Obituaries

  • Leonard Cox

    Leonard Cox

    Dec. 1, 1927 - Jan. 22, 2016

    Len passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Predeceased by his brothers Jack, Bill, Bob & David he leaves his loving wife Judy, his family, Richard, Tracey (Allan), Dawn (Bob), Perry. His Grandchildren, Leah (Don), Tina (Chase), Stacey (Ken), Jason, Jessie & Mercades. His Great Grandsons Rylan and Carter. His sister Hazel Windecker. Many nieces and nephews. He loved them all. Lennie grew up on Gabriola. He delivered milk on horseback, he loved swimming, running, baseball, and most of all he loved reading. Len worked in Logging Camps and on Fish Boats. Len and Judy were married in 1958. They lived in Nanaimo and on Gabriola. They moved to Nanaimo permanently in 1962. Len worked at Harmac for many years. On retiring Len & Judy spent their summers at Nanaimo Lakes Camp Sites as hosts. In the winter they travelled to Yuma in their Motorhome. Len was easy going, generous and kind. He had a wonderful sense of humour. We miss him. 

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

  • Elspeth Patricia “Trisha” (Atkinson) Wainman-Wood

    Elspeth Patricia “Trisha” (Atkinson) Wainman-Wood

    September 2, 1931 - January 16, 2016

    Trisha, actress, professor, gardener, rockhound, mother, and always the photographer, has exited the stage. 

    Her death was sudden and unexpected, her heart giving out at breakfast while reading the newspaper.

    She lived her amazing life of joy, curiosity and wonder right to the last second. Trisha was a loving mother to her son Hugh, a sister to Jeanie, and a dear friend to countless others who her life touched over the years. She was endlessly fascinated by life and never stopped inquiring and investigating. She took joy from everyone and everything around her and never took life for granted.

    After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Trisha’s career began with her work as a professional stage actress often billed as Patricia Leith. During her 12 year marriage to Tony she had a son and went to Queens University to get her undergraduate degree. She parlayed her degree and professional experience into a professorship at the University of Victoria. When her son finished school Trisha left UVic to travel and visit friends in her second home of New Zealand. Upon her return she taught English Pronunciation as well as doing such small acting roles as suited her schedule. However to speak of her accomplishments in terms of a career is to understate her effect on the world around her. She loved people, and loved interacting with them, being surrounded by them, and if possible being the center of attention. She was an environmentalist who deeply appreciated rocks, flora and fauna, thrilled to find either a fossil or an interesting pebble, enamoured with the wildlife in her back yard, and always delighted to be working in her garden. And throughout all this she always had a camera to record the moment, and a second print made just for you.

    Her wish was to never have to leave her funny little home with its gardens and birds and creek, so we can take solace in the fact that she was able to live there to the end, enjoying her life to the fullest. 

    Trisha wished to have her ashes scattered in front of her cabin on Gabriola Island, and that a plaque be set there for people to remember her by. There will be a memorial on Gabriola when the plaque is set.

  • Audrey Sumner

    Audrey Sumner

    Audrey Haydon Sumner passed away on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at the age of 97. Audrey was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Dr John Sumner. 

    Audrey is lovingly remembered by her three children and their partners; Jeremy (Geri), Nicola (Dyan) and Deborah (Vanamber), grandchildren; Robin (Misty), Jackie (John), Lucas and Jesse and great-grandchildren; Libby and Ronin. 

    Audrey was born in Alexandria, Scotland on the banks of Loch Lomond in 1918. She was passionate about politics and determined to stay around until Harper was voted out. She was an avid reader of five library books a week and loved to discuss ideas and politics. She loved her island home and garden, bird watching and her family. 

    Friends and family are invited to celebrate this fierce and passionate woman at a memorial tea on Saturday afternoon, January 23rd between 1 and 4 pm at her cottage on Descanso Bay, 190 Easthom Road, Gabriola Island. 

    Plans are underway to erect a memorial bench at the Gertie bus stop on Easthom Road at Harrison.  Donations to the Audrey Sumner Memorial account at Coastal Community Credit Union (7-580 North Road, Gabriola Island, B.C. V0R 1X0) gratefully accepted. 

