Times Colonist : 2020-11-28



B8 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2020 timescolon­ist. com | TIMES COLONIST To Place an Obituary 250-386-2121 Toll Free: 1-800-991-1933 in BC obituaries@timescolon­ist.com timescolon­ist.adperfect.com Phone: Email: Online: Deadlines Tuesday to Saturday publicatio­n Monday to Friday at 2:00 p.m. Sunday publicatio­n Friday at 2:00 p.m. Our temporary hours are: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We are closed Saturdays, Sundays and all Statutory Holidays COLEMAN, Betty Jean GILMORE, Rick FOWLER, Garth D. *pre-payment and confirmati­on is required for all notices FAYLE, Thelma (nee Andreasen) Betty Jean Coleman of Victoria, British Columbia, formerly a long-time resident of Brandon, Manitoba, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 surrounded by family. Betty was born on April 15, 1925 in Brandon to Gilbert and Gladys Wankling. She is survived by: her brother Jim Wankling (Erla), her daughter Susan Romphf (Jack) and their children: Joslin Romphf-Dennis (James), Ward Romphf (Jessica), Jonathon Romphf (Cindy), Matthew Romphf (Juli); her son Bob Coleman (Julie) and their children: Stephen Coleman (Cori), Joanna Mulligan (Charlie), Elizabeth Pelphrey (Kyle); as well as her greatgrand­children: Noah, Chloe, Ethan, Maxwell, Ean, Elayna, Jackson, and Zelda. She was predecease­d by her husband John Joslin Coleman; her brothers Bob Wankling (Val) and Jack Wankling (Wilma). Upon leaving high school, Betty went into nurses training at the Winnipeg General Hospital graduating in 1946. She worked in Brandon and Nelson, British Columbia. In 1949 she married the love of her life, Jack Coleman, a WW II veteran. They developed a close relationsh­ip with the 26th field regiment and the cadet corp.; which Jack was instrument­al in founding. Upon Jack’s death in 1987, Betty continued close ties with the regiment, being appointed both honorary Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel. She also was the sponsor of the HMCS Brandon, a role she enjoyed for many years. Betty was an active member of her community in Brandon, as well as active member in her church, St. Matthew’s Cathedral. She belonged to many organizati­ons within the church community. In addition, Betty was a member of Girl Guide movement both as leader and commission­er. She was involved with the Brandon 4H Horse Club serving as a leader. A special thanks to Joan and Denise, her private caregivers, who were with her the last two years. September 10, 1944 - November 16, 2020 June 18, 1940 - November 23, 2020 Sign a Guestbook at Rick, late of North Saanich, BC passed away with family by his side at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC on November 16, 2020. Born September 10, 1944 at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Predecease­d by father Jack Gilmore. Lovingly remembered by wife of 50 years Sandra (McLaughlin), son Derek, daughter-in-law Tania, daughter Deanna, son-in-law Barry Selver, grandchild­ren Jarred, Vanessa, Olivia and Shaelyn, mother Edith, sister Sandy Russell, brother Tim (Joyce), and nieces and nephews. Rick had a successful 33-year career with BC Tel working in Victoria, Williams Lake, Cache Creek, Nanaimo and the Lower Mainland. He personifie­d the BC Tel motto of “turning challenge into achievemen­t”. He was a Life Member of Kinsman Club of Canada in which he was an active and dedicated member since 1972. He golfed and curled at Glen Meadows Country Club sometimes both on the same day. He enjoyed his role as a Beacon Community Services Volunteer Job Coach and was a member of the Probus Club of North Saanich. For many years he was a Volunteer Auxiliary Constable with Ashcroft, Nanaimo, and Richmond RCMP. He had a dedicated volunteer spirit and would be sure to get involved with whatever endeavours his children participat­ed in: baseball, softball, soccer and air cadets. Dad always taught kindness, love for family, hard work, was always organized, and perpetuall­y positive. Celebratio­n of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the BC Lung Associatio­n would be much appreciate­d. A heartfelt thanks to the many nurses, doctors, and care givers that have been involved over the past several months. Forever in our hearts. Garth grew up in Woodfibre, a tiny mill town on the edge of Howe Sound, with his parents Hilton Fowler and Phyllis Cheney, his brother Lyn, and half-sister Marie. Fishing on the Sound and hiking and skiing in the mountains gave him a love of the outdoors. In his teens, Garth moved to the lower mainland, and after taking jobs with CN Rail and at the aluminum smelter in Kitimat, joined the RCAF. In 1958, he served in the Honour Guard for HRH Princess Margaret’s tour of Western Canada. While in the military, he married Joan Harrison, and started a family. After his RCAF service, he continued to serve country and community as a member of the Edmonton Municipal Police. He was initially the youngest constable on the force, walking the frigid beat in a buffalo coat and breaking up bar fights. After 6 years in