Vancouver Sun : 2020-04-11



classified­s C15 SATURDAY, April 11, 2020 VANCOUVER SUN Please visit www.wiebeandje­ Remember your loved ones KENNEDY, William Edward Barton Aug. 23, 1955 - Feb. 29, 2020 William (Bill) Edward Barton Kennedy passed away peacefully in his sleep at St.paul's Palliative Care Unit in Vancouver, BC after a long fight with COPD & Emphysema on February 29, 2020. Born in the Yukon on August 23, 1955, Bill grew up in B.C. & worked in the Forest Industry on Vancouver Island & then Constructi­on in Vancouver. Predecease­d by his parents, Bill is survived by his sisters Bonnie (Martin), Lee & his brother David (Jennifer), nieces & nephews. Bill also leaves behind friends Leslie & Bill Pratt, Don Crawford of Chelsea Tower & very dear friend & Chiropract­or Jaimie Ackerman (& Staff) No service at Bill's request. Rest In Peace Bill, you are missed so very much. MATHESON, Scott Bradley Sep. 19, 1961 - Feb. 22, 2020 It's with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Scott Bradley Matheson. Born in Vancouver September 19th, 1961, he is predecease­d by his father Malcolm Duncan Matheson, mother Ellen Patricia Matheson, and step sisters Judy and Patty-jo. He is survived by extended family and friends across Canada and the United States. Scotty was a lover of all music and enjoyed travelling and meeting people. A celebratio­n of life will be held at a later date when social distancing is a thing of the past. In the meantime please honour Scott by making a donation to the charity of your choice or to Vancouver Children's Hospital. Scott will be missed and remembered fondly every time Roxy music plays. MULHALL, Clyde Sutton Sent. 7, 1934 - Mar 22, 2020 Passed away peacefully on March 22, 2020 at Kin Village Care Home in Delta BC. Clyde was born in Maple Ridge on September 7, 1934. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Leanne (Pete), Cindy (Joe), son Erin (Kathy), brother Guy, partner Nicole and her family. As well his former wife Joanne, his many beloved grandchild­ren, greatgrand­children, many nieces, nephews and good friends. Predecease­d by his brother Mick (Freda) and grandchild­ren, Nicole, Matthew and Samantha. Clyde had a long career as a Conductor for BC Rail. He was a tough labour negotiator and union leader, always advocating for better working conditions for his fellow UTU members. He was never afraid to voice his opinion when fighting for a "just cause'. He was known for his quick wit, unique sense of humour, his compassion, empathy and kindness toward others. Being stubborn was an endearing quality along with his fierce love and commitment to his family. He loved travelling, hunting, working in his yard in Oyama as well as going for long drives, and spending hours in the sun getting the perfect tan. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. JOHNSON, Norman Allan February 22, 1938 - March 13, 2020 Norm grew up in Castlegar, and kept in touch with many friends from those times. A gift for all things mechanical led him to choose mechanical engineerin­g as a profession. After two years of study, he took time out to work on the constructi­on of a pulp mill in his home town. He then returned to UBC where he received a BASC and MASC in Mechanical Engineerin­g . He met Laurel Page, his love and partner, a student in home economics. They wed in 1964. LARSEN, William George Norm’s company, N.A. Johnson Ltd., was a one person office in 1966. He quickly decided that as an inventive engineer, holding several patents for equipment used in high-lead and helicopter logging, that manufactur­ing was his bent. Also as an astute business-man, he expanded his company profile by forming Johnson Industries, Ltd. He began manufactur­ing braking equipment, and purchased a company in England adding electrical brakes to his product line. Some of the more prestigiou­s projects Norm was directly involved in include the NASA Kennedy space center, Cirque du Soleil stage in Las Vegas, US Navy nuclear submarines, Google Energy Kite, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Sarcophagu­s, and many steel mills, mines and ports, throughout the world. Norm did not neglect service to his profession. He served as a member of the Council of Profession­al Engineers for many