LABINE: Theodore Joseph Bryan of Surrey

Posted by on April 26, 2017


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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JENKINS: Wayne of Prince George

Posted by on March 21, 2017


Wayne Stephen Jenkins was born on March 30th, 1943 to Terry & Pete Jenkins in New Westminster. He left this earth on March 11th, 2017 at the Gateway Lodge in Prince George, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s complicated recently by Multiple Myeloma.

Wayne grew up in Coquitlam and went to Como Lake High School – Grad 1961. He met his future wife, and the love of his life – Ginny, in grade 9 and they were married in 1964 in Riverside, California. The following year he graduated from UBC with his BA and began his first career as an elementary school teacher.

Wayne went on to teach in BC & Quebec. (Hixon Elementary, Quinson Elementary, Stone Creek Elementary, Terrebonne Heights Elementary.) Upon his return to BC he transitioned to a career in home sales in Kamloops, and then eventually onto Real
Estate back in Prince George. He was active in the community and also served for some years on the local Real Estate Board as well as a term on the National Board. When asked about the difference between teaching and sales he laughed. “They are pretty similar to me, I am just helping people.”

Wayne loved people. Little people, big people. He had many old friends but was never shy to talk to a stranger. He also loved this city, especially UNBC, and despite trying to live a few other places he always returned.

His first son was born in 1966, Andrew, followed three years later by David. The late 60’s and early 70’s were complicated times and Wayne, Janni and Ginny were blessed with two more children in 1971, Michael and Kathryn.

He raised his children with a love for the outdoors. Summers spent at Norman Lake and winters at Purden Mountain. In his later years he took up golfing, not so much for getting ball in the hole but for the time outside with friends.

He will be missed by his friends and family but especially by his 8 grandchildren: Loic, Piper, Gavin, Cara, Charlotte, Hazel, Lillian & Faye.

Wayne’s parents both died of Alzheimer’s and our family has been struggling with this disease since the 1980’s. Research toward this disease is important to the whole family.

Donations to to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC – – or UNBC

A celebration of life will be held at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club (2601 Recplace Drive), Friday, March 17th, 2pm.

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MATWYUK, Kenneth of Belleville

Posted by on February 1, 2017

Matwyuk, Kenneth – peacefully at his residence, with family at his side, on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in his 69th year.  Son of the late John and Frances Matwyuk.  Beloved husband of Deborah (nee Tripp) of Belleville.  Loving father of Peter (Ashley) of Stirling and Proud grandfather of Lillianne. Dear brother of Marie Cole of Lower Sackville, NS, Michael (Deborah) Matwyuk of Prince George, BC and Janine (Blaine) Brethour of Penticton, BC.  He will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and extended family. Ken was a Trustee of Genoa Assembly #0863 and a former Treasurer of Archbishop Wilhelm Council #1008 of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid outdoorsman, an active member of Holy Rosary Parish and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273) on Friday, February 3rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus leading prayers at 5:30 p.m.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 169 North Park Street on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with Interment of the urn at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the Holy Rosary Building Fund, The Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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

Posted by on January 30, 2017


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, 250-860-7077.

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WHITEHEAD: Jordan Ian of Burnaby

Posted by on January 30, 2017


It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our son and brother, Jordan Ian Whitehead, after a courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jordan’s bright and beautiful spirit was freed from his ailing body at the age of 23 early in the morning on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Vancouver General Hospital while surrounded by family.

Jordan was the youngest of three children, born on September 7, 1993 in Nanaimo, BC. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Whitehead; and his beloved dog, Sparky. Jordan is survived by his parents, Ian and Diane (Hendrickson) Whitehead; sister, Melanie (Hendrickson) Guenther; brother, Ryan Whitehead; maternal grandparents, Keith and Anne Hendrickson; his cat, Oz; and a shitload of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Jordan’s favorite sayings were “Blargh” and Rooster Teeth quotes, such as “I will eat your unhappiness”. Favorite songs, Spread Your Wings by Queen and Its My Life by Bon Jovi. Favorite shows, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. He loved chicken strips, anything peachy, the Discovery Channel, and the anime and manga franchise Naruto. He would often make up his own words and songs that usually only made sense to him. He enjoyed activities such as family poker games, listening to Rooster Teeth podcasts, playing online games with his brother, attending Camp Squamish, Pax11, Vancouver Canucks games and staying at Canuck Place. Jordan despised peas, heights and being poked. He also thought babies were weird.

