Obituaries

  • Margot Vivian Kemble

    Margot Vivian Kemble

    July 16, 1958 - Apr. 13, 2019

    On Saturday, April 13th, Margot passed away in the early hours peacefully after her long and courageous battle with cancer.
    She was on this planet for sixty amazing years and still had so much more to give. Predeceased by her mother Adrienne Kemble and youngest sibling Roger Kemble (Rog). Surviving family will miss her dearly including her loving spouse of 28 years, Vince Iameo, and her two beautiful now adult boys Pete and Riley Waugh. Additional family members include her father Roger Kemble, daughter in-law Adrienne, her grandson Seth (Mr. Wonderful) and two adoring sisters Amanda and Julie. Margot had many close friends she kept in close contact with who have sent warm and much appreciated condolences that will be kept dear.
    Margot was an active member of her community both professionally and personally. Always tackled everything head on, vigorously and with an immense creative spirit that was contagious.
    She was fun to be around. Her work was her passion and she designed many beautiful gulf island homes that embodied the Westcoast spirit.
    Margot was particularly instrumental in the very early conceptual stages of the Gabriola Health Center. It was her passionate and committed visual ideas that brought forward the possibility of having a leading edge health care facility on Gabriola Island.
    Another community project that she was particularly passionate about was organizing house and garden tours for PHC (People for a Healthy Community).
    For many years she led a team of volunteers seeking interesting and unique properties for an annual tour used to raise funds for PHC programs.
    All in all she led a sincere and generous life. May she rest in peace, fly with wings of an angel, and breathe love into hearts of those who miss her.
    A celebration of life will be held mid May on Gabriola Island, and to be announced end of April.

  • Leslie Peter Welton

    Leslie Peter Welton

    Sept. 14, 1933 - Apr. 18 2019

    On Thursday, April 18 2019, we lost our much-loved Leslie.
    Born in London, UK in 1933, Leslie spent his childhood playing on bombsites and sitting in air raid shelters. As a young man, he had more careers than anyone could imagine – water tax collector, coffee roaster, bus conductor, even considering a stint with a record company. After coming top in an accounting exam for the whole of the U.K., he settled on banking joining Lloyds Bank. In 1970, he answered a call from the Bank of Montreal for British bankers and moved his young family of four children to Canada.
    After the Bank of Montreal, Leslie became involved in the Credit Union system, first with Vancity and then Gulf and Fraser Fisherman’s Credit Union. After marrying Christine in 1990, he sort of retired, but not before they both moved to South Africa for six months in 1994 to work with the Canadian Cooperative movement assisting black and coloured communities unite and strengthen their credit union system.
    Subsequent to the South Africa adventure, Leslie retired for real. A life of reading books, walking dogs, and relaxing on the sun deck beckoned. He loved his home on Gabriola. He also relished visits to our local library and his weekly talks with his friend, Ted Wilson.
    Leslie died peacefully in the palliative care unit of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a very brief illness and surrounded by those he loved.
    Pre-deceased by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Welton and his older brother, Frank, Leslie is survived by the love of his life, Christine, daughters Amanda (Patrick), Gillian (Bob), and son Graeme (Diana). His oldest daughter, Lesley, chose to not be a part of his life and he respected that decision. He can boast nine grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren with Cole and Sydney being closest to him.
    In the UK, Leslie will be missed by his nephews, Christopher (Jeanette) and Simon (Linda) and their families in addition to his brother-in-law, Rob Purfield (Liz), niece and nephew, James and Jemma Purfield, and many other members of Christine’s family.
    And last, but certainly not least, his two beloved cocker spaniels, Cooper and Brady.
    Our thanks go to the doctors at the Gabriola Medical Clinic, paramedics Jacqui and Sal, and the nurses and doctors of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital emergency and palliative care units.
    Rest in peace, Leslie.
    Your absence has left a void in the world of those who knew and loved you.

  • Paddy (Patrick Murray) Griffin

    Dec. 7, 1942 - Mar. 8, 2019

    Born in Toronto on December 7, 1942, Paddy was a well-loved man of diverse talents: an athlete like his father, lawyer, computer hardware techie, adult educator, amateur market analyst, and long distance bicyclist. Sadly, his vibrant life ended on March 8, 2019 at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

    Predeceased by his parents Helen and Murray Griffin, by brother Quinn when still a youngster, and by stepson Cameron Vincent Garlick.

