Obituaries

  • Ruth Marylynn Clements

    Aug. 31, 1953 – Jan. 28, 2015

    Ruth was born in Chemainus, BC and was the only child of the late Bill Clements and Zillah (Tomlinson) Clements. 

    When she was very young the family moved to Gabriola Island where Ruth was raised. She received her education on Vancouver Island and furthered it in Vancouver. She was an avid reader, a master seamstress and was determined to do everything to perfection. 

    She worked hard and travelled extensively; sailing around the world with her partner Ted Long. Her motto: “-don’t hold back doing whatever you want to do, just go for it – never give up!” She is sadly missed by her friends. 

    A special thanks goes out to the support staff, doctors and nurses at NRGH for their wonderful care. 

    For information about Ruth’s celebration of life please call 250-323-6600.

  • Ruth Elizabeth Munro

    Ruth Elizabeth Munro

    Jan 8, 1024 - Feb. 2, 2015

    Ruth took her inaugural angel flight on the morning of February 2nd, 2015 enveloped in the love of her children and the palliative caregivers who cared for her at her Assisted Living home in Courtenay. She was peaceful and gently made her exit. 

    Some Gabriolans knew Ruth over the last 23 years from her many visits with daughter Zulis Yalte (Joy Olsen) where she revelled in nature, enjoyed friends, the arts and just chillin’ with her family.

    Ruth was a kind, loving, and generous person who learned to get through the horrors of wartime London, England (her birthplace Jan 8, 1024) and other adversity - with courage, a song and dash of humor. 

    She worked hard as a school custodian in Courtenay to raise her 4 children and was devoted to them and her grandchildren/great-grandchildren. Ruth was always up for a spontaneous adventure and fun. She loved to dance, hike, bike, swim, golf, travel and joined several groups that focused on such activities. Through her compassionate and generous nature she quietly assisted many she came into contact with, both financially and emotionally. She was our shining star and we will so miss her.

    Thanks to all Gabriolans who shared life with our mum, you added to her enjoyment of being.

  • Frank Hackwood

    Frank Hackwood

    Mar. 11, 1930 - Jan. 14, 2015

    Frank passed away peacefully on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a brief illness.   Both of his daughters were at his side.

    Frank was born in Nanaimo on March 11, 1930.  He built his first home himself in the 50’s in Nanaimo, then in the early 70’s he purchased half of his brother Allen’s waterfront property on Gabriola and built himself his forever home in Pilot Bay, which was the best place on earth to Frank.

    Frank loved life and saw the bright side to everything and often remarked what a blessed life he had. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle and he treasured his family deeply. 

    He had lots of stories which he loved to share with everyone. Frank was a Fisherman, Meat-Cuter/business man, Journeyman Carpenter and in recent years, a model boat craftsman.

    Frank never touched someone so lightly that he did not leave a mark.  He smiled with his whole being and he will be sorely missed by his loved ones and those whose lives he touched.

    He is survived by Nida, his wife of 59 years, daughters: Cindy Graf (Glen), Sandra Rudischer (Herb), grandson: Lee Dunbrack (Heather), nieces: Barbara Ann Andrew (Donald), Linda Gill (Kristen, David Jr) special friend, Colin Masson

    A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at the Surf Lodge on Gabriola at 2pm Saturday Feb 21st, 2015  

    Special thanks to the Gabriola Firehall first responders, the BC Ambulance attendants, Dr. Carr and to the kind and caring staff at the Emergency and ICU at the NRGH

  • Christopher Johnathen Shepherd

    Christopher Johnathen Shepherd

    Christopher Johnathen Shepherd, better known by many as John, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the age of 25. 

    Chris Shepherd, Lenora LeMaitre and Caroline Kasprzyk will be holding a Celebration of Life at the Gabriola Community Hall on South Rd. 

    The service will be on Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 1:00 pm with a Pot luck (finger food) afterwards with non alcoholic refreshments so we may all have time afterwards to chat, reflect and tell more stories. 

    Lisa Rey is looking after set up and any help would be appreciated, 250-247-8744.

     

  • Sylvia Edlund

    Our friend Sylvia Edlund died November 11th, 2014, and a memorial service will be held on January 25th at the Haven on Gabriola Island, BC. She had been in hospital in Nanaimo, BC for several weeks and succumbed to an infection. She was peaceful and comfortable, and supported by friends in her final days.

    Sylvia spent half of each year on Gabriola Island. She regularly took courses at the Haven including “Healing Stitches” and “Spirit of the Song”. For several years she volunteered making unique costumes for “Kids in the Spotlight”. She also contributed her beautiful textile art to the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project of the Positive Energy Quilters.

    On January 25th there will be a memorial gathering for Sylvia in the Phoenix auditorium at the Haven, with a display of Sylvia’s quilts and costumes. You are invited to come at 1pm to see her artwork, and to stay for a Quaker-like service at 1:30, where you can share thoughts and remembrances of Sylvia if you wish.

  • Ron Nicholson

    Ron Nicholson

    May 5, 1948 - Dec. 9. 2014

    Thirty-six years ago I met my soul mate and best buddy.

    We talked about everything, we never had an argument.

    Ron passed away on December 9, 2014 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

    Ron approached his hobbies with such passion. He loved his fishing and always jokingly said he was only allowed to have a plastic boat with no motor.

    Before retirement, Ron was a boom man, a creel surveyor for the Georgia Strait and a mail man for the north end of Gabriola.

    He loved to talk to people and made me strong.

    I do not know what I ever did to have this very loving, caring and kind man in my life, but I do know I loved every day I had with him and he will live forever in my heart.

