Obituaries

  • 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

    YATES MEMORIAL SERVICES 250-723-5859

    “Lives Cherished and Celebrated”

  • 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.