Obituaries

  • Bea Meyer

    Bea Meyer

    Feb 1 1925 - Mar 5, 2018

    We are sad to announce the passing of Bea Meyer, but are grateful that we had so much time with her.  She was born Beatrice Elizabeth McKee on a farm in Fergus, Ontario - one of six children.   She was a very good student and skipped several years, then worked odd jobs so she could take a course in nursing.  Her husband, Lou Meyer, saw her at a dance when she was 18 and arranged an introduction, but it was 3 years before he could persuade her to marry him.  They had their first child, Carrol (David) in Ontario, but shortly afterwards decided to head west.  Lou got a job at a farm in Chilliwack, where their second daughter Brenda (Dave) was born  and later worked on the docks in Vancouver.  Doc Nicol, a well known philanthropist, offered Lou a job on Gabriola where they moved in January 1948. They had a small cottage with no electricity or water, but Bea quickly adapted.  Their third daughter, Gwen (Julian) was born at home and 2 years later Wendy (Mike) was born and then Jeff (Tannie).   

    Bea was used to the rural life and easily managed the children and a large garden where Lou was in charge of vegetables and she, the flowers.  They also raised chickens, a pig, calves, a steer, a lamb and a milk cow.  She was a casual hostess who loved company and often had people over.    Their cottage burnt to the ground in 1956, and she was injured when she rescued her daughter Wendy but she recovered well and helped to build a new home with a lot of help from family and friends.

    She joined the Women’s Institute  and was very involved with the 4H Club, was a member of the Ratepayers Association and treasurer of the South End Hall and even ran for Island Trustee.  She also sold Christmas trees and garden produce, but was thrilled to discover a market for salal and would head out to the woods almost daily.  She took frequent night school courses and encouraged the beginning of the Palette People where she remained an active member for many years.  After the children left home, she became even more involved in gardening and had a commercial greenhouse for a number of seasons.

     When Lou retired, they traveled to Hawaii and The Dominican Republic - and after her husband died, she went to France, the British Isles and Ireland and Mexico with her daughter Carrol.  Besides art and gardening, her hobbies included collecting jokes, using her video camera and quilting - including candle-wicking which she taught to younger friends.

     Since her stroke several years ago she had been a resident of Chartwell, Malaspina in Nanaimo where she has been  ‘The Queen Bea’ and treated by staff, residents and management as family - and they have all become our family as well.  Bless them for all the love, laughter and care they have shown our mother and ourselves.

    Bea has thoroughly enjoyed her 13 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and we are thankful that she has been in our lives for so long.  A Celebration of Life will be held for Bea at the Rollo Center from 2 - 4 on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

  • Anthony David Carrington

    Anthony David Carrington

    1928-2018

    Anthony David Carrington, who went by the name David, passed away peacefully in Nanaimo Regional Hospital (where he received excellent and compassionate care), after a sudden illness, on Feb 8/2018 with his daughter Emily at his side. David still has relatives living in England, and is survived by his two children Matthew (and Matthew’s wife Veronica) and Emily, and his grandchildren Thomas and Clodagh, his first wife June and his stepson Pierre Mironov. He was predeceased by his wife Sara and his stepson Gabriel Mironov and Gabriel’s son Oliver. David came to Canada From England with his wife June and they settled near Saint John New Brunswick where he first worked on a dairy farm, then as a school teacher. After he moved to PEI in the 80’s and he and his first wife parted, he met and married his second wife Sara. They lived happily in PEI until she passed away, then David moved to Gabriola Island where his daughter Emily was living. David so very much enjoyed the friends he made on Gabriola, who enriched his life so much in his final decade of life. He was involved in the Gabriola Commons at it’s onset, GIRO, and discussion groups. He spent his final years in a peaceful place where he could prune his roses, walk in a garden, and tend to his 6 laying hens. David was passionate about child education, and maintained a remarkably sharp and inquiring mind until the end. Deepest appreciation to the many people who helped him stay in his home with comfort and dignity and independence, and to Dr MacKenzie and his staff for their wonderful care. David requested no formal service, but anyone who wishes can drop by and write a note or share story in a memory book that will be at the house, which will most certainly be treasured by his grandchildren

  • Hugh Laidlaw MacLeod

    Hugh Laidlaw MacLeod

    Hugh MacLeod suddenly but peacefully, at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Sunday, January 28th, 2018, in his 77th year. He was a long time Gabriola Islander. Loving husband of Jennifer Ann. Dear father of Janet Mary Meghan of Vancouver, and beloved son Ian Roderick (wife Adrianna) of Maple Ridge, and proud grandfather of Rory Mario Hugh, son of Ian and Adrianna.

    Hugh earned a mechanic’s license in Calgary as a young man and remained a talented aficionado of trucks and tractors and cars. He became a teacher of world history at Mount Royal College and taught there for over 30 years. He served on the Faculty Association and was president of that body several times. 

    He was tireless in his service to the community on Gabriola. He was the public contact for Gabriola Groundwater Management Society as a mentor to locals on proper management of well and other private water systems. He did this as a volunteer and was always available to help anyone with concerns about their water.

