Obituaries

  • Hazel Broadley

    Hazel Broadley

    1936 - 2019

    Hazel loved life. She loved singing, dancing, and parties with friends. She was an imaginative cook, a splendid hostess, and had a rich sesne of humour.

    She grew up in Burnley, Lancashire. At the age of 21, she was off on an adventure in Paris to work as an au pair and learn to speak French. When she returned to England, she attended the Liverpool School of Occupational Therapy; after graduating, she took a job in Devon going into the ‘field’ to treat patients. In 1965, she went to Malta to work and remained there for three years. She had pleasant memories of her time in Malta; she loved the warm climate and the friends and activities she had there, including building and sailing a small boat. She returned to England and got a job in a major hospital in London; she was rated an expert in her field. Her joie de vivre and caring for people made her a very successful O.T.

    Hazel came to Canada in 1972 and continued to work in her field at the Vancouver General Hospital until her retirement in 1995. She then moved to Gabriola island to property she co-owned with her friend Henny. With the help of Gus Lund, the cabin, which had belonged to Joyce Lockwood, was extensively renovated with much design input from Hazel. The upstairs loft became Hazel’s studio as her interest turned to art. She took a course at the Victoria School of art to improve her skills and for several years she turned out many very fine paintings: portraits, familiar scenes of house and garden, Farmer’s Market,  et cetera. She also spent many happy hours creating a garden masterpiece. She made a vegetable garden, built a fence, a driftwood arch over the path to the woodshed and gathered rocks to make a pond and patio. She planted flowering trees and shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Many a gin and tonic were enjoyed in the garden at day’s end.

    A favourite with many friends were two “big/little” books: one in which she illustrated and described a canoe adventure with Henny down Trincomali Channel, with visits to islands along the way. The other was an illustrated account of the dreams of her friend - tedious to Hazel at first until she got the brilliant idea of making her illustrated story version. One dream had a vision of Henny who was wearing a dress made of grape skins! Hazel’s illustration was priceless!

    Many good years were spent in retirement on Gabriola, but eventually home and garden maintenance became too difficult and a decision was made in 2009 to sell and move to Nanaimo. In 2012, Hazel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and eventually it was decided she would return to her family in Burnley. She was very well cared for, with two sisters nearby, until she passed away on June 29.

  • Dr. Charles Mills Wilson

    Dr. Charles Mills Wilson

    May 8, 1931- June 13, 2019

    Dr. Charles Mills Wilson (Chuck), beloved husband of Elizabeth for 32 years, passed away peacefully at the Wellington Terrace on June 13, 2019 in his 89th year. He is survived by his daughter Shelley, sons Scott and Stephen, and extended family Judith and Leonard, and grandchildren, Sandy, Lydia, Hartley, Jennifer, Catharine and 10 great- grandchildren. Predeceased by his first wife Jennifer.

    Charles was an accomplished Composer, Choir Conductor and Teacher. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1952 (MusBac), and his Doctor of Music in 1956 (MusDoc). He attended the Berkshire Music Centre, Tanglewood, studying in with Lukas Foss and Carlos Chávez and completed his doctoral thesis, Symphony in A, at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also taught harmony and conducted the university choir.

    For 10 years, he was organist-choirmaster (1954-64) at Chalmers United Church, Guelph. As founder and conductor (1955-74) of the Guelph Light Opera, he used local singers to present one oratorio and one musical annually. During these years he conducted choirs and taught high school in the Guelph area and was, for a time, Music Supervisor of Guelph Township public schools. He conducted (1962-74) the Bach-Elgar Choir of Hamilton, but resigned to devote his time to study and composition. He began teaching at the University of Guelph in 1979, where he became Director of the electronic music studio and later as Composer-in-Residence.

    Vocal music claimed his main attention after 1966, as witness, his two-and-a-quarter hour oratorio The Angels of the Earth (June 1967), by the Guelph Light Opera Company, the Bach-Elgar Choir, and his operas, The Summoning of Everyman (1973), Heloise and Abelard (1972), and Kamouraska (1975). Many of his vocal works were sourced from Canadian poetry and stories. His contribution to the Canadian Music scene was broad and varied, as evidenced in a search of his lengthy professional career.  A list of his compositions can be found on a search of:  the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), and in the Canadian Encylopdia, under Charles M. Wilson.

    Upon retirement, he and Elizabeth, a contralto, moved to Gabriola Island, on the west coast. For 16 years, they continued their passion for music together, doing intimate recitals for friends and fellow musicians in the community. They returned to Ontario in 2010, and settled in Fergus. As well as his music, Charles will also be fondly remembered for his love of N scale model trains, and his Brigham pipes.

