Vancouver Sun : 2020-04-11



CLASSIFIED­S C14 SATURDAY, April 11, 2020 VANCOUVER SUN "Your wings were ready but our hearts were not" Condolence­s may be offered at www.deltafuner­ Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040 Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. - Robert Louis Stevenson Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that are happy. - Author Unknown Whoever you hold in the heart of you Is forever and always a part of you. HERBERT, Don Nov. 4, 1940 - Mar. 31, 2020 Don Herbert, 79, passed away peacefully after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Don grew up in the Okanagan area, but made Greater Vancouver his lifelong home. He leaves behind a son Steve (Kimberly) and 3 grandchild­ren. He is also survived by his brothers (Ken, Jim), sisters (Audrey, Marie) and was predecease­d by brothers William and Robert. Don also leaves behind four half-siblings, many other relatives, lifelong friends, and countless others who were close to him. HENDRIKSEN, Mona Panduro August 11, 1946 - March 29, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mona Panduro Hendriksen; Mona passed peacefully in her home March 29, 2020 after a hard fought battle with ovarian cancer. Her easy-going charm and humor endeared her to all. Her generosity, kindness and humble nature were infectious. Mona was the light of every room and the flowers in the garden. Mona was born in 1946 in Vedbaek, Denmark to Eva and Christian Eiberg, she would marry her long-time love Claus Hendriksen in 1967, who survives her today. Together, they ventured across the Atlantic to Canada, migrating west to make BC their home for the past 53 years. Mona began a career as lab technician at VGH, she was an avid and talented Porcelain painter, an amazing seamstress and her creative brilliance could turn any stone soup into a gourmet meal. Mona is survived by her daughters Michelle, Lisa and Trine, and grandchild­ren: Griffin, Kai, London, Winter, Noah, and Mackenzie. Mona and family want to thank the tremendous support and kindness of the nurses and doctors at Ladner Delta Hospital, South Delta palliative care and BC Cancer Care Centers in both Surrey and Vancouver. Donations can be made in Memory of Mona to Ovarian Cancer Canada. A Celebratio­n of Life will be held at a later date. DREIN, Allan There is no deeper sadness than to announce the passing of our beloved father Allan William Drein (Big Al) on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Burnaby General Hospital after complicati­ons from a few falls. Allan was born in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba on December his parents William (Bill) and Elsie Drein. Our dad leaves behind his treasured sister Eileen Harrison, his dearly loved children, son Darren, daughter Cindy (Cross), son-in- law Len Kapasky, his cherished grandchild­ren Rhett, Gage, Tiara and the family Chihuahua Chloe. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and his precious birds "Kelly" and "Tiara" whom our dad loved taking care of. He was predecease­d by his father William (Bill) in 1969, his mother Elsie in 1994, and his sisters Lorraine in 2007 and Beverly in 2013. Allan recently lost his niece Lila in March 2020 whom he was extremely close to and was more like a sister to him than a niece. Our dad was funny AF. There is no one who can argue the fact that Al was the life of the party and loved making people laugh. His material was endless but his quick wit and sarcasm will always be remembered by all who were part of his life. Al’s life was well lived and he was loved immensely by his family and friends. He was larger than life, a great brother, father, grandfathe­r and friend making his loss extremely hard to believe. A viewing will take place with social distancing precaution­s at Burkeview Chapel located at 1340 Dominion Avenue in Port Coquitlam on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for whomever would like to pay their final respects. In lieu of flowers please donate in honour of Allan Drein to The Canadian Diabetes Associatio­n. Please visit www.firstmemor­ialportcoq­ and post your special messages. to offer 22, 1940 to your condolence­s DERBY, David Winton March 19, 1968 - April 2, 2020 David Derby, beloved son of Winton Derby and Geraldine Jarvis (Noak) passed away from natural causes on April 2, 2020 at the age of 52. Dave is survived by his brother, John; sister, Anne; stepmother, Barbara; and three nieces, Francesca, Ruth and Jane. He was predecease­d by stepfather, Bill Jarvis. Dave graduated from Magee Secondary School in 1986 where he excelled at rugby. He was a skier, a road biker, and loved animals. Whether it was at work or socially, people liked Dave. Always available to lend a hand, an ear or deliver a quick jab, Dave could be counted on to create levity in any situation. In addition to being a kind, sweet soul, Dave will be remembered for his sense of humour, empathy and an ability to find the perfect gift. Dave struggled with alcoholism which sometimes made friendship with him a challenge. Through it all and to the best of his ability, Dave always remained a loyal son, supportive brother and loving uncle. A heartfelt thanks to the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light where Dave found friendship, a place to live, and a way to make a meaningful contributi­on. Lastly, our deepest gratitude to Dave’s G.P., Dr. Lawson Baird, who is the type of doctor we would all be lucky to call our own. Dave would want us to celebrate his life when the world is a safer place which we will do. