Obituaries

  • David Alec Elliott

    David Alec Elliott

    1943 - 2013

    David Elliott passed away peacefully in Nanaimo on May 25, surrounded by his two sons, Bryn and Frazer, and his daughter-in-law, Janina. 

    A private family service will be held later. 

  • Antal, Richard

    June 23, 1940 (Saskatoon, SK) - June 5, 2013 (Calgary, AB)

    Rick passed away in Calgary after a courageous 14 year long battle with cancer.

    Rick was a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, G-Pa and Uncle. He was an avid electrical engineer, a builder of houses, cars, and boats, a hunter, fisherman, lover of the outdoors. His personal achievements run high and wide. Rick was a friend and mentor to many, many people. He will be missed by all those he touched. 

    There is no Death

    I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.

    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbour.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!”

    There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes!”

    And that is dying. 

    (author unknown)

    I’ve gone fishin…..

    A celebration of Rick’s life will be held in Bragg Creek at a later date.

    In living memory of Rick Antal, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by Mcinnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Cochrane funeral home, 369 railway street, Cochrane. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.  The above obituary may be viewed online at: www.mcinnisandholloway.com

  • Amy Herdis Schweitzer (née Iverson)

    Amy Herdis Schweitzer (née Iverson)

    1921 - 2013

    It is with very sad hearts that we announce Amy’s passing on May 25 after a brief illness while residing at Malaspina Gardens Seniors Facility.

    Amy, the youngest of six children, was born on her family’s farm in Nut Lake, Saskatchewan to Anna and Gustav Iverson. 

    Amy married Henry in 1942 and they built their home and started their family in Algrove until their move to Archerwill in 1954. Amy is predeceased by her husband, Henry (1982); son, Douglas (1990); her parents and five siblings. Amy is survived by her daughter, Carol Billyard; grandchildren, Tara Schweitzer, Ryan (Rosy) Schweitzer, Jim Meneilly and Adriane (Bernard) Schroeder. Amy loved and celebrated her family and was the proud great-grandmother to Mitchell, Eric, Aksel, Thorben and Maya. Amy’s life was also blessed with wonderful nieces and nephews who marked many happy occasions with her over the years.

    After many prairie winters Amy and her husband retired to Gabriola Island in 1980 where they both worked for the Gabriola Home Support Society. After Henry’s death in 1982, Amy persevered, with her children’s help, in finishing the home she and Henry were building at the time of his death. She went on to create a beautiful sanctuary where she cooked wonderful meals and shared lots of laughs with family and friends. Amy will be remembered as an incredibly hard-working, resourceful, private and loyal woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

    A funeral service was held June 1. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Amy Schweitzer’s memory to the BC New Democratic Party and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

  • Robert Ross Farquharson

    Robert Ross Farquharson

    June 9, 1950 - May 20, 2013

    Rob passed away suddenly of a cardiac arrest at the young age of 62. Left to mourn is his partner Les Steinke of 25 years, his brothers Ken (Gwen) of Vancouver, Brian (Leanne) of Penticton, their families, and many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father, George, in 1988 and his mother, Doris, in 2003.

    Rob was a native of Penticton and left after completing high school to pursue his career in teaching in Delta. He served as president of the Delta Teachers Association and finally as administrator for the Delta School Board. He was well liked and known for his sharp mind, decisiveness and fair council.

    Rob retired in 2006 and upon Les’s retirement in 2008 spent five happy years on Gabriola.

    Rob will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held later this summer. He will be greatly missed.

  • John M. Higgins

    John M. Higgins

    Aug. 17, 1953 - Apr. 29, 2013

    John lost his three-year battle with cancer. 

    He passed away peacefully Monday, April 29, 2013 at home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sharon Higgins; and children, daughters Carolyn (Julian), Carly (Jeremy), Kayte, Kristy and son Alex (Ruby). 

    Also his sister Kathleen Coolen (Halifax, NS) and his faithful companion, his dog of 13 years, Buddy.

    A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, May 19 at the Surf Lodge at 1 p.m. Potluck (finger food).

    The Higgins family would also like to say thank you for all the love and support through this difficult time. Also to Dr. Bosman. 