    The family wishes to express their gratitude to the multidisciplinary care team at the Terrace, for their excellent care and compassion during the time spent with them. No services will be held and if desired, a memorial donation, in Charles’ name, may be made to The Wellington Terrace, Long Term Care Home, Fergus. 

  • Cynthia Mary Hemsworth

    Cynthia Mary Hemsworth

    Dec. 29, 1937 - May 30, 2019

    Our Dear friend Cynthia passed away peacefully on May 30 in the Nanaimo General Hospital.

    Born to Stephen and Brenda Hemsworth in the UK , Cynthia grew into the beautiful, intelligent and strong lady we all came to know. From her N.A.T.O career, her political passions, to a quiet life on Gabriola where nature and peace won her heart. She could be found in her brilliant garden enjoying the sun with her cat. She will be missed. Please join us for a Celebration of her Life on June 22, 2019 at 775 Seagrit Rd.   

  • Cornelis (Kees) Krul

    Cornelis (Kees) Krul

    September 19th, 1930 – June 2nd, 2019

    Tenacious and stubborn to the end, surrounded by the love of family and friends who said farewell with sadness and hearts full of memories, on the evening of June 2nd 2019, Cornelis (Kees) Krul packed his bags, folded his tent and embarked on his last adventure to parts unknown. 

    Among those saying good-bye are his wife of 41 years, Carol Baird-Krul, his daughters Saskia and Jane, his step-daughter Janet, his two grandsons Liam and John, his sons-in-law Gary and Cameron, his cousin Geer and family, as well as, extended family in Alberta, the Netherlands, and the UK. 

    Having lived in and travelled to many different parts of the world throughout his life, when Kees moved to Gabriola, 18 years ago, he found his little piece of paradise. Kees loved many things travelling, sailing, fishing and swimming to name just a few. His friends and family will remember him for his stories (oh, those stories!), his teasing, his laughter and his kind and gentle heart. 

    While Kees’s life’s journey, over the last few years was difficult, he was supported along the way by his stalwart swimming buddies ‘the Dunkin’ Ducks’ (Erik, Peter and Michael) and their wives, his special sister and husband, Ann and Henk, as well as, other wonderful friends, too numerous to mention.  

    Aside from family and friends, there were many other people who provided support and care to Kees during his final, difficult odyssey……

    • The absolutely outstanding and just plain incredible,
    Dr. Jessica Otte

    • The kind staff on Floor 5, the GEM team, Vicki and Julia, all the Hospice volunteers and the amazing, caring nursing staff in the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH.

    • The understanding supportive staff and doctors at the Gabriola Family Practice –  Dr. Kilvert, Doctor McKenzie, Jessica and Caroline.

    • Sandy Parker who helped guide us safely through this difficult, emotional process.

    • The BC Ambulance Service staff on Gabriola, whose patience and kindness were outstanding.

    • Dan Urban – whose calm presence helped Kees happily stay in his home.

    • Susan Purser – whose cookies and care were much appreciated.

    • Alanna (Isla Bonita) and Diane (White Raven Hair Studio), whose foot and hair care made him more comfortable….and good looking too!

    • The Respite and Recreation staff at the Kiwanis Lodge, who made his two month stay in December and January a happy one.

    • And last, but by no means least, Liam Silver, whose invaluable, unstinting help made it possible for his Opa to stay in his own home for so long.

    A private celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Nanaimo Ladysmith Schools Foundation or the NRGH Foundation.

    Kees, was a good husband, a good father,
    a good friend and a good man

    He will be missed.

     

  • Adam Gemmell Godfrey 

    Adam Gemmell Godfrey 

    June 15, 1950 - May 7, 2019

    Adam passed peacefully May 7th, surrounded by family. 

    He was born June 15, 1950 in Toronto Ontario, the youngest of three children to Charles and Margaret Godfrey. Although Toronto area was home, his early years were spent traveling Europe with his family and spending much time in Muskoka, with his Grandparents.

    Educated in Europe and Canada, Adam grew into an adult with many interests and vocations. He established a family farm in Madoc, Ontario, became a cabbage grower, which lead him to become “The Sauerkraut King” of Canada. A distinction that can still raise a chuckle with family and friends.

    It was the early years in Madoc where Adam developed his love for boating. His first Boat, the “Puffin”, a North Sea Sailer, first voyage, Lake Ontario to Fort Lauderdale Florida. Those are some tales to be told!

