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SPILSBURY, Ada May  
SPILSBURY, Ada May September 8, 1936 – February 17, 2015 Born in Steveston, BC on September 8, 1936 and passed away in Richmond, BC on February 17, 2015 at the age of 78. Interment to take place at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Surrey, BC on February 27, 2015 at 10 a.m.
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SUTHERLAND, Shirley Eileen  
SUTHERLAND, Shirley Eileen (Fryer) Our beloved mother passed away peacefully on the morning of February 22, 2015, with family by her side. Predeceased by her husband Neil and sister Dorothy. Shirley is survived by her daughter Kathy and sons Neil and Ian (Liz). Shirley was born on March 18, 1927 in Port Coquitlam and loved her childhood spent growing up around trains. After graduating from Normal School, she began a teaching career that took her to Falkland, Kamloops and then to Whitehorse, where she met and married Neil. Together they created a very loving home for their family as Neil's career moved them to West Vancouver, New Denver, Golden, Vernon, Powell River and Surrey. Spirited, social, funny, forthright, generous and loving, Mom embraced life. Animated conversations over cups of coffee with family and friends, dancing, swimming, golfing, curling, politics, roses and sweet peas, her beloved Canucks, birdsongs, writing daily in her journal, Sudoku and NYT crossword puzzles, sunny spring days, parties and reading were all sources of great pleasure in her life. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Birch/Carelife for providing loving care and to our cousins and friends whose visits brought comfort and laughter into her final years. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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VAN VIERSEN, Adrie  
VAN VIERSEN, Adrie John March 15, 1945 Netherlands - February 18, 2015 New Westminster Adrie arrived in Canada with his parents and brother from the Netherlands in 1953. He worked as an electronic technician for 50 years but his true passion was music. Throughout his career, Adrie played in several groups including The Syndicate Combo, The Questions and Summer Wind. He played guitar, keyboard, bass pedals and vocals. Adrie was a great entertainer, talented musician, composer and lyricist, performing at various venues throughout the Lower Mainland for over 30 years. Predeceased by Marjorie Parker (partner). Survived by Sharon van Viersen (wife); son Adrie C. van Viersen; daughter Holly Krijgsman van Viersen (Edward), grandchildren Lisa and Bart (Netherlands); brother Cor (Lynne); niece Shauna Clarke (Geoff) grandnieces; nephew Aaron (Karla); friends Faith Parker (John Bennett), David Forster, Alisha, Laura and Brendin Parker. Celebration of Life will be held March 15, 2015. RSVP 604-681-1903. In lieu of flowers, donate to charity of your choice.
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WHITLOCK, Anne Theresa  
WHITLOCK, Anne Theresa (nee Schenkers) November 27, 1922 - February 23, 2015 Born in Pine River Manitoba, Anne died peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Arthur Whitlock in 1999. She is survived by her loving children David, Stephen (Lynn), Elita Lesh (Phil), Roslynn Tarves (Ron), Edward, eleven grandchildren, and her brother Ron of Manitoba. Anne was a dedicated, nurturing and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who had a great capacity for unconditional love, hard work and resourcefulness. She embraced her role as mother of five bringing her very artistic and creative abilities to the family home as well as to the volunteer and work roles she pursued throughout her life. We are so grateful to the staff and caregivers at Columbus Residence who took such wonderful and loving care of our mother. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Church, 3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, with Fr. Paul Smith as celebrant. Reception to follow.
