Obituaries

  • 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.

  • Clifford Harold Hume

    Clifford Harold Hume

    September 15, 1926 to April 2, 2012

    Clifford Hume was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his father (1949), Charles Gordon Hume, and his mother, Elizabeth Haines (1983), his brothers, William James Hume (1945), Gordon Hume (1985), Russell Hume (1999), and Douglas Hume (2003). He is survived by his sister, Eileen McGhie.
    Cliff was the youngest son in a family of five sons and a daughter. He told wonderful stories of his childhood – his brothers, his sister and his wonder dog, Foozie. I particularly enjoyed the one about stealing his first car with his brother, Russ, at the age of eight. It was their father’s car.
    He had a way of making his children feel that anything we had done could never be so bad that we could not tell him about it and still be accepted.
    In 1951, he married Berva Lorraine McLeod. She was a nursing classmate and friend of his sister, Eileen. Together, they offered their three offspring a rich and privileged childhood and made many friends along the way.
    Cliff enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to cook and entertain. He loved music and technology and he read a lot. He played the harmonica and loved a good sing-a-long. He described himself as a self-educated man.
    He was a businessman and an independent thinker and taught us all not only to “think outside the box” but that is was okay to examine the box from top, bottom and all four sides.
    We share wonderful memories of life at the farm in Maxim, our school years in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and a home filled with music, friends, good food and excitement. Visiting family and friends led to trips to Vancouver, Toronto, Moose Jaw, Regina and California, at a time when travel was a luxury almost unheard of by our friends at school.
    He married Yvonne Creek in 1981 and lived in Moose Jaw with Yvonne and her daughter, Shelley, until 1986, when he retired to Gabriola Island and re-united with his childhood sweetheart, Vera Wayman, after over 40 years of separation. He was a charming and memorable character.
    We would like to thank the friends, neighbours and caregivers who helped him to stay in his own home until his sudden death on April 2, 2012, at the age of 85. Special thanks to Maureen and Vicky.
    We will miss his warm, accepting smile and his big heart. He leaves behind his daughter Lorri Hume (David Binnie), son Jim Hume (Bonnie) and daughter Tana Hume Plewes (Randy). He leaves five grandchildren, Michael Hovland (Jodi), Melanie Vegt (Jon), Bekkie Khan (Kamil), and Kaisha and Damon Plewes, and six great grandchildren, Peterson and Amelia Vegt, Rees and Joel Hovland, and Kai and Levy Khan.
    He touched the lives of numerous nieces and nephews and extended family on Gabriola of Gail, Michael and Wayne. A celebration of Clifford’s life will be held on April 21 at the Rollo Senior Centre, 685 North Road, Gabriola Island, from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cliff can go to your charity of choice.

  • Sylvia Van Straten

    Sylvia Van Straten

    February 27, 1945 to April 5, 2012

    My lovely wife and best friend passed away peacefully on April 5, 2012. She was 67 years old and, unfortunately, struggled with Alzheimer’s for many years.
    She is survived by her husband Jim, three sons, Nico, Joal and Sam, plus her daughter Yosha.
    She has four grandchildren, Atom, Silas, Asia and Sarah, plus two sisters, Carol and Linda, both in Ontario.
    Sylvia was part of the hippie scene on Gabriola in the early ’70s and later was proprietor of Gabriola Natural, a vitamin and herb store in the mall.
    She was a beautiful loving being who touched the hearts of many.
    A Celebration of Life will be held in her honour at The Haven in the Phoenix Auditorium on April 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. are requested.