Obituaries

  • Jean Elizabeth Cameron (nee MacKay)

    Jean Elizabeth Cameron (nee MacKay)

    Feb. 6,1942 - Apr. 27, 2019

    With sadness, the family of Jean Elizabeth Cameron announces her passing on Saturday, April 27 at the age of 77. Jean will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Kirsten and her son Mike; her treasured grandchildren, Cameron, Jackson, Ethan and Summer; her 3 siblings, sharon, Mary and Ike; her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and her many friends including those of the Jehovah Witness faith of which she was a very devout member. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert (Bob) Cameron.

    Jean was born in Vancouver B.C. and brought up on Gabriola Island and in Victoria’s Oak Bay district. She attended school in both places.

    Post high school, Jean set her sights on Alberta’s Banff School of Fine arts to study ballet and from there to Los Angeles, California for further training in modern dance. Here she bem Bob on a blind date. They married in 1964 and together moved to California where they eventually became a family of 4.

    Widowed at age 54, Jean moved back to her special place, Gabriola Island. She had a small cabin built on family waterfront property where she spent the rest of her life dedicated to the things she loved most...connections with family and friends, her many pets, her garden, and Bible study.

    Jean loved life. Her sunny disposition, positive and helpful nature and extraordinary generosity lifted the spirits of so many. She will be dearly missed.

    Special thanks to all the amazing family, friends, care workers, nurses, doctors, and specialists who formed a village of love and support for Jean in recent years. We are grateful.

    A private family gathering will take place this summer on Gabriola Island to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to the S.P.C.A. or to a charity of your choice in memory of Jean.

  • Anthony John Adamson

    Anthony John Adamson

    1942 - 2019

    After a courageous fight with Mesothelioma, Anthony (Tony) Adamson passed away peacefully, at home April 29, 2019.

    He will always be remembered for his generosity, wicked sense of humour and willingness to help his fellow man. He was so proud to have had the opportunity of helping with the building of the Gabriola Community Health Centre and being a member of the “Hammer Throwers” (those who were on site everyday from start to finish). 

    When the GIRO needed help with their new building and the refitting of the old one Tony was one of the first to volunteer, bringing his grandson Brandon on board to help and also gain work experience for the future. 

    Gabriola has lost a true volunteer, always available when good advice and help was needed.

    He leaves behind his wife Jill, of almost 55 years, daughters Sharron and Teresa grandchildren Taylor, Kyle, Brandon, Madison, Brett and Ryan. He also leaves his two sisters Pat and Neen in Eire and brothers Peter and John in England. Also his many friends in Canada and the U.K.

    “To die would be an awfully big adventure.” 

    ~ Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

  • Ursula Gertruida Antonia Edith Maria Dickinson

    Ursula Gertruida Antonia Edith Maria Dickinson

    Apr. 26, 1937 - May 11, 2019

    Our loving Mother, and Grand Mother Ursula passed away at age 82 on Saturday May 11th at the Wexford Creek Care Home in Nanaimo. 

    Ursula was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Else and Friedrich Krutzmann where she survived the German occupation during WW2, along with her brother Wilfred. After the war as a youth she enjoyed competitive swimming, as well as creating clothes, following in her family’s business. 

    The family moved to Canada in the early 1950s settling first in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba where she learned English from reading Archie Comics. 

    She moved westward to British Columbia in the 1960s with her two sons René and Mitchell, her parents, and brother. She went to hairdressing school and then continued to work as a hair stylist until she met and married Tony Dickinson and had her third son Myles. The whole family in 1972 moved to Gabriola Island where Ursula enjoyed teaching Yoga and Aerobics and working at the Haven by the Sea. The family created a small hobby farm on 13 acres that supplied milk, cream and eggs to the locals until Ursula and Tony moved on to Mill Bay and built their new home. 

    Ursula is survived by her two sons, René Antonissen and Myles Dickinson, and her 10 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Tony Dickinson and her son Mitchell Dickinson.

    A service was held on Sunday May 19 at Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo. 

    In lieu of flowers Donations can be made to the Arthritis Society

    https://arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/arthritis-types-(a-z)/types/rheumatoid-arthritis

  • Thomas Lund Fleury

    Thomas Lund Fleury

    Thomas Lund Fleury passed away on April 15, 2019 with family at his side and lots of people wishing him well. He was 54. 

    Thom loved living on Gabriola Island and his children, Christopher, Teal and Jade and siblings, Sarah, Beth, John and Michael, deeply appreciate the friendships and wider community that supported and nourished Thom over the past fourteen years. 

    From everyone who attended his Celebration of Life on April 28 at The Commons or who spoke to us on other occasions, we know that Thom touched the hearts of many of you and that makes the loss of him easier to bear. 

    Thanks to everyone who made a donation to the Food Bank or elsewhere in Thom’s name. 