    Remembered and mourned by daughters Shannon Leigh Griffin (Rob), and  Allison Wynne Griffin (Michael),  Alison’s children Silas Truman and Aminta Minnow, and by brother Dennis Griffin, and sister Catherine McLeod (Duncan) and her children Wesley, Jeffrey, Alisha, and Lauren.

    Survived and sorely missed by Christine Garlick, the woman who made his life complete, by stepson Eamon Robert Garlick, and by his countless friends on Gabriola Island and in Puerto Vallarta where he and Christine spent their winters.

    Paddy attended St. Michael’s College, Queen’s U, St. Mary’s U (BA ‘69), Dalhouse U (LLb ‘72) and UBC. He practiced law in Midland Ontario in the 70s and then in the Lower Mainland before turned to computer maitenance services followed by Adult Ed studies at UBC.He was ED of the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia before returning to BC to resume the practice of law at a legal aid clinic in Quesnel. He married Christine in 1990 and them moved to Gabriola Island in 2002. His legal career blossomed on Gabriola. Paddy’s low key practice served the community effectively and endeared him to everyone he encountered.

    ALS took Paddy with shocking swiftness. He was not ready, and did not accept it. Paddy never gave up his lust for life - he took it with him.

  • Amanda Michelle Craigmyle

    Amanda Michelle Craigmyle

    Nov. 5, 1963 - Feb. 7, 2019

    Amanda Michelle Craigmyle passed away February 7th, 2019 in the Palliative care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a long, tough battle with cancer. Her greatest wish was that her only granddaughter would be born before she passed away.  Her wish was granted and she spent two months interacting with little Harley Rae and welcoming her to the world. 

    Amanda was born in England, November 5, 1963 and moved with her family to Canada in 1968. She grew up in North Vancouver and Kamloops, BC, and lived for several years in Washington State before spending her last years on Gabriola Island, BC. 

    She was very creative and, as a glass bead artist, spent many years sharing that passion with people all over the world. Amanda was a brave, positive and beautiful person who loved animals, always had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humour.  She thoroughly enjoyed working at Village Foods on Gabriola and a special thank you goes out to Angela Burnett for her friendship.

    She is survived by her daughter Breanna, her granddaughter Harley Rae, her parents Bob and Pam Scott and her sisters Heidi [Ted] in Texas and Tasha in Calgary. She also leaves behind numerous relatives in Sweden, Europe and the UK. Amanda was pre-deceased by Paul Thompson, Breanna’s father.  

    Amanda’s wish was to have no funeral, just a scattering of her ashes at her favourite beach on Gabriola where she and her dog Mo loved to roam. If you wish to do a little something to remember Amanda, please donate to an animal rescue or a kidney cancer research foundation.

    Grateful thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Cancer Unit in Victoria, BC, Doctor Tracey Thorne on Gabriola and all the wonderful doctors, nurses and volunteers in Palliative Care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

    Heaven has gained an angel and her Mo dog was there to welcome her. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

  • Diane Parks

    Diane Parks

    1946 - 2019

    Diane passed away peacefully on January 27th in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Palliative Care Unit after a courageous thirteen-month battle with ALS. 

    She is survived by her loving husband Don Switzer, daughter Leith Fermin-Rix (Jeff), in Ottawa, granddaughters Eva, Stella and Arianna, sisters Louise, Jackie, Melba and brother Terry. 

    Daughter of the late Margaret and Owen Parks, Diane was born in Halifax on January 11th, 1946 and grew up in Armdale. She graduated from Dalhousie University with BA and B Ed degrees and went on to teach at John W. MacLeod Elementary School in Halifax for thirty years. Diane is remembered as a favourite teacher who emphasized teaching students how to learn. She had a very special place in her heart for challenged children, believing that they could do much more than people expected. She was invariably right. 

    After suffering from a stroke Diane retired in 1998 and moved to British Columbia to be with Don, her teenage sweetheart from high school times. They settled on Gabriola Island and Diane soon discovered she had a talent for drawing wildlife and time to pursue her interests in singing and poetry. She began collecting for the Heart Fund and, even as a lifelong Anglican found herself deeply involved with and happy to work on a great many charitable endeavours sponsored by diverse church organizations on the island. 

