Eileen E. (Peggy) Steele

October 27, 2010

The family is sad to announce Peggy’s passing on October 23rd 2010 . She was 92 but young in mind and spirit. She was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. She was predeceased by her parents, Wesley and Gypsy Moore; her husband Walter F. Steele (Wally) and his parents, Vera and Albert Steele; sisters, Phyllis Bestwick (Bill), Audrey and Sturdee Arden; nephews, Ray Arden, Richard Bissett and niece, Diane Arden; stepson, Michael Steele and brother-in-law, Richard Bisset Sr. Peggy is survived by her daughter, Dare and grandson, Justin; stepdaughter, Diane Tyson; her youngest sister, Lois Bisset; Judy and Derek Perkins, Mark, Val and Tim Bisset and Michelle and Mike Bisset; friends, Phyllis Boklage, Marie Ackerman, Mini Kirk, Sandra and Peter Mathews, Ben and Florence and Joan, Mike and Jill Phillips. In 1940, Peggy volunteered as an ambulance driver for England in WWII. She gave her all to that cause and loved England dearly. A trend of selfless love and compassion for the homeless, sick, children, family and her beloved animals radiated from her. She taught us all how to live a life of courage, love and dignity.

“You’re a hard act to follow Mom but we will always love you and endeavour to live up to your legacy, Well Done”.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Parish, 4040 Nelthorpe Street, on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception after in the Church Hall. Interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.

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Franco De Marchi

October 25, 2010

Passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 with his two daughters by his side. Franco was born on March 3, 1921 in Colza (Vas) in Northern Italy and immigrated to Victoria in 1963. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Elsa, in 2003 and is survived by his daughters, Germana (Roy), Edda (Dale) and grandchildren, Leia (Peter), Scott and Kellie. Dad was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had the best sense of humour and was always the life of the party. Although he loved camping, hunting, fishing, watching Italian soccer and taking long walks, he especially loved to sit around the kitchen table with family and friends, enjoying a glass of home-made wine and eating a good Italian meal.

“Dad, it was so hard to see you take those last few breaths of life, but we know that now you are at peace and happy with mom again by your side. Baci and Ciao for now Dad and Nonno! Love you lots!”

The family would like to thank all the staff at Selkirk Place who looked after dad for almost two years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph The Worker Parish, 785 Burnside Road West, on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Private Entombment for family at Royal Oak Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made in Franco’s memory to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.

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William Dudley Jecks Drane

October 25, 2010

We are saddened to announce the passing of our dear Father, William Dudley Jecks Drane on October 25th, 2010, in Victoria, B.C. Dad finally got his wish “to be upstairs with Mildred.”

Dad was born on May 5th, 1921 in Victoria to Dudley Jecks Drane and Ethel Maude May Faulkner. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mildred, December 29th, 1991. He is survived by his 3 children Steven; Beverly (Keith) Thompson; Gerald (Theresa) and his favorite grandson, Alistair Thompson.

Dad was a proud World War II Veteran and was the first person in Victoria to volunteer when the War broke out. He served three years overseas as a tank driver in Italy, France and Holland with the British Columbia Dragoons 9th Canadian Armoured Regiment. When he returned home, he married Mildred and got on with raising a family. Dad was a very talented and innovative man who built his own home, garage, boats and whatever else his family needed. He was a very kind, gentle and independent man.

Over the last few years, after mom’s passing, and due to encroaching health challenges, dad fought the good fight to maintain his independence. He was blessed with many good and loyal friends, namely, our dear uncle Gord Beale, who always stood by; Ken and Vernie Langrish, whose delicious family dinners he always enjoyed; also Grace Bird and Doug Hanson.

Dad passed away in the Lodge at Broadmead, where he had resided since 2007. The Drane family is deeply grateful to the staff at Broadmead for their kind and diligent care.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in MCCALL BROS. FLORAL CHAPEL, Johnson & Vancouver Streets. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Broadmead Care Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.