Jordan was a unique and caring individual who touched the lives of all that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, brother, grandson, and friend. Even in his final moments, he was a model of strong will and sheer determination. We will miss his keen sense of humor, silly songs, his ability to tell it like it is and his beautiful blue eyes.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 7 (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in the North Shore Ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites, located at 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities in Jordan’s name.

• Muscular Dystrophy Canada
• Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
• Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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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 Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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FORSBLOOM: Wayne of Mill Bay, Vancouver Island Formerly of Calgary,Alberta

Posted by on November 5, 2016


June 10, 1943- October 11, 2016
Wayne Forsbloom passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, at the age of 73.
He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Sandra with whom he shared 53 wonderful years; son Derek (Bonnie) Forsbloom, their children Tori and Camryn; daughter Dana (Darren) Niblock, their children Zaya (Connor) Etheridge and Taeva; son Todd (Dana) Forsbloom, their children Jude and Jet; son Dean (Twila) Forsbloom, their son Levi. He will also be missed by his sisters Joanne (Roddy) McKay and Sandy Forsbloom.
Wayne’s faith in his creator was instilled from infancy. He dedicated his life to Jehovah on September 5, 1943 in Vernon BC. He had complete faith in God’s promise of a resurrection to a paradise earth as promised at John 5:28,29.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be help at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 5 at the Calgary Kingdom Hall Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2900 14th Avenue NE Calgary, AB.
We would like to thank all the caregivers and staff (nurses and doctors) at the Cowichan District Hospital and the Chemainus Health Care Centre who were so kind. Special thanks to Dr. Masuda and some really special nurses who went above and beyond.

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ELLINGHAUS: Hans Volker of Terrace Formerly of Germany

Posted by on September 23, 2016


Hans Volker Ellinghaus passed away peacefully on September 3rd after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernst Ellinghaus and Elisabeth (nee Kaumanns) and his sister. He is survived by his loving partner of 10 years, Fiona. He is also survived by his son and best friend, Falk, his wife Stacey and their children, Selina and Koen. He is also survived by his daughter, Stephanie, her husband Gerry and their children, Shanna and Joey. Also his ex wife Sheila. Volker had many friends through the Ministry Of Forests as he had a career with there for 20 years until his retirement in 2010. Prior to that he had a career with the German Military Police. He was a good and kind man with a gentle spirit. He will be missed by many and loved forever by those who knew him best. Rest in Peace.

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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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HOLLAND: Pamela Jean (Brown) of Campbell River

Posted by on July 11, 2016

images-4Born March 14, 1958 in Mount Vernon, Indiana; died June 12th, 2016, of cardiac arrest, in Campbell River, BC. Jean was John and Pamela Brown’s daughter and sister to three older brothers. She married Bill Holland in 1982, and they were divorced in 1996. For the last 36 years of her life, she was a loving mother to her sons, Nigel and Nicholas.

A happy child, Jean could be quite funny. “My three rotten brothers stepped on an ant and then put it in a matchbox,” she once wrote. “They then instructed me to go to the backyard with a spoon and give the dearly departed a decent burial. As I was walking back into the house to report a job well done, my foot landed on a wasp. And I began howling in pain. My brothers all found this extremely funny. They thought I was mourning the bloody ant!”

My brother Jack and I would often tease her by calling her “Little Itch” – the name coming from an afternoon cartoon show we watched on a black-and-white television set. The original Itchy was an anthropomorphic mouse. She hated the nickname at first, but I, at least, continued to use it to the end of her life.

