Obituaries

  • Jean Maryl Abercrombie/Waugh/McLaren

    Jean Maryl Abercrombie/Waugh/McLaren

    Jean Maryl Abercrombie/ Waugh/ Mclaren was born July 9, 1927. In 1949 she was married to Eric Waugh and had 4 children: Merilee, Avril, David and Kelly. 

    Us 4 kids had 13 children, Jean’s grandchildren. 

    Those 13 kids have 18 kids, Jean’s great grandchildren. The first great grandchild has one child, Jean’s great-great-grandchild.

    Mom will greatly be missed by all of her family.

    Mom was predeceased by both her husbands, Eric Waugh on Sept 20, 2014 and Bob McLaren in April, 1986.

    Mom and Dad joined the Peace Movement in the 50’s. Bob and Mom continued in the Peace Movement and other peaceful causes.

    We were always taught to Love all peoples, be they Blacks, Asian, Indigenous, and all others.

  • Kelly Burton

    Kelly Burton

    On Sunday, January 31, 2021, Kelly Burton, of Gabriola, passed away at the age of 73 years.

    Kelly Burton was born in Vancouver, BC, and raised in and around BC’s Lower Mainland where he met and married the love of his life, Gayle. Together, they had their first home, a float house, by the Walden Bros. Sawmill at West Cracroft Island, the hub of Kelly’s logging career. After, Kelly and Gayle purchased a home in Burnaby, BC, where three children were born and raised. A proud father, Kelly then earned his Red Seal as a Heavy Duty Mechanic, and worked in the trade for his entire working life. He also built homes, fixed cars, rode his motorcycles, and cut numerous acres of lawn with a push-mower. Kelly is survived by his wife, Gayle, their three children, Kelly-Lyn, Klinton, and Rhondalyn (Jean-Philippe), his sister Gale (Lorne), his cousin Don (Susie), and a very special family dog, Emma. 

    Kelly moved from Abbotsford, BC, to Gabriola in September 2020, and passed away here peacefully on January 31, 2021, in Rhondalyn and Jean-Philippe’s home with his wife and children bedside.

    A heartfelt thank you to Gabriola’s compassionate nursing staff: Maureen, Jessie, Jodie, Sarah, Leah, Wendy, Veronica, Jennifer, Leigh, Barbara, Nicholas, Dr Thorne, Janet of the Gabriola Ambulance Society, and nieces Shannon and Sharleen.

    “Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” 

    ~ Cormac McCarthy, 

    The Road

  • Margo McCutcheon 

    Margo McCutcheon 

    Mar. 26, 1956 - Dec. 16, 2020

    Margo, daughter of Ed and Marjorie and Marvin, special granddaughter of Doris, sister to Darren, Karen-Anne and Eddie, niece of favourite Auntie Joanie and dear family and friend to so many others.

    This is a message from the Canadian friends who loved Margo and shared so many experiences with her over the jam-packed adventure of her life. 

    Mexico became Margo’s home of choice for its warmth, colours and people.  She became a Mexican citizen and never stopped studying Spanish. Margo was dedicated to her friendships in Ajijic and especially to her Mexican family, Rudolfo and Ana and her 7 cats. 

    We are celebrating, grieving and remembering Margo as the vivacious, witty, educated, generous, smart, fierce friend that we shared. From the beginning of her life in Alberta as the Princess of Ponoka to all the countries she lived in on this planet, Margo made friends. Above all else, she was a truly great friend.

    Margo was fearless. She lived on a sailboat in a West Coast harbour and she lived in Spain, Egypt and Scotland. She built a home on Gabriola Island and raised chickens and nurtured cats. Margo loved animals with her favourite being the furry feline. But along the way she had a rooster named Liberace and hens Camilla, Diana and Fergie after the British royal family.

    Not only was Margo unfailingly kind to animals (including mice she would only live trap), she also was so attentive to her friend’s children throughout their childhood into adulthood.  She adopted the children as her own and contributed in so many ways to the growing up of these young persons. One friend said that her daughter’s first words when she heard of Margo’s passing were ‘oh mum she was always so nice to us’.  She was indeed, in the truest sense of inquiry and caring concern.

    Margo was a great cook and used this skill to feed people and get them around a table or even make meals for delivery when they were going through a hard time.  She was always generous with the biggest open heart. She would give of her time and resources without question and was always there to roll up her sleeves no matter what needed done. 