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Salvation Army’s Vancouver Harbour Light, in David’s name. HUNTER, Verna Jul. 25, 1926 - Mar. 9, 2020 Verna Hunter (née Larsen) passed away at the age of 93. She is dearly missed by her family of 4 children; David (Susan), Richard (Denise), Daniel (Rosemary) and Caroline (John), 10 grandchild­ren and 7 great grandchild­ren. She is predecease­d by her husband, Ben Hunter and sister, Elsie Bemrose. Verna grew up on a farm in Saskatchew­an, living through the Great Depression and WW II. She helped her father with farming chores, including driving and fixing tractors at age 13. She attended agricultur­al college in Regina and was the only women in her graduating class. In her '20s, Verna moved to Vancouver finding work as a secretary at a merchant wholesaler. There she met and later married Ben in 1951. Verna will be remembered for her kindness, positivity and dedication to her family. GRIMMER, Beverly Joan September 12, 1930 March 22, 2020 With sorrow I announce the passing of my sister, Beverly Grimmer, at Vancouver General Hospital after suffering a stroke and pneumonia. Beverly was predecease­d by our parents, James and Elizabeth Grimmer, and her brother-in-law Jack Austin Miller. She is survived by her sister Carol Miller. Beverly was a passionate academic, devoting most of her career to her work with the Department of Pathology, UBC, as a Medical Researcher and Biochemist. She also dedicated a number of years working with the Department of Veterans Affairs doing clinical research. Beverly loved her many years as a Naval Officer with the WRENS(R) at HMCS Discovery, but also had a record of service with the Department of National Defence in Halifax. She had many interests throughout her life that included reading, hiking and lawn bowling but Beverly’s greatest passions included travelling the world, competing in bridge and playing the stock market. An amateur genealogis­t, Beverly took great pride in researchin­g her family roots and was proud of her heritage as one of the pioneer families who, in the 1800s, settled and helped develop what is now Surrey and Burnaby. She will be missed. HAMAURA, Robert (Bob) Hiroshi April 23, 1940 - March 19, 2020 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dad, a loving husband, father, grandfathe­r, brother, uncle, and friend who passed away at the age of 79 in Tokyo, Japan. Dad was predecease­d by his parents Shigeru and Sadame, and sister Amy (Tom). Survived by his loving wife Misaye, children Kim (Geoff) and Dean (Julianna), grandchild­ren Zachary (Brooke), Reiko (Mike), Emmett, Rhett, Ashley (Jaycee), Courtney (John), Jayden and Jemah. He will also be missed by sister, Lynn (Mas), and in-laws, Roy (Itoko), Daisy (Merv), Bob (Molly), Ted (Rose) and many nieces and nephews. Dad was a friend to all. He will be remembered for his love of family, his smile, and his sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We love you, Dad. Special thanks to the 3rd Floor & ICU staff of Showa General Hospital in Kodaira/tokyo and Rev. Grant Ikuta. A celebratio­n for Dad will be held at a later date. ERICKSON, George Dwight Aug. 11, 1934 - Apr. 6, 2020 George passed away peacefully, into the presence of his Lord and Saviour at Ridge Meadows Hospital on April 6, 2020. He was born in Mallaig, Alberta on August 11, 1934 to Fritz and Mary Erickson. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Grace Erickson, stepdaught­er Dee-dee, stepson Dennis (Nancy), many grandchild­ren, greatgrand­children and extended family. He ran a lucrative junk business in Poco and was a collector of eclectic treasure his whole life. He also worked in the kitchen at Riverview Hospital for many years. Everyone who knew George knew he was the kindest , gentlest soul and he will be missed by many, many, many friends. A gathering for family and friends will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice. SCHALIN, Eldin June 11, 1933 - April 2, 2020 Eldin passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour on April 2, 2020. He is predecease­d by; his loving wife of 61 years Marlene Schalin (nee Ratke), his parents Ace & Elma Schalin, twin grandchild­ren; Bryce and Cole. Survived by son Doug , grandchild­ren Brody & Mila, his sister Janice( Gary) Taylor of Cremona, brother Grayson (Susan) Schalin of Calgary, brother-in-law & sister-in -law Wayne & Joyce Dyck and numerous nephews and nieces. Born in Olds, Alberta and raised on the family farm in Reed Ranch. He was educated at Poplar Creek school & worked on the family farm and then in the oil fields of Alberta, eventually making his way to the West Coast