TRUSLER, William Kenneth. Born February 16, 1916, passed peacefully April 26, 2004. Lover of music and literature, teacher of night school and Sunday school, Bill was a gifted Chartered Accountant who built a successful practice in Richmond, BC. He will be lovingly remembered for his devotion to family and for his tenor voice. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth; son Michael; parents Pearl and Roy, and siblings, Gordon, Frances and Mildred. Bill's legacy will continue to bless Louise, Liz, Kate, Neil, Dan, Mike and Bea. Also survived by eldest sister Marguerite and youngest brother Walter. A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday May 1st at Oakridge United Church, 305 West 41st Avenue at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the church would be appreciated. Our special thanks to the caring staff of Little Mountain Place, St. Vincent's Langara and Amherst Private Hospital.
WRIGHT, Beverley "Bev" Mae (nee Marshall), late of Abbotsford, passed away on April 27, 2004, at the age of 69, at MSA Hospital. Bev was born on May 6th, 1934 in Prince Rupert, BC and lived in various BC locations, including Saltspring, Galiano, Vancouver Island, and the Fraser Valley. She graduated from Langley High School and went into Nurses training at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Shortly after receiving her RN, she married Alan on February 6th, 1956 and immediately moved to Toronto. She worked at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and when Alan got transferred to Belleville, Ontario she worked at the Belleville Hospital. Then Alan got transferred to Calgary and she worked at Holy Cross Hospital and a clinic in downtown Calgary. In 1963, the family moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta and she went to work at the G.P. Hospital and then the Backus & Stojan Clinic. Upon moving to Abbotsford in 1975, she worked as an RN at the Regional Psychiatric Centre until retiring in 1985. Bev loved being a nurse. She also loved all animals, birds, nature and would not harm a fly. (Except Slugs - she would use a can of Al's beer to entice them into the can and then she would take them to another area and dump them). She loved gardening, growing things, and collecting rocks. She also loved to read, do embroidery, cross-stitch, crafts, darn socks, and most of all she loved to cook. She was a most compassionate, kind and caring person and never had a bad word for anyone. Although deeply religious, she would not push her religious feelings but simply try to be a good Christian human being at all times. Material things meant nothing to her. She has always been active in the Church and since 1975 a staunch member of Calvin Presbyterian Church and in particular, its Ladies Guild. She thoroughly enjoyed meeting and teaching crafts, until she got to tired to participate any longer. She is survived by her husband Alan of 48 years, and their two sons, Dave and Don, along with four grandchildren, Terah, Kelly, Jenna, and Aimee. Her mother, May Chomechko of Abbotsford, her sister Terri Cherer of New Westminster and her brother Steve Marshall of Kelowna. Also many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed but will be forever lovingly remembered in our hearts. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 2:00 pm at Hatzic Cemetery followed by a Memorial service and reception at 3:00 pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2597 Bourquin Crescent East, Abbotsford with Rev. J.H.(Hans) Kouwenberg officiating. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Association. HENDERSON'S FUNERAL HOME 604-854-5534
MEIRLAEN, Jean (John) Richard Jean (John) Richard Meirlaen passed away at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on Monday, August 16th, 2004, at the age of 77 years. He was predeceased by his wife Camille. John is lovingly remembered by his daughter Rita (Wayne) Page of Calgary, his sons, Roland (Carol) Meirlaen of Edmonton, and Lucky Meirlaen of Calgary, also survived by seven grandchildren, Kristal, Candice, Kim, Tiffany, Brandi, Jodi, and Jacqui, as well as eight great-grandchildren. At John's request there will be no Funeral Service, only a private family celebration of his life. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the Calgary home care workers for their assistance and the medical emergency staff at the Calgary Foothills Hospital and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in John's memory directly to The Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29th Street, NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N2. Condolences may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Arrangements and Cremation in care of FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Directors, Phone (403) 216-2222
MICHALUK, Steve passed away peacefully at home on August 14, 2004, at the age of 70 after a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. Steve was born in Bankend, Saskatchewan on August 3, 1934. He is survived by his loving family: wife Mae of 45 years; daughter Brenda; mother Kathleen, and sisters, Doris and Natalie. Steve came to BC in 1952 and worked for Vancouver Barge, Packer Steamships and Straights Towing prior to joining BC Ferries on June 15, 1960 as Seaman and one of the "Original 89". He retired as Hull Maintenance Foreman, Dease Dock in 1993 after 33 years of service. During his years of retirement Steve and Mae enjoyed several winters as snowbirds in Arizona. His favorite activities were baseball, golf and woodwork. A Memorial service will be held at Valley View Funeral Home, Arbor Chapel, 14660 - 72 Avenue, Surrey on Thursday, August 19th at 2:00pm. Refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Lung Cancer Research, Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
MURPHY, Nora M. Passed away peacefully August 13, 2004, at the age of 95 in Vancouver, BC. She is predeceased by her loving husband Gerard, lovingly known as Pat. She is also predeceased by her four brothers, Joseph, Osten, Dan and Leo; 2 sisters, Sister Pauline and Sister Veronica. Survived by son Terry. I would like to thank the nurses and PCA of Purdy Pavilion for their compassion and care that you have provided during our time there. Prayers will be offered 7:30 pm, Tuesday, August 17, at St. Augustine's Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 am, Wednesday, August 18, 2004. Fr. John Brioux, O.M.I. Celebrant. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V2. Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268
PIERCE, Ruth Alison. After a courageous battle with cancer Ruth passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2004 in the Nanaimo Seniors Village with family at her side. Ruth was born in Vancouver on January 9, 1926 and was predeceased by her husband Benjamin Bruce Wallace Pierce in 1997. She is survived and lovingly remembered by daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Don Bamford, grandsons, Chris, David, Steven, Michael, (Nanaimo), son and daughter-in-law Gordon Brent and Dana Pierce and granddaughter Krista (Surrey, B.C.). A huge thank you to Dr. Stronge for his devoted care and special attention over the years. No service by request, however, a family gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sands Funeral Chapel and Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.
