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


BATEY, Alan H. [with photo]
Victoria Times Colonist April 16, 2009 (Thursday)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather, Alan H. Batey, on April 10, 2009. Alan was born in Armstrong B.C. in 1918, but the family soon continued west to Victoria, where he attended Victoria High School and graduated from Victoria College and the University of British Columbia. He then started a wonderful teaching career in the one-room school at Beaver Point on Saltspring Island.

During the Second World War, Alan was Commanding Officer of a Fairmile ship in the North Atlantic and Bermuda. While on leave in St. John's, NL, he met his future wife, Lois Russell. They were married in 1944. Upon returning to Victoria, Alan taught woodworking at Victoria High School. He later become Principal of the Institute of Adult Studies and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Camosun College. Dad believed in education for everyone and was proud to see the community college provide this opportunity for people.

Dad had a great love of life. As a young man he was a King Scout, a bell ringer, and a member of the choir at Christ Church Cathedral. He built many boats and the family home. His pride and joy was the sailing boat "Vivo" in which the family had many happy holidays including circumnavigating Vancouver Island in 1964. In retirement, Mum and Dad enjoyed travelling, especially with their grandchildren, Paul and Julia, in the camper van. While at home, much time was spent gardening and tending a lovely collection of rhododendron. We would like to thank the wonderful and supportive staffs of the Waterview Unit at the Gorge Road Hospital and Selkirk Place. You were all great. Thank you.

Alan is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters, Ann Mais and June Batey; and grandchildren, Paul and Julia Mais. A celebration of Alan's life will be held at 1794 Broadmead Avenue, April 19, 2009 between 2-4 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

BUTLER, Robert Stephen
[picture included]
Peacefully, with his family at his side, on July 27, 2009 in Sidney, B.C., Robert Stephen Butler passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He faced this challenge with his usual dignity and humour. Robert's life was full of grand achievements, love, and wit.

He was born on December 25, 1934 in St. John's, Newfoundland to John Ernest and Sadie Blanche Butler (Strong). Robert earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1958) from Nova Scotia Technical College and a Masters of Engineering (1972) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Robert was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Newfoundland, Alberta, and British Columbia. Robert built and ran his own engineering consulting firm in St. John's and Corner Brook for many years before joining Stanley Associates in Calgary. Robert reached the pinnacle of his chosen profession, retiring as VP Engineering of Stanley Assoc. Inc. (now Stantec).

Some of Robert's career achievements include such significant projects as the Alpac Pulp and Paper Mill, the Calgary Light Rail Transit System, the Old Man River Dam, and involvement in the early stages of the Confederation Bridge to PEI. Robert was an Officer in The Royal Canadian Engineers in the Canadian Army. Robert was also an avid boater and a dedicated golfer. He was a Commodore of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, a President of the Crow's Nest Officers Club in St. John's, Newfoundland and member of Ardmore Golf Club. Nothing made Robert more proud than his family. He and his loving wife of 52 years, Christine Butler (Lockwood), raised five children throughout their full life in St. John's Newfoundland, Calgary Alberta, Edmonton Alberta., and Victoria B.C.

Robert is survived by his wife, Christine, his children: Tim (Lynn), Lynne, Karen (Doug), Andrew (Samantha), and Larry (Stephanie), his grandchildren: Chelsea, Sean, Lauren, Joey, Hannah, and Ava, and his sister Natalie (Alan). He is predeceased by his brothers, Dr. John Butler and Dr. Douglas Butler. Robert was laid to rest in a private service held at Hatley Memorial Gardens in Victoria, B.C. He will always be loved and dearly missed by family and friends.

