor touched all who knew her. She will be missed and leaves to mourn the members of her Religious Community, nieces, nephews and many friends, especially her dear friend, Gladys Brown, as well as those who cared for her at Mount St. Mary Hospital and St. Ann's Residence. A Prayer Service will be held at St. Ann's Residence, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC, April 4th, at 7:00 pm. Reverend Anthony Sebastian, OFM, will celebrate Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 am, April 5th, in the Chapel of St. Ann's Residence, followed by Interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood. Condolences may be offered at SANDS of VICTORIA 388-5155 Victoria Times Colonist, Area Code 250

Published: July 10, 2004
WHITE George L.
(World War II Veteran
59th Royal Artillery Field Regiment)

Born October 31, 1923 at Creston, Newfoundland; passed peacefully away at Victoria, British Columbia on June 17, 2004. Leaving with wonderful memories, Lila, his loving and devoted wife of 58 years; five children: Charlie (Susanne), Peggi (Alvin), Ralph (Virgie), Nancy and Carl; brothers Steve and Jim, sister Lorina; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends in Newfoundland, British Columbia and Ontario. Sincere appreciation to the devoted staff of 6 North D at VGH. A celebration of George's life took place in Victoria on June 19, attended by his family living in British Columbia, friends and members of the Royal Canadian Legion. A memorial service took place Wednesday, June 23 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Friend, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather resting peacefully at the Field of Honour, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. John's. Victoria Times Colonist, Area Code 250

Published: July 25, 2004
CHARLES Mary nee Parker
died peacefully July 22, 2004. Born in St. John's, Nfld, schooled in England. After graduation from the University of Toronto joined the WRCNS in operational intelligence during WWII. Predeceased by her brothers Jay and John. During the many moves with her husband she still found time for her eight children, seven grandchildren and for her many friends. She enjoyed people, entertaining them in her own inimitable fashion. In the 1960's she was instrumental inhelping with the procurement of a new school for the local Tarslip people, was a generous benefactor for the Songhees children. She was a longtime supporter of the John Howard Society and of Father Abraham's work with children in India. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank all the people who have given her such good care at the Birch, Arbutus, and Ashgrove units at the Priory Hospital. Friends who wish may send donations to the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation. Memorial service will be announced at a later date. Victoria Times Colonist, Area Code 250

Published July 24, 2004
BENNING Joseph October 28, 1913 St. John's, NFLD - July 17, 2004 Victoria, BC
peacefully at Victoria Hospice. Joe is survived by his loving wife Raye, 6 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren along with many other relatives and friends. Cremation with an Inurnment at the Veterans Cemetery in Victoria. A Memorial service will be held at a future date. Victoria Times Colonist, Area Code 250

Published: 2 October 2004
DALLIMORE - Margaret A. Dallimore (nee Downton) 20/11/20 - 29/09/04. Born in St. Johns Newfoundland, Margaret married her first love Ray in June 1945, thereby uniting two families deeply rooted in pre-confederation Canada and Newfoundland history. Margaret's passions and the foundation of her life were her family, friends and church. In particular, many children's lives were touched by her remarkable gifts as a caregiver. She was a famously gracious and elegant hostess, and a cook par excellence to the delight of all who were welcomed to her table, and there were many.

Margaret was a founding member of St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Ottawa where she will be fondly remembered by father Whitten and the congregation. Her memory will remain forever a comforting center for the beloved and loving family she leaves behind; Ray, her husband of 59 years; daughter Judith Thompson and Bruce in St. Albert; daughter Barbara LeBel and Marc in Ottawa; son Scott and Audrey in Sidney. Grandchildren David, Anne, Josee, Brent and Karen were her special joy and will miss her deeply. Margaret was predeceased by brothers Arthur and Albert and is lovingly remembered in Newfoundland by brothers Alister and Harrison and especially by sister June Titford and her husband Bill who sadly passed away the same day as Margaret. Special thanks for the tender loving care of Margaret in the last years of her life by sisters-in-law Helen and Dorothy, dear friend Olga Byrnes and the staffs of Norgarden, Island View and Broadmead Lodge. Many lifelong friends were blessed with her love and care and she will especially be missed by the Byrnes, Wade, Racine, Heath, Gordon, Dixon, Griffith, Titford, Nicholson and Dallimore families.
Margaret was the quintessential woman of elegance and character of her times, and we will perhaps not see her like again.
"Rest in peace Margaret, Mom, Grandma, how we miss you."

A service in celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 3:30 pm at the Veteran's Health Center at the Broadmead Lodge, Victoria. Open house will follow at 682 Birch Rd., Sidney. Donations to a charity of your choice or to Broadmead Lodge Foundation would be much appreciated.

Published: 13 October 2004
TIPPING - George Roberts

Passed away Sunday, October 10, 2004. Born in Deer Lake, Newfoundland on November 14, 1930 to Percy and Nellie TIPPING. Dad graduated from Corner Brook public school 2 years early, continued his education at trade school and never stopped learning. He was a Marine Engineer, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Machinist fitter and Millwright. Dad's work took him coast to coast before meeting Marion in 1960. They headed out for Vancouver Island in 1965 stopping in Ontario and Prince Rupert before arriving in the Cowichan Valley in 1967. Dad started employment with Crofton Pulp and Paper where he worked until retiring in 1993. Dad loved his adopted province and explored it thoroughly. We had many great camping trips growing up. Dad also loved fishing, golfing and reading.

