KIYOOKA: Frank of Valemount Formerly of Hinton, Jasper, Edmonton, Opal

Posted by on October 8, 2017

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It is with bittersweet sadness that we must share with all those who knew and loved him that our dad, Frank Kiyooka, passed away on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. We are so thankful he did not suffer and that he is now home with his beloved Ann.

Frank was born under the blue Alberta skies in Calgary, Alberta on December 8, 1932, to Kiyoshi Oe and Shigekiyo Kiyooka, our grandparents, who both came to Canada from Kochi-ken, Shikoku, Japan. Frank was the second-youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood with his brothers and sisters as a prairie boy on a farm in rural Opal.??

Frank studied Physical Education and Art at the University of Alberta and got his first teaching job in Jasper, Alberta. After two years studying, travelling and skiing in Denmark and Europe, he met a Scottish lass on the train as he crossed Canada on his way home. She was our mother Ann, who was coming west to work as a nurse.

Frank and Ann married in 1963 in Hinton, Alberta, where Frank taught high school for almost 20 years. During this time he also pursued his love of pottery. He sold his red Carmen Ghia sportscar in 1964 to fund a year of studying and apprenticing in Kyoto, Japan and then set up a studio and shops in Jasper and in Hinton in the years to follow.

?The prairie boy in Frank never forgot the feeling of the wide open spaces. At 48, he left his job and built a home on 75 acres west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C. Boldly going on faith he’d find work, he took labourer jobs at the mill and CN Rail, then was fortunate to get a position at the elementary school, where he taught for another 15 years.

??Frank had great respect for and a way of connecting with people that left them feeling truly seen. He was loved by many of his students who affectionately called him “Mr. K.” He lived “zen,” embracing life as it came, content with little, grateful and able to be in the present moment. Simply by how he lived, he taught us quiet faith, patience, appreciation for art, creativity and beauty, a love for nature and space. He modelled humility, respect and acceptance of others. We loved his smiling eyes and playful teasing. ??Frank is survived by his sisters Irene and Joyce, his brother Harry, sons Gen and Sumio, daughters Sachiko and Hanae, and grandchildren Elena, Emi, Marin, Siri, Elijah and Paul. So hard to let him go, but he is with Ann now. He lived a wonderful life and we were blessed to be part of it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Funeral mass at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., Gathering to celebrate Frank’s life will follow at Tete Jaune Community Hall. Sunday September 17, 2017: 11 – 5 Open House at Franks’ home: 1336 – 3rd Avenue.

We would love to hear from you. If you wish to send condolences or share memories of Frank, please send them to Frank’s daughter, Sachiko Kiyooka at: slk182@gmail.com.

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CRAIG, Nola of Petrolia

CRAIG, NOLA – It is with sadness that we announce the passing, on Monday, August 28, 2017, of Nola Annabel (Taylor) Craig, age 96.  Nola was the loving wife of the late Earl Gordon Craig (1999) and amazing Mom to Brad (Annette) of Coquitlam, B.C. and Janet Young (Barry) of Petrolia.  She will be missed by her grandchildren Cheryl and Michael (Anita) and great grandchildren Nathan, Brandon and Nikolina in B.C.  Mom will be fondly remembered by family in the Goderich, Clinton and Blyth area.  We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to the wonderful people at Fiddick’s Nursing Home in Petrolia who took care of Mom with such compassion, kindness and love. Private services have been held. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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ZINGER: Darrin Keith of Delta Formerly of Calgary, Vancouver, United Kingdom

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.

Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.

Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.

Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.

It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.

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ZINER: Darrin Keith of Delta Formerly of Calgary, Vancouver, United Kingdom

Posted by on August 2, 2017

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Darrin passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 53. He is survived by his Father, Keith Zinger, Sisters, Lisa and Holly and Wife, Clarissa and his four children, Abby, Ryan, Shannon and Shayla.

Darrin Keith Zinger was born June 20, 1964, the son of Keith and Susan Zinger in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent running around and creating havoc in Kitsilano. It was during this time that he discovered his love of sports and most particularly hockey.
Darrin played junior hockey throughout BC and eventually followed his passion to Europe. He was quite industrious to do this because at that time it meant writing letters to teams all over Europe to see if there was an opportunity to try out and play. His first success was Sweden and it moved on from there to England with many hockey clubs and finally he played out his career with the Guildford Flames. It was during these early years in Europe that Darrin met his first wife Katina and consequently his first child Abby Zinger was born in 1991. He was later Divorced from Katina in late 1990’s. During his years in England Darrin was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in his late 20’s. He received treatment and became a cancer survivor. This brush with cancer gave him a new perspective on life. Darrin completed his education in England @ Kingston University with a degree in Law/Accounting.