CHAFE, Ernest Harvey
December 2, 1920 - January 16, 2009 [with photo]
Times Colonist (Victoria) January 24, 2009 (Saturday)

It is with deep sadness our family announces the sudden passing of Ernest in Victoria, BC. Survived by his loving wife Helen (nee Bemister) of 64 years, devoted daughters Ingrid (Steve) Jasinski, Debra (Scott) Durant, grandchildren Holly (Christopher) Juredin, Jarrett Durant and Chelsea Durant, and great-granddaughter Tatum Juredin. Ernest was born in St. John's, NL to Arthur Jacob and Whilemina (nee Williams) Chafe. Ernie will always be remembered for his good nature and wonderful sense of humour. A private family service will be held in March.

FREEMAN, Wesley Perry "Fred"
December 8, 1918 to April 16, 2009

Fred quietly slipped away on April 16, 2009 after a short illness and a long and productive life. Fred was a 4th generation Newfoundlander who relocated with his family to Vancouver, B.C. at the age of 9. He enlisted in the RCAF at the beginning of the Second World War and served his country overseas in Britain and Holland. Upon his return to Canada he continued his career as a baker in Vancouver and Salt Spring Island, eventually owning and running the Town and Country Bakery in Victoria with his patient and loving wife of 62 years, Leona. Upon his retirement Fred and Leona moved to Salmon Arm where Fred worked as a Commissionaire for 12 years and was appointed as an Honorary Life Member of the British Columbia Corps of Commissionaires in 1994.

Fred is survived by Leona; son, Alan (Barb); daughter, Lynne (Larry); grandchildren, Wesley, Candace, Adam, Sara, Caitlin and Matthew; great grandson, Brock, brother, Bob (Dee) and numerous nieces and nephews. At Fred's request there will be no service but a celebration of his life will be held at his favorite fishing hole at a later date. Fred's online tribute may be viewed by visiting    Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, 250-860-6440

FROST, Col. Charles Sydney
June 21, 1922 - Aug. 6, 2009

The Colonel has joined his beloved RMC, PPCLI and RRegtC comrades. His wife of 61 yrs, Margaret (nee Cabeldu) is comforted by their children Norman, Janet, Catherine and their 7 grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Robert and sister, Vyvyan. Many thanks to Dr. A. Nielson, Sunrise, RJH Richmond Pavilion and the Lodge at Broadmead. Although born in St. John's, his father's career in the Bank of Nova Scotia took them across Canada for his education at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and later Saint John High School.

The abbreviated 1942 RMC officer's course sent 2761" with the PPCLI to Italy and the Netherlands. Twice wounded in action, the miraculous Basingstoke surgery held for a lifetime.

After marrying Margaret in Saint John, they moved to Toronto where he graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1949 and they started a family. He practiced law with Tilley Carson but later opened his own firm in 1953 achieving Queen's Counsel in 1960. Partner and friend, Alan Redway joined the practice in 1966. In 1947 he began a reservist career with the Royal Regiment of Canada. His years as Commanding Officer 1959-62 rebuilt the regiment. In 1981 as Hon. Col. 1974-1982 they attended the Royal Wedding. Beyond his lifelong service to the PPCI and RMC, he served Mercedes Benz, Havergal College, and the Royal Canadian Military Institute. After the Granite Club moved closer to their Bayview Wood home, Col. Frost regularly reviewed the dining room menu from his usual seat. He revisited the graves of his WWII comrades on many pilgrimages and cherished his European friendships. In his retirement years he wrote Once a Patricia (1988), A Life Worthwhile (1994) and Always a Patricia (2004). They loved playing tennis, swimming and hosting family in Long Boat Key and PEI. Striving for excellence was his lifelong pursuit as an athlete, soldier, lawyer, author or musician. He was astonished when bands played his military marches and delighted his grandchildren by composing songs. Private burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. A celebration of his life reception is to be arranged at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto. Condolences for the family may be offered at

GIBSON, Beatrice M. (nee Sexton)
Victoria Times Colonist Obituary, 27 February 2009