    Providing for Friday lunches and making up Samaritans Purse Christmas boxes for children in Africa and Latin America were projects closest to her heart. 

    Diane and Don loved to travel and over the past 21 years they found time to visit China and tour extensively throughout Europe and North America. Now Diane has embarked on her final journey. 

    She will be missed by her family, and many friends and colleagues both on Gabriola and in Nova Scotia.  

    Service at Christ Church Gabriola, 2600 South Road on Saturday March 2 at 1pm followed by celebration of life at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club.

  • Fraser Gerald Smith

    Fraser Gerald Smith

    Mar. 28, 1946 – Jan. 11, 2019

    In loving memory of Fraser Gerald Smith, a 25 year resident of Gabriola, who passed away on January 11 in Nanaimo hospital.

    He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Gloria; sons Curtis (Jessica) and Clinton; grandchildren Anais, Eva, and Fraser; brother Mark (Jackie), sister Muriel (Lloyd), half-sister Marilyn; brother-in-law Gerry Nittel (Anne); and numerous nephews and nieces and their children.

    A celebration of life will be held at the Gabriola Golf course in the near future. All are welcome to come share stories and memories of Fraser.

  • Edda Maria Halak

    Edda Maria Halak

    1933 - 2019

    Edda Halak was born in Castions di Zoppola, northern Italy, in 1933. It was a small farming village surrounded by fresh produce, olive trees and persimmons that were stored in the attic. Edda’s grandmother would ask Edda to fetch persimmons for her.

    In 1949 Edda with her mother, Adele, and sister, Rita, sailed on the ship Queen Mary to North America and settled in Trail, BC, where her father, Osvaldo Cantarutti, was already working at the mining smelter. He loved to make wine and raised canaries.

    In Trail Edda married Joseph Halak. They moved to Vancouver where Joe graduated from UBC as a medical doctor. They lived in Edmonton and Toronto, while Joe was a doctor in the Royal Canadian Air Force, then returned to Vancouver. 

    Edda later became a Real Estate agent. They had three children: Brenda, Gary and Michael. Edda was a talented seamstress who sewed and knitted wonderful outfits for her family and cooked fabulous cabbage rolls and spaghetti. 

    She had a melodic singing voice, enjoyed opera and sang along with Pavarotti’s music. 

    The family enjoyed camping and fishing trips. 

    In 2000 Edda and Joe moved to Gabriola where Edda kept up her tennis, golfing, gardening, walks to the beaches and photography, especially eagles and sunsets. “Nonna’s place” on Gabriola provided happy memories for her granddaughters Haley, Jade, Jessica and Kristal and great grandchildren Grace and Roman.

    Other family members include her other granddaughter, Kristal and great grandchildren Grace and Roman. 

    Edda passed away January 17, 2019. The family thanks all community members including Home Support, agencies helping seniors, ambulance attendants and the Red Cross. 

    Special thanks to Dr. J. Mackenzie and Constable M. Pater. 

    Also much gratitude to Bishop G. Gordon, who will celebrate the mass and funeral service for Edda on Saturday,  February 9, at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 3380 South Road, Gabriola. 

    All welcome. 

  • Timothy Willard Nicklom

    Timothy Willard Nicklom

    Dec. 29, 1960 - Dec. 29, 2018

    Tim passed away on December 29th, 2018. He is survived by his wife Joyce of 34 years, his three daughters Ambyr, Samantha and Sara, two Grandsons Weston & Pierce, his mother Fran, brothers Rick and partner Marlene, Dean and wife Chelsea, & son-in-laws Luc and Sean. He is predeceased by his sister Jacqueline and father Willard.

    Tim was a proud father to his daughters which gave him plenty of time to become the king of ‘Dad Jokes’. His grandsons gave him an excuse to be the big kid we all loved. Between taking Weston and Sasha (his grand-dog) to the park and making silly videos with Pierce, he found happiness in the outdoors. Fishing and hunting were all passions he could never get enough of and he truly was a man who found joy in his work as a mechanic. With his great sense of humour and willingness to help anyone in need, he will be greatly missed by many.

    The celebration of life will be held on January 19th at the Bowen Park Auditorium located at 500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC at 1:00pm.