    He was a long time member of the Volvo Club of BC, and a recent member of the local Gabriola Cruisers.

    A service will be held at a future date.

    “It is like losing a part of Gabriola” (quote from a friend)

    He will be greatly missed.

  • Ethel Rosanna Straw

    Ethel Rosanna Straw

    1923 to 2018

    And so we say goodbye to Super Nanny. 

    On February 20, our dear, sweet Ethel Rosanna Straw passed away peacefully at the age of 94, at Nanaimo Regional Hospital with her son Chris at her side. It is so fitting that a beautiful place like Gabriola Island would be her last stop on a life’s adventure that included chapters in Grimsby, Hamilton, Guelph, Lac du Bonnet, Norway House, Jarvis, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, and again Hamilton. 

    Ethel is survived by her children Sarah (MacDonald), Christopher, Patrick and William, by grandchildren Chloe, Matt, Vanessa, Samantha, Daniel, Brian, Chad, Adam and Marley, and by great-grandchildren Luca and Orval.  She was predeceased by her husband, William Oliver Straw in 1997. 

    Ethel moved to Gabriola Island just two short years ago and was made to feel welcome and loved almost immediately. She took part in every community event she could, and enjoyed socializing at the Rollo seniors’ events and church activities, dining at Robert’s, movies at the Roxy with Carol, and jig saw puzzles with Heather. 

    We are so grateful for all the love and support Ethel received on Gabriola, and the excellent care she received from so many in the community, especially Dr. Mierzewski and the Gabriola Medical Clinic; the kind caregivers with Better at Home and VIHA Home Support, Jacqui Braid and Gabriola’s first responders and, of course, Margy, Chloe, Jules and Luca who were her super heroes and always there when she needed them.

    We’d like to think Ethel brightened many of the lives she touched along the way. She was a shining example of how to make the best of what you have; live life to the fullest and, above all, remember that laughter truly is the best medicine.

    A celebration of life will take place on Sunday March 4th beginning at 2PM at the Surf Lodge.

  • Jay Dearman

    Jay Dearman

    Oct. 29 1959 - Jan. 24, 2018

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jay Dearman on Wednesday January 24th, 2018, at the age of 58. 

    Jay was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was passionate about many things, including running, boating, music, coffee, and hockey, but his true joy was being with friends and family. 

    Jay was a talented cabinet maker who worked for many years in the industry. He eventually opened his own successful business on Gabriola Island, building beautiful and unique custom woodwork.

    Jay finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a volunteer firefighter and first responder with the Gabriola Fire Department. He was a dedicated member who won the award for responding to the most calls in 2017. 

    He will be sadly missed by his wife of 38 years, Suzanne and his children Carla (Cam) and Sarah (Eric). Jay will also be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Koa and Kade. 

    A memorial will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 2pm at the Gabriola Fire Hall. 

    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Gabriola Fire Department.

  • Malcolm “Jamie” Jamieson McKellar

    Malcolm “Jamie” Jamieson McKellar

    Sep. 28, 1938 - Dec. 21, 2017

     

    Jamie passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Mac and Dolly, and his wife Patricia. He will be sadly missed by his children, Shelley, Austin and her boys Mac and Trent, daughter Robyn, Robert, daughter Hope, brother Rod, June and children Alia, Angie, and Devin and his son George. 

    Jamie tried his hand at many lines of work but was most proud of his time in the navy and on the tug boats. He will be remembered as a gregarious and generous friend to many. A celebration of life will be held febuary 10, 2018, 2-4pm at the skol pub. 

    “Our friends are not lost, 

    they have travelled down a path

    that we cannot yet tred,

    they wait there for us to follow.”

  • Mary Snowball

    Mary Snowball

    1922 - 2018

    With a heavy heart and fond memories, we announce the passing of Mary Snowball on January 7th. Predeceased by her loving husband, Geoff Snowball, she leaves behind daughters PJ Wade and Lesley Hazeldine (Robert), stepdaughters Kirstin Snowball (Eric Baist) and Rebecca Snowball (Dean Wilkins), grandsons Andrew Kennedy (Emilia), Damon Kennedy (Jen), Luke Kennedy (Meaghan) and great grandsons Joel, Evan, Elliott and Oliver.

    Born in London, at the tender age of 17, Mary joined the WAF and worked throughout WWII at the Headquarters for Allied Forces. After the war, Mary embarked on her illustrious career in the hospitality business, started a family, immigrated to Canada and enthusiastically embraced all that her new country had to offer. She completed her career working along side her beloved husband Geoff managing the Vancouver Media Club. It was during this time, that a cash strapped friend talked Mary and Geoff into buying his 1/2 acre lot on Gabriola Island sight unseen.

    Upon their retirement, Mary and Geoff built a cosy A frame home on that 1/2 acre lot and quickly involved themselves in the Gabriola community. Mary organized the Walking Group for many years, sold Gwen’s pie slices at the Silva Bay dockside kiosk, kicked up her heels with the Line Dancing crowd, created and became an active member of the Quilting Group. Always the life of the party, Mary had a quick wit and an infectious laugh. Among her many passions were swimming and reading. A warm summer evening did not go by without Mary stretched out on her towel at Descanso Bay after a refreshing dip with book in hand and straw had on head. 