    Margo loved words and made a difference to readers and writers everywhere through her work as a librarian in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Slave Lake. Margo wrote letters to the Editor and columnists of various newspapers. She had an informed opinion about everything. Her letters were so engaging that some of the columnists became regular correspondents with her just for the delight of her perspective and wit. It’s hard to imagine Margo without a book in her hand.

    Margo was interested and interesting. It was not just her degrees – a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and a Master of Library Science - it was her ongoing curiosity. Margo knew the history of everything and loved travel. Her knowledge added so much depth to her travels. Margo surrounded herself with music and supported the arts.  There was a time when Margo had seasons tickets to the Seattle, Vancouver and Edmonton operas. 

    How do we as friends capture Margo and her life in words? There are enough stories to fill the rest of our lives and carry her along with us. Margo lived life large and shared it all with us. 

    Margo was special. We loved her and are grateful she was our friend.

  • Konrad Mauch

    Konrad Mauch

    Mar. 24 , 1953 - Apr. 29, 2021

    Konrad dearly wanted to return to his beloved Gabriola Island for his last months. Immensely sadly, he only made it to the Gabriola ferry parking lot. He passed away in Nanaimo Hospital due to complications with esophageal cancer

    He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years Linda Harrison, his siblings Anne, Walter (Jane Powell), Maurice (Norma Ginther), and his niece Freya.

    The first child of Walter and Elisabeth (Haldemann) Mauch, he grew up in North Vancouver and Tsawwassen. Konrad’s intelligence and curiosity were evident from the start. 

    There were always science experiments and projects in various stages of assembly, disassembly or reassembly. His interest in applying technology led him to study Electrical Engineering at UBC earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. 

    Konrad was an engineer, entrepreneur, and maker. As an electrical engineer he spent much of his career developing products which improved the environment, ranging from electric vehicles to components for solar power systems. 

    In the late 1980’s he cofounded Statpower Technologies, which grew to over 100 employees by the end of the 90’s when it was sold to another local company. Konrad was very proud that many of the original employees are still working for Statpower’s successor and spin-off companies.

    Konrad and Linda fell in love with Gabriola on their first visit in the late 80’s and within a year had purchased a small cabin they named the “Cedar Spirit” overlooking the water. 

    It became their weekend and holiday retreat while they continued working. 

    They spent a happy decade in the Cedar Spirit making many friends among their neighbours. 

    With the sale of Statpower they were ready to live on Gabriola for longer periods. 

    They retired the cabin and had a wonderful Gulf Island home, also dubbed Cedar Spirit, built to suit their personalities and pastimes. From Konrad’s workshop below Linda’s “treehouse” scrapbook corner to Konrad’s indoor/outdoor kitchens, there was a place for every interest and hobby. 

    Upon his retirement Konrad designed and built beautiful furniture, lamps and other woodworking projects and became a member of the Gabriola arts community. His workshop, Gabriola Gadgets, was a favourite on the annual Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour with his work selling out every year.

    Konrad loved to travel. He and Linda travelled to over 60 countries in all continents, making lasting friendships with fellow travellers along the way. Konrad particularly loved the travels that brought him close to wildlife, ranging from penguins in the Antarctic to mountain gorillas in the hills of Rwanda. 

    Konrad was actively involved in community projects on Gabriola. He was a Director, Vice President and volunteer leader with the Gabriola Health Care Foundation during the years when its Community Health Centre was planned and built. He then helped the Gabriola Arts Council plan and renovate its Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. Later he was a cofounder of the Gabriola Woodworkers’ Guild which gives island woodworkers a chance to share skills and knowledge and show their work to the public through its annual “wood show.”

    From the young employees at Statpower who he mentored and coached, to the neighbours and friends on Gabriola who loved his famous summer Beach Parties, Konrad touched many lives. He will be missed.

     Heartfelt thanks to Sam Abraham, Maurice Mauch, Rob Maynard, Judy Durban, the palliative team at NRGH, Dr. Bosman, Dr. Sandell, and the Gabriola Medical Clinic. Thanks to the Gabriola Woodworkers Guild, especially, Rob and Lawrence Spero, and friends and family who continually gave love, prayers and blessings, and most specifically, “my heart and soul, Linda, who walked beside me every step of my journey.”

    A Celebration of a Life well lived will take place on Gabriola, hopefully in the fall.

    Friends wishing to remember Konrad are encouraged to make a donation to InspireHealth.ca or the BC Cancer Foundation.

