D. Maureen Neylan
It is with utmost sorrow that we write to inform you of the death of D. Maureen Neylan who passed away peacefully in her home on Gabriola Island on Feb 15, 2017 at the age of 79. She is survived by her loving son David, and her daughter-in-law Ece Neylan.
A longtime resident of Vancouver, Maureen was born in Toronto and raised in Burlington. A graduate of Bishops University, she went on to study social work at the University of Toronto and worked as a social worker, and later director, in the Children’s Aid Society and Children’s Foundation in Vancouver.
A passionate sailor in her younger years, Maureen was one of the first women to join the RVYC. Throughout her life she remained committed to charitable work and was active with several organizations, including the Heart & Stroke Foundation, until her later years. An avid reader, Maureen spent her last years researching and writing on early childhood education and rehabilitation and was an outspoken advocate of home schooling.
She is a Founding Board Member of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), one of her proudest legacies. Throughout her life she prioritized her honesty and integrity above all else.
In memory of her life, her family hosted a small drop in at Roberts Place this past Friday, to pay tribute to the passing of this colorful soul who has called Gabriola “home” for upwards of a decade.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to the BCCLA.
Michael Albert Spencer
Oct. 1 1931 - Feb. 5 2017
On February 5th we said goodbye to Mike; loving husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad.
Although we are deeply saddened and will miss him dreadfully, his struggles are over and he is at peace. He leaves behind his treasured wife Marian whom he always cared for with passion , as well as a large family who adores and admires him.
Mike was a man always rich in mind, spirit and action. He loved to help others and especially those less fortunate than himself.
Mike never stopped teaching; passing on his knowledge to all of us. He was a master builder of boats and trailers, our house and everything in it, and a life in a new country. As well he was a gardener, sailor, teacher and an avid reader.
Mike leaves behind a family legacy of self-reliance, free-thinking, treating everyone with respect helping those in need and judging people only on their character. Mike has influenced all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives immensely and will be greatly admired, missed and loved for years to come.
Donations in Mike’s name could be made to the Children’s Variety Club; a charity near and dear to his heart.
A celebration of life for Mike will be held in the summer.
Jun. 24, 1941 - Dec. 22, 2016
It is with great sadness that we say Leslie Szekely passed away on December 22, 2016. Lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife Eileen, daughter Sue (Rob), son Bill (Kari), daughter Sandy (Andy), his nine (almost ten) grandchildren and his brother Alex (Ilonka).
Les was born on June 24, 1941, in Hungary and he bravely left to come to Canada in 1956, learning English and making a career in industrial dry cleaning. He moved to Gabriola Island from Vancouver with his family in 1981 but continued to commute to Vancouver, and later Victoria, for his work while his wife and kids stayed on the island that he so loved. He spent many hours on those ferries, playing crib with the group he met on there. He went to Toronto for two years but the island was in his heart and when he retired in 1999, Les and Eileen moved back to Gabriola Island yet again. Les spent his retirement years doing the things he enjoyed—gardening, renovating their house, cooking and spending time with his family.
There will be a service on January 21, 2017, at the United Church at 2:00 p.m. at 1614 - 184 Street in Surrey with a gathering after at his daughter’s home to celebrate his amazing life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
1941 - 2016
Carol died peacefully on Thursday, December 29, 2016 surrounded by her family. They spent her last days together sharing memories, laughs and hugs. Even though the end came more quickly than anyone could have imagined, Carol was so happy and thankful to be with her son Chris, his wife Suzanne and their children Theo and Tate and her daughter Sara, her husband Curtis and their children Malcolm and Samuel.
Carol believed passionately that people and the relationships that you create with them are the most important thing in life. She lived this through her many years as a social worker, her numerous lifelong friendships, the new friends that made Gabriola her home and her never ending love for her family.
Carol spent her early years in Toronto with her older brother Richard and her parents Arol and Phyllis McElwain. She moved to Winnipeg when she was 11 and it became her home for many years. She met her husband Stewart while they were both studying social work at the University of Manitoba. After raising their children in Winnipeg, Carol and Stewart were ready for a new adventure and in 1997 they moved to Gabriola Island, BC. They both felt they had found their perfect home, so much that Carol stayed when Stewart passed away in 2006.
