Obituaries


+++WALTON, Elizabeth Anne

Born on June 19, 1969 in Vancouver, BC and passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021.

Predeceased by her father and mother, Terry and Sheelagh and her sister Susan.  Beth is lovingly survived by her sister Mo and brother Stephen (Fei Wong); nephews Darcy and Sam and other family members near and far.  

Also missing her are friends Joanne, Gloria, John, Ann, Wei Ling, Sandy, Fakroon and Peter.

We will all miss her infectious giggle.  

Due to the current restrictions, Funeral Mass will be live streamed from Immaculate Conception Parish on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 am.  Please visit www.legacystreaming.com/kearney.  

Donations in Elizabeth’s memory are welcomed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank or any charity of your choice. May she rest in peace.

+++MOLLEY, Matilda Josephine

Aug 20, 1914 - Dec 27, 2020 

Fondly remembered as Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma: Mattie passed away at the remarkable  age of 106. Obituary details posted on the Valley View Funeral Home Website.

+++DUMONT, Elsie

April 29, 1928 ~ Jan 4, 2021

Elsie Dumont (nee Penner) was born in the year 1928 April 29th in Swanson, Saskatchewan.

She had two daughters ~Lori and Annette~ who miss her very much.

She was a friend, confidant and gave incredible common-sense answers even in her later stages of Alzheimers.

She became a devout Catholic when she married the love of her life ~Fernand Dumont.

With Annette in the Corpus Christi Catholic elementary school, Elsie became involved in duties such as cleaning the church and joining one of the church circles which she enjoyed immensely and made lifelong friends.

She had an artistic talent and loved creating silk flower arrangements, small creations with seashells, rocks and Christmas scenes in vases.

Selling them at Craft Fairs was an absolute joy.

Cats were the love of her life....real~the best of course! But if they were ornaments, stuffed animals, clothing, blankets, pillows or pictures they were also loved.

She always greeted people with a smile that lit up her whole face and always had a kind word.

God is lucky to have her ~our mother~

+++CONNELL, Jacqueline June (LaCross)

September 19, 1932 – December 23, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jacqueline Connell from this life.

Jackie loved gardening, playing cards, and painting/colouring; always spreading cheer with kind words, a subtle joke, or an interesting dance. She raised seven children with her husband John (Jack) Connell, and also helped in raising 20 grandchildren. Then came many more great grandchildren! In addition to raising a family, she worked as a senior care worker and volunteered with the CWL at St. Stephen’s Parish.  

Never complaining even when times were tough, instead she would say:

the first 100 years are the hardest”   or   “one day at a time.

Condolences may be left at https://kearneyfs.com/obituaries/

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

+++SAVOIE, Isabel

Aug. 21, 1926 – Dec. 23, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom. Born in Glen Levit, NB and lived most of her life in Campbellton, NB. Predeceased by husband Hector (Kip) Savoie and sons John (Pam) and David, she is survived by children Joan (Ted) and Paul (Heather), grandchildren Sarah, Jacob, Cathy (Brad), and Bill, and great-grandson Axel.   A devout Catholic and showed great love for Mary, the rosary and St. Teresa of Little Flower. Everyone was welcome in her home. She always had tea and delicious cookies or cake. She will be remembered for her beautiful quilts, dresses, designer aprons, Christmas crafts, crochet, knitting projects and her divinity fudge. In 2008 she came to live with Joan and in 2018, moved into Little Mountain Place. The staff were wonderful and amazing.  Alas, her life ended early due to Covid. A special thank you to her nurse, Amanda Crockett. A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Thursday, December 31, 2020. A Memorial Mass and interment will be held in Campbellton, New Brunswick.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society in her name.

+++O’SCIENNY, Ness

Ness O’Scienny (1942 – 2020) passed away suddenly from pneumonia Dec 27th. He was born in Yorkton Sask. and his parents Andrew and Katie predecease him. He slipped away peacefully once Brenda his wife of 43 years, daughter Chandra (Gregg) Jennens and son Kyle & Kasia (wife) O’Scienny were allowed to visit him at Arbutus Lodge, Surrey. A private funeral service was held at St. Nicholas, Langley December 31st. Also survived by his much loved grandchildren Peyton, Alexis, Reis and Alanna and 3 remaining siblings Frank, Angie (Ken) Norman and Robert (Faye) and their families.

Special thanks to Peace Arch Tertiary Care Oceanside and Arbutus Lodge (Aspen)staff for the loving care given to Ness during his 13 months stay. Donations in his memory welcomed to The Alzheimer’s Society.

+++BOOTH, DOROTHEA MAY (née Greenwood)

June 18, 1923 – December 17, 2020

Our beloved Thea died peacefully of heart failure at Langley Hospice after a life well lived. We are grateful to the medical staff for providing such excellent care for her.

Dorothea May, also known as Thea, was born in St. Helens, England, to Joseph and Mary Greenwood. She was the youngest, after her brother Joseph Miles and her sister Rosalind. 

Thea joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS) during WWII, from 1941-46, serving mainly in Liverpool at Western Approaches Command, British Naval headquarters during the Battle of the Atlantic. 

Several years after the War, and many travels later, Thea met her future husband, Patrick Booth, at a dance for British soldiers. Pat and Thea married soon after in England and left for Canada. They ultimately settled in Vancouver, where their daughters, Annette and Suzanne, were born. They became proud Canadian citizens, and eventually moved to acreage in rural Langley, where they have lived for the past 47 years.

Family was Thea’s true joy, and she provided love and nurturing as a homemaker. She and Pat were married for 67 years, and they loved and supported each other throughout. Thea showed the same love and devotion to their two girls, and her beloved grandchildren, Hailey and Matthew. She loved and missed her late son-in-law, Dean Gebauer. 

Thea was an active volunteer for many years for various charities, including Langley Hospice. Her other volunteer efforts earned her the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal. 

A lapsed Catholic, Thea came back to the faith over 30 years’ ago and never looked back. She became a long-time parishioner of St. Joseph’s church, enthusiastically joining online and parish studies, and happily participated in many parish social activities. She cherished her friendships with her fellow parishioners, and welcomed all newcomers. She had a tender heart for all priests and religious and encouraged them in their ministries. During her final illness, she felt lifted in prayer and love by so many of her companions in faith. 

Thea kept her sense of fun and her love of learning to the very end. She had an infectious smile and was always positive. The household was always filled with her cheerful laughter. She was a sympathetic listener and fiercely loyal. Her last few months were spent in a peace-filled grace, full of love for all and awaiting Heaven. 

A private funeral Mass will be celebrated on December 23, at St. Joseph’s parish, Langley, with Rev. Don Larson, celebrant, and Rev. Patrick Chisholm and Rev. Jijimon Symon, concelebrants.  Burial will take place at Gardens of Gethsemani, with Rev. Larson and Deacon Dan Ritchie attending. A celebration of life is planned for 2021, when Covid restrictions are lifted.

+++CLANCY, Isobel

Isobel, also known as Ish, passed away on December 14, 2020 in Vancouver, BC.  She was predeceased by her siblings, Helen, Dorothy, Mary, Noreen, Dan, Jack and nephew David.  Ish is survived by her nephews Grant, Harold, Brian and Roy, nieces Catherine, Heather along with their families.  

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua.   Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mass will be by invitation only.  

Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Medicine Hat, AB.  

+++REALINA, Maria B.

Aug 15, 1934- Dec 19, 2020

A woman of great strength.

It is with regret that we announce the passing of our loving mother.

Maria Realina, 86, of Surrey BC, passed away from a heart attack.  Maria was predeceased by her parents, Florentino and Petra, her husband Fernando Sr.  She has two older brothers and two older sisters.  Maria, being the youngest also has five children, Antonio, Raymundo, Fernando Jr., Marivic and Regie. She also has 3 step-daughters, Tessie, Lourdes and Elena, 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  

+++FUJISAWA, Agnes Kayoko   August 14, 1933 – November 29, 2020

+++FUJISAWA, Eugene Uji   July 25, 1926 – December 9, 2020

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our siblings Kayoko and Eugene who died peacefully within days of each other.  

Kayoko and Eugene were both born in Vancouver, BC.  They are predeceased by parents, Masayoshi and Shima; siblings Hiroshi, Mary, Sr. Margaret S.A., Sr. Catherine S.A., Nobuo (Nobby), John, George and Anna.  

They are survived by Marie and Geraldine (Geri) Fujisawa along with generations of nieces and nephews. 

We will always remember Kayoko’s kindness, intelligence, fierce independence and witty humour.   Eugene lived quietly with a generous smile, a big heart and always willing to serve.  He was a true gentleman.   Both Kayoko and Eugene will be dearly missed. 

Because of the pandemic, both had small family services at St. Augustine’s Church in Vancouver, BC.  Recordings of the services are available for public viewing at www.staugustineschurch.ca  (click on youtube icon).  They will be jointly laid to rest at Ocean View Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Augustine’s Parish School Building Fund, Covenant House Vancouver or your favourite charity.   

+++WALTON, Sheelagh

Born on Nov 7, 1939 in Lismore, Ireland and passed away peacefully at St. John’s Hospice in Vancouver, BC on December 9, 2020. 

Predeceased by her husband Terry, her daughter Susan and her brother David and Colin.  Lovingly survived by her daughters Elizabeth and Mo and son Stephen (Fei Wong); grandchildren Darcy and Sam; nephews Nicholas and Alexander along with their families.  Also missing her are life-long friends Peter and Fakroon and many other friends and family members.  Due to the current restrictions, Funeral Mass will be live streamed from Immaculate Conception Parish on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:00 am.  Please visit www.legacystreaming.com/kearney.  Donations in Sheelagh’s memory are welcomed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank or any charity of your choice.  May she rest in peace.  

+++YIP, Man Chan

1939-2020

Died December 5, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born in Hong Kong to Yip, Kai Wan and Leung, Choy Har. He courageously moved to Canada and became a proud citizen in 1979. Man Chan will be remembered with love by his wife of 40 years, Susan, daughters Virginia and Florence, son-in-law’s Mike and Tim & grandson’s Noah and Mathias. 

Man Chan worked very hard his entire life, at times working multiple jobs, to provide for his family. Man Chan’s faith was his guiding light, he was a man of truth, honor and love. Man Chan was a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Church where he also volunteered. In his later years he developed a passion for singing Chinese opera, and he often visited with friends at his local S.U.C.C.E.S.S, where he was a member. We love him and he will always be in our hearts.

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+++KNEZOVIĆ, Ivan "John"

29 June, 1930 - 26 November, 2020

Our hearts are heavy as we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather (dida), brother and uncle, Ivan Knezović, who passed away peacefully at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his father Ante, mother Kata and sisters Ruža and Anđa. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances; children John (Ruža), Catherine, Christina; grandchildren Stefan, Kristiana, Tiana, Sabrina and Christopher; brother Pero, and many nieces and nephews. Ivan was born in Broćanac, Posušje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  He immigrated to Canada in 1957 where he met his "honey" Frances in 1965.  They married in 1966 and raised a family together.  He loved to socialize and thoroughly enjoyed having friends and family around his table for a glass of his homemade vino.  He excelled in his trade as a cabinet maker for 27 years and was the foreman at his company.  Ivan's home is filled with his meticulously hand-crafted furniture and woodwork which he took great pride in creating.  His skilled hard-working hands are now resting peacefully. A special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Burnaby Hospital for their loving care and support in his final days.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.  Due to pandemic restrictions, the Funeral Mass will be held privately.  A live stream of the Mass is available for those that wish to join virtually on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:30 pm www.facebook.com/gospavancouver/videos

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kearneyfs.com.

+++QUIAOIT, Rene Valmayor

April 19, 1949- November 22, 2020 

Rene Valmayor Quiaoit passed away suddenly on November 22, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gloria “Dolly” Quiaoit and his children, Rene Anthony (Christina) and Maria Cielo (Michael Fonseca) and four adoring grandchildren, Jacob, Maya, Hayley and Rene Oliver. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy in his grandchildren, which he considered his greatest investment. 

Rene was born April 19, 1949 in Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte, Philippines to Dr. Andres T. Quiaoit and Dr. Rosita V. Quiaoit. He was the third of four sons and will be greatly missed by his brothers, Fernando (Norita), Edgardo, and Wilfredo (Glenda). He grew up in San Juan, Metro Manila. He joined the Philippine Army in 1971 as a second Lieutenant and rose through the ranks as a Major until he moved to Canada with his wife and children in 1988. 

In his short 71 years here on earth, Rene, affectionately known as Papa, lived a loving and fulfilling life with his family. He was a faithful man and often started his day reading scripture. Rene was reliable, loyal, patient and was always ready to lend a hand. He was a great provider and a hard-working man. He was a jack of all trades and mastered what he put his mind to. When he was at home, he was often puttering about fixing things. He was very resourceful in that he was always thinking and making improvements after doing research.  While he was a quiet man, he was genuine and sincere in all he did. When he was with his circle of friends, he often could be seen as the life of the party. He and his wife enjoyed hosting get-togethers and he was proud of his signature dishes. 

Rene worked with his wife and son as a realtor for over two decades. He was admired and loved by his clients who quickly turned into friends. His sense of humour put others at ease and he was quick to share a joke to make others laugh. He was “Kuya Rene” or “Tito Rene” to many who will miss him. He was an all-round cool dude. 

Rene was laid to rest at The Garden of Gethsemani on Dec. 1, 2020. To view the recorded event, please visit arbutusfuneralservice.com

+++BEAULIEU, Agnes Catherine

Heaven gained an angel when Agnes Catherine Beaulieu (née McKenna) passed from her earthly life to her heavenly one and joined her beloved Jean Paul.  Her greatest joy was her family.  She was a loving and devoted mother to Anne Marie (Chris), Jeanette (Michelle), Elaine (Tony), Paul, Mark (Katharine), Rachelle (Norm) and Nicole (Jamie), and to their families.  Agnes was born on November 2, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland, where she spent her childhood.  She attended Saint Mungo’s school.  At 18, this young lass married a Canadian merchant marine, Joseph Jean Paul Beaulieu, and moved to Vancouver, Canada, where they raised their 7 children.  Camping trips, Sunday dinners and impromptu dance parties are just some of the memories that Agnes created.  At the end of every grace, she would always thank God for her wonderful family.  Agnes was a devoted Catholic who lived out her faith, giving her time and energy to many charities.  She always had a smile and kind word for whomever she met, no matter how brief the encounter.  She left a lasting impression on many. Agnes kept her ties to her Scottish roots very strong.  She returned to her birth land frequently over the years and was closely connected with her sister, Lilian, and sister-in-law, Maureen, and their families.  To her last breath, Agnes had an indomitable spirit and was the unchallenged matriarch of the family.  She was a source of strength and solace for all.  Her family thanks her health care team at both Peace Arch Hospital and in the Abbotsford ICU for their heroic efforts to care for Mum and to keep her comfortable as she fell into eternal slumber.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to Covenant House, one of Agnes’ favourite charities, would be greatly appreciated.  A funeral service will be planned for a later date.        

+++FANNING, Irene (née Morin)

Well mom, it has been quite the adventure.  It started in Montreal on April 15, 1926 - 94 years ago, and it ended on a very special day in her life, the anniversary of the day she married our dad, November 22.  We can picture dad coming to mom and inviting her to join him in their forever eternal home. Mom spent her early years in Sudbury with her 2 brothers, Andy and Joe.  They moved to California for a couple of years and then up to Vancouver in the early 40’s.  She met the love of her life, that dashing, and handsome Irishman - Larry Fanning after high school.  They married in 1947 and started their family the next year.  For the next 13 years they brought 8 wonderful children into the world, Michael, Laura, Steve, Ruby Marie, Pat, Terry, Colleen and Tim. Unfortunately, mom was predeceased by her husband in 2006, as well as her children Steve and Colleen.  Mom (and dad) was a practising Catholic who called OLPH her church home.  Mom spent a lot of her married life raising 8 children, as our dad was a travelling salesman for most of his working life.  She also volunteered at school and church, played and hosted bridge, volunteered at the Metro Theatre, did dad’s business correspondence, ran the house, banking, etc - she was one high energy mom. Besides her 6 remaining children, she leaves 17 grands and 16 great grands (soon to be 17).  Thanks mom and enjoy your richly deserved rest.

+++MASON, Freda

April 23, 1925 – November 13, 2020 

Freda passed away peacefully at 95.  She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Leslie, and her son, David.  She is lovingly remembered by her children, Allan (Luz Maria), Don (Celeste), Lorraine (Kevin), Peter (Cyndie); grandchildren, Kristen, Damon, Vanessa, Christopher, Joshua, Rachael, Jessica, Simon, Matthew; and seven great-grandchildren. Freda had time for everyone, especially her grandchildren. Happiest when the family gathered to share her delicious feasts in the Burnaby family home.   She had a deep faith, a zest for life and a great sense of humor. She loved animals, especially her cat. She loved playing tennis; was a talented pianist, avid reader, gardener and world traveller. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Action for Animals in Distress Society.  A funeral mass will be held Nov. 27 at St. Francis de Sales Parish, by invitation. 

+++CLEMENT, Patricia Anne

August 26, 1925 - November 7, 2020

Patricia Anne Clement passed away peacefully on November 7th, after having lived a full and beautiful life. She was born in Victoria, B.C. to Irish immigrant parents, Edward, and Anne Martin, and was the youngest of six children; Kay, Alice, Bampy, Mary and Frank. Patricia moved to Vancouver at an early age, grew up in Kerrisdale and attended Little Flower Academy.

In 1951, Patricia married Patrick Victor Mylett (deceased 1968) and together they had four children; Timothy (Cathy), Michael (Donna), Anne Marie (Merrick), Margo (Ross). Patricia treasured her grandchildren; Patrick, Michelle, Mikayla, Marisa, Jacqueline, Christopher, Alexander, and she was dearly loved in return.

In 1973, Patricia married Maurice Clement (deceased 2010) and found much joy as they blended their families together; Maurice (Christine), John (Mary), Philip, cherished grandchildren; Lisa, Jason (Siobhan), David (Fanfei) and great grandchildren; Alexandra, Madeleine, Jade, Sidney, Isabelle and Lauren.

Patricia had a wonderful sense of humour, a sharp intellect and always kept well informed. She was caring and kind and was loved and admired for her grace, positivity, and fortitude. These strengths were rooted in the deep love and bonds she had with her siblings, children, grandchildren, dear friends, and strong Catholic faith.

Patricia loved to entertain, travel, attend Investment Club meetings, and spend time with her beloved sisters having coffee and shopping together. Patricia had a special talent of gathering people together and the traditional seasonal family events with the Myletts and Clements were always looked forward to every year.

The family is very grateful to the gentle support she received from her companion Mercy and to the caring staff at Saint Vincent Langara. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private Family Mass.

+++TCHE, Teresa Crescencia

It is with great sadness to announce that on November 2, 2020, our beloved sister in Christ, Teresa Crescencia Tche, completed her journey on earth and returned to the house of our Heavenly Father.  She passed away peacefully at home while sleeping at the age of 74.

During her earthly pilgrimage, Teresa faced many challenges including raising her son, Walter, singly and fighting cancers for many years.  Despite her busy schedule and frailty, she was still able to dedicate time to serve the Lord, showing kindness and compassion to all who crossed her path.

She is survived by her son, Walter, two brothers, Joseph Tse and Larry Tse, and sister, Che Ling Fong.

Vigil Prayer and Funeral Mass was held at St. Francis Xavier on November 12 and 13. 

+++DURIGON, Aldo

Born in Ospedaletto Istrana TV Italy.

Passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada at the age of 90, after a battle with dementia. 

Aldo was preceded in death by his wife Diane.  He is survived by his daughter Christina and his two grandsons, Anthony, and Alexander. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Funeral Mass is by invitation only.  If interested in attending, please call Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268. 

+++DATU, Emelinda

Emelinda "Linda" Datu, age 81, passed away on Saturday, Oct 3rd , 2020.  She is married to Emmanuel Datu.

Although she came from simple beginnings, Emelinda worked her way through being a dressmaker & mother and when her children finished college, she earned her diploma in Education.   Hard work and determination characterized this strong and loving mother, grandmother and wife.

She has been Miss Sweetheart in her Teens and a poet, leading her to be on the air in the radio stations. She lived a full life.  She was a member of the Catholic Women's League & Christian Family Movement in the Philippines and a teacher at St. Mary's College and a Cathechist.

She is survived by her children, Jasmin Apolonio & family (grandchildren Ray Jansenn, Hazel Mae and great grand-child George), Evelyn Carlos and her husband Chad Caswell, Roslyn Bauyon and her husband Carlos Lemus and Manuel Datu and his wife Ann and grand child Allen Dominique. Sisters- Josefina Alcala and family, Adoracion Bauyon and family,  Virginia Yamaguchi and family, Victoria Hurd and Family, Rosa Maria Areno and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives  and friends all over the world.

+++GROSJEAN, Roy Pierre

Roy Grosjean, 78, of Langley, BC passed away Wednesday October 15, 2020 in the loving and compassionate care of Langley Hospice Centre.   He was born on April 8, 1942 to Joseph and Emma Grosjean in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.  

Roy is survived by his Wife of 52 years, Kathleen Grosjean, their three children, Paul Grosjean (Flavia), Lisa Vulcano (Jim), and Mark Grosjean (Grace).  Roy’s twelve grandchildren are Royston, Matthew, Liam, John, Joseph, Chiara, Aaron, Adam, Sarah, Michael, Mark, and Monica.  Roy is also survived by one sister, Florence Kindzierski and one brother, Garnet Grosjean and their spouses.  

As a young man after high school, Roy joined the Navy for three years before starting his career as a Millwright in Vancouver, BC.   He married the love of his life Kathleen on December 28, 1968.    

Roy is remembered as a generous and proud family man who always worked hard with the utmost of integrity.  He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Parish, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He loved being surrounded by his family, including his twelve grandchildren.   He will be missed, however his legacy in the family that he has raised and the example he has shown will continue.

“The greatest use of your life is to so live your life, that the use of your life, will outlive your life.” - Unknown

+++O’DUFFY BRENNAN, Tony

Tony O'Duffy Brennan picked up his trumpet for the last time and left us on October 11.  He passed away at the Broadway Pentecostal Home from Alzheimer’s Disease.  Pre-deceased by his son Paul (1984) and by his wife Betty (2003).  Survived by his son, Anthony.  

Tony was born in Dublin on April 28, 1935 and learned to play the trumpet with the famous Artane Boys Band.  While on tour, he met his wife Betty, later moving to Jersey.  They managed a hotel/bar and moved to Vancouver in 1968.  Tony was the much-loved barman at the "Horse and Carriage", a contractor, a soccer player and organizer of the world's best parties.  Everybody looked forward to being at the "O'Duffys" where people of all ages were drawn in by Tony's enthusiasm.  They were the glue that kept the Irish community together; their impromptu duets and acts will always be remembered.  Funeral Mass held by invite only.  A celebration will occur later.  Special thanks Margaret Larkin, Heather Fay and Harry Cussen for their incredible support.  

All of us will miss the warm, outgoing man Tony was, but we are sure there is a great singsong being organized up above!

+++O’NEILL, John Joseph (Jack)  

April 20, 1928 – Oct. 7, 2020

Jack passed away peacefully at the age of 92, after a long illness, in the comfort and familiarity of his own bedroom, surrounded by compassionate caregivers and enveloped by the affection and admiration of the large family that he headed. And just as surely as his seven sons, their wives, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren are a wonderful legacy of his commitment to family, so too will his entrepreneurial successes and philanthropic endeavours endure as a reminder of his remarkable character. Predeceased eight years ago by his wife of 63 years, Patricia, Jack kept family at the centre of his thoughts and actions, welcoming new spouses and babies (his “little bumphies”) into the family, even as he bade farewell to son Stephen, who passed away in 2018.  His father, Frank, died in 1935 when Jack was just seven, and his mother, Loretto, passed away in 1952. Jack’s only sibling, his older brother Emmett, died in 1994.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jack graduated from St. Paul’s high school and went to work with Canadian National Railways as a clerk, eventually rising to the position of general manager of the company’s Prince Edward Hotel in Brandon, Manitoba. His career path led him to industrial catering, which entailed the housing and feeding of remote-site construction crews. In 1959, he moved his young family to Vancouver, where he established National Caterers Ltd. and O’Neill Railway Catering Ltd. These successes led to his founding of Coast Hotels Ltd., which continues to thrive to this day under new owners. The businesses also presented his sons and many nephews, too, with attractive opportunities for summer employment. While other sons went into journalism, law, engineering and commercial real estate, two sons followed him into the catering and hotel business.