Darrin retired from professional hockey at the age of 34 and in 1999 decided to move back to Vancouver, Canada to settle into initially a career in accounting. He started working towards a CGA designation and it was then that he met his 2nd wife Clarissa. They were the early adopters of online dating 18 years ago, webpersonals.com. They moved to Calgary together late 2000 and later married in Lake Louise, Alberta Aug 26th, 2001. They settled into Calgary and built a wonderful family home out in rural Calgary, in Springbank and grew their family to a total of 6 with the arrival of Ryan, Shannon and Shayla. During the years in Calgary, Darrin fed his passion for hockey in a coaching capacity. He very proudly took a young group of men; the “Junior C’s” to the provincials several years in row as well as Bantams & Midgets and left a huge legacy to the community and teams of how hard work pays off. He was focused and demanded 100% participation from his players. He was as most parents described him, their very own “Coach Carter”.

Finding a comfortable career wasn’t easy for Darrin after hockey and there was forays in Hockey teams in Texas, Junior Oil & Gas, Hockey Equipment Distribution but it really wasn’t until he started with CBSA that he felt he had found his niche. It was late 2010 that he got the call that he had made the cut and he was off to training in Montreal to be a Canadian Border Services Officer. He was away from the family for 9 weeks and studied hard to pass. He did of course and his first posting was to Osoyoos, BC. He and Clarissa had decided to return to Vancouver and this posting got them halfway there. Once their home sold, Darrin was able to transfer to the Boundary Bay Crossing in Tsawwassen. Clarissa and the children moved from Calgary to Tsawwassen June of 2012 to finally converge the family again. It was time to settle in and enjoy BC again after those cold winters in Calgary. He was so ready to head home to BC.

It was only 6 months after the family arrived in Tsawwassen that Darrin took medical leave from work as he struggled with his early symptoms of MSA which were largely imbalance and being light headed at the time. For the next 4 1/2 years those of us close by and far away watched the disease progress and take more freedoms away.
Darrin was a team player to the end and had his family team surround him with love as he made the journey to a place where there is no pain, no suffering, no measure of time and we can all treasure the limited time we each had with him.

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SMAILL, Douglas Gordon of Grand Bend, formerly of Strathroy, age 67

Posted by on June 26, 2017

                                                DOUGLAS GORDON SMAILL

Feb 8, 1950 – June 23, 2017

Today I said goodbye to my life partner of 17 years, my friend, my confidant, my business partner and most ardent critic. We had good times, we had stressed times and we had so much fun. We got to see a great deal of the world together and for this you will always be in my heart. I will miss you terribly – continuing on our adventures alone will be difficult, please keep me company and watch over me.

I know you are in a better place. You are at peace and can finally breathe easier and have no pain. Rest easy until I see you again.

Doug is survived by his spouse Janet Carter, his mom and dad, Frances and Gordon Smaill, his three Siblings – Jim Smaill, Barb Brown, Susan Gowers, their spouses and children. He had 5 children, Troy Smaill, Melissa Derbyshire, Meadow McClintock, Lindsay Fletcher and Kyla Smaill as well as one step daughter Shannon Poulton. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 8 Ontario St. N., Grand Bend on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome to come and honour his life.  If desired, memorial donations payable to the TLC (Teresina Larizza Charities ) Foundation www.tlcfoundation.ca  or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangement entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.  Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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KIPNIS: Pam of Kamloops, BC Formerly of St. John's, NL