Edmonton, he and his family moved to Victoria, where he joined the Oak Bay Police Department and served for 30 years, retiring as Staff Sergeant in 1996. Garth was a dedicated first responder and a straightfo­rward and compassion­ate officer who served with honour and dignity. In 1990 he married Kathleen Rafferty, and acquired four stepchildr­en. Together Garth and Kathleen traveled the world, adventurin­g through what he good-naturedly referred to as “piles of old rocks” in Greece, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Turkey, among others. They camped, hiked, cross-country skied, and attended concerts and plays. They celebrated their 30th Anniversar­y in July, 2020. Garth had many talents and skills. He crafted beautiful fishing flies and was past-president of the Haig- Brown Fly Fishing Associatio­n. A remarkable photograph­er, he leaves a legacy of beautiful nature photograph­s and scenes of life in many corners of the world. He became a fine woodworker and embraced the DIY gene he had inherited from his polymath father. Garth will be remembered for his quiet humility, kind decency, and his ability to tackle any challenge with dignity and calm. He was a caring father and stepfather, and a wonderful, dearly loved husband. In every sense of the term, he was a good man. He will be forever missed. Predecease­d by his wife Joan, son Brian and grandson Timothy, he is survived by his wife Kathleen, brother Lyn (Shirley), sons Mike and James (Janet), daughter Stacey (Emery), step-children Kate (Henry), Rebecca (John), Paul (Amy) and Ethan (Paula); grandchild­ren Chris, Samantha, Adam, Kimberley, Melea, Erin, Maxwell, and Jared (Cho). A private interment will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park and a Celebratio­n of Life will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Wildlife Federation. legacy.com/obituaries/timescolon­ist November 17, 1920 - November 23, 2020 Due to the varied sizes of Death and Funeral notices, the Times Colonist cannot guarantee an alphabetic­al sort within this classifica­tion After 65 years in Montreal and 35 years in Victoria, Thelma celebrated a lively, fun 100th in (safe covid) contact with her big band of cheering family and friends. She fell into a final peaceful sleep six days later. Thelma was predecease­d by her husband Robert Fayle and Kaare Tandberg, her wonderful partner of 18 years. Thelma leaves her children: Barb (Colin), Judee (Ken), Thelma (Daryl), Les (Teresa), Heather and Robert (Rita). In addition: Doris (Oriano), Eric, Lisa (Torgeir) and Doug (Mindy). Grandchild­ren: Bob (Christine), Patricia, Andrea (Colin), Melanie, Christophe­r, Nikki, Corey (Cubbie!), Keith (Cortlynne), Carly (Brandon), Troy (Jessica), Mandy (Drew), Eric (Bev), Jillian (Cody), Shawn (Mélise) and Magnus. Greatgrand­s: Jeremy (Aliya), Tommy, Mikey, Finley, Natalie, Ryder, Frankie Marie, Jeff, Emma, Benny and the newest family joy - the sweet Kaylee Hicke. And there was her Sons of Norway friends, Ukranian cultural-center chums, Newfoundla­nd pals and Bingo buddies; with caller Bert who used to stop in the middle of calling and say: “my girlfriend just walked in, hi Thelma”. So many adopted family members called her Ma, Mom or Grandma. And she loved you all. Imagine; she named everyone in her prayers every night! She was our rolemodel of unconditio­nal love . Special thanks to daughters Barb and Thelma and especially to grandson Corey - Mum’s closest caregivers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Victoria Sons of Norway Ladies Auxiliary (via Jette Denluck). Mum loved her Sons of Norway family and valued her volunteer work with them over thirty years. Joyful celebratio­n-of-life to follow - later. The Times Colonist notes the following obituaries in today’s paper: BAIRD, BAXTER, COLEMAN, CRASSWELLE­R, CULLEN, * EASTLAND, FAYLE, FERGUSON, FLANIGAN, FOWLER, GILMORE, HOGAN, HUNT, JOHNSON, KADONOFF, LAGADYN, MAYER, McLAREN, MURRAY, OWENS, PARRY, RICHARDS, ROSS, SHELDRAKE, SPELLER, TOWNSEND, VAN DELFT, WHITE, * WILLIAMSON, WILSON, WRIGHT, Beatrice Ruth Dorothy Betty Jean Lesley William John Carl Thelma Dale Robert Harry James (Jim) Garth D. Rick Michael J. Robert (Bob) McKay Kenneth David June M. Carmon Bhagwan S. Robert (Bobby) John Gwen Murray Todd Morgan Bradley Kent Vernon Dr. Michael Andrew William Charles Roy Diana Margaret Cornelis (Cees) Harold George Frederick Stephan Patricia Hamilton * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Due to the current pandemic situation, the service will be delayed until we can travel again. Should you wish donations can be made to St. Matthew’s Cathedral Endowment Fund, 403 13th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4P9; or to the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum Shilo, The RCA Museum, P.O. Box 5000, Station Main, Shilo, MB, R0K 2A0; or to the Commonweal­th Air Training Museum, P.O. Box 3, Group 520, RR#5, Brandon, MB, R7A 5Y5; all of which were special to Betty. Arrangemen­ts are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, (204)-727-0694. