Obituaries

  • Kenneth Donald Capon

    Kenneth Donald Capon

    June 4, 1942 – October 14, 2012

    Our brother and friend Ken Capon passed away in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as a result of a cardiac event.
    His focused energy will be sorely missed on Gabriola Island. He helped create the Gabriola Commons. He contributed his excellent string bass playing to many ensembles on our island, most notably the Gabriola Chamber Ensemble and the Gabriola Island Singers. He would play his bass anywhere at the drop of a hat. As well, Ken was Artistic Director of the Dancing Man Festival. He was always there for people when they needed physical help moving something heavy or doing a difficult piece of work or to organize a fundraiser.
    He will be missed by his wife Cherryl Reed, his brother John (Tawny, Jesse, (Sarah, Georgia, Elliot), Aron (Nikki), Rachel(Eli), his sister Sue Gould (Brian), and many, many friends.
    A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at Gabriola Community Hall on Sunday, October 28, 2012 starting at 1:00 pm.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gabriola Commons Foundation.
    Photo courtesy Victor Anthony

  • John Terrence (Terry) Page

    John Terrence (Terry) Page

    Sept. 16, 1942 - Sept. 2, 2012

    It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Terry after a brief but brave battle with cancer and fibrosis of the lungs. He died surrounded by his family and at peace. He was grateful to the many friends who phoned and visited him in his final days. Terry was born in Victoria and grew up at Silva Bay, Gabriola Island where his parents founded Page’s Store and Marina in 1943. He attended elementary school on Gabriola and high school in Nanaimo and at Qualicum College. He spent the summers of his youth working at the family fish camp and marina and later on the family fish packer plying the coast. Terry moved to Vancouver in 1964 where he met and married Bundie, his wife of 39 years. They settled in Tsawwassen where they raised their daughters, Karen and Kelly. Terry worked for a concrete company for many years until he retired in 2007. He spent his spare time stock car racing and saltwater and sturgeon fishing. They moved to Keremeos in 2008 where he spent his time completing his new home, volunteering for community events and began a passion for gardening. Terry always felt a close affiliation with Silva Bay and his Gabriola Island friends. Terry (PaPa) will be sadly missed by his loving wife Bundie; daughters Karen, who lives in Australia with her daughter Sarah, and Kelly and her daughter Alexis; sister, Gail Page, and her husband John Frederick; nephews Trevor and Dallas and brothers-in-law Jim Dien (Susan) and Bob Dien, and other extended family members, as well as friends from Gabriola, Vancouver, Tsawwassen and Keremeos who knew Terry as a kind-hearted, hard working man, always ready to help others.
    A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at Page’s Resort, Silva Bay on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., and in Keremeos at a later date.

  • Fraser Edward Hass

    Fraser Edward Hass

    Fraser Edward Hass died suddenly Thursday, July 26 at his home on Gabriola Island at age 78.
    Born on May 25, 1934, the son of Louise and Gustav Hass, Fraser grew up in French River, Ontario. Growing up in this isolated part of the voyager route, Fraser always had a love of the outdoors. He was hunting and fishing from an early age and as a teen he helped his family out by earning money as a fishing guide on the river. He always told us when he was growing up that if you left the house with one bullet, you better come home with a partridge for supper. 
    As a young man he moved to southern Ontario and began working in construction. In the early days he was in business with his brother Ed Hass and did roads, sewer and water for many homes in Rexdale and later Georgetown. Eventually he earned his license as a hoisting engineer, and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for 40 years, and was proud to have run the crane on the Toronto Convention Centre and the library at York University.
    He also played hockey as a young man and loved to watch it as an adult, especially seeing his grandson, Fletcher, who played in Victoria. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Hass (nee Mino) whom he courted by playing his guitar and singing Elvis songs, in the driveway of her parent’s home. Married in 1960 to Linda, they began their married life in Georgetown, and in 1964 they welcomed the birth of their only child, Rebecca. Later, moving closer to the cottage he loved in French River, the young family moved first to Coldwater, Ontario followed by Orillia. 
    Twenty years ago, after a meaningful holiday trip to Vancouver, they decided British Columbia was the place for them. Fraser declared, “The air smells better, the people are nicer and the beer tastes better, I don’t know why we don’t live here!” He always said the only regret in his life was that they didn’t move west sooner.
    They settled on Gabriola Island and the happiest years of Fraser’s life were spent here. He never lacked for a project at his own home or a job at someone else’s. He had great skill with yard tools and had a terrific eye for design as is evident in many of the landscaping projects he executed on Gabriola in his retirement. He is also known to many locally for his tree work – limbing and cutting. Fraser started this work at age 65, and was still working in the trees the week he died, strapping on his belt and spurs and carrying his chain saw too. Every year he would tell us he was going to give up trees, he was getting too old for it, but he never did, and inevitably another new rope for his work had to be ordered.
    He enjoyed time with many of the people on the island, often those who began as clients developed into his friends. He had a deep love of nature, an amazing kind heart and a very generous nature – if you liked it he gave it to you.
    We in his family never knew anyone who worked harder or longer or who had more grit or determination. He was in many ways as tough as nails, but he also wrote beautiful poetry, and had a good hand for word carving. He continued to play guitar his whole life, especially as a way to occupy himself when he couldn’t sleep these past years. He was self taught on guitar, piano, violin and mandolin and passed this love of music on in his family. His daughter is a professional singer of opera, and he was also the best audience for his granddaughter Clara, when she gave him concerts at his home on piano and flute.
    Fraser will be missed unbelievably by his wife, Linda; daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Michael Lenz; and grandchildren, Clara Madeline and Fletcher.
    He was predeceased by two sisters Lily and Louise and two brothers Edmond and Wayne. He is survived by his brother Gus.
    The family wants to give sincere thanks to those people who came to assist the night he had the heart attack: Simon and Jackie, the paramedics, and the first responders; and Doctor Thorne, for her professionalism and understanding and sympathy in such a difficult moment. It meant so much. Finally, our friends and neighbours, Bonnie and Zeno Woloszczak, who were indispensable that evening. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation at PO Box 295.

