ANCION, Blanche Mabel
December 15, 1924 – December 5, 2011 It is with great sadness that the family of Blanche Ancion announces her passing on Monday December 5, 2011 at the age of 87 in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Blanche was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Blanche Roxanne Ancion (nee Gragg), sister Grace Ancion, brother Nicholas (Ella) Ancion and niece Joyce Ancion. She is survived by three sisters; Josephine Jones (Phoenix, Arizona), Marie Geldreich (Qualicum Beach, BC), Anna Boux-Davies (Winnipeg, MB), nieces and nephews; Arlene (Art) Sali, Sharryl (Helmut) Schwarz, John (Anne) Boux, Robert Boux, Paul (Jenny) Boux, Brian (Carmen) Boux, Joan (Doug) Teed and all their children, cousins; Nicholas (Peggy) Taylor, Jean Sayer, Lawrence Taylor, Laura Hamilton, Margaret Harris as well as many friends. Blanche first worked as a teacher in southern Alberta. After a few years she trained in Winnipeg, MB as a lab technician. She worked at a clinic in Calgary, AB and later, for many years, she worked at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA USA where she retired from in 1989. Blanche has since lived in Parksville, BC. Blanche had a passion for snow skiing and she and her cousins and friends skied Banff, Whistler and many ski resorts in the USA. She also loved to travel, going to Hawaii and three times to Europe where she maintained contact with relatives from Belgium. She enjoyed a good discussion about sports, news and politics. We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Kevin Martin, Dr. Mc Intyre, Dr. Johnston, Br. Broome, Dr. Burnett and staff, Evaleen (CNIB representative) and Susan Alexander at Emerald Estates, Parksville. We also thank the doctors and staff on the 4th and 5th floors of the NRGH for their excellent care and support. A Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Rd Parksville on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:15AM with Father Bayron officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB (Macular Degeneration Dept), 2340 Richmond Rd Victoria, BC V8R 4R9.
ARMSTRONG, Fern Elizabeth
1928 - 2011 Gone to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 2nd at the age of 83, Fern enjoyed living in Parksville, BC for the last 10 years after spending most of her life in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was predeceased by her husband Rev. Leslie Armstrong in 1975. Fern is survived by four daughters, Joan (Elgin) Kotanen, Patricia (David) Tiffin, Sharon Hermanson, and Faye (Ken) Hilliard, seven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. There will be a Memorial Service at the Wildwood Community Church, 113 McColl Road, Bowser BC on Saturday August 13, @ 2pm.
BADMINTON, C.R. “Bob”
Bob was at his home in Qualicum Beach, surrounded by his family, when he passed peacefully. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon, daughter Brenda (Rob) Sang of Chilliwack, BC, son Dean (Melanie) Badminton of Maple Ridge, BC, his three adoring granddaughters, Bailee & Erika Sang and Kennedy Badminton and his sister Norma (Bob) Carrie of Surrey, BC. Sharon and his children will miss him beyond words could say. We love you dad. At his request, no funeral will be held and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Ave Victoria BC V8R 6V5 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 255 – 2000 Island Hwy, Brooks Landing, Nanaimo BC V9S 5W3.
BALDWIN, Gary Edgar
October 8, 1930 to January 24, 2011 Gary is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Brent, Scott (Darcie), Rob (Tiffany) and Dallis(Bernie) as well as his grandchildren Maren, Caitlan, Leigha, Jaqueline and Jordan. Gary is predeceased by his youngest son Christopher. Born in Yorktown, SK and educated in Prince Albert, SK, Gary graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955. Gary had a large part in road construction in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, a fact he was very proud of. He retired to Qualicum Beach, BC in 1995. Gary was a member of the Lions Club, and the Toastmasters Club. A memorial service will be held at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC, on January 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm.
