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.
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.
Dr. Margaret Lynn Holden
May 4, 1948 to Dec. 1, 2015
After suffering from a debilitating illness for many years, our beloved Lynn has passed away. From childhood she dreamed of becoming a doctor, and she accomplished this when she graduated from UBC in 1974. Unfortunately her professional life was cut short due to her chronic illness. Lynn had many hobbies including highland dancing, at which she excelled. She loved swimming off Gabriola Island and so enjoyed cooking for neighbours and for those in need. Her other interests included music - she played the trumpet and the piano, and looked forward to attending various operatic and symphonic concerts, with some rock and roll thrown in. And wherever Lynn lived, she embraced the community and touched many lives. She was a spiritual person who studied in depth the philosophies of various religions. Above all, she loved her family, her friends and her cherished dog, Bailey, all of whom will miss her greatly. Lynn is survived by her mother, Doris Holden, her sisters, Joan Rose and Jill Bruce (Lindsay) her nephew, Matthew Rose (Char) and her nieces, Anna and Claire Bruce. A heartfelt thank you goes out to doctors Francois Bosman, Joris Wiggers, and Ralph Shulman for their kind, compassionate care. As was her choice, there will be no formal service for Lynn but her family invites Lynn’s friends to honour her as they wish.
Louise Boldrick died October 25, 2015 in Nanaimo. She was born and raised by her parents Clarke and Beatrice Boldrick in West Vancouver. Louise taught for 24 years in Powell River, Surrey, Delta, North and West Vancouver.
On coming to Gabriola in the early seventies Louise ran a sailboat chartering business out of Silva Bay and after that a Bed and Breakfast from her home in Nanaimo.
She will be fondly remembered by friends in West Vancouver, Nanaimo and Gabriola.
She shared her life with Phyllis Palmer and together they had many years enjoying canoeing, RVing, camping, and sailing.
She will be, and is, greatly missed by all her friends.
Robert Howard McClelland
November 2, 1933 - September 29, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) McClelland on September 29, 2015, at the Nanaimo General Hospital of cancer.
Bob was born on November 2, 1933 in Calgary, Alberta. He spent several years in radio broadcasting and newspaper publishing before embarking on a long and productive career in politics. He was first elected to the Langley City Council on 1969 and in 1972 moved to Provincial politics as the opposition Health critic until 1975. Named Minister of Health in the New Social Credit Government where he was involved in the planning and development of the new B.C. Children’s Hospital and the introduction of the Provinces first comprehensive long term care plan. He subsequently served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Industry.
On Bob’s retirement he and his wife Denise moved to Gabriola Island where on one beautiful New Year’s Day, on the local course, he made a hole-in-one.
He is survived by his wife Denise of 35 years, his son Lloyd, grandsons and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister in-law & brother in-law Paula and Brian and Niece Kelley, brother’s in-law Peter and Rodney and his family in Australia.
Rest in peace Bob.
No memorial service by request.
Alberta Gwen ‘Chib’ Melnyk nee Fletcher
Surrounded by her family, Gwen passed away in her home on Gabriola Island, October 2, 2015.
Gwen was predeceased by her parents, Jean and Albert Fletcher and her sister Aline “Budge” Elston.
Gwen leaves her husband Richard, her children Naomi (Trevor) and Fletcher, her grandchildren Chaydan, Zephyr, Frid and Leif, her great-granddaughter Caroline, and her sisters Bev and Sandy (Henry).
Gwen grew up in McCreary, Manitoba. It was here she learned values that became the cornerstones for her life: honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic, love for family, fun, and a lifelong joy of travel, music, drama and sport.
Gwen graduated from nursing at Winnipeg General Hospital in 1961. She continued on to a rich and diverse career in the field of health. It was during this time that Gwen met and developed many of the friendships that would last her lifetime.
After marrying Richard they set up their home in Selkirk, Manitoba, where they lived for many years, bringing up their family, involving themselves in community, camping, swimming, skiing and much, much more. Their move to Winnipeg presented the family with new and exciting adventures. The summers spent at Hockey Haven brought her years of joy and great friendships.
