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BEACH, Horace Dougald "Ace"
Dad was born on the family farm at Ernfold, Saskatchewan, March 12, 1919, where he grew up and attended school. He then attended the University of Saskatchewan, to study agriculture. When war broke out he joined the Canadian Officers Training Corps, and went into the army as a second Lieutenant. He served with the Trois Rivieres Regiment Tank Core in North Africa and Italy. He received the American Silver Star Medal in 1945 for negotiating the surrender of 140 enemy soldiers, after which he was promoted to Captain. He stayed on after the war and posted to Germany where he met his future wife Maxie. He then went to Edinburgh University where his interest in psychology began. In 1946 he headed back to the family farm in Ernfold. He returned to the Saskatoon to complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. During the summer of 1948 he returned to Germany to attend an International Students Conference. There he was reunited with Maxie, and shortly after she immigrated to Canada. They were married in January of 1949.
his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Dad was awarded the Rhodes scholarship
to attend Oxford University in England, where he graduated
with a Masters Degree in Psychology and Philosophy in 1951.
From there he was accepted to McGill University and earned his
PhD in Psychology. Dad accepted a job in St. John's Newfoundland as
a clinical psychologist. After this he moved to Halifax where
he established and became the Director of Counseling Services.
In 1972 he and Maxie and their family moved to Victoria, B.C.,
where Dad was the Director of the Counseling Center at the University
of Victoria, until his retirement in 1984. During his distinguished
career Dad researched and published numerous articles, papers
and books. He was involved in various organizations and held
high office in a large number of them. In 1977 he was awarded
Award of Merit by the Canadian University Counseling Association
for his outstanding service in the areas of student services,
applied psychology and, particular university counseling. He
will be missed by all. A celebration of Dad's life will be held
on Tuesday October 7, 2008 at W.J. Jones & Son
Chapel, 106 Athabasca St. E., Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, at 1:30
pm. In living memory of Horace, a tree will be planted in Besant
Park by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the
memorial register book at website: www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries).
W.J. JONES & SON FUNERAL HOME MOOSE JAW, SK 1-877-693-4644
BIGELOW, Charles Cross
BOURNE, Lynford Roy "Pete"
Dad was born in Victoria, BC on June 3, 1921. He grew up in James Bay, attending Beacon Hill and South Park schools. Because his father passed away while he was just a teenager, he went to work holding down various jobs to help support the family during the 1930s. He would tell us stories from those early days in Victoria, including bicycling over to watch airplanes land at Lansdowne field.
During World War II, Dad enlisted in the Navy, serving most of his time in the North Atlantic on the HMCS Iroquois. It was at this time that fate intervened and Pete met his future bride, Joan. They were married in Newfoundland in 1945, and soon settled back in Victoria. Ten children followed. Dad worked hard to support his family.
Over the years, Dad's resume included tour bus driver, driver examiner for the Motor Vehicle Branch, ambulance attendant, driving instructor and orderly with the Veterans Memorial/Royal Jubilee Hospital. Dad was a great ambassador of the city for visiting family and friends, and knew almost every road in Greater Victoria! A family home was built in 1958 on Roseberry Ave. We children have many fond memories of growing up in such a large household. Dad was strict, but fair; patient and loving. He was always willing to build/repair/fix anything that was broken. He cared deeply for everyone in the family. Finally empty-nesters, Dad and Mom moved to the Gorge Pointe condos in 1994. Despite his own failing health, he cared for Mom at home in the years leading up to her death in 2002. Dad remained very involved with his family, attending many events with his children and grandchildren. We will remember him with love and admiration, and will miss him greatly. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at McCall's Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver Streets, on Tuesday, August 12th at 12:30 p.m. Reception at CFB Esquimalt "Ward Room." Directions will be provided at the Chapel. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.mccallbros.com
CARTER, Clifford Allen (Retired RCMP Cpl.)
Published: 4 January 2008
DOUGLAS, George A.V.S.M., D.F.C., Commodore, I.N.