Posted by on May 11, 2017

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Pam Kipnis was born in Salford, Manchester, England on October 11th, 1924. She left this world on March 10th, 2017, at Kamloops, BC at the age of 92. During WWII, she worked as a secretary and never lost her sharp eye for grammar and blazing speed on a typewriter. Pam Linder met Norman Kipnis during WWII in London, England. They married in London and, like many war brides, she followed him to Montreal after the war, crossing the Atlantic by herself. Pam worked and supported Norman while he completed high school and earned an engineering degree from McGill University.
They had their first child, Evan (Michele) while living in Atikokan, Northern Ontario but, Pam was ever adventurous so they studied Spanish together and Norman took a job in Mexico. They crossed into Mexico in 1956 when Pam was 8 months pregnant with Wendy (Nick); two years later Kit (Dana) was her best Mother’s Day gift ever. During their time in Mexico, Pam mastered Mexican cuisine, grew all kinds of things in her gardens, learned to give injections in case of snake bite, how to milk a cow, pasteurize the milk and make homemade ice cream. She even taught French at a local college for a time.
In 1965, they returned to Canada, eventually settling in St. John’s, NL. In St. John’s, Pam worked outside the home at several occupations and made many good friends. She was a secretary in the Folklore Department at MUN, an office manager at Planned Parenthood, a typesetter for Breakwater Books, and lastly she founded and helped operate 3F (Fun and Fitness after Fifty) out of the St. John’s Aquarena for many happy years. Pam and Norman were also in on the creation of the Open Group theater company, with Pam bringing her make-up talents to a number of productions. All the while, Pam invested countless volunteer hours supporting her children in their studies, swimming (competitive and synchro), and water polo.
Pam was a lifelong athlete: track and field hockey in her youth; tennis, golf, curling, kayaking, windsurfing and swimming were amongst her athletic pursuits later in life. She also loved square dancing and became a teacher and accomplished caller.
An avid learner, Pam was always ready to embrace new technology. She kept in touch with her extensive circle of friends and family via e-mail. Pam found every opportunity to practice and keep up her Spanish.
In retirement, Pam and Norman followed their grandchildren (Aiden, Chloe & Timo) to live in Kamloops, BC. Shortly afterwards, more grandchildren arrived – Jonah & Bryn in Kelowna and Zev & Gabe in St. John’s, NL . She was an avid attendee at her grandchildren’s birthday parties and events. She loved long walks with the family dogs. Pam always, always put family first and loved to laugh with her extended family.
The grandchildren knew they could always count on Pam for sugary cereal, wagon wheels, hot chocolate, cheese slices, cheez whiz – and a sympathetic ear. She was a mum to her grandchildren when their mum was not home.
Pam carefully cultivated a bower of flowers on the upper balcony of their Kamloops townhouse and a jungle of tomato vines on the lower balcony, keeping the Kamloops family supplied with fresh tomatoes.
Pam was small, grey (later white) haired and – we joked – tough. She could always be counted upon; nobody loved so unconditionally. We will all miss our Pam, but we are grateful to have had her indomitable presence with us for so long.
Predeceased by her husband Norman, parents Sam and Charlotte Linder, step-father Herman Horowitz, brothers Lewis and Jack, and little sister Joan Wexler; Pam will be well remembered by her sister-in-law and dear friend Lola Ladin, nephew Sam Linder (Cindy), children and grandchildren and the extended Kipnis clan. Kit, Wendy, and Evan thank all the staff at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops for their excellent care of Pam during her last chapter and extend a heartfelt thank you to family and friends who all enriched Pam’s life.

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LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017

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On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Bryan lost a long battle despite all efforts by the medical staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born March 30, 1948 in Fort Coulonge, QC and spending the latter part of life in the West Coast. Joining his Mother Joan and Sister Brenda in Heaven. Sadly missed by all family and friends.

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Rosine: Arlene (jeanet) of kamloops bc Formerly of Winnipeg Manitoba

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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ROSINE, Jeanet Arlene, peacefully in Kamloops, BC on February 10th 2017, age 71 after a courageous battle with lung and brain cancer.

Her loss is felt deeply by sons Darren Scherbain of Phuket, Thailand; Kevin Scherbain (Elena) of Kamloops; Travis Porter (Jacqueline) of Toronto; and Bram Porter of Guelph

Much loved sister to Ken Rosine (Janet) of Wasaga Beach ON, Marilyn Rosine of Yardley, PA, and Grandmother of Cecilia & Charlie Scherbain in Kamloops.

Arlene was born December 6th, 1945 in Rivercrest, Manitoba to Samuel & Redena Rosine, whose deaths predeceased hers in 1967 & 1969 (respectively), as well as that of her youngest brother, Dennis, in 1990. As a teenager Arlene spent her summers working among other things as a camp counsellor at the YMHA. She graduated with a degree in Anthropology.

Arlene was a renaissance woman with many talents and interests. Her love of aboriginal art resulted in co-founding Winnipeg’s Wah-sa Gallery in 1976. In that same city, she worked for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the North Main Development Corp. and the What’s On publication. Arlene taught English and co-ran a Youth Hostel in the U.K. in the early 70’s. And, during the final 11 years of her career-life, taught ESL in South Korea, where she was & will be missed by her many students.

Arlene leaves behind many friends including her caring Sisters of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Kamloops, Lois Orten, Steven Moskovitch and Sharon Segal, Ross Porter, Gary Scherbain, and Bill Lobchuk.

