Obituaries

  • Neil Rich

    Neil Rich

    Aug. 8, 1946 - May 19, 2018

    Neil passed away in the presence of his family at his home on Gabriola. He is survived by his children Ian, Kia, Mya, and Kym, and their families. 

    Neil was born in London, England, moved as a child, with his family, to Toronto, and then came west to BC as a young man. After retiring from his industrial x-ray and concrete coring company in Richmond, he moved to Gabriola in 2010.

    Neil was an avid boater his whole life and enjoyed exploring the Gulf Islands and coastal inlets. He always had a project on the go, whether building his house or boat, or fixing his classic cars. He was involved with the Gabriola Cruisers Auto Club and the dog play group. You could find him riding his ebike in the 707 with his dog Keelu.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at his home on Gabriola on August 26 from noon - 4 pm. Please RSVP to celebrateneilongabe@yahoo.com

  • Raymond (Ray) Charles Beauchamp

    Raymond (Ray) Charles Beauchamp

    1949-2018

    A resident of Gabriola Island since 2011, Ray passed away recently at home. He is survived by his wife Gayle, sisters Susan, Monica, and Lois and brothers Mark and Colin.

    Ray and Gayle especially enjoyed Gabriola’s scenic seascapes, fine pubs and restaurants, and the various open stages and jams with their gracious hosts.

    Ray and Gayle were grateful for the empathy and quality care provided by Dr. Jim Mackenzie and staff and by the nurses, doctors, and other staff at Nanaimo Cancer Clinic.

    Messages of condolences can be sent via Sands Funeral home at sandsnanaimo.ca.

  • Ralph Borge Hagen

    Ralph Borge Hagen

    On June 25, 2018, with his family at his side, Gabriola resident Ralph Hagen passed away at the age of 85. Ralph is survived by Helen, his wife and companion of 61 years, as well as by his son and daughter, Greg and Susan, and their families. 

    A resident of Gabriola for the past 21 years, Ralph had a lifelong connection to the west coast of BC, and in later years could be found aboard his beloved Tollycraft, Owikeno, with Helen, cruising the coast, and even circumnavigating Vancouver Island! 

    Ralph was actively involved with life on Gabriola, where he served as treasurer, training officer, and commander of the Gabriola Power Squadron, and is a past Commodore of the Silva Bay Yacht Club. 

    He was a regular and avid bridge player and put his considerable construction and carpentry skills to use in a recent renovation to the Rollo Center for the Gabriola Senior Citizens Association. 

    Ralph will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

    He will be remembered at a Celebration of Life to be held at the Rollo Centre on August 5, from 2pm – 4pm.

  • Andre Gustaaf Lund

    Andre Gustaaf Lund

    Dec. 16, 1972 - June 7, 2018

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Andre Gustaaf Lund on Thursday June 7th, 2018 in Campbell River, BC.  

    Andre was born in Toronto on December 16, 1972 and lived on Gabriola until he moved to Quadra and Campbell River in the late 90s.  

    Andre is survived by the many family members and friends who loved him.  

    There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday July 22 at 2:30 at the Gabriola Island Community Hall on South Road.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andre’s name to the Gabriola Skatepark Fundraising Association.

     

  • Norma Burns

    1939-2018

    Norma Burns passed away quietly in the early morning of June 29, 2018 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital.

    Norma lived the past twenty years with her husband Jim Burns on Gabriola Island. They were a team that enjoyed restoring three homes here and have just completed their last together.

    Norma was a lovely gardener and enjoyed growing good food as well as helping Jim with all the home building.

    Painting was a passion discovered here on Gabriola and she had dear friends that encouraged her to excel as a good artist.

    Being part of our community was important and Norma helped with The GABE Shop and other agencies in her quiet way.

    Those of us who knew her well, loved her, and we will continue to hold her in our hearts.

    No service on request.

  • Margaret Lemieux

    Margaret Lemieux

    May 31, 1951 - June 11, 2018

    Margaret Lemieux, born in Athabasca, Alberta on May 31, 1951, passed away, peacefully on June 11, 2018, at the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional Hospital, after a lengthy illness. 