    An Afternoon Tea in her honour will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 2 - 4pm at the Hazeldine’s residence 1495 Coats Drive. All those with a funny anecdote or touching story please join us and share your memories. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Facility.

  • Larry Henderson

    Long time island resident Larry Henderson passed on September 24, 2017. He was interned Thursday, Nov. 30 at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Nanaimo.

     

  • Verena MacQuarrie

    Verena MacQuarrie

    Jul. 3, 1934 - Nov. 3, 2017

    Verena Elizabeth MacQuarrie, 83, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. she was born on July 3, 1934 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan to the late Nickalos and Martha Bittman. She had three siblings, the late Mervin and Armella, and her sister who currently resides on Gabriola, Muriel Bendall.

    Verena was widowed by her first husband Clifford Scott, airforce mechanic, and also by her second husband Donald MacQuarrie, airforce navigation officer. She travelled afar and cherished all the places she visited and resided.

    More recently she settled on Gabriola Island. She managed the clothing retail at the GIRO.

    Her family will miss her dearly, especially through each holiday which she always made so special. Her decorations, festive greeting cards, and beautiful gifts will never be forgotten. Her love and beauty will be passed through the generations.

    Verena is survived by her sister, Muriel Bendall; her three children, Wendy Larose, Penny Campbell, and Dawn MacQuarrie; her three grandchildren Shyla Wilkinson, Jeremy Grounds, and Scarlett Campbell; two great-grandchildren Jordyn Grounds and Carter Wilkinson; her nieces and nephews; and the rest of her relatives and friends.

    A Celebration of Life was held at Robert’s Place on November 12, 2017.

  • Wendy Maureen Hobbs

    Wendy Maureen Hobbs

    May 22, 1922 – Nov. 20, 2017

    The family of Wendy Hobbs is sad to announce her death at her home in the Nanaimo Seniors Village on Monday, November 20.

    Wendy was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She was predeceased one year ago by Dave, her husband of 71 years, and by her brothers Royston, Rod and Keith. She is survived by her sister Juanita (Jack) in Brentwood Bay, her children Rick (Cindy), Diana (Ron), Kathryn and Naida (Steve), and her grandchildren Morgan and David. 

    Wendy was born in Victoria and had a happy childhood in a large family of five children. When the second World War broke out, she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was sent to Winnipeg for cook’s training and then stationed in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. She was very proud of her service as a WREN and drew on her cook’s training when she later raised her family on home cooked meals. She married her high school sweetheart in 1945 and they moved to Nanaimo where their four children were born. 

    Her life in Nanaimo was happy and busy at home with her children, Anglican Church activities, square dancing friends—she sewed elaborate skirts and shirts for their square dancing events—and later, membership in the Nanaimo Yacht Club. Wendy was active in the local Voice of Women group and volunteered for the Mental Health Association.

    The Hobbs family spent many happy summers at their cabin near Piper’s Lagoon, moving out to “Lazy Daze” as soon as school ended and back home each Labour Day weekend. Wendy campaigned for the preservation of Pipers Lagoon Park when the spit and headland were later threatened by development. When the lease for the cabin was not renewed, Wendy and Dave turned to boating and spent many more years cruising the BC coast in both sail and power boats. 

    Wendy loved to fish, and she canned her catch on her galley stove.

    Wendy and Dave moved to Gabriola Island in the mid 70s and Wendy truly loved island life and their home and garden overlooking Degnen Bay. 

    She was actively involved in many Gabriola organizations including the Cemetery Committee, Community Hall Board, Island Singers, Judy’s Carollers, Silva Bay Yacht Club, Garden Club, Gabriola Island Veterans’ Association and her book club. 

    In later years, she was happy to be at home knitting, feeding the birds and looking out at her view before their move to Nanaimo Seniors Village in November 2013.

    Wendy was a life-long, multi-talented artist who was always creating in one medium or another. She was a potter, painter and silk screen artist and was generous in sharing her expertise with others. She worked with leather and print making techniques. She attended art classes at Malaspina College, enrolling the first year it opened in the old hospital building on Kennedy Street. For many years she created street banners for the City of Nanaimo and taught would-be potters in her pottery studio at home. 

    Each Christmas she painted a festive scene on the big front room window of their Nanaimo home and the family waited in eager anticipation as she unveiled the hard sauce for the Christmas pudding, sculpted into a significant event from the previous year. We all hoped that our accomplishment would merit the honour of the hard sauce!

    Family life was most important to Wendy and she supported her children and grandchildren with love and acceptance. 

    She hosted countless family dinners and parties for her friends and neighbours. Her calm and generous approach to life was appreciated by her friends as well as her family. She taught us all how to live well by her example.

    The family is grateful for the loving care that Wendy received from all the staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village in the last four years, especially from Edith, Karen and Maxine. Their love and support made it possible for Mum to stay in her home until the end. We also thank Dr. Jim Mander for years of compassionate care and to Dr. Robin Love for his attention in her final days.

    Wendy will be laid to rest in the Gabriola Cemetery and her long life will be honoured at a family gathering.