We will all miss her curious nature, her loving tenderness, her fondness for a good book, her enjoyment of many styles of music, and her infectious sense of humour. A tribute to Arlene will be held Thursday, February 23rd at the Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street from 2 pm to 5 pm, to Celebrate her Life. In liux of flowers, please donate to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre http://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret

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JOHNSON (nee Clark): Ivy Ward of Kelowna, B.C Formerly of Kamloops, B.C

Posted by on January 30, 2017

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JOHNSON, Ivy Ward (nee Clark)
Mrs. Ivy Ward (Clark) Johnson passed away peacefully in Cottonwood Care facility, Kelowna, B.C. on November 19, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
Ivy is predeceased by her loving husband Carl William Johnson, December 1, 2008, age 87 years.
Ivy was born February 8, 1929 in Edmonton, Alberta to John and Sarah Clark who emigrated from Liverpool, England with sister Hilda. In 1939, the family moved to Kamloops, B.C. where Ivy later met Carl and they married on September 2, 1953. Ivy and Carl were married for 55 years and had 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Daughter, Charlene (Johnson) and husband Larry Scott of Sherwood Park, Alberta, have two children, Jenna and Thomas Scott. Thomas Scott (grandson) and wife Jenna have one son (great grandson) Maxwell in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Son, Stewart Johnson of Kelowna, B.C. has two children, Sarah and Michelle Johnson (granddaughters).
Daughter, Heather (Johnson) and husband Roger Gabel of Kelowna, B.C. have two children, Rex and (Tammy) of Las Vegas, Nevada. Jenifer and (William) and children of Moorpark, California.
Daughter, Janet (Johnson) and husband Dana Kaplanchuk of Maple Ridge, B.C. have five children, Amy, Kelsey and Holly (Johnson) Young (grandchildren), Shawn and Michelle Kaplanchuk.
Ivy was a dedicated daughter of Rebekah Lodge since 1951, and believed in the creed of “friendship, love and truth”. A vital importance to Ivy was keeping family and friends connected.
The family would like to thank Dr. S. Erasmus, Missionwood Retirement Resort Home and Cottonwood Care Centre, for their exceptional attention to care, compassion, empathy and mindfulness.
It is a great loss set upon our family, but with our faith in God that our mother (Ivy) instilled in us, we will endure. God Bless.
Memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined and announced.
Should family or friends so desire, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society or any organization of need. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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MILTON: Deborah Jane of Sarnia

Posted by on January 16, 2017

MILTON, Deborah Jane – It is with great sorrow that the family of Deborah Jane Milton announce her sudden passing at Afton Park Place, Sarnia on Monday, January 16, 2017. Cherished mother of Pamela Bailey of Hundred Mile House B.C. and Alex Bailey (Debbie Arabia) of Kamloops B.C.. Loved Grandma of Kura, Reid, Tia & Kale Bailey. Great-Grandma of Aiden and Quinn. Much loved sister of Mary Ann Powell (Lorne) of Corunna and Martha Wilson (Dan) of Petrolia. Special Aunt to Lee (Bonnie) Merrick, Lance Merrick, Kyle Merrick and Julie (Ryan) Bedard. Predeceased by her parents Joseph & Bernice Milton of Brigden and special nephew Brent Merrick. Deb had a wonderful sense of humour, loved family gatherings, playing cards, classic rock music and sharing memories of the good times. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the loving care given to Deb from the wonderful staff of the Sarnia Dialysis Unit and the staff of Afton Park Place. Friends will be received Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden. Funeral Service to be held Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the funeral home with Allan McKeown officiating. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make contributions to the Bluewater Health – Dialysis Unit, Sarnia or the charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Hackett: Audrey Margaret of Petrolia, formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on December 23, 2016

HACKETT, AUDREY, Margaret, Catherine  – At Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Ontario on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Audrey Margaret Catherine  ( Doan)  Hackett, passed away in her 95th. year. She was the wife of the late Garner Edward Hackett (1987). Dear mother of Owen Hackett and his wife Irene of Coquitlam, B.C. Loving grandmother of Jefferson “Jeff” Hackett and his wife Babe of Kamloops, B.C. Also survived by her sister  Doreen Charlton of Petrolia, Ontario and nephews; Rodney & Pam Charlton and Bruce & Marie Charlton both of Petrolia, Ontario and John Doan of London, Ontario. Predeceased by her parents Harmon and Ella Doan. Audrey lived on Lakeshore Road near Blackwell for many years and worked for Keelan’s Service Limited as a Service Department Manager. She was a previous member of Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church as well as a founding member of St. David’s Anglican Church where she began and taught Sunday School beginning in 1956. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life to honor Audrey will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria Victoria Street, Sarnia) with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial donations may be made to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia).

