Obituaries

  • Reid, Alistair Donald

    Reid, Alistair Donald

    1940-2012

    Alistair was born and grew up in North Vancouver, B.C. His summers were spent on Gabriola Island swimming, boating, beach prowling and helping his grandmother prepare the cabins for the family’s summer migration.
    He moved to Gabriola full time in 1997 and lived there until going into full-time care at Kiwanis in Nanaimo.
    His employment with Nalley’s Canada started at the bottom and ended at the top as vice-president.
    He was a lifetime member of the BC Chef’s Association and also the BC Hotel and Restaurant Association.
    A gentle caring man, he will be greatly missed by his wife, her son and daughter, his father, brother, sister and their families.
    Our thanks to the staff at Kiwanis who did a super job of caring for Alistair.
    A Celebration of Life will be held April 1 at 1 p.m. at the Gabriola Golf Club. Donations may be made to the Gabriola Health Care Society if desired.
    God speed you home....

  • Jacques Linden Lynch

    Jacques Linden Lynch

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our hero and best friend, Jacques Linden Lynch of Gabriola. Jacques died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, surrounded by loved ones, after his battle with cancer.
    Jacques was born in Laval, Quebec on April 20, 1946. He moved to the West Coast in his teenage years where he met his wife and decided to do his schooling to become a boilermaker.
    He dedicated his life to his family and his work. He was meticulous with any project, which made him a great mentor to many. At home, he was always a soft, gentle and loving man who made sure he had time for the family and had a special connection with the kids.
    Jacques is survived by his wife, Randi Lynch, his daughter Jennifer, her partner Tom and their two children Emma and Jane; his daughter Tina, her husband Guy and their two children Bianca and Gill; and his sister Lillian and her daughter Carol.
    Jacques’s wishes were to have a private family gathering to celebrate his life, a beautiful life that he worked so hard to create.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the individuals participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer or to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation.
    The world will miss you, but we have you in our hearts and we know you’ll always be near.

  • Gordon (“Gordie” or “Gord”) Burns McPherson

    Gordon (“Gordie” or “Gord”) Burns McPherson

    December 27, 1930 to February 19, 2012

    Gabriola has lost one of its proud, passionate and colourful citizens. Gord McPherson, who recently attained his 81st (‘nine squared’ as he said) year, loved the island and its community. He came first as a frequent visitor, then was a full-time resident for more than 10 years in the house that he and his wife, Sas Selfjord, built on Berry Point Road.
    He is also survived by his older brother Victor, five children, three adopted children and an ever growing number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    Gordie spent many happy hours fishing these local waters, as if each trip was his first. He was constantly upgrading his gear, laying crab traps and delighting in feeding scraps to his eagles, his face beaming under his crumpled trademark Tilley hat.
    Born in Calgary, he moved with his family to B.C. and grew up in Burnaby and White Rock. After high school, Gord attended UBC where he completed three years of undergraduate studies, followed by two of the required three years of medical school. He was later awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. His career, like his academic life, was diverse and eclectic. He worked, among other occupations, as a high school teacher, cabbie, investment advisor and occasional house builder. He also worked for IBM, teaching computer programming to their trainees after obtaining the highest aptitude score of all applicants.
    Gordie was also an avid golfer. He left a bucket of golf balls at the side of his sundeck, studiously hitting them into the edge of the forest on the property – a property he was constantly and lovingly upgrading into his 80s. He also left behind a chess board at the Skol Pub where folks could hone their skills in matches with him. And after virtually every Tuesday night poker game there, on returning home he would say to Sas with an infectious laugh, “Isn’t it wonderful to live in a respectful community where people listen!”
    His hobbies and passions also included a lifelong interest in handicapping horse races, with skills that he learned from his grandad, Charlie Kraft. He taught himself to count cards at blackjack and enjoyed his occasional trips to Reno to make withdrawals. In later years, Gord began to write as a hobby. He spent a lot of time reading and contemplating philosophy and the meanings of life. He took up collecting and writing down aphorisms, many of which he has left behind, scattered throughout his many pages of notes. One of his favourite expressions was reporting that his children “raised me, but lovingly.”
    His family is holding a Celebration of the Life of Gordon McPherson at the Surf Lodge, Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m., 885 Berry Point Road, Gabriola, B.C. Please RSVP at sasself@shaw.ca. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Gabriola Health Care Society: www.ghcs.ca.

  • Wood, George Josiah

    With deepest sorrow the family of George Wood announces his passing on Jan. 3, 2012 at the age of 91.
    He will be terribly missed but always lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis of 64 years, son Christopher (Zena), daughter Leslie (Ian), four grandchildren and extended family members. Gabriola has been his home since 1979.
    A gathering to remember George will take place on Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gabriola Commons, 675 North Road, Gabriola.

  • Fred John Amor

    Jan. 16, 1946 - Dec. 27, 2011

    The boating world has lost an icon.  Fred passed away at home on December 27 after a long battle with liver cancer.  He is survived by his wife Nancy, sons John and Duncan, brothers Norman, Lorne, John and mother Betty Cliburn.  Open house is to beld on Saturday, January 7 from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. at 345 Larch Road.

  • Penelope Marjorie Clark (Harrison)

    April 23, 1947 ~ Dec. 17, 2011

    We sadly announce the unexpected passing of Penny on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
    Survived by her loving husband Rod of 45 years, daughter Kim McLeod and son Kevin Clark (Kaycee), grandchildren Zena, Camryn, Dylan and Carter. Sisters Lynne Smith (John), Jaqueline Clarke, many nieces and nephews and long time friends.
    Born and raised in Nanaimo and long-time resident of Gabriola Island. She loved her home on Gabriola where she enjoyed looking out over the ocean and all the beauty that the island offered.
    Through the years she generously opened the door of her home to people and wanted to help them move forward with their lives and just “be happy”, always offering a place for the “kids to hang out and have fun”. She was most proud of her children and grandchildren and especially loved Rod – her companion and soul mate.
    To all those who knew Penny, she will be very deeply missed.
    Upon Penny’s request, there will be no service and the family will hold a celebration in her honour at a later date.  Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made in her memory to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation or a charity of choice.

  • Norman Newton

    Norman Newton

    Norman passed away peacefully on December 27 at the age of 82. He lived a brilliant, full life as an author, actor, composer, librettist and CBC Radio music and drama producer. Above all, he was a loving, witty, kind brother to Richard, wife to Beryl, father to Elizabeth, father-in-law to Bruce and proud grandfather the Elle. Norman was a beloved conversationalist amongst relatives from Canada to Jamaica to England. Please join us at a Memorial Service for Norman at St. John’s Shaughnessy Church at 2pm on Saturday, January 7. 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

  • Barry Michael Stone

    Barry Michael Stone

    1930 - 2011

    Barry was born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, England and moved on to his next port of call on Dec. 30, 2011 at Delta Hospital in Ladner, B.C.

    Barry spent a life near or on the waters and seas around the world as a merchant marine, sailor, Gabriola Islander and Ladnerite.

    He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Norma, brother David (Barbara), his nieces, Norma’s extended family and many dear friends.

    The family extends thanks to the nursing and medical staff at Delta Hospital and the staff of Augustine House.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

    In lieu of flowers, donations to the Delta Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers Barry!