The family that he and Pat built planted permanent roots in the early 1960s in a large, historic home in West Vancouver—a home that became the centre of family life as the site of several wedding receptions, many graduation parties, and innumerable picnics, barbecues, and touch-football games. And rarely did Jack miss attending a Vancouver College high-school gridiron contest played by one of his sons.

Along with Pat, Jack was a supporter of philanthropic causes such as St. Paul’s Hospital, Lion’s Gate Hospital, and several other health-care and Catholic-church charities. Despite the demands of work and family, Jack found time for pursuits such as playing cribbage with his Gyro Club buddies, golfing, hunting, and fishing. But he seemed most content to relax with Pat, whether watching TV from his easy chair in the den, lounging poolside in Palm Desert or enjoying the view of Green Lake from their Whistler cabin.

Jack is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Robert (Beverly), Terence (Mary), Kevin (Marie), Lawrence (Maureen), Douglas (Wendy), and John (Leah); by Stephen’s widow Susan; 19 grandchildren (and their spouses and significant others); and 13 great-grandchildren. The family is most grateful for the very high quality of care Jack received in recent months, not only from health-care professionals but also (and most especially) from his long-time home-support workers, Cecilia and Helen Mijaries, of whom Jack was most appreciative. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be a family-only affair.

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”

+++MURPHY, Joan

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, Joan Woodman Murphy (nee Taylor), a beautiful soul who was loved by many. She passed peacefully on September 22nd, with family by her side. Survived by her husband of 57 years Tom, her three loving children Michael, Colleen, and Tim, her grandchildren Matthew, Charlie, Josh, and Jackson. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters Lorna, Cam, Frank, Dorothy, Nora, and Joyce.

Joan will be remembered for her kindness, warmth, and loyalty. A fun-loving individual with a love for life and adventure, Joan was a stylish lady who always looked her best.  She was a faithful member of her church, numerous clubs, and organizations where she made many wonderful friends. Her love of Christmas was unrivaled, and she poured her heart into it so that it was special for everyone. She enjoyed living life to the fullest and we find comfort in knowing she is in heaven watching over us. 

A private Mass was held on September 25. 

+++DE COTIIS, Innocenzo

October 6, 1937 – September 26, 2020

Humble Beginnings to Unimaginable Success

It was the spring of 1959 when the De Cotiis family had decided to make their way to Canada for a better life. Born Innocenzo (Inno) De Cotiis, in the small village of Panni, in the south eastern Italian province of Foggia, life for Inno started out with humble beginnings.  As a young boy he was raised along with his seven siblings, on a small family farm where hard work, dedication and determination dominated daily life.  

At 21, penniless, having a grade 2 education, and no English skills, but driven by a vision for a better life, Inno immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia with his family. Inno, his father, and brothers applied the work ethic they had developed in Italy by becoming manual laborers. This led to the formation of De Cotiis Landscaping and the creation of rock walls and other residential projects throughout Vancouver’s north shore. Eventually, the brothers decided to invest in real estate. Their first venture was a modest 19-unit rental apartment in North Vancouver completed in 1964. It was wildly successful. From that day forward, they became full-time real estate developers, and in 1965 incorporated Viam Holdings Ltd. Viam achieved great success during the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s developing and constructing numerous residential and industrial projects throughout the Greater Vancouver area. 

In the mid 90’s the brothers decided to move forward independently by founding their own development companies. Inno formed Onni (his name spelled backwards) along with his sons. Onni grew as Inno’s sons became increasingly involved in the company. It expanded to Toronto, and then into the U.S where it became a driving force in the real estate circles of Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle. 

Working side by side with his sons at the Onni Group was a particularly enjoyable and proud time for Inno. Many special experiences and memories arose during their business travels. Inno particularly valued travelling to far off destinations with his sons, and immersing himself in the culture, cuisine and drink of whichever city he found himself in. However, his deepest pride was derived from watching his sons’ transition from business novices into industry leaders; a transition made possible by them learning from his hard work and experience and being inspired to achieve success in their own right.

In addition to his seven sons, Inno regarded his 21 grandchildren as his most meaningful legacy. They affectionately referred to him as Nonno. His favorite past time in his later years was spending Sundays cooking for them at his Vancouver home. His adoration for his grandchildren was only equaled by their adoration for him. 

Inno’s love of work is such that just prior to being diagnosed with cancer, he could be found daily at his office scouring newspapers for new deals, and occasionally enjoying a well-deserved nap.

Inno passed away in his home on the afternoon of September 26, at the age of 82 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. 

+++CAHILL, William (Bill) Lester

Aug. 30, 1931 – Sept. 19, 2020

Bill was born in L’Ardoise on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; the last of eleven children.  He moved to Montreal after high school for work which eventually transferred him to Vancouver.  While in Vancouver he followed his childhood dream of becoming a teacher, and in 1971, he graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education.   He taught in the Vancouver School District for 28 years retiring from Sir Winston Churchill as a French teacher.  He was first a family man and was energized by volunteering countless hours on numerous Catholic committees and boards.  He was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales in Burnaby for 54 years and during his 64 years as a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, he held various positions most notably as State Deputy and Vice Supreme Master.  He is a Past Grand Knight of Vancouver Council #1081 and Charter Grand Knight of St. Francis de Sales Council #8853.  He was involved with the Cursillo movement and treasured the friendships made as well.  He excitedly gathered with former colleagues to lunch regularly after retirement.  He recognized he was fortunate to enjoy 29 years of retirement:  snow birding, cruising, and visiting out of town family and friends.

Bill is survived by his wife Bette of 57 years, daughter Carmen, son Michael (Cristina), grandchildren: Caitlin and Tyler, his sister Mary, and brother-in-law Phil as well as many nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his parents:  William Sr. and Julia.  Two brothers, Henry and Patrick, were killed in action during The Second World War, and whom he often wondered about.  He is also predeceased by siblings:  Ambrose, Anne (Allan), James (Sadie), Beulah (Roy), Catherine (Harvey), Alice and Margaret.

Bill’s faith sustained him during his many health issues over the years, and he passed away peacefully in the presence of his family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

+++TENNANT, Robert Gordon

April 22, 1954 – September 19, 2020

Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Robbie.  Robert was born and raised in North Vancouver by Reginald and Mary Tennant (deceased) and is survived by his wife Lina Muhi, his children Stephanie (Michael), Matthew, grandson Tosh, siblings William (Margaret), Jaime (Capri), extended family in the Philippines, special friends Ramir and Lisa Cloma, April Tennant, Rosie Areno, Violeta Tibayna, and many childhood friends.

Robbie started his career with BC Ferries over 35 years ago, as a catering attendant and after earning his Marine Certificate later worked and retired as a Chief Officer.  Robbie was passionate about music, he enjoyed composing his own music and jamming with his friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kevin McLeod, Dr. Eric Sigmund and their staff, the North Shore paramedics, all of the doctors and nurses in the emergency department at Lions Gate Hospital.  

Celebration of life is temporary cancelled due to Covid 19.  In lieu of flowers please donate to Alcoholics Anonymous.  

+++PILLAINAYAGAM, Jeyaranee Hedweige

Born May 17, 1928 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and passed away on September 21, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Her parents, Joseph Cyril and Falicitus, lived in Malaysia and Sri Lanka. She had three sisters and three brothers, all predeceased. She was married for 46 years to Aloysius Pillainayagam, who passed away in 2005. She is survived by daughters Moira and Helen, and son Jude; Sons-in-law Thejoe and Thayakaanthan; daughter-in-law Sheron; and grandchildren Maichael, Stephenie, Brenddan, Harresh, and Jeanna. After successfully raising her family of three children in Sri Lanka, Vancouver was her home for the past 12 years.  She was a strong believer that education is the path to advancement and instilled that value within her children and friends. She was a devoted Catholic and parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua, Marpole. Jeyaranee was kind-hearted, soft spoken, spiritual, and an ardent devotee of Mother Mary.  She will be missed by friends and family alike. Funeral Mass held at 1:00pm on Wednesday September 30th at St. Anthony of Padua Parish followed by burial at 2:45pm at the Garden of Gethsemani in Surrey. Due to current assembly restrictions, attendance by invitation only.

+++SOLTIS, Edward Richard

Edward Richard Soltis, who was always known as Ed, was born in St. Paul’s hospital, Vancouver, on November 14, 1937, the son of Helen and Frank Soltis. After graduation from Kitsilano High School, Ed attended UBC where he obtained a B.Ed degree. He decided to use his degree to see the world, and found teaching jobs in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. Tiring of the South Pacific, he moved to England and taught in London for two years, followed by a short time teaching in Israel. He also found time to study French in Nice and Spanish in Mexico. Returning to Vancouver, Ed taught for a short time in Richmond, but found his true home teaching English as a Second Language at Vancouver Community College, where he worked for 23 years. There are thousands of new Canadians in Vancouver who learned their English from Ed and he enjoyed interacting with them and learning about their culture, including having meals from around he world. He loved food, walking, languages, and meeting new people. Ed will be greatly missed by Pat, his companion of 49 years. Catholic Funeral Mass held at Guardian Angels on September 29th at 11am.

+++SCHMIDT, Denise Marie

It is with great sadness and joyful hope that the family of Denise Marie Schmidt announce her passing on Sunday, September 13th, 2020, at age 63, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  

Denise is now at rest with her parents, Florian and Lorraine Schmidt (nee Bilesky), many relatives and friends.  

She is lovingly remembered by her siblings, Lenore (Kevin), Janis (Stephen), Lorne (Jennifer) and Tracy, extended family and friends. 

Denise graduated from the University of Regina in May 1980 with a BA degree.  An avid reader, Denise was continuously furthering her education.  Her career included various positions with the Federal Public Service.

Family was everything to Denise.  She never missed sending a birthday, Easter or Christmas card.  She took great joy in phone calls and visits with family and friends.

Denise loved to travel, speaking fondly of Europe and Hawaii - where she longed to return.

She was passionate about following the lives of the British Royal Family.  

A private funeral Mass held at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Richmond on September 24, 2020 followed by interment in Gardens of Gethsemani. 

Thank you, to all health care workers for your care and compassion for Denise.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Mental Health Association or the Anthony Bilesky Library at St. Paul’s School, Richmond, B.C. graciously appreciated.

‘Family is the most important thing in the world.’ ~ Princess Diana

+++RUGGIER – Alfred

Born in Suez, Egypt on October 30, 1925, passed away
peacefully on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Mackenzie Health Hospital,
Richmond Hill, Ontario, comforted by the rites of the Holy Catholic Church and
surrounded by his family.


Alfred lived in Suez until the age of 3 years, when his family returned to Malta.
In December 1981, together with his beloved wife Maria and seven children, he
 emigrated from his homeland of Malta to Canada.

He is deeply mourned by his surviving children, Paul (Fabiana), Fred (Ann), Louis (Violet), Mario, Anna (Adrian), and Marisa (Grant), daughter in law Julia; his beloved grandchildren Heidi, Sarah, Simon, Jessica, Cristina, Joshua, Rachelle, Julia, Luciana, Ayana and Martina; great-grandchildren Evelyn and Alan; his brother Edgar, and numerous nephews and nieces, relatives and friends in Malta, Canada, United States, UK, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya.

He was predeceased by Maria, his beloved wife of 53 years, and eldest son Joseph.
Prayer Service and Funeral Mass, praesente cadavere, held at St. Paschal
 Baylon Catholic Church, in Thornhill, Ontario.

As per his wishes, he will be repatriated and interred at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery, Malta.
 Lord grant him eternal rest.

+++LYNCH, Barbara Joan 

(Sept. 13, 1933 – Aug. 26, 2020)

Barbara Lynch passed away peacefully on August 26, 2020, at her residence, South Granville Park Lodge, Vancouver.  She was predeceased by Philip, her devoted husband of over 54 years, and by her brothers Peter and Keith Roberts.  She was a beacon of strength to her family and will be greatly missed by her children and their spouses, Brian (Alexandra), Christina (Neil) and Patrice (David), as well as her beloved grandson, Samuel. She will also be missed by many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Barbara was a warm, generous, wise, and caring woman who benefited from the community of friendships that became her Vancouver family.

Barbara was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to Francis and Winifred Roberts.  In the spirit of adventure, she relocated to Vancouver in the late 1950s, where she married Philip and raised her family.

Throughout her life, Barbara was a dedicated learner who was keen to keep pace with the world around her.  She was an avid reader and student, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the English program at UBC at the age of 61.  Barbara enjoyed sharing her knowledge by assisting with various computer and genealogy classes at local colleges and centres.

Her passionate interest in genealogy led her to write and publish a book that traced 800 years of family history.  This endeavour enabled her to connect with many distant relatives who shared these pursuits and became close friends.

Barbara loved to spend time gardening, walking the trails of North Vancouver, and travelling.  She especially loved to visit family and friends in Great Britain, where she would conduct research for her book and reconnect with the culture of her birth.

In the last few years, Barbara faced her health challenges with tremendous courage and strength. Despite her own struggles, she always reached out to others to offer good humour and kind words of support, just as she had so steadily throughout her long and cherished life.

May she, too, be reunited with loved ones and know how deeply she will be missed by those she leaves behind.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. John the Apostle on Friday, September 11, 2020.   A recording is available to view at www.legacystreaming.com/kearney.

+++DUMAS, Martin Gerard

September 8, 1972 - August 22, 2020

Born Sydney, Australia September 8, 1972. Passed away Vancouver, Canada August 22, 2020. Martin was the oldest of 11 siblings, 101 first cousins and 500 second-cousins and counting. Everyone knew him as 'The Phantom' and, in Australia, as 'Shark-Bait.' Martin was one of the most gentlest human beings that God has put on this earth, he was so gentle that even an ant would be preserved. He excelled in tennis (going to The Nationals in his age-group), skiing (as he had skied many of the great slopes of the world), surfing (that was in his blood--being Australian) and also rock-climbing as he adored God's nature.

His daughter Maggie, 13, is following in his footsteps as a wonderful human being in all areas of life and, in particular, her Catholic faith as she was baptized at 12 on her own election. She will certainly miss her father who was very close to her; she is very blessed to have a good mother, Cathy, and of course all the relations above.

Martin excelled in the building trade for over 25 years and will certainly be missed by all.

He was especially close to his mother, Lesley, and they would have many a morning discussing what life was all about. Martin was a very spiritual young man, and his life was ruled by these aspects.

All his siblings, nieces and nephews (35 at last count) and all his first- and second-cousins together with, logically, his parents, daughter and wife will miss him and his great sense of love of God's creation.

Every blessing Mate-we will all see you at some time in the future.

+++HENNESSY, Nora Mary (Sue)

Nora Mary Hennessy (Sue) nee Egan born March 27, 1927, took her final bow August 22, 2020, Vancouver, Canada. Predeceased by her husband Michael Hennessy and son Sean, her parents Alphonsus and Mary Egan, siblings John, Patricia, Patrick, Dominic, Josephine and Michael survived by siblings Margaret and Alphonsus, and children Anne Marie Murray, Michael (Maggie) and Geraldine (Francis), and grandchildren Brendan, Maureen, Connor, Pierce, Kathleen, Molly and Clare. 

Sue was born in London, England, and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, before sailing to Vancouver in 1953 to marry Mike, her husband of 66 years, whom she had met as a teenager in Ireland when the family took refuge there during WWll.

In Vancouver, Sue, who became a beloved member of the Irish community, a booming English accent in a sea of Irish lilts, but what made her stand out most was her classically trained singing voice and amazing vocal range. She was frequently sought out to sing at gatherings, on the radio, anywhere there was a piano, to the delight of everyone present. She also found a home with Stage Eireann Theatre Company, where she won many awards for both her acting and directing. Sue adored her grandkids, with laughter and exuberance she taught them elocution, enunciation, tongue twisters, cockney music hall songs, and in the evenings, repelled their repeated attempts to best her and Mike at scrabble. All this was served up with a fresh pot of tea and a splash of poetry. Her grandchildren will forever remember the fun filled summer days spent at her house where laughter, merriment, good fun and a hint of madcap abounded. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, until we meet again in that bee-loud glade on the mythical Lake Isle of Innisfree, of which you were so fond. 

Funeral Mass to be held at St. John the Apostle on Wednesday September 2nd at 9:30am.  For those that cannot attend, a livestream will be available at www.legacystreaming.com/kearney 

+++DANICIC, Daniel

April 16, 1933 – August 18, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father and “Opa”. Daniel was predeceased by his loving wife Anna of 64 years and brother Josef.  Daniel is survived by his daughter Rosemary (John), grandchildren Andrew (Asha), Jennifer (Larry), brother Vinko, nephews Daniel and James, sister-in-law Zdenka and nieces Julia and Elaine.

Daniel (Danny) was born in Eygelshoven, Holland. The family returned to Slovenia where he remained until he immigrated with his wife Anna to Canada in 1957 and settling in Vancouver. Danny was a gentleman with an amazing sense of humor and a heart full of love and protectiveness for his family. Daniel’s passion was wine making and Slovenian music. He was a strong supporter of the Slovenian Society and sponsored many bands from Slovenia to perform in the early years of the Society. Opa and Oma are now in each other’s arms, waltzing and enjoying a glass of wine. They are forever in our hearts.  A mass and memorial service will be held at a later date.

+++EDWARDS, Anne Charlotte (nee ANDREWS) 

May 14, 1941 to August 17, 2020

Anne passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon with her husband of 56 years at her side. Survived by her son Mark and partner Del-Rae in Bellingham Washington and beloved granddaughter Briana in Arizona, brother John wife Maureen in England and all the Edwards clan in Ireland and her best friend, Mary Bergstorm, was there every step of the way. Anne was an active member in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority group and, also a supporter of The Vancouver Welshmens Choir and the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 27th at Saint Edmunds Catholic Church on Mahon Avenue in North Vancouver. Due to Covid, attendance will be limited up to 50 people so it would be advisable if you check with Michael regarding Attendance at the service. Please telephone Michael at home. Donations to a charity of your choice. I would particularly like to thank the North Shore Palliative care group of nurses and caregivers and the North Shore home support services, too numerous to mention who have been taking care of Anne at home and giving her the dignity to pass away in the comfort of her own home, they are truly an amazing group.

+++DONNELLY, Marie (1926-2020)

Marie Donnelly (née Baluch) passed away July 27th, 2020 at her home in Ocean Park, Surrey, BC. She was born to Erasmus Baluch and Anastasia Lega, in a small village in Galicia, Poland (currently Ukraine) on February 1st, 1926.

Marie left home at the age of fifteen, and spent most of World War II in Germany, performing menial labour. After a brief time studying to be a nurse in England, Marie emigrated to Canada in 1948, where she worked as a practical nurse in northern Alberta and then northern Ontario.  There, she met her future husband Lawrence Louis “Lorne” Donnelly in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Marie & Lorne were married at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church (Vancouver, BC) in 1955. They spent their married life building a private business and raising their three children, Maureen, Lawrence, Jr. and Mark. In later years, Marie went back to work as a nurse at Pearson Hospital in south Vancouver. During this time, Marie & Lorne enjoyed traveling, particularly to Italy and New Zealand.

Marie is predeceased by husband Lawrence (1929-1982) and daughter Maureen Ratzlaff (1956-2011). She is survived by sons, Rev. Lawrence Donnelly, Mark Donnelly & wife Catherine (née Becher), son-in-law Wayne Ratzlaff; grandchildren Sean & wife Janie (née Grimm), Colleen & husband Will Bittman, Theresa, Lawrence, Francis, Allanna, Joseph & Gregory; and great grandchild Leo Bittman.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Sts Joachim & Ann Catholic Church.

Prayers were offered on Sunday August 9th and a Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday August 10th at Sts Joachim & Ann Catholic Church in Aldergrove.

 Access: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSxDetifD1k&feature=youtu.be 

+++ SCHINCARIOL, Paul Basil 

Paul Basil Schincariol, born March 31, 1968, in Toronto, Ontario, and passed away August 5, 2020, in Vancouver, BC. He is survived by his wife, Susan Tulloh Schincariol; sons, Basil Dante, age 18, and Rafael Lorenzo, age 17; his father Gino, brother Adrian (Irena Zhivov); two nephews Sam and Andantino; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Brian and Sherri Tulloh, nephew John, niece Anne; brother-in-law David Tulloh, and nephews Ben and Ike. He is predeceased by his mother Marie (nee Carlone) and parents-in-law John and Nancy (nee Simons) Tulloh.

Paul was a faithful and loving family man, taking special pride in his sons’ athletic achievements and activities (football, rugby, wrestling) at Vancouver College and beyond. Paul was a hard and meticulous worker, passionate in his many pursuits. As a professional engineer he gained heavy civil construction experience in Chicago and Toronto before being responsible for the construction, planning, management, and administration of run-of-river hydroelectric plants throughout BC. Loving new challenges, he embarked on the full restoration of 1956 and 1957 Cadillac Eldorado convertibles. Paul loved his family, cooking, gardening, and all kinds of sports, such as cycling, skiing, hockey, mountain biking, triathlons, windsurfing, and basketball. Gone too soon, he will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Brothers of Vancouver, 1193 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C9, www.bigbrothersvancouver.com. Special thanks to friends who welcomed his family to the Vancouver community.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Parish on August 11. Please visit www.legacystreaming.com/kearney to view.  

+++ KENNEDY, Mary

Of Surrey, B.C. passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020 at the age of 82 years. She was predeceased by her loving husband Dominic in 2011, and is survived by her children Mary and Sean (Jennifer), 4 grandchildren: Nicole, Jillian, Maddy and Braden; 2 sisters: Anne (Noel) and Elizabeth (Gabriel) and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be held on August 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood Parish- 17475 59 Ave, Surrey, BC. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. For those who are not able to attend in person, the funeral will be live-streamed and recorded.  Please visit https://www.legacystreaming.com/kearney/.

The family would like to thank all the staff at The Finnish Home in Vancouver for their dedication and hard work, especially those in the Special Care Unit who looked after Mary every day. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to MADD Canada, www.madd.ca, or Alzheimer’s Society British Columbia, https://alzheimer.ca/en/bc. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.kearneyfs.com

+++ ANDRIJASZYN, Zeone 

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Zeone Andrijaszyn on Monday July 13th. Zeone was predeceased by his parents Wasyl and Anna Andrijaszyn. Zeone is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Marlayne. He was a loving dad of four daughters Darcia, Cathy, Iris (Richard) and Lisa. Papa to his 7 adoring grandchildren Carson, Rylan, Cael, Sophia, Hudson, Brynne and Karter. While having the majority of his career at BC Hydro, Zeone’s true passion was coaching rep fastball where he was able to influence and teach athletes of all ages. A private memorial will be held on July 29th by invitation.

+++ VERHOEVE, John Martin 

March 22, 1930- June 29, 2020

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of John Martin Verhoeve, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, on the 29th of June 2020. He was predeceased by his wife Lenie, parents Anna and Arie, and several brothers and sisters. He leaves behind his son John (Deborah), daughters Annette (Rick), Cindy (Chris), and Michele (Bob), sisters Lenie and Annie, brothers Herman and Joop, as well as grandchildren Krista, Danica, Willem, Leah, Anneke, Maddy, and Jackson and many nieces and nephews. John was born 9th of 14 children so it’s not surprising that he seized every opportunity and challenged life with such gusto. John grew up in Holland during the Second World War, surviving the Nazi occupation. He enjoyed gymnastics, playing soccer, and spending time with his friends. After the war, he apprenticed as a baker and went to night school to earn his business diploma. In 1948, John almost died due to a burst appendix, spending nearly 3 months in the hospital. Thanks to the recent discovery of penicillin he was able to pull through. John met his sweetheart, Lenie, soon after and they got engaged in 1954. Many new opportunities were being offered overseas and John and Lenie seized the chance to make a better life for themselves.John and Lenie got married in 1955 and started raising their family; first in 

Qualicum Beach and then in Ladysmith, BC where John got a new job. In 1961, John and Lenie moved to Vancouver where John bought and operated his own bakery near Vancouver General Hospital. His sausage rolls and meat pies would become famous in later years. Soon after moving to Vancouver they bought a house in the Marpole area and started attending Mass at St. Anthony’s of Padua. There they formed many lifelong friends. He was born with a zest and curiosity for life. He continued to enjoy playing sports such as curling, golf, and lawn bowling later in life. He loved and valued his family and friends and the time spent with them. There were many New Year’s parties with sing-alongs and skits.  There were pancake breakfasts with the Knights of Columbus, and events with the lawn bowling and curling clubs but the friend connection was always the most important to him. John and Lenie 

enjoyed many happy years together traveling and exploring many countries and enjoying cruises with friends. Favourite trips included the east coast of Canada, Japan, and Western Europe. John: your family, friends, teammates, fellow Knights will miss your stories, humour, generosity of heart and the never ending twinkle in your eyes. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 15th at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish, 2250 150th St., Surrey, BC by Fr. Glenn Dion. (This is by invitation only in accordance with Covid-19 regulations). 

