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BRITISH COLUMBIA - Parksville - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 12

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SUTHERLAND, Ann Marie (nee Walker)
September 27, 1926 – September 28, 2011

Ann passed away peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. Left to mourn is her daughter, Katherine Anne Newell living in Qualicum Beach and two granddaughters, Heather Mary Newell, residing in Australia and Jillian Michelle Newell of Qualicum Beach. Fortunately Heather was visiting Qualicum Beach at the time of her grandmother’s illness and had an opportunity to spend time with her before she passed. Also left to mourn is her family in Nova Scotia, her brother Charles T. (Frances) Walker, sisters Eva Dow and Doris (Syd) McNaughton and in Abbotsford, BC her brother Phillip (Joyce) Walker and numerous nieces and nephews across Canada. Ann was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on September 27, 1926 to Newell and Harriet Walker into a family of six children. She had many fond memories of growing up on the farm surrounded by family and friends. One of her favourite activities was ice skating which she continued to enjoy throughout her life. She graduated from Bridgetown High School and then attended her Aunt Nelly’s business school which led to her working as a legal secretary in Halifax, NS. She would often tell us of the excitement of living in Halifax during WWII as Halifax harbour served as an essential naval base for Allied warships. Ann was very vivacious and fun-loving and enjoyed attending the many dances in Halifax during the war. Ann later moved to BC and worked as a legal secretary for Ron MacIsaac in Nanaimo and where she met and married Thomas M. Sutherland in 1955. They moved to Vancouver where Tom opened his law practice. They had two children, Katherine Anne (b.Nov 5, 1956) and Jacqueline Marie (Jan 10, 1962 – Jan 8, 2009). They lived in North Vancouver and later in Shaughnessy and were members of the Point Grey Golf Club and the Arbutus Club. They would often visit the Island Hall Resort Hotel in Parksville, Vancouver Island, which Tom’s mother, Mary Sutherland owned and operated. Divorced in 1967, Ann moved to Kitsilano and continued working as a legal secretary. She retired to Vancouver Island in the 1980’s to be near her family. Her greatest sorrows were losing her younger daughter Jacquie, to cancer at the age of 46 and losing her brother Jimmy due to a heart attack. Ann will always be remembered for her ability to make people laugh, her kind and gentle nature and her nickname of ‘Knomer’. She brightened the lives she touched. Thanks to the staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for the care given to Ann.

TAIT, Sheila Margaret (nee Doherty)
Oct 21, 1922 to Sept 13, 2011

A keen curler (Pres of BCLCA) and golfer (low net club championship 2000). A gifted gardener all she planted thrived under her care. She loved the ocean and treasured her many vacation years on the West Coast with family. Sheila is survived by her loving husband of nearly 70 years - Bob (Qualicum Beach), Children: Barbara (Victoria), Judy (Victoria), Rob (Pat)(North Vancouver) and Susan (Qualicum Beach); six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Tea will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 137 Denman Drive, Qualicum Beach, BC between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parksville/Qualicum Beach chapter of the Salvation Army – where Sheila happily counted and rolled coins from the Christmas kettles.

THOMPSON, Edna Alberta (nee Beard)
February 24, 1916 – October 21, 2011

With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother. She was predeceased by her husband Walter A. Thompson and her grandson Kelly John Thompson. Missing her are her children; David (Lois) Thompson, Janet (Ken) Cretelli, Gerald (Robin) Thompson, Donald Thompson, Lucinda (Lorne) Hepting, Elizabeth Naylor, her grandchildren; Kim (Carol) Thompson, Cliff (Tena) Thompson, Ross (Adrian) Thompson, Dave (Christine) Cretelli, Nicole (Scott) Reilly, Dan (Alice) Cretelli, Leanne (Peter) Sowden, Christy (Devin) Scott-Thompson, Melissa (Graeme) Carleton, Jessica (Jay) Hepting, Lucas Hepting, her great-grandchildren; Grant, Brayden, Gunner, Heather, Fiona, Sieben, Cleo, Kai, Michelle and Ty, and her brother John R. Beard of New York. Edna was the glue that held us all together. She was the life of the party, our greatest inspiration, strong and beautiful every day, a world traveller, nurturer, craftswoman and mother to us all. She lived her full adventurous life on her terms – she did it her way. A special thank you to all the staff at Eagle Park for the wonderful care they gave mom. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on October 30th, 2011 @ 1:00pm. Donations in Edna’s memory may be made to the Therapeutic Gardens Fund at Eagle Park Health Care Facility, 777 Jones St Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2L1.


