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Robertson, Reverend David Campbell  
Reverend David Campbell Robertson David Robertson, retired Presbyterian minister, passed away peacefully at his home in Nanaimo, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. David was born in Carman, Manitoba on August 14, 1928. Prior to entering the ministry, he had a business career as a manufacturer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was ordained as a Minister in 1970. During his student years, he served the congregation of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg and then at Knox Presbyterian Church in Moose Creek, Ontario. Following ordination, he served the congregations of First Presbyterian Church, Kenora, Ontario and St. John's Presbyterian Church in White Rock, BC. After taking early retirement in 1987, he continued to serve as an interim minister as well as being a much sought after guest preacher with several congregations on Vancouver Island. An excellent preacher, he was especially appreciated for his children's stories. David married the love of his life, Joyce Vankoughnet of Carman, Manitoba in 1951. He is survived by his wife Joyce; children, Janet (Kerry) McIntyre, Carol Shantry (Glen Edwards), Mary Ellen (Paul) Desmarais, and Bill (Laura) Robertson; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren; one sister, Anne (Gordon) Manson, brother-in-law Fred (Joyce) Vankoughnet, plus numerous relatives, extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm at St. Columba Presbyterian Church 921 Wembley Road in Parksville, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (1.877.264.3848) in care of arrangements.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2015
ROY, Henry  
ROY - Henry Eugene June 25, 1927 - January 22, 2015 We are very sad to announce the passing of our dad Henry. Henry was born and raised in Saint Georges de Beauce, Quebec. He was the second son of Gerard Roy & Cecile Gagnon. His father Gerard was an organist and manager of a few movie theatres that continued playing silent movies in the 1930s. So Henry remembers his dad letting him watch movies as he played the organ. Henry later worked at Saint-Georges Woollen Mills in Saint-Georges de Beauce. His mom's dad, J.A. Gagnon, was one of the earliest photographers in St. Georges. Henry took over the photography business working along side his mom's sister in the same home built by Gagnon. Henry took his high school in Chicago. And later made a career change by graduating from Palmer College School Chiropractic Fountain Head in Davenport, Iowa. He practiced in Toronto and then in his mom's parents home in Saint Georges de Bessie, Quebec. In 1964 he married Ginette Grenier and later began his family in that same house. As Ginette had a physical disability, Henry took extra care of her during their years of marriage. He had an elevator installed in his home to make it easier for his wife. In the late 1970s, Henry moved his family west to escape snow which he disliked. Settling in Vancouver's Kitsilano, Henry continued to work hard at making life easier for his physically disabled wife and to raise his two sons, Tony and Sydny. After his wife's passing, Henry settled in White Rock. Beginning in 2008 Henry began being attacked by cancer and complications from cancer. He fought a courageous battle and suffered greatly at times. He passed away on the sixth floor of Peace Arch Hospital. Henry has left behind and will be missed by his son Tony who took care of him during his health troubles. He'll be also missed by Sydny and his wife Maureen and their daughter Chance in Courtenay, BC, as well as several friends in Vancouver, White Rock and other relatives in Toronto and many province of Quebec including his brother Yvon Roy in Saint Georges de Beauce, and nieces, nephews, etc. He will be missed by Yvon Poulin and his wife Monique whom he reunited with in 2014 which he hadn't seen in more than forty years. Henry is predeceased by his 5 & 1/2 year old brother in 1929, his parents, his wife Ginette on June 9th, 2002, and several other relatives in Quebec. A small gathering of friends and family took place at the Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery in South Surrey on Feb 4th, 2015. The family would like to thank everyone who attended and especially a family member who gave a heart warming eulogy. We entrust him into the hands of the perfect God, who will judge all motives and intentions of the heart perfectly, rightly and mercifully. "Nothing in all creation is hidden from Gods sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13).
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2015
SHANE, Lionel S.  
IN LOVING MEMORY of my husband, Lionel Shane, who sadly passed away one year ago. Also lovingly remembered by son, Brian; grandchildren Jennifer, Jamie (Chelsie); and great grandsons Parker, Isaac and Owen. Oh how we miss you and will never forget you.
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, 2015
SMYTHE, CHRISTOPHER ROBERT  
I thouight of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought bout you yesterday and days before that to. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name All I have are memories and your picture in a frame Your memorty is my keepsake with which I'll never part God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart. Love Dad and so many others
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Published in Campbell River Courier Islander from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2015
Sparks, Dawn Patricia  
In Loving Memory of Dawn Patricia (Crabbe) Sparks September 20, 1969 - February 11, 2015 . It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dawn Sparks on February 11th after a courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by beloved husband Shane, daughters Amara and Tarynn, and son Shae, mother Sharann Crabbe, sister Tracy Cramer (Randy), brother Cory (Leslie) Crabbe, grandfather James Sutton and numerous extended family members. Predeceased by father Frank Crabbe (2004) and grandmother Julie Sutton (2004). Dawn's devotion to her children was immeasurable and she fully immersed herself into their many activities. She had a special passion for her job and loved the people she worked with at Front Counter BC as a Natural Resource Officer. Dawn touched many lives and is remembered and loved by all. "Some people come in our lives and quickly go…. some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts…and we are changed forever". A celebration of Dawn's life will be held at Beban Park Auditorium on February 26th at 1pm.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2015
Storey, Douglas Haydn  
STOREY - Douglas Haydn Douglas Haydn Storey's long life ended February 3rd in his 99th year. He passed away peacefully after a short illness. His quirky wit and ready song, quiet compassionate nature and constant desire to help others will be missed by all who knew him and especially by the family that he loved so much and who loved him. He was born November 1916 in Stratford-on-Avon, England to the late Joseph Haydn Storey, a painter and performer, and May, an actress, who tragically died a few years later. The family including his father, step-mother, Nellie, and sisters Aulga, Irene, Muriel and Rose, emigrated with Doug to Canada in 1927 when he was 10 and settled in Saskatoon, SA. At 14 and with only grade 8 education he left home to make his own way during the Depression but he persevered and earned a pilots license prior to joining the RCAF as a aircraft mechanic and flight instructor in 1941. That same year he married the late Kathlyn Marsh with whom he raised four children. After the war they settled in Port Alberni, BC where Doug had an automotive dealership and later was a real estate agent. He was a Mason, Legion member, avid ballroom dancer and Elder of the Presbyterian church. In his later years he lived in Chemainus and Victoria, BC. He is predeceased by his wife, siblings and youngest son, Richard Storey, and survived by his children: Glenda Fortin, of Vancouver; Barbara Mercer, of Qualicum Beach; and Brian Storey, of Victoria along with 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Thank you to the many kind staff of Oak Bay Lodge for their years of caring for and watching over Doug. A private celebration of life will be held on March 1st. Contact BrianDStorey@gmail.com for more information.