“I remember the little blonde heart-stealer, full of energy who adored her older brothers,” our cousin Angela wrote when hearing of her passing.

When I left home for university in 1965, she was only seven years old, so the times we spent together after that were primarily family holidays and phone calls. During those years she had a difficult adolescence, but our parents worked hard to keep her on an even keel. “We do the best we can,” my father would sigh when things were at their worst. The “worst” generally involved dealing with addiction issues, which contemporary thinking sees as a medical rather than a moral issue.

Jean resented our parents’ move from the US to Vancouver Island in 1972, but she rarely left the island thereafter; the laid-back island lifestyle seemed to suit her well. About 1981, she met her husband-to-be, Bill Holland, who worked as a tree topper in the British Columbia forest industry.

Our parents moved from Sidney B.C. to Qualicum Beach to be near them. Jeannie and Bill owned a small, quaint house where they kept chickens and raised their children.

Jean and her father enjoyed a classic father-daughter relationship. He adored her; she idolized him.

Throughout the 1980s, she and her mother were ”best friends” – on the phone to each other many times a day, frequently browsing for treasures at garage sales. She accumulated quite an impressive collection of old dolls at those sales, and secured a government grant to develop a doll repair business. Her room full of antique dolls was a delight to adults and children alike. She could fix any doll and bring it back to life.

As the boys in our family brought their wives and girlfriends to see our parents, Jeannie was always kind and thoughtful. She loved my first wife’s mother, and couldn’t get over the fuss that lady would make over her. She had years of sobriety when she and Bill would go to church almost every Sunday, and they became quite involved with a local church group.

Jean’s life quickly changed after our father died, however, perhaps because of her grief over Dad’s passing. She and Bill went to a rock concert and, “for old times’ sake,”smoked up. From then on they struggled to maintain sobriety. They later divorced, and Jean became a single mother. She adored her boys above all else.

Jean’s boys were the joy of her life. In 1999 Jean and her kids visited me and my family during the Calgary Stampede. At that time, she had been drug-free for the better part of two years and was rightly proud of that achievement. Nigel and Nicholas were 11 and 12, and full of curiosity.

I last spoke to her three months ago, to tell her that our brother Jack had died on April 20th. She cried when she heard the news, and said “as the youngest, I will watch all of you die.” She left us barely seven weeks later. I didn’t learn of her passing until nearly a month after she was gone, because holidays made me inaccessible.

Our cousin Angela best summarized the deaths of Jean and her brother, which came so close together. “All lives have purpose,” she said. “Perhaps theirs is to be with each other in spirit, wherever it drifts.”

I already miss my phone calls with Little Itch.

A special “thank you” to Jasbir Gill for helping me with these memories.

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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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CARNEGIE: Candice Dorothy of Deroche Formerly of New Westminster

Posted by on April 22, 2016

images-4Carnegie, Candice Dorothy (Fraser)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister Candice Dorothy Carnegie (Fraser), at the age of 64.  Candice passed away peacefully with her family at her side.  She will be sadly missed by her loving family; husband, Alexander Carnegie, children Letricia (Ian), Geoffrey Young and Christopher Young (Karie), sister Dennine MacKeen (Gordon), step-children Amanda Inglis (Dean), Helen Carnegie and grandchildren Alicia, Bryden, Kira, Luke, Elizabeth, Wyatt and Sierra, nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, James Fraser & Margaret McDonnell.  After graduating from New Westminster Senior Secondary, Candice led a full and happy life.  For 27 years, she was an administrative assistance at Children’s Hospital and 5 years at the Vancouver Cancer Agency.  She loved to sew and tend to her indoor and outdoor plants and flowers.  She thoroughly enjoyed the hours she spent with her grandchildren.  Candice spent her last 5 days under the incredible care of Cascades Hospice (Chilliwack) and, in memory, donations can be made to a trust account for Cascades Hospice – Account #6444162 – transit 9056.