The funeral will be live-streamed and can be viewed with this link: https://youtu.be/tA1RD5lD-ew Interment at the Gardens of Gethsemani to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations are gratefully accepted for the Canadian Cancer Society. www.cancer.ca/en/?region=bc

+++ HANLON, Colin

Colin (Hanlon) Ward born 6 April 1987, died 33 yrs of age, 8 May 2020. Colin - A gift from God to us: Moma Juanna Hanlon; Popa Ed (Primrose) Ward (Greg) + Sharon; Brother Neale (Hanlon) Ward + Tania; Grandma MJ Tessie (Hanlon) McMillan (nee Francoeur).  Predeceased by uncles; grandparents: Joe Hanlon, N. Van; Lou + Florence (nee Norquay) Ward, Grandview Manitoba; Greatgrandparents: Patty + Maggie (nee Rodgers), N. Van; Franc + Emerilda (nee Bilodeau) Francoeur, Debdin Sask; and Henry “George” + Martha (nee Watson) Norquay, Selkirk Manitoba. Colin was born raised and lived in BC, attended S. Broadview, Shuswap Middle School, TLA, ND, STA, Argyle, and Selkirk College – Social Work graduate, learned fine woodwork from Mr. Ed Schmidt in Salmon Arm, became talented in fine metal works, jewelry making, fashion design + creations, drawing and interior design.  A proud CMAW member, excelling with Aluma Scaffolding and carpentry. Colin longed to return to work, to attend YACC, be with friends, meet Mark, all whose company were instrumental in Colin’s tenaciousness and perseverance. Colin’s heart: full of compassion and his voice: for others.  Eternal love Jesus Christ gave love to us. Thanks to you who shared such love with Colin, and who shared such love with we who remain. Grateful thanks for Sisters of the Child Jesus Maillardville, Sisters of St. Joseph Armstrong and precious Clergy for offerings of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers, friendship, compassion, and kindness also of friends.  May he and all the souls of the faithful departed rest, meet, and enjoy the company of our Ancestors, Relations, and Friends all in the unfathomable everlasting love of Our Creator Our Lord.  Rosary Prayers 24th Holy Trinity N. Van Funeral Mass 25th July St. Paul’s N. Van. Restrictions - Registration req’d 604-802-5649. Future niche internment St. Peter’s Cemetery New Westminster. A gathering will follow later on in S. Okanagan. Thoughts or memories are most welcome to RPO 37014-2032 Lonsdale Ave. N. Van. V7M 4M4. 

+++ BRADY, Agnes

July 27, 1930-June 19, 2020

Agnes was born in Scotland and was the third of ten children. It was there she met her loving husband Joseph and had two daughters, Sharon and Adele. She emigrated to Canada in 1963 where she completed her family with twins Keith and Debora. She was blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren and one great grandson. She took every opportunity to boast about her family, whom she was very proud of. Agnes was a loving and extraordinary mother and grandmother. She was a talented painter, gardener and baker. She worked at ICBC and Canadian Northern Shield as an Adjuster for 20 years. Agnes was a true follower of Christ; she volunteered at St. Mary's Parish and was involved with Meals on Wheels. She saw God's work in all aspects of life and was very thankful for every blessing bestowed on her, and on her loved ones. She was an exceptional role model for her children. She had a contagious smile and was faith filled, joyous, loving, kind, strong, humble and always had a great sense of humour. She was loved by those fortunate enough to have known her. She will be greatly missed, but her life will always be celebrated with great joy and love. 

+++ BROWN, Joan Margaret 

Nov 6, 1947 - June 20, 2020

Joanie passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. 

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 35 years David, daughters Claire and Emily, and son-in-law Nathan. Supportive sister to Kate, Gavin, and the late Ailene. Sister in law to Sylvia and June, beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews abroad. 

Joanie had a contagious smile, vivacious laugh, and magnetic personality. She believed strongly in the power of connection and in always saying, "I love you" to those she cared for. 

Donations can be made in honour of Joanie, to the Canadian Cancer Society.

+++ STAWECKI, Stefania

Stefania Stawecki passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Stefania was born in 1929 in Jastrzębica, Poland. She and her family were deported to Siberia in 1940, and after the war she moved to London where she met and married her late husband of 52 years, Józef Stawecki.

They moved to Vancouver in 1952, along with Stefania’s mother, where they built their home and had their daughter, Eva. Stefania and her husband were very active in supporting and growing the Polish community and St. Casimir’s Parish. Stefania held many leadership roles in the local Polish community, including with the Polish Veteran’s Association in Vancouver.  

Stefania was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, confidant, and friend. She went out of her way to care for not only loved ones, but anyone in need; she spent many hours at the bedsides of the sick, providing hope and companionship. Stefania will be dearly missed and remembered by her daughter, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, and many dear friends. Prayers and a Catholic funeral Mass was celebrated on June 26, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to St. Casimir’s Parish in Vancouver.

+++ HILL, Vera

(Nee Lepore)
Nov. 15, 1920 - June 15, 2020

Vera entered peacefully into eternal life on June 15th, after having had the consolation of receiving the Last Sacraments ten days earlier, at the Yaletown House (Nursing Home), Vancouver. She had been recovering there since the beginning of June 2019, after a lengthy stay in hospital where she fought a hard battle between life and death. Her family is immensely grateful to the dedicated staff of this nursing home. Adelle deserves special mention for the tender loving care she offered her.

Born in Rome, Italy of Lepore, Arturo and Magnanini, Ada, she is remembered with great gratitude and much love by her children Ann (Sr. Chiara Anastasia, O.S.C. of the Protomonastero S. Chiara in Assisi, Italy), Joan, Arthur (Maria), Francis (Catherine), Lawrence (Anne) and Robert (Katherine) together with her nine grandchildren Elisabetta, Nicholas, Thomas, James, Daniel, Richard (Yoo Hyun), Christine (Matthew), Jenifer (Jeremy), and Klara and her six great grandchildren Max, Conrad, Hugo, Lauren, James and Jackson.

Vera was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Oliver Maclear Hill, who passed away June 5, 1991, and their oldest daughter Mary, who died shortly after her birth in 1947. In Vera not only her family, but many others of all ages found a hospitality of the heart that had a beneficial effect on their lives. She did not have ‘recipes’ to hand out, nor genial solutions to the problems that were bothering them ready, but she did have a gentle way of helping each person to put them in a less-self-centered perspective. Often she would do so by awaiting an opening to draw attention to the humorous side of things. This did not come spontaneously to her. As the only child whose delicate health often obliged her to remain indoors she was inclined to be overly sensitive. Grandma Saveria, her paternal grandmother, noting this tendency of hers, took her under her wing and taught her forgetfulness of self in ways that exercised a profound lifelong effect on Vera.

A longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, when her children became adults, Vera attended daily Mass. She would walk to and from the Church each morning in all kinds of weather favorable or unfavorable as it was. She continued to do this until she was more than 95 years of age. Both family and her many friends are convinced that the secret of her long life is linked to this habit of hers which she maintained with no small cost to herself until it became impossible for her to continue. 

Let us continue to show our affection for Vera by continually praying for her. In faith, she is also praying for us. May she rest in peace.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM by invitation only. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

+++ DELA CRUZ PENASO, Reynalda

Reynalda Dela Cruz Penaso, born July 16, 1956 in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines, wife, mother and grandmother, died on June 4, 2020 of cancer in Burnaby Hospital, British Columbia, Canada.

Reynalda was the second child born in a family of ten. She went to school at St. Columban's Institute in Pangasinan. She was trained as a baker and worked at Country Fair Bakery in Manila for several years. She married Abelino Penaso on May 1, 1978. They have one son, Arnel. She left the Philippines for Singapore to work as a caregiver. After six years there, Reynalda moved to Canada for the same position. After four years of working in Kamloops and Lower Mainland combined, she was able to sponsor her family to live with her in Vancouver. 

Reynalda in her quiet ways, has always been an example of dedication to her family, of sacrifice, hard work and perseverance. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and has battled the disease for over 20 years. Her oncologist has said of her being a "one of a kind and optimistic" patient who never complained.

Reynalda is survived by her mother, Cecilia Dela Cruz (nee Mendoza); her siblings, Adriana Amora, Marlene Manois, Lita Pascasio, Marisa Dela Cruz, Manuel Dela Cruz and Manny Dela Cruz; her spouse, Abelino Penaso; her son, Arnel (Brenda) Penaso and her three grandchildren, Ava, Theresa and Damien. She is predeceased by her father, Federico Dela Cruz; her siblings, Mamerto Dela Cruz, Mercy Perez and Michael Dela Cruz and her grandson Joshua Penaso. 

The viewing was held at Bell and Burnaby Funeral Chapel in Burnaby on June 16th. The funeral mass was celebrated on June 17th at Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Burnaby and was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Flowers, donations and condolences may be offered at 7595 18th Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V3N 1J1.

+++ FROSCHAUER, Josefine Maria

(Nee Heindl)
Mar. 19, 1937 - May 2, 2020

Born in 1937 into a family of five children in Drahthammer, a Bavarian village, Josefine lost her parents while a teenager. The family of Dr. Arbter employed her in the 1950s. Starting anew in 1960 in a pioneer sawmill south of Prince George, owned by her sister Martha's husband, Josefine cooked with her sister for hungry mill workers. She was later employed in West Vancouver in Dr. Anthony's young family; thereafter, working as a hairdresser before marrying Karl Froschauer. In the 1990s, she assisted children with special needs in their pre-school year. After a severe stroke in 2008, she lived bravely and with humour in her wheelchair. Having an excellent healthcare team, she lived at home and outdoors every day until her death. Her spirit lives in all of us, including her husband of 49 years, Karl, son Toby with Lindsay, daughter Christina with Yanik, her grandchildren, Jenavive, Theadora, Kaiden, and Sadie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces.

Funeral Mass, Saturday, July 11, 2020, 10 AM, St. Mark's, UBC, by invitation only, please leave a message 604 266 0364.

Donations to: L'Chaim Adult Day Centre and Family Respite Centre

+++  MOHAN, Rev. Oliver Patrick

Jun 26, 1922 - Jun 7, 2020

Rev. Oliver Patrick Mohan, O.M.I. died in the early morning of June 7, 2020 at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC. He was 97.

Fr. Mohan was born June 26, 1922 in Churchtown House, Ardee, County Louth, Ireland. He was ordained in the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on June 29, 1948.

Fr. Mohan is predeceased by his parents John and Margaret (Matthews) Mohan and siblings Maura, Bridie, Lillian, Celia, Thomas Joseph, Massey and Sean. He is survived by many nephews and nieces. Fr. Mohan dearly loved his family and maintained a strong relationship with them throughout his life.

Fr. Mohan’s obediences included assignments in BC – Queen Charlotte Islands, Stewart & Alice; Prince Rupert, Terrace, Prince George, New Westminster and Vancouver.  He was Vicar General of Prince George from 1962 – 1974. He then moved to the USA and served as Spiritual Director in Arizona – Cave Creek, Scottsdale and Phoenix. He returned to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2016.

Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 at St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.  Interment of cremated remains will be held at a later date in Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland.

Recording of Funeral available at: https://www.legacystreaming.com/kearney/ 

+++ DE KLERK, Brother Maurus, OSB

de KLERK Brother Maurus, OSB of Westminster Abbey, Mission, B.C., died on May 26, 2020, aged 91. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 3, at 3:00 pm at Westminster Abbey. Interment in the Abbey cemetery immediately after Mass. Celebrant will be Rt. Rev. John Braganza, OSB, Abbot. Attendance by invitation only. For more information call 604-826-8975.

+++ CHIANG, Father Peter Te-Yun

Father Peter Te-Yun Chiang died peacefully on Sat., May 23, 2020, at 91 years of age. He was born in Yunshi, Hubei, China. He was ordained on May 30th, 1954 and came to Vancouver in 1992. He retired in 2008. His funeral Mass is on his 66th ordination anniversary, Saturday, May 30th, 2020 at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 10:30 am, livestream www.holyrosarycathedral.org

+++ SYLVESTER, Gerald Andre Robert

b. July 28, 1929 Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba
d. May 19, 2020 Vancouver, B.C.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Gerald Sylvester who passed away peacefully on May 19th in his 90th year surrounded in love by his family.  

But it is also with great joy that we celebrate his life, so well-lived.  An entrepreneur, teacher and college administrator, Gerry was born in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba in 1929, son of Charles Sylvester and Marie-Louise (née Cognacq). He attended St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg and Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK where he was mentored by Pere Athol Murray and discovered his passion for education. He received his B.A. from the University of Ottawa in 1950 before moving to Penticton, B.C. where he met and married in 1957 the love of his life, Marian McAstocker. Gerry established several small businesses, and he and Marian settled in Trail, B.C. to raise their family.

When Notre Dame University was established in Nelson, BC, Gerry earned a master’s degree from St. Louis University before returning to the Kootenays to teach history and serve as special assistant to the ND President. In 1966 he moved the family to Maillardville, a suburb of Vancouver, BC to begin his doctoral studies at the recently opened Simon Fraser University while teaching at VCC King Edward.  He assisted in the establishment of the new Langara Community College campus, where he taught history and served as Dean of Studies for over a decade. He was appointed President of Malaspina (now Vancouver Island University) in 1979.  At both Langara and Malaspina, Gerry spearheaded First Nations studies, and supported the renaissance in the art and culture of BC’s first peoples. He completed his four decades of teaching and administrative leadership in the late 90s, serving terms as Dean of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George and VCC King Ed.  

Gerry then returned full-time to his life-long commitment to advancing the cause of Catholic education. Long a key advisor to the archbishops of Nelson and Vancouver, he had contributed to the planning that led to the funding for B.C. Catholic schools. He was a driving force behind the establishment of Vancouver’s first undergraduate Catholic college, Corpus Christi, and served as college’s Executive Director when it opened on the campus of St. Mark’s College, UBC in 1999. For his foundational contributions to Catholic education and the Catholic church Gerry was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mark’s in 2006 and with Marian was awarded the papal Cross Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice by Pope Francis in 2017. 

Predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years and his siblings Adrienne Vercoulen, and Grant and Barry Sylvester, he is survived by his brothers Bernard and Ted Sylvester, his five children—John, Shauna (Steve), Delyse (Lex), David (Allyson), and Cam (Jeanne)—and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was a man of deep faith and a proud Canadian, and educational visionary, and we will all miss his frenzied piano playing, self-deprecating humour, commitment to social justice, and gentle concern for all of us whose lives he touched.  Deep gratitude to Cherryl Acuario, Pearl Gervais, Bishop Remi DeRoo, Ross Gentleman, Phil Mittlestead, many friends and colleagues, and the entire McAstocker and Sylvester clans whose love and support sustained Marian and Gerry and the family over many years. 

Donations welcome to students-in-need through the existing Marian and Dr. Gerald Sylvester Social Justice Scholarship at Corpus Christi College. Funeral plans will be private and a public memorial will take place when permitted by public health guidelines.  

+++ ZANATTA, Antonietta

Antonietta was born in Orvinio, Italy March 1st, 1933 and peacefully passed away May 28th, 2020 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 87. Antonietta will be missed by her son Marco, daughter-in-law Bianca, grandson Marcangelo and her daughter Stella, grandchildren Brandon, Bianca, Justin and Kevin; Her sisters Caterina(Augusto), Nunzi+ and Adriana, nieces, nephews, many family members and dear friends.

Antonietta immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1957, where she married Peter Zanatta and embraced the Canadian dream where she created a successful life. She worked at some of Vancouver's finest restaurants. And, alongside with her son and daughter, later opened ‘Antonet’s Italian Restaurant’.  She dabbled in real estate and enjoyed an abundant life. She was a community-minded person with a big Spirit, a Lifetime Honorary member of the Italian Cultural Center receiving the 2016 Immigrant of the Year Award. In her neighbourhood, she loved to attend the Kitsilano Show Boat and you would often find her volunteering in selling programs. The BC Children's Hospital and BC Cancer Society were charitable organizations that were close to her heart. She was a member and competitive player at the Italian Bocce Society, winning numerous tournaments. She loved travelling the world and attending events where she would be seen enjoying herself on the dance floor. She handled life’s challenges with great dignity, grace and optimism. With a smile on her face, her favorite quote was, "Take life the way it comes”. To know her was to love her and to be touched by her enthusiasm for life. 

Private Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, June 4th at 11am (recording viewable at https://www.legacystreaming.com/kearney/). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael Cuccione Foundation www.childhoodcancerresearch.org would be appreciated.

+++ de TRAVERSAY, Elisabeth 

May 27, 1929 - May 20, 2020

Elisabeth passed away peacefully after a long illness at the age of 90 at Arbutus Residential Care Centre. She lived a fulfilling life as a sister, mother, grandmother and friend. 

Born Marie Elisabeth Geneviève Treille in the Aquitaine region of France, emigrated to Canada in her 30s and had a rewarding 30 year career as a French Immersion teacher in Montréal after graduating from McGill University. She retired in Vancouver, BC to rejoin her son. 

She enjoyed outdoor activities, the beach and regular strolls around Stanley Park. Being part of her grandchildren’s lives was her joy and she was very fond of spending quality time with them and attending their school and recreational functions. Her compassion & love for her family knew no bounds & all who knew her benefitted from the wisdom that she had gathered during her lifetime. Her abundant love of life & inexhaustible energy shall be deeply missed.

Elisabeth is survived by her sister, Claude Froustey, her son Emeric, daughter-in-law Raquel & grandchildren Bernadette and Isabelle.

To celebrate her life and her 91st birthday, a Memorial Service is scheduled for 5:30pm on May 27th 2020 at St. John’s the Apostle Parish 5457 Trafalgar St., Vancouver, BC.

+++ DONNELLY, Brendan Patrick
May 12, 1943- May 8, 2020

Brendan passed away Friday May 8, 2020, with his sister Marilyn by his side. May 12, 2020 would have been his 77th birthday.
We will miss him and his infectious smile dearly.
Brendan was the eldest of nine children born and raised in Vancouver and lived his entire life in Vancouver.
He is survived by his sisters, Marilyn Duncan, Eileen Murphy, and his brothers Kevin (Kelly), Terry (Peggy) and David (Vivien) Donnelly.
He is predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Margaret Donnelly and his brothers Quentin, Michael and Kenneth Junior.
 Our gratitude goes to all the staff at VGH Willow Pavilion Older Adult Unit for their care over the last 3 years.

Our special thanks to Drs. A. Mehra and K. Little and SW Patience Lee for their dedication to Brendan and his family.
A celebration of life for Brendan will take place at a later date due to current health guidelines.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Schizophrenia Society in Brendan’s memory.

+++ PHELAN, Terry (Red)

1936 - 2019

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of Terry (Red) Phelan of Surrey, B.C.   Surrounded by his wife, sons, granddaughters and friend, Terry passed away on December 8, 2019 in hospital care in Burnaby, B.C. at the age of 82 years. He is survived by his wife Therese and three sons Michael (Dawn), Keith (Brenda), Bill and granddaughters Michelle, Danielle and Crystal Phelan. He is survived by brother Patrick (Noii), Frank (Isabel) and sister Gwen and many nieces and nephews in Ontario.

He also leaves behind his brother-in-law Art Lacourciere (Sue), Aldege Lacourciere, sister-in-law Diane Martel (Pierre) and nieces Genevieve Murphy (Henry), Erin Lacourciere and nephews Al Jr. (Peggy) and Robert (Tracy) Lacourciere.

Terry was born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario and worked for Abitibi Pulp and Paper, Klimak Construction, Geco mines and finally Ironworker Local 97 for 42 years. In retirement he worked for Home Depot. He will be missed by all who knew him.

+++ FARRELL, Judith Kathleen

Judy passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2020 in Burnaby, BC at the age of 78. She was born on July 17th, 1941 in Pittsburgh PA to Genvieve and Henry Stearn. Predeceased by both parents and her loving husband, Thomas Daniel Farrell. She will be sadly missed by daughter Julie and son John. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude Parish on Wednesday, May 13th at 11:00 am, Fr. Lawrence Donnelly, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kearneyfs.com.

+++ PHYPER, Duncan Joseph

Born December 22, 1924 Montreal, Quebec

Passed away April 27, 2020 Vancouver, British Columbia

Duncan beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away in Vancouver B.C., at the age of 95. Forced by the circumstances of the Great Depression, he left school at age 14 to help support the family. Undeterred, Duncan dedicated his life to learning, creating, inventing, strategizing and caring for family. He carried this rich spirit into every conversation and relationship to the end of his life, with limitless energy and persuasiveness. A true renaissance man, he excelled in so many areas, from math to finance and engineering, and from art, to music and appreciation of life’s fleeting beauty; answering the many challenges throughout his life with determination, forbearance, unshakeable faith, and prayer. Duncan is predeceased by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Helen, his daughters Ellen and Theresa, and Ellen's son Stacey. Duncan is survived by his sons Neil (Judy) of Calgary, Bruce (Minako) of Vancouver and Ian of Vancouver and by his daughter Brenda - aka Gabriel (Patrick). Duncan is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren and could always be counted on to remember each of their birthdays and anniversaries. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed (and recorded) on Thursday, May 14 at 11am. Please visit- https://www.legacystreaming.com/kearney/ to join in with the family.

+++ HYDE, Barbara Ann

1946 – 2020

It is with great sadness that we honour the passing of Barbara Ann Hyde. She left us on Tuesday, May 5th.  Predeceased by her beloved husband of forty-nine years, Joseph Hyde. Barbara is survived by her loving and cherished daughters, Natalie (Paul), and Nicole (Chris). She is greatly missed by her three grandchildren, Avery, Noah and Devyn. Mourned by her sisters, Kathy (Richard), Lori and her daughter Erin, and niece, Jennifer (Michael). She is also survived by extended family, sister-in-law, Connie (Gord), and great aunty Gloria. Barbara fought her health battle with such incredible strength and graceful dignity, it was truly inspiring. Barbara was gentle of heart, full of love, kindness and compassion for everyone. She was loved by family and friends, respected in her church and community, and truly admired by all who knew her. Barbara will live on in our hearts forever.

+++ SOCORRO DE FARIA-NEVES, Dr. Marina

June 27, 1938 – April 28, 2020

Dr. Marina Socorro De Faria-Neves passed away peacefully at George Derby Centre where she resided on April 28th. Predeceased by her parents; father Martinho and mother Laurinda. She is survived by her brother Michael and various relatives. Born in Hong Kong on June 27 in 1938, Marina came to Canada in 1968. A teacher both in Hong Kong and Vancouver, Marina was loved greatly by her students. She received her Doctors degree in education at the University of British Columbia. Marina was an active leader and member in the Legion of Mary at St. Michael’s Parish. The family of Marina would like to thank the staff at George Derby Centre for their care of Marina. Private family services will be taken care of at St. Michael’s Parish, to follow are her burial services at Ocean View Cemetery. Donations made in Marina’s honour may go to the charity of your choice. 

+++ DANICIC, Anna

July 15, 1933 – April 21, 2020

VANCOUVER – Anna Danicic passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 after a short stay at St. John Hospice, UBC.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our cherished wife, mother and grandmother. Anna is survived by her husband Daniel, daughter Rosemary (John), grand children Andrew (Asha), Jennifer (Larry). Anna was born in Spicnik, Slovenia and immigrated to Canada in 1957 where she and Daniel settled in Vancouver and raised their family. Anna was a loving and generous soul who took great pride and joy in her family and was happiest when they were together. She will forever be in our hearts. A Mass and memorial service will be held at a later date.