Jim passed away peacefully April 15, 2011 in Nanaimo. Born January 25, 1917, in Canmore Alberta and raised in Vancouver. He leaves to mourn and will be terribly missed by wife of 71 years Margaret, their two children David (Susan), Peggy (Stan) Robertson; grandchildren Paul (Deanne), Christine (Arnt), Scott (Lisa), Cathy, and great grandchildren Brandan, Stephanie, Zachary, Aila, Brooke, and Justin. In 1965 after a long career in the coastal forest industry he and Margaret moved to Prince George to operate their own business. They retired back to Vancouver Island in 1982 to spend their time golfing, traveling and fishing. No service by request.


Passed away on Sept 14, 2011 at the age of 68 years. He is survived by his son Rene (Christina) of Nanaimo. Predeceased by his wife Marilyn in 2010 and son Adrian in 2005. A Memorial Service will be held at Yates Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Rd Parksville, BC on Friday, Oct 14, 2011 @ 1:00pm.

TOUGH, Margaret (Peggy) Stewart (nee Nicoll)
July 6, 1923 – September 10, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peggy Tough, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. After a courageous battle with cancer, Peggy passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Bruce Eggleston of Bowser, stepson Wayne (Colette) of Peachland, stepdaughters Dianne Bagan (David) of Surrey, Debbi Moyen (Norman) of Metchosin and Gwen Howes (Stewart) of North Vancouver, sisters Dorothy Staseson and Laura Schultz (Bob) of Moose Jaw, SK, 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy was predeceased by her husband Ernie Tough and daughter Jill. Born in Limerick, SK, Peggy lived in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert, SK before moving to Edmonton, AB where she married Ernie Tough, her husband of 28 years. They retired to Vancouver Island in 1982 and spent many wonderful years with family and friends enjoying life to the fullest. Peggy wished to thank all her dear friends including her pool, poker and bridge girls who meant so much to her and who were so generous with their time and help. Along with her family, Peggy gratefully acknowledges all the support and wonderful care she received from Dr. Lougheed, Dr. Love and the home care nursing staff, especially during her last months. A Memorial Service was held on September 13, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion Br #49, Parksville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Building Fund, PO Box 820 Parksville, BC V9P 2G8.

TRAKALO, Jae Margaret

of Qualicum Beach, passed away July 27, 2011 aged 71 years. She is survived by her loving husband Bernie, 1 Son - Dan Heiduk of Nanaimo, B.C., and 1 Daughter - Christine Webber of Nanaimo, B.C. 1 Granddaughter Jolene Webber of Nanaimo, B.C..Also survived by 1 Brother - Robert Carpenter of Nanaimo, B.C. and 1 Sister - Jean Younger of Comox, B.C. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and her Mother-in-Law - Jennie Trakalo of Winnipeg, Manitoba. A Memorial Service will be held at Knox United Church, 345 North Pym St., Parksville, B.C. on Friday August 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Foster Freed officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, 938 - West 28th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4H4.

TREMBATH, Gloria Jean (nee Bishop)
May 27, 1927 - February 26, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gloria Trembath at Qualicum Manor in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island on February 26, 2011 at the age of 83. She was predeceased by her beloved husband William James (Bill) in 1989 and her eldest son William Donald in 2008. She will be dearly missed by her sons Christopher (Sharon) and Toby (Alison) and her daughter Catherine (Doug). She will be sorely missed and remembered by her grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebecca, Vincent, Brian, Charlotte and Sarah, and Amelia. Gloria was born in Vancouver and spent her early years in Saskatchewan before the family moved to New Westminster in the 1930s. In 1954 she married William (Bill) Trembath. Together they had four children and lived in Venezuela, Iran and Africa before settling down in 1980 on Erwin Drive in West Vancouver. This is where she had her most pleasant and enduring memories, until the passing of her husband Bill. Gloria stayed in the family home until 2009, when she relocated to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Nanaimo Regional Hospital and Qualicum Manor for the exceptional level of care and compassion given to her in her final weeks with us. Gloria will be remembered for her keen sense of humour. She had strong sense of direction doing things in her own time and her own way and was devoted to her family. She will not be forgotten and will live on in those she has left behind. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Vancouver Children's Hospital or Easter Seals Camps would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Beach House Restaurant, 150 - 25th Street West Vancouver.

