Gerda Carol Lawson

April 23, 2014

Gerda Carol Lawson (nee Pester) passed away on April 15th, 2014 in Victoria at the age of 96 years.  Gerda was born in Disley, Saskatchewan on January 31st, 1918 to Otto and Wella Pester.  As a young woman, Gerda moved to Victoria with her sister Elsie where she began her career working at CIBC on Douglas Street (now Bill Hartley Insurance).  She then moved to New York to be near her sister and newborn nephew.  While in New York, she met and married Allan Lawson.  They moved to Toronto and often enjoyed summers at their cabin in the Lake Country.  Following Al’s passing, Gerda travelled the world to Africa, Jerusalem, Peru, New Zealand, Egypt and various other destinations around the globe.  She moved back to Victoria after her retirement from CIBC.  She loved flowers, especially orchids, and enjoyed tending her plants and tomatoes on her balcony garden.  Like her mother and sisters, Gerda was a superb seamstress.  She sang beautifully and was a gifted pianist.  Gerda was proud of her many nieces and nephews, and always looked forward to hearing what was happening in their lives.  She believed in the strength and power of God, and was thankful for her many years of good health.

Gerda was predeceased by her husband, Al; her siblings, Fred Pester, Ed Pester, Elsie Baker, Martha Walker and Johanna Munro; her niece, Charlotte Welch and nephews, Glenn Baker and Floyd Pester.  She leaves to mourn her nieces, Laurie Munro, Marlene Hogan and Gretchen Herman, and her nephews, Matthew Baker, Russell Baker, Douglas Munro, Robin Walker, Wesley Walker, Brian Walker and Vern Pester.  Special thanks to the staff at Parkwood Court for their wonderful care and support.  A celebration of her life will be announced later this spring.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to charity of choice.  Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Murray John (Yank) Yankoski

April 22, 2014

Murray was born in Binscarth, Manitoba on February 2, 1917 and passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on April 6, 2014.  Predeceased by wife, Beatrice, he is survived by his children, John (Barb), Beryl (Chris); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and grand-dogs.  Murray was the oldest and newest member of the Royal Canadian Legion – Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch #292.  Many thanks to Dr. R.D. Nicoll and staff at Broadmead Lodge A1.

Funeral Service will be held at McCall’s Downtown, Johnson & Vancouver Streets at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 28, 2014.  Private Burial at Royal Oak Burial Park.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Please make donations to Broadmead Care Society, Veterans Health Centre.

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John Kosmas Essihos

April 22, 2014

Born on April 11, 1923 in Victoria , B.C.  Passed away peacefully on April 17, 2014.

John was predeceased by his wife, Sheila; his brothers, Emmanuel and Melton and his sister-in-law, Lois Essihos.  He is survived by his brother, George (Renate) and many nephews and nieces. John will be greatly missed by family and friends. Thank you to everyone at Mount St. Mary Hospital.

A private graveside service to be held at Hatley Memorial Gardens.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Catherine Stuart Phillips

April 21, 2014

Catherine Stuart Phillips passed away peacefully in Duncan, B.C. on April 19, 2014.

She was born in Victoria on July 6th, 1919 to Stuart and Martha Hutchison and grew up on their idyllic family farm, Fashoda, in Happy Valley. Catherine had a loving and happy home with her sisters Esther, Elsie and brother George and their foster brother Alan Littler.

During the 50s and 60s, Catherine worked for Eatons wool department, then moved to Revelstoke and Vernon to help with a family air service and flying school.  She took flying lessons before even learning to drive a car!  It was during her time in Vernon that she was introduced to the Baha’i faith and made life-long friends in the Baha’i communities of Vernon, Victoria and Central Saanich. For many years Catherine co-owned and  operated the Piccadilly Shop for imported British fine fashions at 1017 Government St., Victoria. Upon it’s sale, she continued to work in retail and volunteer work until her mid-eighties.

She loved to read and travel, she appreciated all cultures and she was a life long learner but her joy came from spending time with family and friends.

Catherine was predeceased by her husband Harold (Bud) Phillips, her sister Esther, brother George and granddaughter Fiona.

She is survived by her sister Elsie Duncan, daughters Carole Morris and Diane Copley (George), foster daughter Anita Webster and niece Robin Mirrasoul (Mark), five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Many thanks to the staff at Sunridge Place for their loving care.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at McCall’s Downtown, Johnson & Vancouver Streets, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  Reception in McCall’s Family Centre and interment to follow at Hatley Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers a donations to a charity of your choice would be welcome.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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John Howard (Jack) Firth

April 21, 2014

Jack was born in Victoria, B.C. on June 20, 1923 and died peacefully on April 19, 2014 after many years of suffering due to poor health.  Jack attended Sir James Douglas School and Victoria High School. During World War II, Jack enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following his discharge, he never lost his love of aeronautics. He designed and assembled many model air planes, some featured in model airplane magazines. Jack served an apprentice at Henry Birks and became a Gold Smith working at Birks and other companies in Victoria. Jack was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Keith; his sister, Barbara Jean and good friend, Don LoGiudice. He will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 61 years, Marguerite (nee Zaferis); sisters in law Sylvia LoGiudice (good friend, Robert Phelan), Donna (Sonny) Vickery.  He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousin-in-laws. Many thanks to Nancy Harrison and Joe Sisson for their kindness and willingness to help and Jamna Maher for the support and care provided during his recent illness.

