• Ken Stefanson

    Ken Stefanson

    Apr. 27, 1937 - Feb. 26, 2014

    On Wednesday, February 26, after heart surgery, we lost Ken Stefanson. 

    Ken was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, eventually making his way out west to Gabriola.

    Those of you who knew him (or of him) were aware of his persona, his larger than life approach, and love of Gabriola. 

    We will miss him dearly and he would want you to hear of his passing on a more personal level.

    Known as Mr. Gabriola Gourmet Garlic, he was also lover of live music, and a avid supporter of singer-songwriters.

    Ken was also a long-time attendee at Farmer’s Markets and other markets up and down Vancouver Island and on the Mainland.

    Ken requested no funeral, no memorial. 

    He asked instead for the island to have a concert down the road in his memory to support and help restart the Hot-Lunch Program at the Gabriola school.

    With all our love,

    Llie, Gerry, Lynn, & Bree

  • Barbara Grace (Taunt) Huston

    Barbara Grace (Taunt) Huston

    May 23, 1922 – Dec 17, 2013

    With love, joy and sadness we say goodbye to our mother, mother-in-law, Nana and Great Nana, Barbara Huston, who died peacefully surrounded by her family. She will be missed and celebrated by her eight children; Shelagh ( David), Jackie, Richard (Claire), Patsy (Don), Robbie (Mary), Paul (Tammy), Phil (Laura), Lili (Garry); by her 17 grandchildren and her 12 great-grandchildren. 

    Barbara was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Peter (Arthur Francis) Huston, parents Harry and Grace Taunt, brothers Derek & David, sister Brenda and foster-daughter Vicki. 

    She is survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and extended family in Canada and England, and many loving friends and colleagues. 

    Barbara was born in 1922 in London, England. In 1946 she married Peter and they had 5 children over the next 10 years. In 1959 the family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan where Barbara was involved in the community and church in many ways.  During these years Vicki joined the family. 

    In 1970 Peter’s work took him to Viet Nam where Barbara and Peter adopted Paul. Later they adopted Philip from Cambodia and Lili from Bangladesh. While overseas Barbara worked in an orphanage in Bangladesh and a refugee camp in Malaysia. 

    Barbara studied for the priesthood and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1983. She found great joy as one of the earlier women priests in Canada and she was a mentor and role model for others. 

    Barbara served parishes in Regina, Nokomis, Humbolt  in SK, Ladysmith, Parksville & Gabriola Island BC. 

    Barbara and Peter retired to Gabriola Island in 1992. Peter died in May 2008. The last church service Barbara led was the midnight mass on Dec 24, 2008. A few days later she had her first serious stroke and her health declined over the next 5 years. 

    Barbara enjoyed her family above all. Camping holidays, family singing, travelling widely, enjoying the outdoors and loving her numerous pets all contributed to the joy she found in life. She touched many people as a wife, mother, grand, great-grand-mother, sister, aunt, friend and priest. She will live on in the lives of us all. 

    We give special thanks to all the staff at Malaspina Gardens who cared for Mum so gently in her last few months. 

    The funeral will be held at the church at 2600 South Road, Gabriola on December 23 at 1pm. Private interment will follow. Donations to the Anglican Primate’s World Relief Fund or charity of your choice are appreciated.

  • Roderick Angus Brown

    September 4, 1945 - November 21, 2013

    Rod passed away quietly at Surrey Memorial Hospital, November 21, 2013 at the age of 68. Rod was born in Windsor, Ontario, and spent his youth involved in track and field, football, sailing and Sea Cadets. Rod went to Riverside High, graduated from the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law in 1974 and passed the British Columbia Bar in 1975. Rod worked with various law firms and the Crown Prosecutor before establishing his own practice in Port Moody, BC. 

    Rod tried his hand at many things before settling on law - he worked in the Ford Motor Company foundry, was a land surveyor for the City of Windsor and a grade school teacher with the Windsor Board of Education, all the while working on his Bachelor of Arts. Rod was an avid sailor, writer of short stories and poetry, golfer, traveller, and enjoyed tinkering over an engine and creating with wood. 

    Rod retired to Gabriola Island. Rod is predeceased by his wife Joan (nee Macleod RN 2003) and his brothers Alfred Robert (1990) and sister-in-law Marilyn (2010); and James William Edward (1991). 

    Rod leaves behind Susan Sutherland, his partner of 10 years; his son Cameron and wife Kim (nee Smith), grandchildren Shaya (7yrs), Cash (5yrs), Mason (3yrs); his daughter Morgan; Susan’s daughter Sherri and grandchildren Tovah and Morgan and six great grand children; daughter Shona and grandchildren Deon, Hunter, Shaelin and Kyler; son Joshua; and son Paul and grandchildren Braeden and Bailie; Rod’s six nieces and a nephew (BC, Ontario and Michigan); sisters-in-law Iris Brown (Windsor, ON) and Grace Brauss (Moncton, NB) and family in Scotland. 