    Margaret was one of twelve siblings born to Polish immigrants who settled in Canada in the 1930’s. Margaret leaves to mourn, her partner Marlin Wolfe, ex-spouse Andre Lemieux, four siblings, Alina, Irene, Alex and Earl, nieces and nephews, and many friends and business associates. 

    Margaret moved to Gabriola in 1971. 

    A highlight of her multi faceted career was her real estate profession where she excelled and made many lasting friends. 

    She loved to garden, which she did until the last week of her life. 

    In her youth she enjoyed golf, sailing and cycling. She made a delicious and potent martini, liked to entertain family and friends, and made a mean salmon and potato pie. She will be missed by many. 

    Celebration of Life is Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Surf Lodge on Gabriola.

  • Patrick Stuart Fuller

    Patrick Stuart Fuller

    1960 – 2018

    Patrick Fuller, a long-time resident of Gabriola passed away while playing the piano in the place he loved. Patrick obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Vancouver Island University, and in addition to carpentry, taught piano on Gabriola.   A  kind and gentle man, a lover and composer of music, a frequenter to Robert’s,  he will be sadly missed by his mother Norah, brothers John and Allan and many friends and family who his life touched.

    A celebration of life will be held Sunday June 24th between 2 pm and 4 pm in the Malaspina Room of the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo.

     

  • Marlyn Farrell

    Marlyn Farrell

    Our dear Marlyn passed on April 11th, but her legacy and our loving of her goes on. Join us on Sunday June 24 at 1pm to celebrate her - her request was for us to have fun! This celebration of her life and loves will be at the Phoenix Auditorium at The Have, 240 Davis Road, on Gabriola Island. You’re welcome to bring masks from her workshops, get dressed up if you like, and take advantage of getting your hair pinked. If you are not able to attend, you are invited to send your greetings to Lou Farrell at primalnudge@shaw.ca in whatever fun and creative way you choose. As Marlyn would say, “Have fun and behave yourself!”

  • Susan Mary Scott

    Susan Mary Scott

    Oct. 13, 1950 - Apr. 28, 2018

    Susan was born in New Brunswick on October 13, 1950 and passed away at her home on April 28, 2018.

    She is survived by her sisters Audrey, Nora, Beth and her  brothers Pat and Joe.

    She also leaves two nieces, a nephew, and their children.

    Susan moved to Vancouver when she was 20 and was married a few years later. 

    Bill and Susan moved to Gabriola Island in 1993 and loved living on the Island. 

    Susan was the kindest person you could ever want to meet. 

    She is being especially missed by her big orange kitty named Buddy who cries himself to sleep every night. 

    A celebration of life will beheld for Susan on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2pm at the Gabriola Golf Course.

  • Ruby Tanner (nee Sibley)

    Ruby Tanner (nee Sibley)

    Nov. 4, 1920 – April 25, 2018

    My life has been a tapestry, 

    of Rich and royal hue.

    An everlasting vision of the

    everchanging view…

    Ruby was born into a family of ten children, of Welsh descent, who lived in Toronto. An exceptional student, she excelled at anything she turned her hand to. Ray Tanner, husband of 60 years, only ever saw Ruby as a very beautiful 18-year-old for all of his life. Ruby is pre-deceased by many including her husband and Barry, her infant son. Ruby and Ray raised their family in Mimico and in Oakville, Ontario and attended the Oakville Salvation Army where they were involved in the Army’s church and community activities. 

    Ruby moved from Oakville to Gabriola in 2004 and made it her home.

    Ruby is lovingly remembered by her daughter Nancy Brown (Hugh), son Allan Tanner (Cathy) and son Stephen Tanner (Carla). There are nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren living in British Columbia and Ontario. She knew them all; they were good to her; and she was loved by each.

    The family will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm at the home of Allan and Cathy Tanner, 1190 McGillvary Avenue, on Gabriola where Ruby’s tapestry will be unfolded in story and song. All are welcome.

    We wish to express our gratitude for the care given by Dr. Francois Bosman; the Health Clinic team; the Home Support staff and Gabriola’s First Responders.

    Those wanting to make a memorial contribution, please direct it to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation or charity of your choice.

    … a wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold.

    A tapestry to feel and see. Impossible to hold.

    ~ Carole King