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HEXT; Betty of Wyoming

Posted by on April 20, 2016

HextBetty1Betty Loreen Hext of Wyoming, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the age of 73. Beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Hext for nearly 50 years. Loving mother of Tammy (Noel) Bowes of Burlington, Pamela Hext (Mark LeRuez) of Prince George, BC, Kerri (Jason) McKichan of Petrolia, and Scott Hext (Marlene Blain) of Oakville. She was the loving grandmother of Sydney and Aidan McKichan, Evan Bowes, Jenna and Kensey LeRuez, and Jordyn Hext. Dear sister of Ruth (Don) Pethick and their children. Betty will be missed by her brothers-in-law Rick (Liz) Hext, Dave (Janet) Hext and Jim (the late Tracy) Hext, and her nieces and nephews. Betty’s greatest joy in life was teaching children and even after retiring was still known to tell great stories about the children she taught. Visitation will be held at the WYOMING CHAPEL, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1-4pm and 7-9pm. A funeral service will be held at the Wyoming United Church, 730 Second St., Wyoming on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1pm. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery. Special thanks to: the personnel at Community Care Access Centre; the nurses from the VON; the doctors and nurses of St. Joseph’s Hospice; and the doctors and nurses of the Oncology Department of Bluewater Health. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations by cheque to the St. Joseph’s Hospice ( or the Canadian Cancer Society ( Memories, pictures and condolences may be shared online at

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RAYNER: Albert of New Westminster, BC

Posted by on February 2, 2016

images-4RAYNER, Albert Reginald. (April 6th, 1950? to January 19th, 2016)
Al Rayner passed away peacefully January 19th 2016 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his two sons Derrick (Alyson) and Dennis; his three granddaughters Bridget, Julia and Megan; his siblings Gwen, Shirley, Ernie (Riki), Sharon (Roland), Dian (Brian) and Dan, as well as his loving companion Gloria. He is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Mary, and his sister Debbie. The family wishes to thank Loralee Andalis, Al’s healthcare worker and devoted friend, for her commitment to his wellbeing.
Al was known for his generosity of spirit. He was a thoughtful friend, a kind neighbour, a proud father and grandfather. He deeply loved his children and grandchildren – wishing for them healthy, happy lives. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held on March 13th (1:00 p.m.) at the Eagles Hall (23461 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge).
If desired, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association are appreciated.

“Not all wounds are so visible. Walk gently in the lives of others.”

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CASEY: Kris (Kristopher Glen) of Vancouver, BC Formerly of Rock Creek, BC

Posted by on January 12, 2016

images-4It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son, brother and uncle on January 1, 2015 at the age of 41 in Vancouver BC. Born on December 5, 1974 in Squamish, BC, Kris is predeceased by his loving mother Kitty Casey and survived by a family that will miss him very much – his father Merv Casey (Marilyn), sister Michelle Casey (Andrew), sister Kristen O’Connor (Shane) and brother David Casey (Mary), nieces Angela Corfe, Ashley O’Connor & Thea Casey as well as nephews Cole O’Connor and Kieran Casey.

As a child Kris lived various places around BC and Alberta, he was a fun loving child who had quite the sense of humor and loved to play pranks and practical jokes. Kris always had a love for animals throughout his life and especially for his cats.

Kris spent the majority of the last 2 decades in Vancouver where he developed a strong network of life long friends and people that left an imprint on his life and in his heart. So many people, friends old & new and healthcare workers were there for him and we would like to thank all of the people who were there for Kris in his times of need, the stories and memories you have reached out to share have brought much comfort.

Kris had a generous heart, was a kind and caring person and always gave everyone a chance, although he struggled in the last few years of his life he never lost these qualities and for that will be fondly remembered.