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Roxie (Roaxy) Marice Anderson

October 25, 2010

Dec. 13 1916 to Oct. 20, 2010
Roxie Anderson of Victoria passed away peacefully in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, on October 20, 2010, at the age of 93. Roxie had visited with her sons, Brock and Mark and her youngest granddaughter, Kate in the morning and passed on shortly thereafter. Many of her friends had visited her during her short stay in hospital. Roxie was predeceased by her husband, Bill and her brother, Ken Wilson of Portland Oregon. She is survived by her sons, Brock (Ina) Anderson, grandchildren, Mark, Lindsay and Kate of Prince George, Mark Anderson of Kamloops, sister, Ruby Young of Merritt, nieces, Sharon Kinloch and Eleanor Crabtree, nephew, Martin Young of Merritt, sister-in-law, Isabel Wilson, niece, Donna Barker, nephew, Jeff Wilson of Portland and many other relatives. The family would like to thank the staff at the Health Point Clinic for their compassionate care over the last few months, Dr. G. McClean, Roxie’s Physician for many years and the nurses and Home Care Workers who have helped Roxie remain in her own home during the past 7 months. The care Roxie has received has been exemplary, and has been very much appreciated.

Roxie’s enthusiasm for life, interest in people, and sense of adventure, have endeared her to people all over the world. Through her chosen profession of nursing, she was able to serve others and satisfy her desire to see the world long before it was fashionable to travel. After graduating from Jubilee Nursing School in Victoria in 1941 and taking Pediatrics training in Montreal, Roxie worked for the World Health Organization in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Iran, Indonesia, and India. She later worked as an instructor at the Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in Victoria. Perhaps Roxie’s greatest adventure was to marry later in life to Bill Anderson and take on the responsibility of two teenage sons. Since retirement, Roxie has remained active with her church and with the Royal Jubilee Alumni Association. Roxie’s positive attitude, and her strong sense of independence was evident to the end. She was still involved in her church walking group until very recently and was able to stay in her own home until being admitted to hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 9th, at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation the Royal Jubilee hospital School of Nursing Archives Fund, c/o Victoria Hospital Foundation, 620 View St. Victoria. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.

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JONES, Harriet Jane

October 25, 2010

Passed away on October 24, 2010. Predeceased by her husband, David E. Jones in 1987, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Jack) Burton and Beverley Hill; six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Dorohoy of Medicine Hat, AB.
No service by request.

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Joseph Louis Picha

October 23, 2010

March 11, 1929 – October 22, 2010

Survived by his wife Katharine, daughter Ruth, and sons Jim (Jan Darby) and Ron (Janet Mulcaster); also sister Hannah Thompson (Wayne) and brothers Paul (Diana), John (Jill), and Jerome (Myra); also nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother George.

After receiving an electrical engineering degree at UBC, Joe worked for nearly 30 years at BC TEL in Vancouver. He always loved big projects – building a 24 foot cedar strip plank sailboat in his basement, completing his retirement home in Deep Cove, and designing and building bronze sundials. “Modify” was his favorite word – tweaking others’ designs for his needs. He was a great husband and a loving father. He was a good man.

A service will be held at McCALL BROS. FLORAL CHAPEL, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. Private interment to take place at Royal Oak Burial Park.

Thanks to all the staff at Victoria General Hospital Intensive Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Parkinson Society BC, #600 – 890 W Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com

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Patricia (Pat) Leahy (nee Doherty)