  • George Edward Noseda

    George Edward Noseda

    George Edward Noseda passed away June 6, 2012 at the Nanaimo hospital at the age of 74, with his loving wife, Marlene, son and daughter at his side.
    George and Marlene were married 49 years. George leaves behind his daughter, Dunia (Duane), his son, Kevin (Shelley), and grandchildren, Candis, Kalindy, Libby, Mataya and Hannah, and two great grandsons, Kansas and Calum. He also leaves behind his brothers, Pete and Francis (Sally), his sister, Kath (Graham), and nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews.   
    George loved his island home on Gabriola and his dog Jess and their many walks. George was a city born Londoner who pursued his dreams and became a carpenter, cabinetmaker, farmer, furniture maker, wood turner, craftsman, sailor, boat rebuilder and so much more. George was always working, creating and building. Many islanders will likely remember him from the farmers’ market, as he was one of the four original people to start up the weekly market. We will very much miss his sense of humour, our conversations full of laughter and that little twinkle in his eye.
    No service upon request as the family will hold a private reunion next summer to scatter the ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo SPCA.
    The family would like to thank Dr. Thorne, nurse Kellie, the staff at Nanaimo hospital, Gabriola Ambulance, Gabriola First Responders and also Simon and Hetty.

  • Dr. Richard Dale Hardy

    Dr. Richard Dale Hardy

    Aug. 18, 1953 - July 3, 2012


    Born Aug. 18, 1953 in Tofield, Alberta, Richard left this world suddenly on Tuesday, July 3 after suffering a heart attack.
    Richard is survived by his loving children, (in photo L-R) Jesse, Katrina and Lulu, and their mother, Laura. He is also survived by his loving sisters, Donna, Diana and Gerry.
    Richard loved his children more than life itself. He will be remembered as an incredibly caring and generous person who always put others before himself. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society and a volunteer with the Gabriola Commons.
    Richard was a commercial pilot for several years and went on to become a successful chiropractor. He was affectionately known by his patients as “Dr. Dick”, which spoke volumes for his wicked sense of humour.
    Richard loved diving, reading, basking in the sun, fishing, crossbow hunting and afternoon naps.
    A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 17, from 4 p.m. on, at the Gabriola Commons.
    In lieu of flowers, please donate to www.mssociety.ca, or the Gabriola Food Bank.
    Thursday July 12, 7pm, Island of Peace Yoga at 620 Gallagher Way will be hosting a reading from Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita for Richard Hardy. info: tim@islandofpeaceyoga.com

  • Alan McRae Brown

    Alan McRae Brown

    April 24, 1948 - June 14, 2012

    I’m loved
    and cared for
    and extend that
    to each of you.
    Thanks for your warmth
    and kindness and truly
    want to see you again.

    Alan McRae Brown passed away peacefully at home with his family and chosen friends by his side.
    The family would like to share its huge appreciation for all of those who supported us with Alan’s passing. Along with all the years of medical support and personnel, this helped give us so much valuable time.
    The celebration of Alan’s life was made possible by all who attended and especially those who worked so hard to help create it.
     With much thanks and gratitude, sincerely, Sharon.

