Obituaries

  • Barbara (McCaffree) Young

    Barbara (McCaffree) Young

    Aug. 10, 1938 - Aug. 25, 2019

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of the Reverend Barbara (McCaffree) Young of Sidney, BC on August 25, 2019. Barb was born in Winsdor, Ontario on August 10, 1938. 

    She was an elementary school teacher in London for many years before being called to the ministry in her 40s. 

    After her ordination in the Presbyterian Church of Canada she led congregations in Bayfield and Ailsa Craig before moving to the West Coast to be closer to her daughter and young grandchildren. 

    Barb served as Minister of Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church for many years. After her (semi) retirement she continued to be very active in her community but also enjoyed travel and new experiences. 

    She is survived by her loving husband Chuck, daughter Heather (Paul), grandsons Minstrel and Jethro, and sisters Janice and Sharon. She is pre-deceased by her sister Judy and first husband Doug. 

    There will be a Funeral Service to celebrate and remember Barb’s life on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 12:30 at Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church. 

    In lieu of floral tributes donations may be made to Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church. 

  • Seumas Riley Doherty

    Seumas Riley Doherty

    1986 - 2019

    Dear friends and family. You are invited to celebrate the life of Seumas Riley Doherty with us on Saturday August 24 at 1:00 PM in Courtenay BC. At the Aaron House Christian Fellowship Church 2946 Kilpatrick Avenue (Behind Kelly O’Bryan’s Restaurant). We welcome anyone who would like to join us in celebrating our beloved son and brother. If you have any memories of Seumas that you would like to share please visit our memorial at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com\

  • Margaret (Vera) LaBelle (nee McDonald)

    Margaret (Vera) LaBelle (nee McDonald)

    Oct. 7, 1926 - Aug. 10, 2019

    Vera was born in Edinburgh Scotland on October 7, 1926. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell, in 2009, her sister Patricia and Brother Murdoch. She is survived by her sisters Christine & Barbara who reside in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Vera leaves behind her daughter Linda (Harold) and her son Russell (Rosemary), four grandchildren Jennifer, Caroline, Elizabeth & Russell and 12 great grandchildren Sydnee, Jaymee, Macyee, Isobella, Madison, Georgia, Lilly, Charli, William, Jack, Wyatt & Trent.

    Vera was working in a Library on Princess Street in Edinburgh during WW II when she met her future husband, Russell, who was on leave recovering from wounds he received following the D Day landings. He travelled to Edinburgh to visit an Auntie who was working at the same Library. Vera & Russell fell in love and were married on February 16, 1946.

    Vera immigrated to Canada as a War Bride travelling on the Queen Mary landing in Halifax then via railroad to Vancouver. Following Russell’s retirement from the trucking industry in the late 1970’s they moved to Gabriola Island where they built their retirement home.

    Although not golfers per say, they decided to become Charter Members of the Gabriola Golf Club and gave many hours to picking rocks, raking dirt and building tee boxes. Vera was very creative making stuffed toys, ducks, geese, et cetera. 

    They both loved the Gabriola lifestyle and spent countless hours in their garden creating a mini Butchart Gardens.

    Vera was the most giving, unselfish, accepting person and a very elegant, gracious lady. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

     

  • David Russell Thompson

    David Russell Thompson

    June 14, 1941 - Aug. 5, 2019

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Russell Thompson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and pastor. David was born 14 June 1941 and died 5 August 2019. David is survived by his loving wife Miriam Thompson, sons Jonathan (Jennifer), Mark (Alexandra), and Andrew (Brittany), and grandchildren Carson, Lucas, and Rael. He is also survived by two brothers, Allan and Paul. David was born and raised in Vancouver; he moved to Nanaimo in 1967 with Miriam to become the pastor of Departure Bay Baptist Church. David also served as the pastor of Gabriola Fellowship Church, and as a teacher at two different Bible colleges in Kenya. His love for Jesus Christ was foremost in his life and his great desire was that others would come to know and love Jesus as he did. 

    David graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, and the Northwest Baptist Theological College with a Master of Divinity. Through his lifetime of service to the Church, David provided guidance and support to many. David enjoyed long distance swimming and was also an expert gardener and keen traveller.

    A memorial service will be held at Departure Bay Baptist Church on Friday August 9. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. 

  • Betty Louise Whyte nee Emberley 

    Betty Louise Whyte nee Emberley 

    Dec. 18, 1931 - July 2, 2019

    Betty was born in and grew up in North Vancouver with her 10 siblings. She married merchant marine sailor Alastair Whyte on October 11, 1953. They had 2 girls, Jane and Linda (Jill) and she had a granddaughter Sylvia. 

    Betty worked as a typist for lawyers and real estate office and at Lion’s Gate Hospital. They owned a breeders chicken farm in Cloverdale where they sold fertilized eggs to a hatchery. 

