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


BEACH, Horace Dougald "Ace"
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 04 October 2008
It is with sadness that the family of Horace Beach announces the passing of our Dad and Papa, on October 2, 2008 in Saskatoon at City Hospital peacefully in his sleep at the age of 89. Horace was predeceased by his wife Maxie, brothers, Garnet, Paul, Dexter, Royal, infant sister Gwendolyn, and parents James and Floria. He is survived by his children Dave (Sharon), Doug (Laurie), Wayne (Sharon), Louise (Tim), Gwen, Dawna, Peter (Jean); grandchildren, Morgan, Graydon, Kaila, Cristian, Brendan, Ashley, Nicole and Ashley; brothers Norman, Homer, Orland and sisters Joy, Pauline, Dorothy and Dawna's mother Wendy Beach. Dad also leaves behind a very close friend Gary Latham.

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.

After completing 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: (Obituaries). W.J. JONES & SON FUNERAL HOME MOOSE JAW, SK 1-877-693-4644
(Mr. Beach was born in Saskatchewan but spent some time in Newfoundland working as a clinical psychologist)

BIGELOW, Charles Cross
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 30 November 2008
Charles Cross Bigelow
died on November 25, 2008 of complications following a fall and subsequent surgery. Son of His Honour, the late Tupper S. Bigelow and the late Helen Bigelow, he is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Sellick), son David of Nanaimo, daughter Ann of St. Thomas, Ontario, and two grandsons, Ian and Ryan Siess. Charlie was born in Edmonton in 1928 but grew up in Toronto attending University of Toronto Schools. He went to the Royal Military College in Kingston (2835), the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton, receiving a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the latter in 1957. He did post-doctoral work at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark and at the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York City. Charlie spent his entire career in universities teaching biochemistry and, later, environmental science, at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He was at the U. of Manitoba for 18 years, serving as Dean of Science for 9 of those years. Charlie was politically involved both in and out of universities. He became active in the faculty association while at Western and, in 1972, was elected president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He was provincial secretary of the Newfoundland New Democratic Party, President of the Nova Scotia NDP, and president of the Manitoba NDP. He was a passionate book collector and reader and he loved the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. He and Elizabeth traveled extensively, most recently to San Francisco so as to be in the United States for the historic Obama election. At Charlie's request there will be no funeral. His family suggests that he be remembered by the raising of a glass and a toast to a life well lived.
(A teacher at Memorial University and provincial secretary of the Newfoundland NDP)

BOURNE, Lynford Roy "Pete"
Dad passed away at home on August 6, 2008 with family by his side. Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Ada Mary Bourne, dear wife Joan (nee Shannon), infant son John Thomas, brother Fred of Victoria, and infant granddaughter Kelly Anne Chamberland. Lovingly remembered by his nine remaining children, Mary Joan "Binkie" McLean, James, Patricia (Peter) Nalleweg, Shannon (Jean) Boivin, Susan (Bill) Jackson, Barbara (Gilles) Chamberland, Alan, Michael (Sherri), Peter (Melanie MacIsaac), sister Edna Paton of Victoria, brother Doug of Calgary, Alberta, and sister-in-law Rita LaPlante of Peterborough, Ontario, nieces and nephews, 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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

CARTER, Clifford Allen (Retired RCMP Cpl.)
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, July 12, 2008

Passed away peacefully in Nanaimo B.C. on Monday, July 7th, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Cliff was born in Woodstock, N.B. March 29th, 1949 and from there embarked on a fulfilling career with the RCMP and subsequently with the City of Victoria. Cliff's life with the RCMP allowed him to call many places home from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Cliff touched the hearts of many, and has left a trail coast to coast of fond memories that will forever warm the heart. Cliff will be sadly missed by all. A private ceremony will be held, at his request, following cremation. A Celebration of Life will be held to memorialize Cliff in the following month and ask friends to visit cliffordallencarter/ for upcoming details. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the BC Cancer Society in Cliff's memory.
(Mr. Carter was with the RCMP and spent some time in Newfoundland)

Published: 4 January 2008
[Two (2) photographs included with paper copy of obituary.]
COMRIE, Gwen (Inkpen)
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 beloved 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 retum 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 pm in the Floral Chapel. Condolences may be offered to the family at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Victoria Hospice, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8S 5J2. 434414
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 1/4/2008.

