Obituaries

  • 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

    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