WILLIAMS - Ken, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2002, at the age of 78 years. A long-time employee of the City of Burnaby, Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruby; daughter, Gerry; son-in-law, Wray Embleton; grandchildren, Leah & Laurel (Brian); sisters, Dorothy & Barbara; relatives & friends. Grateful thanks to the doctors & staff of MSA Hospital ICU. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, June 7, 2002, at the Cedar Springs Clubhouse, 4001 Old Clayburn Road, Abbotsford. Pastor John Bonham officiating. In memory of Ken, donations may be made to Canadian Food for the Hungry, #005, 2580 Cedar Park Place, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 3S5.
Kenneth Kweku Amissah
AMISSAH - Kenneth Kweku, passed away peacefully in Surrey, BC, on June 27, 2002, at the age of 28 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving family: parents, Abigail and Robert; sisters, Vanessa and Joanna; extended family at home and abroad, and many dear friends. A Visitation is planned for Friday, July 5, 2002 from 2:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. and again on Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon at Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 3070 - 275A Street, Aldergrove, BC. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 6, 2002 at St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 11601 - 82nd Avenue, North Delta, BC, with Reverend Peter Klenner Officiating. Donations in Kenneth's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4J4.
Thomas Jeffrey Easter
EASTER - Thomas Jeffrey, born May 3, 1988 in Bellevue, WA, completed his life journey on July 20th, 2002 in Seattle, WA. Tommys tremendous determination, grace, and courage during his long battle with cancer is an inspiration to all who knew him. His compassion and concern for others in the face of his personal struggle is a life lesson for us all. His interests and passions included skateboarding, reading, martial arts, the Seattle Mariners, computer games and a budding interest in wilderness travel and fishing. His cats Frisky and Tigger, and his dog Mia were among his most beloved friends. Tommy was a good student, possessed a wry sense of humor and a keen intellect. Tommy is survived by his mother Brenda Rice, father Jeffrey Easter, siblings Katie and Brian Easter, grandparents Terry and Donna Dawley, Bill and Billie Easter, and Jan Sampson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Tommys family is grateful to the doctors, nurses and support staff of Childrens Hospital in Seattle for all of their efforts, support & compassion on his behalf. Funeral Services to be held at Robinswood Park House, 2432 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA on Thursday July 25, 2002 at 2:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Tommy's name.
Karl James Frees
FREES - - Karl James, passed away suddenly at his home in Aldergrove on June 25, 2002, at the age of 61 years. He is predeceased by his daughter, Deborah; brothers, Aubrey and Wilbert and will be sadly missed by his loving family: wife, Ina; daughters, Gwen (Erik), Angela (Rick), Lisa, Roxanne (Dave); 7 brothers, 7 sisters, 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, June 29, 2002 at Aldergrove Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 26245 - 28th Avenue, Aldergrove, BC. Donations in Karl's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4J4.
GARBUTT Leslie. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Les, loving husband and father, on July 22, 2002. Taken from us much too soon, but taking comfort in a life lived to the fullest for 81 years. Survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Bernice; son, Dale and daughter in-law, Lorraine; brother, Jock, and many cherished nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers, Ronald, Gordon and Herbert and sister Molly. Les was born in the rural town of Bethune, Saskatchewan on July 4, 1921. He spent his early years on the family farm, and then went to work with his older brother, Ronnie, at Belbeck Angus Farm in Moose Jaw. He entered the Air Force in 1941 and served as an airplane mechanic at Bella Bella on the BC coast and in Saskatoon, where he pitched fastball for the Stations team. After he was discharged, he entered the jewelry business, which took him to many different places. In 1949, he married Bernice in Sintuluta, Saskatchewan, and, after a few moves, settled in Regina where, in 1958, Dale was born. The family made its way to Calgary, Vancouver, Coquitlam and, in 1969, Les realized a dream when he started Gardale Angus Farm in Milner, BC. During this time, he was the manager of Millers Jewelers in New Westminster, until he retired in 1983. He continued to run his farm and show his prize purebred Angus Cattle, until, in 1993, at the age of 72, he decided it was time to really retire and moved the family to Aldergrove. He stayed active in the Angus business, keeping cows and calves at other peoples farms, while indulging his need to stay busy by golfing and attending and holding garage sales. In July 2001, he celebrated his 80th birthday with a barbecue attended by many family and friends. He remained active doing the things he loved, right up until July this year when felled by a stroke and complications which led to his death on Monday. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 29, 2002, at Aldergrove United Chuch, 2623 272nd Street, Aldergrove, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in Less memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Langley Memorial Hospital CCU would be appreciated. Sincere thanks to all the attending physicians and nursing staff at Langley Memorial Hospital.