DOUGLAS, George A.V.S.M., D.F.C., Commodore, I.N.
1915 2008
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, November 28, 2008

A love of the sea and of flying led to a career which culminated as Chief of Naval Aviation, India. George began his professional life in the British Merchant Navy before seeing active World War II service as a fighter and bomber pilot in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. In 1943, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for gallantry, Fighter Command, RAF and two years later the Supreme Commander's "Commendation ", South East Asia Command. He transferred to the Indian Navy in 1949 where he pioneered naval aviation and was awarded recognition by receiving the "Asti Vishst Seva Medal " for Distinguished Service of and Exceptional Order. He was a graduate of the National Defence College, New Delhi and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India. In 1967, he immigrated to Canada and started a new teaching career in St. John's Newfoundland. He retired to Victoria, in 1986. George was a man with exceptional qualities and old word courtesies. He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Tara (son-in-law Murray Frost), and his son, Douglas St. John. Private family service. Flowers gratefully declined. Cremation entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services
(Was a teacher in Newfoundland)

FARR, Terrence Aidan
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 12 April 2008

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Passed away suddenly at the age of 79 on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He will forever be remembered by the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Esther and his daughters, Terren Gibson, Lesleigh Farr, Vanessa and husband Denis (Turenne) and grandson Terence. He had a long and distinguished career in the RCMP serving from 1947 until 1982 in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and British Columbia. He retired in Victoria after achieving the rank of Assistant Commissioner. He was very proud to have served in the RCMP and continued a lifetime of service to the community in organizations including: The RCMP Officers Association, The RCMP Veterans Association, Member Corp. Commissionaires, Life Member Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, RUSI of Vancouver Island, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 and St. John Ambulance Association, Victoria Branch. He was a member of the Masonic Order and a Life Member of the Wa-Wa Temple Shrine. He was a Charter Member of the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club and a volunteer at the Victoria Prostate Cancer Center. He lived his entire life with dignity, integrity and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the organizations above. A Memorial Service will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be offered to the family at
(Mr. Farr was a member of the RCMP and spent time in Newfoundland)

GOSSE, Dr. Richard Fraser Q.C. (Dick Gosse)
Picture included in paper edition.
Dick Gosse died on November 18, 2008, on the eve of British Columbia's 150th anniversary in Vancouver, the place of his birth. He was born on March 25, 1924 to Annabelle Maude (nee Fraser) and Richard Josiah Gosse, son of Capt. Richard Edward Gosse, originally of Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland.

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
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 11/29/2008

HALLIDAY, Edgar "Laurie"
December 10, 1916 - April 22, 2008
Victoria Times Colonist obituaries, April 29, 2008
Laurie was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and passed away in Victoria, BC at the age of 91. He was predeceased by his brothers, Harold, Ashton and Guy; sisters; Marion and Olive; and is survived by his nephews, Jim (Barbara) Halliday, Bob (Carolyn) Halliday and niece Alexia (Fred) Holden. Laurie arrived in Victoria in 1946 and was an estate gardener and florist until he retired. "In Veronica's Garden", authored by Margaret Cadwaladr, Laurie was mentioned as he was the estate gardener at the Milner Estate. He had a love of the theatre and all things that grew and could be seen walking the Inner Harbour right up to last year. An independent man who will be missed by his many friends. Special thanks to the Central Care Home for their comfort and support offered. Cremation entrusted to Royal Oak Burial Park.
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 4/29/2008

HAWKSFORD, Mary Louise
December 4, 1941 to June 30, 2008
Victoria Times-Colonist from 7/3/2008 - 7/5/2008

Born Mary Louise Russell in St. John's Newfoundland. She met and married her husband of 43 years Peter Hawksford and had two children, Ken and Kari. Their life together took them from one coast to the other, as they left their maritime beginnings, and eventually settled in Victoria, BC. Her love and passion for Newfoundland followed her, and was a recurring theme through all of her days. While her life carried her across Canada, Newfoundland remained forever in her heart. Along with husband Peter, she made several return trips, filling an abundance of photo-albums with pictures of her travels.

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.

1913 2008
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 20 February 2008
John Hemmingsen
passed away in Qualicum on February 18th after a short illness. He was born in Chemainus, BC, on November 15, 1913 to Mathias and Margaret Naysmith (Alexander) Hemmingsen. Most of his early years were spent in family owned logging camps around Vancouver Island. His favorite childhood memories included his years at Lake Cowichan where the Hemmingsen family maintained a home. He attended public schools in Victoria, BC, and graduated BaSc (Forestry) from UBC in 1937. He married the love of his life Mary (Mae) Margaret Dickson on April 10, 1939, who predeceased him in 1994. They started married life with John joining his fathers logging operation at Hemmingsen-Cameron Co. Ltd, Port Renfrew. The operation sold to BCFP in 1946, and he, Mae with their two young children moved to Newfoundland where he accepted a position as woods manger for the then Bowaters Corporation.