+++ CONOLLY, Kathleen Helen Douglas

August 20, 1937 – April 29, 2020

Kathleen Helen Douglas Conolly, RN (82) of Burnaby, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 with her loving husband by her side. Kath was born to parents Albert and Norah Powell on August 20, 1937 in Guildford, Surrey, England, the youngest of five children. She grew up in the small Welsh village of Presteigne and received her nursing degree from Liverpool Royal Infirmary, her Tropical Medicine from Liverpool U and her midwifery from the Radcliffe in Oxford. After her schooling, Kath set off on an around the world trip that forever altered her life. Kath met her future husband while nursing in Ocean Falls. They soon married and settled in the Lower Mainland for the remainder of their lives. She was married to William (Bill) Conolly in July 1966. Kath is survived by her loving husband Bill, her daughter Theresa (Jason) Burger, her son Douglas John Conolly, her daughter Rebecca Anne Smigel and her sister Monica Powell. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren. Kath was a devoted, loving mother and friend. She had a warm inviting smile and a sense of humour that left a lasting impression on everyone she met. Kath loved gardening and being active in her community and church. Kath could always be counted on to offer support to those in need. After retiring from her nursing career, Kath continued volunteering for various health organizations and had many opportunities to share her love of travel with her husband. Kath leaves a lasting impact. Her endless support and compassion will always be remembered along with her beautiful smile. Funeral and Celebration of life will occur when conditions allow.

+++ LENGYEL, Maria Helena
Dec 30, 1932 – Apr 19, 2020

Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness at the passing of our beloved mother, Maria Lengyel (aka Marie, Mary, Marika) in Vancouver, BC. Maria was born in Budapest, Hungary; immigrated to Calgary, Canada in 1956 where she successfully owned retail and wholesale businesses (MG Originals, Mary G, Mary’s Dress Shop). Maria could design and create any outfit based on imaginings of her many clients. She was known as a design and fashion maven, as evidenced by her ball gowns at the annual MHBK Ball in Calgary. Her creative streak also led her to explore painting, her true passion. Maria is predeceased by husbands Sandor Gulyas and Ferenc (Frank) Gomory. She is survived by daughters Mary (Hugh), ZsaZsa, Andrea, son Frank, grandson Hugh Jr, granddaughter Alexis, and great granddaughter Amelia. Her family would like to express their sincere thanks to all staff at the Royal Arch Masonic Home for their compassionate care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her honour to Royal Arch Masonic Home (non-profit), Vancouver, BC.

+++ GAZIN, Chester Lewis

Born Sept. 6, 1934 in Pasadena CA and deceased April 19, 2020 in Delta B.C. Chester is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Genevieve (nee Ross), and his four children: Father Mark Gazin CSB; Bruce (Barbara Mackenzie); Barbara Stauffer (Shelton); and Desiree Marziali. He is also survived by his grandsons David (Jacquie), Andrew, Isaac and Dominic and his sisters Margaret Shellhous (Harry) and Barbara Neubauer, as well as his in-laws Glen and Gloria Ross, Cal and Allison Ross, and many other family members and friends.

Chet was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during the Korean War. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1961 with a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering after which he contributed to aerospace engineering in the U.S. In 1964 the family moved to B.C. where his career shifted to planning fiber optic implementation for BC Tel/Telus until retirement in 1987. Upon retiring he and Gen enjoyed RVing. His children nicknamed him the “the epoxy king” for his masterful repair skills. Chet was loyal and loving; his family being his most important success.

Cremation has taken place; the Catholic interment service at Gardens of Gethsemane cemetery will be announced later, as will a memorial Mass.

+++ SCHMIDT, Florian 

It is with great sadness and joyful hope we announce the death of Florian Schmidt, Superintendent RCMP (retired), on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 89 years. He passed peacefully in the loving care at his home in Haven House in Delta, BC.

Dad was born in Macklin, SK on May 3, 1930. He is predeceased by his parents, Florian and Pauline and two of his siblings, Anne (Ed Kraft) and Margaret (Loschuck). He is survived by sister Lorraine (Irwin Brockman), Lil (Don Pavelick) and brother John and lovingly remembered by them and many cousins and friends.

In 1949, Florian joined the RCMP and posted to BC where he met his wife a ‘beautiful blonde school teacher’ Lorraine (nee Bilesky). They married in 1955 in Richmond, BC. Predeceased by Lorraine, Dad is lovingly remembered by their children and spouses: Denise, Lenore (Kevin Vaillant), Janis (Steve Green), Lorne (Jennifer) and Tracy. As well as by grand and great-grandchildren: Jessica (Adam) Carlee and Westlee, Stephanie, Jeremy (Natalie), Sophie and Landon. Scott (Sara) Leela. Tim (Erika). Kate and Lara.  

Florian retired from the RCMP as OIC, Richmond detachment in Dec 1984. His career with the Force found him posted in Flood, Vancouver, Penticton, Burnaby and Richmond, BC, Ottawa ON and Regina, SK. Dad loved and was devoted to his family, friends, and faith. He lived his life with a profound sense of duty and respect for all.

Heartfelt thank you to all whom cared and loved Florian at Augustine House, Northcrest Care Centre and Haven House.

Interment in Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Society of BC.

+++ VALLEE, Margaret Marcia 

(August 6, 1923 - April 11, 2020)

We are so very sad to say goodbye to our much-loved matriarch Margaret Marcia Vallee (nee Sweeney) after a long life lived with humour, generosity and spirit.

Last surviving member of the Sweeney Cooperage siblings, children of Leo and Mary Sweeney. Predeceased by her brothers Bill, Jack, Ed, Leo, Frank and sisters Pat and Leona. Also predeceased by her husband of 53 years Don, dearest daughter Susan, son Ronnie and son-in-law Brian Henderson. 

Survived and missed by sons Bill (Fran), Paul, David (Pam) and Joe (Pauline), grandson Kyle Henderson, granddaughters Carmen Juba (Josh), Kellie Vallee, Sarah and Kasper Vallee, step-grandsons Jeff (Lisa) Wiegel, Jaime Wiegel, Erik Maas and great granddaughter Amelia Juba. Marg’s family circle was large and inclusive. She was loved by many including nieces and nephews from the Vallee, Battle, Curley, Toffoli and Sweeney clans, and many adopted family members including Gayle Henderson, Gillian and Erin Grevstad.

A lifelong optimist who saw only the best in others, Marg loved to host gatherings large and small with friends and family. She was the loving and laughing centre of a large and motley crew, and she relished every time we were together. 

Marg experienced health challenges in the last few years but faced them all with the characteristic good humour she brought to all of her endeavours in life. She died peacefully at home in her own bed, which was exactly the end she desired. This was in large part enabled by her son Paul, who took wonderful care of his mother in her declining years. The family would also like to specially thank Elizabeth Leonardis and the Home Vive program at Vancouver Coastal Health for their care and support, without which it would not have been possible to care for Marg at home.

There will be a service at a later date once large (and it will be large!) gatherings are permitted.

+++ CAMERON, James Mark

Peacefully passed into heaven with his devoted wife Marilyn by his side on Friday, April 3, 2020. Born Easter Sunday 1936 and raised in Trail, B.C. Jim lived a life full of faith, family, and love. His smile and generosity of spirit will be much missed. A Celebration of Life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kearneyfs.com

+++ MILLER, Kenneth Arthur

Dearly beloved husband of Madeline passed away peacefully at her side on March 22nd at 4 a.m. He had received the Last Sacrament and was without pain.

Ken was born on January 17th 1926, in Winnipeg and was the youngest of eight siblings—now the last. At a young age he worked on the family farm as his father was unable to work. When he turned seventeen, he joined the Navy in World War II and served in Submarine Detection.  He worked for Air Canada for 34 years as a Machinist and Aerospace Worker, after which he had his own business in heating and refrigeration.

He is survived by his loving wife, Madeline, his daughter, Leslie, from his first marriage and her children Aleasha and Ashley. He is also survived by his step-children: Andre (Sherri), who he loved as a son: Ann (John) and Noreen (Trent and step-grandchildren—Sarah, Nikki, Brian, Max, Bianca, and Sahara. He leaves a niece, Keren (Ian), nephew Murray (Laurie) and two godchildren: Marshall (Andrea) and Dirshauuna (her father, Rod, being a very long time friend.)

Ken and Madeline were blessed with seventeen years of marriage together. Ken was a kind-hearted man with a subtle sense of humour. He was  generous with his time to anyone who needed help with his many mechanical gifts.

Grateful thanks go out to Dr. Ma for his excellent care and to doctors in the past (Dr. Connell, Dr. Webb and Dr. Davies.) also the many nurses and faithful Home Support Workers, the Pharmacist, Barrie (Jennifer), many nurses, and the prayers of many friends.  

A graveside ceremony was held at Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetary on March 31st and if possible a Memorial  Mass will be held in the future.

+++  SCHELLEKENS, Antonius

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antonius Petrus Maria Schellekens. Anthony was born August 15, 1930 in Vught, The Netherlands and passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020 in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Anthony is survived by his loving wife Clasina, son Harold (Cynthia) and granddaughters, Pauline and Sally, and daughter Caroline (Craig) and grandson Kyle. He will be missed by his brothers, Andre (Ann) and Marcel, and his sisters, Therese and Catherine. Predeceased by his parents, his brothers Adrian, Vincent, Harry and Peter, and sisters Annie, Ellie, Ine and Marianne.

Anthony arrived in Canada in 1951 with his sister Therese, first living in Winnipeg, Manitoba and eventually moving to British Columbia in 1963. In 1964, Anthony met the love of his life, Clasina. They married on July 2, 1965 in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1966, they moved back to Canada, settling in Richmond and starting their family. Anthony worked for BC Hydro as a heavy-duty auto mechanic for many years, retiring in July 1991. 

In March 1979, Anthony and family moved to Surrey to the acreage and open space that he loved. Anthony was exceptionally handy. The property in Surrey gave him many things to do - first building the house and then adding sheds and outbuildings, as well as clearing the property with his trusted tractor.

Anthony made friends easily and together with Clasina, had an active social life and many hobbies. He enjoyed playing cards, RVing, as well as taking trips overseas. 

The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at St. Matthew’s Church, in Surrey BC, with very limited guests (invitation only) due to COVID-19. We also did live video streaming of the Funeral Mass for family and friends to join us: please contact [email protected] for details. A Celebration of Anthony’s Life will be held later when larger gatherings are feasible again.

https://www.legacystreaming.com/watchservice/

+++ McEVOY, Anne Elizabeth

November 23, 1956 - February 13, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Anne Elizabeth McEvoy on February 13, 2020 in Richmond, B.C. after a courageous battle with cancer. Though her health began to steadily deteriorate, Anne remained strong and resilient, never losing her zest for life. Even after her body let her down and she had to move into a Palliative situation, her bright spirit inspired us all.

Anne, the second of four children, was predeceased by her parents Helen 'Honey' ('16) and Frank ('97) McEvoy. She is survived by her siblings: Mark (Chris), Sheila (Sid, Connor, Kieran and Bridget Moon), Brian (Casi, Hana, Arden and Callum), along with many other family and friends. Anne graduated from Prince of Wales and U.B.C before embarking on a fulfilling career as a teacher of the Hearing Impaired with the Vancouver School Board. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Augustine's Parish.  Anne had a tremendous interest in people and if you ever needed help of any kind, she was there without question. We will miss having Anne in our lives on a daily basis, but take solace in knowing she is no longer suffering and now at peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Pierre Ducharme on Monday, March 2, 2020 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Richmond, B.C.  

+++ KELLETT, Beverley Frances

Beverley Frances Kellett (nee Dixon) aged 89, died March 20, 2020 in North Vancouver. Bev was born June 2nd, 1930, and raised in Winnipeg where she attended St. Mary’s Academy. After graduation, Bev met her future husband, Ron Kellett at work, where he was the coach of Bev’s company baseball team. In the 68 years they were together, Bev and Ron raised a family living variously in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Regina, eventually settling in North Vancouver in 1971. Bev was a talented and humble amateur painter who loved art, music, and live theatre. Bev held several office administration positions through her life, retiring from the Vancouver Catholic Charities where she was the administrative assistant to the Justice Department. Bev is loved and will be missed by her husband and her children Ron (Cynthia), Teresa (Brian), Brian (Marie), and Kathy (Dan); along with Bev’s 8 grandchildren, Kristina (Chris), Michael (Shawna), Cameron (Erin), Meghan, Aidan, Colin, Emily and Jake  and 6 great grandchildren, Mackinley, Maddison, Ella, Landon, Chloe and Reid. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to www.covenanthousebc.org or www.chalice.ca.  Memorial Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Parish with date TBA.

+++ LEWICKY, Margaret Mary 

1931 - 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of cherished wife, mother, and grandmother Margaret Lewicky. Margaret will be lovingly remembered by her husband William (Bill) and daughters, Leanne (Jukka), Denise (Kerry) and Sharlene; and her grandchildren Dylan, Kaley, and Courtney. 

Margaret was fun loving, adventurous, and compassionate. Her kind and generous spirit was loved by all who knew her. Her family was her life and she was the “ultimate” mother and grandmother to our family. She will always remain in our hearts. Mom, we love you and will miss you forever.

Our family would like to thank the staff at the Lynn Valley Care Center for their support, kindness, and care over the past 5 years.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

+++ McKEOWN, Joe

October 4th, 1933 - March 20, 2020
"FAITH, FAMILY and FRIENDS”
"Always look for a SOLUTION"

Joe passed away March 20, 2020 at 86 years.
Blessed with great health most of his life, he succumbed to a massive stroke in 2017.
Joe is survived by Winnie, his wife and best friend of 59 years, his children Brian, Marylee, Joanne, Danny, Suzanne, Patrick, spouses and 5 grandchildren.
Also survived by siblings Rosemarie, Gerald and Frank.

Joe was born and raised in Toronto. After graduating from UofT he worked for 35 years with a Pharmaceutical company.  He & family were transferred to Vancouver in 1966 and lived in Dunbar area for 54 years.
He was a humble, positive, friendly neighbour.  Joe was an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish (Van.) and Knights of Columbus 1081 Council.

Special THANKS to the staff at Youville Residence for the EXCEPTIONAL care they gave him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Paul's Foundation, Youville's PARKVIEW 4th floor, in memory of Joe McKeown.
Due to Virus Pandemic, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

+++ McCOSHAM, Rev. Bernard Benedict, O.M.I.

McCosham – Rev. Bernard Benedict, O.M.I., passed away on Mar. 21, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Langara, Vancouver BC. Fr. Bernie was born July 6, 1931 in Cornwall ON. He was Ordained to the Priesthood in the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, June 15, 1958 in Ottawa ON. He is predeceased by his parents, John Angus and Marcella (nee McGillis) McCosham and siblings: Phyllis, Donald, Larry, Frances, Steve and Catherine. Fr. Bernie’s obedience’s included assignments in Alberta, BC & Ontario.

Due to Covid-19, a Memorial Mass to celebrate Fr. Bernie’s life will be held at a future date.

+++ MORTON, Iain Stewart

November 25th, 1975 - March 16th, 2020

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Iain Stewart Morton of the North Shore on March 16th, 2020, at the age of 44. Iain was a loving husband and father to three boys. He is survived by his wife Daniela, his sons Marco, Mattias and Adrian, his mother Val, his father Stew and his sister Kyla. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 21st, at Christ the Redeemer Parish for close family. Due to current circumstances, another mass to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. A trust fund has been created for the children which will also be announced at a later date.

+++ ROSSI, Alfonso

ROSSI, ALFONSO passed away in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 9, 2020, at the age of 69. He was born in Vallada, Belluno, Italy, on August 2, 1950, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1956. Alfonso was predeceased by his parents, Giacomo and Rosa, and his brother John. He is survived by his wife, Philomena, his children Dionysios (Lauren), Kyriaki (Jean-Louis), Maria (Marco), and Antonia, and his grandchildren Eva, Mya, Aria, Helena, Emilia, Michael and Darius. He is also survived by his siblings Msgr. Bernard, Domenica (Luciano), Maria, Moreno (Lesley), Valeria, Paul (Suzy), Patrizia, Tarcisio (Emanuela), and sister-in-law Delia. Prayers will be offered on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church at 555 Slocan Street in East Vancouver, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on March 18 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at the Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation or Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (Scalabrinian Seminarians) would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kearneyfs.com

+++ LECLAIRE, Paul Emil 

May 17, 1938 - March 7, 2020 

After a year long battle with recurring leukaemia, Dad passed away peacefully at Richmond Lions Manor. We would like to thank the staff for their kindness and excellent care. 

Dad is survived by his partner Eleanor Neuman, his daughter Paula Pinter, son-in-law Les and grandson Patrick. Also his step-children David (Jen) and Leanne Neuman, son Gregory Leclaire of Edmonton and his brother Norm Leclaire of Lethbridge. 

Dad had a lifelong love of playing football starting in his days at Vancouver College (1957), through University; then onto refereeing for high school, university and CFL games. He is proud to have received a contract to play with the BC Lions. He also enjoyed coaching football at Hugh Boyd Secondary. Many years were spent volunteering for the Steveston Community Branch office of the RCMP.

Road trips and cruise vacations were also on the cards. Later in life he enjoyed spending time with his grandson and his two step-granddaughters, Leoni and Fiona Neuman. 

Funeral service was held on Friday, March 13, at 1:30 pm, in the chapel of the Gardens of Gethsemani, 15800 - 32nd Avenue, Surrey, with interment. 

Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006

+++ ARCE, Edmundo (Ed) R.

January 15, 1935 – February 11, 2020

Deeply loved and greatly missed by his wife, Alice, Ed passed away peacefully at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody, February 11th, 2020, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with whom he had a devotion. He died from complications from a stroke he suffered in 2017. He died as he lived, peacefully. Ed was born in Manila, Philippines. He had his early education in Cavite City on the outskirts of Manila. His father, Emilio, was from Cavite where the Arce family had lived for generations. Emilio and Isabela (Reambillo), had four children: Thelma (George), Ed (Alice), Emilio, Jr. (Ofelia) and Rodolfo (Rosalina). Ed had numerous cousins, nieces and nephews from both sides of his family. His parents, sister, Thelma and brother, Emilio pre-deceased him.

Ed graduated from MAPUA University in Manila, with an Electrical Engineering degree, later employed by Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Manila. A few years later, Ed, now married to the love of his life, Alice, left the country and together traveled briefly, arriving in Vancouver on May 14, 1966. He was employed by BC Tel and retired from the company after almost 30 years. Early in his time with BC Tel, Ed went to UBC and completed a year in Administration in preparation for a job promotion.

Retirement was going to be golf and more golf. Prior to retirement he played golf with the BC Tel golf group Saturdays and with the Filipino golf group Sundays. He treasured his “Hole in One” certificate and was grateful he was with a foursome when it happened. Chess and bridge were favourites. However, after his stroke, one major motivation to recover was to be able to play golf again. A man of many interests, he was a stamp collector, a music enthusiast, composing a piece which he treasured and kept close to his heart. Ed knew the mechanics of music but never quite played as well as he wished. 

Ed, together with his wife, were long time parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Port Moody and Ed was involved in various capacities: founding member of the Parish’s Knights of Columbus, founding President of the Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society, and member of the various fundraising activities and committees. His faith was his core and strength and lived life and later in illness, through the lens of faith. 

His stroke had an impact on his mobility but he remained engaged socially, looked forward to celebrations and would celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or even “no-occasion” celebrations with an “eat out.” It was a trait that stood him well. He remained joyful to the end which in the end gave joy to those around him. 

A 9-day novena for the repose of his soul was started February 11th, 2020, at his home to end February 19th.  The Prayer Service is February 20th at 7:00 pm, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Port Moody, Rev. Joseph H. Nguyen, celebrant. The Funeral Mass at 11:00 am, also at St. Joseph’s, Rev. Thomas A. Arackal, IMS, and Rev.Vincent Hawkswell, celebrants. Interment at the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey, BC.

His family are sincerely grateful for the care and kindness of other family members, friends, caregivers, physiotherapists, and staff at RCH and ERH, and the visits of our Pastor, Rev. Thomas A. Arackal and other priests, all contributing to Ed’s well-being during his illness. If you wish, please donate to your charity of choice in Ed’s name. 

+++ KEANE, Sister Nora, SSA (Sister Mary Bridget) 1923-2020. 

Sister Nora died at Mount St. Mary Hospital on February 19, 2020. Born in Limerick, Ireland, she was the fifth of eight children born to Thomas and Hanora (Hayes) Keane. At the age of 15, Nora set off on a great adventure, leaving Ireland to join the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann in Victoria, B.C.

In 1940 Sister Nora took her vows and began teaching in New Westminster. The next twenty-five years would find her in classrooms in Nanaimo, Victoria, Prince George, Kamloops, Vancouver, Vernon and Penticton. At Gonzaga University in Spokane, Sister Nora completed the Credo program along with courses in school administration and other topics in education. In 1965, Sister Nora began a 14-year tenure as principal of St. Patrick’s School in Victoria, receiving the Diocesan Medal from Bishop Remi DeRoo in 1977 for her many contributions to Catholic education. Sister Nora took great delight in teaching children how to read and after her retirement as Principal of St. Patrick’s School in 1979, she continued to provide learning assistance at the school, before retiring for a second time in 1992, after 52 years in education. In later years, Sister Nora visited residents in several nursing homes, including Central Care Home and Mount Edwards Court.

Sister Nora is survived by members of her Religious Community, her sister Peggy O’Reilly, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Hanora Hayes, her brothers Maurice, Cornelius, and Timothy Keane, and her sisters Kathleen Lenihan, Bridie McNamee, and Sister Amelia Keane, MFIC. Prayers for Sister Nora will be held in the Chapel of Sands Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 2060 Haultain St, Victoria, B.C. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.sandsvictoria.ca.

The Sisters of St. Ann greatly appreciate the staff at Mount St. Mary Hospital for their excellent and loving care. 

+++ RAMSDEN, Sister Chris (Diana), SSA (Sister Christopher Marie) 1931-2020. 

Sister Chris died at Mount St. Mary Hospital on February 16, 2020, at the age of 88. Born in Shanghai, China, she was the only child of Henry Charles (K.C.) and Violet (Rouse) Ramsden. Chris and her mother fled war-torn Shanghai for Victoria, B.C. in 1941. Her father remained behind and was imprisoned for the remainder of the war. Chris graduated from St. Ann’s Academy, Victoria, B.C. in 1948 and received a B.A. in economics from the University of British Columbia in 1957. She worked in Hong Kong, London and British Columbia before professing her vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Ann in 1966. Sister Chris received a teaching certificate from the University of Victoria in 1969 and went on to teach at schools in Victoria, Kamloops and Port Alberni. A skilled facilitator and administrator, she served as director of the Sabbatical Program at Queenswood Spiritual Centre and held a variety of roles with the Sisters of St. Ann. Sister Chris also served on the Centre for Earth and Spirit Board of Directors and the Board of Management for Mount St. Mary Hospital. 

Sister Chris is remembered for her gifts of friendship, compassion and humour. Sister Chris is survived by members of her Religious Community and many friends, including her childhood friend Jo Dixon and her family. She is predeceased by her parents, K.C. and Violet Ramsden. Prayers will be held in the Chapel of Sands Funeral Chapel on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Church, 4049 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, B.C. on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.sandsvictoria.ca.

We aprreciate Dr. Neweduk and all the staff at Mount St. Mary for their excellent and compassionate care. 

+++ FUJISAWA, Sr. Margaret Chizuko, SA

Sister Margaret Chizuko Fujisawa, a Franciscan Sister of the Atonement, died on February 2, 2020 at Brock Fahrni Pavillion, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Sister Margaret was born in Vancouver on April 7, 1922 to Shima (Wakano) and Masayoshi Fujisawa. Survived by her siblings: Eugene Uji, A. Kayoko, Marie Itsuko, Geraldine Keiko and nieces and nephews, Sister is predeceased by her parents and siblings: Hiroshi, Mary Satako Ibaraki, Sr. Catherine Marie SA, Francis Nobuo, John Yasuo, George Kiyoshi and Anna Yukiko Maeda. 

Having entered the Congregation on November 5, 1951, Sister professed First Vows on May 16, 1953 and Final Vows on August 30, 1958. As an Atonement missionary, she served in parish, catechetical, and pastoral ministries in the United States: Lyon Mountain, NY, New York City, and California (Arroyo Grande, San Juan & Lindsay), in Kawasaki, Japan, and in Canada (Steveston, North Vancouver and Vancouver) before retiring to Brock Fahrni Pavillion in 2015.