As per his wishes Kris will be cremated and laid to rest with his mother’s ashes, family will hold a celebration of life summer of 2016 and fulfill his final wishes. We know Kris treasured his friends and that those too were his family, respects can be paid by visiting a Facebook page created in his memory ( ) or by emailing the family at

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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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MATSUNAGA: David of Gatineau Formerly of Trois Rivieres, La Tuque, Toronto, Slocan

Posted by on December 14, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful death of David K Matsunaga
on december 9th 2015 in Gatineau, at the age of 71 .

Beloved husband of Marilyn Sabean and son of late Shizuo Matsunaga and late Dorothy Uyeyama.

He leaves behind his daughter: Lisa; he also leaves his three brothers : Carmen ( late Martha), Raymond ( Shirley) and Errol (Linda) and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

The celebration of prayers will be held at the COOPÉRATIVE FUNÉRAIRE DE L’OUTAOUAIS, at 1369, La Vérendrye O. Bvld, in Gatineau, on décember 20th 2015 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive condolences at 1:30 pm.

The family wishes to thank everyone who supported us during David’s illnesses.
Online condolences may be made at

For more information: 819-568-2425 Fax: 819-568-2426

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PEARCE, Matthew of Prince George formerly of London

Posted by on November 19, 2015

2012 Visitor in our backyard Ailsa CraigPearce, Matthew William

It is with heavy hearts the family of Matthew Pearce announce his passing on November 12th, 2015 in Prince George, B.C. Survived by his loving parents Robert and Janice Pearce of Ailsa Craig and  beloved sister Caitlin (Keith) Lacy of Brooklin, Ontario. Special Uncle of Connor Lacy. Matthew will be sadly missed by his Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Matt was a brave warrior who faced many challenges, but he had a caring soul which touched the lives of, and made profound impacts on, the many people he met. He was often more willing to help others than deal with his own issues. He was an old soul at a young age, and he lived an active and eventful life. He frequently found solace by wandering alone in the wilderness. Matthew’s spirit now soars with the hawks.Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th, 2015 from 6-9p.m at Denning’s of Ailsa Craig. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 28th at 11a.m at the Grace Anglican Church, Ilderton, lunch to follow the service. Cremation has occurred. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


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HARRIS: Beverly (Bev) Lloyd of Houston, BC, formerly of SW Ontario

Posted by on October 27, 2015

Harris, Beverly-W150It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Beverly Lloyd Harris (Bev) of Houston, BC.  Bev succumbed to illness in the early hours of Sunday, October 25, 2015 at BV District Hospital in Smithers, BC at the age of 78.  He was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario where he met and married the love of his life.  After their children were born, he moved the family to BC where he lived and worked until his death.  Bev was predeceased by his parents Percy Lloyd and Rosa Mae (Dearing) Harris.  He is survived by his loving wife Pauline Harris, daughters Angela DesChamps (Michael), and Alice Harris, his grandsons Kody DesChamps and Kole DesChamps and his sister Patricia Noakes (William) of Hensall, ON.   He also leaves behind many extended family and friends.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be updated on Friday, October 30th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bev’s name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

He will be loved and missed forever!

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KIYOOKA: Ann Margaret of Valemount Formerly of Hinton

Posted by on October 3, 2015

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:
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:

Chalice: A Catholic Sponsorship Program

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PEARSON: Sylvia Simone of Surrey Formerly of Prince Albert, SK

Posted by on June 11, 2015

images-4PEARSON, Simone Sylvia April, 10 1941 – June 7th, 2015. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sylvia Pearson. Sylvia was born on April 10th, 1941 in Batoche, SK to Jean and Helene Caron. She was the eight of nine children, pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Neil, Edward, Lucien, and Lloyd and her sisters, Edna and Gloria. Sylvia is also survived by her sisters, Kathleen and Margaret. Sylvia is also survived by her loving husband Larry, sons Darcy (Kathy) and Boyd (Monica). She is survived by grandchildren Devan and Grady, and several nieces and nephews.