    Blessings on you all, 

    The Fleury Family

  • Margot Vivian Kemble

    Margot Vivian Kemble

    July 16, 1958 - Apr. 13, 2019

    On Saturday, April 13th, Margot passed away in the early hours peacefully after her long and courageous battle with cancer.
    She was on this planet for sixty amazing years and still had so much more to give. Predeceased by her mother Adrienne Kemble and youngest sibling Roger Kemble (Rog). Surviving family will miss her dearly including her loving spouse of 28 years, Vince Iameo, and her two beautiful now adult boys Pete and Riley Waugh. Additional family members include her father Roger Kemble, daughter in-law Adrienne, her grandson Seth (Mr. Wonderful) and two adoring sisters Amanda and Julie. Margot had many close friends she kept in close contact with who have sent warm and much appreciated condolences that will be kept dear.
    Margot was an active member of her community both professionally and personally. Always tackled everything head on, vigorously and with an immense creative spirit that was contagious.
    She was fun to be around. Her work was her passion and she designed many beautiful gulf island homes that embodied the Westcoast spirit.
    Margot was particularly instrumental in the very early conceptual stages of the Gabriola Health Center. It was her passionate and committed visual ideas that brought forward the possibility of having a leading edge health care facility on Gabriola Island.
    Another community project that she was particularly passionate about was organizing house and garden tours for PHC (People for a Healthy Community).
    For many years she led a team of volunteers seeking interesting and unique properties for an annual tour used to raise funds for PHC programs.
    All in all she led a sincere and generous life. May she rest in peace, fly with wings of an angel, and breathe love into hearts of those who miss her.
    A celebration of life will be held mid May on Gabriola Island, and to be announced end of April.

  • Leslie Peter Welton

    Leslie Peter Welton

    Sept. 14, 1933 - Apr. 18 2019

    On Thursday, April 18 2019, we lost our much-loved Leslie.
    Born in London, UK in 1933, Leslie spent his childhood playing on bombsites and sitting in air raid shelters. As a young man, he had more careers than anyone could imagine – water tax collector, coffee roaster, bus conductor, even considering a stint with a record company. After coming top in an accounting exam for the whole of the U.K., he settled on banking joining Lloyds Bank. In 1970, he answered a call from the Bank of Montreal for British bankers and moved his young family of four children to Canada.
    After the Bank of Montreal, Leslie became involved in the Credit Union system, first with Vancity and then Gulf and Fraser Fisherman’s Credit Union. After marrying Christine in 1990, he sort of retired, but not before they both moved to South Africa for six months in 1994 to work with the Canadian Cooperative movement assisting black and coloured communities unite and strengthen their credit union system.
    Subsequent to the South Africa adventure, Leslie retired for real. A life of reading books, walking dogs, and relaxing on the sun deck beckoned. He loved his home on Gabriola. He also relished visits to our local library and his weekly talks with his friend, Ted Wilson.
    Leslie died peacefully in the palliative care unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a very brief illness and surrounded by those he loved.
    Pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Welton and his older brother, Frank, Leslie is survived by the love of his life, Christine, daughters Amanda (Patrick), Gillian (Bob), and son Graeme (Diana). His oldest daughter, Lesley, chose to not be a part of his life and he respected that decision. He can boast nine grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren with Cole and Sydney being closest to him.
    In the UK, Leslie will be missed by his nephews, Christopher (Jeanette) and Simon (Linda) and their families in addition to his brother-in-law, Rob Purfield (Liz), niece and nephew, James and Jemma Purfield, and many other members of Christine’s family.
    And last, but certainly not least, his two beloved cocker spaniels, Cooper and Brady.
    Our thanks go to the doctors at the Gabriola Medical Clinic, paramedics Jacqui and Sal, and the nurses and doctors of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency and palliative care units.
    Rest in peace, Leslie.
    Your absence has left a void in the world of those who knew and loved you.

  • Paddy (Patrick Murray) Griffin

    Dec. 7, 1942 - Mar. 8, 2019

    Born in Toronto on December 7, 1942, Paddy was a well-loved man of diverse talents: an athlete like his father, lawyer, computer hardware techie, adult educator, amateur market analyst, and long distance bicyclist. Sadly, his vibrant life ended on March 8, 2019 at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

    Predeceased by his parents Helen and Murray Griffin, by brother Quinn when still a youngster, and by stepson Cameron Vincent Garlick.

    Remembered and mourned by daughters Shannon Leigh Griffin (Rob), and  Allison Wynne Griffin (Michael),  Alison’s children Silas Truman and Aminta Minnow, and by brother Dennis Griffin, and sister Catherine McLeod (Duncan) and her children Wesley, Jeffrey, Alisha, and Lauren.

    Survived and sorely missed by Christine Garlick, the woman who made his life complete, by stepson Eamon Robert Garlick, and by his countless friends on Gabriola Island and in Puerto Vallarta where he and Christine spent their winters.