Born January 31, 1927 St. Johns Newfoundland, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2009 at the Gorge Road Hospital. Predeceased, by her loving husband James Alfred Gibson on August 6, 2008. Survived by her brother Fred Sexton, son James (Sandra), daughter Debora Horsman, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. No service by request

GREER, James Horace "Jim", Captain, RCASC
This fellow spent some time working in the mines at Tilt Cove, Newfoundland.
Born in Victoria on 13 January 1922, Jim who was always known for his "Uncle Jimmy" jokes, passed away Tuesday 29 December 2009 in the Victoria Central Care Home. His life was very happy and exciting having been born into a pre-WWII army family constantly on the move across Canada. He was the only brother in a family of four sisters (equally exciting). In the early days of WWII he joined the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps having landed on D-Day and then served in France, Holland and Germany and rising to the rank of Captain. In Victoria he was educated at St. Michaels and Brentwood College. After the war he completed his education as a mining engineer and worked in mines as an Engineer in Stewart, BC, Bralorne, Brittania, and Tilt Cove Newfoundland. After retirement he lived with his sister Kay in Colwood, BC until moving to Central Care Home in 2006. They were very happy times in his new home, primarily because of the friends he made among his fellow residents and the kind and attentive staff.

He is predeceased by his parents Col. and Mrs. H.C. Greer and three sisters Kathleen Greer, Margot Elmsley (the late Col. Tony Elmsley) and Holly Rowland (Lcdr Arthur Rowland. He is survived by his sister Patricia Martin (Radm Michael Martin), and a very large extended family. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks for the staff at the Central Care Home who showed such warmth and loving care for Jim. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Sat. 16 January in the Memorial chapel at Sequoia Gardens, 4665 Falaise Dr. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Victoria Cancer Foundation. Reception for family and close friends after the service.
Appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist 09 January 2010

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.

LANOUETTE, Timothy Ross
Victoria Times Colonist March 26, 2009 (Thursday)
Timothy Ross Lanouette
of Comox, B.C., aged 47 years, passed away tragically on March 12, 2009 over the Grand Banks. Born May 1, 1961 in Nova Scotia; survived by his mother, Marlene Ross Lanouette; father, Gerard Lanouette; brother, Jeff Lanouette (Andrea Darling); sons, Shane (16), Justin (15), Chase (9) and daughter, Courtney (14); cherished friend, Sabrina Nowlan and her daughter Danielle as well as many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and an ocean of close friends. Tim had an undisputed love of flying and a passion for life which he gladly expressed to one and all, with a simple flash of his infectious smile and good humour. With his talent for music and art, he was a natural born communicator. It did not take long for anyone to get to know Tim as you would a lifelong friend. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 20 at the 1st Baptist Church, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. A Celebration of Tim's Life will be held at Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church, 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay, B.C. at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Children's Wish Foundation.

MATCHEM, Frank Gregory
1959 2009

On Dec. 28 Frank left us in search of a better world. We pray he has found a place where hunting and fishing is bountiful, and there he will rest happily. Frank's family, from east to west, will miss him: dad Frank (Cynthia), mom Shirley (Duncan Kippen), wife Deborah, sons Frank (Kayla), Mark (Railynn) and Jason; sisters, Velda and Adora; brother Wilfred; two grandchildren, Frank IV and Destiny; and many relatives and friends. A Memorial service was held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Dec. 31 in conjunction with one in Victoria, B.C. The power of God's love was spread from Island to Island.
Rest in peace, dear son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and cousin.
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