Carol’s passion for learning led her on many adventures; she traveled the world, took photographs everywhere she went and read books voraciously, almost always with multiple books on the go at once. She and her daughter Sara spent as much time as they could together, especially enjoying long visits with her and her boys every summer on Gabriola. Last summer she took Theo, her ten year old grandchild, on a cruise to Alaska. Theo was just old enough and Grandma had just enough time left; it was an experience that meant the world to both of them.
A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on Gabriola this summer. If friends wish, donations in her memory can be made to the Victoria Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg or the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association.
At the end, Carol truly felt at peace and that she had lived a good life filled with purpose and love. She will live on in our hearts, reminding us how important it is that we all try to make the world a better place, in little ways, every single day.
April 18, 1961 – Dec. 19, 2016
Adrian Nicholas passed away suddenly on Dec. 19, 2016 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 55. Adrian was born and raised in East London, South Africa. A talented musician, he spent his most of his twenties traveling and performing throughout Europe with his first wife Lorna and his brother Julian. In the late eighties he immigrated to Canada, where he met and married his second wife Heather. In 1994, Adrian moved to the West Coast, where is two sons Minstrel and Jethro were born.
He lived on Gabriola for 14 years, from 2000-2014. He then moved to Victoria, where he spent the remaining years of his life.
Adrian’s passions were music and computers. He touched the lives of many with his singing, songwriting and fractal art. He is survived by his brother Julian of Mainz, Germany, and his sons Minstrel and Jethro of Gabriola Island.
“Have I lost you now forever, for all eternity?
Have you cut the cord that bonded us in perfect harmony?”
The Parting of the Seas
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Larry on Dec. 14th 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.
Beloved husband of Sharon, father of Kathy (Dave) Jones, Gina Doornbosch. Step father to Greg Rabb, Kory/Alice Rabb, Kelly/Cindy Rabb, grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. Survived also by two sisters, Marj/Bill Thompson of Victoria and Vickie/Gary Chalmers from Port Alberni. Also lots of nieces and nephews.
He was an avid sailor and built a 42 ft. Fraser Sloop which in 1993 he realized a dream and sailed offshore with Sharon for a year of South Pacific sailing.
He had a career in mechanical contracting which spanned over 60 years.
He loved his Baja home, golfing and his many friends on Gabriola and Vancouver. He will be sadly missed by all. RIP
February 24, 1922 - November 22, 2016
Born February 24, 1922 in Victoria; died peacefully November 22, 2016 in Nanaimo.
Lovingly remembered and missed by his devoted wife of 71 years, Wendy; son Rick (Cindy), daughters Diana Mumford (Ron), Kathryn Grant (Rick, deceased) and Naida Hobbs (Steve); grandchildren Morgan Hobbs and David Mumford; and step children and grandchildren that Dad warmly welcomed into the family.
Dave lived his life to the fullest right up to the end, and was blessed with a quick and painless passing, with Kathryn at his side.
Dave enjoyed a happy childhood in Victoria, with his older sister Phyllis. He was an adventurer and a rebel from a young age. He owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle and had to coast down the road with the engine off when he was returning Wendy home at night.
Dave enlisted and served as an aircraft mechanic in the RCAF during World War II. His time with Squadron 402 had a lasting impression on him, and he stayed in contact with many of his buddies from that time. He returned from overseas in 1945 to marry Wendy. They moved to Nanaimo shortly thereafter and built a house in Townsite. After working at General Auto Sales for several years he operated Dave’s Tideview Service in Terminal Park for twenty years, and gave many of Nanaimo’s kids their first jobs pumping gas.
Dave was an avid boater, and he and Wendy spent many years cruising the coast, loving every minute of it. Dave also fed his wanderlust with multiple trips overseas and roaming North America in various rigs. True to his adventurous spirit, Dave also enjoyed kayaking and trail biking, and bought a sports car at the age of 70.
After having built a house at Pipers Lagoon in the early days of development, Dave and Wendy decided the area had grown too busy, and they moved to Gabriola Island in 1975. They became involved with the community there, being founding members of the Silva Bay Yacht Club and the Gabriola Island Singers. Dave volunteered with the Fire Department as chief and trustee.
Eventually, when the house and details of daily life got a bit much, they made the move to Nanaimo Seniors Village, and all the kids were delighted when Dave would declare “I love it here.”
Please send any memorial donations to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.