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Wilding, Norm (In Memoriam)  
Norm Wilding June 30 1961-February 28 2014 We lost touch & only recently learned of your passing last Feb 28. With much sadness, we raise a glass & toast to your life, our shared history, many good memories and to say goodbye. Happy Trails Norm. Kelly, Sheree & Laura
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WINSHIP, William James (In Memoriam)  
WILLIAM JAMES WINSHIP March 1, 1935 - November 15, 2009 CELEBRATING SPECIAL YOU HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY MY LOVE I miss you and love you so very much Always in my thoughts Forever in my heart LOVE YOU ALWAYS, Reidun
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ALLISON, Barbara  
ALLISON, Barbara Barbara Allison, singer and former teacher and choir leader at Brooksbank Elementary in North Vancouver, died peacefully on February 9, 2015. Barb was a self-made woman, whose scrappy determination enabled her to put herself through university and become a teacher in midlife. She found joy and purpose in teaching and enjoyed championing classroom non-conformists. She took pride in resisting such absurdities as computerized report cards by writing insightful comments for each of her students, as well as year-end rhyming tributes to them, which won the respect of students, colleagues, principals and parents. For years, she couldn't walk through local malls or go out for dinner without having former students approach her (having recognized her trademark red jacket and glamorous hair style) and thank her for her transformative influence on their lives. Her bombastic style was an irritant to some of her colleagues, and she was once described by a fellow teacher as nothing but a prima donna, to which she replied, You got that right, sister! A classically trained soprano, Barb auditioned for the Vancouver Opera twice, and was accepted into the chorus both times, but refused, saying she was a soloist. Years later she incorporated opera in her music classes, claiming it was the perfect art form for Grade 7 kids who naturally appreciated passion, defiance and doomed heroism. In spite of a tumultuous first marriage, Barb never gave up on finding love, and told hilarious stories about her dating experiences (What a bunch of weirdos!) until one day a mechanical engineer knocked on the door, and Barb met the love of her life. Jim Lundblom was a strong, protective man who was the perfect foil for Barb's mercurial nature, offering her calm acceptance and summer motorcycle travels. When Jim died, she started volunteering – singing for seniors, and joining the Deep Cove Lions, shaking the can for the Canvass for Children campaigns, using her operatic voice to yell Cheapskate! at passersby. Never forgetting the lean years when as a single parent she'd worked as a cleaner in her sister's bakery, and took the bus to UBC (she appreciated the kindness of Gordon Smith, her Fine Arts instructor, who often gave her rides home to the North Shore), she was a generous donor to many charities, and financially assisted many family members and friends. Barb was predeceased by her twin sister Beverley Harper, her son Karl Gutensohn, and her niece Rebecca Olson Gervais. Her daughter Kathy, son-in-law Robin Sirett, grandchildren Patrick and Nikki, and great-nieces Kyla and Stacey, will always remember her youthful attitude, sense of humour and love of fast red cars. At North Shore Hospice, heavily sedated but still fighting her loss of independence, Barb found solace in music – her opera, jazz and Johnny Cash cds were brought in and cranked up so she – and everyone else - could hear them. Several nurses became opera fans. As Barb faded, Kathy quietly reassured her mom that after working hard all her life and helping countless people, she could simply let go. Barb rallied and said clearly: I'm trying to get better! Those were her last words. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses who showed Barb great kindness as they cared for her at Lions Gate Hospital's Acute Care, 4E and North Shore Hospice. Thanks also to George and Mark McKenzie at McKenzie Funerals who were very caring in their work. Barb opposed a memorial, proposing an alternative - support performing artists by attending a concert, or support arts education by donating to The Gordon Smith Foundation (Artists for Kids). To write a condolence for the family please visit www.mckenziefuneralservices.com
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BALDWIN, Patricia  
BALDWIN, Patricia Died peacefully in Victoria, BC. Patricia is survived by her husband David van Stolk and her children Jennifer Eielson (John) and Andrew Baldwin (Tara Case) and her six grandchildren Oliver, Caroline, John, William, Quinn and Adele. Born in Timmins to Ruth and Edward Wilbee, Patricia grew up in Toronto, where she attended Humberside Collegiate, Branksome Hall and the Ontario College of Art. She married William Baldwin in 1963. While raising Jennifer and Andrew she earned a degree in Interior Design at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, but in 1991 Patricia left her design career and relocated to Sechelt, where she re-embarked upon her true artistic calling, the creation of "beautiful things." She taught art in West Vancouver for many years and it was here that she met her husband David. The two relocated to Bowen Island in 2012 and then to Victoria in 2014. A public Celebration of Patricia's Life and Art will be held at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver on March 29, 2015 from 2 p.m. To leave a condolence please visit www.earthsoption.com
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BELL, Dudley George  
Dudley George BELL Nov 1926 - Feb 2015 It is with sadness we announce that Dudley passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb 23/15. Predeceased by his mother Georgina, Father Charles and his 3 brothers Stanley, Edward and Leonard. Dudley was an avid walker & put many miles on his soles! When he wasn't walking to Surrey Place Mall to enjoy breakfast at Zellers he was watching Women's softball at one of many diamonds in the Lower mainland. No service by request.
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BEST, Arnold  
BEST, Arnold Frederick August 14, 1922 – February 23, 2015 Arne passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital on February 23, 2015 into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior. He was predeceased by his parents William and Beatrice, his brothers George and Bill and his sister Shirley. He will be sadly missed by Phyllis, his wife of nearly 67 years; his brother Cliff (Trudy); his children Byron (Linda), Sharalyn (Don), Glenda (Brent) and Rob (Debbie); his 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and his many nieces, nephews, friends and in- laws. Arne was a lovingly devoted husband and an instant friend to almost everyone he met. As a true man of God, he shared his humble but passionate faith throughout the course of his life. Arne was a decorated veteran of WWII, a businessman known for his honesty and integrity, a church leader who was a peacemaker, a giving neighbour, a wise father and a grampa who dearly loved to laugh and sing silly "diddies." A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1 p.m. at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 28th Avenue, Surrey, with a Viewing between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for those who wish to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Gideons International in Canada.
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