Sister’s body will be transferred to the Motherhouse in Garrison, NY where services will be held on February 11 and the funeral Mass on February 12. Sister Margaret will be buried in the Sisters’ cemetery at Graymoor.  

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Reception to follow.  

+++ DE SILVA, Clarice Priyalatha (née Perera)

January 11, 1945 - January 30, 2020 

Clarice de Silva passed peacefully at St. John’s Hospice.

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka; the oldest of six children.  Clarice was a high school teacher then an early childhood educator.  She is affectionately remembered as “Miss Clarice.”

A big passion besides teaching was family.  Clarice spent 40 years travelling with her husband, Clarence.   She had special relationships with each of her six children – who she loved intensely and pushed to succeed.   Becoming a grandma (“mum mum”) was one of the greatest gifts in her life. 

She will be remembered for her generous spirit, charm, quick wit, and infectious laugh. 

Clarice is survived by her ever-loving husband Clarence, her children Sonali (Ray), Sanjeewa, Channa (Kim), Charmaine (Jessica), Clarence, and Cheryl, and her grandchildren Adrian, Devon, Tristan, Ashton, Sara, Justin, Kaleb and Clara.

Clarice is predeceased by her parents Charles Perera and Charlotte Wijeyagunawardane, and her late husband P.A.D. Karunaratne.

Special thanks to her amazing caregivers, Elena Delmo and Ferdilyn Madriga. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on Friday, February 7th at 10:30 am. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.

+++ DALFO, Rose Anne

June 30, 1920 - January 29, 2020

In her 100th year our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend passed away.
Predeceased by her father Giuseppe, mother Caterina, husband Alfredo, son-in-law Ian, brothers Peter, Mickey, Josie and Cecil.

Mourning a great loss are brother Frank, daughters Marina, Patricia (Dan), grandchildren Jeff (Sandra), Crystal (Alex), Chelsea (Karim), Celeste (Antonio), Vida, nieces, nephews, extended family and life long friends.
Rose, Vancouver born lived her life to the full exemplifying her commitment to her faith, family and community. Everything she touched she made better including our hearts. She will not be forgotten.

Prayer service Friday, February 7, 2020 7:30 pm and Funeral Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 am.
Our Lady of Sorrows Church
555 S Slocan St
Vancouver, BC

+++ FYFFE, Ronald Alexander

7 May 1926 - 20 January 2020

Ronald Alexander Fyffe passed away peacefully at the age of 93. Predeceased by his wife Rita (nee: Girard). He is survived by his four children: Patricia, Marian (James), Gordon (Carol), Ron (Lisa); 11 grandchildren: Ian (Kathleen), Laura (Myriam), Simon (Maryanne), Alison (Harrison), Steven (Chloé), Cameron (Janine), Emily (Ben), Hana (Patrick), Alexander (Brittni), Madeleine, Andrew and 10 great grandchildren. Prayers will be offered Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Kearney Columbia-Bowell Chapel 219 Sixth St. New Westminster, B.C. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 31st at 12:00 noon at St. Peter’s Parish, 330 Royal Ave. New Westminster, B.C. Committal Rite and Interment will follow at Garden’s of Gethsemani Cemetery Evangelist Chapel, Surrey, B.C.  In lieu of flowers a donation to Parkinson Society British Columbia or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.Kearneyfs.com

+++ HEMPHILL, Dell (Adeline)

April 14, 1925 – January 13, 2020

Dell was born in Luseland, SK and passed away peacefully at Holy Family Residence in Vancouver, BC.

She was predeceased by her husband Jim (2003) and nine siblings. Dell is lovingly survived by her daughter Nancy (Alan), son Robert, grandchildren Chad, Brianna, Gabrielle and Kheizia, brother Ray and many nieces and nephews. Prayers were offered on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Corpus Christi Parish, where Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

+++ MULCAHY, Sheila Patricia

September 22, 1938 - January 12, 2020

Sheila passed away at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the age of 81.  She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and John Mulcahy and brothers Sean and Michael. She is survived by her sister, Mary Scarff and family, and by her Parish family at St Michael`s in Burnaby. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael The Archangel Church, 9387 Holmes Street, Burnaby, on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:30 am, Msgr. Bernard Rossi, Celebrant.  Interment to have followed at Gardens of Gethsemani.

+++ BUCKLEY, Hugh Wall

WWII Veteran, Civil Engineer and lifelong devotee of charitable causes, passed away on January 6, 2020, Vancouver, BC, after a full life at age 95. He was predeceased by his wife Trudy, and is survived by children, Peter (Silke), Mark (Janine), Marjorie, John (Fiona), grandchildren, Justine, Larisa (Micah), Ryan, Olivia (James), Thomas, great grandchildren, Madeleine and Melanie, and brother Tony (Barbara and children). A Funeral Mass was held Monday January 20th 2020 at Sacred Heart Parish in Vancouver.

+++ KAY, Albina

May 14, 1917 – January 3, 2020

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our mother on January 3, 2020.

Predeceased by husband Carl, brothers Joseph, Franz and John, and sisters Rosalia, Maria and Sophie.

Survived by sons John (Lynne), and Michael (Isabel), grandchildren Conrad, Alanna, Kyla, Anthony, Mathew, Nicole, Natalie and Stephanie, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family was everything to mom and she cherished time spent with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed time spent at their Point Roberts cabin, annual bus trips to Reno, her vegetable and flower gardens, and baking apple struedel. She was a fabulous cook and no one ever left her home hungry.

Mom was born in Drandul, Austria. As a teenager, she moved to Gottschee, Austria where she apprenticed and became a Dressmaker/seamstress. She and her father immigrated to Canada in 1948, where she continued to work as a Dressmaker. She met Carl in Vancouver, where they married in 1952 and raised two sons. Mom was active at the Holy Family Church where she spent time volunteering.

Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St Mary’s Parish, Vancouver.

+++ NG, Michael

On Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, Michael Ng, loving husband of Woo Chi Nam; father of Winifred, Walter and Alice; father-in-law of Paul, Terry and Wilfred, as well as, grandfather of Rachel, Sonia, Rose and Elizabeth; passed away at the age of 82. Michael raised his children with much love and care, and was an equally outstanding husband and grandfather. He managed to transform his avid interest in philately into his profession and bring new insights to the industry. He pursued life with the same overflowing passion by making unselfish contribution to his Church, community and those in need. Michael will be dearly missed by family and friends alike, and remembered as a dedicated and compassionate gentleman. Though, he is no longer with us physically, his spirit of kindness and love for life will never be forgotten. A funeral Mass was held on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Parish. May he rest in peace and watch over us from above forever more.

+++ LIM, James Kim Swee

LIM, James Kim Swee, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in Vancouver, BC at age 91, on January 4, 2020. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Pearl, and lovingly remembered by his children Gerard Gabriel (Grace), and Wendy (Seck Wee), grandchildren Gabrielle, Timothy and Joy, along with dear relatives and close friends both in Singapore and Vancouver. Originally from Singapore before eventually retiring in Canada with his wife, James enjoyed gathering with family and friends, entertaining those he met with interesting stories of his past, and touching many lives with acts of charity and a great sense of humour. He was a dedicated volunteer at his local parish at St Mary's in Vancouver and enjoyed attending Charismatic prayer service regularly there, with the Bible always close at hand. While a resident at St Vincent's Langara, James was known for his charm by staff and the other residents, despite living with dementia in the later years. James will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched, but will always be in our thoughts, memories and hearts.

Final arrangement for James Lim were done Friday, January 10, 2020
Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery, 15694-32nd Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3Z 9V1

0900 to 1000 Viewing at the Chapel
1000 to 1100 – Funeral mass at the Chapel
1100 to 1130 – Burial service

12 Noon – Reception/Lunch
Milestones Restaurant (Southpoint Exchange Mall-5 minutes away from Gardens of Gethemani), 3086-152 Street, Surrey, BC V4P 3K1

In lieu of flowers, donations to St Paul's Foundation at Providence Health BC in James' name would be much appreciated. https://helpstpauls.com/donate

+++ CARRUTHERS, Geraldine Judith

December 18, 1934 - December 28, 2019

Judy passed away peacefully in her 85th year at the German Canadian Care Home located in Vancouver with family by her side. She was the only child of the late Frank Cyrus Cook and Thelma (Bud) Cunningham whose family arrived in Vancouver in 1887. Judy enjoyed a wonderful life growing up in Vancouver attending St. Patrick’s Elementary and Secondary School. After graduating Judy continued studies in elocution and public speaking and trained others in that field. She then decided to enter into Holy Life with the Sisters of St. Ann however before completion she was called back to care for her ailing Mother. It was after this that Judy many months later met the love of her life, Russell Robertson Carruthers. She was very happily married to Russ for 43 years until his passing. Judy was an elegant woman, progressive, a natural caregiver to all her relatives, a cherished volunteer and spiritual mentor to many. She was a wonderful Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother and Friend. Judy is survived by her two daughters Paula- Mae Rennie (Scott), Cara-Marie Furlan (Franck) and her three grandchildren Collin, Paige and Emma. Her kind-hearted spirit will live on forever. 

Judy has requested a private family funeral. She has asked that in lieu of cards or flowers that a donation to Covenant House be made in her name.

+++ BURGHARDT, Rev. Benno Stefan

Sacerdotes tui induantur justitiam, et sancti tui exsultent. (Psalm 132:9)
Let thy priests be clothed with justice: and let thy saints rejoice.

Born November 2, 1933 in Java, Indonesia – Passed away on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 29, 2019 in Burnaby, BC at age 86.

Fr. Benno Burghardt was ordained as a priest on May 15, 1971 after his theological studies at the Catholic University of St. Paul in Ottawa. After years of preparing souls for heaven, he also received his last Sacraments.  He served in the Archdiocese of Vancouver as assistant pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Chaplain for St. Paul's Hospital, St. Paul's Singles Club and as Judge for the Marriage Tribunal. Most importantly, he served almost 30 years as Pastor at Holy Family German Parish. Besides serving the German and English speaking congregation, he also took care of the Hispanic community in its earliest days. 

Prayer Vigil was offered at Holy Family Parish on Friday, January 10, 2020. A Pontifical Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Entombment followed at Gardens of Gethsemani.

In Cordibus Jesu, Mariae, et Joseph
Requiescat in pace

+++ ROUSSEAU, Jean Charles Bernard (Barney)

November 18, 1934 – December 25, 2019

With heavy hearts the family of Barney Rousseau announces his passing on December 25, 2019 in Vancouver. He was predeceased by his parents, Lucien and Laura Rousseau, brothers Ernie (Jeanne), Paul (Jeannine), Ray, sister Julie (Ted) and sister-in-law Gloria. He is survived by his loving wife Alice, sister Bernice (Dean) and brother Ted. Barney had many nieces and nephews and was especially close to his niece Michele and her daughter Shalyn. Barney will also be remembered by Father John Eason and long-time friend John Postnikoff.

Barney was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ontario. He graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He had a long successful career as a specialist in the heating industry throughout BC.

Barney was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 1081. He had many interests in sports including golf, hockey, baseball, football and curling.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Parish, Vancouver, on January 9th, 2020 and interment followed at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey, BC.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.

+++ BACHMANN, Peter Franz 

Peter Franz Bachmann, fourth of six children, was born November 22, 1928 in Solothurn, Switzerland. He obtained a mechanical engineering degree in 1952. After immigrating to Canada and spending six years in Toronto, Peter moved to Vancouver to work for HA Simons, where he would spend his entire professional career designing pulp and paper mills world-wide. He married Carmel in Dublin in 1959. They spent four years living in Sweden before returning to settle in Vancouver in 1964.  A natural inventor, Peter loved to tinker with all things mechanical. Photography, reading and map collection were other interests. He loved the outdoors and was a cross-country skier and hiker until a major cardiac event in 2008 severely limited his mobility. Peter was happiest around his family and was always proud of his native Switzerland. He was a long-time parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul parish.  He passed away on December 15, 2019 following a stroke with his family at his side. Peter was laid to rest in Gardens of Gethsemani. He will be dearly missed by his wife, their five children, Mark, Simon, Anne-Marie, Paul and Joan, and eight grand-children. May he rest in peace.

+++ JAVIER, Maria Adoracion (Doris)

Passed away peacefully December 13, 2019. Doris was born on April 14, 1955 in Manila, Philippines. She was predeceased by her parents, Enrique (December 2012) and Josefa (October 2013). She moved to Canada in December 1985 and has lived in Coquitlam with her family since. A courageous and faith-filled woman, she will be greatly missed by her family: brothers Raymond (Elizabeth) and Emmanuel (Teresita); sister Maria Socorro (James); nephews and nieces: Juan Miguel, Robert, Theresa and Michaela, and many extended family and friends. Prayers were offered at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Coquitlam, on Wednesday, December 18, at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m., also at our Lady of Fatima Church. Interment will be at a later date at Robinson Memorial Park, Coquitlam. Condolences may be offered online at: www.burquitlamfunerals.com. You will always be in our hearts, Doris!

+++ SMITH, Gladys Mary (Ostrom)

Gladys passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Lions Gate Hospital on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 after a lengthy battle with dementia. She was in her 92nd year. She is survived by her loving husband Adrian of 62 years, daughter Lorraine (Jack), daughter Rosemary (Dale), son Paul, son Daniel (Sharon), grandchildren: Kimberley, Amber, Danny, Michael, Isaiah, Chase, Jonah, her sisters Elsie, Rita, brother Dave, sisters-in-law Juanita, Elaine, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Gladys was born in the small community of Rich Valley, Alberta in 1927 and grew up on a small farm. She and her sister Elsie moved to the BC coast as soon as they graduated high school where she got a job working for Woodward’s Department Store. She met her husband, Adrian at a dance in Vancouver, they married in 1958 and moved to North Vancouver in 1966 where they raised their four children and where she resided until her passing. She enjoyed getting together with friends and family, she loved to bake, she was an avid bowler, guide leader, and an active member of her church in the Catholic Women’s League for over 60 years.


Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am. Prayers will be held on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Palliative Care Unit at Lions Gate Hospital would be appreciated.

+++ THOMSON, Sister Elizabeth Ann, SSA (Sister Mary Daniel) 1942- 2019

Sister Ann died at Mount St. Mary Hospital on December 2, 2019 at the age of 77. Born in Victoria, BC, she was the eldest of 5 children born to Henry and Pearl (Hartney) Thomson. Ann graduated from St. Ann's Academy, Victoria, BC. Ann entered The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Ann in 1960, professing her vows in 1962. She received her B.Ed. at the University of Victoria 1972, her M.Ed. at Boston College in 1977 and her Certificate of Theological Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkley, in 1987. Sister Ann’s gifts of simplicity, humour, and compassion drew people to her. She taught throughout BC and northern Canada, with an emphasis on adult faith education and development. Sister Ann worked with Indigenous and other professional resource people to develop a workshop model for healing and reconciliation called Returning to Spirit that is now used nation-wide. She also helped establish Providence Farm in Duncan. 

Sister Ann is survived by members of her Religious Community, her brothers Edward (Jeanie), William (Maureen) and Daniel (Ginny), sister-in-law Kathy, many nieces and nephews and friends. Sister Ann is predeceased by her brother Michael (1996). Prayers were held in the Chapel of Sands Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Cross Church, 4049 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, BC on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Interment followed at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.sandsvictoria.ca.

+++ MIZSAK, Elsie

Mizsak, Elsie of Vancouver, died at the age of 84. Predeceased by sisters Vicky, Pat, Mary & Maria (Rosemary). She is survived by her husband, Joe; brothers, Mursel & Ben; sisters, Terry & Julie; daughter, Melanie Kozak, & son-in-law, Edward.

Elsie was born on a good Ukrainian farm in Manitoba. Following Nursing School at St. Boniface, Elsie moved to Vancouver in the 60’s to become the 1st Head Nurse of the new Renal Unit at VGH. Over the years, she worked as an independent nurse with insurance companies & was a role model for modern nursing.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, November 28th at 10:30 am at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 1425 W 39th Ave, Vancouver, with Fathers Landry & Horgan officiating. Interment took place the same day at 12:30 pm at Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery in White Rock. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Seniors Extended Care Home, with directions for “Nursing Education” or “Residents’ Activities”. A Celebration Luncheon was held on Saturday November 30th at 12:00 pm at Marguerite de Youville Residence, 4950 Heather Street in Vancouver. 

Condolences for the family may be left at www.kearneyfs.com. 

+++ SWEENEY, Ann Marie B.A., M.S.W., LL.B.

On November 11, 2019, Ann Marie Sweeney, of Toronto and West Vancouver, passed away at the age of 83 years.

Ann Marie was raised in Hartsdale, New York. She was awarded a scholarship to the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She completed a Master of Social Work at Fordham University and worked as a psychiatric social worker in New York and Vancouver. Later, she earned a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and practiced for 30 years.

Ann Marie is predeceased by her husband, James. Survived by her sister Kay Fandetti, her daughter Brenda (Don), sons John (Alba), James (Jas), and three grandchildren Daniel, James and Lina.

Ann Marie’s upbringing in a devout Catholic family instilled in her a strong sense of faith, hard work and social justice. She assisted six religious orders in their work among the poor. She helped create two charitable foundations, Familia Christi and the Forbes Foundation. She found great joy in the work these foundations did to help in Canada, Haiti, Latin America and Africa.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthony’s Parish, West Vancouver on Saturday, November 23, 2019. 

+++ SCHWEDDTFEGER, Elisabeth Cornelia Maria

March 29th, 1935 – November 15th, 2019

Elisabeth Cornelia Maria Schwerdtfeger (born Hofmann) passed away peacefully on November 15, 2019 in Vancouver at the age of 84. Elisabeth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Frederick Schwerdtfeger. She is survived by her loving children, Annette (Clément Gosselin), Denise (Christian Chauret), Tom (Jennifer Slater) and Patrick; her cherished grandchildren, Marie-Joëlle and Alexandrine Gosselin, and Renaud and Eric Chauret; her dear brother Peter (Ursula Hofmann-Dirr), and sister Margrit (Walter Bachmann); as well as many beloved cousins and nieces and nephews. Elisabeth was a resident of Vancouver since 1963 and was a well-loved piano teacher for 15 years. She enjoyed playing recorder with her friends, playing the organ at Sunday mass and gave excellent tours at the Museum of Anthropology. A visitation will take place on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Kearney Funeral Services, 450 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1E2, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle church, 5457 Trafalgar St., Vancouver, BC, V6N 1C1. Donations to Alzheimer Society of Canada are gratefully acknowledged.

+++ MAGUIRE, Peter Cambrian

Dad was born on March 26, 1921 in Liverpool, England. He passed away peacefully at 98 years of age and is now together in heaven with our Mom June, who predeceased him in 2018 after almost 72 years of marriage.

Survived by devoted daughter & caregiver, Melanie, son Patrick, granddaughters Melissa, Alanna & Shawn, great-grandchildren Kacey, Kadence, Faith, Landon & Wyatt & siblings Betty, Doug & Patricia. 

He was a World War II veteran and served overseas with the Black Watch from 1939 to 1945. 

Dad and Mom enjoyed a wonderful life, travelling, a vibrant social life and were active parishioners at Immaculate Conception. Dad had a successful career as an Executive in the Mining Industry. Upon retirement, he loved golfing and was also a fabulous dancer.

Dad will always be remembered as a man of great integrity, a true gentleman and a very kind, loving and generous soul. 

A special thank you to the caring staff of Youville Residence for the care provided in his last days. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Parish. 

+++ EHMAN, M. Joan

Joan was born on November 19, 1916 in Middlesbrough, England and passed away peacefully on November 6, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur John Ehman and her son James Arthur Ehman. Joan is lovingly survived by her son Gerry (Thelma), daughter Joan and daughter-in-law Valeria, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Prayers will be offered on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm at St. Paul’s Parish (8251 St. Alban’s Road, Richmond) where Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11:00am. A donation in her memory is gratefully accepted to the Covenant House or the BC Cancer Foundation.

+++ HENNESSY, Michael

August 5, 1926 - November 3, 2019

Born in Cork, Ireland and passed away in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

Predeceased by his parents Michael and Nora (née O’Leary) Hennessy, and brothers Ted and Kevin. Survived by his beloved wife Nora ‘Susan’ of 66 years, children Anne Murray, Michael Hennessy (Maggie) and Geraldine Fleming (Frank), brothers Pierce, Sean and sister Anne. Affectionately referred to as Haha by his grandchildren Brendan, Maureen, Connor, Pierce, Kathleen, Molly and Clare. 

After working for a stint at the Ford motor company in Cork he left Ireland and visited many exotic ports of call before stopping in Australia before heading to Vancouver in 1953. He was a life-long learner determined to master whatever he put his mind to. He was a champion marksman, competitive racing cyclist, avid golfer, fly fisherman, and patent holder. 

He was one of the top producing real estate brokers in Vancouver before starting his own construction company. He will be remembered for his charm and kindness, his eternal optimism and gift of the gab.

Special thanks to Banjit at Crofton Manor for her amazing care. 

Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday November 9th at St. John the Apostle Parish.

+++ SMITH, Jane Catherine 

On the morning of her 87th birthday, Jane C. Smith died peacefully October 16 in West Vancouver. The daughter of Sheldon and Jessie (née McInnes) Banwell, she was predeceased also by her husband Neil McCabe Smith and son-in-law Dennis Webster. Survived by her children Gregory, Sheila Boulton (David), Nancy Webster, Stephen (Nicole), and Kevin (Erin), grandchildren Jennifer Opsahl (Kevin), Geoffrey Boulton, Kimberly Webster, Sarah Jane, Jessie, William, Neil, Alix, Adam, and Charlotte Smith, and great-grandchildren Quinn and Asher Opsahl. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29 at Christ the Redeemer Parish, 599 Keith Road, West Vancouver, where Prayer Vigil will take place 7 p.m. Monday, October 28. 

+++ ROSSI, John Baptist (Giovanni Battista)

August 16, 1943 - October 12, 2019

John was born in Vallada, Belluno, Italy and died in Surrey, BC. He was predeceased by daughter Bonnie. Survived by his wife Delia and daughters Anita Ensor (Brian), Rachel Charron (David), Rebecca and Joanna, grandchildren Julia, Noah, Siena, Joshua, Justine, Gemma. He is also survived by his siblings Msgr. Bernard, Domenica Pistrin (Luciano), Maria, Alfonso (Philomena), Moreno (Lesley), Valeria Ehman, Paul (Suzy), Patrizia, and Tarcisio (Emanuela). Funeral Prayers Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m., Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. Both at St Matthew's Parish, 16079 88th Ave., Surrey. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Children's Hospital Foundation or the Seminary of Christ the King, Mission, BC would be appreciated.

+++ PROUDFOOD, Patricia Mathilda

March 13, 1928 - October 9, 2019

The Honourable Patricia Mathilda Proudfoot, beloved by her extended family and an even broader circle of friends and colleagues, died peacefully at home on October 9, 2019, age 91. A singular woman, she combined a distinguished judicial career during which she was appointed to every court in the Province of British with a full private life. Pat valued relationships. She built and maintained these across generations and continents, in all aspects and at every stage of her life. She will be remembered with love, with laughter and with deep respect for her strength of character, courage and life accomplishments.

Memorial Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.   

+++ MOYER, Sister Mary Ann Moyer, SEJ (Mary Vincent)

Peacefully on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at Royal Columbia Hospital, New Westminster, BC, Sister Mary Ann Moyer, aged 73 years died. Sister Mary Ann was born on November 2, 1945 to Louise Weigleitner and Henry S. Moyer in Kelowna, BC where she grew up. She entered the Sisters of the Child Jesus in North Vancouver, BC on September 4, 1963, took the Holy Habit on July 2, 1964 and was given the name Sister Mary Vincent. She made first vows July 10, 1966 and final vows December 26, 1971. Mary Ann studied at Notre Dame University in Nelson, BC and at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Education in 1975. She had a gift for working with young children and served as a teacher in Sechelt, Williams Lake and St Edmund’s in North Vancouver. In 1977 Mary Ann moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she was a presence of love for over 20 years – serving at Misericordia Hospital, Holy Ghost School, Harmony Daycare, Laura Secord Centre, Chez-Nous Drop-In Centre and St. Paul the Apostle Parish. In 2001 Mary Ann returned home to Kelowna to care for her aging mother. After Louise died, Mary Ann remained in Kelowna where she served as pastoral assistant at St. Pius X Parish. In 2010 Mary Ann was asked to serve as the local animator for our senior sisters here in Coquitlam, something she has done faithfully ever since. Although she is gone from us, Mary Ann will forever remain in our memories. We, the Sisters of the Child Jesus recognize the tremendous contribution that Sister Mary Ann has made to the field of education, to community life and to parish ministry. Thank you, Mary Ann., “Well done good and faithful servant”. She is predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Clarence and Rudy and many of the Sisters she cared for. Left to mourn her passing are a sister-in-law, three nieces, a nephew and the Child Jesus family. Prayers were said on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7 pm and the Funeral Mass was on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at Our lady of Fatima Church, Coquitlam, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Al-Anon or the BC Cancer Agency. Condolences may be left at www.kearneyfs.com.

