Obituaries

  • Evelyn Gertrude Sveinson

    Evelyn Gertrude Sveinson

    1921 – 2020

    Evelyn passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Hospital January 10. She is survived by daughter Sandra Gurney/Karl Abbors, son Bruce Clow/ Marcia Crease/ grandson Peter Gurney/Angie. 

    Evelyn was born and grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick. She and her husband Oscar moved to Gabriola from Burnaby permanently in 1978. Oscar passed away in 1982. 

    Evelyn was very active in the Gabriola Woman’s Institute for many years. She enjoyed many kinds of arts and crafts. Always interested in learning new things she gave demos and sold her crafts at sales and gift shops on and off island. She had fun teaching knitting to the students at school. 

    In her early years on the island she learned to square dance. She went dancing when ever she had a chance. Even in her later years Mom was still always ready to go out and about. 

    She was adventurous right until the end, enjoying her fancy manicures and eating sushi although she had trouble with the chopsticks. 

    In lieu of flowers please donate to your charity. 

  • Edward Gabriel Guertin

    Edward Gabriel Guertin

    Mar. 23, 1937 - Jan. 14, 2020

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Edward in Nanaimo BC after a lengthy illness. He was a loving, loyal, generous and honest man. He was quietly humble and caring in all he did.

    Edward was born in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, the eldest son of Agnes and Leo (deceased). He is survived by his partner of many years Patricia, son Michael(Shauna), daughter Jennith, grandchildren Taylor, Tanner, Addison and Jaidyn, step daughter Emily(Jaime), brother Claude(Claire), sister Lorraine, Aunt Annette and many nieces and nephews.

    Edward attended the University of Manitoba earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts. He worked for the City of Winnipeg as a Transportation Research Planner. 

    After 30 years with the City he moved to Gabriola Island BC where he would spend his retirement. 

    He had many happy years on the Island, enjoying the peaceful lifestyle, leisure time and hobby time, and many happy hours in his workshop. In 2015 he moved to Nanaimo and continued to enjoy his life. We all love him dearly and he will be deeply missed. 

    No service will be held by request.

  • Scott Desmond Nicholls

    Mar. 16, 1962 – Jan. 1, 2020

    A gathering of family and friends celebrated Scott’s life on Tuesday, January 14 in the Virginia Satir Room at The Haven, one of Scott’s favorite places.

    His mother Linda Nicholls, his four children, Jeff, Richard, Cameron and Samantha as well as his youngest of 8 grandchildren, ten-month-old Kane, and his uncle Jim and wife Barb were surrounded by loving friends as we mourned his death and celebrated his life together. 

    Linda expresses heartfelt gratitude for all the wonderful, brave people who gathered in spite of the snowstorm and whose presence was a treasured gift for his grieving family. 

    The presence of those who were unable to attend in person was felt through the loving messages that were sent and that continue to arrive. 

    Scott was predeceased by many people that he loved, including his younger brother Jeffry Max Nicholls and his life-partner Diane Anderson.

    Loving gratitude to Gary Dillon for masterfully guiding the boat that carried Scott to the stars; Elfi Shaw for her graceful orchestration of the gathering on short notice; to Louise Amuir for her generous support in a variety of ways such as snacks including Scott’s favorites, coca cola and potato chips as well as delivery of items for Scott’s four kids and grandbaby who had come from Alberta; Dar and Bruce Yuile for abundant and delicious snacks; Warren Fraleigh for providing space at The Haven. And, thank you to Allannah Dow, Cameron Nicholls and Carolyn Bell for their gift of music during and after. 

    Beloved Scott, the recognition of your essence remains steadfast in our hearts – the purity and sweetness of your loving, the delight you took in the simple things, your joy in giving and receiving gifts, your humour, your chuckle, your love of cars especially Cadillacs, your happiness as a drummer, your caring and resonance with others, your intuitive insights, your relating with the wild birds and your pet mice, fish, cats and dogs, your unique Scott-style -- far-out jeans and abundant bling, from time to time a wild wig and an array of hats. And so much more.

  • Carol Lynne (Lewis) Bickell

    Carol Lynne (Lewis) Bickell

    Dec. 7, 1941 - Jan. 9, 2020

    Born on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, after a seven-year battle with cancer, Carol passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Gabriola Island on January 9, 2020.

    Carol received her RN from the University of Alberta in 1962. Married Harvey Bickell in 1964 and nursed in Edmonton, Tripoli, Libya, and Calgary for a number of years. They traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

    Later, Carol obtained a B.Sc in microbiology and, after studying accounting, managed the office of a public company while Harvey and his crew mined gold in the Klondike and Alaska.