Oct. 31 1948 – Oct 1. 2016
Ellary died suddenly of heart failure at home in Nanaimo the morning of October 1. He is survived by his son, Joshua (Nanaimo), and his mother (Helen Wilson), sister and brother-in-law (Mary Wilson and Robbie Huston) on Gabriola, and his sister-in-law Faith in Calgary.
He was Uncle Ellary to six nieces, three great-nieces and three great-nephews. Ellary was predeceased by his twin brother (at birth), by his father Walter Wilson, and by his beloved older brother Barry of Calgary.
Ellary lived with schizophrenia since his late teens. Despite his many sufferings, he was a farmer, a decent amateur mechanic and a friend to many. He loved mechanical watches, old cars, the family pets and especially his son Josh and the rest of his family.
A funeral will be held at the Gabriola United Church, 2600 South Road, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Interment to follow later in Fleming, Saskatchewan.
Dr. Rodney Van Dueck (Dyck)
April 11, 1951 - Sept 7, 2016
Rodney loved his patients and was an extraordinary holistic healer. His father always said that Rodney was a servant. So true. He leaves behind his wife, Susan Holbrook, son Jordan Dyck (Ginnie) and beloved grand daughters Erynn and Isabella. His parents Harry and Frances Dyck and brother Randy Dyck (Betty) and his nieces.
Rodney was an amazing trumpet player in his youth. However, he discovered his true calling when he embarked on a career in chiropractic. Eventually he moved into the field of holistic healing and worked as a private health consultant. His pride and joy was helping people with fertility issues as he loved children.
His wife Susan has for financial reasons moved to Calgary for a time and is planning on continuing with his business in some way. Despite her vast knowledge of health that she acquired during years of working beside Rodney, she will take a course this coming year to become a nutritional therapy practitioner. Rodney did not want a funeral so was cremated and at some time a celebration of life will be held. Anyone wanting to stay in touch can contact Susan at email@example.com.
If anyone would like to help Susan in her education, some very kind patients have set up a gofundme page. https://www.gofundme.com/2ehxdads
I, Susan, would like to thank the many people on Gabriola and elsewhere that have helped during this tumultuous time.
Hard to believe that within 10 days of Rodney’s passing I have left my lovely home and many belongings behind and I am in Calgary at Rodney’s sons.
I especially would like to thank my wonderful friends Lisa Baltich and Tim Borden.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything but particularly for being there when I had to take Rodney off life support.
Jeffrey Robert Molloy
January 16, 1957 - August 3, 2016
Jeffrey Robert Molloy was born in Toronto on January 16, 1957.
Our beloved warrior slipped away in the early hours of August 3, 2016 after a heroic and spirited battle with cancer. He died at his home on Gabriola Island, B.C. surrounded by loved ones and his art.
Jeff’s journey was one of love, creativity, and spunk. His family was at the centre of his world, and his grandchildren were his greatest blessing. A true rebel, his legacy lives on in our hearts, and in a body of work that will inspire and move generations of artistic explorers, reminding us to speak our truth and honour our creativity. Jeff was an award-winning multimedia artist whose work riffed on cultural history and identity—clothing, architecture, ethnicity, spirituality, politics, and social ritual. Jeff was also a mentor and inspiration for emerging artists.
Jeff is survived by his beloved life partner and wife Kathryn Anne Molloy (nee Hagerman); adoring children Jules Molloy (Chloe Straw), Gavin Molloy (Megan Eagles), and Kate Molloy (Dan Clancy); treasured grandchildren Lily, Ivy, Luca, Arlo, and Nelly; loving siblings Laurie Stewart (Molloy), JoAnn Ayotte (Molloy), and Marshall Molloy; and an entire community of friends and admirers.
The family is grateful for the extraordinary care Jeff received from his doctors on Gabriola, at the BC Cancer Clinic, the paramedics, home care nurses, and the Nanaimo BC Cancer Agency. Kathryn would especially like to honour the stalwart support and companionship of Jeff’s sister, Laurie, throughout his illness, and the loving contributions of close family, friends and the loving community of Gabriola.
According to Jeff’s wishes, donations in his memory can be made to the Gabriola Arts Council for the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre building project (by mail to PO Box 387, Gabriola Island BC, V0R 1X0, or online at www.artsgabriola.ca)