    Adam was politically engaged, ran an election campaign in Ontario, helped to organize fundraisers and raged against injustice particularly against Farmers. He was a member of “People or Planes” and “CARP”. Both were successful in changing the outcome of government misuse of power and land. Adam dabbled in the tech industry, worked as a consultant to American food processors in Canada, was even a Rock Festival Promoter for awhile, but the lure of the open water keep pulling him back to boating. He became a boat Surveyor, opened a Great Lakes Fishing Charter business in Erieau, Ontario, which was operational for 30 years. Acting in his capacity as Coast Guard Auxiliary, Adam was often the last hope for those in peril on the sea. His heroics helped many and saved lives. 

    Moving west five years ago settling on Gabriola, Adam, felt right at home. What better for the heart of a mariner than an island, where one sees water in all directions? He loved playing cards, finding like minded souls on Gabriola, he played many a hand. And won a few. Chess was a thread through his life which brought him to join the Gabriola Chess Club. Another thread, Music, live music and dancing. Adam loved to dance! 

    With one foot on the land and the other on his “live aboard” Boat. He was able to cruise The Salish Sea waters and was planning some ambitious trips including the Inside Passage. 

    He is missed.

    Adam is survived by his father, Dr. Charles Godfrey, two siblings, Mark and Kristen. Five children, Frazey, Alex, Charles, Jackson and Dylan. Three grandchildren, Saul, McKenna and Hudson. His nephew Jeremiah and two wives, Lindsay and Sherry.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at the Surf Lodge, in the Heritage Hall on Sunday June 23, 2pm-4pm. 

    Welcoming friends, bring memories!

  • John Campbell

    John Campbell

    1939-2019

    John Campbell passed peacefully in his home on Gabriola on Monday, May 20, at nearly 80 years old.

    He was born in Calgary in 1939 to Colin and Dorothy Campbell, the elder brother to Cathy and Rick. After learning not to lick a frozen hockey goal post, fishing the Bow River and watching the Calgary Stampede, he and his family moved to Vancouver when he was 10 years old. There John enjoyed a mischievous youth, had plenty of fun with friends, met his wife, Mary Lou, and raised his family. 

    John ran a successful family business for over 40 years, working with his father, brother, wife and daughter, and created enduring friendships with colleagues around the world in the UK, Greece, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He was also a champion of Autism BC and the Upland Birds Society.

    An avid outdoorsman, John’s years of timber cruising gave him skills for evading cougars and bears, camping, and hunting and fishing trips with friends. He even learned to mill wood and build their retirement home on Gabriola. In retirement, John enjoyed helping the community through farming and construction projects, including the Gabriola Health Centre. 

    John lived his life with optimistic determination and an adventurous spirit, which he also encouraged in his children. He was devoted to his beloved wife Mary Lou and their family. As a gifted storyteller his jovial nature was most evident when regaling his grandchildren with stories of his many outdoor adventures.

    His love, leadership and caring will be greatly missed by his wife Mary Lou, son David, daughters Julie and Lynn, son-in-laws Michael and Graham, grandchildren Stuart, Jane, Kate, Oliver, Chloe, extended family and friends. 

    Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation.

  • Lesley Helen Harris

    Lesley Helen Harris

    1948 - 2019

    After a lengthy illness Lesley passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019 with her husband, Glenn, and daughters, Amanda and Brooke, at her side. 

    Born in London, England, Lesley emigrated to Canada with her parents at the age of 7. She attended school in Toronto, moving to London, Ontario in 1975 upon marriage to Glenn. She worked in public relations for the Ontario government for a number of years. The family moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta in 1991 and to Gabriola Island in 2004.

    Lesley loved Gabriola. She developed many dear friendships and became an active member of the community, pursuing her artistic interests including time as board member of the Gabriola Arts Council. Wise, witty and full of life, she was an intensely loving mother and wife and a loyal, generous and compassionate friend. The family has been overwhelmed by expressions of love and support that attest to the extraordinary woman she was and to the powerful impact she had on so many people. It is difficult to find words to express adequately our appreciation. 

    Special thanks to Dr. Tracey Thorne and all the other members of the health care community on Gabriola who gave her comfort and support during her illness. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to People for a Healthy Community or to the animal welfare charity of your choice.  

    A celebration of Lesley’s life will be held at 2:30 pm, Sunday, July 14 at the Surf Lodge.

  • James Thomas (Tom) Marcus

    James Thomas (Tom) Marcus

    Jan. 21, 1952 – May 22, 2019

    Tom was born and raised in Toronto. He left school and home to travel and develop into the self-taught skilled carpenter and musician that he was. Through countless trips across Canada from coast to coast, Europe, southeast Asia, Hawaii, Australia and Tasmania, Tom left a stream of lifelong friends. 