HILDEBRANDT - Kai-Uwe, passed away suddenly on July 4, 2002, at the age of 35 years. Kai is survived by his loving wife, Shantelle; daughters, Erika and Natasha; parents, Uwe and Helga; brother, Michael; parents-in-law, Gail and Dennis McKintuck, numerous relatives and friends. Viewing will be held from 7:00 9:00 P.M. on Friday, July 12, 2002, In the Chapel of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 3070 275A Street, Aldergrove. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at Northview Community Church, 32040 Downes Road, Abbotsford.
Janet Ileen Pierotti
PIEROTTI - Janet Ileen (nee Quelch), passed away at Peach Arch Hospital on June 26th, 2002. Janet was born in Vancouver on June 6th, 1955 and is predeceased by her brother Jeff in 1991. Janet is survived by her loving husband Larry; her much loved children David and Annie; her stepchildren Jamie and Angela. Also mourning her passing are her parents John and Joyce Quelch; brother Steve (Debbie); nieces Shannon and Stefanie; Larry's father Max Pierotti and his wife Jennifer; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, July 4th, 2002 at 1:00 PM at the Bible Fellowship Church, 15100 - 66A - Avenue, Surrey, B.C. with Pastor Dennis Hixson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver B.C. V6H 3V4 or the B.C. Association of Parkinson's Disease, Suite 600 - 890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 1J9, appreciated.
SCHAFFER - Barbara (Babs) Emily (nee Gronekavez), of Surrey, B.C., born January 12, 1925, in Regina, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully on July 18, 2002, in Surrey, BC, at the age of 77 (the youngest of 16). Barbara was fondly known as Babs. She is predeceased by her loving parents, Father, Anton Gronekavez and Mother, Katharina Gronekavez (nee Schmidt); her beloved husband, Anton Adam Schaffer; her infant daughter, Sharron Catherine Schaffer; and beloved niece, Andrea Schaffer. Babs will be lovingly remembered and missed by her four sons: Anton (Tony) John (Pam), David Lawrence (Gwen), Jerry Mike (Linda), and Christopher Joseph (Linda); and her grandchildren, Amberly, Jessica, Jessey & Adam (Tony), Adrian (David), Jamie (wife Sherry), Jacey & Hollister and Godchildren, Caleb and Hayes (Jerry), and Noel (Chris); her great-grandchildren, Kenton & Cameron (Jamie & Sherry); and many relatives. An open Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 3:00 P.M., at Celebration Life Church, 7093 King George Highway (Room 210), Surrey, BC. Pastor Gwen Dreger, Officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C.