Dad is survived by Marion, his wife of 44 years; their three children Percy (Evelyn), Sandra WINTER (Mark), and David (Barbara); five Grandchildren Lauren, Brianna, Spencer, Danielle and Shelby; his sister Joan HERDMAN (Robert) of South Carolina and his brother Jack (Mary) of Calgary as well as by six nieces and one nephew. We would like to thank the nurses of the Palliative Care Unit at Cowichan District Hospital for their care and compassion during Dads final days. Also, thanks to the home care nurses who regularly visited Dad during the last months of his illness. A memorial tea will be held at the Duncan Eagles Hall, 2965 Jacob Street on Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, donations may be made to the Cowichan Valley Volunteer Driver Program of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Published: November 11, 2004
DARCHINGER, Maisie M. (nee Inkpen)

Passed away peacefully in her home on November 6, 2004 in the presence of loving caregivers. Born May 7, 1914 in Ship Cove, Newfoundland. A resident of Edmonton for many years and Victoria for the past 30 years. Maisie was predeceased by her husband Andrew in 1992. She leaves her two sisters Ruby Fawcett of Calgary and Gwen (Roy) Comrie of Victoria, brother Maxwell Inkpen of Edmonton, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to caregivers Marla, Tina, Heather, Laurie, Sandra and Robbie. In lieu of flowers donations in Maisies' name to SPCA, 3150 Napier Lane would be appreciated. No service by request. 8549 Victoria Times Colonist, Area Code 250

Published: December 11, 2004
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GAUL , Richard (Dick) Michael

Passed away peacefully on December 3rd, 2004 at the Victoria Hospice at the age of 83. Born in St. John's Nfld, he is survived by his wife Phyllis, his 4 children Kathy (Rob), Penney (Martin), Richard (Kimberly), and Geoffrey (Deborah), and his 6 grandchildren Kathleen, Edmond, Tyler, Aidan, Nicole and Madeleine. He served in Gander, Nfld. with the RAF Ferry Command during World War II and during the course of his life he held a number of distinguished positions including: founding president of the Canadian Federation of Amateur Aquatics; vice president of the International Sports Federation of Canada; director, Canadian Olympic Association and founding chairman of the Aquatic Foundation of Canada. In 1989 he was inducted into the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame. In 1972 he was invited to China to promote sport exchanges between Canada and the People's Republic of China and this began his lifelong interest in improving relations between the two countries. He was an active member in the Chinese cultural community and a former president of the Soong Ching Ling Children's Foundation of Canada.Sincere thanks to all the health care providers and volunteers in Vancouver and Victoria for their compassion, care and support. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, Richmond Pavilion, Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8 would be appreciated.

Published: December 19, 2004
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PARSONS, Marjorie Susan. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marjorie on Sunday, December 12, 2004 in Reno, Nevada. Born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland in 1920 to Phillip and Maude Way. A beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Paulette (Stephen Willett), Lorne, Wendy (John van Schaik), Barbara, Robert and her grandchildren, Gregory (Keiko) Willett, Amanda Willett, Vincent, Victor, Vanessa van Schaik, Harland Parsons and Dezzeray Parsons; and her only surviving sister, Geraldine Grand, Keith and Rosa Grand and family. She will also be remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Ernest and her siblings, Gordon, Arthur, Phyllis, Melrose, Dorothy, Fred and Roy. Marjorie was a wonderful, kind hearted and loving person with great inner strength and determination, who believed in living life to the fullest.

With her great sense of style and humor and easy going spirit she made friends easily and left a lasting impression on all who met her. Marjorie's first priority was her family. Her happiest times were spent in their presence. Marjorie was a long time resident of the Western Community. She was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 91 for 35 years and bingo player. She enjoyed her Friday lunches at the JDF Seniors Centre with her Bingo Buddies. Marjorie was an active member of the Hallmark Collectors Club, the Ho Ho Cows. Heartfelt thanks to her family doctor, Dr. Michael Jones and the doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada for their devoted care. Memorial Service to celebrate Marjorie's life will be held in the Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Avenue, Colwood, BC on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Don Hatfield officiating.

Published: December 21, 2004
PEARCE, Ross Huebert It is with great sadness that his family announces the passing of Ross Pearce. He was born on October 4, 1967 in St. John's NewFoundland. Ross went home to rest in the loving arms of his Lord at the age of thirty-seven on Tuesday, December 14, 2004, in Abbotsford. Cherished husband of Kelly, and loving father to David and Malynn, and stepsons Matthew and Steven. He was the beloved son of Harry and Florence, and will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his brother Michael, sisters Nancy and Donna, and their families; his many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Church on the Southside, 7355 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, with Pastor Jim Fry officiating. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26 Woodlawn Mt. Cheam 1-800-363-2555



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