FARR, Terrence Aidan
GOSSE, Dr. Richard Fraser Q.C. (Dick Gosse)
After graduating from Prince of Wales High School in Vancouver, Dick served as a pilot in the RCAF and was posted to a Bomber Command squadron in Yorkshire. He went to McGill University (B.A.) and UBC (LL.B.) and articled with Davie Fulton in Kamloops before becoming the first lawyer to open a practice in Kitimat. He then spent three years in Oxford where he received a D.Phil. in Law. Dick joined the newly formed Faculty of Law at Queen's University in 1960, became counsel to the Ontario Law Reform Commission in 1967, the first full-time member of the Law Reform Commission of BC in 1970 and Professor of Law at UBC in 1972. In 1977 he became Deputy Attorney General in Saskatchewan under Roy Romanow. He said this was the most satisfying job he ever had due largely to the warm-hearted, straightforward people of Saskatchewan. He was appointed the first Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in 1985 and became the first Chairman of the RCMP Public Complaints Commission in 1988. In the nineties Dick focused his efforts on aboriginal justice issues, as the Law Foundation Professor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and later as a special representative of the Federal Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. He traveled throughout Europe and Asia and made many friends especially in Israel, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and China. He was a great skier and long distance runner. He canoed the Rideau Canal, hiked the West Coast Trail and ran the Ottawa Marathon at the age of 64. Later in Victoria
Dick achieved Life Master status in contract bridge and in 1999 he returned to university to study astronomy. One of the high points in his life was winning a bronze medal in the 10k at the Russian National Track and Field Championships in Moscow in 1991. Although he would confess there were only two other runners in his age group he would put forward this achievement, along with his practice history, as evidence that he was a runner in body, mind and spirit.
He leaves behind his three children Richard, Gisela and Alex,
their mother Jean, daughter-in-law Chen Jie, granddaughters Paula
and Olivia, Alex's partner Michael Wurstlin and grandson Lucas.
At Dick's request there will be no funeral. To contact the family
you can email his son Richard at email@example.com
HALLIDAY, Edgar "Laurie"
HAWKSFORD, Mary Louise
Louise worked at Victoria General Hospital as an Electro Cardio Technician, making friends who would be with her the remainder of her life. Several years were spent in the Canadian Forces Sailing Association, and as always her camera was always close at hand. Partial retirement allowed Louise to spend Monday's with her grandson Duncan. Day's at Gramma's house were spent learning Puff the Magic Dragon", listening to Newfoundland music, and dancing. As a talented photographer, she was published more than once in the Downhome magazine. For Christmas 2007, she was surprised with a book of her own pictures of Newfoundland, produced and arranged by her son Ken: a treasure beyond description.
Proving that you can take the girl from the bay, but not the bay from the girl, Louise became a member of the Newfoundland Club of Victoria, where she designed the club logo. The friends made here were a chip off the Old Rock", and helped her as she battled ALS with various fundraisers, and some very talented home renovations that allowed her to remain in her house throughout the course of her battle with ALS. After her diagnosis with ALS, friends and family rallied in her support. She broke the bank with donations in her honour at the ALS walk held annually in Victoria. Team Lou-Lou" showed up en mass to show their support for her. We are many, we are one" became a mantra that followed her through the remainder of her days.
In 2007, the family travelled with Louise to Newfoundland, where she was able to show everyone the land she loved so much. Memories of Gannet's nesting at Cape St. Mary's, and whales at Cape Spear, will be cherished by her family. The last year of her life was spent battling ALS, a disease which may have claimed her life, but never her spirit. With the care of loving friends and family, Louise was able to remain in the home she loved so much. Throughout her illness, she often heard Be still, and know that I am God".
In the end, the care at Victoria Hospice provided comfort to her and her loved ones. She died peacefully in her sleep, family by her side, secure in the knowledge that her family would have the comfort that she wanted for them. She is predeceased by her brother, Wally Russell, parents Irene and Roy Russell, and Aunt Joyce Adams. She leaves behind husband Peter, daughter Kari (Gavin) and grandson Duncan, son Ken, brothers and sisters Bill (Helen), Roz (Bev), Garry, Ed (Debbie), Pat (Joe), Andy (Joan), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held Friday July 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Resthaven Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9300 Willingdon Road, Sydney West (off McTavish Road toward the airport). In-lieu of flowers, please include The ALS Society of BC and Victoria Hospice in your charitable giving. Most important of all, please spend time with your loved ones making special memories.
