Obituaries

  • Ralph Borge Hagen

    Ralph Borge Hagen

    On June 25, 2018, with his family at his side, Gabriola resident Ralph Hagen passed away at the age of 85. Ralph is survived by Helen, his wife and companion of 61 years, as well as by his son and daughter, Greg and Susan, and their families. 

    A resident of Gabriola for the past 21 years, Ralph had a lifelong connection to the west coast of BC, and in later years could be found aboard his beloved Tollycraft, Owikeno, with Helen, cruising the coast, and even circumnavigating Vancouver Island! 

    Ralph was actively involved with life on Gabriola, where he served as treasurer, training officer, and commander of the Gabriola Power Squadron, and is a past Commodore of the Silva Bay Yacht Club. 

    He was a regular and avid bridge player and put his considerable construction and carpentry skills to use in a recent renovation to the Rollo Center for the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association. 

    Ralph will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

    He will be remembered at a Celebration of Life to be held at the Rollo Centre on August 5, from 2pm – 4pm.

  • Andre Gustaaf Lund

    Andre Gustaaf Lund

    Dec. 16, 1972 - June 7, 2018

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Andre Gustaaf Lund on Thursday June 7th, 2018 in Campbell River, BC.  

    Andre was born in Toronto on December 16, 1972 and lived on Gabriola until he moved to Quadra and Campbell River in the late 90s.  

    Andre is survived by the many family members and friends who loved him.  

    There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday July 22 at 2:30 at the Gabriola Island Community Hall on South Road.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andre’s name to the Gabriola Skatepark Fundraising Association.

     

  • Norma Burns

    1939-2018

    Norma Burns passed away quietly in the early morning of June 29, 2018 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital.

    Norma lived the past twenty years with her husband Jim Burns on Gabriola Island. They were a team that enjoyed restoring three homes here and have just completed their last together.

    Norma was a lovely gardener and enjoyed growing good food as well as helping Jim with all the home building.

    Painting was a passion discovered here on Gabriola and she had dear friends that encouraged her to excel as a good artist.

    Being part of our community was important and Norma helped with The GABE Shop and other agencies in her quiet way.

    Those of us who knew her well, loved her, and we will continue to hold her in our hearts.

    No service on request.

  • Margaret Lemieux

    Margaret Lemieux

    May 31, 1951 - June 11, 2018

    Margaret Lemieux, born in Athabasca, Alberta on May 31, 1951, passed away, peacefully on June 11, 2018, at the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital, after a lengthy illness. 

    Margaret was one of twelve siblings born to Polish immigrants who settled in Canada in the 1930’s. Margaret leaves to mourn, her partner Marlin Wolfe, ex-spouse Andre Lemieux, four siblings, Alina, Irene, Alex and Earl, nieces and nephews, and many friends and business associates. 

    Margaret moved to Gabriola in 1971. 

    A highlight of her multi faceted career was her real estate profession where she excelled and made many lasting friends. 

    She loved to garden, which she did until the last week of her life. 

    In her youth she enjoyed golf, sailing and cycling. She made a delicious and potent martini, liked to entertain family and friends, and made a mean salmon and potato pie. She will be missed by many. 

    Celebration of Life is Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Surf Lodge on Gabriola.

  • Patrick Stuart Fuller

    Patrick Stuart Fuller

    1960 – 2018

    Patrick Fuller, a long-time resident of Gabriola passed away while playing the piano in the place he loved. Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Vancouver Island University, and in addition to carpentry, taught piano on Gabriola.   A  kind and gentle man, a lover and composer of music, a frequenter to Robert’s,  he will be sadly missed by his mother Norah, brothers John and Allan and many friends and family who his life touched.

    A celebration of life will be held Sunday June 24th between 2 pm and 4 pm in the Malaspina Room of the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo.

     

  • Marlyn Farrell

    Marlyn Farrell

    Our dear Marlyn passed on April 11th, but her legacy and our loving of her goes on. Join us on Sunday June 24 at 1pm to celebrate her - her request was for us to have fun! This celebration of her life and loves will be at the Phoenix Auditorium at The Have, 240 Davis Road, on Gabriola Island. You’re welcome to bring masks from her workshops, get dressed up if you like, and take advantage of getting your hair pinked. If you are not able to attend, you are invited to send your greetings to Lou Farrell at primalnudge@shaw.ca in whatever fun and creative way you choose. As Marlyn would say, “Have fun and behave yourself!”

  • Susan Mary Scott

    Susan Mary Scott

    Oct. 13, 1950 - Apr. 28, 2018

    Susan was born in New Brunswick on October 13, 1950 and passed away at her home on April 28, 2018.

    She is survived by her sisters Audrey, Nora, Beth and her  brothers Pat and Joe.

    She also leaves two nieces, a nephew, and their children.

    Susan moved to Vancouver when she was 20 and was married a few years later. 

    Bill and Susan moved to Gabriola Island in 1993 and loved living on the Island. 

    Susan was the kindest person you could ever want to meet. 

    She is being especially missed by her big orange kitty named Buddy who cries himself to sleep every night. 

    A celebration of life will beheld for Susan on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2pm at the Gabriola Golf Course.

  • Ruby Tanner (nee Sibley)

    Ruby Tanner (nee Sibley)

    Nov. 4, 1920 – April 25, 2018

    My life has been a tapestry, 

    of Rich and royal hue.

