Obituaries

  • Richard Bradshaw

    Richard Bradshaw

    July 26, 1943 - Mar. 17, 2020

    Richard ended a heroic battle with brain cancer on St. Patrick’s day.

    His family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the people of Gabriola for their heartfelt support during his illness.

    Richard was born in Aldershot, England. There he married Judy Treloar, a talented actress and stage director. Together they had a daughter Zoe, and a son Leon, and eventually two grandchildren, Emma and Kai. 

    Richard and Judy lived in Australia and New Zealand before settling in Victoria, BC. 

    Richard’s second partner, Jennifer Green, was a wonderful visual artist. When together with Jennifer and her daughters Bre and Ajana, Richard enjoyed the most fruitful time of his life, as a master piano technician. His skill for ‘voicing’ was incomparable. Richard was popular among professional musicians in Victoria, many of whom depended on him to prepare instruments for concerts and recordings. 

    Two years after he was separated from Jennifer, Richard met pianist Hiromi Nogi, who was fascinated by his pure passion for music. 

    Richard and Hiromi moved to Gabriola 13 years ago. While still travelling to Victoria to work on pianos, Richard also tuned for the island. 

    He was full of life and much enjoyed living on Gabriola. He had fun playing harmonica in pubs some nights and also took up sailing in 2008. 

    He  will be remembered for passion for music and for life.

    Photo courtesy Don Butt

  • Josephine Mahalah Kenny (Wood) 

    Josephine Mahalah Kenny (Wood) 

    Jan 6, 1916 - Feb. 26, 2020

    It is with great sadness that we announce that our loving Mother, Josephine Kenny (nee Wood), has recently passed away at the grand age of 104 years. Mother was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved her family deeply, and a caring and loving friend to many. She was a true lady in all respects and an inspiration to all she met. She greeted everyone with a beautiful smile, a kind word and her arms wide open for a hug - she was loved by everyone around her. Predeceased by her husband in 2001, she leaves to mourn, her three children and their spouses: Dixon and Lucile Kenny of Gabriola, BC, Deirdre and Charles Longenecker of Comox, BC, and Naomi and David Chard of West Vancouver, BC, nine loving grandchildren - Rick Guthrie (Julia), Shannon Fox (Grant), Eric Kenny (Angela), Jacqueline Bardana (Davide), Tara Guthrie (Glenn Farn), Erica Landrock (Clint), Ryan Guthrie, Christine Pogue (Ryan) and Byron Chard and 13 great-grandchildren – Brittney & Richard Guthrie, Evan & Madison Fox, Melanie & Jason Kenny, Matteo & Luca Bardana, Alexander Farn, Logan & Tegan Landrock and Liam & Ryder Pogue. All will miss her terribly.

     Joey graduated from St Paul’s School of Nursing at the age of 20 where she nursed until her marriage to her beloved Eric at the age of 25. She saw joy in everything from the tiniest leaf and the miracle of new life, to the grandeur of other cultures. In doing so, she and Eric travelled the world, both in support of Eric’s career, and for the joy of traveling and learning. 

    Throughout his career, Mother completely supported Dad, and received deserved recognition for the contribution she made. Among other awards, she and Eric were presented to Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for his outstanding work as an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. 

    In 1968, she and Eric moved to Gabriola to start a new life and challenge. They bought and managed Surf Lodge, an incredibly beautiful resort on the west coast of Gabriola Island, where they lived and thrived for 7 years. During that time, they fell in love with Gabriola and knew this was where they wanted to remain. They built a new home on the south tip of the island, and devoted the next 25 years to working with and supporting this close and caring community. In the beginning, they helped conceive and build the lovely Gabriola Island Golf Club, stone by stone and log by log, which, to this day, stands as a major contribution to the fabric of our island. They were strong supporters of the Gabriola Lions Club, and once the Golf Club was up and running, along with the Lions, they began another project, The Lions Garden Homes (eventually renamed “The Garden Homes”), a luxury apartment building for seniors. This, they felt, was their greatest legacy, and would be a boon for many who loved the Island and didn’t want to leave. Josephine lived there for a few short years before moving to Berwick on the Lake in Nanaimo almost 7 years ago. 