    Carol is survived by her brother, Jack Lewis of Stony Plain, Alberta and sister Elizabeth Lewis of Nanaimo, BC, and many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

    Carol was most grateful to be cared for in her home by a fine group of nurses, especially Tanis Troutman and Susan Purser of Gabriola. Maureen Zdancewicz of Nanaimo Community Services and the Central Island Health Care team who, together, made it possible to be in her home with family and friends. Her keen mind and perfect recall were with her as always.

    A Celebration of Carol’s life to welcome all friends and family is planned at her home on Ricardo Road on the island on January 25, at 2:00pm.

  • Dorothy Arlene Fife 

    Dorothy Arlene Fife 

    Sept. 28, 1933  - Jan. 5, 2020

    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our sweet beautiful mother, grandmother, Aunt. 

    Dorothy Arlene Fife (nee Edwards), Arlene had the kindest soul, and biggest heart she was there to help anyone in need and was a very selfless person and devoted to her family.

    Her bright smile and her contagious laugh would lighten any mood or room.

    Arlene was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2008 and son Jim in 1989. 

    Arlene will be sadly missed by her son David (Donna) Didsbury AB, Bill (Shannon) Wainwright AB, Patti Livie (Steve) Gabriola Island BC. Many Grandchildren Laurie Waiting(Dave) Didsbury AB, Dave Fife Calgary AB, Ryan Fife Didsbury AB, Christina Fife-Zayak (Jon) Sylvan Lake AB, Angela Hepworth (Jon) Red Deer AB, Katelyn Livie Victoria BC.  Step Grandchildren Janelle Hebiert (Brett) Didsbury AB, Laura Simpson Calgary AB, Grant Friesen Wainwright AB. Melissa Glade Calgary AB, Rainbow Miller (Paul) Montreal, Jason Livie (Carolyn) Montreal.  Arlene also had 22 beautiful great grandchildren.

    Arlene was born in Olds Alberta and moved to Kingston Ontario with her parents, then moving to Vancouver which she loved. As a young woman she moved to Innisfail to look after her grandmother, that is where she met her husband Bill. 

    The family moved to Didsbury, where Arlene worked at the Didsbury Hospital for many years.

     In 2003 Arlene and Bill moved to Gabriola Island.

    It was a magical place for both of them; Arlene made many friends and a care giver at heart. She was a hero to all of her family. 

    Mom spread your wings and sore with the wind, we have another angel looking after us.

    There will be not service on Gabriola as per Arlene’s request but there will be a celebration of life in Alberta with all her loving family.

  • Enid Eleanor Halldorson

    Enid Eleanor Halldorson

    May 19, 1919 - Dec. 19, 2019

    It is with gentle sorrow that we announce the passing of Enid Eleanor Halldorson (nee Krause) at age 100 years, 7 months. Enid was clear of mind, peaceful of heart, and fearless in spirit when she made her transition at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, enveloped by the love of her daughters Rhonda Brown, Lynette Jackson, Danita Halldorson (Jeffrey Sloan), and Carma Keats, and her beloved grandson, Tomas Jackson. 

    Pre-deceased by husband Halldor Halldorson (Mindy) in 1973, and son-in-law Rick Jackson in October, 2019, Enid is mourned by Rick and Lynette’s family (daughter Angela, sons Erin, Chris, and Tomas Jackson, daughter-in law Jessica Gamez, and grandchildren Sara Smiley, Isabella and Mateo Jackson), step-granddaughter Jana van Geest-Sloan, grand-godsons Apitak Innuksuk and Nathan Sobko, three generations of Krause and Halldorson nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

    Enid was born in Jansen, Saskatchewan on May 19, 1919 to father Daniel and mother Wanda Krause (nee Miller). The twelfth of thirteen children, Enid excelled as a vocalist from an early age. A voracious reader, she graduated from high school at 15, winning many awards while furthering her studies. 

    Enid joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and, as “Corporal Krausie”, taught and served in the administration of the Strategic Flight Training School near Calgary. She often performed during the war, singing on the CBC, RCAF Radio, and for Victory Bond Tours across Canada.

    After the war, Enid married and raised four daughters, first in Wynyard and then in Regina, Saskatchewan, managing family demands with grace, precision and perseverance. A gracious hostess, her home was always open to family and friends. She continued performing as a soloist, choir member, and with her four daughters, while participating in Masonic fraternal organizations in Saskatchewan (Grand Marshall, Order of the Eastern Star; Queen of Anqet Temple, Daughters of the Nile; Grand Guardian, International Order of Job’s Daughters). After her husband died, Enid pursued a career as a legal secretary and certified Yoga teacher, teaching in the Kootenays, Ottawa and the Oak Bay Monterey Centre in Victoria, BC. She travelled extensively across Canada, the United States, Europe, Egypt, the Holy Land, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands, and was one of the first Canadian tourists to visit China in the 1970s.

