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A Collection of Newfoundland Obits
From the Victoria Times Colonist
Victoria, British Columbia
2007

 

Published: 6 July 2007
[picture included in paper copy of newspaper]
BRAKE, Edward Lockyer May 28, 1937 June 28 2007 It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Edward Lockyer Brake at the age of 70. Formally of Trout River, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his son Jim on June 13, 1997, mother and father Irene and Clyde Brake of Trout River, sister Romaine Crocker of Trout River. Survived by his loving wife Brada of 45 yrs. Loving father of Millicent (Jim), sons Wayne, Aubrey (Jackie). Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren, also survived by two brothers Kevin (Ona), Lionel (Eileen) and numerous relatives and friends in Newfoundland. Please make donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Diabetes association.


Times Colonist (Victoria, BC) December 8, 2007 (Saturday)
CARBERRY, Ronald [with photo] August 27, 1921 - December 2, 2007
- Passed away quietly and peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. Ron is survived by his wife and best friend of 56 years, Joyce, his son Ted (Brita), daughter Christine (Neil) and his two grandsons, Luke and Braeden. He is also survived by his brother Fred (Audrey) in Newfoundland, sister Hilson in the USA, brother-in-law Albert, many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the USA.

Ron was a native of Newfoundland, leaving to seek the adventure of Canada in 1949. He left Newfoundland but it never left him. His distinctive accent and memories of his birthplace enriched all of our lives. Ron's trade of electricity carried him to many places across Canada, finally settling in Victoria in 1951, moving to Duncan in 1965. He took early retirement from BC Hydro in 1980 to enjoy his time on their farm, raising Hereford cattle for 30 years. He and Joyce retired from that venture in 1994 and took on another project developing a hazelnut orchard. He was a true jack of all trades; there was nothing he couldn't fix or build. He willingly shared his knowledge and skills as he was a great teacher with even greater patience.

Although he was in much pain for the last few weeks of his life, he never complained and even then he was trying to finish off yet one last project. He was a quiet leader and a man whom we will never forget as we all loved him very much.

His family would like to sincerely thank the nurses Cathy and Janet and other care workers who showed such care and compassion. With their help we were able to keep Ron's wish of staying at home in his final days. A tea to honour his memory will be held on Monday, December 10 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Silver Bridge Travel Lodge in Duncan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to www.firstmemorialfuneral.com


Published: 21 July 2007
HIGDON, Cathy Passed away on July 18, 2007 surrounded by loved ones. Beloved wife of Allen Gallant; dear mother of Krista Higdon. Cathy is also survived by siblings, Jennifer Janes of Watford, England, Cynthia Janes, Sylvia Collins, Terrance Janes, and Brenda Janes, all of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Predeceased by her parents Enid and Clement Janes and brother Brian Janes. Cathy proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1981 to 2002. She was the warehouse manager for Canadian Tire View Royal in Victoria, BC until the time of her passing. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial remembrances may be made in the form of a donation to the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan, BC V9L 5L6. Online condolences may be offered at www.sandsfuneral.com
"You will always be in our hearts, on our minds, and around our campfires."


ENGEL, Gerald Robert [with photo in RCMP uniform]
Times Colonist (Victoria, BC) August 24, 2007 (Friday)

On August 19, 2007 in Victoria. Dad was born on November 6, 1912 in Edmonton and lived there until the age of 21. He was predeceased by our loving mother, Bertha Irene in 1994; his brother, Douglas and sister, Gladys and is survived by daughters, Verna and husband, Robert Cheramy of Kamloops, Geri ("Deanie") and husband, Patrick Caporale of Cowichan Bay; granddaughters, Michelle (Nathan) of St. John's, NL, Lisa (Scott) of Courtenay, Paula (Todd) of West Vancouver and Jennifer, of St. John's, NL; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Justin and Olivia. Dad will be fondly remembered by his family and all who had the privilege of knowing his kind generosity and delightful humour.

The three main passions in Dad's life were the outdoors, his family and the RCMP. During his youth he was an avid outdoorsman, spending many wonderful times canoeing, skiing and climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Dad had a long and distinguished career in the RCMP, serving from 1934 to 1969 in the Provinces of B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario. He married Mom in 1941 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan. This began 53 years together during which Mom served as Dad's indispensable 'second man' in the RCMP. During his time in the RCMP, Dad had the privilege of attending the FBI National Academy in Washington, DC in 1955 as well as being a part of the policing transition when Newfoundland became a Province in 1949. He retired in Victoria having achieved the rank of Assistant Commissioner. Dad lived his retirement as he lived his entire life - with dignity, integrity, compassion and wisdom.

The family extends sincere thanks to Dr. Dennis Francis and his staff. Special gratitude to Drs. Kolodziejczyk and Blair, all the Nurses in emergency at Royal Jubilee Hospital and to Phung and Misha at Hospice. Also, thanks to Jennifer Balderson, Comminity Care Nurse and the staff at Beacon Home support. To all the staff and residents of the Wellesley our deep gratitude for your care and love of our Dad. A Service of Remembrance will be conducted from McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Friday, September 14th at 1:00 p.m., the Reverend Larry Greig officiating. Interment to take place at a later date next to Mom at the RCMP Cemetery in Regina. Flowers are gratefully declined, tributes, if desired, may be made to the Victoria Hospice Society, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8 or to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com
(Contributed by Tom Hynes)