     

  • Patricia Ludwick

    Patricia Ludwick

    Nov. 3, 1945 - May 15, 2021

    We have lost a strong, vibrant and compassionate friend, defender and lover of our island community and our natural environment.

    Diagnosed with ALS, Patsy chose MAiD and a green burial in a plot at the heart of our community cemetery. 

    Many friends and neighbours gathered around her in her last days to support her in her journey, filled with grace and mystery.

    A woman of many talents, Patsy gave herself wholeheartedly - in professional theatre; wordsmithing - playwright, poet, editor, teacher; library service -on Gabriola and Nanaimo. 

    Then construction.....she built her own house! 

    If helpful friends didn’t have the required skills, she learned them and shared. The house has sheltered her for nearly 30 years.

    Patsy contributed to the community she cherished formally and informally: friends received unique hand crafted cards on special occasions; she supported Cats Alive, fostering many cats over many years; she was a longtime active member of Amnesty International, and a Hospice volunteer; she was instrumental in forming and building the Gabriola Tool Library.

    Patsy was a keen swimmer and gentle beach comber, a generous host, and a playful soap bubble blower! She was a committed sangha member and dharma practitioner. 

    Patsy was the first of seven, the big sister to four sisters and two brothers (and she was a favourite aunt), all of whom are happy to have had her as part of the family and are proud of her achievements. 

    She had an enquiring mind, an excellent memory and was a colourful and lively raconteur. 

    She brought a greater good into our lives than she may have realized and has been a source of positive energy for so many others - she will be missed very much in both her community and family.

    Her family would like to thank her wonderful, committed caregivers, health care team and the amazing circle of friends who supported her when they could not be with her due to COVID restrictions. 

    In lieu of flowers or donations, Patsy asked that people plant a tree in her memory.

  • Dirk Boysen

    Dirk Boysen

    1940-2020

    Our family is saddened to announce the passing of Dirk Boysen on December 9, 2020 at his home on Gabriola Island, BC due to heart failure. He is survived by his wife Eveline, brother Klaus, his first wife Alison, children Mark and Brigit, stepchildren Arnold, Karen, Colin, and Jennifer, and grandchildren Gabriela and Kai, Marcos and Nicolas, Kia and Nadege, Cole and Natalie, and Zachary. Previously departed loved ones include brother Hans-Christian and grandson Matthew.  

    Dirk was born on December 2, 1940 in Hamburg, Germany to Bruno and Sophie Boysen. At 16 he apprenticed his first job in Copenhagen, Denmark. He came to Canada in 1961, arriving in Halifax by boat, and eventually started working in banking in Toronto. In 1968 he was married to Alison Gregory in Montreal and then lived in Oakville, Ontario and Tsawwassen, BC where he raised his family while working in accounting and sales for Weldwood Canada. In 1991 he was married to Eveline Harpain on Salt Spring Island and lived in Richmond, B.C. until 1999 when they moved to Gabriola Island. There they had lived for 21 beautiful years together. 

    Dirk was very athletic, loved soccer, and most enjoyed tennis, winning club championships several times.  In his retirement he loved to travel to warmer climates, spending many winters in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Dirk and Eveline created a wonderful garden on their island property where they enjoyed hosting their six children and their families. 

    Dirk loved the west coast of Canada and Gulf Islands. A living reef burial will occur in the spring of 2021 on Gabriola Island and a celebration of life in the summer of 2021.

  • Hill, Oliver (Bert)

    Hill, Oliver (Bert)

    February 22, 1930 - November 17, 2020

    It has taken some time for us to put words to paper after our enduring grief and loss of a great Family Man on November 17, 2020.

    Bert had been a Resident of Chartwell Malaspina Care Home in Nanaimo for the past 4 1/2 years where he was enjoying a life of great care and new experiences every day. He passed peacefully with his Care Aid and Nurse at his side, not alone, and having just heard the words of love from his beloved wife, Sandra, over the phone.

    Bert had a full and exciting life of 90 years, enjoying every minute, from the tobacco fields of Southern Ontario at an early age, taking him to the mint fields in Oregon after riding the rails with his childhood friend, Al Town.

    After several years of managing car dealerships in Ontario and Nanaimo; a Tank Commander in the Military; one of the first Reserve/Auxiliary RCMP Officers in Nanaimo, working alongside many of the Regular Members in Policing duties; Allstate Insurance Broker, as well as many varied and interesting occupations along the way, Bert settled into the Real Estate Business, managing Block Bros. and Canada Permanent Trust in Nanaimo, as well as several others, and in the 80’s as Owner/Manager of Island West Realty Ltd. here on Gabriola, initially with Marianne Kristiansen and later with his wife, Sandra, joining him for 14 of those years.