URQUHART, Robert Emmett
May 30, 1916 - January 14, 2011

Robert Emmett Urquhart passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the age of 94 years. He was predeceased by his wife Dolly, daughter Peggy and special friend Eve Knight. Emmett will always be fondly remembered by his son Emmett (Karen) and their children Kimberly, Max, Sean and Natalie as well as son Peter (Wendy) and their children Peter John, Cassidy, Chelsea, Barney and great-granddaughter Ashley. He will also be missed by the great number of friends whom he has made over the years in the Qualicum - Parksville area. On June 25, 1940 Emmett enlisted in the Irish Fusiliers Vancouver Regiment, and returned to civilian life on June 23, 1946. While overseas he met Dolly, the love of his life and they were married on April 22, 1946 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Emmett worked for the Federal Government until his retirement in December 1976. He and Dolly moved to Vancouver Island in 1980 where they enjoyed gardening and other outdoor activities. Dolly passed away on January 26, 1994. Emmett was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and thoroughly enjoyed their camaraderie. Many thanks go out to his caregivers and numerous friends at Hawthorne Place and Stanford Place. Special thanks to Mike and Isabel Murphy, Tom and Vida Cunniffe and of course Father Jozef Kobos and his fellow parishioners at Church of the Ascension and a big hug to Diana and Joe Meyer. If friends so desire memorial tributes can be made directly to a charity of their choice. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembly Road, Parksville, BC, on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:00 am, reception and fellowship to follow in the Church Hall, and burial at Qualicum Beach Cemetery after fellowship.

VEERKAMP, Johannas (John)
August 11, 1934 - July 27, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John on July 27, 2011 at the age of 76 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Anna of 46 years. His Step-children Elizabeth (Hayden Piper), Ronald (Darlene), Robert (Tracy), numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was one of 12 siblings and was predeceased by both parents and 2 brothers, and will be missed by his very large extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many close friends and church family. John had a love of all things in nature, he was a hands on fellow, was a carpenter, builder and a master craftsman of fine woodworking. John was a very active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. A Memorial of John¡¦s Life will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2400 Highland Blvd., Nanaimo, B.C. 2pm

WIDEN, Larry
August 23, 1938 - August 13, 2011

Sadly we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Larry Widen on August 13th. He is survived by Sandy, his wife of 49 years, children Kirsten of Surrey and Drew (Sherry) of Abbotsford, grandchildren Keiffer and Danielle of Abbotsford and Linnea of Surrey, sisters Audrey Rennie of Sidney and Arlene Worsfold of Kelowna and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Sonny and sisters Annette Bowen and Alice Martin. Larry was a wonderful, bright, articulate, hard-working and caring leader who was active in the labour movement and the NDP. He was also a member of the Kinsmen and K-40. He worked at Elk Falls mill in Campbell River for many years before joining the Vancouver office of the CLC in 1974. He will be dearly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Sunday, August 28th at the Willow Point Hall, 2165 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stephen Lewis Foundation or a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend our thanks to all those who assisted at the scene by administering CPR, calling 911 and offering comfort. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Yates Funeral Service.

WILSON, Alexander John (SANDY)
November 26, 1933 - June 26, 2011

With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Sandy Wilson, following a stroke. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He leaves behind his loving wife Joan, and children Cameron (June), Jennifer (Chris), Erin (Paul), and grandchildren Sandy and Morgan. Sandy is predeceased by his first wife Martha (1995), and son Ross (1987). He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by family and friends. Sandy was a truly wonderful soul and an extraordinary man. He retired as president of Magil Construction (Montreal) in 1992. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for their efforts, care and kindness. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA in Parksville, British Columbia in his name.

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