years and became president in 1979. The Canadian Council elected him national president in 1985. He was also very active in the Calling of an Engineer, a rite of passage for all graduating engineers. As Master of Ceremonies, he delivered the main address to the students culminatin­g in the presentati­on of the iron ring, a symbol of the engineer’s obligation to serve society. His speeches were colorful, and controvers­ial and brought many students to his door searching for a mentor. One student remarked "if you get a job with Norm, it’s like earning an MBA". He loved the outdoors, and is the subject of many tall tales of successful, and eventful hunting adventures. Every year, right to his last days, Norm applied for Limited Entry draws, enlisted family and friends to travel all over BC in pursuit of game, spectacula­r scenery, and camaraderi­e. Norm was a rare personalit­y: funny, annoying, amusing, eccentric, bombastic, loving, a little subversive, smart and honorable. He was a very good person. He will be profoundly missed by his wife, Laurel, his two sons, Lawrence (Heather, who predecease­d him), grandchild­ren Devin and Briana; and Derek (Christine), grandchild­ren Brandon and Andrew. A Celebratio­n of Life will follow when the virus is defeated. The family asks that you send no flowers please but instead give to the food bank or hospital closest to you. With sadness, the family of William (Bill) Larsen announces his passing on March 18, 2020 in Vancouver, B.C. Bill was born to Charles and Minnie Larsen on November 20, 1923 in Cranbrook, B.C., one of thirteen children of which he was the fourth oldest. He attended school in Cranbrook and in 1942 joined the n a v y . Discharged in 1945, he continued his schooling in Vancouver, attending Normal School and later summer school, receiving his Bachelor of Education. He was a well-respected teacher and taught in Yahk, Cranbrook, Prince Rupert, ending his career in North Vancouver including Capilano, Canyon Heights and Mt Royal. During this time, he spent a year in Scotland on an exchange program. Bill retired at the age of 58 and spent his remaining years in Vancouver. Bill’s family and friends remember him as a generous, gentle and humorous man, a wonderful storytelle­r and enjoyed nothing more than his special pranks. He had a sense of history and was the family historian and in later years Bill’s life was touched by the church family of C e n t r a l Presbyteri­an. Last November he celebrated his 96th birthday and quipped "I didn’t think I would live this long." Loved by all and will be greatly missed .... surviving Bill are sisters Louise, Phyllis, Bernice, and brother Don, numerous nieces and nephews who adored him: "AWAE HAME UNCLE BILL." The family would like to thank all those who supported and looked after Bill in his later years. Your kindness will always be remembered. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Central Presbyteri­an Church in Vancouver. If you should wish to remember Bill, donations can be made to B.C. Children’s Hospital or the Red Cross as these were two of his many charities. MERCER, Lillian Frances Jul. 20, 1931 - Mar. 16, 2020 Lillian Mercer (nee Jackman) died peacefully at home in New Westminste­r surrounded by family. Predecease­d by baby brother Leo, parents Peter & Mary (Fitzgerald) Jackman, sister Rosemary Ford, nephew Peter Ford. Left to mourn, son David (Melanie), grandchild­ren Emily & Jacob; daughter Ann (Andrea); siblings Milton (Margaret), Doreen (Al), David (Pat); former husband Jim; many loved nieces, nephews & cousins. Mom was a proud Newfoundla­nder, born on Bell Island. She graduated from St. Bride's College, Littledale in St. John's & taught grade school on Bell Island. Mom moved to Toronto in 1962 & worked at TD Bank. After retiring she moved to Vancouver/new West & took up Tai Chi at Century House. Cross country tour details to follow. SANGHA, Kundan Mehar Oct. 25, 1938 - Apr. 4, 2020 Kundan passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020. He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Stacey (Gurj) and Susan (Larry); his beloved grandchild­ren (Sameera and Matthew, Lauren and Devon); his brothers, Kartar (Mindy) and Herb (Harj); many loving nieces and nephews; and the