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FRY: Karren Ann of Vancouver Formerly of Ontario

Posted by on September 6, 2016

images-4It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Karren Ann Fry. Karren passed away in her home on June 13, 2016. 

Karren was was born to Alan (2013) and Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Fry on December 12, 1976 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria B.C.  After an early life in British Columbia, Karren’s family moved to Ontario where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Criminology from Windsor University in Ontario, which led to her working with RCMP in the student program as a young adult.  She eventually moved to Vancouver BC where she married Cary De Best and had her beautiful daughter, Leah.  In time, Karren ventured out on her own and worked as a support worker for adults with mental illness.
 
Karren was a loving mother, dedicated family member and a good friend. Her raw sincerity, infectious laugh, sense of humour and amazing spirit made her a joy to be around. She would brighten anyone’s day with a caring message of support or a ridiculous story.  

Karren was a sincere Buddhist and loved travelling to international Dharma Festivals with her brother for teachings and inspiration.  Special powa ceremonies were performed for Karren by Gen Kelsang Thekchen and friends at Kadampa Mediation Centre Vancouver on June 20th, 2016, As well by her Teacher and friend Gen Kelsang Delek and many others.

Karren enjoyed nature and would find peace during a long walk with her daughter in the parks that line the beautiful coast of Vancouver.  She especially loved animals and adored her two little boy cats Thomas (T-Dawg) and Sammy. 

Her family, friends, and all those she touched will miss her tremendously. Karren is survived by her beautiful and loving daughter, Leah De Best (Cary); Her Mother Elizabeth and grandmother Nelda Sauer; her uncles Jim, Ron, Tom, Doug and her Aunt Ellen; her brother Jeff Fry (Devon) and niece Lexa; and her sister Leanne Fry. 
 

There will be a a celebration of life on July 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at St. James Community Centre, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.

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HAUTALA: William (Bill) of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted by on July 11, 2016

images-4Age 76, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2016, at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Born in Salmon Arm, BC, he was the son of the late Jack and Ina (Laitinen) Hautala.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1961, Bill worked as a reporter in Kamloops, BC. He soon caught the travel bug however, and after trekking extensively through Europe, discovered Canada’s East Coast. After an interlude in Toronto, he settled in Halifax, where he worked in a wide variety of jobs, including as roadcrew for the 1970s rock band Soma, as a crewmember onboard the Coast Guard ship Baffin, and later in his life, as the night desk manager for the Halifax YMCA.
Bill was very social – he enjoyed many a night out listening to live music or watching TV sports in local pubs and engaging in lively discussion – yet at the same time intensely private. He was a crazy dancer even into his 70s and a devoted long-time Halifax Mooseheads season ticket holder.
Extremely well-read and having an encyclopedic memory, Bill was famous for his regular completion, in ink, of the NYT crossword puzzle, with few, if any, corrections. He was a devoted uncle to his grand-nieces Lisa and Amanda McArthur.
Bill is survived by nephews and nieces Bruce McArthur, of Mineville, NS , Ian McArthur, of Chase, BC, Robert Hautala, of Kelowna, BC, Sandi Hill, of New Westminister, BC, and Nancy Ward, of Coquitlam, BC, and their families. He leaves behind extended family in the Salmon Arm area, and a wide circle of friends in Halifax. Bill was predeceased by brothers Jack and Robert Hautala, and sisters Mildred McArthur and Irene Stunden.
Special thanks are extended to staff of the VG’s Palliative Care unit for their compassionate care. Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Plan Canada, or Amnesty International.

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Cooke: Orla Rose of Poplar Point Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on May 20, 2016

images-4In Memorium.
Born December 13, 1926, Passed August 27, 2001 at home in her sleep.
Orla Rose Klassen Cooke is survived by her daughter Kim Cooke, sons Fletcher Stowe, Timouthy Aaron Stowe, and Ronald G Klassen.
Orla, better known as Ollie, is missed by family and friends.