October 22, 2010

Nov. 2, 1919 – Oct. 21, 2010

Our beloved Mom was granted her wish to pass away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her husband, Johnny in 1982, she is survived by daughters, Jackie (Adrian) Brien, Judy (Tom) Wainwright; grandchildren, Shannon, Kristen, Grant, Jason and Heather; four great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. Born in Victoria, Mom attended St. Ann’s Academy and later found her calling working with Family and Children’s Services helping needy families. She was a passionate golfer who enjoyed many years with friends as a member at Glen Meadows and Cedar Hill golf clubs. Never one to be limited by convention, Mom tried her hand at many things. She excelled at woodwork, creating everything from coffee tables to bird houses. In her 80′s she discovered Reiki and became a Master. A naturalist at heart, she enjoyed salt and fresh water fishing, fly tying and bird watching. Her creativity also included drawing, flower arranging and making stuffed animals. A saviour of lost and broken things, Mom fixed things others had forsaken. A loving and supportive mother, grandmother and friend, she was an inspiration to many and loved by all. She will be deeply missed. Special thanks to Joan Burrows for her care and companionship to Mom these past three years and to Dr. Michael Miles for his exceptional care.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm in St. Patrick’s Church, 2060 Haultain Street with a reception to follow in the Lady of Lourdes Church Hall. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.

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Beatrice Coulson Chiswell Weller

October 22, 2010

Born on October 8, 1911, Betty died peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital on October 21, 2010, almost two weeks into her 100th year. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Raymond and leaves to mourn her passing, her relatives in England; her daughter-in-law, Jean Weller and her good friends in Victoria. Betty was born and raised in Derbyshire, England and came to Canada as a young girl with her widowed mother. Her adventurous life began with a brief stay on a small ranch in the hills above Kamloops but most of her life was spent in Vancouver and Victoria. Her career in high-end fashion retail was varied and the source of many stories. She worked in the best shops in Victoria and was at one time, leather goods buyer for Birks. Her private life was equally colourful; she liked to say that she had been engaged five times but never made it to the altar until she met Raymond when she was 83. Their time together was not long but it was happy. They were able to travel and to enjoy an active social life at the Union Club. Betty was a dancer. She danced on the stage in Vancouver in ballets and musicals and she danced on cruise ships. She retained her dramatic good looks and high kicking ability well into her 90′s. She never lost her sense of style and was always beautifully dressed. Betty had a remarkable ability to make friends; it seemed that everyone she encountered went out of their way to help her. Her delivered groceries were unpacked, bottle tops loosened, waitresses sat down to chat with her and her professional advisors made home visits. She was a tiny force of nature with a sharp tongue, very definite ideas, a sharp mind, a love of life and much charm. She will be missed.

Funeral Service will be held in the Lady Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Courtney Streets, on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.mccallbros.com.

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Pauline A. Brennan

October 22, 2010

BRENNAN, Pauline A. – On October 18, 2010 in Victoria, at the age of 81 years. She is survived by her loving husband, Edward; her son, Christopher of Edmonton and her daughter, Carolyn Brennan of Seattle; three grandchildren, Brayton, Kayla (Robert) Warnick and Riley; nieces, nephews and their families. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL, View and Blanshard Streets, on Wednesday, October 27th at 12:00 noon. Flowers are gratefully declined; tributes, if desired, may be made to the Heart Foundation, 107 – 1001 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, BC V8X 4C9. Condolences may be offered at www.mccallbros.com

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Charles Edward Prior

October 22, 2010

January 19, 1922 – October 21, 2010

Peacefully in Victoria, at the age of 88 years. Survived by his loving family, wife, Elizabeth of 62 years; son, Edward; daughter, Teresa; daughter-in-law, Jill and grandchildren, Robert and Katie. Born and raised in Victoria, Charles served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and thereafter he worked for 35 years at the Dockyards. Charles was a founding member of the Haida Masonic Lodge, an active member of the YMCA, enjoyed racquetball and the Healthy Heart Group. He loved reading and learning and encouraged his family and others to pursue their education. Charles enjoyed his time at Shannon Oaks after living on the Dallas Road waterfront, where he and Betty spent many happy hours together. The family wish to thank Dr. Miles and Debbie for their care over the years. At Charles’ request, a private family service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined; tributes, if desired, may be made to the Victoria Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com

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