    An everlasting vision of the

    everchanging view…

    Ruby was born into a family of ten children, of Welsh descent, who lived in Toronto. An exceptional student, she excelled at anything she turned her hand to. Ray Tanner, husband of 60 years, only ever saw Ruby as a very beautiful 18-year-old for all of his life. Ruby is pre-deceased by many including her husband and Barry, her infant son. Ruby and Ray raised their family in Mimico and in Oakville, Ontario and attended the Oakville Salvation Army where they were involved in the Army’s church and community activities. 

    Ruby moved from Oakville to Gabriola in 2004 and made it her home.

    Ruby is lovingly remembered by her daughter Nancy Brown (Hugh), son Allan Tanner (Cathy) and son Stephen Tanner (Carla). There are nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren living in British Columbia and Ontario. She knew them all; they were good to her; and she was loved by each.

    The family will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm at the home of Allan and Cathy Tanner, 1190 McGillvary Avenue, on Gabriola where Ruby’s tapestry will be unfolded in story and song. All are welcome.

    We wish to express our gratitude for the care given by Dr. Francois Bosman; the Health Clinic team; the Home Support staff and Gabriola’s First Responders.

    Those wanting to make a memorial contribution, please direct it to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation or charity of your choice.

    … a wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold.

    A tapestry to feel and see. Impossible to hold.

    ~ Carole King

     

  • John Gunn

    John Gunn

    1925-2018

    Our dear dad and grand-father died on April 20 on Gabriola just before his 93rd birthday. His daughters Libby and Cynthia were at his bedside. 

    He spent his last 8 weeks on this beautiful island, looking over the ocean, enjoying visitors, the odd dram of Scotch and Downton Abbey. 

    He loved Gabriola and all the wonderful people here and spent much of the last two years on the island, where he hoped to get a place of his own. He loved going to Lulu concerts, visiting local artists, and reading the paper at Mad Rona’s. and was most happy when people dropped by for a glass of Scotch or to share a meal. Dad was born in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in 1964. As a young man he lived in London and in mid-life, with his family, spent 3 years near New York City. He talked about those places the rest of his life and went back many times. He loved to travel and even in his last weeks was optimistically planning a train trip across Canada. Similarly, right to the end he told visitors he was getting better day by day. 

    He enjoyed being an electrical engineer and worked at his own consulting company into his early seventies, but he was really a natural teacher and was giving a piano lesson by Skype to his grand-daughter a week before he died. As a young boy, Dad was drawn to the piano and he played, by ear, all his life, bringing joy to many. He entertained Gabriola friends on the piano last year at his 92nd birthday party and  even when he couldn’t walk, he had his bed rolled to the piano so that he could play. He was married to Fran for nearly 55 years and he loved her dearly. He supported her completely when she went off to judge World Figure Skating competitions through the 1960s and 1970s and wanted to go back to University. After he retired they were nearly inseparable and, four years ago when she was dying, he cared for her with all his heart. Together they created a warm home and a garden oasis that family and friends loved to visit. Dad was a gentle, inquiring man who was interested in people and ideas right to the end; when he was in hospital and a doctor asked him what he thought about his situation, Dad replied, “Well, it’s intriguing.” And he touched everyone with his big, beautiful smile. Dad leaves behind his children, Libby, Shelagh, Alex and Cynthia and grand-daughters, Jennifer, Isla and Rowan. We will miss him tremendously. Thanks to Dr. Maciek Mierzewski and the nurses, home support workers, and friends and neighbors who made it possible for dad to die at home. 

  • James K “Pat” Jackson

    James K “Pat” Jackson

    1931 – 2018

     

    Although amazed he survived 86+ years of high adventure and outrageous shenanigans, we must report that at 2 a.m. on March 20, having determined that all local pubs were closed for the night, Pat decided to set sail for new, uncharted waters. 

    A logger, sailor, rower, rugby player, and irrepressible ham, Pat was a focal point of every social gathering with his quick wit and remarkable storytelling, regaling us with tales of logging the BC Coast, the jungles of SE Asia, near death experiences and the characters he met from coastal fallers to headhunters in Papua New Guinea. 

    He was quick with a quip and outrageously entertaining, as can attest his many friends, teammates and co-conspirators – and the countless people he met along the way. 

    Founder of the Woodnuts, lifetime member of the Union Club, crossword master, schemer of grand practical jokes, lover of classical music, Philippine cigars, literature and, above all, a roaring fireplace. He was a true romantic, raconteur and self-styled Renaissance man. 

    An ardent proponent of the maxim “work hard, play harder,” he was happiest with a task before him and the promise of a cold beverage at its successful conclusion. 

    Never hesitant to pursue an endeavor with little experience or even less instruction, the ensuing calamities resulted in many a scar, exceptional tales and rich family lore. 

    Pat lived a full life, on his terms. And if he had some regrets, those were far outweighed by the fun and excitement he brought to everything he did and to those lucky enough (sometimes unwittingly) to get dragged into the fray. 

    He was predeceased by his wife of many years (Marilyn), survived by his three children, Bruce, Dana and Stephen, grandchildren Willow, Indigo, Eleni, Brando, Patrick and Samuel and his long time, loving companion Diane, who allowed him to realize his dream of living on a Gulf Island (Gabriola) and who cared for him until the end. 

    For that, we are forever grateful. 

    We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous care given by the first responders and caregivers on Gabriola and the incredible, loving staff at Woodgrove Manor – you are all saints! 

    No funeral service, but there will be a suitable gathering in the near future and anyone interested can contact Bruce at busher.jackson@gmail.com for details.

    Cheers Pat, next round is on us.