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BOUFFARD, Honoré of Sudbury

Posted by on May 18, 2016

BOUFFARD, HonorePassed away peacefully surrounded by wife/soulmate and family, in Sudbury, Monday, April 18, 2016 at the age of 93 years. Husband of Antoinette (Simon) Bouffard (née Lalonde) and the late Claudette Constantin. Predeceased by his parents Amédée and Rosalie (née Dion) Bouffard. Loving father of Claude (late Nancy), Armand (Dianne), Claire Gignac (Gary) and David all of Sudbury, Donald (Debbie) of Kamloops, BC and Ryan “Normand” (Susan) of Surrey, BC and step-father of Victor (Andrea) Simon, Michel Simon (Valerie), Robert Simon (Caulette), Gilles Simon (Mark) and Lise Bouillon (Paul). Predeceased by his siblings Oliva (late Christine) (Alice of Sudbury), Victor (Irene of Sudbury), Lionel, Xavier (late Yvette), Antoine, Rosalda Ciola (late Dominic), Eleonor Bertrand (late Joseph Paquette and late Emile), Exilda Gladu (late Leon Paquette, late Mederic Sauve, and late Ovila Gladu), Cécile Lehman (late Charles), Florida Henri (late Jean),  Florence Gascon (late David), Marie Anna Hodgins (late Gordon), Orelle, Hector and Germaine. Cherished grandfather of Mark, Tiffany, Stephen, Renée, Michelle, Gabriel G., Gabriel B., Evan, Daniel and step-grandfather of Patrick, Jerome, Elaine, Justin and Benoit. And great-grandfather to Deacon, Atlas, Caresse, Felix, William, B.I.O. and Arthur. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 222 Lasalle Blvd, Thursday, from 7 to 9:00p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 11a.m at L’Annonciation Church, Sudbury. Donations to the charity of your choice can be made by cheque or online at www.cooperativefuneralhome.ca.

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REBER, John George of Hensall, formerly of Dashwood and Mississauga, age 78

Posted by on May 17, 2016

REBER, John - Cropped REBER, John 2REBER:  Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Saturday, May 14, 2016, John George Reber of Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, formerly of Dashwood and Mississauga, age 78.  Beloved husband of Barbara D. (Corkum) Reber of Dashwood.  Loved father and father-in-law of Sheila Dowe and husband Rex of Port Colborne, Sherry Roberts of St. Catharines, Carol and Randy Bell, Crissy and Kevin Woolmer all of Port Colborne.  Remembered by Barbara’s children Kim and Mike Ryckman of Dashwood, Kevin and Alyson Velianou of Hamilton.  Lovingly remembered by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Don Reber, Joyce Reber, Maxine and Clyde Nauss, John Corkum and Parker Corkum.  John will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  Predeceased by his parents John Burke and Elsie (Settee) Reber, son-in-law David Roberts, brothers Jack Reber, Pat Reber, sisters Louise Friesen, Priscilla Reber and sister-in-law Dora Reber.  At John’s request, cremation has taken place, with private family remembrances to be held at a later date.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to the Parkinson Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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TICHENOR: H. Duane of Valemount Formerly of Edmonton

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Dr. H. Duane Tichenor, 83, of Valemount, BC went to be with his Lord March 4, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, California due to acute congestive heart failure. Dr. Tichenor’s sister-law-law, Billie Tichenor; niece, Deborah Ramsgard and friend, Jim Stephenson were at his side.
Dr. Tichenor was born September 18,1932 in New Castle, Indiana to Conrad and Thelma (Reeves) Tichenor. After graduating from New Castle High School, he was in the United States Air Force for 4 years. Dr. Tichenor then went on to receive a B.A. from Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, IN; an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he was a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial and Vocational Education. All of his summers were spent in the Canadian Rockies as a horse wrangler.
Dr. Tichenor’s retirement years were spent in Valemount and Penticton, BC, as well as, traveling with his beloved wife, Rita. After Rita’s passing in 2011, he would spent 5 months every year with family in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA.
Dr. Tichenor is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Tichenor and niece, Donna Tichenor. Dr. Tichenor is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Deanna Tichenor; nieces, Lisa Abrams and Amy Harper of New Castle, Indiana and sister-in-law, Billie (Meadows) Tichenor and niece, Deborah (Tichenor) Ramsgard of San Luis Obispo, CA … And numerous fond friends in Canada.
Dr. Tichenor will be interred with his wife in Valemount at a later date.

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Scott: Karen Joy of Chase BC Formerly of Gibson BC

Posted by on January 21, 2016

images-4Mom you past peacefully in your sleep Jan 14 2016. You had chest pain ,and went to lay down , but you never woke up. My mom was born Oct 3 rd 1960 in Englehart Ont. Although she traveled throughout Canada as I was a child she found peace in Gibson BC. She leaves behind her only daughter Maryanne Scott ,and son in law Jessy Scorah ,and son Patrick Harvey. Her loving man Ray of ten years ,sisters Angela Scott , Evelyn Scott. ,brothers Joe Scott , Calvin Scott , Paul Scott.throughout Canada. She had a spunk about her ,and will be missed by many friends along the way. She was a very strong lady ,and survived many obstacles in life ,and its reassuring that she has finally found peace.She had five grandchildren eldest being Emily Scott ,who has great memories of her growing up ,and will miss her tremendously. Until we meet again I loved you