    Bert was an active Member of the RCMP Veteran’s Association; a Private Pilot and Member of COPA, the Canadian Owner’s and Pilot’s Association; an avid fisherman, golfer, dirt bike racer, RV’er and a loving father and husband. He was always thinking of others in the many decisions in his life.

    Bert is survived by his wife, Sandra, of 53 years, Sons, Dennis and Darren (Adeline) and Daughters, Darlene (Roger), Katherine (Garry), and Kristy (Dallas); nine Grandchildren: Taylor, Kennedy, Sheridan, Gavin, Carsen, Eliana, Kevin, Jessica and Abigail; two Great-Grandchildren, Aurora and Theodore. Also survived by one Brother, Archie (Grace), in Ontario and many nieces and nephews.

    Bert will be missed by all, but will remain in our hearts . . . . until we are together again.

  • Ed Gisler

    Ed Gisler

    Mar. 16, 1950 - Dec. 17, 2020

    Shown here with his sister-in-law’s childhood teddy that she always traveled with and brought to Gabriola on a visit in 2018 is Ed Gisler, who died suddenly early on Dec. 17 at the Nanaimo Hospital of a combination of pneumonia and an intestinal infection that led to sepsis and multiple organ failure. His wife Kat was called to his bedside on Wed. Dec 16. He was able to sing his favourite song to her “You are my Sunshine,” exchange an I love you, and see and say “Hi” to each of his four children one last time on a coordinated FaceTime call. He died later that night, given Comfort Care as he wished. 

    Ed was born on March 16, 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Peter and Leona (Castonguay) Gisler. He was the third of four children. He lived in Balmertown, Red Lake Ontario for his childhood, where his father was a Diamond Drilling contractor for the gold mines up there. Ed and his brother spent many hours disappearing into the bush after breakfast and not showing up again until dinner, getting into all sorts of adventures like taking dinner knives to the town dump to watch the bears, just in case one charged (!), playing on the incredibly toxic slimes - chemicals that were left over from drilling for the gold - selling shiners to the tourists who flew in for fishing trips, as well as the muffins that their mother had left cooling on the back porch! 

    Being a big kid, he also stood up for the underdogs and made sure bullies knew they would have to answer to him. 

    Ed’s parents go divorced when Ed was twelve and his mother moved with him and his brother and one sister to Duluth, Minnesota. His older sister stayed in Balmertown. Ed’s mother worked many jobs to support them, and no matter how tired she was at the end of the day, would take them swimming. Or to a park in the winter where they would clear the snow off a picnic table and have dinner. 

    He went to high school in Duluth and worked at a local packaging company, contributing to the family income. 

    Ed didn’t finish high school in Duluth as at the age of 18 he followed his older brother into the U.S. Army, (still keeping his Canadian citizenship). His commanding officer realized Ed would have a hard time ordering men into battle instead of taking care of them, so Ed was sent to For Sam Houston in Texas to train as a Combat Medic. 

    When asked if he wanted to be deployed to Germany or Vietnam, he thought Germany sounded boring, and had never heard of Vietnam, so he chose Vietnam. He ended up service in Vietnam as a Combat Medic from 1968 to 1970. He was honourably discharged after being wounded by a nearby land mine. 

    After the army, Ed passed the GED test in the U.S., and obtained his high school diploma, met and married his first wife, and worked as a physician’s assistant in Southern Minnesota, and had two children, Jennifer (Jenny) and Michael. He then lived full time in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he joined the local Women’s Shelter board and formed a group to help abusive men change their behaviour. 

    This was later absorbed into the St. Cloud Intervention Project (SCIP), which he helped create and co-led for six years. At the same time, he attended St. Cloud University and received his Bachelor’s Degree.

    He and his wife divorced, and in 1982 he met “the love of his live” Kat MacVeagh, who had just moved with her two children, Ellie and Ben, from Northern Minnesota to St. Cloud to work as a School Psychologist. 

    Ed and Kat got married in 1985. After the ceremony and reception, they drove through the city in Ed’s repainted blue Bell Telephone van, with cans tied to the back and all the kids cheering out the windows. 