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.
(spent four years in Newfoundland between 1946 and 1950)

Kavanagh [with photo of baby].
Times Colonist (Victoria) January 26, 2009 (Monday)

Corey Kavanagh and Jennelle Abbott are proud to announce the arrival of Makayla Lynn Kavanagh on March 2, 2008 at 8:50 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 5.6 oz. Proud grandparents are Ed and Nadine Abbott of Victoria, BC and Doug and Joan Kavanagh of St. John's, Newfoundland.

MARET, Margot Kathe
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 17 May 2008

Passed peacefully away on Mothers Day, May 11, in Victoria, B.C. Margot was pre-deceased by her husbands Dr. Friedrich-Carl Eckert and Dr. Erich Maret. Leaving to mourn her sons, Fred Eckert-Maret and wife, Sheila Handrigan, North River, Dr. Karl Maret, Aptos, California, her daughter Katherina and husband, Benno Leverenz, Germany. Her grandchildren Andre Eckert-Maret,Tiffany and their daughter Dakota, Whitehorse, Elysia and husband Jason Desai, Qatar, Wiebke and Alke Leverenz, Germany. Her daughter-in-law Catherine Maret and Hal Barrett. Margot and her husband Dr. Erich Maret called Newfoundland home from 1963 1985 living in Hermitage, Eastport, St. John's and Hare Bay. They retired to Victoria in 1986. Margot graduated from Memorial University in 1969 with a degree in Psychology. Margot was born in Hamburg, Germany, immigrating to Canada in 1957. Funeral arrangements have taken place in Victoria, BC. Flowers respectfully declined. Donations in Margot's memory can be made to the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, (RIAC), 204 Water Street, 3rd, Floor, St. John's, NL, A1C 1A9
(Mrs. Maret was born in Germany but lived in several Newfoundland communities as well as graduating from Memorial University.)

MARTIN, Thomas Hilliard
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 06 April 2008

Passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2008 at home in North Saanich at the age of 79 after living with health issues for a number of years. Tom was born in Montreal on October 11th, 1928. He grew up in the Montreal area, graduating from Montreal West High. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eve, daughter Kathy (Bob), son Jeff (Anna-Tora), stepgrandson, Jason (Julia), and their four daughters, Maddy, Hannah, Clarissa and Zoe. Also survived by his sister, Shirley (Jimmy), nephews Martin (Elaine) and Rob; sister-in-law, Pam (Jim), nieces Lyn (David), and Ann and their families.

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.
(Mr. Martin was born in Montreal, but had Newfoundland heritage, which he spent time researching)

McELGUNN, June [with photo]
June 10, 1932 - January 19, 2008
Times Colonist (Victoria) January 26, 2008 (Saturday)
June McElgunn
was born in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, sixth of nine children to Hattie and Ralph Barrett. June left Harbour Grace in the early 1950's to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, where she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe in her service to her country. During this time she met her future husband, John Edward McElgunn. June and John moved to Alberta, where their children Murray and Dawn were born. John passed away at a young age in April 1972, leaving June the challenge of raising a young family. She did this with the same determination she lived her life. June was a strong spirit, and a loving mother. Her grandchildren, Max and Meagan, were the lights of her life. They will miss her greatly. June will also be missed by her surviving three sisters and brother, Frances Blake, Edna Upton, Norma Regular, and Boyd (Gus) Barrett, her many nieces and nephews, and her friends and caregivers at Mount St. Mary's. June passed away peacefully at Mount St. Mary's in the early morning of January 19, 2008. There will be a memorial service at Mount Saint Mary's on February 13, 2008.**

MURPHY, William
January 26, 1954 August 27, 2008

Will passed away peacefully at the age of 54, at Victoria Hospice, with daughter, sister and wife at his side. William Patrick Murphy was born January 26, 1954, in Placentia, Newfoundland. In the mid-70s, Will and Yarrah and their two year old daughter, Milo, left Newfoundland, and drove across Canada, finally settling in Victoria. Will valued the friendships he made working in television, and went on to make more friends when he decided to complete the degree started at Memorial University in St. Johns, by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre at the University of Victoria. He was the technical director at the Belfry Theatre from 1985 to 1989. Combining his technical abilities and appreciation for the arts, Will then started and ran Laser Works for ten years. He will be remembered for his gentle soul, a quick, intelligent wit, and a way of being in the world that was open, warm and nonjudgemental. He was a great storyteller and enormously proud of being from Newfoundland. He talked often of his family and Little Bay, the home of his grandparents. He was proudest of his daughter, who filled his heart, and granddaughter, a shining light. Accomplishments that gave Will great satisfaction included making two cross-Canada motorcycle trips back to Newfoundland, rebuilding his motorcycle and switching out the tranny of an 86 Mazda truck.