NYKAMP, June Ann (nee Gibson)
November 6, 1958 - July 13, 2009

Our beloved Ann passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice, surrounded by her loved ones on July 13, 2009. She is survived by her loving parents, Norma and Stewart Gibson; her devoted husband and eternal friend, Erwin; her two beloved children, Monica and David; sister, Mary; brother, Robert and families. Ann was predeceased by her brother, Douglas. Ann was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland but grew up in Dollard-des-Ormeaux Montreal. She ventured to Calgary in 1975, where she met and married Erwin. In 1985 Edmonton became her home before moving to Victoria, which has been home since 1995. Annie "loved everything about living on the Rock" (Victoria) and would often be heard saying she constantly felt like a tourist in Victoria. Her love for family, friends and life was passionate and she will be greatly missed. In the words of her favorite musical group She is buying the stairway to heaven". Friends are asked to join with the family to celebrate Ann's life at CHRIST CHURCH CATHDERAL, Quadra and Courtney Streets on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The Very Reverend Logan McMenamie officiating. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to either the Victoria Hospice Society or The B.C. Cancer Agency. Condolences may be offered to the family at

MATCHEM, Frank Gregory
1959 2009

Although this obituary doesn't mention where the fellow was born, it implies that he may have come from Corner Brook, Newfoundland as a memorial service was held there for him.
On Dec. 28 Frank left us in search of a better world. We pray he has found a place where hunting and fishing is bountiful, and there he will rest happily. Frank's family, from east to west, will miss him: dad Frank (Cynthia), mom Shirley (Duncan Kippen), wife Deborah, sons Frank (Kayla), Mark (Railynn) and Jason; sisters, Velda and Adora; brother Wilfred; two grandchildren, Frank IV and Destiny; and many relatives and friends. A Memorial service was held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, on Dec. 31 in conjunction with one in Victoria, B.C. The power of God's love was spread from Island to Island.
Rest in peace, dear son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and cousin. Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Tennyson
Appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist 05 January 2010

O'CONNOR, Mildred Rita
August 9, 1940 March 19, 2009
Victoria Times Colonist March 27, 2009 (Friday)
With shock and despair, we announce the passing of our mom, Millie. Diagnosed with cancer just 3 weeks ago, Millie was determined to fight --she never got the chance. Left to mourn are her daughters, Dee and Joey and their families: Anthony, Kiarra and Mercer-J and Kevin, Maddie and Charli. Millie was born in Newfoundland and was the third oldest of ten children. She is predeceased by our dad, her husband, who passed away seven months ago. She enjoyed her grandkids, golf and she cooked the best turkey dinner ever. Thank you to Dr. Jennifer Manklow (Dr. Oona Hayes) and her support team for going above and beyond their medical duty and truly caring about mom. Thank you to the nurses on 7A South and the nurses and doctors at the Victoria Hospice Society, as well as the many specialists who tried to help. Thank you to all her friends and family who visited and phoned and are feeling the same grief we are. No service by request. Donations to the BC Cancer Agency or the Victoria Hospice Society are appreciated. In honour of mom, take time to go to the ocean, hold a rock, say a prayer, and throw the rock as far as you can into the crashing waves.

WHITELEY, William Henry
Born on September 6th, 1929, passed away August 6th, 2009. Bill was predeceased by his father, Bill, mother Patsy and brother, George. He is lovingly remembered by his sister, Patricia, brother, Laniel, nieces, Catherine, Karen and nephews, David, Bryon. Bill was an intellectual, interested in reading and learning. He earned a doctorate in History (Cornell) and a Library Science degree (McGill). Professionally, Bill was a librarian at the Universities of Edmonton and Simon Fraser. Subsequently, he was a history professor at Memorial University, Nfld. At this time, because of the Whiteley family's 100 years of business and public service in Newfoundland Bill became an expert in the history of Newfoundland. Following retirement Bill lived at Somerset House in Victoria, BC where he continued his historical interest by learning the history of all the residents. Recently, Bill moved to UBC in Vancouver, his old 'alma mater'. A special thank you to Denis Buzzano for his care for Bill at this time. Bill loved looking at the mountains from whence comes our strength (Psalm 121). He now walks and talks there with ease. A memorial service will be held at First Metropolitan United Church in Victoria on Thursday, August 20th at 11:30 am. Online condolences can be sent to     In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Red Cross.



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