Published: 3 August 2007
[two (2) pictures included in paper copy of newspaper]
IRELAND, Ann Dix (nee Roper) Daughter of Edgar and Ethel Roper of St. John's, NFLD, passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 29, 2007 with her family by her side. Mother was born and raised in St. John's NFLD. Married May 17, 1945 to Alexander Douglas Ireland. They then moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where they began their life together, and then on to Esquimalt, B.C. in October of 1946. Ann is survived by her husband of 62 years and three loving children; Douglas (Linda), Patricia (Walter) and Randy; grandchildren Tina ( Kent), Sandra, Darcee (Jim), Dana (Larry) and Jayna; great-grandchildren Cole, Ethan and Toran; sisters Mary Haag, Emma Shepperd; along with many other family members and friends. Predeceased by her granddaughter Danielle (Jan. 7, 1999), brothers Joe and Bob, sister Joan, as well as other relatives and many dear friends. Ann was a long standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Esquimalt Branch # 172. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the paramedics, Emergency Department, nurses on 4B and finally to the wonderful nurses in Ward 6B of Victoria General Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion. Thank you Dr. Isaac for your many years of care and house calls" for Ann. There will be no services by request.


Published: 8 November 2007
McCURDY, Sherburne Graham March 30, 1924 November 4, 2007
Died peacefully after a very short illness at the Victoria General Hospital in British Columbia, at the end of a full, rich life. Beloved husband of Betty for nearly 64 years, and much cherished father of Margaret (Terry Mackey), Earle (Charlotte Strong), Bruce (Anna Bellamy) and Jan (Sharon Gallagher). Predeceased by his son David, his parents Raymond and Margaret (Crowe), and his sisters Florence (Bob), Alice (Niels) and Helen. Grandfather to Beth (Dave) and Sarah (Jamie) Mackey, Peter, Ian and Fraser McCurdy, Kevin McCurdy, Jesse, Claire (Jason) and Shawn Horwood and their father Gary. Adoptive grandfather to Ange, Meaghen, Measha and David. Survived by two brothers, Earle (Lois) and Arch (Phyllis) McCurdy, and many nieces and nephews A memorial service will be held at First Metropolitan United Church, Victoria, BC, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday November 9, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Memorial University of Newfoundland, to the United Church of Canada, or to a charity of choice.


Published: 24 November 2007
GRILLS, Francis Patrick Frank was born in St. John's Newfoundland, on December 3, 1949. He passed away on September 28, 2007. Survived by sisters Maureen (Bob), Sandra (Crowie), Kathleen (Bob) and by brother Chuck (Mary). Unfortunately my brother "lived by the sword" and sadly his lifestyle caught up with him. Rest in Peace!


Published: 8 December 2007
[One (1) photograph appeared with paper copy of obituary.]
CARBERRY, Ronald August 27, 1921 December 2, 2007 Passed away quietly and peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. Ron is survived by his wife and best friend of 56 years, Joyce, his son Ted (Brita), daughter Christine (Neil) and his two grandsons, Luke and Braeden. He is also survived by his brother Fred (Audrey) in Newfoundland, sister Hilson in the USA, brother-in-law Albert, many nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the USA. Ron was a native of Newfoundland, leaving to seek the adventure of Canada in 1949. He left Newfoundland but it never left him. His distinctive accent and memories of his birthplace enriched all of our lives. Ron's trade of electricity carried him to many places across Canada, finally settling in Victoria in 1951, moving to Duncan in 1965. He took early retirement from BC Hydro in 1980 to enjoy his time on their farm, raising Hereford cattle for 30 years. He and Joyce retired from that venture in 1994 and took on another project developing a hazelnut orchard. He was a true jack of all trades; there was nothing he couldn't fix or build. He willingly shared his knowledge and skills as he was a great teacher with even greater patience. Although he was in much pain for the last few weeks of his life, he never complained and even then he was still trying to finish off yet one last project. He was a quiet leader and a man whom we will never forget as we all loved him very much. His family would like to sincerely thank the nurses Cathy and Janet and other care workers who showed such care and compassion. With their support we were able to keep Ron's wish of staying at home in his final days. A tea to honour his memory will be held on Monday, December 10 between 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Silver Bridge Travel Lodge in Duncan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to: www.firstmemorialfuneral.com 430602
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 12/8/2007 **


Times Colonist (Victoria) January 5, 2008 (Saturday)
COMRIE, Gwen (Inkpen)
[with two photos, one younger, one older] - Gwendolyn Susie Comrie passed away peacefully on December 24, 2007 in Victoria, BC, surrounded by her loving family and in the gentle and compassionate care of the RJH Victoria Hospice. Gwen was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Roy Ivan Comrie, brothers, Thomas and Richard Inkpen, and sister Maisie Darchinger. She is survived by her two daughters, Phyllis Comrie and Sandra (Ted) Cameron, and two beautiful grandsons, Ward and Ryan; sister Ruby Fawcett and family; brother Maxwell Inkpen and family, and Olive Inkpen. Gwen was born on April 5, 1921 at Ship Cove, Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, the 5th of 6 children born to Leonard and Mahala Inkpen. The Inkpen family moved from Newfoundland in 1923, settling in Edmonton, Alberta. Gwen met Roy in her school days. They married in 1946 after his return from the war and moved to Victoria in 1952. Gwen worked for many years in the candy department of Eaton's. She was active in the Daughters of the Nile, the Eastern Star, and a long time supporter of Job's Daughters. We cherish our memories of her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The love and support shown her by all her family and friends is so special to us. A celebration of Gwen's life will be held at McCalls, Johnson and Vancouver Sts. on Monday, January 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the Floral Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com     In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Victoria Hospice, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8S 5J2.**

 

 

Page contributed by Carol Jenkins

**Contributed by Tom Hynes

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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