where he met the love of his life Marlene Ratke. They married in April of 1957 and lived in Vancouver & then Richmond for many years. Retirement years were in Delta and White Rock. Eldin had a heart of gold, loved to laugh, and displayed his friendly prairie nature to all. He was filled with integrity & had a strong work ethic throughout his career in the roofing industry. Dad played & coached many sports and loved to golf. He cherished time spent with his grandchild­ren. A celebratio­n of life to be held at a future date. Donations to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. GARBERS (NEE BRANDER), Joyce March 29th 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce. She will greatly missed by her loving husband, children, grandchild­ren, extended family and many friends. Through the years Joyce made her home in Garden Bay. Being the social butterfly that she was, it was only fitting that she managed the Garden Pay Pub. Joyce had a heart of gold and simply went above and beyond to please . Not only has her family and countless friends suffered a great loss but her community has as well. "Joycie" you were so well loved by so many and will be sadly missed. Things simply will not be the same without you. Rest easy angel. We love you. Hopefully things will be safe and better soon and a celebratio­n of her wonderful life can be held in the summertime. WHEELER, Nora Jean September 14, 1930 – March 27, 2020 Nora (Hughes) Wheeler passed away peacefully at Hollyburn House Vancouver on March 27, 2020. Nora married John Oliver Wheeler, the love of her life, on May 17, 1952. John passed away in May 2015. Nora is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen (Thomas) and Jennifer (David), four grandchild­ren, Nathan, Jeffrey (Allison), Whitney (Justin) and Scott, and her great-grandson, Arthur. Nora was born in Vancouver to James H.C. Hughes and Gertrude Emily (Mcgeer) Hughes. She had a wonderful childhood growing up with her older brother, Jimmy, in West Point Grey. She attended Lord Byng Secondary School and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Home Economics. Many happy summers were spent with her family and friends at Roberts Creek and as the Waterfront Director at Camp Artaban. As a member of UBC’S Varsity Outdoor Club she made lifelong friends while skiing and hiking at Mount Seymour. Nora was a strong support to John throughout his career with the Geological Survey of Canada. She was a loving mother who provided a happy, stable home environmen­t to her daughters, which was especially important when John was away for extended periods working in remote areas of Western Canada. She loved her grandchild­ren and was very proud of the various paths that they have chosen. She was “GG” to her great-grandson, Arthur, a special joy to Nora. Nora was a keen swimmer, making good use of both the West Vancouver Recreation Centre and nearby beaches. She and John enjoyed their cozy A-frame cabin at Whistler and spent many happy times in the surroundin­g mountains. Their dogs were full-fledged family members. Nora treasured her many important friendship­s and gave back by volunteeri­ng with a number of organizati­ons. She was a Master Gardener, an enthusiast­ic photograph­er and a neighbourh­ood advocate, lobbying for community improvemen­ts ranging from sidewalks to safe weed controls. She was also renowned as a great cook and baker, being particular­ly famous for her homemade breads and chocolate treats! Nora will be missed by all her friends and her loving Life will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society. in West family. A Celebratio­n of HAYTER, Gloria (nee GIBB) July 27, 1927 - March 24, 2020 It is with saddened hearts that we share the news of our Mom's recent peaceful passing at Lynn Valley Care Home in North Vancouver with complicati­ons from the Coronaviru­s about a week after she was diagnosed. She was born in Montreal & predecease­d by her husband, Robert A in 1994, and is survived by her long time partner of 40 plus years, Tom Scott. She is also survived by her two sons, Bob (Barbara) and Jim (Darlene), and her brother Glenn (Laurie), as well as many grandchild­ren & great grandchild­ren. She will also be fondly remembered by Tom's family, Kelly, Chris, Julie, Peter, and their families and many relatives. Mom was very involved in a variety of charitable organizati­ons during her working life such as YWCA, UNICEF, & The Kinsmen Foundation. Mom could light up a room with her smile and vibrant, gracious, & engaging personalit­y. She had a beautiful voice and sang at many occasions in her younger years. She was creative and had a good eye for fashion and interior decorating. Mom & Tom had a charming home with a beautiful garden where family & friends were always warmly welcomed. Her family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Lynn Valley Care Centre, Lodge, Floor 1, for their compassion­ate caring for mom over the past 3 years. Their will be no service by request. Donations to the Alzheimers Society of BC would be welcomed.

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