In keeping with Jack’s wishes a private service will be held at graveside, interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens.  Fly with the angels my love! In memory please donate to your favourite charity.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Mary Jane “May” Naduriak (nee Butler)

April 17, 2014

Mary Jane “May” Naduriak (nee Butler), 97, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Victoria. May was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, on November 20, 1916. In her youth, she came to Canada on the ship“Montcalm” with her family and they settled on a farm in Vermillion, Alberta. In her twenties, she followed her younger sister Madge to the west coast and never left. May was often heard saying, “Victoria is so beautiful, I’ll never leave.” And despite her many trips to Reno, Waikiki and the United Kingdom, she loved Victoria the most. She will be remembered for her love of her family, her amazing garden and green thumb, and her energetic Irish spirit. In fact, she loved to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as much as Christmas. She was also a great cook and everyone who came to May’s house left full.

May was predeceased by her husband of 51 years Steve (1997) and her son Bill (1984), as well as, all four of her younger siblings. She is survived and remembered by her daughters Merle (Keith) Anderson and Pat (Steve) Hansen; her grandchildren Neysa, Steph, Drew, Tricia, Suzie and her great-grand daughter Alyssa-Mae. In lieu of flowers, family request a donation to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Mount Edwards Court (1002 Vancouver St). Many thanks to the staff at Mount Edwards Court for their years of care.

A Funeral Service with reception to follow will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday April 24, 2014 at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets in Victoria.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Rose-Marie Helen Carreras (nee Bruch)

April 16, 2014

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Rose-Marie Carreras. Rose-Marie was born on May 23, 1951 in Victoria and passed away on April 11, 2014 while on a retreat in Sechelt, BC.

She spent her early years here in Victoria and after several years of traveling returned to Victoria where she met and married Juan Carreras. Their life together took them on adventures in Newfoundland, Chile and across the Lower Mainland before settling in Squamish. She spent her later life nurturing her many children with love and selflessness and sharing wisdom and laughter with her many friends and family. She enjoyed gardening, yoga, traveling, cooking, painting, and helping and healing others.

In 2013, she returned home to Victoria to enjoy the ocean and mountain views that brought her so much happiness. She is predeceased by her father, Herbert Joseph Bruch and her mother, Alice Claire Bruch. She is survived by her husband of 27 years Juan Carreras; daughters Claire (Greg), Laura, Helva (Joe) and Karla; sons Juan Joseph and Steven; grandchildren Kayla and Alexander; seven siblings, many nieces, nephews, cousins.

We will all miss her deeply.

A Memorial Reception will held at McCall Bros. Family Centre on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:00pm.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Anthony (Tony) Byrne Ayling

April 15, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anthony (Tony) Byrne Ayling, at the age of 80. Tony was born June 25, 1933, Battersea/London, England. Passed away March 16, 2014, Victoria, British Columbia.  Special Thanks and appreciation to Dr. Ross McKay, Staff at Glengarry Senior’s Living/Chandler Unit and Victoria General Hospital/Fourth Floor for all their wonderful care and support. Immediate and extended family wish to invite friends to celebrate a life and honour a man who had an infectious laugh, constant smile, sense of humour and a gentleman’s charm.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:30 am at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets in Victoria, B.C.  Celebration of Life Reception to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion, Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch #292, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria, B.C.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer’s Society.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Joseph Albert Frenette

April 14, 2014

Joseph Albert Frenette died peacefully at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital on April 11, 2014.  He was born on January 12, 1924 in Shell River, Saskatchewan. He joined the Army in 1942 and was part of the D-Day invasion forces. He returned home in 1946 only to re-enlist. He served in the far north as part of NORAD, in Europe at Lars, Germany and as a peace keeper in Egypt. After retiring from the Forces, he worked at the Vancouver International Airport in Air Conditioning.

He is predeceased by his long time partner, Polly Banco; his parents, Germaine and Joseph Frenette; his sisters, Antoinette Grenier (Gilbert), Rachel Sullivan (Vincent); his brother Lee (Pat). He is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Louise Webster (Rob); his sisters, Martha Quagliotti (Ken), Irene Richardson (Norm), Anna Bryan (Jack); his brother, Don and many nephews and nieces.

A family lead prayer service will take place at McCall’s Funeral Home, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.  A  Celebration of Life Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Parish Wednesday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at Royal Oak Burial Park with a reception following at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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James Andrew Noel

April 11, 2014

Jim was born in Fogo, Newfoundland on February 1, 1935 and passed away on April 10, 2014 at the Gorge Road Hospital.  After completing his University education in Saskatoon, he spent most of his working life in Calgary.  He took early retirement and moved to Victoria in 1990 to enable his elderly mother to remain in her house that she cherished for many years.  Predeceased by his father Nathaniel in 1977; his mother Elsie in 2003 and his brother John in 2007.  Survived by his brother Peter; his special friend Natalie in Calgary and many close friends from his University and working days.  Cremation has taken place and a Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  We would urge friends to celebrate his life in any way they choose.  Many thanks are expressed for the excellent care he received over the past three years at Arbutusview Unit, Gorge Road Hospital.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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