    While living on Gabriola Island she worked in retail at Silva Bay Marina. Betty’s hobbies were eclectic and diverse. 

    She was a master landscape painter, sought after tarot card reader, dedicated gardener, expert seamstress and avid traveler. Betty will be fondly remembered for belting out a song or two at Karaoke.

  • Evelyn (Eve) Florence Steele

    Evelyn (Eve) Florence Steele passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side July 13th, 2019 just one week shy of her 96th birthday. 

    Evelyn was predeceased by her husband John (Jack) Evans Steele and her brother Doug Kennett (Gwen). She is survived by her daughter Heather Lynn Steele (Clark Price) and son James Scott Steele (Pam). 

    Evelyn volunteered for Meals on Wheels in both Calgary and Gabriola for many years. She was very devoted to her churches both in Calgary and Gabriola. From 1986 until the last few years when she was no longer able to do so, Evelyn was very well known for her kitchen help, baking and crafts for all the United Church teas. 

    A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Gabriola on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at 1pm with a tea to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Gabriola Ambulance Society. The funds will be used to support health care initiatives on Gabriola. Please send, on behalf of Evelyn Steele, to: PO Box 162, Gabriola BC V0R 1X0

    In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Gabriola Ambulance Society. The funds will be used to support health care initiatives on Gabriola. Please send, on behalf of Evelyn Steele, to: PO Box 162, Gabriola BC V0R 1X0.

    250-247-0226. GabriolaAmbulanceSociety@shaw.ca

  • Hazel Broadley

    Hazel Broadley

    1936 - 2019

    Hazel loved life. She loved singing, dancing, and parties with friends. She was an imaginative cook, a splendid hostess, and had a rich sesne of humour.

    She grew up in Burnley, Lancashire. At the age of 21, she was off on an adventure in Paris to work as an au pair and learn to speak French. When she returned to England, she attended the Liverpool School of Occupational Therapy; after graduating, she took a job in Devon going into the ‘field’ to treat patients. In 1965, she went to Malta to work and remained there for three years. She had pleasant memories of her time in Malta; she loved the warm climate and the friends and activities she had there, including building and sailing a small boat. She returned to England and got a job in a major hospital in London; she was rated an expert in her field. Her joie de vivre and caring for people made her a very successful O.T.

    Hazel came to Canada in 1972 and continued to work in her field at the Vancouver General Hospital until her retirement in 1995. She then moved to Gabriola island to property she co-owned with her friend Henny. With the help of Gus Lund, the cabin, which had belonged to Joyce Lockwood, was extensively renovated with much design input from Hazel. The upstairs loft became Hazel’s studio as her interest turned to art. She took a course at the Victoria School of art to improve her skills and for several years she turned out many very fine paintings: portraits, familiar scenes of house and garden, Farmer’s Market,  et cetera. She also spent many happy hours creating a garden masterpiece. She made a vegetable garden, built a fence, a driftwood arch over the path to the woodshed and gathered rocks to make a pond and patio. She planted flowering trees and shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Many a gin and tonic were enjoyed in the garden at day’s end.

    A favourite with many friends were two “big/little” books: one in which she illustrated and described a canoe adventure with Henny down Trincomali Channel, with visits to islands along the way. The other was an illustrated account of the dreams of her friend - tedious to Hazel at first until she got the brilliant idea of making her illustrated story version. One dream had a vision of Henny who was wearing a dress made of grape skins! Hazel’s illustration was priceless!

    Many good years were spent in retirement on Gabriola, but eventually home and garden maintenance became too difficult and a decision was made in 2009 to sell and move to Nanaimo. In 2012, Hazel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and eventually it was decided she would return to her family in Burnley. She was very well cared for, with two sisters nearby, until she passed away on June 29.

  • Dr. Charles Mills Wilson

    Dr. Charles Mills Wilson

    May 8, 1931- June 13, 2019

    Dr. Charles Mills Wilson (Chuck), beloved husband of Elizabeth for 32 years, passed away peacefully at the Wellington Terrace on June 13, 2019 in his 89th year. He is survived by his daughter Shelley, sons Scott and Stephen, and extended family Judith and Leonard, and grandchildren, Sandy, Lydia, Hartley, Jennifer, Catharine and 10 great- grandchildren. Predeceased by his first wife Jennifer.

    Charles was an accomplished Composer, Choir Conductor and Teacher. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1952 (MusBac), and his Doctor of Music in 1956 (MusDoc). He attended the Berkshire Music Centre, Tanglewood, studying in with Lukas Foss and Carlos Chávez and completed his doctoral thesis, Symphony in A, at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also taught harmony and conducted the university choir.