    Tom lived in many different areas of Canada: New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta and BC. 

    He came to Gabriola in 1980 and it became home. Looking for a career change in the early 90’s he became an owner of the Surf Lodge. Pub patrons during those years enjoyed an incredible variety of talented well known musicians. And it is there that Tom and Kerry got to know each other.

    In 1995 Surf Lodge was sold and an old farm property on North Road became Tom and Kerry’s home and project focus. They were married on the farm in 1996. Tom continued to apply his great skills to building and renovation at home and for others. 

    Tom was a very social guy. He loved his family, his community, and his many many friends, kids, old folks and animals. There was someone he knew in almost every community travelled through. A trip to the Gabriola Village core, and any restaurant, pub or business was never without many greetings and conversations.

    Tom loved developing friendships with seniors and he began volunteering in the seniors programs run by PHC. His sense of humour and great conversation skills made him a favourite. We used to say he had many girlfriends, and he really did!

    Tom loved a road trip, and there were many fun driving adventures around BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan after retirement in 2014. The old Dodge camper van took Tom, Kerry and Ruby the black dog across Canada to the Maritimes, to southern Saskatchewan, around BC, Vancouver Island, and the Yukon.

    Heartfelt thanks to Tom’s many friends who loved and supported him during the course of his brief illness. The Medical Clinic staff, Dr. Bosman and Dr. Thorne all helped ease his final journey and we are grateful for your kindness. Tom leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Kerry, his sons Jesse (Faye) and Morgan (Kathryn), his sisters Susan (Robert) and Jenny and sister-law Ana; and his nieces Maya, Camila, Diana and Clare. 

    A celebration of Tom’s life will take place Sunday, June 23, 2 – 4 pm at Gabriola Golf Club.

    If you wish, a donation to People for a Healthy Community in Tom’s memory would honour him.

  • Michael Floyd McFee 

    Michael Floyd McFee 

    July 1, 1944 - May 2, 2019

    Mike was born in McMinnville, Oregon and moved with his family to Quesnel in 1960. In 1966 he met Marilyn and they married 6 months later on Christmas Day. 

    Together they enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating in BC’s northern interior then started their family five years later. Mike was so proud of his three daughters. The family enjoyed many camping trips and canoeing around Prince George, lived in Oregon for a year where Mike commercial fished on his father’s boat, then returned to Prince George. 

    In 1986 the family moved to Duncan, bought a boat and enjoyed many boating trips and fishing around Mill Bay and the San Juan Islands. Mike loved the ocean and the outdoors. 

    In 1996 Mike and Marilyn discovered Gabriola Island and settled. Mike developed a liking for woodworking and could be found at various craft fairs around Gabriola and Duncan and in the summertime doing yard maintenance all over the island until dementia put a stop to any future plans. He passed away at Stanford Seniors Village in Parksville. 

    Sorely missed by his wife of 52 years, his daughters Trisha Heffernan (James), Tracy Todd (Darren), Trina Closson (Jason), his grandchildren Deanna Gulbranson, Curtis Godolphin, Tyler Heffernan, Holly Heffernan, Jaydon Closson, Tylon Closson, great granddaughter Aleah Godolphin, sister Maureen King and numerous nieces and nephews. 

    Predeceased by his mother Holly McFee in 1968 and father Floyd McFee in 1986.

    Special thanks to the paramedics and firemen who assisted Mike many times throughout 2018 and the kind care from Dr. MacKenzie.

    A Celebration of Life will be held in Duncan in the summer.

  • John Michael Kenchenten

    John Michael Kenchenten

    Mar. 18, 1943-May 19, 2019

    John was dearly loved and passed away surrounded by family and friends on May 19, 2019. He was a beloved partner to Wendy Kerr. He was a loving father to Josephine, Chu-Chu, Lindsay, Julian, Nick and grandfather to Liam, Alister, Olive, and Levon. 

    John moved from England to Canada in the 1970s, where he applied his talents in film and photography. He was able to maintain a full and active life documenting and creating visual story telling from behind the lens of a camera. He was a lively, creative and unique human being who will be missed by many. 

    We would like to thank Dr. Booth and Dr. de Witt. Thank you for the wonderful support of friends and family, the staff of Home and Community Care and Renal Dialysis units in both Port Alberni and Nanaimo. 

    Friends and family are invited to share in a Life Celebration of John Kenchenten – 1:00 PM - June 8th at 6010 River Road, Port Alberni, BC.

    To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesmemorial.ca

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