    After leaving the SCIP project Ed then started a similar project in Little Falls, Mn. Following that, he worked as a counsellor for the Mille Lacs Academy from 1991-1996, dealing with Juvenile Sex Offenders. Again, he made an impact on some of these boys’ lives. He had always wanted to get his Master’s degree. He was accepted at and received his Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/St. Thomas in St. Paul, Mn. He continued to enjoy working with clients who presented with challenging problems. 

    Ed was always the adventurer. After Vietnam, he roamed the U.S. with cameras, hitch hiking or driving. He was a talented photographer. He walked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island three times. 

    When he and Kat met, he brought her and their four kids out to Vancouver Island - where his dad lived in Cedar -  in the blue van, refurbished to sleep all of them. He introduced them to Long Beach and the Greenpoint Campground, where he and Kat still visited once a year until Covid prevented it. In 1986 they bought their cabin on Gabriola, back when beachfront was affordable. They drove out every summer until 2000 when they retired here, and had their lovely house built but Ian Johnson, owner of Kiwican Construction. 

    Until an accident in 2010 chopping wood injured his back, Ed was known to chop the summer firewood for Jim Demler at the Descanso Bay Campground, volunteer with Kat for Meals on Wheels, pick up day old bread from the old bakery at Twin Beaches and deliver it to the food bank, and volunteer with a few families to do therapy with their kids, while Kat worked with the parents. 

    Ed was a regular at GIRO, and was known for his fantastic yard sales. He was a collector of all things great and small, odd or beautiful and had an eye for the unusual. 

    He is remembered by many on the island as the guy who gave them or their kids the perfect small rock for a special occasion or for no reason at all, or started them collecting stamps, which was another of his passions. Before Peripheral Neuropathy from Diabetes affected his hands, he carved walking sticks and painted watercolours. 

    Ed always seemed to be able to bounce back from whatever illness or injury happened to him. so it was a shock to his family and friends that he wasn’t able to come back from this last one. 

    He is survived by his wife, Kat, daughters Jenny and Ellie, sons, Michael and Ben, brother Les, sisters Georgina and Pam, six grandchildren and one great grandson. Except for Georgina who still lives in Balmerton, they all live in the States so until they can gather on the deck overlooking the water, Ed’s Celebration of Life will have to wait. Those who knew him have their own memories. 

    Thank you to all who have reached out with calls, cards, flowers or cookies! 

    What an amazing community we live in. Anyone wishing to donate in Ed’s name, can do so at woundedwarriors.ca

  • Cecily Ann Danenhower

    Cecily Ann Danenhower

    March 19, 1919- Dec. 19, 2020

    A feisty adventurer and lover of birds, biscuits and gravy, and good British mysteries, Cecily passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on December 19, 2020.    

    Cecily began her beautiful life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She developed a life-long passion for music and the arts while being raised in Southern California by her mother, a talented organist who played for silent films in Hollywood theatres. After completing a degree in Biology, where she was one of very few women in her class, she trained as a Medical Technologist in Oregon. While working there during World War II she met her husband Harold and eventually they had four children together - all of whom she was incredibly proud of. Cecily built her life around her family; when she found herself at the beginning of the Vietnam War with three draft-age sons, she packed up and moved to Canada from Santa Barbara, California. She lived in Salmon Arm, 108 Mile House, the Okanagan, Victoria, and Vancouver before settling on Gabriola.   

    Cecily relished her life and all the curiosities it had for her to explore. In the early 70’s she loaded the family up and they spent half a year in a VW camper van touring Europe. After that, all of Cecily’s spare pennies went to travelling; she explored six out of seven continents in her lifetime. Her explorations of the world included trips to Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and Australia with her son Thom, some fabulous birding adventures to Mexico and South America with her daughter Joanne, and wild road trips all over the United States and Canada with her sons Peter and Fred.  

    In her later life, happily living on Gabriola Island, Cecily could be found strolling through the woods, enjoying theatre productions and the arts, and having fun with the SUSO seniors group she loved. Age never was a limiting factor for her, as she began writing a historical, mystery trilogy about her native New Mexico at the age of 96, drove a car until she was 99, became a local celebrity at the Farmer’s Market while selling her copper enameling until 100, and proudly still lived on her own at the time of her passing.  

    Cecily was predeceased by her husband Harold and her best friends from 5th grade Mowe and Dixie. She is survived by her children - Joanne, Thom (Jean), Peter (Laurie) and Fred (Nancy), her three granddaughters – Jessica, Melanda and Natasha, and her niece and nephew, Stephanie and George. We will never forget how much Cecily deeply enjoyed life and will miss her immensely.   

