Faye Marlyn Aberle (Pritchard)

May 14, 2014

Faye died peacefully at noon on May 12, 2014 with her dear friends, Alison and Sara at her side. Faye was born in Carman, Manitoba on December 8, 1946. Faye graduated from University of Manitoba to become a teacher. It was her first teaching assignment in Deloraine, Manitoba where she met her partner for life, Fred Aberle. They were married August 24, 1968 and shared over 45 years together.

One might, upon meeting Faye, feel that she was unfortunate given the continuous progression of Multiple Sclerosis which she endured for many years. But, this was not the case. Faye met her challenges with nobility, endurance and dignity, making us aware that she never let it get in the way of a fulfilling life. Faye had been a teacher and a visual artist and used her ingenuity to create an atmosphere of learning. MS made Faye’s world more focussed and caused her to appreciate deeply the richness of the details of everyday life. She continued her art and loved to correspond with family and friends. Her devoted husband, friends and family all benefitted from her daily contentment, courage, fortitude, and patience.

Faye was predeceased by her husband Fred; her parents, Ed and Hanna Pritchard and is survived by brother, Alan Pritchard (Laurine Didier); sister, Lorraine Pritchard (Stan Phillips); sister, Lynne Sanderson (Wayne) and sisters-in-law, Carol Latendresse and Marie Tidd; nephews, Dean Pritchard, Jason Sutton; niece, Deanna Sutton and nephews Sean Latendresse and Chad Latendresse.

Faye’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank the absolute stellar care Faye received from the many care givers from Beacon Community Services and Susan Gardiner. This contributed greatly to her quality of daily life. Special thanks to Alison Lockhart for her love, care and devotion to Faye. Faye will be greatly missed but the love for her will continue in all of our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 17th, 1:00 p.m. at First Metropolitan United Church Chapel, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria.

Donations are welcome to be directed to MS Society of Victoria, 1004 North Park Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 1C6. 

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Allan Frederick Wilcox

May 12, 2014

Born April 9, 1947, Allan passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014. Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Marjory, he will be greatly missed by his sister and step-sister, Catherine (Crom) and Katherine; children, Alec (Carlie) and Jen; nieces, Susan (David) ,Tobi (Keith) and Brittany; grandchildren, Athan and Cavan, as well as numerous extended family and friends.

Please join us for a celebration of Allan’s life and memory on Saturday, May 17th at 2:30 pm  at McCall’s Downtown, Johnson & Vancouver Streets with a reception to follow in McCall’s Family Centre.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Megan Newton memorial fund www.megannewtonfund.org.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Diane Murton

May 9, 2014

January 9, 1934 – April 19, 2014

Diane passed away on April 19, 2014, from advanced breast cancer. She was predeceased by her youngest daughter Michelle in 2003, husband Raymond in 2008, and her first daughter-in-law Bonnie in 2007.

Diane is survived by her children Doug (Susan) and Cheryl (Andrea). Diane’s abundant love and quick, sly smile will be greatly missed by her family and many close friends.

After raising her children, Diane pursued a rewarding career in real estate working thoughtfully to help many people find a place to call home.

Diane aka “Crafty” enjoyed many summers at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake in her many roles as craft coordinator, camp counsellor, director and friend.

One of Diane’s greatest loves and achievements was her many, many years as a member of the Victoria Operatic Society (VOS).  Beginning in the 1970’s as the coffee mistress in the green room, “Ma Murton” as she was fondly called, worked her way through all the backstage roles including props, stagehand, sets, lighting, stage management, producer, to name only a few. While at VOS, Diane took on the role of mentor with ease and grew a community of life-long friends.  Diane’s outstanding contribution and dedication to VOS is commemorated each year with the “Murty” award.

In addition to her theatre activities, Diane volunteered with many other agencies including various churches, Habitat for Humanity and the Frederic Ozanam Centre. She also loved gardening, the annual spring flower shopping trip being one highlight of her year.

Family, friends and colleagues are invited to a Memorial Celebration for Diane to be held on May 31, 2014 at 1 pm at the Forge Church, 2612 Sooke Road, Langford.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the organization of your choice, one that reflects Diane’s spirit.

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Stuart Ian Ashley Piets

May 9, 2014

 

October 31, 1944 – May 7, 2014

Surrounded by his loving family, Stuart passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice after a courageous, nine year battle with cancer. Predeceased by his mother, Hilary and father, Antony, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anthea; his three children, Adrian (Katie), Sara (Jeff) and Hilary; his four grandchildren, Griffin, Andrew, Ellysen and Henry; his twin brother Gordon, sisters Alexandra and Carolyn and seven nieces and nephews.  He will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

Born in England, Stuart came to Canada in 1970 and lived in Toronto with his wife for 11 years.  They later moved to Nanaimo before settling in Victoria in 1985.