    For 10 years, he was organist-choirmaster (1954-64) at Chalmers United Church, Guelph. As founder and conductor (1955-74) of the Guelph Light Opera, he used local singers to present one oratorio and one musical annually. During these years he conducted choirs and taught high school in the Guelph area and was, for a time, Music Supervisor of Guelph Township public schools. He conducted (1962-74) the Bach-Elgar Choir of Hamilton, but resigned to devote his time to study and composition. He began teaching at the University of Guelph in 1979, where he became Director of the electronic music studio and later as Composer-in-Residence.

    Vocal music claimed his main attention after 1966, as witness, his two-and-a-quarter hour oratorio The Angels of the Earth (June 1967), by the Guelph Light Opera Company, the Bach-Elgar Choir, and his operas, The Summoning of Everyman (1973), Heloise and Abelard (1972), and Kamouraska (1975). Many of his vocal works were sourced from Canadian poetry and stories. His contribution to the Canadian Music scene was broad and varied, as evidenced in a search of his lengthy professional career.  A list of his compositions can be found on a search of:  the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), and in the Canadian Encylopdia, under Charles M. Wilson.

    Upon retirement, he and Elizabeth, a contralto, moved to Gabriola Island, on the west coast. For 16 years, they continued their passion for music together, doing intimate recitals for friends and fellow musicians in the community. They returned to Ontario in 2010, and settled in Fergus. As well as his music, Charles will also be fondly remembered for his love of N scale model trains, and his Brigham pipes.

    The family wishes to express their gratitude to the multidisciplinary care team at the Terrace, for their excellent care and compassion during the time spent with them. No services will be held and if desired, a memorial donation, in Charles’ name, may be made to The Wellington Terrace, Long Term Care Home, Fergus. 

  • Cynthia Mary Hemsworth

    Cynthia Mary Hemsworth

    Dec. 29, 1937 - May 30, 2019

    Our Dear friend Cynthia passed away peacefully on May 30 in the Nanaimo General Hospital.

    Born to Stephen and Brenda Hemsworth in the UK , Cynthia grew into the beautiful, intelligent and strong lady we all came to know. From her N.A.T.O career, her political passions, to a quiet life on Gabriola where nature and peace won her heart. She could be found in her brilliant garden enjoying the sun with her cat. She will be missed. Please join us for a Celebration of her Life on June 22, 2019 at 775 Seagrit Rd.   

  • Cornelis (Kees) Krul

    Cornelis (Kees) Krul

    September 19th, 1930 – June 2nd, 2019

    Tenacious and stubborn to the end, surrounded by the love of family and friends who said farewell with sadness and hearts full of memories, on the evening of June 2nd 2019, Cornelis (Kees) Krul packed his bags, folded his tent and embarked on his last adventure to parts unknown. 

    Among those saying good-bye are his wife of 41 years, Carol Baird-Krul, his daughters Saskia and Jane, his step-daughter Janet, his two grandsons Liam and John, his sons-in-law Gary and Cameron, his cousin Geer and family, as well as, extended family in Alberta, the Netherlands, and the UK. 

    Having lived in and travelled to many different parts of the world throughout his life, when Kees moved to Gabriola, 18 years ago, he found his little piece of paradise. Kees loved many things travelling, sailing, fishing and swimming to name just a few. His friends and family will remember him for his stories (oh, those stories!), his teasing, his laughter and his kind and gentle heart. 

    While Kees’s life’s journey, over the last few years was difficult, he was supported along the way by his stalwart swimming buddies ‘the Dunkin’ Ducks’ (Erik, Peter and Michael) and their wives, his special sister and husband, Ann and Henk, as well as, other wonderful friends, too numerous to mention.  

    Aside from family and friends, there were many other people who provided support and care to Kees during his final, difficult odyssey……

    • The absolutely outstanding and just plain incredible,
    Dr. Jessica Otte

    • The kind staff on Floor 5, the GEM team, Vicki and Julia, all the Hospice volunteers and the amazing, caring nursing staff in the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH.

    • The understanding supportive staff and doctors at the Gabriola Family Practice –  Dr. Kilvert, Doctor McKenzie, Jessica and Caroline.

    • Sandy Parker who helped guide us safely through this difficult, emotional process.

    • The BC Ambulance Service staff on Gabriola, whose patience and kindness were outstanding.

    • Dan Urban – whose calm presence helped Kees happily stay in his home.

    • Susan Purser – whose cookies and care were much appreciated.

    • Alanna (Isla Bonita) and Diane (White Raven Hair Studio), whose foot and hair care made him more comfortable….and good looking too!

    • The Respite and Recreation staff at the Kiwanis Lodge, who made his two month stay in December and January a happy one.

    • And last, but by no means least, Liam Silver, whose invaluable, unstinting help made it possible for his Opa to stay in his own home for so long.

    A private celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation or the NRGH Foundation.

    Kees, was a good husband, a good father,
    a good friend and a good man

    He will be missed.