HEMMINGSEN, John Oliver
In 1950 John moved his family back to British Columbia to a position with Bloedel, Stewart, and Welch which subsequently became MacMillan Bloedel. John rose rapidly through the management structure moving from Great Central Lake progressively to Port Alberni, Nanaimo and subsequently to head office in Vancouver eventually retiring in 1978 as Executive Vice President of the company. During this time the family increased by two children. John was one of a select few holding the coveted title Professional Engineer for Life". John fulfilled several significant Director and Chairmanships including, for MacMillan and Bloedel, Member of Board of Directors ('65-'78), Member of Executive Committee ('65-'70), and Member of Board of Directors for both its Jardine HongKong, and Meyer London England operations. He was also Chairman Embrasca Administracao Florestals e Agricolas Ltda, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil ('74-'78) and Chairman Council of Forest Industries of BC ('70 '71).
John Hemmingsen is the last of a generation having
outlived two older sisters, Margaret and Marie, and two younger
brothers, Bill and Bob. He is survived by 4 grown children; John,
Marilee, Sean, and Alix, and lovingly remembered as "MoPops" by
6 grandchildren; Mary, Brock, Terren, Chelsea, Nicholas, and
Kaitlyn; and 8 great grandchildren; John, Christine, Lauren,
Maddy, Geneva, Jonas, Bella, Lilah and Solje. John Oliver Hemmingsen
was an outstandingly honest and straight forward person and a
very shy Individual. He was a great guy, a good father and will
be missed by all who knew him. Family service to be held February
27th at John Hemmingsen Jr.'s home on Quadra Island at 3pm.
Kavanagh [with photo of baby].
MARET, Margot Kathe
MARTIN, Thomas Hilliard
Tom was a kind gentle man with a great sense of humour and a wonderful way with people. He was a wonderful husband, utterly devoted to making sure Eve's needs were looked after, often making dinners and looking after household chores. He was a great Dad, coaching sports and driving his children to their many activities. Tom was a sports enthusiast, playing hockey and football well after he graduated. Saturday nights were Hockey Night in Canada nights in the Martin household.
Tom spent most of his career with Trans Canada Airlines and
Air Canada at the base in Dorval. He was most proud of his role
negotiating maintenance contracts with other airlines, where
travels took him to many interesting locations, including Jamaica,
Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Dubai, Germany, Switzerland, as
well as regular trips to England and France. Upon retirement,
Tom and Eve moved to North Saanich, where Tom became involved
in numerous interests, including the Huguenot Society and Celiac
Society. His greatest passion was UVic's SAGE program, which
he participated in, and later facilitated for many years. He
made many friends through SAGE. Tom also became the family historian,
researching in particular his Newfoundland heritage. Through
that work he also made many friends who happen to be his relatives.
No service will be held, but a gathering for family and friends
to celebrate Tom's memory will take place at a later date.
McELGUNN, June [with photo]
He will be lovingly remembered by wife Debra; daughter Milo
(Ben), granddaughter Maia; his father and mother, William and
Ida (nee Conway) Murphy (Placentia, NL); sisters Patricia (Harold)
Fudge (Grand Falls, NL), nephews Harold Jr. and PJ, and Mary
Murphy (Victoria); his Little family headed by Fred and Bev Little
(Cobble Hill), his dear Uncle Doug and Aunt Magdalen (Toronto),
and many friends. The family would like to acknowledge and thank
Matthew, Will's Community Health nurse, Dr. Murray's assistant,
Jessica, and the Victoria Hospice professional team for their
dedicated and gentle care of Will and his family. It made such
a difference. If desired, donations in Will's name, may be made
to either the Keith Provost Memorial Scholarship in Theatre,
c/o Development Office, University of Victoria, or to Victoria
Hospice Society. A memorial gathering will be held at the University
Interfaith Chapel, University of Victoria (Parking Lot #6) on
Saturday, September 6th at noon. Quiet family time
followed by cremation took place August 29th. Condolences
may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com
PAINTER, Doreen Weeks
RENDELL, W.B. "(Bill)" [photo]
Bill served his country with the 59th Heavy (Newfoundland) Regiment from France to Germany, forging many of his closest friendships. He re-enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1952 and served in Canada, Europe and Indochina, retiring in 1972, then serving with the Royal Newfoundland Militia Regiment.
Bill loved his children and grandchildren, and their dogs, sunny days on his boat, fishing, and rally driving with his brother and best friend, Pete. He treasured the Masonic and Shrine Brotherhoods, a founding member of Gander Masonic Lodge 16, and member of Beothic Preceptory, Shriner Temples in St. Johns, Sarasota, Fl. and Vancouver. Bill was never happier that when he was of service to others, particularly children. He lived the motto "No Shriner stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child." Dad, we love you. You will be missed.