    So long Cecily, and thanks for all the good times! 

    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to People for a Health Community (SUSO program) at www.phcgabriola.org

    Earlier in 2020, Cecily was interviewed for two videos about senior’s well being.  These can be found at the following links.  

    Telus video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=93MdAzYMsf4

    Island Health Video:  www.islandhealth.ca/news/stories/seniors-find-strong-social-connections-and-improved-health-adult-day-programs. 

  • Richard Eddie Bernard

    Richard Eddie Bernard

    July 13, 1946 - Nov. 26 2020

    Rik passed away after valiantly surviving strokes and seizures for six years without complaint and always a smile. He finally succumbed to kidney cancer. Throughout his life he had the ability to adjust and adapt to the challenges he encountered. 

    Rik was born in Edmonton, the eldest male of twelve siblings. As a child he knew what it was like to be hungry and would make sure he was at the table on time. As a teenager he worked at various House of Pancakes restaurants while attending school, saving his money to buy his first car, a ’57 Ford. After graduation he attended NAIT for instrumentation but never completed his diploma. In 1968 he moved to Kelowna for a job at the Longhorn Restaurant. It is there that he met and fell in love with his future wife, Connie Haber, a waitress home for a summer job after her first year at SFU. 

    After marrying they settled in Burnaby so Connie could continue university. Rik got a job at the Leon Hotel in Port Moody, becoming chef. Soon a son, Todd, was born. Rik’s philosophy was don’t change your life for a child but make your child a part of your life, and that he did. Within two years Rik bought a brand new house in Richmond. There he worked as head cook at the International House of Pancakes, and as a sous chef at the Top of Grouse restaurant seven days a week. When Connie received her degree it was now his turn and he decided to join the “enemy.” 

    He attended BCIT full time in Environmental Health.

    Rik was never wanting self attention so was humbled when he won an award for his paper on the importance of hand washing. He secured a job with Vancouver Coastal Health rising from health inspector to senior environmental health officer until his retirement in 2006. His bosses and colleagues highlighted his common sense approach, intelligence, sense of humour and his smile. Some of his colleagues remained his friends.

    Rik was always busy whether it was remodelling the house or landscaping the yard. His creativity, patience, talent and attention to detail was noteworthy. He often helped friends and neighbours with their projects. 

    When he bought a cabin on Gabriola in 1991 he totally renovated inside and out with Todd, at times, helping along side his dad. Rik was always resourceful and devised a large hidden cistern to catch roof water before cisterns became common practice. Memorable times by many were spent at the cabin over the years. However, as retirement neared for both Rik and Connie, they decided that this spot was where they wanted to be. So with much sadness the cabin was demolished and their dream home was built. 

    Rik was instrumental in the design and was able to read blueprints with ease. Most of the interior design and finishing was done by Rik with the usual preciseness that was in his nature. The landscaping had his unique flair. 

    Rik did find time for more leisurely pursuits. Early on, snow skiing and camping were a family enjoyment. He loved cars and attended races and car shows. Always loving boats and the ocean he had many good times sailing with friends. In 1988 he bought a new Harley Davidson Softtail and spent many years enjoying rides - in BC, across Canada, California, and to Sturgis in South Dakota - always with Connie on the back. Travelling and cruising brought him to every continent except Antarctica. Music was an ongoing part of his life. Many live concerts and performances from rock, blues, to classical were thoroughly enjoyed. Background music was part of his home environment.

    Rik could be quite content by himself creating and inventing some things practical and sometimes ideas beyond many people’s understanding. Although he had a quiet demeanor when strong words were needed he was direct, meaningful, and persuasive. His sense of humour, especially after a few drinks, would often catch people unaware. His generosity was shown in many thoughtful and unexpected gifts to Connie and Todd; a helping hand to family and friends; charitable lotteries and, even in his death, donation of his eye tissue to give sight to those in need. 

    Rik will be forever loved and remembered. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Connie for 52 years of marriage, son Todd, eight brothers and sisters, in-laws and numerous nephews and nieces. 

    Thank you to the VIHA Gabriola caregivers who made it possible for Rik to have some quality of life in his Gabriola home for much of his last six years. 

    Also appreciation to the Gabriola paramedics for attending to Rik’s care numerous times. Due to Covid restrictions there will be no celebration of life at this time.