Obituaries

  • 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.

  • Dr. Margaret Lynn Holden

    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

    Louise Boldrick

    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

    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: 

    info@galtt.ca.

  • Mary Poulson

    Mary Poulson

    1919-2015

    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.