    The family would like to thank the staff at Berwick for their loving care and generosity of heart. You were more than workers or caregivers to her…you became part of her family, and she loved you all.

    At the end of a life, the only thing that really matters is how many people you loved and how many people loved you. Mother’s list was very long, and her well of compassion, love, and caring was very deep.

    We can only try to carry on her legacy.

    There will be a Celebration of Life in the near future. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations could be sent in her memory to: Gabriola Island Lions Foundation, Box 261, Gabriola, BC. V0R 1X0

  • John Ernest Taylor

    John Ernest Taylor

    Sept. 16, 1930 - Feb. 28, 2020

    Our dear Husband and Dad passed away suddenly of heart failure. We were by his side and enjoyed a beautiful time talking, laughing and telling stories to the end. He went painlessly full of stories of his wonderful life. His faith in the Lord sustained him throughout life’s ups and downs and shaped him as the humble and loving man he was. 

    Born in Vizagapatnam, India. He went to boarding school at Allen Memorial School In Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayan Range. John left school having captained the athletic teams and with a letter from the headmaster recommending him as the best “Head Boy” and School Captain the school had ever had.

    His first job after school was in Nagpur as Load Master for Himalayan Aviation. He started his lifelong career as an accountant at Titaghur Paper mills in Calcutta (Kolkata). In later years he and Alethea became business owner’s in Penticton, owning The Beachside Motel and a Window Blind business, Window World.

    It was in Calcutta that he met Alethea. Within one week of meeting her and after three dates he proposed by saying to her I have to marry you. It is a love story that lasted 67 years and spanned three continents. Their very last words together were, “I love you sweetie, I love you too Honey.”

    From their first home in India to England then to Canada they went. Throughout their life together their home was always a haven for transitioning family. 

    Their open hearts and open door, always a drop in zone for family, friends and those in need of emotional or spiritual guidance in their local community.

    John’s quiet humble demeanour always made people feel comfortable in his presence and this played a large part in this unofficial ministry, the result of which is a huge extended family of every status, and belief.

    Throughout all his adult years he passionately pursued many hobbies.

    Photographer, Stamp Collector, Avid Bird Watcher and Nature Lover, Model Railroader, Gardener.

    John with his ever-present camera will be so missed by his loving family and many, many friends. 

    He was predeceased by:

    His parents Jack and Violet, sisters Pamela and Sheila, and brother Carlton.

    Survived by his loving wife Alethea, son Michael (Christine), grand sons Tim (Nicole), Matt (Melissa) grand daughter Petra (Mike) great-grandchildren (Liam, Madelynn & Liv), brothers Reginald (Dorothy), Roland (Theresa), sister Barbara, sisters-in-law  Daphne, Myrna & Molly, his nephews and nieces in Canada: Rodney, Graeme,& Bruce, Mark and Stephen and Trudy, and in Australia: Jonathan, Christopher, Simon, Karen, Jackie, Beverley, Amanda and Jason. Janet Joy, and Stewart 

    Celebrations of John’s life will be held Thursday March 12th at 2.00 pm at Gabriola Fellowship Church and;

    Monday March 23rd at 2.00 pm at The Lakeside Resort in Penticton.

    If you wish to make a remembrance donation, please choose your favourite local charity.

  • Captain James Robert Ewart, MM

    Captain James Robert Ewart, MM

    June 7, 1958 - Feb. 10, 2020

    Looking back on the memory of the dance we shared beneath the stars above 

    For a moment all the world was right 

    How could I have known you’d ever say goodbye 

    And now I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end the way it all would go 

    Our lives are better left to chance 

    I could have missed the pain 

    But I’d have had to miss the dance.

    ~The Dance (Garth Brooks)

    It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of “Capt. Jim”. We are only now beginning to realize the immense impact he had on so many right across this country and beyond. We were fortunate to know him as: a loving husband, an amazing dad, and a cherished brother, uncle and cousin. He also always had a very special spot for great-nephew, Mr. E. 

    For others, he was a loyal colleague, a trusted mentor and a treasured friend. He had a very generous heart and a belief in never taking more than you can give – and give, he did. As he would say, he “loved fiercely” and first and foremost was the love he had for his two beautiful daughters, Adrienne and Samantha. He was immensely proud of the women they have become and the lives they have begun with their partners. 

