Obituaries

  • Nancy Lea Crozier

    Nancy Lea Crozier

    Mar. 9, 1953 - Sept. 1, 2018

    Nancy passed away peacefully at her home on Gabriola Island surrounded by her family and friends.

    She is predeceased by her parents Lois and James Crozier, brother William Arthur, and sister Judith Marion.

    Nancy is survived by her son Jack Clancy, daughter Galena Clancy, and her dog Clancy, brothers Kenneth (Veronica), Richard (Linda), Robert Scott, and sister-in-law Chris, nieces and nephews Jenness (Justin), Mitchell, Aliesha, Joanna (Nic), Kelsey (Jessie), Graham, Hayley (Tom), Michael (Daniela), Jennifer, and Tom, great nieces and nephews Piper, Harlin, Arya, and Cedar.

    Nancy has asked that we have a party and enjoy life in her honour. The party will be held at The Gabriola Community Hall at 2200 South Road on Saturday September 15 from 4pm-8pm. 

    Nancy was an accomplished sculptor as well as an impassioned activist and has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mary Frances Mossop Vocational School https://mossopweavingschool.wordpress.com

    Special thank you goes to Nancy’s compassionate and generous care team Jenness and Cindy, Dr. Claire Gibbs, Dr. Maciek Mierzewski, Dr. Francois Bosman, Simon Ellis (Island Pharmacy), the Gabriola home care nurses, Dr. W. Mark Wigmore and all the health care providers at NRGH.

  • Gerald Eugene Musselman

    Gerald Eugene Musselman

    Mar. 31, 1934 - Sept. 1, 2018

    It is with sadness and tears that our family announces the passing of Gerald Eugene Musselman.

    Gerry passed away on September 1st in Maple Ridge, BC at age 84 after a more than 2-year battle with cancer. He fought hard! While we are sad, we are so grateful to have had this larger than life character with a big heart in our lives who made us laugh so often over the years! “Big Grampa” who was born in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan on March 31, 1934 leaves behind his wife Doris of 62 years, his 2 children: Charlene (Glen) and Greg (Arlene), 6 grand children: Matthew (Ashley), Sara (Ryan), Tia, Brody, Linnea, Amelia, and great grand son Hank who met his great grandpa a few weeks ago!

    He also leaves behind his sisters: Bernice, Irene, June and Ila, lots of nieces, nephews and many friends from Saskatchewan to Gabriola Island! Gerry worked for Lafarge Cement for more than 40 years. He loved to fish, golf and most of all his family. We are going to miss him so much! Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support!

     

  • Peter Eastick

    Peter Eastick

    1925-2018

     

    Peter Eastick lost his short battle with bone cancer on August 2. 

    He leaves behind his wife Jacinthe and his sister Ann. 

    Many Gabriolans will perhaps remember him as a member on the Advisory Planning Commission in the eighties; or as a member of the Concerned Citizens for the Protection of the Environment on the issue of clam over-harvesting; as a pheasant farmer or maybe for his many years as a volunteer ‘cashier’ at GIRO; or for his series of World War ll  articles in the local papers; or then again for his spearheading the formation of a Gabriola Veterans Association which lead to the erection of a Cairn for the community to assemble and remember on November 11.

    Many will simply remember him for his joviality, his tenacity, stubbornness, courage, his wry sense of humour and for his zest for life.

    Peter’s wishes were that there would neither be a service nor a celebration of life. I am sure that in our own way we would celebrate the relationship each of us had with him, privately.

    He is greatly missed by those who knew, loved and enjoyed him.

  • Zenon Woloszczak

    Zenon Woloszczak

    Nov. 4, 1947 to July 15, 2018

    Zenon peacefully passed away in the Nanaimo Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. 

    Zenon lived on Gabriola for over 35 years and helped many people in his ultimate man-job using his Kubota digger and through his landscaping and gardening expertise. 

    His work helping people meant he left a little piece of his heart in the gardens of Gabriola, the Island paradise that he loved. 

    Zenon and Bonnie raised their three children Zayen, Vanessa and Ileya on beautiful Gabriola. 

    Zenon’s family will be having a small, private celebration of his life. Donations in his name, in lieu of flowers, to the Nanaimo Hospice would be appreciated by his family, who are deeply thankful to all staff at Hospice and Palliative Care for providing a superior level of care. 

    Thank you to Gabriola’s fabulous health care professionals at Gabriola Medical Clinic, BC Ambulance Service and Home Support.

  • Neil Rich

    Neil Rich

    Aug. 8, 1946 - May 19, 2018

    Neil passed away in the presence of his family at his home on Gabriola. He is survived by his children Ian, Kia, Mya, and Kym, and their families. 

    Neil was born in London, England, moved as a child, with his family, to Toronto, and then came west to BC as a young man. After retiring from his industrial x-ray and concrete coring company in Richmond, he moved to Gabriola in 2010.

    Neil was an avid boater his whole life and enjoyed exploring the Gulf Islands and coastal inlets. He always had a project on the go, whether building his house or boat, or fixing his classic cars. He was involved with the Gabriola Cruisers Auto Club and the dog play group. You could find him riding his ebike in the 707 with his dog Keelu.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at his home on Gabriola on August 26 from noon - 4 pm. Please RSVP to celebrateneilongabe@yahoo.com

  • Raymond (Ray) Charles Beauchamp

    Raymond (Ray) Charles Beauchamp

    1949-2018

    A resident of Gabriola Island since 2011, Ray passed away recently at home. He is survived by his wife Gayle, sisters Susan, Monica, and Lois and brothers Mark and Colin.

    Ray and Gayle especially enjoyed Gabriola’s scenic seascapes, fine pubs and restaurants, and the various open stages and jams with their gracious hosts.

    Ray and Gayle were grateful for the empathy and quality care provided by Dr. Jim Mackenzie and staff and by the nurses, doctors, and other staff at Nanaimo Cancer Clinic.

    Messages of condolences can be sent via Sands Funeral home at sandsnanaimo.ca.

  • 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.