RICHARD, Joseph Gerard - Monday, 09 Jul 2007
We sadly announce the passing of our husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, great grandpa and most truest friend, Joseph Gerard Richard, at the Chilliwack General Hospital, July 9, 2007, age 62.
Joey was born in Howlan, PEI on January 11, 1945.
Predeceased by parents Gerard and Obe Richard, and leaving in sorrow his wife:Maxine; daughters: Shelley Oglive and Natalie (Bill) Ritchie; two sons: Todd (Sylvia) and Joaquin, stepson: Wayne (Mindy) Halliday; stepson: Shane (Donna); stepdaughter: Heather (Randy); 12 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two sisters: Rose Marie, Olive Marie; one brother: William (Maggie); many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of Joey’s Life will be held at the Chilliwack Arts Center, 45899 Henderson Ave. Chilliwack, BC., on Wednesday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Rick Bryson officiating.
If family and friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
We send you off lovingly to God to be a part of his choir of Angels.
You will be sadly missed by us all.
GOGUILLOT, “Gogi” - Monday, 09 Jul 2007
(April 22, 1929 - July 9, 2007)
The sun was shining and the skies were clear as Gogi took off for his last flight on July 9th, 2007. Gogi had a lifelong love for aviation. He built both model and homebuilt airplanes and flew them out of Delta air park. For several years he was president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 85. He owned and managed Sport Aviation an airplane supply company and during the 1970’s he was co-designer for the WW 1 SE5A Replica biplane. It became a classic in it’s own time and squadrons of Replica SE5’s are flying around the world, in Canada, UK, USA, NZ.
Gogi took on the job of General Manager of the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport, BC. During Gogi’s administration, the museum received four Canadian Owners & Pilots Association Awards, Gogi himself received COPA’s highest national honour, the AOPA Silver Tray in 1996, and was the first Western Canadian to be so honored. He retired in 2003 but continued to help build and repair airplanes in his workshop.
Gogi is survived by his loving wife Jean (nee Reeder), his sister Joan (Jim) McGuiness, his brother Duncan, his three children, Sharon (Fred Sommer), Barb (Cam McGowan) and Robert (Karen) and six grandchildren.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
No funeral service will be held at this time. A celebration of Gogi’s life will be held in September.
In lieu of flowers please send your donation in the memory of “Gogi” to the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley or to a charity of your choice.
KOSMAN, Claude Sylvian - Saturday, 07 Jul 2007
Born on May 29, 1914 in St. Norbert, Manitoba.
Claude passed away on July 7, 2007 in Chilliwack, BC. Claude grew up in St. Adolphe, MB with a big family on a vegetable farm. In the 60’s Claude and his wife Christel moved to Langley, BC, where he bought and ran a pool hall business.
Then in the 70’s, he moved to Chilliwack and set up a rental business and with his previous farming experience, he rototilled gardens on the side.
Claude had the most beautiful flower and vegetable gardens with the biggest vegetables you ever saw.
Claude’s hobby was curling. He joined a curling league and played for many years and made many friends.
Claude was a devoted loving husband to his wife, Christel, whom is in the Bradley Centre since 2001, he would sit by her bedside nearly everyday and hold her hands. The past few years Claude lived at the Lynnwood Place and enjoyed the company of friends playing cards, pool, bingo and other activities that were offered.
Thank you Lynnwood Place staff and friends.
Claude will be deeply missed by his surviving brothers: Charlie and Edgar; sisters: Rose, Mae and Faye; along with lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.
No services will be held as requested by Claude.
BROWN, Alexander William - Thursday, 24 May 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the death of a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Alec passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 24 at the Chilliwack General Hospital at the age of 92.
He is survived by his son Peter and daughter-in-law Kathy, his five grandchildren, Jeff (Andra), Jenny Malcolm (Christian), Cameron, Carter and Hunter Brown and their mother, Manly Mearns. He also leaves behind two great- grandchildren Justine and Evan.
Alec was predeceased by his parents, James (1964) and Rene (1961), his wife of nearly 50 years, Phyllis (1993), his son, Richard (2004), and his sister Edna and brother-in-law Mel Keppy.
Alec was born on August 4, 1914 (the start of the Great War) in Carshalton, Surrey, England. His parents lived in China and Alec attended school at Clifton College in Bristol, England.
His mother visited once a year often stopping in Vancouver on the way to and from England.
Upon graduation Alec went to business school in Neutchatel, Switzerland where he developed a life-long love of the French language.
His first job was with Imperial Tobacco. Seeking adventure he traveled to India as a tobacco grader and inspector. When World War II broke out Alec enlisted in the British Army and was assigned to the 10th Baluchi Regiment. On Armistice Day, 1943, Captain Brown married volunteer army nurse, Phyllis Noreen White whose family had lived in India for generations. Their two sons Peter and Richard were both born in India.