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Published in Alberni Valley Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2015
THOMPSON, Donald Gilburn  
Just a prayer from the family who loved you, Just a memory fond and true; In our hearts you will live forever, Because we thought the world of you. Love, your family
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2015
Turner, David Bridges  
TURNER, David Bridges February 13, 1928 - February 23, 2015 David passed away peacefully in his home in Nanoose Bay on Monday, February 23, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joan; son, Jim (Iona); daughter, Lois "Lou" (Roy) Barnum; grandchildren, Clinton Barnum, Duncan (Jessica) Barnum, Devon (Kevin) Adamson, Patrick (Christine) Fewtrell, Colton and Brianna Schoenke; great grandson, Harlin Barnum. He also leaves to mourn his passing his brother-in-law, Ken (Bonnie) Nelson as well as cousins and many other relations. David was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Margaret who died at a very young age; his wife's parents and his brother-in-law, Jim Catterall who was killed in a logging accident. Born and raised in Nanaimo, BC, David completed his high school education in Nanaimo. In 1953, he received his Bachelor of Forestry from UBC and in 1954, his Master of Forestry from Oregon State College. In 1950, while working in Sechelt for the Forest Service, David met and fell in love with Joan Catterall. They were married in Nanaimo in 1953 and went to live in Corvalis, Oregon while David was completing his formal education. They then moved to Franklin River, Camp B, a logging operation of MacMillian Bloedel. David worked for this company for many years eventually becoming Vice President of Logging. He was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church and was ordained an Elder in 1960. David served as an Elder in Nanaimo, North Vancouver, and French Creek. He felt so strongly that God had blessed him throughout his life that he wanted to help and to assist in God's work. David was also very active in Freemason organizations where he assumed leadership roles in Craft Masonry as District Deputy Grand Master, Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of BC and the Yukon, and Supreme Grand Master of Sovereign Great Priory of Canada. He was also active in other Masonic bodies including the Royal Order of Scotland, the Scottish Rite, and the Shrine. His hobbies and interests include boating and water sports, travelling, gardening, reading, playing cribbage, and especially family get-togethers. Dave was also a long suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan! A Memorial Service will be held in David's honour at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 2, 2015 at St Columba Presbyterian Church, 921 Wembley Road in Parksville with Reverend Robert Kerr officiating. No flowers by request. To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (1.877.264.3848) in care of arrangements.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015
VERMIERE, Gerard Arthur (Gerry)  
Gerry passed away in Cowichan District Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born in Altamont, Manitoba, attended school there and later spent several years in Swan Lake area. In 1950 he moved to Youbou, BC to work in the B.C.F.P. sawmill and remained there until retiring in 1989. He was a hard worker and an able carpenter; he buiilt his home as well as remodelled two other houses. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes and tending the flowers in his gardens, of which he was very proud. Gerry especially looked forward to summer vacations when he would load up his family and motor out to Manitoba to visit many family and friends. He was predeceased by brothers Edgar, Jules and George and sister Margaret. Survived by Lil, his wife of 64 years; children Deborah (Henke) Perestam, Barbara (Michael) Bedard, Richard (Lucy) Vermiere, Michael Vermiere and Jeffrey (Sandra) Vermiere; grandchildren Christa, Stephen, Ken, Terrie, Tracey, Aaron, Michele and Ben; great grandchildren Kiannah, Jolie, Rylan, Kenneth, Haley, Keith and Lily-Ann; brother Edward (Elsie) Vermiere, sister Angie (Ray) Rock and sister-in-law Lucille Vermiere, as well as many nieces and nephews. His much-loved furry constant companions Peppey and Benjie, and grand-dogs Teka and Mya, are puzzled by his absence and are really missing the tidbits they were offered each day at dinner time. At Gerry's request there will be no service. Remembrances by way of donations to the BC Cancer Agency or L.C. Animal Rescue, PO Box 481, Lake Cowichan, BC would be appreciated.
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Feb. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
West, Elise (In Memoriam)  
ELISE MARIE WEST January 19, 1951 - February 28, 2007 vp+2ifNo one knows how much I miss you No one knows the bitter pain I have suffered since I lost you Life has never been the same In my heart your memory lingers Sweetly tender fond and true There is not a day dear Elise That I do not think of you You lived your life for those you loved And those you loved will remember Your loving husband John
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Published in Alberni Valley Times from Feb. 26 to Mar. 4, 2015
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