BARCLAY, Thomas Lorne
Lorne passed away September 22, 2011, at the age of 85, after a lengthy illness. He grew up in Campbellton, New Brunswick, working in Labrador and Ft. McMurray, Alberta, before retiring with his wife Marion in Parksville, B.C., in 1987. Lorne was a veteran of WWII, and a boilermaker by trade. In retirement he focused his energy on his family, carving, playing the bagpipes, service to his church, working as a service officer for the Legion and with the Shrinerˇ¦s in support of the Childrenˇ¦s Hospital. He was a lifetime member of the Masconic Lodge in Ft. McMurrary, Alberta, and an affiliate member of the Parksville Lodge, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Parksville Rock & Gem Club. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion, their three daughters, Barbara (Ron) Sands, of Anchorage, Alaska, Joan (Hugh) Furber, of Ft McMurray, Alberta and Heather (Walter) Ingram of Fernie, B. C., 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Knox United Church, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 1:00 P.M, with internment after the service. There will be reception and tea in the church hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations in his memory to the Shrinerˇ¦s Childrenˇ¦s Hospital, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby BC or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V2
BIRD, Dr. Edward Arthur (Ted)
Mar 8, 1917 – Oct 20, 2011 Ted passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Qualicum Beach, BC. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Genevieve in 1971 and his brothers Donald and Douglas Bird. He will be missed and always remembered by his partner Rosemary Patterson and his nieces and nephews. Born in Watford, England and raised in Saskatchewan, Ted lived a full life. He was the son of Fred and Winifred Bird. Following service in the Navy during WWII, Ted went to Paris and received his Ph.D from the Sorbonne. He returned to Canada for a position at UBC in the Romance Languages Dept. He retired as a Professor Emeritus and following retirement he was the author of twelve novels under the pen name of Edward Michel Bird. He was a life member of the Canadian Authors Association. An Interment Ceremony will be conducted at the North Vancouver Cemetery on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 1:00pm.
BLENKINSOP, Norman Heslop
February 15, 1918 to March 21, 2011 Norman passed away peacefully at Nanaimo General Hospital on March 21, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife Vernice, his daughter Jennifer (Port Moody), his son John (Ottawa) and three grandchildren, Adrian (Ottawa), Mark (Ottawa), Maia (New Zealand). He is also survived by his sister Laura (South Shields, England). Norman was predeceased by his first wife Betty (1999). Norman was a proud Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Legion. He was especially proud of his service in WWII (England) where he achieved the rank of Captain as a Glider Pilot. There will be no service at his request. A private family gathering celebrating Norman's life will be held at a later date.
1975- 2011. On December 18,’11 Philip passed away suddenly in Nanaimo, B.C. at the age of 36. He leaves behind his two young children: Evan Lee Lorne (5) and Sophia Maartje Mary Bot (2) and their mother Tracy Bot-Harrison. His parents Marsha Bergen (Ron) in Coombs,B.C.; Marten Bot, Athabasca, Alta; and brother Oscar Bot ( Rhonda) in Castlegar, B.C. are stricken with grief. Philip is survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins in Canada, the U.K. and The Netherlands. He was born in Calgary on April 28, 1975 and lived in Alberta and British Columbia. He followed a series of career paths and was proud to have completed his third year towards his journeyman carpenter’s ticket. Philip confidently provided Industrial First Aid on the jobsite. Philip enjoyed art and painting all his life. Before taking a job in carpentry he worked in graphic arts. Many enjoyed his wit and comedic talents. He took on life with great energy which was evident through his mountain biking, outdoor activities and skateboarding. His gentle character and sense of humour was most evident in the company of his children. Many were touched by his frank and compassionate personality. We miss him terribly. Cremation has taken place. A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Yates Funeral Service and Crematorium, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, B.C. A trust fund for the children will be created.
BOYCE, Viola Elizabeth
February 1, 1916 - December 26, 2011 Daughter of Nelson John Boyce and Janie Elizabeth Boyce, nee Cully. Predeceased by her brother Richard and sister Marjorie. Mourned by her brother Ronald, sister-in-law Pleuke, nephew Richard; her nieces and nephews Janie, Bill and Debi, Doreen, Richard. Viola was born in Montreal, but spent the biggest part of her life in Toronto, where she worked as a secretary. After her retirement she moved to Orillia, Ontario and about 10 years later to Vancouver Island, where she lived in Parksville and Nanaimo. She was an avid photographer and a talented painter. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday January 4, at 1 pm at Yates Cemetery, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville.
BREEN, John (Jack) Kendall
January 6, 1926 - December 6, 2011. Jack passed away peacefully in Qualicum Beach, BC at the age of 85. He leaves behind his wife Ruth of Qualicum Beach; son Rod (Brenda) of Errington; daughter Judie Sanbrooks of Nanoose Bay; granddaughters Shailie and Jennifer (Dave); and, great-granddaughter Jordyn. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Alice, his first wife Elizabeth, along with many relatives, friends, and colleagues. Jack was born and raised in Prince Rupert, a place he fondly remembered. He was employed as a Statistician at MacMillan Bloedel in Port Alberni from 1957-1991. As a caring and loving father, he enjoyed camping and road trips with his young family. In 1985, Jack married Ruth and for over two decades they enjoyed international travel, plus many sunny days on local golf courses. Jack’s interests included wood carving, music, and he was an avid cribbage player. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Funeral Chapel (1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC) on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, c/o Tribute Program, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4 or through their on-line Donor Center www.bcchf.ca Our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff of The Gardens at Qualicum Beach for the comfort, compassion, and care that they bestowed upon this gentle, unassuming, and intelligent man. He will be forever in our hearts.