When not working, Gwen was enthusiastic about walking, swimming, playing bridge, involving herself in multiple creative pursuits and playing with her grandkids. Her special love was music. She wasn’t fussy, whether a sing-a-long, a solo or in a chorus, her voice could always be heard. She was singing just a few days before she passed.
Her family was her pride and joy and her primary motivator. Her grandkids and her new great-granddaughter were a great source of pride and pleasure.
Please join us for her celebration of life at The Haven in the Phoenix Auditorium October 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
A special thanks to her medical support with an extra special thanks to Terri: your support is so appreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made to GALTT to help maintain the trails she loved so much:
Her family announces the passing of Mary Poulsen of Gabriola Island, BC.
Mary Ann Milewski was born March 23, 1919, in Szablaki, Poland. With her family, she came to Hyas, Saskatchewan, in 1929. Mary worked harder than we can imagine to build a new life in her adopted country. While working for the Larsen family in 1940, she heroically rescued their daughter Gloria from a well. Mary was a proud and patriotic Canadian.
She joined the RCAF in Winnipeg in 1942, trained in Toronto, and was stationed at Pat Bay, near Victoria, where she met Jack Griffith, an RAF airman. Mary (also known as Binkie) and Jack raised four children, Pamela, Joan, Jill and Kevan. She was a pioneer in Cordova Bay from 1944 to 1980, a cottager on Gabriola Island from 1971, and a resident from 1980 to the present.
Mary was a faithful parishioner at Our Lady of Victory, Gabriola Island. Predeceased by Jack Griffith and Erling Poulsen, Mary leaves her memory with her children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grand-children, 2 great-great grand-children, many nieces and nephews, her brother Joe (Rita) and her sisters Agnes and Wladzia.
Mass at Our Lady of Victory, Gabriola Island to be held on November 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at the Rollo Senior Centre, Gabriola Island.
No flowers please. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul.
Irene Brenda Clothier
Dec. 10, 1928 - Aug. 14, 2015
Irene was born in Shirley, England to parents Caleb and Jessie Butwell. She was predeceased by her husband Keith, her parents, and her two brothers Lionel and Robert. Irene will be missed by her niece Christine and her nephew Peter (Judy) and their children Lisa, Robert (Hannah) Hayley, Irene’s great-nephew Alfie Dale, and Christine and Peter’s mother Pauline in England. Here on Gabriola she leaves her sister-in-law Vivienne O’Connor. Also family in BC, Ontario, and Quebec.
Keith and Irene built their home here and lived happily on the island since 1986. Irene had many interests, and very much enjoyed the Gabriola Spinners and Weavers Guild of which she was a member for many years. The family and Gabriola Spinners and Weavers Guild are having a celebration of Irene’s life at the Rollo Centre on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 2-4pm.
Son of William and Katherine Halliday, he spent his early years on the family grain farm near Fairfax, Man. His first summer job with a survey group in Flin Flon, Man. led to a career in surveying, first in the private sector, then with Energy Mines & Resources in Ottawa. From 1968 to his retirement in 1994 he worked on the National Gravity Mapping Program, Geological Survey Group. He travelled extensively in Canada, much of his work on airborne gravity surveys north of the 60th parallel. In 1996 we wintered on Gabriola to explore coastal communities. Exploration stopped early and a permanent move followed in 1997. Dave coped stoically with heart and circulation problems for more than two decades. He died on Thursday, September 10th. He is survived by his wife Elaine, brother Hugh, children Shelley, David and Patricia (John), grandchildren Jason (Genevieve) and Linden, great-grandchildren Charlotte and Lara, nephew Allan and niece Beverley. He was a kind and gentle man and will be greatly missed. No service at his request.
On September 9th 2015 Earl Mancell passed away peacefully in his 88th year at home in the care of his loving wife Caren.
Father of Garry, Jim, Don and Doug Mancell, stepfather to John and Siobhan, grandfather to 17 and great grandfather to 3 may he rest in peace.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Gabriola Golf Club on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 2-4 PM