  • Reginald Lloyd Calhoun

    Reginald Lloyd Calhoun

    Reginald (Rex) Lloyd Calhoun passed away peacefully in his long-time friend and partner’s arms after a brief three-day illness.
    An extraordinary man, painter, weaver, potter, teacher and so much more, he inspired three generations of students to pursue their passion for art, in all its forms, and gave of himself unstintingly to the advancement of the arts in British Columbia during his long and productive life. Rex touched the lives of so many, and inspired them to be the best they could be in all they did. He will be sorely missed by his many friends around the country and around the world.
    In his own words, he encouraged everyone to “make something beautiful, do something different and to take all the time you need.” The world became his classroom and he took all who met him under his wing. He was ever the teacher, a fun and beloved elder, often mistaken for Santa Claus by little children as he aged. He loved that.
    Donations in lieu of flowers to the Cowichan Valley Hospice, 3122 Gibbins Road, Duncan B.C., V9L 1G2. Phone 1-888-701-4242.

  • John Dawson Johnson

    John Dawson Johnson

    Nov. 11, 1925 - May 27, 2012

    Born Nov.11th, 1925 in Little Current , Ontario, John passed away May 27th, 2012. He was a man of many talents, first as a trumpet player and arranger of jazz and classical works, and shared the stage with many greats from Moe Kaufmann to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra . A writer since his cub reporter days in college, he is the author of “Taxi -Tales from behind the Wheel” published by MacMillant. He was also a frequent contributor to the Toronto Telegram and many other publications. Throughout his life he pursued a passion for woodworking, both as a boatbuilder, monumental staircase maker and cabinetmaker. He was also an avid sailor and taught courses for the Canadian Power Squadron.He was a veteran of World War Two and a University of Toronto alumni. John also played trumpet for many years post war with the Canadian Service Corps Band. For much of his working life he was the Toronto Manager of Occidental Life Group Insurance and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He is survived by his wife Helen and their four children Erik, Scott, Bruce and Deirdre as well as grandchildren Erik, Sonia, Sean, Talis and Noah and great-grandchildren Jaymz and Dawson. John had many friends from years here on Gabriola and his entire family would like to thank every one for their love and support in his later years. Services at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby, June 18th.

  • McMillan, Albert Hugh

    McMillan, Albert Hugh

    April 1921 - May 21, 2012

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle.
    Born in Jubilee (Burnaby) and dying in hospital in Maple Ridge, B.C., he was predeceased by wife Olive Jean (Smith) in 2007. Dad was a Navigator flying Lancasters for Squadron 419 in Bomber Command during WWII. He continued his military career as an S/L, and after marrying, he and Ollie enjoyed many Canadian postings while raising seven children. Dad then worked for Northern & Indian Affairs after moving the family to Burnaby.
    Dad and Mum retired to Gabriola Island where they met many new friends and enjoyed an enviable island lifestyle. Their last move was to Maple Ridge. After Mum passed, Dad lived independently at Greystone Manor with his beloved little pal, Ava.
    Albert is survived by a large family including one sister, seven children and 17 grandchildren/great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews from the McMillan clan are remembered and one of his loves was the annual Smith Family Reunion with all the sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He particularly enjoyed folk music by Gary Felgaard while he and Ollie lived on Gabriola. Funeral service was held in Burnaby on Monday, May 28. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Cardiac Clinic through Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

  • Janice May Amor

    Janice May Amor

    1956 - 2012

    With heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Janice May Amor on the 28th day of May, 2012 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Palliative Care, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was just shy of her 56th birthday. 
    She was predeceased by her mother and father, Dorothy and Orville Sjulstad, and stepmother, Lois. She is survived by her husband, Lorne, to whom she was married for 23 years; their daughter, Katrina, and Janice’s two sons, Jeremy and Bradley (both of Surrey, B.C.); as well as her sister, Linda Clarke, of Vernon, B.C. and stepbrothers, Charles (Bud) Rose of Alliston, Ont.; Tom Rose of Elmdale, Ont.; Tim Rose, of Surrey, B.C. and stepsister, Carol Snowden of Milton, Ont. and various nieces and nephews.
    Janice, together with her husband Lorne Amor, were the owners/operators of the Rocky Hill Farm located at their home on Gabriola Island.
    Janice also worked full time as the bookkeeper for the Village Food Market family on Gabriola. 
    Janice was a special person as evidenced by the fundraising day held recently and sponsored by the Village Food Market family.
    Though she was ill, she attended this event and had a wonderful time bringing her special joy to all around her.
    Her final joy, just days before her passing, was in seeing her daughter Katrina going to her prom night, looking as Janice put it, absolutely gorgeous.
      A Celebration of Janice’s life will take place at the Gabriola Fellowship Church at the corner of North Road and Church Street on June 9 at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow with food and beverages to be provided.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Janice Amor to the Canadian Cancer Society.