    Special thanks to Dr Thorne and Gabriola Community Health Center staff, nurse Maureen, Island Pharmacy, Suzanne, Peter, Patsy and her many friends in supporting her wish to die comfortably at home. 

    Do not stand at my grave and weep 

    I am not there. I do not sleep. 

    I am a thousand winds that blow. 

    I am the diamond glints on snow. 

    I am the sunlight on ripened grain. 

    I am the gentle autumn rain. 

    When you awaken in the morning’s hush 

    I am the swift uplifting rush 

    Of quiet birds in circled flight. 

    I am the soft stars that shine at night. 

    Do not stand at my grave and cry; 

    I am not there. I did not die.

    Mary Elizabeth Fry

     

  • John “Jack” Cook

    John “Jack” Cook

    Mar. 5, 1920 - Oct. 27, 2015

    John Cook was born at Kinistino, Saskatchewan, the 12th sibling of 13.

    On September 2, 2015, he fell out of his scooter on the cement floor and fractured a collar bone, ending up in the hospital.

    A persistent pain was checked and the doctor discovered cancer of the lungs and liver, which took John’s life.

    John leaves behind his wife Irene of 46 years, four step-siblings, and several nieces and nephews.

    He was a baker at Western Bakery in earlier years. During the second world war, John was on an RCAF hockey team.

    After the war, he was a blaster (a powder man) with BC Hydro working on the transmission lines over the mountains.

    Hockey was his life, he was a playing coach in Scotland, Belgium, and Canada.

    After retiring, John spent 20 years as a snowbird. At 95, he outlived all his brothers and sisters.

    Gratitude to Dr. Jim Mackenzie, the Gabriola Home Support Team, and the Gabriola Ambulance Society.

    A happy and a full life.

    No service at John’s request.

  • David “Doctor Dave” Jeffrey Morris

    David “Doctor Dave” Jeffrey Morris

    David Morris (45), “Doctor Dave Music”, a long-time Whistler resident, musician and mountain biking enthusiast, died by his own hand on January 7, leaving his mother, Jinny Hayes of Gabriola Island and his father, Jeff Morris of Vancouver and Tampa Florida. 

    His parents and aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his dog Wendy, miss him terribly. 

    A recently escalating paranoia teaches us all to learn more about the manifestations of mental health conditions.

    Dave loved Whistler, working in the grocery store, construction, the ski patrol, and as a snowmobile guide. 

    He loved skiing, boarding, climbing, extreme mountain biking - and music, mostly classic rock, blues and reggae. 

    A self-taught and talented musician, he also excelled in electronic/computer knowledge and techniques.

    There will be no memorial. Donations to the Crisis Centre of BC. 

  • Phillip “Mark” Pounds

    Phillip “Mark” Pounds

    June 22, 1946 – Dec. 25, 2015

    With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, Dad and Papa, Mark Pounds. 

    He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda; children, Michelle (Darcy), Janelle (Mike), and Jeff (Angela); as well as 11 grandchildren. 

    Mark was raised in New Mexico and served in the US Marine Corps where he spent 2½ years in Vietnam. 

    Mark and Linda moved to BC, Canada in 1971 and began to work in mines and forestry. In 1974, the family moved to Alberta. It was there that he and Linda built a log home, while raising their family on a farm.  

    In 1986, they moved to BC, pursuing their dream to live near the ocean. They spent 5 years living on their boat and exploring the BC coast, eventually making their home on Gabriola Island in 1991. He was proud to be owner and operator of Somerset Excavating since 1994.  

    Mark will always be remembered as a hardworking man, who always had a story to share. He will be missed by many, and his memory will stay with us forever. 

    Drop-in Celebration of Life will be held at Gabriola Golf and Country Club on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 

    Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, please consider making a donation to the Big Heart Rescue Society on Gabriola Island or to the Nanaimo SPCA.

  • Donald (Don) F.G. Stevens

    Donald (Don) F.G. Stevens

    Dec. 14, 1924 to Dec. 23, 2015

    Don passed away suddenly at Malaspina Gardens in Nanaimo.

    A graduate of U.B.C. he taught industrial education for over twenty years at Lansdowne School in Victoria, taking early retirement to travel and have fun.