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STAM, Rev.Clarence (Klaas) of Hamilton

Posted by on January 3, 2016

STAM, Rev. Clarence (Klaas)

 

Peacefully, on January 1, 2016, our beloved husband, father, and Opa was called home in his 68th year, to be with his Lord and Saviour. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Marga (nee Kraal), and his children Lawrence Stam, Richard and Tracey Stam, Alina and Michael Noot, and Anne-Marie and Rick VanIperen. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Jordan, Austin, and Logan Stam; Liana, Alexa, and Jared Noot; and Megan, Kristen, Clark, Natalie, Ruth, and Ariella VanIperen. He was predeceased by his beloved son Edward Stam in 1992. Loved brother of the late Jenny and the late Gerrit VanWoudenberg, the late Ben and Ria Stam, Len and Hennie Stam, John Stam, and Bev and Bill Schouten; and brother-in-law of Jane Stam, Hilly and the late Wim Van Ingen, Egbert and the late Betty Kraal, Jaap and Grietje Kraal, Geke and Frans Tijssen, Jacomien and Henk Broer, Alet and Theo Aalbers, Eveline and Jan Neutel. He will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Clarence faithfully served the Canadian Reformed churches from 1972 to 2004.  Special thanks go to the doctors and nurses of Juravinski E3 for their care and compassion during his illness. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at CORNERSTONE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 353 Stonechurch Rd. E., Hamilton, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Donations to Mission Brazil (Gospel Action Brazil) in support of the ongoing mission and aid project in Maceió Brazil, or to the Harvest Endowment Foundation in support of Christian education would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

? (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

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MCDONALD (NEE CONWAY): Rita Christine of Kamloops Formerly of 100 mile house,bc, and Sault Ste Marie , Ontario

Posted by on December 29, 2015

images-4Rita peacefully passed away on Decenber 22, 2015
She was the Mom for her seven children Kelly,Kim,Heather,Trish,Maureen,Melinda,Emmett.She was married to Keith Gordon Mcdonald who passed on Dec 13,1990.Mom was one of 15 children born in the sault sre marie ontario to Howard and Lillian(Lilly) Conway and mom is also the last of that family.She will be missed by all that knew her especially her children.R.I.P. Mom..Until We Meet Again

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HOUGHTON: Mrs. Helen Irene (nee Taylor) of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 2, 2015

helen houghton early photohelen houghton 003HOUGHTON, Mrs. Helen Irene (nee Taylor) of St. Thomas has gone to glory. Helen died peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of Donald I. Houghton for 65 years. Dearly loved mother of Barbara Whidden (late Don) of Edmonton, AB, Gregory Houghton (Sharon) of Kamloops, BC, Sharon Houghton Ross (Allen) of Midland, MI, and Ward Houghton (Sylvia VanHemert) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandmother of Michael (Ashley), Timothy (Michelle), Joshua (Simone), Daniel (Eden), Elise, Colleen, Andrea, Damon, Taylor, Emily, and Aaron. Proud great grandmother of Camille and Isaac. Dear sister of the late Marie Brown (late Gordon). Also fondly remembered by her in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Born in Niagara Falls, ON, June 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Lillian (nee Snow) Taylor. Helen was a member of New Sarum Baptist Church. She was very involved at the former Broderick Memorial Baptist Church, St. Thomas, having served as Sunday school secretary, a member of the choir, Ladies Aid, Baptist World Mission Society and the Thirza Lewitt Mission Circle. She was a graduate, staff member, and served on the board at Alma College, St. Thomas. She was a member of the Alma College Alumnae Association. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall. Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Email messages of condolence may be sent to siftonfuneralhome@sympatico.ca

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PETZKE: Robert (Bob) Walter of Exeter, formerly of Port Severn

Posted by on November 30, 2015

Petzke, Robert Photo-W150Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, on Sunday, November 29, 2015 of Exeter, and formerly of Port Severn, in his 77th year. Loving father and father-in-law of Sue and Marc Bruyere of Kamloops, Ruth and Jeff Slaght of Crediton, Ed and Celina Petzke of Kamloops, and Dan and Laurie Petzke of Kamloops. Cherished papa of Brody, Taylor, Jessica, Hailey, Jordan, Allison, Jesse, Ashley, Mariah, and Devon. Friend of Judy Vipond and all of her extended family from Kamloops and Sault Ste. Marie. Dear brother-in-law of Barb Petzke of Islingston. Predeceased by his parents Phyllis and Edwin Petzke, brothers Ralph, and Frank Petzke.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Waubaushene Protestant Cemetery, 13691 Hwy 12, Coldwater (Oro-Medonte). Cremation with interment.