+++ BARBER, Henry “Harry”

Harry Barber passed peacefully on October 1st, 2019. Harry lived 99 years. His life was celebrated with a memorial Mass at Sts Peter and Paul Church on Monday, October 7th, at 10:30. For further information please visit Kearney Funeral Services online.

+++ SERNAGGIA, Renato Andrea

November 30, 1953 – September 22, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Renato after a short but difficult battle with cancer. He leaves behind to grieve his father Marcello, brother Lucio (Elsa), nephews Jordan (Paige) and Dylan as well as cousins Renata (Tony) Rossi and family, Claudio, Ivana Sernaggia. In addition, he leaves behind many relatives abroad and friends, especially those he met while working at Safeway for over 28 yrs. He is predeceased by his beloved mother Duilia in 2004. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept 27th, 2019 at 11am at St Francis of Assisi Church, 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences to the family may be offered at www.kearneyfs.com.

+++ CLARKE, Wilfrid Bernard

Clarke, Wilfrid Bernard passed away peacefully on September 12th, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C. at the age of 93. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings. Uncle Willie will be lovingly remembered by his nieces & nephews, and their families, for his gentle, caring nature.

Prayers and a Memorial Mass have taken place at St. Augustine’s with Fr. Anthony Ho as the celebrant. Interment will be held at the Clarke family plot in Colchester, Ontario.

+++ HICKEY, Debra Ann Hickey (Mitchell) 

Debra Ann Hickey (Mitchell) of White Rock BC, passed away on September 6, 2019.  Predeceased by her loving parents John and Dorothea Mitchell and brother Kevin. Debra is survived by her daughter Laura, son-in-law Michael and grandchildren Brayden and Olivia. There is no service as per Debra’s wishes.

+++ CESCHI, Marie Genevieve (Mimi)

Marie Genevieve Ceschi (Mimi) passed away peacefully with her beloved husband of 68 years holding her hand. Her beautiful smile will be missed by many, especially by her love, Emmi and her four daughters, Marguerite (Michael), Isabelle (Michael), Theresa (Gordon), Annie (Bill); her six grandchildren, Tegan, Nicole, Emilie, Crey, Pippa, Cheyanne and her great-grand daughter Nina. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff of Crofton Manor and DeltaView for all the loving care and support they provided Mimi throughout her journey over the last number of years. A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:00 am at St. John the Apostle Parish.

+++ SEPPELT, Josefine Aloisia

Josefine Aloisia Seppelt passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 1, 2019, in the company of her family. Josefine leaves her loving and loyal husband of 59 years, Josef Seppelt, her three children, Andreas (Margarite), Barbara (William), and Christopher (Eileen), and her seven loving grandchildren Joey, Jackie, Emma, Kristen, Alexis, Josie and Sarah.

Josefine was born September 10, 1935, in Seppenrade, Germany, one of seven children. Josefine (Fini) was a spirited and loving child filled with energy and joy. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a seamstress, working in a well known design house in Munster, Germany. After reading an ad for a pen-pal in the church bulletin, she began writing the young gentleman who posted the ad, Josef Seppelt. The letters getting to know one another soon became love letters, and after three and a half years of writing, Josef flew to Germany to marry his pen-pal.  Josef and Josefine settled in New Westminster where they soon began their family. After a few years they moved to Port Moody where they raised their three children. Josefine worked in the local material and drapery shop and she became a sacristan at St. Joseph’s Parish. Josefine was a model of kindness, charity, faith, and joy. Her best years were spent looking after her grandchildren. A special gratitude is extended to her end of life caregivers in Eagle Ridge Hospital for their kind and attentive care. Our beautiful Oma is now with the Angels. May she rest in peace. We love you, Oma. 

+++ DULK, Janice Mary Lynne

Peacefully after a lengthy illness Janice Mary Lynne Dulk passed away on September 8th with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Ben Dulk in 2007. Janice was the daughter of John & Frances Roscoe born January 8, 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She attended the University of Manitoba and later the University of British Columbia where she graduated. She worked for Deloitte & Touche and eventually worked as a Chartered Accountant for Revenue Canada where she retired. She is survived by her sister Diane Iwankow of Winnipeg and many nieces & nephews and her beloved dog Bella.

Janice, thank you from your family for everything you did for us and all the fun times we had with you. May you rest in peace until we meet again.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 13th at 9:30 a.m., St. Mark’s Paris, 5935 Iona Dr. Vancouver, BC. Interment to follow at Gardens of Gethsemani, 15694 32nd Ave., Surrey.

+++ OMIELAN, Czeslawa 

Omielan, Czeslawa passed away unexpectedly on Sep., 2, 2019 in Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock, at the age of 87. She is survived by her sons Joe, John and Walt. She worked hard to raise and support her children as she thought was best. Prayers will be said at 10:30 a.m., Sep. 18 at St. Casimir Church, 1187 East 27th Ave., Vancouver where a mass will take place at 11:00 a.m., Sep. 18, Rev. Jan Wadolowski as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, 3935 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC, V5G 2X6. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.kearneyfs.com

+++ PINLAC, Adela Navarro 

Adela Navarro Pinlac passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on September 1st, 2019.  She was 101 years old. Adela was born in Macabebe Philippines and came to Canada in the early 70’s where she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was an active member of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Vancouver, Saint Monica’s Parish, and Canadian Martyrs Parish. Adela was preceded in death by her husband Cirilo. Adela is survived by her children:  Cirilo Jr, Marialuz, Josefina, Rosendo, and Corazon; her grandchildren: Marie, John, Joanne, Carol, Gerone, Nikko, Anika, Harrision, and Ian; her great-grandchildren: Samantha, Devon, Sophia, Adela, Megan, Ella, Jonas, and Hannah.

Adela is deeply missed and will be remembered for her humility, strength in spirit, and faith in God. 

Prayer service was held at 6PM on the 10th of September at Canadian Martyrs Church, 5771 Granville Ave in Richmond.  Funeral Mass and burial was held at Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery in South Surrey at 11AM on the 11th of September 2019.

+++ BILLESBERGER, Gary Lyle

Billesberger, Gary Lyle passed away peacefully on August 27, 2019 in North Delta, British Columbia, at the age of 71.  Gary was predeceased by his parents Ulrich and Mary Billesberger, his brother Bruce and his son James.  He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters: Selena, Melissa and Karina, his grandsons: Andreas and Thaddeus, his widow Maria, his sisters and brothers: Denece, Keith, Bonnie and Rob, and his extended family and friends.  Gary was a kind, generous soul and dedicated family man who loved nothing more than spending quality time with his children and their friends.  His daughters will always hold a special place in their hearts, memories of him teaching them to read, ride bicycles and drive, his connection with our dogs Sam and Sandy, family road trips and visits to Osoyoos, debates over dinner, and time spent together at the movies, concerts and sporting events.  Most Reverend Archbishop Richard Gagnon celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Parish, in West Vancouver, BC at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 9th.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation at www.heartandstroke.ca.

+++ MAGEE, Garry W.

Garry W. Magee, born in Toronto on March 30, 1941, passed away peacefully on Monday August 26, 2019. 

He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife Julia, son Michael and daughter Amanda as well as an adoring extended family.  He will be remembered for his amazingly wide knowledge, his stoicism and his dry sense of humour. We will  cherish the many happy memories we had with him.

A family funeral will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Parish Catholic Church at 4925 Cambie Street on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2.00 p.m.

His friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 5.30 p.m. at The Wicklow Pub, formerly Stamps Landing, in False Creek. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

+++ ISPANOVIC, Steven “Stevie”

With heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Stevie, born April 21, 1963 in Trail, BC. He peacefully passed at Salmon Arm Hospital on August 9, 2019 after losing the battle to ALS, with heartbroken, loving daughter Shea and mother Luisa by his side. Predeceased by father Zdenko, paternal grandparents Julio and Katica, Uncle Bob, maternal grandparents Petar and Kata Ilic, and Uncle Peter. After Centennial high, he loved working as a fisherman. In 1990 he moved to Eagle Bay and enjoyed working outdoors in the construction industry until he was stricken with ALS. Our deepest gratitude for all the support from the ALS Society, G.F. Strong, Salmon Arm Hospital, relatives and loyal friends. Private Christian burial held by request. A Celebration of Life was held at 5:00 p.m. on August 30, 2019 at Rocky Point Blind Bay. 

+++ KOO, Agnes

Agnes Koo, a long-time resident of West Vancouver, passed away Thursday July 25, 2019 at Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.

Born in Hong Kong in 1928, Agnes grew up in a large prominent Hong Kong family. She was number eight in a family of 13 brothers and sisters. She was a social worker and cared immensely about the welfare of humanity. She also had a very artistic side which would often show up in her sense of fashion and style and the arts. She was quite the vibrant and sophisticated young woman for her era. A forward thinker, she would often challenge and question the state of status quo especially for women in her time. Because of her family background, Agnes also had a keen business sense and her love for the stock market and investments. She is survived by her brothers and sisters Irene, Daniel, Cecilia, Ruth, John, Raymond and Charlie, her two son’s Louis and Raymond, their spouses, Helena and Garth, and of course, Cooper, who would bark at her door every day looking for a treat. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, July 31st 2019 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in West Vancouver.

+++ CANALE, Franco

Franco Canale, age 68, died peacefully on July 26, 2019. Born in Cervaro, Italy, November 4, 1950, immigrated to Canada in 1956. Childhood was spent with family in East Vancouver, later moving to North Burnaby. After graduating from Templeton, he obtained a degree in Commerce from UBC. Franco worked as a teacher, photographer and professional realtor.

Remembered for his creativity, compassion, ingenuity, and hospitality. Eager to host friends and family, he enjoyed sharing his love of gardening, cooking, and healthy living. He loved cycling, camping, and fishing.

Franco was an example to many. A survivor of  kidney cancer, and living with Parkinson’s for 20 years, his strength and determination proved he was unstoppable. 

Franco is survived by his wife of 36 years, Irene; brother, Elio; seven children: Cecilia (Al), Benedict (Chelsea), Veronica (Kevin), Thomas (Mariam), Lucas, Regina, and Jacob; grandchildren: Aria, Theo and Lina; aunt, Maria Coletta. He was predeceased by his parents, Giovanni and Filomena; infant daughter, Jacinta Gianna; and aunt, Anna Armano.

Thank you to Lanita, for her loyal, caring support.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish on July 30, with burial at Gardens of Gethsemani. 

+++ DI TOMASO, Annunziata, 1920 - 2019

Surrounded with the love of her family, Annunziata passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019 at St. Michael’s Centre Hospice.  She was born in Civitanova Del Sannio, Isernia, Italy.  In 2013, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Antonio.  Missing her dearly are her daughters, Beatrice (Domenico) Battista and Adriana (Luigi) Tallarico; loving grandchildren, Angelo (Nikki), Tina (Tony), Paul (Sarah), Laura (Joey), David (Kaitlin); and eight adored great-grandchildren.  Also left to mourn are her siblings, Domenico, Filomena, Concetta (Ernesto); her in-laws, Maria, Maria, Francesco (Teresa); and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Visitation was held at Kearney Burnaby Chapel 4715 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5pm - 6:30pm followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Helen’s Catholic Church 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby, BC at 7:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated. 

+++ PILLON, Sergio Mario, April 11,1932 – July 17, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sergio Pillon on July 17, 2019 at Hawthorne Lodge in Port Coquitlam. He is predeceased by his loving wife Loretta in 2017, sisters Amelia, Cesira, Maria and brothers Albino, and Vittorio in Brendola, Italy. He is survived by his sister Linda of Torino, Italy, daughter Rose and son Michael (Kathy), grandchildren Steve, Natalie, Danielle and Antonio and other members of his extended family. A viewing was held at St. Michael The Archangel, 9387 Holmes Street, Burnaby, BC at 9:30 a.m. on July 25th, 2019 and was followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Robinson Memorial Park took place at  1:30 p.m.

+++ GARCIA, Leopoldo (Pol)

It is with deep sadness but great faith we announce the death of Leopoldo Pandinco Garcia at the age of 79 after suffering a massive stroke in late 2018. He was born on April 9, 1940 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines and died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 11, 2019 at Richmond General Hospital. He was raised in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1969. He worked hard in accounting and trades where he helped many people. He loved to travel, go fish, and spend time with his grandchildren. He was an active member of St. Paul Parish in Richmond, the Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary and Couples For Christ. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean (Mapa) of 49 years, children, Gilbert (Marie), Gerard (Carolyn) and Genevieve (Jivvy), grandchildren, Lucas, Tristan, Bennett, Brielle, Josiah and Eliana, and siblings; along with many nieces and nephews and their children. Prayers and Viewing will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 26th at 10am. Both at St. Paul Parish, 8251 St. Alban’s Road, Richmond BC.

+++ CAMPANELLA, Richard Gerald “Campy”

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on July 10, 2019 in Vancouver at age 83. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia. Cherished father to David (Diane), Michael (Melinda), and Rick (Sarah). Fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren; Luke, Sophie, Lilah, Noah, Siobhan, Thea, Blake, Avery and April. Campy will be missed by his sister Joan Pizzietello, brother Edward Campanella and many nieces, nephews, great niece and nephews and friends. Campy was an avid traveler. He and Pat visited several countries in six continents. He was passionate for jazz music and attended many festivals with Pat at his side. Earning his PhD at UC Berkeley, he was a Professor in Civil Engineering at UBC for over 30 years. He wasa renowned geotechnical engineer and retired as an Emeritus Professor. He was an active community member in the Catholic church, Cub Scouts and Knights of Columbus. Campy’s biggest legacy is his family, uniting them through many celebrations and vacations together. He will be sorely missed by many but never forgotten. Prayer Vigil was held on Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3778W. 28th Avenue, Vancouver. Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m.Messages of condolences can be left for the family at www.kearneyfs.com 

+++ MACKEY, Wallace Bruce P. Eng. “WALLY”, April 16th, 1929 – July 9th, 2019

Wally passed away suddenly while camping in the BC wilderness, 90 years young. 

Predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years Patricia (Paddy) Mackay.  Survived by children Elizabeth Armer (Douglas), Robert (Marilyn), Brian (Christene), Fiona (Bob Lloyd), Ellen (Stuart Cole) and James (Max); grandchildren Ceilidh, Aaron, Shaun, Madeline, Jennifer, Tara, Evan, Alden, Calum, Claire, Heather and Molly. 

Born in Kempsey, Australia and immigrated to Canada working as a Chemical Engineer in Northern BC where he met and married, Paddy, the love of his life. Wally’s career took him from his home in West Vancouver to every continent.

Wally’s boundless energy and unmatched zest for life was the stuff of legend--always on the go, always learning, charming everyone he met with his warmth, humour and a never-ending trove of stories. He modeled faith, kindness, generosity, fun and adventure and filled our lives with joy. He was a loving father, a dear friend and an ever-present mentor and role model. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral Mass was held on July 19th 2019 at St Anthony’s Church, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society.

+++ KOSCIELSKI, Helen 

On July 8, 2019, Helen Koscielski (née Kozakiewicz), loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in Vancouver at the age of 93. Helen was born on September 30, 1925, in Dawyd-Horodok, Belarus. Helen survived exceptional hardships during WW2, then bravely immigrated to Canada alone as a young woman in 1948. She settled in Vancouver. Shortly thereafter, she fell in love with and married Kazimierz Koscielski, and they raised two sons.

Helen was strongly devoted to her family above all else. She spent much of her life creating a loving environment for everyone. She was a very loyal friend. She was not only a talented seamstress, but an excellent knitter, cook, and homemaker. She will be remembered as a strong, independent, tireless, generous and hardworking woman. She had a good sense of humour, and strongly adhered to her values. Helen will be sorely missed.

Predeceased by her husband Kazimierz in May 1989. Survived by her sons Jack and Ken (Debbie), grandchildren Yolanda, James (Leah), and Kathleen (Leigh), and great-grandchildren Chloe, Adam, Tyson, Emma and Roman.

Funeral Mass was on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, at St. Casimir’s Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations to ASK Friendship Centre would be greatly appreciated.

+++ LUTZ, Hermina “Mina” Louisa, March 2nd 1918 – July 7th   2019  

Born is Saskatchewan, she is predeceased by her parents and loving husband, Ernest. She is survived by her two sons, Wayne & Allan (Deborah), her 5 Grandchildren; Corrina, Shane, Tabitha, Courtney and Todd, also her Great-Grandchildren; Koan, Ernie, Tayla, Penelope, Reina & Matteo. Mina was a mom who had so much to give. She loved baking and cooking large meals for lunches, dinners and all holidays. Mina loved planting flowers, coffee with friends and going to bingo. Mina was always there is you needed her. Mom lived her 101 years to the fullest and had seen many changes throughout her lifetime. As we gaze at your photo, just know that you will always be in our thoughts, memories and hearts forever. Rest in Peace Mom. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Andrews Parish in Vancouver on Thursday, July 18th 2019.

+++ SANTOS-OCAMPO, Maria Grace Garcia, 1960-2019

Grace passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, July 7th, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by her devoted husband of almost 20 years, John, she is survived by her only daughter, Stephanie; her sisters, Sandy and Joan; her mother, Josefina; and her fur baby, Quami. Grace will be remembered not only for her strength and courage in the few months prior to her passing, but also for her appreciation of great food, her passion for photography, and her enthusiasm for dancing. She was a dedicated and loving mom, a generous and kind companion, and a thoughtful and funny sister, and she will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched. A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, July 20th at St. Anthony of Padua Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or BCSPCA.

+++ FARKES, Eileen Margaret, December 15th, 1929 – July 6th, 2019

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Eileen Farkes (née Murphy) - lovingly remembered by her brother Tom (Dolores), children Brian, Bruce (Terri), Karen (Jim), grandchildren Aidan and Addison, friends, and parishioners. She follows her husband Edward and parents Ita and Hugh. She undertook a career in commerce after UBC, met Ed, raised her family, volunteered at Children’s Hospital and eventually celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. “Nana” treasured her grandchildren. To the end, Eileen inspired her family and others by her faithful and courageous example. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial occurred at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 17 at Corpus Christi Church, 6350 Nanaimo St., Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Cancer Foundation or BC Children’s Hospital in Eileen’s name would be appreciated.

+++ TOTH, Mark Ballantyne Leonard, 1927-2019 

Mark passed away peacefully with his loving wife of 66 years beside him on July 5th at Peace Arch Hospital. He enriched the world with his joyful soul, kind heart and generous spirit. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Kathleen, his children, Paula, Kathleen, Chris, Pat and Gavin, his 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 16th at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish (2250 150th Street, Surrey, BC). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Copper Ridge Conference Centre. Personal messages of condolence may be left at the family's online obituary at myalternatives.ca.

+++ O’ROURKE, Margaret Patricia (Pat)

Margaret Patricia passed away on July 4, 2019 in Surrey at the age of 72. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Paul, Kristina, Aidan (Evelyn), Owen (Leonie), and Janine (Jeff), her grandchildren Kyle, Teagan, Jessica, Victoria, Sofia, Sadie and Oliver. Viewing was held at Immaculate Conception Parish 8842-119th St. Surrey, B.C. from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 where Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Amador Abundo officiated. Private burial arrangements at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey, B.C. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kearneyfs.com Margaret Patricia passed away on July 4, 2019 in Surrey at the age of 72. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Paul, Kristina, Aidan (Evelyn), Owen (Leonie), and Janine (Jeff), her grandchildren Kyle, Teagan, Jessica, Victoria, Sofia, Sadie and Oliver. Viewing was held at Immaculate Conception Parish 8842-119th St. Surrey, B.C. from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 where Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Amador Abundo officiated. Private burial arrangements at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey, B.C. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kearneyfs.com 

+++ LUYTEN, Egidius Henricus (Giel)

Luyten, Egidius Henricus (Giel) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 4, 2019 at the age of 91. He will be greatly missed by his wife Thea, son Henk, daughter-in-law Mary, his loving grandchildren Maria, Katherine, John and Anne and his nieces, nephews and family in Canada and The Netherlands. Prayers will be offered on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Parish, 16079 88th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

+++ DOBIE, Ann

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Ann Dobie who passed away peacefully at her home in White Rock on June 15, 2019. Survived by her husband Bill, son Bill, daughters Kate and Angela, grandchildren Cody, Hannah, Liam and Emily, brother Marty and sister Mary.

Ann was born in Goderich,  Ontario, July 14, 1942. Ann and Bill were married in December 1968 before moving to Cloverdale. Ann will be greatly missed not only by her family but also by her many friends from across Canada. She will be fondly remembered for her service and dedication to her parish of Star of the Sea in White Rock and to the Church and community in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. She was a long time member of the Parish Education Committee and very involved in the life of the school. Ann was a member of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada for 46 years and received her Life Membership in 2003. She served as parish president three times, was diocesan president from 1995-1997 and was elected to the Provincial Council where she served was Resolution and Spiritual chairperson. 

Ann was involved with Our Lady of Good Counsel Society – Domestic Abuse Services and was diocesan president when it was founded under the auspices of the CWL. 

Ann is well known for her clear thinking and forthright manner. She was not afraid to speak out against injustice but was always kind and gentle in doing so. Ann will be remembered for her love of scripture, especially the book of Sirach, and for so generously sharing her many talents. In 2015 She was presented with the Stewardship Award from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Ann was humble, had a wry and delightful sense of humour and was fun to be with. She was a role model for the CWL, encouraging and mentoring scores of women to join the CWL. Ann epitomized what it meant to be a Catholic woman, a woman of faith and loyal sister in the CWL.

+++ WOO, Betty Theresa

Professor Betty T. Woo, born in Tensui, China on January 4, 1943 and passed away peacefully in Vancouver, on June 13, 2019. We have lost a comet in the cosmology of artists, and, critical theorists, scholars, collectors, and curators of fine art agree, the galaxy has gone quiet, for a moment in immediate time, in total tribute to Betty Woo: artist, sculptor, educator, and teacher extraordinaire. Professor Betty Woo is deeply mourned by her family: brothers, Hawking Woo, marine engineer; Roger Woo, businessman; and her sister Pah May Chen Woo and cousins, nieces and nephews, including Kevin Chen and Susan Gibbons who visited her from abroad in her final fortnight. Betty is deeply mourned by very special friends and cadres of international friends and her students who celebrate her phenomenal empathy, warmth and kindness, and selfless generosity. She is survived and deeply mourned by her only son, forestry engineer Raymond Gendi, daughter-in-law, artist Shauna Gendi, and grand children, Kara, 8, and Alexander, 5, of Edmonton, Alberta. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Augustine's Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11 am. Rev. Fr. Robert Smith, OMI, celebrant.WOO, Betty Theresa

Professor Betty T. Woo, born in Tensui, China on January 4, 1943 and passed away peacefully in Vancouver, on June 13, 2019. We have lost a comet in the cosmology of artists, and, critical theorists, scholars, collectors, and curators of fine art agree, the galaxy has gone quiet, for a moment in immediate time, in total tribute to Betty Woo: artist, sculptor, educator, and teacher extraordinaire. Professor Betty Woo is deeply mourned by her family: brothers, Hawking Woo, marine engineer; Roger Woo, businessman; and her sister Pah May Chen Woo and cousins, nieces and nephews, including Kevin Chen and Susan Gibbons who visited her from abroad in her final fortnight. Betty is deeply mourned by very special friends and cadres of international friends and her students who celebrate her phenomenal empathy, warmth and kindness, and selfless generosity. She is survived and deeply mourned by her only son, forestry engineer Raymond Gendi, daughter-in-law, artist Shauna Gendi, and grand children, Kara, 8, and Alexander, 5, of Edmonton, Alberta. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Augustine's Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11 am. Rev. Fr. Robert Smith, OMI, celebrant.