    He loved hiking the Cape Scott and West Coast Trail with son Guy, they also shared a great love for Cadillac cars.

    Don was extremely happy on Gabriola Island with his wife of twenty seven years Morag Orr-Stevens.

    He blazed many of the trails in the 707 park, and walked there regularly until his passing.

    Don is survived by his children Gordon, Gerry (Brenda), Guy, Donna (Wayne) and four Grandchildren. Elyse, Tyler, Kaitlynn and Madilyn.

    Don was pre-deceased by the loving mother of his children, June Cuthbert Stevens.

    There will be no service at Don’s request, family and friends will meet in the garden in early summer to honour him.

    He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends here on Gabriola and elsewhere.

  • Allison June Sears

    Allison June Sears

    April 6, 1953 - December 24, 2015

    Our Darling Allison passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve. Allison was a kind, loving, and gentle soul who was the light of our lives. She will be dearly and forever missed by all those who knew her and especially by her loving husband Robert, son Konrad (Diane), daughter Jennifer (Chet) and her grandchildren Maggie, Jack and Riley. 

    Allison grew up in Montreal and moved to Vancouver with Robert and Konrad in 1976. They resided in different areas of Vancouver until coming to Gabriola while on vacation. Falling in love with the island, they made it home in 1990 with Jennifer. 

    Allison spent her career of 40 years as an optician, managing stores for The Optical Department of London Drugs, Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, and for the last 16 years at the Vision Centre at Walmart in Nanaimo. She provided friendly, professional service to all her customers and was dedicated to helping people to see as well as possible. She loved her job and spoke of the joys of watching a baby seeing with eyeglasses for the first time. 

    Allison spent her private hours gardening, building beautiful birdhouses, landscaping, reading, and watching movies. She loved music and dancing late into the night. She lived simply and loved to just be in her home and yard, enjoying the company of the many animals she adopted over the years (including a horse), all of whom she loved dearly. She currently leaves her beloved 3 cats and dog to grieve her absence. 

    Allison was sensitive, generous, compassionate and always put her family first, fiercely loving each of them with her whole heart. She always gave all she had right until the end when she donated her organs. She would have found it fitting that she permanently gave someone the gift of sight. 

    No service by request but a private celebration of life will take place at a later date. Allison’s ashes will be spread along the trail where she loved to walk. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC SPCA are greatly appreciated. 

    We all love you and you will be in our hearts forever my Darling.

  • Barry Staddon

    Jun. 3, 1954 – Nov. 18, 2015

    Born in Bournemouth, England, Barry was raised in Coaldale, Alberta. Barry passed away unexpectedly at his home on Gabriola Island, BC, on November 18, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Rose Staddon; brother, Bert; and sister, Christina Rogers.

    Barry will be sadly missed by his sisters Josephine, Jennifer Cyre and Veronica; brothers, Sean (Jacki), and Kevin; as well as his many nieces and nephews.

    Also left to mourn his passing are Barry’s friend and former wife, Maureen Okun, and his mentor, Rob Small and children. Barry’s faithful companion Tosca joins us in grieving a special brother, uncle and friend.

    No flowers or service at Barry’s request. A Private Remembrance will be held by his family at a later date.

    To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca: Yates Funeral Service & Crematorium (1.877.264.3848) is in care of arrangements.

  • John Humphries

    Aug. 26, 1928 - Dec. 13, 2015

    John Humphries died peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH after a long battle with cancer. 

    He is survived by his daughter, Kim Humphries and family (Carl Barstead, Rory, Miles and Daniel) of Nanaimo; by his son, Robin Humphries and family (Shedman, Selena, Chloe and Dylan) of Ottawa; and by his dear friend, Catherine of Gabriola.

    John retired from his career as an electrical engineer for the National Research Council in Ottawa in 1983 and moved out west with his wife, Pat, to begin a new life on Gabriola Island. He spent the next 32 years enjoying the natural beauty and quiet life that the island offers. John was fit and active, playing tennis right up to his 86th birthday, which he celebrated by going camping in Strathcona Park.

    He will be missed by us all. Many thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Palliative Care Unit.

    No service by request.