TOWNLEY, Eileen Violet - Friday, 14 Feb 2003
Forever Our Special Angel
October 3, 1921-February 14, 2003
After attending Worthing High School for Girls (1935-1938) with exceptional grades, Eileen completed the equivalency of a Canadian Grade 13 or 1st year university with top honours in mathematics, English, and languages, and received certificates from London University. Eileen also attended Bolton Tech College in 1943. She was a War Vet and served in the British WAAF (1941-1946) as a Radar Mechanic and Plotter. With help from Lloyd she ran and had over 700 foster children from 1947-1991. She had a group home in Chilliwack on Williams St. 1975-1991. Eileen was an Avon representative for the past 27 years and was not only respected as an Avon lady, but also cherished as a good friend to all who knew her. She was voted ‘Woman of the Year’ in 1997 by the Ann Davis Transition House. In December 2002 Mom was just made a lifetime honourary member of the Stellar Jays Lions Club (Chilliwack). She also belonged to CHAA (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association). After her own personal bouts with cancer and diabetes, she canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Diabetes Association.
Above all, the organizations Mom was involved with over the years, her most passionate past-time was her love for the game of hockey, her most beloved team, The Vancouver Canucks, of which she has been a fan for over 50 years. In 1947 the Vancouver Blazers raised money through a charity fundraiser when her oldest daughter died in a tragic fire and she and Lloyd lost everything. She has been a loyal fan ever since.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Fr. Jack Dias celebrant. Interment in St. Mary’s R.C. Cemetery.
Survived by Russell Townley of Hope, Barb (Dick) Oak of Chilliwack, Roderick (Donna) Townley, Angela Moore, all of Abbotsford, Melvin (Lena) of New Westminster, Marc (Jacqueline) Townley of Chilliwack, Catherine Brown of Boyle, Alta., Mary Madge, Marian (Gary) Larocque, all of Chilliwack, and Larry (Laural) Cox of Merritt. Also survived by 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; over 730 foster children; sister Patricia Williams; and brother Derek Briggs, both of England.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd Everett T. on September 26, 1991; daughter Jennifer Townley on February 7, 1947; twins, Lindsey and Andrew on February 7, 1952; and brothers Michael Briggs and Ken Briggs of England.
Should family and friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to The Lions, Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, or Canuck Place.
KASSIER, Kurt Ronald - Friday, 14 Feb 2003
Kurt Ronald Kassier born December 4, 1933 on Hillcrest Farm in Pinetown, South Africa, passed away on February 14, 2003 with all his family by his side.
He was the deeply loving husband of Elizabeth Kassier; and beloved father to his four children, Pamela, Liz, Carolyn, and James, to whom he was deeply kind, wise and loving, all the days of his life; beloved grandfather to Amanda, Russel, Dillan, and Josiah. He will also be sorely missed by his son-in-laws, Chris Steunenberg, John Lowndes, and Andy Zacharias, who each benefitted greatly from his wisdom, advice, and insight.
He was the son of Doris and Bertold Kassier, who have gone on before him, and the brother of Eleanor, Heinz and Walter.
He was a man of faith, prayer, vision, charity, love, and family, and his presence here on earth will be missed intensely by all who knew and loved him.
A funeral is being held at the Central Pentecostal Church in Chilliwack at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 in his memory. His earthly body will be laid to rest at Hillcrest of Little Mountain Cemetery in Chilliwack.
The family is accepting flowers, as he always loved nature, and flowers.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be left with the church, and will be directed to an African charity mission close to Mr. Kassier’s heart, and place of birth.
USSELMAN, Anthony Peter - Thursday, 13 Feb 2003
Anthony Peter Usselman, 76 years old, passed away suddenly on February 13, 2003 in Chilliwack Hospital. Born in Salvador, Sask., April 25, 1926.
Tony lived in Barrie, Ont. with his wife Pat, where they raised their two daughters, Debra and Diana. He ran a successful appliance repair service for 30 years. They moved out west in 1980 where he continued to run his appliance repair service. His passions were golfing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, bowling, and spending time with his family.
He will be missed by his loving wife Pat of 56 years; sister Anne Ross; and brother Ed, both of Alberta; many nieces, and nephews; his daughters, Debra (Lucky) Christison, and Diana (Al) Wannamaker; his three grandchildren, Deanne, Blair and Tara; and great-granddaughter Marissa. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
No service by request.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Tony’s memory would be greatly appreciated.
McLean’s Funeral Services in care of arrangements.
MONK, William Arthur - Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003
William Arthur Monk, aged 83 years, late of Chilliwack, BC.
William was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home, Chilliwack. Major Angus Haggarty officiating. Mr. Monk will be buried beside his wife, Hella, in the Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery.
PETERSON, Jacqueline Anne - Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003
September 20, 1951-April 8, 2003
With deep sadness we regret the passing of Jacqueline Anne Peterson (nee Shorter).
She passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Chilliwack General Hospital on April 8, 2003 at the age of 51.
She was predeceased by her daughter Leanne; and her father Charles Shorter.
Jackie is survived by her loving family, husband Don; son Jayson (Serina); daughter Danielle; and grandson Mackenzie, all of Chilliwack; mother Wini of Langley; sister Marla (Rick) of Langley; brothers, Dennis (Debbie) of Richmond, and Dave (Heather) of Aldergrove; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Jackie will be held - Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 2390 McMillan Rd. in Abbotsford with Pastor Pat Wiens officiating.
In memory of Jackie, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Jackie touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed. Mom, you will be forever in our hearts. Until we meet again, we love you!