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Queensway Nursing Home would be appreciated by the family.

Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (www.haskettfh.com) entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Grant: Stella (Bonnie) of Port Coquitlam Formerly of Sechelt, Castlegar

Posted by on October 7, 2015

images-4Bonnie Grant, 85 of Port Coquitlam, B.C. (formerly of Sechelt and Castlegar) died Sept 30th, 2015. “Bonnie” daughter of Albert and Mary Lapointe, loving wife of Jack Grant passed away peacefully after a long battle with COPD. She is survived by her two sons Jack and Patrick. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren her sister Jeannine in Kamloops and many nieces and nephews. She carried a heavy heart upon losing her only daughter Mari, in 1994. Bonnie worked in many facets of caring. She was a facilitator for the West Kootenay Society for the Mentally Challenged, a Care Aid for Raspberry Lodge rest home and many other positions that made life better for anyone around her. She was never one to sit idly. Bonnie was the queen of crafts and sewing. She handmade all the grandchildrens’ Halloween costumes which they still remember to this day. She came to the nickname “Busy Bonnie” honestly. She was a very unique person and family meant everything to her. She will be greatly missed by the family and anyone that had the chance to cross paths with her. No services are planned at her request. Bonnie will be placed to rest with her husband Jack in Sechelt, B.C.

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KIYOOKA: Ann Margaret of Valemount Formerly of Hinton

Posted by on October 3, 2015

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It is with great sadness that we share that our beautiful ANN KIYOOKA died on Monday, September 28, 2015 in a car accident. Our hearts ache that she is gone, but we know that she is home, she is happy, and for this we are grateful.
Ann was born November 23, 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland to Laura Britten-Austen and Ernest Henry Macmillen. Ann had four brothers: Neil, Alasdair, Malcolm and Peter. After training as a nurse in Edinburgh, Ann set off on a lifetime’s adventure, leaving home and coming to Canada. She first worked as a nurse in Montreal. Then she headed west: on the train, she met Frank Kiyooka. Four days together on the train crossing Canada, and the rest is history! Ann and Frank married under the blue Alberta sky in Hinton, Alberta on July 1, 1963. Ann and Frank had four children: Sachiko, Gen, Hanae and Sumio. In 1981, they moved to a rural property west of the Rockies near Valemount, B.C.
ANN GRACED US ALL with her love, her sensibility, her thoughtfulness, her artistry and her faithfulness. Ann had a poet’s soul: she felt things deeply and appreciated and created beauty around her. She cared very much about how she lived and she showed this in so many ways. She had so many gifts. We all feel bereft that she is no longer here.
Ann leaves Frank, her husband of 52 years, her four children, her granddaughters Elena, Emi, Siri and Marin, her grandson Elijah, her four brothers and their families, Frank’s family and so many beloved friends.
A mass of Christian burial for Ann will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tete Jaune Community Hall near Valemount, B.C., followed by a gathering to celebrate Ann’s life. You are welcome to send condolences to Ann’s daughter, Sachiko at: slk182@gmail.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation Ann’s name to one of the Catholic humanitarian agencies below which were meaningful to Ann.
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace: https://www.devp.org/en

Chalice: A Catholic Sponsorship Program http://www.chalice.ca

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SCHWARTZ: Alvin of Chesley, formerly of Sullivan Township

Posted by on March 26, 2015

Alvin Schwartz 2Alvin Alexander Schwartz of Chesley, formerly of Sullivan Township, slipped away quietly, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in his 96th year.

Beloved husband of the late Hazel Georgina (Wells, Grein). Loving father of Wayne (Vida) of Waterloo, Katie (Randy) Brooks of Okanagan Centre, B.C., and father-in-law of Bev Gallinger of Chesley. Alvin will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Wanda (Terry) Luke of Ariss, Rob Gallinger of Allan Park, Renee (Andrew) Kent of Hamilton, Mia Brooks (Zev Tiefenbach) of Salmon Arm B.C. and Carly (Shayne) Brandel of Nelson, B.C. Grieving Alvin’s loss will be his nine great-grandchildren, brother Allan (Betty) Schwartz of Chesley as well as his nieces, nephews and their families.

Alvin was predeceased by his daughter Lorraine Gallinger, parents Alexander and Minnie (Sulkye) Schwartz and sisters Lyla Schwartz and Marjorie (Ian) McKinnon.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Alvin’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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