loyal friends he made over the course of his 82 years. Kundan Singh was born in Kelowna, BC to Naranjan Kaur and Mehar Singh, and was the youngest of seven siblings. He is predecease­d by his sisters, Sawarne, Jito and Beant, and his brother, Jeet. Kundan graduated from Van Tech High School and had a long career with Canada Customs. After he retired, he served on the Boards of a number of government agencies and not-forprofit organizati­ons. He was known for his delicious cooking, green thumb and love of all things country. He did not suffer fools, and lived, and died, on his own terms. A special thank you to TJ, Roger and the staff at Nicola Lodge who cared for him over the past two years. A private celebratio­n of life will be arranged when circumstan­ces permit. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the many causes that need support during this unpreceden­ted time. The battle peace. is over now, Dad. Be at JOHNSTON, Ronald James June 7, 1936 - April 6, 2020 It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald James Johnston announces his passing on April 6, 2020, in Chilliwack BC at the age of 83 years. Ron was born on June 6, 1936 in Vancouver, BC. Dad attended Sir Stanford Flemming Elementary and John Oliver High School. Dad was accepted into the Mechanics Program at BCIT and after a year of studies he moved to Whitehorse, in the Yukon where he started and completed his five-year apprentice­ship. Dad started his mechanic career at Mandors Garage and later began working for BC Hydro in 1970 as a heavy-duty mechanic and later as a supervisor, field foreman and upper management when he retired in 1998. Dad met his future wife Catherine (Cathy) Gillies on a blind-date and nine months later married on May 25, 1963. Together they welcomed 4 children, built the family home in Richmond BC where they remained until they became empty-nesters. In 1992 they moved to Port Coquitlam and 2 years after Cathy’s passing in 1998, dad moved to Abbottsfor­d where he remained until his passing. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Tracy Musgrove and Kim Machnyk, his 4 grandchild­ren, Catherine (Katie) and Colton Musgrove and Emily and Ryley Machnyk, his sister and brother-in-law Joan and Vern Donaldson, his life-long friend Ray (Collie) Crawford, his partner Helen Waterhouse and many nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Ron was predecease­d by his loving wife Cathy Johnston (Gillies), his only son David William Johnston, his youngest daughter Marie Catherine Johnston, parents William (Bill) and Alma Johnston, only brother David Johnston, parents-in-law Robert and Catherine Gillies and his beloved companion Pepper. As per Dad’s wish there will be no funeral services. There will be an intimate immediate family gathering to spread dad’s ashes near his children’s gravesites at a later date. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Ronald to The Children’s Hospital or the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation. MILLER, Kenneth Arthur Jan. 17, 1926 - Mar. 22, 2020 Dearly beloved husband of Madeline passed away peacefully at her side on March 22nd at 4 a.m. He had received the Last Sacrament and was without pain. Ken was born on January 17th 1926, in Winnipeg and was the youngest of eight siblings—now the last. At a young age he worked on the family farm as his father was unable to work. When he turned seventeen, he joined the Navy in World War II and served in Submarine Detection. He worked for Air Canada for 34 years as a Machinist and Aerospace Worker, after which he had his own business in heating and refrigerat­ion. He is survived by his loving wife, Madeline, his daughter, Leslie, from his first marriage and her children Aleasha and Ashley. He is also survived by his step-children: Andre (Sherri), who he loved as a son: Ann (John) and Noreen (Trent) and step-grandchild­ren—sarah, Nikki, Brian, Max, Bianca, and Sahara. He leaves a niece, Keren (Ian), nephew Murray (Laurie) and two godchildre­n: Marshall (Andrea) and Dirshauna (her father, Rod, being a very long time friend.) Ken and Madeline were blessed with seventeen years of marriage together. Ken was a kind-hearted man with a subtle sense of humour. He was generous with his time to anyone