    Thank you to everyone for their support and generosity in looking after me since Ron passed. This island is amazing.

    ~ Karen Nicholson

     

  • FLATLA, Dr. Hans D.V.M.

    December 9, 1935 – December 26, 2014

    Predeceased by his son Darold Flatla (1980) and his father Peder Flatla (1992). 

    Hans is survived by his loving wife Mariel; daughters Patricia Flatla and Linda McFetridge; his son Keith Flatla (Karen) and his mother Mabel Flatla. 

    Services to be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered at telfordn@shaw.ca, Telford’s of Nanaimo at 250-591-6644.

  • Ryan William Cheek

    Ryan William Cheek

    On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 Ryan William Cheek husband, father, son and brother, passed away suddenly peacefully in his sleep at the age of 30 years. 

    Ryan will be forever remembered by his wife Meghan, and their precious children, Savanah and Austin, by his parents John and Rose Cheek, and by his brother Corey (Crystal). 

    Ryan will also be forever remembered by his niece, extended family and dear friends.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 13th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Coast Bastion Hotel in the Benson Room - 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 6E4.

  • Krell, Lydia Marie Therese (Terry)

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry Krell (nee Lemieux) on November 23, 2014 at the age of 87. 

    Terry passed away peacefully surrounded by family members at Nanaimo Regional hospital. Predeceased by her husband Ted (1996) and brother George and sister Helen. She is survived by her children Darcy (Linda), Bob (Sandra), Darrell (Vicki), and Rod (Annette), 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, her sisters Bernice, Cecilia, and Joan, and many other family and friends.

    Terry enjoyed living life to the fullest as a longtime resident of Gabriola, whether it was bridge, bingo, Legion or church activities, and spending time with her family.

    A celebration of Terry’s life will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2pm at the Gabriola Fellowship Church, 775 Church Road, Gabriola Island, BC.

    A special thanks to the Gabriola Fellowship Church Ladies’ Auxiliary for assisting with the reception.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation in Terry’s memory.

    A loving mother, wife, siter, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, we will miss you dearly.

  • Geertruida Hendrieka (née van Oosten) Ruitenbeek

    Geertruida Hendrieka (née van Oosten) Ruitenbeek

    1932-2014

    Ruitenbeek, Geertruida Hendrieka (née van Oosten) 1932-2014, known also as Truusje in Holland and Tricia in Canada. Beloved wife of John Watts, mother of Annette and Jack (Cindy), grandmother of Nicolas, Tricia died at Saanich Peninsula Hospital on 22 November from complications associated with Alzheimer’s. She was predeceased by her brothers Henk, Bert, and Gert, by her sister Jopie, and by her first husband Gustaaf.

    Truusje was born in Amersfoort, Holland, where she grew up and lived through a war-torn Europe that she remembered to her final days. Her strong love of family, care for the vulnerable, and beliefs in personal freedoms were nurtured through her experiences in her country of birth. There she met her first husband, Gus, and they set their eyes on a new life in Canada with infant Jack in her arms. Emigrating to Vancouver in 1959, they soon moved to Calgary where Annette was born and their young family flourished. She raised her children to respect others, to work hard, to know and be proud of their past, and to look forward to the future. She also made sure they could cook. She became a proud Canadian citizen in 1964, remarking that while she was Dutch by birth, she was Canadian by choice. Her Canadian friends knew her initially as Trudy but she eventually became Tricia as she wanted a name that rang true to her Dutch roots. She saw great value in raising her family in a society that embraced personal freedoms, and herself fought quietly and relentlessly for women’s rights. In addition to raising her family, she worked initially as a cook while taking English lessons, and later became a qualified bookkeeper and worked as such until her children left home.

    While planning her retirement, she found herself suddenly and unexpectedly widowed in 1986, but vowed to continue her dream to settle in coastal BC. She threw her effort and passion for gardening, design and decorating into completing her retirement home on Gabriola Island, where she moved in 1987. For her, this was a test of her independent spirit, and she took it on with gusto, meeting new friends and facing the challenges of a new life. One of those new friends was John, and she fondly recalled how he wooed her through planting a small sequoia tree in her front yard on Gabriola. Believing she found her soul-mate, she moved once again in 1992 - this time to their new home in Brentwood Bay. Tricia and John’s love grew with each year, as they shared their passion for travel, the outdoors, and their families. With John, she quietly and discreetly rediscovered her Christianity: enjoying its celebrations, following its social traditions, and continuing to live its core principles. Their annual visits to warmer destinations helped her through the frailties of aging, but she was always happy to come home to BC. To her last days, she remained as active as she could and enjoyed her walks and outings around Saanich Peninsula.

    Through her struggles with Alzheimer’s, Tricia’s good nature, humour, and love for her family has always shone through. While language and communication became harder for her, her most memorable words to all of those around her remained part of her vocabulary to her final breaths: “mijn schatje” ... “my dearest”. To Tricia, to Mama, and to Granny ... you will always be remembered as our dearest. We love you. And know that your sequoia still stands strong on Gabriola.

    The family thanks the staff and management of Sluggett House in Brentwood Bay who have taken such good care of Tricia for the past two years. Your dedication, professionalism, and personal touch provided an enjoyable and safe environment for Tricia in which to live. Loving and timely transfer was provided to Saanich Peninsula Hospital where quality care eased her last days.

    The family will host a celebration of life in her honour at a date to be determined in early 2015. If desired, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Canada [www.alzheimer.ca] or to the seasonal charity of your choice.