+++ SIDDALL, Hannah Nora

Hannah Nora Siddall passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2019 in Vancouver, at the age of 92. Hannah was born on Cruit Island, in County Donegal, Ireland. She came to Canada in the early 1950's to practice nursing and made Vancouver her home. Hannah is survived and lovingly missed by her husband, Keith, her two sons Kieran (Janice) and Keith (Julia) and her grandchildren Emma, Charlotte, Sabrina and Sebastian. Hannah's generosity and desire to selflessly help others will be missed by all.

Prayers were offered on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm at St. John the Apostle Parish (5457 Trafalgar Street, Vancouver) where a Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 11:00 am. Burial followed at Ocean View Burial Park (4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby) Reception tookplace at the family home, following the Graveside Service. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

+++ BOUCHARD, Jean “Juana”

Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our Mother and Grandmother who passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2019 at the age of 82. She was predeceased by her husband, Laurier in 1986. She is survived by her children Denise, Maurice (Marianne) and Rochelle (Arnie), and grandchildren: Paige, Mercedes, Marissa, Zane, Kirsten, Graeme and Brett. 

“Byie” will be remembered by her unforgettable smile, humour, kindness towards others and her cherished memories with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Prayers and Viewing took place on Tuesday June 18th, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Kearney Columbia-Bowell Chapel, New Westminster followed by a 12 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Church, New Westminster.

+++ VARCOE, Thelma Margaret (Ciaccia), October 19, 1926 – June 9, 2019

It is with deep sadness but great faith that we announce the death of Thelma Margaret Varcoe (Ciaccia), loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother; preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack) Varcoe. Left to mourn her passing but cherish her memory are her children Thomas (Alana), Nola van der Pauw (Richard), Kathy McBryan, Lisa Lawrance (Ron), her grandchildren Darren, Amanda, Nicolas, Kristen, Rick, Trevor, Mathea, Joshua, Kevin, her great grandchildren Daven, Alivia, Bodhi, Brooklyn, Carson, Liam, Ayla, Anjali, and her only surviving sister Lydia Sobotka. 

Thelma was born in Kelowna, BC and grew up on a farm in the Okanagan Valley. Despite contracting Polio as a young child, she never considered the disease a disability and lived life to the fullest. She attended Provincial Normal School – Vancouver Island University where she received her Teaching Certification. After obtaining her teaching credentials she relocated to Trail, BC for her first teaching position where she met and married Jack and raised their four children. The family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in 1968 and then to Maple Ridge, BC in 1973. Upon retirement, Jack and Thelma moved to Mission BC.

Thelma was a creative, caring, and enthusiastic teacher instructing students from preschool to adults. She was a strong supporter, advocate, and pioneer in the field of Special Education. Thelma was a flamboyant fashionista clearly ahead of her time. She enjoyed writing, sketching, public speaking, drama, music, cooking, and especially preparing Sunday family dinners. Thelma was an active member of the communities where she lived involving herself with the Catholic Women’s League, Cythera Transition House, Post-Polio Awareness and Support Society, and many other organizations. 

Mom, you are forever in our hearts.

+++ GERMAIN, Rose

Rose passed away peacefully on Monday June 3 with family by her side in palliative care at Lions Gate Hospital.  Survived by her daughter Jeanette Radosevic, grandsons Chris, Curtis & Clifford Radosevic & great grandchildren here in Vancouver.  She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.  Catholic Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 18 at 1:00 pm at Christ the Redeemer Parish at 902 Keith Rd in West Vancouver.  Burial followed at Capilano View Cemetery in West Vancouver. May she rest in peace.

+++ COATES, Helen-Mary

It is with great sadness that the family of Helen-Mary Coates (née Brosseau) announce her passing on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the age of 62 years. In her final moments on this earth she was surrounded by loved ones and passed away peacefully without any pain.

Helen-Mary will be forever remembered by her her three sons, Patrick, Denis, and James Coates, eldest brother Michael Brosseau, and sister-in-law Kathy Hutton. Helen-Mary was predeceased by her older brother, Dr. James Brosseau and also survived by the father of her children, William Andrew Coates. She will be fondly remembered by her nephews, Dwane (Angela), John (Natasha), Mark (Tony), Micheal (Kimberly) and her eight great nieces and nephews, Tessa, Cole, Jimmy, Hudson, Callum, Alexina, Chloe, and Elle.

Born and raised in Montreal, Helen-Mary studied at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal before completing a Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University, leading her to pursue a career in education. She completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta and a Master of Education at the University of British Columbia before committing her teaching practice towards both the French Immersion and French as a Second Language programs of British Columbia. Helen-Mary taught with both the Vancouver School Board and Richmond School District for over thirty years and will be remembered by her students as a lively teacher with a caring, patient disposition.

Helen-Mary dedicated her life to teaching, and to the raising of her three sons. Patrick, Denis, and James will remember their mother’s sense of humour, radiant smile, and unrivalled positivity. For her entire life she was an avid swimmer, and spent as much time as she could in the water, either at Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver or off the coast of Mexico with her boys.

A Memorial mass was celebrated in memory of Helen-Mary at St. Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Parish on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM. A celebration of her life followed.

For memorial donations, please connect with directly with family, or visit www.rememberinghelenmary.ca for additional details.

+++ JONES, Richard Charles, April 19, 1948 – May 28, 2019

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our cherished brother and uncle Richard ( “Rick”) Charles Jones.

Rick was bornin Vancouver, the beloved son of Charles and Lilian Jones. He attended Holy Trinity and St. Thomas Aquinas, and graduated from Delbrook Secondary. He attended BCIT and went on to begin work as a Quality Control Inspector at the Co-op in Abbotsford and ended his dedicated career with his retirement from Canfisco. Rick was a devoted life-long member of the congregation of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in North Vancouver and his life was an exemplary testament of his ardent faith and his steadfast love for his family.

Rick was predeceased by his parents Charles and Lilian, and his brother Robert Leo. He is survived by his beloved sisters Laurie (Loretta) and Mari-Lou (Gary),; his loving nieces Kimberly ( Jeff), Gabrielle ( Joseph), Bethany (Ryan) and Tamara; his treasured nephews Morgan and Daniel ( Isabella); his great nieces Lynden, Arden, Charlotte, Arianna, and Eve; and his great nephews James and Benjamin. He will be dearly missed and remembered by us all, our extended Family especially Leona ‘Mickey’ Tapp, dear friends, and our parish community. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made in Rick’s name to B.C. Children’s Hospital, B.C. Cancer Foundation, or B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation. Funeral service details may be obtained from the office of Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish, North Vancouver.

+++ WALMAN, Beatrice Ellen (Wheatley), March 12th, 1920- May 21, 2019

Our family has lost a wonderful mother. Our mother had immense courage and a tough determined spirit. Her sense of humour and dry wit helped her deal with many challenges in her 99 years. Mom’s Catholic Faith was her anchor and her true devotion to St.Anne and Our Blessed Mother inspired many to pray the rosary. Her unconditional love for her family is part of her legacy, the door was always open and the advice free.

Predeceased by:

Husband James H. Millar RCAF ( WW11)

Husband Richard H. Walman RCAF ( 1975)

Son Myles Walman (1997)

Survived by children:

Terry, Brian, Maryellen( Les) Melissa ( Paul)

Grandchildren: Justin ( Jillian) Matthew Pasutto John, Christina Miller Michael, Christopher, Greg Walman Great grandchildren: Leo and Annie Pasutto.

Prayers were given on the evening of May 24th and a Catholic Mass service was held on May 25th at St. Jude Parish, Vancouver B.C. Burial followed at Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery , Surrey, B.C.

+++ BOYCE, Sister Maryalice, SC

Sister Maryalice Boyce, RN, died peacefully on May 17, 2019 at Eagleridge Hospital, Coquitlam, BC.  Born on January 15th, 1932 in Camp Creek, AB she was the daughter of the late James and Grace (Weikel) Boyce.

She entered the Sisters of Charity Halifax in 1952 and earned her Nursing Degree at the Halifax Infirmary and her B. Science from Mt. St Vincent/Dalhousie Universities.  She was the Halifax gold medal of honor recipient as well as the top in the province in her registered nurse’s exams.

She cared for the elderly Sisters at Mother Berchman’s residence before going out west to St. Anne’s Hospital in Hardisty, Alberta.  In 1969, Maryalice worked for National Health and Welfare with Indian and Northern Affairs.  Her base was the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta often travelling to the Arctic to diagnose and evacuate patients to Edmonton.  She sometimes did “locum” for nurses needing to come south.

She earned her Masters in Pastoral Counselling from Seattle University and then became Hospice Chaplain at the Edmonton General Hospital.  Her thesis for her Masters was in the pastoral aspects of palliative care.

In 1986, Maryalice was awarded a Certificate in Native Awareness and Native Counselling.  She went on to Prison Chaplaincy Ministry at the Bowden Institute in Innisfail, Alberta and later became Hospital Chaplain at the Riverview Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, BC.

Sister Maryalice is predeceased by her parents and her brothers James, Henry, Howard, Charles, Edward, Clarence, Donald, Allen, Brian and by her sister Florence Garrett.

She is survived by her brother Norman and by her sisters Margaret Rose Pask, Grace Kennedy and Kathleen Minkus.  She is grateful for the devotion of her nieces and nephews, her parish community and friends, her Sisters of Charity and her support groups.

The Sisters of Charity are grateful for the kindness shown to Maryalice by Maureen, Barbara and Carl and many others! And yes, Sister Maryalice “lived until she died.”

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St Clare of Assisi Parish, 1320 St., Coquitlam. BC on Friday, May 24th.

Arrangements are being taken care of by Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Rd., Coquitlam, BC   Contact info: 604 936 9987.

Sister Maryalice’ remains will be taken to Halifax. A memorial Mass will take place at Caritas Residence with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetary, Sackville.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Sisters of Charity Ministry Fund, 215 Seton Rd., Halifax, NS  B3M 0C9 or to the BC Cancer Society, Volunteer Driver Program.

+++ HEIT, Appolonia (Appy), 1919 - 2019

Appy had just recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on April 11, 2019. 

Just two weeks past this wonderful milestone, Appy passed away peacefully on May 8th in White Rock BC. 

Appolonia was born in the small community of Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan into a large loving family with 15 siblings. In her early years she worked hard on the family farm, helping with all the farm chores and being one of the oldest, helped raise many of her brothers and sisters. In her late teens, having help raise so many children Appy continued her passion of working with children and sought out a career within the teaching profession.

Appy achieved her first professional teacher position in her early 20’s. She taught in a one room school to grades one through twelve in Tramping Lake, while also working as the school’s janitor, maintenance crew and athletic coach! Years later she moved to Kelowna BC for a few years to focus more intensely on her career. 

Appy's dedication to her teaching led her to move to North Vancouver where she established a very long successful career at Canyon Heights elementary school focusing on grade one students.

Appy never married or had children of her own, but her passion for teaching allowed her to focus on teaching grade one for over 40 years.

In her retirement years she loved to travel and went on many trips around the globe, documenting her adventures in great detail throughout the many countries she explored

She had a great love and adventure for life and has helped many people. Over 15 years ago Appy established an annual charitable giving account and made annual donations to the Peach Arch Hospital Foundation, Covenant House, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Variety, and The Children’s Charity of BC.

Survived by her brothers Peter, Leo and her sister Martha and many nieces and nephews including me, I can honestly say the world will be a lesser place without her. Appolonoia will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services were held at 11:30am on Wednesday, May 22nd at the Star of the Sea Church in White Rock, B.C. 

+++ WAN, Francois Yeve Kwong

Francois Yeve Kwong passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home on May 2, 2019 in North Vancouver, BC, Canada at the age of 72. He is survived by his sons Neal and Bryan. A prayer service and a viewing wase offered from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on Friday, May 31 at Holy Family Parish, 4851 Beatrice Street, Vancouver, B.C. A funeral mass was held at the same church at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 1. Interment to follow at Ocean View cemetery, in Burnaby, BC at a later date. 

+++ WENZEL, Helmut August (September 20, 1931 - May 7, 2019)

On May 7, 2019, at the age of 87, Helmut, beloved husband, father, Opa, uncle, brother, friend and mentor began his next journey into the arms of our Lord and his next great adventure. After a short illness, Helmut passed away with Ellen, the love of his life by his side.  We are grateful that we had the past few weeks with Helmut to share our gratitude and love with an extraordinary man. Helmut appreciated the visits from family and friends, during this time, sharing in laughter, tears, words of wisdom and love.

Born on September 20, 1931 in Durmersheim, Germany. At the age of 20 Helmut came to Canada. It was in Saskatoon where he met Ellen, they married in 1955 and a few years later moved to Vancouver to start a family.  A true Renaissance man, Helmut had many interests: traveling the world, hunting, fishing, boating, gardening (especially growing tomatoes), and cooking.  He had a creative entrepreneurial spirit, curious mind, and strong work ethic.  A friend in times of need, the door was always open at Mom and Dad’s home.

He is survived by his wife Ellen, his daughters and their husbands who were like sons to him; Susan (John), Brenda (Peter), his grandchildren who were the greatest joy in his life Kristina (Rob), Kelsey (Scott), Dexter and Alexandra.  Sister Inge, niece Jutta (Rainer), family and friends here and in Germany.

Helmut lived a rich life and his wealth came from his family and friends.  Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Covenant House Vancouver, an organization close to Helmut’s heart.

+++ CAZZARO, Dina

Dina passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019 in Maple Ridge B.C. She was born in Villa del Conte, Italy in 1933. Sadly she leaves behind her children George, Joanne and son in law, Terry, her grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Christopher, her sister, Suor Rosastella, beloved relatives in Italy, and many friends, both near and far. She was predeceased by her husband Lidio. Her kind and gentle spirit will be fondly missed by all who knew her. Prayers for Dina will be held on Thursday May 16, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with the Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m., at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Maple Ridge BC. Refreshments to follow after Mass in the Church Hall. Interment will be held at Ocean View Cemetery, following refreshments. If you so choose, please consider donating to Ridge Meadows Hospice Society, or to Faith and Light Canada West in honor of Dina. Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.amherstcremation.com/memorials/cazzaro

+++ PENLAND, Frances Ann (February 7, 1920 – May 2, 2019)

Frances was born in Beausejour, Manitoba and passed away peacefully in Delta, B.C.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Hiram Penland and five siblings.

Frances is survived by her children ; Fred ( Lynn), Allen (Jackie), Barbara ( Chris), Joanne ( Ron), John,

and Martin ( Marjorie) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also remembered by her siblings Gertrude, Lionel and Queenie and their families.

Prayers were offered on Monday, May 13th at 7pm at Sacred Heart Parish, 3900 Arthur Drive, Delta, B.C. where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 14th at 11am. Entombment at Gardens of Gethsemani. In lieu of flowers,  please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

+++ DE CICCO, Giuseppe (1931-2019) 

In Loving Memory of Giuseppe De Cicco. On Tuesday, April 30, 2019 our Papa, Giuseppe De Cicco named "the Caporale" in the Italian Army, drew his last breath at the magical age of 88. He was born in Terredonniche, Calabria, Italy on February 17 or 18, 1931, he could not decide. His midwife first delivered the love of his life Lina Riconosciuto then proceeded to deliver him and it was a love affair from then on. In his big way he put a ring on it by trading his horse for jewelry for his love, Lina. He came from Italy at 34 with 3 children and a dream he soon realized. He ran his janitorial service with precision. He enjoyed his gardening with his amazing green thumb. There is nothing he could not grow. Making wine, soppressate sausage, wrestling, raising canaries, dancing and bingo were his hobbies. He is survived by his wife Lina, 3 children, Maria, Ralph, Alfonzo. 6 grandchildren, Marialena, Stephanie, Alfonzo, Kyle, Bianca and DJ, 6 great-grandchildren, Cody, Taylor, Beckham, Gabriella, Jackson, Sophie, one in the oven and one great-great-grandchild Cali. He lived and loved larger than life always, giving love and praise to all. We will miss you Papa. Prayers: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Service:10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 At St Helen's Catholic Parish 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby, B.C V5C 2A6

+++ FRIZELL, Margaret Leonebel “Chiefy” Jackson (May 26, 1928 - May 1, 2019)

With profound sadness, mixed with immense gratitude for her loving presence in our lives, we announce the peaceful passing of a kind, gracious woman. Survived by sons Michael (Debra), Paul (Barb), Mark (Tracy), eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her brother, Russell, living in New Mexico.  Predeceased by her parents, sister, and Charles George “Chip” Frizell, her formidable partner of 65 years.  She was an imaginative storyteller, excellent cook, gardener; one who was deeply curious about the people and natural world surrounding her. Chiefy enjoyed martinis, celebrations, playing the ukulele, wearing her favourite cologne (4711) and all things butter, Hawaiian or French.  She read cookbooks as if they were novels amassing quite a collection. A proud Catholic whose wonderful sense of humour and company will be greatly missed. Her door was ALWAYS open and hospitable. She touched many lives.

As per her wish, cremation has occurred and a private interment will take place in upcoming weeks.  A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 2 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 at St John the Apostle Parish, 5457 Trafalgar Street, Vancouver.  

+++ MISSLER, Jacqueline Denise (Nee Huot), March 5 1934 - April 22 2019

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Jacqueline Missler announces her passing on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at the age of 85 years.

Jackie will be lovingly missed by her husband of 63 years, Art, and her special niece Sheri (Johnny).  

She is survived by her brother Marcel, sister Pauline (Victor), and sister-in-laws, Margaret and Eleanor.  She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews on both sides of her family.  She is predeceased by her parents, Lillian and Edward, her brother Clem, and sister Ghislaine.

Jackie met and fell in love with Art while living in Port Alberni and married a few years later.  What Jackie didn’t know then was that a big beautiful life lay ahead.  

They were BLESSED to start what would become the best years of their lives.  Work, travel, and adventure!  Jackie loved every minute of it.  When Art would come home from work and say, “We’ve been asked to go overseas again,” Jackie would smile and say, “Where are we going?”  Whether it be Canada from coast to coast, Cairo, Milan, Rome, The Hague, Cologne Germany, Switzerland, Beirut, East Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, or India just to name a few, Jackie was keen.  

India is where her ultimate encounter occurred.  By the grace of God, St. Mother Teresa and Jackie sat beside each other on a flight while traveling in the country.  Jackie was humbled and forever moved by the experience.  Another proud moment Jackie enjoyed sharing with us was how fortunate she was to help many orphaned children in South Vietnam.  She soothed, cuddled, and calmed those little ones on their flights from Hong Kong with many stops until they landed to what would be their new adopted homes in Canada.

She earned the nickname “Tough Old Bird” because she was strong, capable, and never slowed down or gave up.  Long after dementia set in, she continued to make the best out of each day, even when life wasn’t easy.  “AJ” to many of us still got up, got walking, and never forgot whom she loved and who loved her.  

Rest well, Little Lady!

A Funeral Mass was held at 1:00pm, Saturday, May 4, 2019 from Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 4731 Burke Road, Port Alberni with Father Ayre officiating.  Stories and condolences may be offered to the family at www.chapelofmemories.ca

The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of Fir Park for the wonderful care they took of Auntie Jackie. 

+++ LAM, Elsie Miu Har

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Miu Har Lam after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Elsie was born in Hong Kong on April 27, 1935, and she passed away peacefully on April 20, 2019.  She was predeceased by her husband Francis and will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her children Alex (Carrie), Tammy (Anthony), her granddaughter Sarah, her sister Louise, as well as many other extended family members.  The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Little Mountain Place, as well as her other wonderful caregivers that she was so fortunate to have over the years.  Prayers were said at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 428 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, B.C.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 am, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 also at St. Francis Xavier Parish.  Interment to follow at Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery, 15694 32 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson Society British Columbia in memory of Elsie.

+++ VLASIC, Martha Adelheid, July 21, 1941 – April 16, 2019

Martha passed away peacefully at 11:15 PM. She suffered a massive stroke on April 5th and was unable to recover. Martha was one of the most beautiful and vibrant souls that you could ever meet. That is not to say that life wasn’t challenging due to battling successive illnesses. In spite of her health challenges, she always had a loving, concerned, kind or complimentary word to those she met along her path. She was a great conversationalist and connected easily with others. When at her best, she was adored and loved; especially in her latter years by the HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL COMMUNITY from residents, visitors, and staff. One often left her side laughing - amazed by her quick wit.

Martha was born in Austria to a wealthy family of wine makers and shared her father’s love of music. Martha came to Vancouver on April 1st, 1963 to marry Joseph. She raised three children to the best of her ability always looking for ways to enhance their learning and her own while providing a sense of stability. She enrolled in courses at Douglas College becoming a child care worker in the 70’s at Eileen Corbett Reception Center. Martha cared deeply for the children in her care; wanting to adopt many of them. She later worked at the Marine Room at Eaton’s in downtown Vancouver in the 80’s enjoying serving others.

She is predeceased by her husband Joseph Vlasic (2015). Martha leaves behind her eldest daughter, Katarina Vlasic (Gerry Parson), her son Tom Vlasic and her youngest daughter Sussi Passaglia (Derek), grandchildren Devin and Ashley along with all of her special “Sunshines” at Holy Family. You know who you are!!!

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Jude’s Parish 3078 Renfrew on Thursday May 9th, 2019 at 7:00 pm with reception to follow. Burial took place on Friday May 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Gardens of Gethsemani 15694 32 Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

+++ O’NEILL, Sister Noreen, SSA (Sister Mary Kieran), August 8, 1918 – April 12, 2019

Sister Noreen died at Mount St. Mary Hospital on Friday, April12, 2019 at the age of 100 years and 8 months.  Born in Coupeville, WA she was the youngest of 5 children born to Mary and Dr. Kieran O’Neill. Noreen received her education at St. Ann’s Academy, Victoria, BC.  She received her teacher’s certificate (with honours) at the Provincial Normal School in Victoria in 1937, B.A (Magnum cum Laude) at Seattle University in 1955, M.A. (cum Laude) at Gonzaga University in 1964 and PhD work at the University of Toronto in 1970.

After a year of teaching in New Westminster, she entered The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Ann in 1938, professing her vows in 1940. Her years of ministry were comprised of teaching: regular classes in both Catholic and Public Schools at the elementary, secondary and college level; tutoring sick children both home-bound and in hospital; and programmes for gifted students as well as those with special needs.  She taught music and directed choirs.  During her later years, she provided Pastoral Ministry in New Westminster visiting the elderly, working with immigrant single-parent families and ministering in the L’Arche community.

Sister Noreen is survived by members of her Religious Community, her niece Judy Bianco of Kansas City, great niece Barbara Adams of Chilliwack and many friends and former students.

Prayers were held in the Chapel of Sands Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, 4049 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, BC on Wednesday, April 242019 at 10:30 am.  Interment followed at Hatley Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at www.sandsvictoria.ca

+++ CAESAR, Chantal

Chantal passed away peacefully on April 15th, 2019 in Vancouver surrounded by loved ones.

Predeceased by her father Francis and her mother Jeannine.

Prayers were offered on Friday, April 26th at 6pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish/Paroisse Saint Sacrement where Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 10 a.m.

+++ BOLONGARO, Pietro

On April 10th 2019, Pietro Bolongaro at age 92 passed away due to age related complications. He is survived by his dear wife Maria and his 5 children Nicoletta, Eugenio, Anna-Maria, Francesco and Alessandro, as well as 8 grandchildren. Pietro lived a long and fulfilling life full of change and surprises. 

Reading, politics and the outdoors were some of his passions. His favourite pass time was  eating and drinking and  you would often see him cooking his favourite dishes in the kitchen alone or with us. He was a dedicated father and a devout catholic in his own particular way.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. John the Apostle Parish (5457 Trafalgar Street, Vancouver) on Thursday, April 25th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pietro can be made to Covenant House.

+++ BROGDEN, Verna Lucille (March 22, 1935 - March 27, 2019)

Our Mother passed peacefully at Maple Hills Care Home.  She is survived by her sons Les, Kerry, daughter Cheryl (Doug), grandchildren Robert, Tiffany, Mike Christa, Chandra, Cheena, Charla, Chaylee and five great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her daughter Linda and husband Leslie.  Mom was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan to Cecelia and William Walz.  She was an inspiration to those who loved her, and we will keep her close in our hearts forever.  Catholic Funeral Mass was held at 10:30am on Thursday April 25, 2019 at St. Luke's Parish, Maple Ridge.  Refreshments and luncheon were served following the service.