Sylvia married the love of her life, Larry, in June of 1970, and raised her sons in Surrey. She was a hard-working woman and had many friendships she cultivated through the years. Sylvia loved to laugh, engage in family events and dinners, and was especially proud of her sons, their wives, and her two grandchildren. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will be held at Avalon Funeral Home, Surrey on Saturday, June 20th, at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Terry Fox Foundation.

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BRAIS, Huguette (née Paquet) of Sudbury, ON

Posted by on June 10, 2015

BRAIS, HuguetteThe family announces with great sorrow her passing in Sudbury, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the age of 80 years. Beloved mother of Charmaine Brais and Brigitte Brais both of North Bay, Paul (Jean), Guy (Christa) and Alain (Nicole Audette) all of Kitimat, B.C. and Louise Langis (Robert) of Azilda. Dear sister of Marcel, Fernande, Carmen, Armande, Rachelle, Gilles, Raymond and Suzanne. Dear sister of Marcel, Fernande, Rachel, Armande, Carmen, Raymond, Hubert, Gilles, Michel, Jean-Pierre and Suzanne. Predeceased by her brother Roger and by her sisters Rollande and Pierrette. Cherished grandmother of Natalie, Shane, Martin, Elise, Renée, Chantale, Michael, Marc, André, Adrian, Mathieu, Samantha, Veronique, Patrick and great-grandmother of 4. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4691 RR 15, Chelmsford, Monday, May 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel. Donations to the Addiction Research Foundation can be made by cheque or online at

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JOLY; Denis of Petrolia and formerly of Fort Saskatchewan and St. Paul, Alberta

Posted by on April 19, 2015

JolyDenisPassed away at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, on Sunday, April 19, 2105, at the age of 73. He is survived by his loving wife Darlene, sons Brian (Yvonne) of Prince George, British Columbia, Steven and Greg of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and daughter Denise O’Neill (Sean) of St. John’s, Newfoundland; step-daughters Candice Racher of Brigden, Ontario, Catrina Clouatre of Edmonton, Alberta; grandchildren, Dawson and Jaylynne; and step-grandchildren, Rachel and Chris.  Denis is survived by his brothers, Lionel of Quebec City, Val (Eva) of St. Paul, Alberta, Lou (Rolande) of Vernon, British Columbia, Hector (Linda) of Kelowna, British Columbia, and Pat of Red Deer, Alberta, and by his sisters Viviane Spendiff of Red Deer, Alberta, Evelyn Foster (Charlie) of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Louise Warholik (John) of St. Paul, Alberta, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.  Denis was predeceased by his parents Leo Paul and Isabelle Joly, his sister Lucille Adams, and by his sons, Ken and Barry.  As requested by Denis, there will be no funeral.  Denis’s ashes will be buried in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to a charity of your choice and can be arranged by calling the NEEDHAM-JAY FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia, Ontario (519) 882-0100.  Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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Mowat, Farley McGill of Port Hope, Ontario

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Farley Mowat

Mowat, Farley McGill
Born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12th, 1921. Died May 6th, 2014 at The Northumberlad Hills Hospital, Cobourg, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Claire (nee Wheeler) for 48 years. Cherished father of Sandy and his wife Kim of Palgrave, Ontario and David and his family of Calgary, Alberta. Loving grandfather of Justin Mowat of Palgrave and Courtney and, Mellissa Mowat of Calgary. Brother of Rosemary Mowat of Barrie, and John and his wife Dianne of Cobourg. Special uncle to Brian, Jeff, and Matthew Mowat. Predeceased by his parents Angus and Helen Mowat and by his first wife Frances Thornhill.
Farley Mowat was a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates. He was the author of 42 books, a writing career that spanned 63 years. His books are read around the world and have been translated into 26 languages. He will be greatly missed by his family and by many friends in many places.
A private family funeral will be held in Port Hope on a later date.
Donations in Farley’s memory may be made to any charity dedicated to helping animals or saving our environment.
Arrangements in care of the Ross Funeral Chapel.


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