    Thank you for being there for us and helping me through everything. I couldn’t have done it without you.

  • Joyce Mae Campbell

    Dec. 19, 1921 - Mar. 22, 2013

    Joyce Mae Campbell was born in Vancouver on Dec. 19, 1921, and died on March 22, 2013 in Nanaimo at age 91 from a stroke. 

    She was pre-deceased by her husband of 65 years, Robert, and leaves behind her son Warren, daughter Christy, granddaughter Britni, grandsons Clark, Mason, Garrett and Mitchell; and great-grandson Thomas. 

    Joyce was born in Vancouver where she chose nursing as her career and excelled. She initially taught nursing at VGH but early on moved into levels of nursing administration beginning as a head nurse and worked her way up the career ladder. At the time of her retirement she had been the vice president of nursing at Lion’s Gate Hospital for many years. She served on the board of directors for RNABC (now the College of Registered Nurses), the Nurse Administrator’s Association of BC and as a surveyor for the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation. She was recognized by the RNABC with the Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration. 

    For retirement, Joyce moved to Gabriola, where she spent many enjoyable years. Joyce will be remembered for her capability, determination, professionalism and love of family and animals. 

    She will be missed by her many friends and family, who retain many fond memories. A celebration of life will be held in August on Gabriola. 

  • Henry Arthur Blanden

    Henry Arthur Blanden

    Sept. 23, 1924 - Mar. 18, 2013

    It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Art.

    Art is survived by his wife, Maria; daughters Linda, Dale and Wendy; stepchildren Nadia, George and Lidia and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

    A private family service has been held.

  • Arvon Argyle Keating

    Arvon Argyle Keating

    Feb. 21, 1924 - Mar. 17, 2013

    Arvon Argyle Keating, 89, passed away on March 17, 2013 in Nanaimo, B.C. after a long and full life. He was born on Feb. 21, 1924 in Silverton, MB to Wallace and Hattie (McFarlane) Keating. 

    Arvon is survived by his children Leslie Mercer of Nanaimo, B.C., Audrey (Elaine) Keating of Parksville, B.C., Gyle (Sam) Keating of Salt Spring Island, B.C., and Kent (Debbie) Keating of 100 Mile House, B.C.; his brother Larry Keating of Cranbrook, B.C. and his sister Margaret Gray of Winnipeg, MB; his grandchildren Jeremy (Lauren) Keating, Annya (Patrick) Linfoot, Naomi (Andrew) Jacobs, Jennifer (Paul) Denby, Stephanie (Jesse) Mercer, Brandon (Kristen) Keating, Aaron Keating, and Tiffany Keating; his great-grandchildren Ember, Carter and Connol; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

    Arvon was predeceased by his parents Wallace and Hattie Keating and his wife Betha (Calis) Keating. 

    Arvon grew up on a farm and went to school in Clandeboye and Selkirk, MB. In the early 1940s, after graduation, he worked for two years as a laboratory technician for the Manitoba Sugar Company. Then in 1943 he joined the R.C.A.F., trained as a pilot and became a flying instructor. At the end of the war, he enrolled in the science faculty at the University of Manitoba, but after two years returned to Clandeboye where he farmed from 1947 to 1960. 

    In the late 1950s, Arvon struggled over continuing to farm or to follow a calling to the ministry. He decided on the ministry and graduated from United College in Winnipeg (now the University of Winnipeg) in 1965, with degrees in both arts and theology. After his ordination, Arvon served as a United Church minister in several rural charges in Western Manitoba, including Emerson-Dominion City, Nesbitt-Carroll and Gladstone. 

    In 1975, Arvon moved to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and served in a team ministry at St. Andrew’s before moving on to Trinity United. In the early 1980s, he took on a stint installing deck coverings before accepting a call to Bethany United in Surrey, B.C. Arvon returned to Nanaimo in the late 1980s and, as a semi-retired minister, served Gabriola United Church until he retired permanently. 

    During his career, Arvon led lively Bible study and youth groups and was active at both Presbytery and Conference levels. He had the knack of communicating the complex in ways that were easily understood. On Sunday mornings, many a child and parent were fascinated by his stories while they waited to find out what mystery lay hidden in a simple cardboard box or brown paper bag.