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedon­ovan.com. * * * * Denotes a new notice OWENS, Todd Morgan It is with great sadness that we announce Todd Morgan Owens passed away peacefully at home with his loving companion and soulmate Ellen Sandy by his side, on November 22, 2020. Born in Saskatoon, SK on June 16, 1959. Todd was the second eldest of four boys and spent most of his life on Vancouver Island, in Victoria, BC. As a youth Todd played hockey and lacrosse as a goalie. He went on to coach and referee in both. He was an avid sports enthusiast and a devoted Canucks fan. Todd spent many years commercial fishing as well as sports fishing off the coast of Vancouver Island. He spent over 30 years in the constructi­on industry where he was well known and respected. Todd was known for his strong work ethic and witty sense of humor. He was the sweetest and most kind-hearted person you could ever meet. When he wasn’t working, Todd enjoyed playing darts, watching sports and spending time with family and friends. Todd loved all animals; hummingbir­ds were his favorite. He adored his two dogs Odin and Ivy who gave him much comfort and love. Todd was predecease­d by his father Andrew. He is survived by his soulmate Ellen, and her children, Tanya (Robert) and Raymond, his mother Sharon, stepmother Donna and brothers Forrest (Anita), Andy, Elliott and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Todd also had a special place in his heart for Jessica and her sisters Heather and Lindsay. CULLEN, William (Bill or Sonny) Bill died peacefully on November 22, 2020 in Victoria, B.C., after a long decline from dementia. Bill was born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton on September 29, 1935 and is survived by his loving wife Ellen; his daughters Lynn, Patti (John), Shari (Dale) and Jackie (Paul); his grandchild­ren, Troy, Sarah, Kate and Will; and his great-granddaugh­ters Sienna and Scottie. Bill had an amazing sense of humor, the kindest of hearts and was a true soulmate to Ellen. He will be remembered for his love of running (continued into his 80s), his propensity to greet every dog in his travels and for being a true fan of hockey (at any level). Bill was a light in our lives and will be missed tremendous­ly. BAIRD, Beatrice Ruth (nee McCandless) BAXTER, Dorothy Bea died peacefully with family at her side on November 21, 2020 in Victoria, BC. She was born June 10, 1918 in Crane Valley, Saskatchew­an. Bea was predecease­d by her husband Sam and her daughter Irene. She is survived by her daughter Joanne (Derek); grandchild­ren Elisia (Drew), Brennen (Martine), Sean and greatgrand­son Rory. Bea was a veteran RN who worked in World War II. She later completed her degree in public health at U.B.C, a profession that she was proud of. She always enjoyed caring and sharing with others, something she did so well all her life! Bea wanted to be referred to as Grandb, so Grandb it was! Her greatest pleasure was sharing time with her family. Words of encouragem­ent or support whenever needed. She will be truly missed; fortunatel­y she left us with many special memories. Grandb also loved gardening and animals. The family would like to thank the Cedars (assisted living facility) for all the support over the past twelve years. A special thanks to the nurses that also shared with Grandb. Donations if desired, can be made Canadian Hero Fund. It is with great sadness for the family to announce the passing of Dorothy Baxter, who passed away peacefully on October 26th, 2020. Pre-deceased by her husband Gordon in 2010. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved taking long walks with her friends, she loved music, going to plays, and reading. She enjoyed playing bridge, and going on outings. She had worked at the National Film Board of Canada, where she met Gordon. The last few years she had resided at Sunrise Senior Living in Victoria. The family wishes to thank all the staff there who took such wonderful care of her. We are very grateful. She will be missed. At her request, there will be no service. Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held for Bill on December 2, 2020. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion who cared so much for Bill and his family during COVID-19 restrictio­ns. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oak Bay Kiwanis Pavilion, in Victoria, B.C. Condolence­s may be offered to the family at www.mccallgard­ens.com FLANIGAN, Harry James (Jim) November 23, 1937 - November 21, 2020 Harry James Flanigan (Jim) passed away peacefully November 21, 2020 in Duncan, BC just shy of his 83rd Birthday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Jim was an avid outdoorsma­n who lovingly passed his passion for hunting and fishing down through the generation­s. He is survived by his wife Heather, son Jeffrey, daughter Patricia and granddaugh­ters Kira and Cali. He was kind, loving and forever a gentleman. He is missed. Todd, you will be lovingly remembered forever in our hearts. CRASSWELLE­R, Lesley (nee Stutely) In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice. 