Llewellyn WEEKES

WEEKES _ Llewellyn Edwards (Lew), age 88, of North Vancouver, B.C., died peacefully Thursday, September 23, 2004 at Lions Gate Hospital. Lew was born March 16, 1916 in Vegreville, Alberta to the late Thomas Albert and Ada Grace (Price) Weekes. He was raised in Hardesty and Edmonton, Alberta and was active in Scouts and Rovers before heading to Los Angeles in 1939 where he attended art school. At the onset of World War II Lew returned to Canada to enlist and served overseas with the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit. Many of his movies of England, France, Holland and Belgium were viewed back home in the Army Newsreel. He also found time to draw and his "This Weekes War" cartoons were published regularly in The Maple Leaf armed services newspaper. He settled in Vancouver after the war and following jobs as a draftsman and catalogue photographer established L.E.Weekes Animations, later Weekes Photo Graphics and made a career of commercial photography and film. He sold the company in 1984 and retired. He loved to cartoon and delighted in finding images in everything he saw, from peoples initials to the food on his plate. Lew is survived by his wife Jean (Morton), his daughter and her husband, Michelle and Allen Michalchuk of Kamloops B.C.; his son and his wife, Hugh and Kathy of North Vancouver; and his daughter and her husband, Hilary and Walter Schultz of Vancouver; seven grandchildren, Trevor (Eka) and Aaron Michalchuk, Ian, Emily and Carolyn Weekes, and Katie and Julie Schultz. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Amy Frederica (Probert), and three brothers, Rupert, Clarence and Harold. No service will be held by request with cremation arranged through the Memorial Society of B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Special Care Nursery at B.C. Children's Hospital and to Lions Gate Hospital. We would like to thank all the staff of Lions Gate Hospital involved in his care and particularly those on Ward 2 East.


Published in The Vancouver Sun on Oct. 2, 2004