ARNOLD, ‘Greg’ William Gregory - Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003
June 10, 1958-April 8, 2003
‘Greg’ William Gregory Arnold passed away of a sudden heart attack on April 8, 2003.
He was predeceased by his father Bill Arnold in 1984.
He is survived by his loving family, son Spencer Arnold; Spencer’s mom, Sandy Arnold; Beverley Arnold, his mother who he cherished; Nancy and Jeff Whitford, his very special sister and brother-in-law; nephew Joshua; niece Jill; and Uncle Jack of Saltspring Island. He also has many very special friends and relatives who will miss him dearly.
He was a man with a very big heart, and he will leave all of us better people for loving him.
Funeral was held at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Rd., Langley at 1 p.m. - Thursday, Apr. 17, 2003.
Donations may be made to Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia, #201-2730 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, B.C. V5N 5P4, 604-873-0103.
FARRANT, Muriel - Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003
(March 20, 1926 - April 8, 2003)
With her family at her side, Muriel Farrant (nee Bates) passed away peacefully in Duncan, BC.
Muriel was pre-deceased by her loving husband Ted in 1989. They had met in 1944 when Dad was a Canadian soldier stationed in England. They were married in 1945 and Mom followed Dad to Canada where they set up housekeeping in Rosedale. A few years later, they moved to Agassiz to farm. Besides being a housewife and mother, Mom worked in the Agassiz post office.
Muriel is survived by her children: Sandra (Peter), Robert (Pat), Wendy (Kelvin), Jeff (Debbie), Pam (Lou); sister, Vera (Bill); sister-in-law Doreen; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
At Muriel’s request, there will be no service.
If friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
HARDER, John J. - Monday, 07 Apr 2003
John J. Harder of Abbotsford, passed away on April 7, 2003 at age 95 years.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Bertha (Friesen) in 1936; and wife Lydia (Niessen) in 1978.
Survived by his children, Betty and Abe Esau, Martha and Ben Peters, Ruth and Paul Friesen, Harold and Gail Harder, Lydia and Henry Boldt, and Esther and Evert Busink; 33 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Harder was retired. He was a member of the Clearbrook M.B. Church.
Viewing will be held on Friday, Apr. 11, 2003 from 7-8 p.m. at the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003 at 1 p.m. from Maclure Rd. Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. from Clearbrook M.B. Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.B. Missions/Services International, MCC or a Christian Mission of your choice.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
WAY, Matthew SimMonday, 07 Apr 2003
Mr. Matthew (Matt) Simon Way late of Chilliwack, passed away on April 7, 2003 at the age of 21. Matthew was a past member of #1725 Army Cadet Corp. - Chilliwack.
He is survived by his loving family, father Mike and Moneca of Chilliwack; mother Pam Way of England; and sister Sarah and financé Steve of Vancouver. His paternal grandmother Edith ‘Bunny’ Way of West Vancouver; and maternal grandmother Gladys Fuller of England. He is also survived by uncle Peter (Bernie) Way and cousins Brennan and Elliott, all of Langley; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends in Canada and England.
Services will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church with Father Fred Tassinari officiating with interment of cremated remains to follow at Carman Cemetery.
If family or friends so desire, donations to Vancouver Children’s Hospital would be appreciated.
CHARETTE, Gabrielle - Sunday, 06 Apr 2003
Gabrielle Charette went to be with her Lord, peacefully on April 6, 2003 after a long illness. Gabrielle was born January 19, 1920 in St. Claude, Man. to Eugene and Antoinette Robart.
She lived most of her life in Winnipeg, moving to Burnaby in 1972. The last 13 years of her life were spent on an acreage in Chilliwack where she loved tending her outdoor fires, picking berries and helping in the garden.
She is predeceased by her husband Alfred (1969); her parents; and her seven sisters.
Left to mourn her are her children, Ruby Harrison, Hazel (Brian) Girdwood, Terry (Jack) Grassick, Charlie (Giselle) Charette, Maurice Charett, Louise (Roger) Gerardy, Louis (Maureen) Charette, Suzanne (Gary) Parberry, and Lorraine (Kenny) Viegas. She is also survived by her only brother Ulric (Margaret) Robart of Winnipeg, Man.; 28 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in Canada and the U.S.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at First Avenue Christian Assembly in Chilliwack on April 11, 2003 at 1 p.m. Pastor Elmer Martin officiating.
Special thanks to Dr. Quentin Smith for the excellent care and compassion in treating our mother.
NEILL, Donald - Sunday, 06 Apr 2003
Donald Neill late of Chilliwack and formerly of Manitoba and Ottawa passed away April 6, 2003 in Chilliwack at the age of 79. Don was born December 11, 1923 in England and had lived in this area for 22 years.
‘’Easy Rider at 79’’. Don worked as a federal surveyor for 36 years. He was a devoted father and grandfather, a veteran of the Second World War with the British Royal Navy, a marathoner, cyclist, Nordic skier and active member of the YMCA. He was a singer and musician, chess player, avid reader of history, enjoyed a cigar and a brandy and was active to the end. Don will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Don is survived by his wife Phyllis of 53 years; children, Avaleigh, Peter, Allison, and Michael (Kelly); and grandchildren, Aidan, Carmen, Samuel, and Emily; and extended family in Manitoba and Ottawa.
Don was predeceased by his mother Nellie Alice Boulton; stepfather George Henry Daye; father Henry Neill; and brother Harry Neill.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Chilliwack Family YMCA.
All are welcome to attend a reception held at the family home at 45789 Victoria Ave., April 13, 2003 from 1-5 p.m. Henderson’s Funeral Home, Chilliwack, in care of arrangements.