    Arvon married Betha Calis on June 20, 1951 in Selkirk, MB, and remained devotedly married for 52 years until her death in 2003. A deeply caring parent, Arvon saw into the hearts of his children and grandchildren and gave each one his abiding love.

    Multi-skilled, Arvon pursued a variety of hobbies, including gardening, lapidary, whittling and wood turning. In his hands, the most unpromising chunk of wood was transformed into a perfectly proportioned vase, goblet or bowl. Arvon was also an avid curler, a deadly shot at crokinole and a daunting cribbage player. He enjoyed watching hockey and football and was a lifelong Bombers fan. 

    Arvon’s broad and deep knowledge base, warm humanity and twinkling eyes made him approachable and appealing to people of all ages and walks of life. He accepted people as they were, without judging, and offered kindness, compassion and encouragement unstintingly. A stalwart oak, he knew how to bend.

    A memorial service will be held at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Road in Nanaimo on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow. A private interment will take place at a later time. 

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. 

  • Jacob Chaos

    Jacob Chaos

    “Jacob Chaos, loving partner, uncle, brother, mentor and lover of all things innocent and good, passed away in Santiago, Chile, Monday, 25 February 2013, after a brief but brave challenge with cancer.

    Jacob’s life motto was “live life with love and have no regrets”.  That he so did.  At the time of his passing, Jacob was a Professor of English Language and Culture at the University of Information Sciences (UCINF) in Santiago, Chile. He was loved by his students and equally respected by his peers and colleagues.  Through his avante garde use of modern media - You Tube, Twitter, FaceBook, and theatrical outlet, he vastly enlarged the horizons of his students and consistently challenged them to extend themselves and confidently believe in their skills and abilities.  He imbued in them as well a love of life, respect and patience for all things and, that they could truly make a difference in the world about them.  

    Jacob loved his adopted homeland of Chile and the bustling capital of Santiago.  In February 2012, he visited his family in Canada and provided too all, a marvellous uplifting visit.  He relayed too though, that his visits to Canada would be reduced in upcoming years, owing to his becoming engrossed in his work and commitments in Chile.  The family bonds would remain in tact though, in that he invited all to come and visit his beloved Chile, where he would play host and introduce all to the history, culture and beauty of the country he so embraced.

    Jacob was beautifully simple and simply beautiful.  A minimalist, he lived life not to acquire, but to give.  He faced the challenge of cancer with grace, dignity and determination.  Not once did he complain or seek pity or sympathy. He was truly inspirational and impacted tremendously those who were in loving service to him.  He was a man of extraordinary depth and character.  He will be missed by all whose lives he so lovingly, respectfully and tenderly touched.  A truly sensitive, compassionate and loving human being - a Prince.”

    “Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

  • Betty Joyce Abrams

    Betty Joyce Abrams

    July 3, 1925 - Jan. 31, 2013

    Betty Joyce Abrams passed on at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Jan. 31, 2013. She is predeceased by her parents, Mabel and Morgan Jenkins; her husband, Ben Abrams; and sister, Patricia Wigen.

    She is survived by sister Valerie Sawyer, (Keith Malcolm), daughers Lee Aldis, Ann Green and Patricia Poole; grandchildren Shawna Green, Holly, Emmett and Ashley Aldis, Maigan Poole and Tisha Flemming and 10 great-grandchildren.

    Betty was born in Lloydminster, Alberta and grew up in Kitscoty, Alberta. She worked as a secretary in Ottawa during WWII before making Vancouver Island her home. She and her husband Ben Abrams operated a shipping and customs brokerage business (B&R Shipping) in Nanaimo for many years.

    Betty moved to Gabriola in 1989 where she lived until the time of her passing.

    Many of you may remember Betty when she greeted her customers with her cheerful smile and friendly manner when working in the coffee shop at the golf club and the White Hart Pub.

    A ceremony of Betty’s life will be held at the Gabriola Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. If anyone would like to help out, please bring appetizers.

    Donations can be made in Betty’s name to the Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society (www.growls.ca) or to the Alzheimer Societies of Canada or B.C.

    She will be missed by the many friends she made over the years.

    Been there,

    Done that,

    Thanks for the memories!

    Betty