PUGSLEY, Mabel passed away peacefully August 15, 2004 at the age of 77. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, sons Steve, Terry (Trudy), daughter Susan. She will be dearly missed by her sister Elsie, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and her extended family and friends. Mabel loved her family, music, crossword puzzles and the colour red! No service by request. "Mom's greatest desire was to walk again, now she is"
RETTIE, James Robert 1913 - 2004 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Robert Rettie, born July 3, 1913 in Winnipeg, MB, died August 12, 2004 in White Rock, BC. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Catherine (Kae) Rettie. He will lovingly be remembered by his children, Brenda MacKenzie (Malcolm) and Ross Rettie (Dianne); grandchildren, Karen Graham (Tom), Erin Gagner (Jamie), Marion Murray (Paul) and Craig Rettie (Allison); great-grandson Hugh Graham; and special friend Sheila Herbert. Jim was a Professional Engineer, graduating in 1935 from the University of Manitoba. He spent most of his working career in Manitoba, initially with the Province of Manitoba and then Winnipeg Electric/Manitoba Hydro. With Manitoba Hydro, Jim was responsible for design and construction of many thermal and hydro power generation projects. After retiring to BC in 1966, Jim undertook projects advising the court and conducting arbitrations. He was a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and the YMCA in Vancouver. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday August 18, 2004 at Benediction Lutheran Church, 5575 6th Avenue, Tsawwassen, at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Extended Care would be greatly appreciated. Special thanks to all who provided care for Jim at Finlay Pavilion - 1, Peace Arch Hospital.
ROSS, Leonard James passed away at Richmond Hospital on August 15, 2004. Len was born in Calgary, Alberta in February 1923, a proud 7th generation Canadian. He is survived by his wife Jean, children, stepchildren and grandchildren. His body has been contributed to University of British Columbia for the advancement of medicine through anatomical study. The family will have a celebration of his life at Shuswap Lake.
SEGNERI, Mario, age 79 years of North Vancouver, passed away August 13, 2004. Mario is survived by his loving family, daughter Patricia; sisters Rina and Franca and their families. Prayers will be offered on Monday, August 16, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., from the chapel of Burnaby Funeral Directors, 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 17, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., from St. Helen's Church, 3860 Triumph Street. Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Good Council Society, P.O. Box 37105, 2930 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C., V7N 4H9, would be appreciated.
SEMCHUK, Walter, passed away peacefully at Cottonwoods Care Facility on Thursday, August 12th, 2004, at the age of 94 years. He is predeceased by his son Don. Survived by his wife Mary; daughters Sylvia (Dave), Emily (Stan), Louella (Stan); son Richard (Judy); eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Prayer service on Tuesday, August 17th, at 7:00 pm, in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna. Funeral Service on Wednesday, August 18th, 2004, at 10:30 am, from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption, 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna. Interment will follow in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, 250-762-2299.
STEPHAN, Roland Raymond passed away in Vancouver, B.C. A Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at Bell Funeral Chapel, 2746 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver. Burial to follow at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 - 28th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. BELL FUNERAL CHAPEL604-253-4554
YOUNG, Mary Lynette of Surrey, BC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 3, 2004. She is survived by her four loving children: Donna, Andre, Joanne and Gary and their spouses Brenda, Alice, Andy and Charity; also her grandchildren, Kathleen, Nicholas, Addison and Madeleine. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 2:00 pm at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 13130 - 65A Avenue, Surrey. Mary's smile and her willingness to give will be truly missed by all. "We love you mom, till we meet again." Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522
BROWN, William Lindop (Bill) Brown, P. Eng, on June 18th, 2002 in North Vancouver, peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness. Born April 16th, 1924, in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver, B.C., when he was six years old. Bill leaves his beloved wife and best friend Dawn, and children Jim, Dey, Debbie, and Roger and Robert Miller, also grandchildren Angela, Ray, and Frankie, and two great-grandchildren, Bill served as a Pilot Officer in the RCAF in WWII, then graduated in Applied Science from UBC in 1949 and the University of Kansas in 1954, and became recognized as a foremost and highly respected consulting groundwater geologist, with membership in the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada and the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia. Bill and Dawn traveled widely, and enjoyed many fond memories of their journeys. No service will be held, by family request. A private reception in celebration of Bill's life will be held for his family and many close friends at Bill's and Dawn's home. No flowers by request. Donations in memory may go to the charity of your choice.
CONNON, George Alister, born August 4, 1914, passed away June 18, 2002. Survived by his wife, Christine. George was in the Army in the Seaforth Engineers. He served abroad from 1939- 1945. George than went to CN Railway where he worked for over 35 years. In his retirement his hobbies were gardening and wood working. Special thanks to the staff of Delta Hospital for their special care. Interment will take place on Monday, June 24, 2002 at 11:00 am at Mountain View Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2002 at the Ladner Christian Fellowship, 5545 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kidney Foundation or the Delta Hospital Foundation. Delta Funeral Home 946-6040