PORTH - Evelyn, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at the age of 85. She was surrounded by the loving care of the Menno Home staff as she left this earth to reside in her new home in heaven. Evelyn was born the youngest of eleven children to Fred and Molly Wonsch in Libau, Manitoba. While still in her teens, she married Dr. Frank Porth. She faithfully devoted herself to him in his years of practicing medicine, then working for the Department of Indian Affairs combatting the disease of Tuberculosis. In March 1977, Frank passed away at their cottage by Echo Lake, near Fort QuApplle, Saskatchewan. They had two sons, Conrad (presently resides with wife Mary in Calgary, Alberta) and Ron (resides with wife Leona in Abbotsford, BC). Evelyn was the backbone of the family. She always went beyond the call of Motherhood to generously provide love and support to her sons. Her many relatives and friends knew her for her energetic drive, sense of humor, and friendly, cheerful disposition. She was an active member of her church, where she assumed many roles of serving. As her 7 grandchildren arrived, Robin (Layne) Sebastion of Okatoks, Alberta, Cheri of Vancouver, BC, Ryan of Abbotsford, Chris of Vancouver, Jordan and Jillian of Abbotsford, and Margaux of Calgary, Alberta, she greeted them with much love, and cared for and nourished each one throughout the rest of her life. She was also blessed with 3 great-grandchildren, Brianne, Logan and Keifer Sebastion of Okatoks. She was greatly loved by her niece Rubie Minkie of Richmond, cousin Lou Porth of Calgary, and many other nieces and nephews. Evelyn lived a life of contentment and acceptance, giving without wanting. In 1990, she moved to Abbotsford, BC and for the last five years she has been a resident of the Menno Home. She enjoyed her time there immensely in the warm, Christian atmosphere the staff so lovingly provided. Following surgery in early May 2002, her health began a steady decline. Her family wishes to thank Dr. Gary Heffner, and also Louise Oppell and her staff of many saints at the Menno Home for the exceptionally tender and compassionate care they provided for her, especially during her last days. According to Evelyns wishes, her body will be cremated, with arrangements being handled by Personal Alternative Funeral Services, 3070 275A Street, Aldergrove. Interment will be at MacLure Road Cemetery, Abbotsford, BC. A private Memorial Service for immediate family and relatives will be held in the funeral home chapel at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, July 13, 2002, with Reverend Tony Nash officiating. Friends so wishing, may kindly make donations in Evelyns memory to a ministry she so faithfully supported, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, PO Box 841, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2R3.
Leland Brien Watts
WATTS - Leland Brien, passed away suddenly in Delta, BC, on June 26, 2002, at the age of 54 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.
Bonita (Bonnie) Louise Brooks
December 18, 1947 to August 26, 2002
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and lived in British Columbia since age 21, Bonnie passionately pursued her education and received her Masters degree in Social Work. She went on to pioneer the Social Work program at UCC. Her other passions included gardening, antique collecting, crafting, travel and many, many friends. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Partridge; her sons, Darren and Bradley Dutchak and her siblings, Bev and Dennis. She is predeceased by her parents, Theresa and George Brooks. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Angelican Cathedral on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 2 p.m. Reception at the Cathedral hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, Bonnie and her family would appreciate donations to the Bonnie Brooks Bursary Fund, at the U.C.C. Foundation, Box 3010, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5N3, a bursary for international studies at social work.
BANCESCU - Nicholas, of Fruitvale, born October 1, 1921 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, died suddenly at Columbia View Lodge on September 15, 2002.
Nick will be sadly missed by his wife of 44 years, Edna; his children, Alan (Linda) Scott and Lorne Scott; grandchildren, Brandi (Mike) and Ray (Sara); and great-grandchildren, Ellysa and Ethan, as well as his four brothers. His parents, five brothers and two sisters predecease Nick.
Captain Mike Hayes will conduct the Funeral Service on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church in Trail. LEGIONAIRES PLEASE ATTEND. The family would appreciate donations to the Salvation Army Church, 2030 - 2nd Avenue, Trail, B.C., V1R 1N3, as an expression of sympathy. Bill Clark of Personal Alternative Funeral Services is in care of the arrangements.
Gladys Lucy Carstairs
CARSTAIRS - Gladys Lucy, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2002, at the age of 81 years, following a short illness. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 61 years, Reginald; son, John; daughter, Joanne and grandchildren, Melissa and Holly, Andrea and Graham. Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, September 13, 2002, at Colebrook United Church, 5441 - 125A Street, Surrey, BC.