    After a number of lengthy stays on Gabriola, in 2002 Enid moved to live permanently with Rick, Lynette and Tomas. She soon took great delight in participating in island community activities, particularly at the Rollo Seniors’ Centre, where she developed lasting friendships at the Discussion Group, PHC’s Stepping Up/Stepping Out program, and monthly seniors’ luncheons. She sang in Gabriola choirs with conductors Jen Turner, Amber Handley, and most recently Leah Hokanson’s Song Keepers. For the past three Remembrance Day Cenotaph ceremonies Enid was honoured to recite In Flanders Fields as a proud representative of the Gabriola Island Veterans Association. Her “Straight Outta Gabriola” interview last February with the Gabriola Elementary kindergarten class and Ken Gurr is a cherished record of her legendary delight in engaging with children.

    A special note of appreciation is extended by Enid’s family to the Gabriola Island Home Support team of home care workers. Enid’s sight-impaired final years of life were enriched by your daily fresh air walks together, and even more by your gentle friendships. She loved each of you wholeheartedly.

    Enid was a confidante and true inspiration to many. Beautiful, brilliant and wise, with an active, open, and curious mind, she was a woman who loved life. She greeted everyone with a wide smile, joyful laugh, kind word, and arms wide open for a hug. Her steadfast Christian faith was reflected in her compassion, her extraordinary capacity to forgive, and her final message: “I love you… Love each other”. We are fortunate to have loved and been loved by this dignified and resilient woman, and are so very proud of our remarkable Enid Eleanor. We will honour her memory always. 

    Enid’s memorial service will be held on Gabriola Island, BC, on January 12, 2020, at the Rollo Centre, 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Enid Halldorson to People for a Healthy Community, in support of the Hot Lunch Program for the children at Gabriola’s Elementary School. Cheques payable to PHC may be sent to People for a Healthy Community, PO Box 325, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X0 referencing in memory of Enid Halldorson; deposits can also be made to People for a Healthy Community referencing in memory of Enid Halldorson at Coastal Community Credit Union Gabriola Branch or online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/11348

  • Mike Thompson

    Mike Thompson

    1934-2019

    It is with profound sadness we find we must live the rest of our lives without our incredibly sweet, kind and caring husband, father, brother, uncle & grandfather. Wife of 38 years, Joann, his sons Art, Bill (Tara) and Mike Jr. (Laura), his sister Joan Fraser and niece Bev Irvine (Den McGinnis), his step-children Laura (Mike Jr.), Randy Miron (Trish) and Adele Garofano (Mark). 10 grandchildren Kris Henry, Ken Thompson (Erin) Kyla Shelefontiuk (Jason), Kris Heckert (Tash), Jena Rostas (Jason), Jesse Kirbyson (Jeremy), Katrina Dobson (Andrew), Mike Thompson III (Rhea), Jessica & Brent Thompson. 16 great grandchildren Rhiannon Henry (Dylan), Tyra Henry, Bradley & Kolton Thompson, Nathan Heckert, Lira Llarena, Holly Ross, Kinslee & Presley Heckert, Ruby & Evie Rostas, Jeff & Jordan Kirbyson, Aydian & Ashton Dobson & Karsyn Samson. Great, great grandson Carter Speidel. Mike spent his life loving and protecting his family and serving his community. He spent 12 years working at the CPR and then put on a suit & tie and joined the insurance business. Mike & Joann founded Coastal Insurance Services in 1983 and retired to Gabriola Island in 2001. Mike was born in New Westminster and raised in Pitt Meadows. He moved to Port Coquitlam where he spent most of his life, raised his sons and served on City Council for 14 years. Mike was an avid coach of sports, including fastball and competitive bowling. He travelled to all Canadian Provinces, most of the United States and many foreign countries but he spent his last days in his most loved place by the sea on Gabriola Island. He will be SO, SO missed. Arrangements for a Celebration will be in Port Coquitlam on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hospital Foundation in your community. Mike would have loved that.

  • Bernard William Wohlleben, P.Eng. 

    Bernard William Wohlleben, P.Eng. 

    January 25, 1935 - November 17, 2019

    Bernard was born in Vancouver, B.C., January 25, 1935, the eldest son of Kai and Mildred Wohlleben (deceased). He is survived by his sister, Ann Fales (David Reid), dedicated caregiver brother Stephen Kai Wohlleben (Mary), daughter Fabienne Synnott (Jérôme Lacroix), step daughter Tammy Lee Lofstrom (Randy), and exwife Judy Burrows, six grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Tina Dykstra, brother Kenneth Wohlleben and sister-in-law Sandy Wohlleben.

    Bernard attended the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree. 

    His engineering career included extensive travel in Quebec, Germany and Northern Europe while employed by ALCAN. He returned to Vancouver and established Xerion Metals, specializing in innovative industrial furnace design and manufacture. In 1989 he and Tina retired to Full Moon Farm on Gabriola Island, B.C. 