1931 - 2020 Lesley was born in Brighton, England where she grew up during the war years. At age 14, she and twin brother Keith left school to work. In 1948, they came to Canada with their parents and siblings. She worked at the Tribune Newspaper as an assistant country editor, then in 1951 as an assistant United Church Minister in Red Lake, Ontario. In 1960, she fulfilled her dream and became a staff member at North Winnipeg Inner City Church. There, Lesley and Ken met, worked and married in 1960. Following her vow, “Wherever thou goest, I will go”, Lesley and Ken became a team, working and parenting together in most provinces and the Arctic. Together they met many who are still friends today, many welcomed Lesley into their choirs. During those years, Lesley was successful as a School Special Needs Teacher’s Assistant and as a church CGIT (girl’s group) mentor. She also continued authoring as an informed and gifted writer. Lesley is predecease­d by her parents Stan and Dorothy Stutely; sisters Jean and Barbara; twin brother Keith; and daughter Marnie. She is survived by her husband Rev. Ken Crasswelle­r; their sons Andrew and Mark and their families; nieces Erica and Rosemary as well as nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, care workers and support staff at (Rivera) James Bay Care Centre for their empathetic devotion and caring for Lesley during her dementia journey. Condolence­s may be offered to the family at www.mccallgard­ens.com Due to COVID restrictio­ns, the Life will be held at a future date. Celebratio­n of PARRY, Bradley Kent to the January 8, 1958 - November 7, 2020 On Saturday, November 7, 2020 in his 63rd year. Much beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. Survived by his wife Diana and sons William and David. It was Grandb’s please”. Condolence­s and memories may be shared with the family at www.mccallgard­ens.com request, “no fuss, no service Brad was born in Victoria, B.C. on January 8, 1958 and attended the University of Victoria and the University of Manitoba. FERGUSON, Dale Robert February 7th, 1953 - April 28th, 2020 Dale sadly passed away suddenly on April 28th. Dale grew up in Peace River, Alberta before coming to Victoria to complete his grade 12 at Belmont Senior Secondary. He is survived by his brother Kevin Ferguson and sisters Karen Cowels and Connie Oldroyd. Until we meet again sweet brother. Brad’s passions were many. An avid sports enthusiast, Brad found joy in athletic pursuits including squash, golf, and skiing, whether at Shawnigan Lake or Whistler Blackcomb. It was at Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island where Brad spent many happy summers camping while creating lasting happy memories with family and friends. As a longtime senior executive with Superfeet, Brad traveled the globe and was a mentor and an inspiratio­nal leader to many. EASTLAND, John Carl September 12, 2020 Died peacefully in Victoria BC at age 72, lifemate Nancy and loving son Orion by his side. He leaves behind beloved siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews. A devoted and engaged parent, John coached T-ball, chaperoned school trips, and taxied to swimming/skating lessons. John was a keen traveller who lived in three different provinces. Careers included meditation teacher, bookstore owner, and financial planning director. He held many volunteer positions such as museum guide, political campaigner, and Coast Guard Auxiliary member. John’s greatest pleasure was going on “walking adventures.” This flamboyant flaneur is now on the Greatest Adventure of all, cheered on, yet dearly missed by all. JOHNSON, Kenneth David KADONOFF, June M. It’s with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth David Johnson age 81 in Parksville, BC. He was beloved by his wife of 49 years, Dianne and his 3 children, Michael, Robert & Nicole. June 10, 1934 - November 25, 2020 Born June 10, 1934 in New Brunswick to Thomas and Jessie Jardine. She will be laid to rest next to her loving husband Bernard “Bob” Kadonoff, with whom she traveled the world and had many adventures. She is survived by her two grateful sons, Bruce (Chantal) and Jeff (Tracy), her beloved granddaugh­ter Teadora. She is also survived by her sister Georgia and many nieces and nephews. No flowers, by request. Donations may be made to the Cancer Agency, Hospice or the charity of your choice. https://www.arbormemor­ial.ca Brad is predecease­d by his grandfathe­r Ernest Seaton and his grandmothe­r Nellie Seaton (nee Griffith) whom he loved so dearly. In addition to his wife and children, Brad is survived by his mother Jean (Roland) and his father Hugh (Catherine), sister Gaie (Glenn) and brother Dean (Megan), Sara (Scott) and Paul (Shannon) as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be a page to remember Ken at Yates Memorial. A Celebratio­n of Life will be held once we can gather safely. To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesmemor­ial.ca YATES MEMORIAL SERVICES 1.877.264.3848 “Lives Cherished and Celebrated” A private family service will be held.