    Paddy attended St. Michael’s College, Queen’s U, St. Mary’s U (BA ‘69), Dalhouse U (LLb ‘72) and UBC. He practiced law in Midland Ontario in the 70s and then in the Lower Mainland before turned to computer maitenance services followed by Adult Ed studies at UBC.He was ED of the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia before returning to BC to resume the practice of law at a legal aid clinic in Quesnel. He married Christine in 1990 and them moved to Gabriola Island in 2002. His legal career blossomed on Gabriola. Paddy’s low key practice served the community effectively and endeared him to everyone he encountered.

    ALS took Paddy with shocking swiftness. He was not ready, and did not accept it. Paddy never gave up his lust for life - he took it with him.

  • Amanda Michelle Craigmyle

    Amanda Michelle Craigmyle

    Nov. 5, 1963 - Feb. 7, 2019

    Amanda Michelle Craigmyle passed away February 7th, 2019 in the Palliative care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a long, tough battle with cancer. Her greatest wish was that her only granddaughter would be born before she passed away.  Her wish was granted and she spent two months interacting with little Harley Rae and welcoming her to the world. 

    Amanda was born in England, November 5, 1963 and moved with her family to Canada in 1968. She grew up in North Vancouver and Kamloops, BC, and lived for several years in Washington State before spending her last years on Gabriola Island, BC. 

    She was very creative and, as a glass bead artist, spent many years sharing that passion with people all over the world. Amanda was a brave, positive and beautiful person who loved animals, always had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humour.  She thoroughly enjoyed working at Village Foods on Gabriola and a special thank you goes out to Angela Burnett for her friendship.

    She is survived by her daughter Breanna, her granddaughter Harley Rae, her parents Bob and Pam Scott and her sisters Heidi [Ted] in Texas and Tasha in Calgary. She also leaves behind numerous relatives in Sweden, Europe and the UK. Amanda was pre-deceased by Paul Thompson, Breanna’s father.  

    Amanda’s wish was to have no funeral, just a scattering of her ashes at her favourite beach on Gabriola where she and her dog Mo loved to roam. If you wish to do a little something to remember Amanda, please donate to an animal rescue or a kidney cancer research foundation.

    Grateful thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Cancer Unit in Victoria, BC, Doctor Tracey Thorne on Gabriola and all the wonderful doctors, nurses and volunteers in Palliative Care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

    Heaven has gained an angel and her Mo dog was there to welcome her. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

  • Diane Parks

    Diane Parks

    1946 - 2019

    Diane passed away peacefully on January 27th in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Palliative Care Unit after a courageous thirteen-month battle with ALS. 

    She is survived by her loving husband Don Switzer, daughter Leith Fermin-Rix (Jeff), in Ottawa, granddaughters Eva, Stella and Arianna, sisters Louise, Jackie, Melba and brother Terry. 

    Daughter of the late Margaret and Owen Parks, Diane was born in Halifax on January 11th, 1946 and grew up in Armdale. She graduated from Dalhousie University with BA and B Ed degrees and went on to teach at John W. MacLeod Elementary School in Halifax for thirty years. Diane is remembered as a favourite teacher who emphasized teaching students how to learn. She had a very special place in her heart for challenged children, believing that they could do much more than people expected. She was invariably right. 

    After suffering from a stroke Diane retired in 1998 and moved to British Columbia to be with Don, her teenage sweetheart from high school times. They settled on Gabriola Island and Diane soon discovered she had a talent for drawing wildlife and time to pursue her interests in singing and poetry. She began collecting for the Heart Fund and, even as a lifelong Anglican found herself deeply involved with and happy to work on a great many charitable endeavours sponsored by diverse church organizations on the island. 

    Providing for Friday lunches and making up Samaritans Purse Christmas boxes for children in Africa and Latin America were projects closest to her heart. 

    Diane and Don loved to travel and over the past 21 years they found time to visit China and tour extensively throughout Europe and North America. Now Diane has embarked on her final journey. 

    She will be missed by her family, and many friends and colleagues both on Gabriola and in Nova Scotia.  

    Service at Christ Church Gabriola, 2600 South Road on Saturday March 2 at 1pm followed by celebration of life at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club.

  • Fraser Gerald Smith

    Fraser Gerald Smith

    Mar. 28, 1946 – Jan. 11, 2019

    In loving memory of Fraser Gerald Smith, a 25 year resident of Gabriola, who passed away on January 11 in Nanaimo hospital.

    He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Gloria; sons Curtis (Jessica) and Clinton; grandchildren Anais, Eva, and Fraser; brother Mark (Jackie), sister Muriel (Lloyd), half-sister Marilyn; brother-in-law Gerry Nittel (Anne); and numerous nephews and nieces and their children.

    A celebration of life will be held at the Gabriola Golf course in the near future. All are welcome to come share stories and memories of Fraser.