A family celebration of Bill's life has been held. A public celebration and internment with his Legion colleagues will be held in the fall in St. John's, Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers donations to the Shriners Children's Hospital Fund would be appreciated. Our deepest thanks go to the good people at the Saanich Peninsula Hospice.
SERRICK / HOLROYD
SPRINKLE, Leonessa Marie (Whiffen)
Leona was predeceased by her husband of 56 years Bonnie Sprinkle in 2002; her parents Mary and William Whiffen; two brothers Rupert and Herbert Whiffen; a nephew Dennis Allen; brother-in-law Ingvar Wick and sister-in-law Kay Whiffen. She is survived by two sisters Caroline Wick and Emma Jo (Peter) Allen; four nieces Anna (Gerry) Brown, Carole Helin, Leona Murray and Brenda (Bob) Worobey; numerous great nieces and great nephews as well as relatives of her late husband's residing in the U.S.A.
Leona was born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland 85 years ago and with her family moved to Prince Rupert in 1924. She received her education there and met her husband Bonnie while he was stationed in Prince Rupert with the U.S. Army during the war years. She briefly lived in Marion, Virginia before returning to Prince Rupert. In 1956 Leona and Bonnie moved to Victoria where Leona became known as the "Cookie Lady of Helmcken". Upon retirement they moved to Crofton. Leona worked as a secretary and jewellery clerk and was an active volunteer in the parishes she resided in. Hers was a musical household and she loved to dance. Leona was the "family favourite" with her wise and kind ways, cheery disposition, sense of humour and diplomacy.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Chemainus Health Care Centre for their excellent care of Leona these past ten years and to her friend Leona Guhl for all her visits and caring. A mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 9727 Elm Street, Chemainus, B.C. on Friday, September 12th at 9:00 a.m. Should friends wish, a memorial donation in Leona's name may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. 300-828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2
In 1932 she met and married a young Norwegian immigrant, Anton Stavdal. Trained in Norway as a carpenter, he took what work he could find during the Depression. Anton became a hardrock miner in the now-vanished settlement of Goldfields on the north shore of Lake Athabasca. Sons Bill and Brian arrived. For the rest of her days Drucie remembered the simple life of the north country as her best time.
Alarmed at breathing rock dust, Anton moved the family to B.C.'s
west coast just as war broke out. In Nanaimo he fished, then
returned to carpentry. During their Nanaimo years Drucie was
proudest of being a founding member, with Anton, of the Nanaimo
and District Credit Union. They were also charter members of
Sons of Norway North Star Lodge. Travel took her north several
times, and she was a police matron. The couple moved to Victoria
in 1986 to be closer to family. During this period Drucie gave
a decade of volunteer service at the Fairfield Community Police
Office. She made two "roots" trips to Red
Bay where she encountered a childhood playmate. After Anton's
death in 1991 she lived stubbornly independent until a fall in
2003 brought her to Sunset Lodge and the caring staff of the
Salvation Army. A strong constitution shielded her through several
influenza outbreaks but she succumbed early in April, 2008. On
the morning of April 8 Drucie did not waken.
Her example and memory live on.
WIGHTMAN, Winifred Esther
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the care and support provided by special granddaughter Lisa and husband Derek, Margie and all staff of Arbour House. Your loving care for Mom will be forever remembered. Special thanks to Val of Angel Helping Hands, Penny Clare and staff of VIHA-Ladysmith and especially Doctors Lisinski and Watson. Mom was never one to shy away from expressing her opinion or taking on the politicians of the day, she championed her causes with determination. Having a Horticulturist's degree gave her the knowledge to take on environmental issues and was an outspoken conversationalist whenever the need arouse. Mom took great pleasure in passing her gardening skills on to family and friends and worked long hours on things that she believed in for a better world for all of us.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Esther's life will
be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria,
BC at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2008 with a later private
family burial in Hatley Park, Garden of Gethsemane. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation,
the Jedidiah Trust Foundation or an Environmental Charity of
ones choice. We love you Mom, your warm smile and great sense
of humor will be forever missed. Condolences may be offered at www.sandsfuneral.com
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