    A sense of duty and service ran throughout his life and, in particular, his 38 years with the Canadian Coast Guard where he has maintained many solid lifelong friendships. He also had a deep conviction to giving the disadvantaged a fighting chance which was evident through a variety of causes he supported such as his long-standing commitment to World Vision and his assistance for Champ, a sweet disabled pup from Iqaluit.

    Jim forged a new life partnership with his wife, Robbin, with whom he ran SILA North, and together they proudly served interests in Canada’s eastern Arctic. His other much-loved role was leading an expanding husky pack with whom he was known for his secret recipe cookies and bacon Sundays. Jim was also a strong voice encouraging inclusion and diversity in the maritime industry through the Company of Master Mariners of Canada (MMC) of which he was a proud member, Divisional Master of the Vancouver Island Division and National Board member.

    His sudden and unexpected departure has left all of us completely devastated. We please ask for understanding as his family navigates this difficult time. We wish to reflect on how best to honour this great man who has been a huge part of our lives and find the appropriate way to show our respect and undying love. Celebrations of life will take place in the months ahead as we try to find our strength and our way forward without him at our side, cheering us on as he always did. We loved him as did so many and know that our lives will never be the same without him but consider ourselves fortunate for every moment spent in his company.

    Jim is survived by his wife Robbin; daughters: Adrienne (Matthew) and Samantha (Evan); sisters: Susan, Janet (Richard); brother Barry and former wife Lori (Wayne). 

    We hope to join you in celebration later but for those who wish to express their thoughts and support now, please note a few of Jim’s favoured charities are the MMC Foundation, Iqaluit Humane Society, World Vision.

    As well, his Facebook page will be opened to accept tributes, grand stories and great yarns of his adventures that have touched many. 

    Details of arrangements made to celebrate his life will be posted at www.sandsduncan.ca and on his Facebook page.

    With love and much gratitude, Capt. Jim’s family

  • Betty Jean Madaski nee Logan

    Betty Jean Madaski nee Logan

    Apr. 2, 1929 - Feb. 17, 2020

    Survived by her children, Bob (Linda), Brian (Rhonda), Susan (Bruce), Cathy, Melanie (Dave), Bev (Matt); 16 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.

    Pre-Deceased by her parents, Kingsley and Annie Logan, Step Father Norm McLearn and sister Lois Rowan.

    Betty was born and raised in Steveston BC and retired to Gabriola in 1975, where she enjoyed sharing her beautiful waterfront home with her family for 37 years. Mom devoted her life to her family and very fittingly left us on family day, with her children by her side. 

    Thanks to the wonderful staff at Eagle Park Health Care Facility for taking such great care of our mother for the past 5 years.

    The family is planning an informal gathering in the spring.

  • Eric Warner Kirschner

    Eric Warner Kirschner

    Oct. 2, 1954 - Feb. 20, 2020

    Eric passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital after a 2 year battle with Cancer. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Gabriola in 1995. He was an avid runner and competed in the BC Seniors Games for 7 years, even winning a bronze medal in September 2019 in Kelowna.

    He is survived by his wife Tina, son Alexander, mom Ursula (Max), brother Perry (Lorna), sister Nicole (Dave), and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his dad Erich in February 1981.

    There will be no service at his request, but donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in his name.

  • Klaus Roschlaub

    Klaus Roschlaub

    1935 - 2020

    Klaus’ heart just gave out February 6th.

    Klaus moved to Gabriola in 2010 from Northern Alberta. He liked that he could walk easily here all year round.

    Many of you met Klaus as he roamed all over the Island. He was always smiling and chatty – even though he only spoke German and understood no English.

    Klaus looked forward to the visits when the friendly Meals on Wheels volunteers dropped off his suppers.

    Klaus was always a productive member of society. He liked to work. From birth he had some mental limitations but physically he excelled.

    He will be missed by his brother Rolf and sister-in-law Judy on Gabriola, his niece and nephew Mitzi and Matthew Roschlaub in Alberta, his sister Ursula in Germany, plus the many people who took the time to listen to him and sometimes answer him back in German.

    A family ceremony will take place at a later date in Alberta.

  • 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.