    He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Celebrations of Rod’s life will be held both in the Lower Mainland and on Gabriola Island. 

    Lower Mainland: Saturday January 18, 2014 at the Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade Avenue, Port Moody, BC, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

    Gabriola Island: Saturday February 1, 2014 at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club, 825 South Road, Gabriola Island, BC, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

    Donations can be made to Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute of Vancouver or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

  • Audrey Anderson (nee Hadden)

    Audrey Anderson (nee Hadden)

    Nov. 23, 1945 - Oct. 29, 2013

    Audrey Anderson (nee Hadden), of Gabriola Island, BC died Tues., Oct 29, 2013 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. 

    Audrey was born of the late Wallace and Violet Hadden, Nov 23, 1945 in Beausejour, MB. She was the ninth born of 10 children. 

    Audrey spent her childhood in St. Rita, MB, which was also known as Craig Siding or sometimes just “Craig” when she was younger. Audrey is survived by her son Glenn Anderson of Vancouver, BC and Guy Anderson of Surrey, BC and her in-laws Richard Williams and Liah Anderson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends. 

    Audrey was well travelled having lived in Germany for five years and moved about considerably in Canada having had residencies in Beausejour, Gypsumville, Transcona, Brandon, Lethbridge and Gabriola Island. She had her hand in many endeavours, ranging from a telephone operator in Beausejour, MB to running a car wash/detailing business for many years in Brandon, MB. 

    She will not be forgotten by so many whose lives were enriched by meeting and knowing her and left saddened with her loss. 

    There will be a service at 2:00 p.m. at her former residence on Saturday November 23. Friends wishing to attend are welcome. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the cancer society.

  • Ira Edward Allan Froom

    Ira Edward Allan Froom

    June 16, 1947 - Nov. 6, 2013


    Ira Edward Allan Froom, 66, passed away suddenly November 6, 2013 at his home in Nanaimo, BC. He was born June 16, 1947 in New Westminster, BC to Gordon and Lavena Froom. 

    Ira was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Lavena, his brother Reg, his sister-in-law Marion, sister Eila and brother-in-law Graham. 

    Ira is survived by his wife, Helle Froom, his four sons, Vincent (Shea), Scott (Valerie), Stormy and Mark (Connie) Froom, his grandchildren Dorian, Mary, Thomas, George, Jayde, his sisters Alva (Gordon) and Eleanor (Norman) as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and a broad extended family. 

    Ira was enjoying his retirement by taking trips in his RV, visiting the lakes and fishing. Last year Ira and Helen had completed the trip of a lifetime, driving cross-country with their truck and trailer. They were both looking forward to their upcoming trip to Arizona for the winter. 

    A memorial service will be held at the Hope Lutheran church on Departure Bay Road in Nanaimo, BC on Saturday November 16, 2013. Beginning with a public viewing at 10:00 a.m., the service is to commence at 11:00 a.m. 

    Following the service there will be a graveside ceremony open to all starting at 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, located at 2347 Cedar Road. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo SPCA.

  • Thomas Anwyll

    Thomas Anwyll

    Jan. 11, 1938 - Sept. 23, 2013

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Thomas, a loving husband, father and granddad.

    Thomas passed away after a very short battle with cancer.

    He was born in Liverpool, England, where he trained as an electrical mechanical engineer. He and his family came to Canada in 1973. He was predeceased by his father Bernard, his mother Mary, brother Terance and his son Thomas.

    He is survived by his wife of 54 years Muriel; daughters Susan, Janet (husband Mark) and grandsons Michael and Jonathan; siblings Bernard, Joseph, Mary and their families and our closest friends Terry and Brenda.

    God’s Garden must be beautiful

    God saw you getting tired 

    when a cure was not to be,

    So closed his arms around you 

    and whispered come with me.

    You did not deserve what you went through

    and so he gave you rest

    God’s garden must be beautiful

    he only takes the best.

    In tears we saw you sinking

    we watched you fade away

    all our hearts were broken

    you fought so hard to stay

    but when we saw you sleeping

    so peacefully free from pain

    we would not wish you back

    to suffer the pain again.

    The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit in Nanaimo for the wonderful care and kindness during Tom’s short stay.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit in Nanaimo.

    No service by request.

  • Jeffrey George Wisdom

    Jeffrey George Wisdom

    Apr. 29, 1939 - Oct. 18, 2013

    Jeffery George Wisdom of Gabriola passed away peacefully on October 18, 2013.