In 1951, after traveling twice around the world seeking a new home, the Brown family left India permanently and settled in Vancouver near Alec’s parents. Alec lived in his beloved house on West 30th Avenue for 53 years. During that time he worked for Rendell Tractor, Thorne Riddell and the Canadian Excise Department.
He was elected a Life Member of the Society of Management Accountants of British Columbia in 1983 and a Honourary life member of the Vancouver Board of Trade in 2002. Alec was a member of the Old Cliftonian Society (UK), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (UK) and the Vancouver and Chilliwack chapters of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). At the age of 69 Alec obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC majoring in French literature. Six years later, in 1989 he received his Master of Arts degree from UBC. His thesis was on the poet Apollinaire. At 75 he was the same age as the university and the oldest member of the graduating class.
In 2005 Alec moved to Chilliwack to be closer to his son Peter.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Neil Hilliard, the Lynnwood Retirement Residence, the Netcare staff at Parkholm Lodge and the intermediate care staff at the Waverly Seniors Village. All of you contributed to making the last 28 months of Alec’s life as comfortable as possible. Your many kindnesses will not be forgotten.
Alec will be remembered for his unfailing optimism and inquiring mind. He was a life-long learner and never stopped pursuing information with great enthusiasm. He had a facility for languages and could converse in Russian, French and Hindi. Until the end he was uncomplaining and accepting of his life. He often joked that his initials A.W. stood for “Awfully Wobbly.”
A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Chilliwack, Tuesday, June 5, at 11:00am. If desired, donations can be made in memory of Alexander Brown to St. Thomas Church Building Fund, 46048 Gore Ave., Chilliwack, B.C., V2P 1Z6.
JOHANNSON, Lillian Ruby (nee Jonasson) - Thursday, 24 May 2007
June 3 1909 – May 24 2007
Passed away peacefully. Survived by her family of three daughters Grace Fridfinnson, Rosalind ( Lindy ) Sugden, Francis Knipplberg, and two sons Baldur Johannson and Irvin Johannson. One son Harold Johannson had prematurely passed away in 1991. She was also very proud of her 21 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
One of her many great attributes was how she could make her garden and flowers grow.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Bradley Center in Chilliwack for the wonderful care they gave Ruby. Also a special thanks to Dr. Q. Smith. Funeral to be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home May 31, 2007 at 2:00 PM.
POLLITT, Jenny - Tuesday, 22 May 2007
The family and friends of Jenny Pollitt are sad to announce her passing on May 22, 2007.
Jenny was born April 16, 1918 in Rishton, England, the third of four sisters.
She became a Registered Nurse in 1940 and worked in London hospitals during the war. She married Alfred in 1943 and later operated her own Nursing Home near Manchester. Seeing greater opportunities in Canada, Jenny and Alfred decided to emigrate and arrived with their three boys in 1955, initially settling in Edson, Alberta.
After living, working and raising the boys in various places throughout Alberta, Jenny and Alfred retired to Harrison Hot Springs in 1977. They relocated to Chilliwack in the early 1990s.
Jenny is survived by sons David (Rose) of St. Albert, AB, and Ross (Lorraine) of Calgary, AB, daughter-in-law Sharyn of Keremeos, BC, grandchildren Randy and Ashley of Calgary, AB, and sister Nellie of England. Jenny loved to play bingo and leaves behind many ‘bingo’ friends. Also left to mourn her are many other dear relatives and friends.
Predeceased by husband Alfred in 1993, eldest son Michael in 1997, sisters Kitty in 1982 and Nancy in 2005.
The family would like to thank the health care providers, the staff at Nelmes Pharmacy and especially Dr. Lori Laughland for their care and compassion. Also, special thanks to Lynn, Richard, and Wendy who gave so generously of their time to look after Jenny.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, BC.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jenny’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
GAINES, Elda Beatrice - Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Elda passed away on May 22, 2007 at the Chilliwack General Hospital, age 93.
Elda is survived by her child–ren; Karen Finney, Bob (Diane), both of Chwk; five grandchildren; April (Bill), Ladonna, Lorne (Michelle), Michael (Julianne), Leslie (Bob), and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pre-deceased by her parents, and nine brothers and sisters.
Born and raised in Chilliwack, she resided here her entire life. She took great delight in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She used to knit for them when they were little. Elda enjoyed her home and was very family orientated.
The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Haven for their care to our mother.
In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, donations may be made to the Chilliwack Society for Community Living.
No service by request.
PORTER, Ralph Allen - Monday, 21 May 2007
With heavy hearts, we sadly announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father, Ralph Allen Porter on Monday May 21,2007.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Bernice; his sons Kevin and Paul (Ruth) and daughter Maureen (Brad), granddaughters Jennifer and Heather, as well as his older sister Norma Westman and his loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 8909 Mary St., Chilliwack, B.C. on Friday May 25, 2007 at 7:00 PM.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s on Saturday May 26, 2007 at 10:30 AM with Fr. Justin Huang as celebrant.
Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with refreshments following at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 46221 Margaret Avenue.
Arrangements in care of McLean’s Funeral Services Ltd. In lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.