  • George “Victor” Anthony (nee Mecyssne)

    George “Victor” Anthony (nee Mecyssne)

    Apr. 30, 1952 - Dec. 17, 2018

    Victor Anthony (nee George Victor Mecyssne) passed away at home on Gabriola Island, British Columbia on December 17th, 2018 with his wife Joëlle at his side. He married Joëlle in 2004, and thinking it would be great to have a simple last name, he changed his to hers and became Victor Anthony. Instead of simplicity, he ended up with three first names, and for the rest of his life, much to his chagrin and amusement, half the people he knew called him “Anthony” instead of Victor.

    He was predeceased by his father George Mecyssne and his mother Victoria Elizabeth (Drennon) Mecyssne, and is survived by his wife Joëlle Anthony, his mother-in-law Linda, father-in-law Frank, brother-in-law Erik (Mizu), and niece Ashly. An only child, he often referred to his three best friends as his brothers, Bob Deck, Andrew Smith, and Tom Mitchell of Tennessee also survive him.

    A Nashville native, he made his living around the edges of the art world starting in 1985, working as a musician, actor, and photographer, occasionally all in the same week. He appeared on national television performing his music, and toured 48 of the 50 States and Europe. In 2000, The Nashville Ballet choreographed six of Victor’s songs into a new work called Short Stories, which had its world premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he could often be seen playing venues like The Blue Bird and The Radio Café with his band The Ragtops. 

    For more than fifteen years, he worked on and off as a musician and performer at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee, his last role being Burl Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain. Before immigrating to Canada, Victor recorded three CDs in Nashville as Victor Mecyssne (Personal Mercury, Hush Money, and Skinnybones). 

    After moving to British Columbia, he recorded Mystery Loves Company featuring all new songs and several local musicians he’d come to know and love. In 2014, Victor became a Canadian citizen and at the ceremony the judge encouraged the candidates to share their home culture with their new one, which led to Victor recording Those Nashville Blues, a collection of pre-World War II songs he’d learned back in Tennessee.

    Victor’s greatest wish after moving to his new country was to see it by car, to explore it, to get to know it and its people. While he never made the trip all the way across the country, in 2016, he did do a Home Routes House Concert tour with Joëlle of northern British Columbia and it was a highlight of his time here in Canada.

    It is only fitting that Victor ended up living in the West as he’d had a fascination with it from early childhood. This interest eventually led him to a take a course and then volunteer at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He spent one amazing summer working at the youth camp there which changed his life forever. He was also an environmentalist and lover of the work of The Nature Conservancy of Canada and felt it was so important to protect our wild lands. In lieu of flowers, Joëlle requests donations be made either to the Allen Youth Center at the Pine Ridge Reservation http://okini.net/index.cfm or The Nature Conservancy of Canada http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/

    Events to remember Victor:

    Portland, Or – 5th January, 2019, The Kennedy School, 1-4pm

    Nashville, TN – TBA

    Gabriola Island, BC – TBA (end of January or early February)

  • Frieda Bohm

    Frieda Bohm

    Dec. 6, 1935 - Dec. 13, 2018

    Born in Poland. Moved to Canada in the early 50’s and lived in Sudbury, Gabriola Island and Nanaimo. Daughter of Anna (pre-deceased) and Adolf Jokat (pre-deceased). Loving wife of Rudi Bohm (pre-deceased June 7, 1998), wonderful mother and mother-in-law to Harry & Laura, and Astrid & Tom, fun-loving Omi to grandson Lucas and granddaughter Sarah. From a family of many sisters and brothers, Erna, Elsie, Helen, Adam, Ludwig (pre-deceased), Edward (pre-deceased), Emil (pre-deceased)l, Anna (pre-deceased), Marianne (pre-deceased). Sister-in-law, Aunt, Great Aunt. She easily made friends wherever she went and was not afraid to brighten someone’s day with a joke, a smile and a hug! She worked full time as an RNA in Sudbury and moved to Gabriola Island with Rudi in 1994. Always had time for a road trip, an adventure, and a song. Independent and strong with a great sense of humour. She is now with her loving husband, family and friends that have passed. Many thanks to the staff of Berwick On The Lake who became a family to us and took great care of Frieda during her last few months.  There will be a celebration of life in the Spring of 2019, location to be determined. Please give someone a hug and a smile in lieu of flowers! She will be dearly missed.