+++ ROMEIN, Maria Elisabeth (née Brandsen), August 10, 1927 - April 3, 2019

Maria passed away peacefully at 91 years of age.  She was born in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.  Maria was the eldest of four children.  In 1954 she married Adriaan Romein and immigrated to Canada.  They raised their family of 4 children in New Westminster.  Maria is survived by her younger brother, Gerrit (Afra); and her four children, John (Karen), Adrian, Corinne (Hans), and Trudie; her grandchildren, Jason, Paul (Christina), Brian (Sam), Vanessa, Rick, Selena (Jerome), Nicolaas, Anastasia (John), Sophia, Cassandra, Paige and her great grandchildren, Carmella, Cohen, Damian, Alexa, and another expected in July.  Her strong faith permeated everything she did in life.  She’ll be fondly remembered for her love of her ever-growing family, painting, and gardening.  She’s now gone to receive her eternal reward and to be with her husband Adriaan, her two sisters, and her parents.  We sincerely thank the kind and caring staff at Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre in Surrey where they provided a loving home for her final months. We will miss her, but we are consoled to know that she is with Jesus.

 Prayers were held Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Kearney Columbia-Bowell Funeral Chapel, 219 6th Street, New Westminster. Funeral mass was Wednesday April 17, 2019 at noon at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 330 Royal Ave, New Westminster.  Reception and burial followed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favourite charity.

+++ EVERS, Merlene

Merlene Elizabeth Rodrigues Evers, passed away at home in Vancouver BC, on Monday, 1 April 2019, at the age of 64.She is sadly missed and eternally loved by her family - husband, Patrick Evers, daughters, Michelle Evers (and husband Sean House), Jillian Evers (and husband Derek Turner), and her beloved grandson, Frank Evers. She is survived by her sisters, Myra Morrison, Anita Lomax, and Levirina Krempl. Merlene was born in Singapore, and it was there she met and married Pat. They went on to work all over the world, and happily lived in Singapore, Miri Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Kaslo and Vancouver BC. She worked tirelessly for many charitable organizations, and devoted her life to her family, her dogs, and many, many friends. She loved to golf, to travel, to cook and entertain, and always had a beautiful home. She was a very popular and fun lady and will be remembered as a generous and good friend to many. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, April 8th 2019 at Guardian Angels Parish in Vancouver.

+++ HAWELKA, Frank (February 13, 1939 – March 29, 2019)

Frank Hawelka has passed peacefully after a long illness at the age of 80.  At his side was his wife of 55 years, Barbara.  He will also be deeply missed by his daughters Heidi (Russ) Brown and Monica (Alan) Gurzinski; and grandsons Matthew, Dominic, Nicholas, Liam, Gavin and Cameron.  Frank was born in Iglau, Czechoslovakia and grew up in Gosbach, West Germany. He emigrated to Canada in 1959, where he met Barbara.  For 40 years he worked for Listo Products as a tool and dye maker, while raising his family.  Frank was a great sportsman and outdoorsman, an avid skier and soccer player most of his life.  In retirement, Frank sang with the Lyra Men's Choir, skied countless days with the Y2K Club at Grouse Mountain, and enjoyed frequent trips with Barbara to Puerto Vallarta, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Above all, Frank was a good and decent man who by his example taught us the value of love of family, hard work, and living well. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Corpus Christi parish, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 with interment at Mountain View Cemetery.

+++ RAMOR, Rose Eileen Movana (McNaughton)

Movana was born November 29th, 1933 at St. Paul’s hospital, Vancouver and passed away suddenly on March 25th, 2019 in Vancouver.

Predeceased by her husband Joe, survived by her son Brian (Paula), her daughter Sheila (Richard), 5 grandchildren: Bryce, Felicity, Thalia, Donovan and Braiden as well as her sister Sally Mitro (McNaughton), many cousins, nieces & great-nieces, nephews & great-nephews. Prayers were offered Friday 12th April 2019 at 7pm and Memorial Mass was held on Saturday 13th April at 10am, at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 480 E.47th Ave Vancouver BC.

+++ CAMERON, Rev. Leo Donald, OSA, (April 8, 1932 - March 29, 2019)

Fr. Leo died on March 29th, in Delta. B.C. a little shy of his 87th birthday. Since 2013, he has been in residence at Augustine House, a retirement home near the monastery of our Lady of Consolation.

Before he retired, Fr. Leo served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish while also serving as Prior of the local community in addition to his appointment as the Provincial Treasurer of the Augustinians in Canada.

Fr. Leo was born on April 8th, 1932, in Mabou, Nova Scotia to Findlay and Sarah (Beaton) Cameron and was baptized Donald Angus. He grew up in a home filled with love for family and for the Church. As a young boy, he helped the parish priest by serving Mass and by milking the cow. Around the age of 14, Leo and several others made an unscheduled day trip to the Augustinian Monastery in Nova Scotia. Leo was impressed with the hospitality shown him during his visit. Through prayer and responding to God’s call for him, Leo decided to join the Augustinians. It was October 2nd, 1949 when he boarded a train with his father headed to the monastery.

He entered the Order of Saint Augustine as a novice at the Monastery in Nova Scotia and professed his temporary vows on Feb. 16, 1954 and his final vows on Feb. 16, 1957. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 14th, 1986. Prior to his ordination as a priest, he worked for 39 years as a brother on the farms of the Friars in Nova Scotia; Marylake, Ontario; and in Ladner, B.C. Agricultural work had been a big focus for the Canadian Augustinians. As a farmer, Leo had a particular specialty as a herdsman. After his work in agriculture, he became more involved in youth ministry in various parishes. He was also involved in vocation ministry, that is, helping other young people discern their vocation with the Augustinians. In the late 1970’s and 80’s, Leo joined a program for ‘late vocations’ to the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary at Neuman University in Edmonton, Alberta. He was subsequently ordained to the priesthood at Marylake Monastery in King City, Ontario.

As a priest, he served at Sacred Heart Parish in King City, Ontario and also at Sacred Heart Parish in Delta, B.C. As an Augustinian, he served as Prior of the Augustinian communities in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia.

In 2007, Leo was transferred back to Ladner to serve Sacred Heart Parish. He retired at age 81. Fr. Cameron is survived by his sisters, Janet and Isabelle (Harold) his brother, Fr. Francis Cameron, two nephews, Patrick and David, and a host of cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Mary and Margaret.

Visitation was at Sacred Heart Parish, 3900 Arthur Drive in Ladner on Thursday, April 4th, followed by a reception. Honouring his personal request, Fr. Leo’s remains will be flown to Boisdale, Nova Scotia, where a Liturgy will be celebrated there as well before burial in the Catholic Cemetery with the deceased members of his family.

+++ REY, Ranulfo M.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Ranulfo M. Rey on March 29, 2019 in Vancouver, BC.  Lovingly survived by his wife Flora Brucal, brother Reynaldo Rey and sister Anicia Rey.  Also missing him are brother in laws, sister in laws, nephews and nieces both in Canada and the Philippines.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Parish (2881 Main Street, Vancouver) on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00am with reception following. At Ranulfo’s request, he will be laid to rest in the Philippines at a later date.

+++ CHARLTON, William (Bill), September 2, 1927 – March 24, 2019

Bill was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary in 2002 and is survived by his children: Theresa (Bill), Gordon (Cindy), Gerard (Stephanie), Ann, Doug (Jule); his grandchildren: Justin (Tera), Billy (Trina), Braeden, Calli, Nyah, Cole; his cousin, Nancy and many close relatives and friends. Prayers were held on Friday, April 5 at 7 pm and The Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 6 at 11 am, both at Immaculate Conception Church 3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver.  Rev. Paul Smith, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society, Faith and Light Canada West, Covenant House or charity of your choice would be appreciated. www.kearneyfs.com.

+++ SCHNEIDER, Nick (May 20, 1929 - March 25, 2019)

The family of Nick Schneider is saddened to announce his passing.  Nick passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on the evening of March 25th.  He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Paula in 2016.  Nick leaves behind son Tony (Alexis); daughter Elisabeth Kloepper (Hans-Dieter); daughter Regina Doherty; son Nick (Sandie); daughter Patricia Almeida; grandchildren Christopher, Michelle (Marijan), Ricky, Karla, Erik, Alexander, Andrew, Jordan, Aidan, Kaitlan, Chloe, Mia and Nick; great grandchildren Josie, Justin, Shayla and Violet; sisters Lina Ruscheinski and Barbara Hawelka and brother George; many sisters and brothers in-law; and many nephews and nieces plus a wide circle of friends.  Nick was also predeceased by his parents, Rochus and Regina Schneider, as well as sister Eugenia Heck and brothers Wendelin, Michael, Tony and Hans.  Nick left us with a wonderful legacy of love, shared stories and devotion to family.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 8th – 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen’s Parish, 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby.  Burial followed at Ocean View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in memory of Nick Schneider.  www.kearneyfs.com

+++ LEMME, Lucia (nee: Fiorda)

It is with great sadness the family of Lucia announce her passing on March 20, 2019 at the age of 82.  She is survived by her husband Alvaro and daughter Antonella.  Prayers were offered at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver, where Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00am on Monday, April 1, 2019.  Entombment followed at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation.  Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bellburnaby.com.

+++ CAMPAGNE, John Henry,  June 8, 1930 – March 25, 2019  

With two of his loving grandchildren at his side, our beloved John passed away in his favorite place; his home in New Westminster. Born in Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan, he was the seventh child of Pierre and Marie Campagne, and of his three sisters and six brothers he is survived by his brother Marcel. Predeceased in 2016 by his wife Alberta Mary Campagne (Benninger) he leaves behind 6 children: Loanne (Jim), John (Miriam), Michael (Miriam), Cathy (Craig), Pierre (Tina) and Marie (Eran). He will be forever missed by his daughter-in-law Hildie and his sixteen grandchildren: Nicole (Connell), Cori, Melissa (Adrian), Aryn, Daniel, Brianna (Ken), Jordan, Jacob, Nicholas, Cullin, Tal, Rachel, Zachary, Madeline, Shawn, and Yuval and by his two great grandchildren, Owen and Sebastian. John said on several occasions that “his children were his greatest accomplishment” and took pride in the family he and Alberta created. He loved St Michael’s Catholic Church, his caring neighbours, his house and backyard orchard, tennis, boating, playing bridge, and most of all hosting family events like Thanksgiving and his annual summer party at Spanish Banks. John was generous, kind, and loved life.  The family will forever be grateful to Michael and Cathy for assuming the role of primary caregivers in his final years, doing all they could to ensure John had quality of life until the end. We would also like to extend a very special thank-you to Dr Rakhra and Dr Jain, who developed a strong bond with our father and ensured he always received the best of care. A prayer service was held on Wednesday evening, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. and a Funeral Mass took place on Thursday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 9387 Holmes Street, Burnaby, BC.  Condolences for the family may be left at: www.kearneyfs.com

+++ NICKERSON, Sister Katherine

Nickerson, Sister Katherine (Sister Catherine Josephine), 94, died at the QEII Hospital, (Infirmary site), Halifax, N.S. on March 15, 2019.  Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was a daughter of George and Myrtle Nickerson. Sister Katherine entered the Sisters of Charity–Halifax on September 8, 1944 and made her First Profession on April 6, 1947.  She is an alumna of Mount Saint Vincent University.  Sister Katherine began her teaching ministry in Halifax; then went to B.C. where she continued her ministry in teaching and administration for schools in Vancouver, Kelowna and Burnaby. Sister was also involved beyond the classroom, supporting students and parents in a variety of programs and auxiliary groups.  After retiring from teaching, Sister continued with Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver.  Sister Katherine made a memorable impact on countless students and parishioners and many continued to stay in touch over the years. After over 60 years in Education and Pastoral Ministries, Sister Katherine returned to Halifax to live at Caritas Residence. There she was well known for generously sharing candy with everyone. She is survived by her cousin Elizabeth McCarthy, California and her dear friend Father Vincent Travers OP from Ireland.  In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers; Wilfred and Joseph and sister, Jennie Mulvihill. Visitation will be at Caritas Residence, Halifax, N.S. on Wednesday, March 20, from 3p.m. until the Prayer Service at 7p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21 at 10 am in the Immaculate Conception Chapel in Caritas Residence.  Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, N.S.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity Ministry Fund.

+++ ROWE, Donald, C. Eng. P. Eng, October 14, 1939 – March 1, 2019

Don passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019, with his family by his side. Leaving to mourn his beloved wife of 51years, Margaret, son Mark, daughter, Sian (Gareth) Owen, granddaughters, Megan Owen and Madeline Owen.

Don was born in Godre’r Graig, Wales UK.  He emigrated to Canada in 1965 to work for Montreal Engineering and Newfoundland Light & Power.  In 1977 he moved to British Columbia and worked for BC Hydro for 27 years, retiring in 2004.

The family is thankful to Dr. Nick, the nurses, care aids and staff at Foyer Maillard, Coquitlam for the compassionate care he received there for the last nine months of his life.

Funeral Mass was held on March 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Parish, 140 Moody Street, Port Moody, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, 300 – 828 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. V5Z 1E2. Condolences and tributes may be sent to the family by visiting www.burquitlamfuneralhome.ca

+++ BURNS, Patrick Joseph

On March 14, 2019, Patrick Joseph Burns, aged 86, late of Coquitlam, BC.Survived by daughter Geraldine and son-in-law Ronald, daughter Patricia, son, John and daughter-in-law Negar, grandchildren Elizabeth, Chelsea, Veronica, Danielle, Tessa, and Rostin. Sisters Mary, Sarah, Kathleen and brother-in-law, David, Elizabeth, Geraldine, and Winnifred. Catholic mass at All Saints Parish, Coquitlam, Friday, March 22 at 11 am. Interment with his beloved late wife, Elizabeth, at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. Rest in Peace, Papa. We love you. 

+++ HO, Po Chun

Po Chun Ho passed away peacefully in Burnaby on March 5, 2019 at the grand age of 103.  She was born in Zhong Shan, China on October 7, 1915.  She and her husband Kai immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1974 and they both enjoyed a simple and happy life.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a devout Catholic and had volunteered countless hours at her church.  Po Chun is predeceased by her husband Kai and is survived by her loving family; son Kwok Keung (Shiu Lan) and daughter Sin Ling; grandchildren: Sonia, (John), Brian (Wendy), Connie (Kevin), and Vincent (Wendy); and great grandchildren: Kyle, Derrick, Carson, Alex, Trevor, Lauren and Erica.  The family would like to thank the compassionate care and support provided by the staff at the Willingdon Care Centre.  Funeral Mass service will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier Church, 438 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, on March 11, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at the Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery, 15694 32nd Ave., Surrey at 1:30pm. Kearney Funeral Services.

+++ SMYTHE, Leo Joseph (1930 - 2019)

Just shy of his 89th birthday, Leo passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Tuesday February 19th.

He was born in Kamloops, BC to Lewis and Mary (English) Smyth and grew up with two siblings Mary (Gene) Toner and Neil (Betty) Smyth.  The family moved to Vancouver during his teen years where Leo attended Vancouver College High School. During his faithful participation in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) many life-long friendships were made, especially one with Phyllis Mary Cianci who became his beloved wife of 50 years. After ten years apart, Leo and Phyllis are reunited in heaven. 

Leo was a well-respected business man who was dedicated to serving his customers at Elm Park Service for over 30 years.  He was the epitome of customer service for those who had the good fortune to visit his neighbourhood Chevron station in Kerrisdale.  He cherished time with family, enjoyed (re) telling stories of his youth, fishing with the boys, and keeping the family close skiing together in the early days of Whistler, BC.

He will be remembered for his kind eyes, bright smile, warm heart, firm handshake and his innate ability to touch the hearts of those whom he met. Leo led by example with his deep love of friends, family and faith.

Leo is survived by his children Leo (Jane), Mary (John), Ann (Cliff), Patti, Pete, Cathy (David).  He is loved by his grandchildren Leo Michael (Emily), Matthew, Patrick, Christina (Chris), Catherine (Gavin), Connor, Georgia, Julia, Tomas, Kennedy, Beatrice, Henry and his great-grandson Mason. 

A special thank you to Beth and Merly for their care of Dad over the past year, keeping him in his home, walking to church and getting into his garden.  Also, thank you to the Cardiac Care and Palliative Care staff at Vancouver General Hospital for their expertise, compassion, and support in his passing.

Prayers were offered on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7pm at Immaculate Conception Parish, 3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC, followed by Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am. 

+++ HANCOCK, Freda Irene (1922 - 2019)

Passed peacefully February 22 at 96 years of age. Predeceased by her loving husband, Lloyd, and daughter, Karen. Survived with cherished memories by sons Charlie and Dave, grandchildren Emily, James (Viera) and Leanne, great-grandchildren Cara, Jacob, Fraser and Kate. Freda will be missed with sadness by her dearest, lifelong friend, Connie, as well as her friends from happy times at Woodward's. Special thanks to folks at Bayshore, Dr. Hogg Pavilion and, most recently, to all the dedicated caregivers and staff at Evergreen. We will miss her kindness, her gentle, loving ways, her positive smile, her sparkle and enthusiasm for life. God hold you close, Mom.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 28, at Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150th Street South Surrey. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.kearneyfs.com 

+++ RADZISZEWSKI, Regina

Regina Radziszewski joined her recently departed husband of some 60 years, Henryk, on St Valentine’s Day. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 14th 2019 in North Vancouver, British Columbia a month short of her 87th birthday.

Born in Poznan (Obernik), Poland on March 14th 1932 to Aleksander and Jadwiga (nee Jarecka) Kalinowski. Her school aged years saw her grow up in fear through WWII on the family farm. Longing for her Father, her teenage and early adulthood years took her with continued fear through Poland’s harsh Sovietisation and reconstruction. Happily, the late 50’s placed her, along with her Mother and sister (Stella), on a boat (MS Batory) to Canada and a new and better life in Vancouver where she was reunited with her father.

There, she met her future husband Henryk, married and was blessed with three kids. With Henryk off leaving his hammer mark in a number of Vancouver buildings and residences, Regina raised the kids with laughter, legends and music often singing folk songs and reading stories from Poland. As the kids started to leave the nest, she got more involved in the Polish community, helped with the settlement of a number of Polish immigrants in the Vancouver area and recruitment of new members to the SPK. She was honoured by the Polish Combatants Associate of Vancouver for her service to the community with the SPK Gold Cross.

She will be sadly missed by her children Peter Radziszewski (Anne-Marie Bourret), Isabella Radziszewski (Douglas Leitch) and Victor Radziszewski (Barbara nee Kulik), grandchildren Stephanie Bateson, Candace Bateson, Andrea Gertz (Benjamin), Nicolas Radziszewski, Maxime Radziszewski Sarah-Isabelle Radziszewski and great grandson Jack Purser.

Prayers were said on Friday, February 22nd at St Casimir Church on 1187 East 27th Avenue, Vancouver, followed by a eulogy and Mass of Catholic Burial with Reverend Slawomir Oblak OMI as celebrant.

A reception was held in the church basement preceded with an immediate family burial at the City of North Vancouver Cemetery in the afternoon of February 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project (Lions Gate Hospital - https://www.lghfoundation.com/get-involved/donate-tribute1/).

+++ STIENE, Erika Maria ( nee KANDUTH)

Passed away Friday, February 15th, 2019. Born in Furnitz, Austria on August 12th, 1930. Survived by daughter, Ilse (Michael), Kaitlin and son, Walt (Sue), Joey and Tanner. We will miss and love you always Oma. A Celebration of Life was held at Kearney's Funeral Services, Vancouver, 450 West 2nd Avenue, Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.alzheimerbc.org. 

+++ MAHUSSIER, Louise Jeannette

Born May 9, 1930 in Tisdale, SK, passed away peacefully at Suncrest Retirement in Surrey, on February 16, 2019.  Predeceased by her husband Louis in 2012.  Survived by loving children, Melanie (Michael), Rene (Linda), Real (Jan), Michele, Nicole (Rob).  Grandchildren: Arielle (Tasha), Shevaughn, Denise, Devon, Mark, Lilly, Lauren. Great-grandson Liam. Brother-in-law Albert (Betty). Sisters-in-law Theresa, Florence, Aurore (Lionel), Ivone, Henriette (Harry), Marjorie (Vardy).  Many nieces, nephews and long-time friends.  A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at Precious Blood Parish.  17475-59th Avenue, Surrey.  Celebrant Fr. Mark Bautista.  Donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society or CKNW Kids fund.  

Di Tomaso, Annunziata

1920 - 2019

Surrounded with the love of her family, Annunziata passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019 at St. Michael’s Centre Hospice.  She was born in Civitanova Del Sannio, Isernia, Italy.  In 2013, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Antonio.  Missing her dearly are her daughters, Beatrice (Domenico) Battista and Adriana (Luigi) Tallarico; loving grandchildren, Angelo (Nikki), Tina (Tony), Paul (Sarah), Laura (Joey), David (Kaitlin); and eight adored great-grandchildren.  Also left to mourn are her siblings, Domenico, Filomena, Concetta (Ernesto); her in-laws, Maria, Maria, Francesco (Teresa); and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Visitation will be held at Kearney Burnaby Chapel 4715 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5pm - 6:30pm followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Helen’s Catholic Church 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby, BC at 7:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated. 

Patricia Mathilda Proudfoot

March 13, 1928 - October 9, 2019

The Honourable Patricia Mathilda Proudfoot, beloved by her extended family and an even broader circle of friends and colleagues, died peacefully at home on October 9, 2019, age 91.  A singular woman, she combined a distinguished judicial career during which she was appointed to every court in the Province of British with a full private life.  Pat valued relationships.  She built and maintained these across generations and continents, in all aspects and at every stage of her life. She will be remembered with love, with laughter and with deep respect for her strength of character, courage and life accomplishments.

Memorial Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.   

Innocenzo De Cotiis

October 6, 1937 – September 26, 2020

 

Humble Beginnings to Unimaginable Success

 

It was the spring of 1959 when the De Cotiis family had decided to make their way to Canada for a better life. Born Innocenzo (Inno) De Cotiis, in the small village of Panni, in the south eastern Italian province of Foggia, life for Inno started out with humble beginnings.  As a young boy he was raised along with his seven siblings, on a small family farm where hard work, dedication and determination dominated daily life.  

 

At 21, penniless, having a grade 2 education, and no English skills, but driven by a vision for a better life, Inno immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia with his family. Inno, his father, and brothers applied the work ethic they had developed in Italy by becoming manual laborers. This led to the formation of De Cotiis Landscaping and the creation of rock walls and other residential projects throughout Vancouver’s north shore. Eventually, the brothers decided to invest in real estate. Their first venture was a modest 19-unit rental apartment in North Vancouver completed in 1964. It was wildly successful. From that day forward, they became full-time real estate developers, and in 1965 incorporated Viam Holdings Ltd. Viam achieved great success during the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s developing and constructing numerous residential and industrial projects throughout the Greater Vancouver area. 

 

In the mid 90’s the brothers decided to move forward independently by founding their own development companies. Inno formed Onni (his name spelled backwards) along with his sons. Onni grew as Inno’s sons became increasingly involved in the company. It expanded to Toronto, and then into the U.S where it became a driving force in the real estate circles of Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle. 

 

Working side by side with his sons at the Onni Group was a particularly enjoyable and proud time for Inno. Many special experiences and memories arose during their business travels. Inno particularly valued travelling to far off destinations with his sons, and immersing himself in the culture, cuisine and drink of whichever city he found himself in. However, his deepest pride was derived from watching his sons’ transition from business novices into industry leaders; a transition made possible by them learning from his hard work and experience and being inspired to achieve success in their own right.

 

In addition to his seven sons, Inno regarded his 21 grandchildren as his most meaningful legacy. They affectionately referred to him as Nonno. His favorite past time in his later years was spending Sundays cooking for them at his Vancouver home. His adoration for his grandchildren was only equaled by their adoration for him. 

 

Inno’s love of work is such that just prior to being diagnosed with cancer, he could be found daily at his office scouring newspapers for new deals, and occasionally enjoying a well-deserved nap.

 

Inno passed away in his home on the afternoon of September 26, at the age of 82 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.