    Jeff is survived by Jean, his wife of 48 years; his brother Terry and his wife Janet; his son Marc and his partner Sherry; his daughter Claire and daughter Julia (yes, the one from the Co-op) and her fiancé Simon; Jeff’s grandchildren Victoria and Daemon and his grandpuppies Buster, Brody and Farley.

    He was born in Coventry, England, and emigrated to Canada in the ‘60s. After a brief stint as a canoe builder he began working as a technical salesman in the Lower Mainland and retired to Gabriola in 1999.

    He enjoyed collecting lighthouses, travelling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, firing off his mini cannon, playing the clarinet and driving around in his 1956 Messerschmitt (the red, three-wheeled bubble car).

    He was also involved in many organizations, a few of which are the Dogwood Canoe Club, the Jib Set, the Little Jib Set, the Gabriola Walking Group and the Messerschmitt Owner’s Club.

    He also volunteered at the Gabriola Visitor Information Centre and for the Home and Garden Tours.

    Armed with a sense of humour, Jeff was always willing to make you laugh.

    Join his family and friends and raise a glass to a life well lived.

    The celebration takes place at 730 Lockinvar Lane on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, bring martinis and memories.

  • Neil Walter Adam

    Neil Walter Adam

    Sept. 1926 - Oct. 2013

    Neil left this world quietly at home on Wednesday, October 2nd after his wife of 55 years, Aileen, had just sung to him his favourite song, “The Skye Boat Song”.

    For many years, Neil was known as the Gabriola Piper.  He was one of the first ambulance drivers, taught Power Squadron courses and served briefly on the Firehall Board.

    Neil came to Gabriola with Aileen and their two sons (Ian dec’d) and Neil Jr. in 1971.  They lived in their one room cabin while building their house bit by bit in the years after.

    The loved ones he leaves are, his wife, Aileen, son, Neil (Stephanie), grandsons, Alec & Julien, his brother, Frederick, (Jeanette), much loved niece, Elizabeth, nephew, John, and his many Australian in-laws.

    At Neil’s request, there is to be no formal gathering.

    Aileen and her family have deep appreciation for all the care given by so many people for so long.  Neil really loved this island.

  • Franciscus (Frank) Johannes Cornelius Van Amerongen

    Franciscus (Frank) Johannes Cornelius Van Amerongen

    Mar. 24, 1924 - Sept. 17, 2013

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Franciscus (Frank) Johannes Cornelius Van Amerongen. He passed away peacefully on September 17, 2013 at age 89. He is predeceased by his wife Margaret, and infant daughter Ingrid Mary. He will be greatly missed by his sons Alex (Jan), Robert, Frank (Judy), daughter Yvonne, grandchildren Angie, Bradley, Matthew, Lynsey, Austin, Selena and great-grandson Roman.

    Many will remember him for his love of tutoring students, young and old, in mathematics, his favourite subject. He had a keen mind and loved to learn (except anything to do with computers), and always enjoyed sharing stories of his life growing up in Indonesia and Holland, his careers with the Dutch Merchant Marine and the CPR. He enriched the lives of those who knew him with his wonderful sense of humour and love of life. He especially enjoyed the years he lived on Gabriola and the many friends he made there. 

    The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to the many people who assisted Frank in his final years on Gabriola Island, as well as the dedicated staff who took care of him at Oak Tree Manor, at Nanaimo General Hospital and, during his brief stay there, Malaspina Gardens.

    There will be a celebration of his life on Gabriola Island, Saturday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m. at Mad Rona’s Coffee Bar.

  • Bennet Randall Wong

    Bennet Randall Wong

    July 16, 1930 - Sept. 25, 2013

    Ben passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit from the complications of a hip fracture and Parkinson’s disease. Ben had a remarkable career as a psychiatrist of adolescents while living in Vancouver, BC during the 1960s and 1970s before establishing himself as a leader in the human potential movement. This was initially at The Cold Mountain Institute, Cortes Island, BC and then, along with his partner Jock McKeen, Ben co-founded The Haven, Gabriola Island, BC in 1983. He is survived by his life partner Jock and sons Kevin, Randy (Lisa), Justin (Renee) and granddaughter Katrina. He is also survived by siblings Pat, Albert (Darlene), Joyce (Charles), Allan (Deanna) and many nephews and nieces. Ben touched the lives of thousands of people over the years. There will be no funeral but a Celebration of Life will be planned for The Haven in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Haven Foundation, Gabriola Island, BC or the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care Unit. As a long-time friend said: “It was a dark and stormy night. It is better now.”