who needed help with his many mechanical gifts LINTON, David Selkirk Jul. 24, 1933 - Apr. 2, 2020 Lovingly remembered by wife Dianne of 62 years, son Trent (Diane), daughters Shannon Macinnes, Karen (Dave D.) Broderick, Leanne (Todd) Page and grandchild­ren Jennifer, Brock and Kelly Macinnes, Lara, Krista, Ryan and Trevor Broderick, Liam and Connor Page. Many thanks to the dedicated staff on the sixth floor of Peace Arch Hospital who cared for Dave during his illness. There will be a memorial mass and gathering at a later date. SCACCIA, Luigi November 28, 1936 - April 4, 2020 We are saddened to announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfathe­r, and great-grandfathe­r. Luigi was born in Frosinone, Italy on November 28, 1936 to Giovanni Scaccia and Angela (nee Velocia). On November 7, 1964 Luigi immigrated to Canada with his wife Lidia and son Lorenzo to start a better life. He made his home in Vancouver and lived there until his untimely death on April 4, 2020 at Burnaby Hospital due to pneumonia. Luigi is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Lidia and devoted son Lorenzo. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Tina (nee De Vico), granddaugh­ter Amanda (Mack), grandson Stephen and greatgrand­daughter Brooklyn. Luigi’s kind heart and infectious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 13, 2020 from 3:00 4:00 p.m. at Kearney Burnaby Chapel, 4715 Hastings Street, Burnaby, B.C. Private Prayers and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Parish. Private Entombment at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum. Donations can be made in Luigi’s memory to the BC Lung Associatio­n. Condolence­s for the family may be left at LUNDQUIST, Darlene Evelyn Nov. 25, 1947 - Apr. 5, 2020 On Sunday, April 5, 2020 Darlene Evelyn Lundquist (nee Danchak) passed away peacefully at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband Larry, sons Daniel (Marina) and Michael, granddaugh­ter Kate as well as extended family and friends. She will be dearly missed. A private family gathering will be held in her honour at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation. Grateful thanks go out to Dr. Ma for his excellent care and to doctors in the past ( Dr. Connell, Dr. Webb and Dr. Davies.) also the many nurses and faithful Home Support Workers, the Pharmacist, Barrie (Jennifer), many nurses, and the prayers of many friends. A graveside ceremony was held at Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetary on March 31st and if possible a Memorial Mass will be held in the future. RUSNAK, Marie November 14, 1922 - April 4, 2020 Our beautiful mother, grandmothe­r and great grandmothe­r Marie Rusnak died peacefully in her sleep on April 4, 2020. She was born on November 14, 1922 in Alberta and was predecease­d by her parents Katie and George Pawluk, her Brother Frederick Pawluk and her husband William Rusnak. She is survived by her children Donna Robertson (Ian) and Ted Rusnak and by grandchild­ren Laura King (Nigel Mead), Leah Mallen (Weston Triemstra), PJ Mallen (Nancy Roper) Christine Stevenson (Tobey), Peter Rusnak (Tenley), Paul Robertson, Jane Robertson (Frank Lackner),brian Robertson(venita) and eight great grandchild­ren. As the matriarch of a large extended and blended family she was adored. Mom was the head of admitting at the General Hospital in Edmonton for many years, dealing with nuns, doctors and patients, a job requiring both tact and grit, both of which she had in abundance. After she and our father retired to first North Vancouver and later West Vancouver she found she was not quite ready for retirement and studied for and attained a real estate licence. She then spent many years as a successful realtor on the North Shore. An ardent patriot she served as President of the Women's Canadian Club and later as President of the Women's Canadian Council. We will all miss her very much. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many people who were so helpful to her in her last years, her wonderful neighbors at Chadwick Court, Dr. Marck Hudon and the caregivers at Sunrise Senior Living. A memorial service and celebratio­n of life will be held at a later date.

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