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
He was a good man. Who do you think you are? A superstar? All right, you are. We all shine on. John Lennon.

PAINTER, Doreen Weeks
Victoria Times Colonist Obituaries – 22 April 2008

[picture included]
Born May 23, 1931 Salvage, Newfoundland. Passed away, April 20, 2008 at Victoria Hospice, Victoria, BC. Predeceased by her parents, The Reverend Alexander Sheppard (1971) and Laura May Sheppard (1979) and her husband, Les (February 2008). At a young age, Doreen moved with her parents from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia and was educated at Edgehill Church School for Girls in Windsor, Nova Scotia. She went on to graduate from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1954. Doreen and Les were married in 1956 and in the early years lived in Halifax and Calgary. They eventually settled in Victoria where Doreen was a long-time parishioner of St. Luke's Anglican Church (over 45 years) and a member of the Anglican Church Women (22 years). She will be deeply missed by her children, Patrick, Andy and Leslie; her grandchildren, Erin and Melissa; her cousin, Sarah and her dear friends, Vicky, Enid and Terry. A lovely and gracious woman, she made all of our lives so very special. In paradisum deducant te Angeli. May angels lead you into paradise. Many thanks to the Victoria Hospice team who cared so compassionately for Mom in her last days. Funeral service to be held on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road . Condolences may be offered to the family at

RENDELL, W.B. "(Bill)" [photo]
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 7/20/2008
RENDELL, Lt. Col. (ret.) W.B. (Bill)
June 13, 1924 ~ July 15, 2008

Passed peacefully after a tenacious fight with cancer. Leaves behind loving wife of 55 years, Lillian (Skanes), children Heather and Brian and their spouses Bill and Nicky, grandchildren Liam and Emily, James and Mark, in-laws Gord, Ned and Lorraine and families, and a large circle of friends and comrades. Born in St. John's, Newfoundland to Lt. Col. Walter F. and Dorothy Rendell, elder brother of Peter (pre-deceased).

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.

Janine Serrick & Nathaniel Holroyd

The couple have made plans for a party in the summer of 2010 for the union of the East and West Coast, and we, their family, can't be more thrilled. Walter Hanlon and Sylvia Serrick (Hanlon), of St. John's, NL, and the late (John Serrick), have the pleasure of announcing the engagement of their beautiful daughter Janine Serrick to Nathaniel Holroyd, wonderful son of Stuart and Alanna Holroyd of Victoria, BC.
Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on 12/28/2008.

SPRINKLE, Leonessa Marie (Whiffen)
It is with sadness that the family of Leonessa (Leona) Sprinkle announce her death on August 16, 2008 at the Chemainus Health Care Centre.

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

1908 2008

(photo included)
She was born Drucilla Doreen Williams in the ancient Basque whaling settlement of Red Bay, Labrador, on December 1, 1908. Her father, Hubert Bromley ("H.B.") Williams, came of minor gentry in central Wales. Her mother, Sarah Ann Green, was born in Devon, England, where her father caulked wooden ships. By 1908 H.B. had been to sea, then become a fur buyer along snowy southern Labrador. Among Drucie's first memories was that of a rough cabin, walls hung with fox pelts. In 1915 the family moved to New Brunswick where Drucie and younger siblings Celine and Bill grew up on a small farm near Tracy. As a teen she trapped wildcats to pay for a home economics course. Always adventurous, Drucie left the farm before she was 20 and came west to Edmonton, clerking at Eaton's. She saved $5 for a five-minute flight with a barnstormer in the summer of 1929.

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.
Published (04/11/08)

WIGHTMAN, Winifred Esther
1916 2008
[with photo]
Times Colonist (Victoria) April 8, 2008 (Tuesday)

Passed peacefully away on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the age of 91, Winifred Esther Wightman (nee Lyster) of Cobble Hill, formerly of Gordon Head and Malahat. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Ivan in August, 1980 and sons Clifford, May 1975 and Patrick, August 1967. Esther's memory will be forever remembered and cherished by daughters, Frances Thomas (Wayne) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Margaret Siemens (Everet) of Arras, BC., and Marion of Malahat, BC. She is survived by three sisters, Ruth Lesperance, Vernon, BC., Anne Toole (Ned), Edmonton, Alberta, and Mary Rose, Gabriola Island, BC. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Lara, Christopher, Stephen, Cynthia, Mark, Barbara, Kristin, and Peter, also 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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
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