    Bernard was a passionate world traveller, speaking five languages and using all available modes of conveyance (cargo ship, motorcycle, schooner, bus, airplane, foot, etc.) to explore the world. He was an accomplished sailplane pilot and parasailed in the Alps on his 75th birthday! He was a valued Lion’s Club member and a regular participant in the Spanish Conversation Group and the Tango Club on Gabriola. He will be missed by many.

    The family is planning an informal Memorial gathering for the spring. Bequests in the memory of Bernard can be forwarded to Lions Foundation of Canada.

  • Richard Wayne Jackson

    Richard Wayne Jackson

    Oct. 17, 1947 –  Oct. 31, 2019

    It is with profound respect and love that we memorialize the life of Richard Wayne Jackson. Rick died peacefully at age 72 on October 31, 2019 at his forest home on Gabriola, enveloped by the love of his wife Lynette, daughter Angela, and sons Erin, Christopher, and Tomas, his brothers Don and Jay, mother-in-law Enid, daughter-in-law Jessica, and grandchildren Sara, Isabella, and Mateo. He is deeply mourned by his vast network of extended family, friends, and national and international colleagues.

    Born in St. Thomas, Ontario on October 17, 1947 to mother Lillian Grace and father Charles Edward Jackson, Rick began his life of dedicated public service at the age of 17, when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, followed by a posting to Chile in the service of the Canadian international diplomatic corps, where he experienced first-hand the destructive trampling of human rights by the Pinochet regime.  He subsequently devoted his life to promoting  the human rights and inherent dignity of all peoples, both nationally and internationally, serving as the International Director of the Canadian Labour Congress, the head of the Immigration and Refugee Board for Western Canada, and Global Expert on Refugee Determination in Latin America for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

     During his international career Rick had the great privilege of conversing with some of the world’s top political and organizational leaders.  He led international delegations in dialogue with several heads of government including Mikael Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, and Nelson Mandela. In 1989 Rick organized and hosted the visit of Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa to Canada, and was with Mr. Walesa when the world first celebrated the news of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  As the former head of the Immigration and Refugee Board for Western Canada, Rick managed seven courts and supervised more than 18 independent immigration adjudicators (judges) responsible for deciding more than 3000 matters per year.  Many of the innovations Rick put in place during this assignment became national practices and continue to assist the Canadian government to improve its effectiveness in dealing with immigration backlogs. 

    In later years Rick extended his international efforts as the Americas Representative for the International Association of Refugee Law Judges, which promotes the development and application of international legal standards to the refugee determination processes of countries worldwide. He was recognized by the United Nations as their Global Expert in Refugee Determination for Latin America, and successfully created and led a multi-nation initiative promoting fair and efficient standards for refugee determination and treatment in Central and South America.

    In addition to his devotion to public service, Rick had a passion for mentorship, and for 40 years effectively facilitated positive and lasting change in others by applying state-of-the-art human change technology to maximum effect.  Intimately familiar with the core competencies, challenges, and creative possibilities of effective personal and organizational leadership, Rick supported leaders in many fields to excel while sharing his first-hand appreciation for the stresses associated with rapid change in the 21st century.

    Rick Jackson was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, a gifted public speaker and raconteur, an international advocate for fairness and equality, a tireless champion of human rights, and a powerful voice raised in support of the inherent dignity of every person, and particularly the most vulnerable among us. He infused his work and relationships with his unique blend of humor, compassion, and acceptance, and exemplified his personal conviction that self-responsibility is the key to positive transformation.  He continues to be deeply loved and cherished by his beloved wife Lynette, his devoted family, and all whose lives have been blessed by his presence and grace. 

    A memorial service will be held on Gabriola Island, BC, on December 1, 2019,  at the Rollo Centre, 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Jackson family asks that donations be made to the Rick Jackson Memorial Fund, at the Gabriola Ecumenical Society (gabriolaecumenical.com), a non-profit organization that encourages and nurtures spiritual questing and fosters inclusive community. Rick dedicated his life to exploring  the challenges of our times with imagination, creativity, and with respect and compassion for all creation and the world is a better place for all of his contributions.  This, too, is the mission of the Gabriola Ecumenical Society.   Cheques payable to the Gabriola Ecumenical Society may be sent to the Rick Jackson Memorial Fund, 610 Rollo Road, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X3; deposits can also be made to the Rick Jackson Memorial Fund at Coastal Community Credit Union Gabriola Branch or on line at https://gabriolaecumenical.com

     “Good night sweet prince:

    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

    ~ Shakespeare

  • Tom Carter

    Tom Carter

    On Sept 12, Tom passed away suddenly at home. His partner in life and love Sharon Arscott would like to invite those who know us to drop by our home for a gathering to remember Tom and help send him off on his next great adventure.

    Please join us on Saturday, October 12 from 2pm to 5pm at
    1157 North Road.