An award-winning architect, his passion for design was undeniable as was his zest for life. He pursued many varied interests with a remarkable intensity.  From cycling, x-country skiing and kayaking to art, photography and music, he was never idle.  Perhaps most of all, he loved sailing.  If he was not out on the water, he was often found at the marina working on his boat and visiting with friends. Stuart served as the Registrar for the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), the Chair of the Board of Directors at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS) and sat on the Saanich Design Panel. Stuart will be remembered for his zany sense of humour, his intelligence, his integrity and his kindness.  He will be in our hearts and forever loved.

A celebration of Stuart’s life will be held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road, on Wednesday, May 14, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society or Victoria Hospice.

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Graydon Bruce Hooker

May 9, 2014

June 21, 1951 – May 1, 2014

 Graydon passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014, at the age of 62 with wife, Maria, and family at his side. Graydon is survived by his wife, Maria Hooker (nee Fitterer), of 37 years; children, Christopher(Nadia), Lara, Joshua (Deserey); grandchildren, Aiden and Anabella; father Bruce (Jose) and sister Judith (Bob) Hooker.

Graydon was born on June 21, 1951, in Prince George, BC. He grew up in Williams Lake and then moved with his family to Victoria, BC. He graduated from UBC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1978, Graydon became a Realtor and in 1995 he became a self-employed property manager. He retired in 2012.

Graydon always took pride in his work. He was a capable person who enjoyed working with his hands. Graydon was known for his outgoing social nature and was always heard happily whistling. He loved to laugh and tell stories of his experiences. He made friends quickly and made sure to keep in touch regularly. Graydon would always drop everything to help someone who was down on luck or needed a helping hand.

Graydon and his wife enjoyed raising their 3 children and spending time with them at Cowichan Lake.  He was extremely family oriented and was proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  He had a close connection with each of his children and remained in constant contact throughout the years. Graydon developed a strong bond with his grandson of 3 ½ years and was blessed to meet his new granddaughter. He had a close relationship with his father and they enjoyed rebuilding vehicles together and being partners in real estate.

Graydon was an avid reader and loved the classic music of his era. He was fond of photography and harvesting seed from wild poppies to scatter and watch them grow.

Graydon fell ill for the last 4 years and was determined to fight with courage and live as happy a life as possible. He was never one to complain.  His family is filled with sorrow that their time with him was cut short. Graydon will always be remembered and loved.

He lived life fully – and those around him felt his love and kindness.

Special thanks to family and friends for their love and support through recent years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fireside Grill, in Victoria (4509 W Saanich Rd.) on May 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm.  Donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency to support research to further improve lives.

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Helen L. Little

May 9, 2014

Age 96 of Victoria, died on May 7, 2014. Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Helen was the eldest daughter of David and Agnes Fairbairn. Helen is survived by her sister, Janet of Boissevain, Manitoba, and her three children, Cameron (Mary) in Halifax, NS, Jeanne (Wayne Newell) in Melbourne, Australia and Charlotte (Christopher Saville Sneath) in Poole, England. She was predeceased by husband, Adam and brother, Bill. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Megan, Peta and Claire (Australia), Sydney (Canada), Nolan (US) and 4 great-grandchildren. Helen was raised during the great depression in Portage La Prairie before she became a nurse and met her husband in Winnipeg. As a family they lived in many places, including Dauphin, Manitoba, Nutley, NJ, Edmonton, Burnaby and finally Victoria from 1981. Helen was a very generous person who had a positive outlook on life, always looking forward and never back. She left her love of politics and sports to Cameron, her attention to, and love of family to Jeanne and her social connections and love of friends and family to Charlotte. Special thanks to the staff at Berwick House on Shelbourne St. who were so kind and helpful to her and to Dr. David Bell for his kind care over the many years.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive, at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 30, 2014. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Saanich Volunteer Services Society, McRae House, 1445 Ocean View Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 1J8. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Herbert (Bert) Lincoln Matthews

May 8, 2014

March 16, 1922 – May 4, 2014

Born in  the Village of Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, B.C.,  Bert passed away with his family by his side after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Bert was predeceased by his brother, Daniel (Dan) Matthews and survived by sisters; Dorothy (Dot) Gorbatuk, Roberta (Billie) Stange and Ethel (Lovie) Petrie.  He is also survived by his loving wife, Inez May Matthews (Tame) of 68 wonderful years; daughter, Rosemary Tull (Gregory); sons, Robert (Bob) Matthews and Martin Matthews Susan (Sue) McKinney; grandchildren, Russell (Nicole), Leanne (Jack), Tim (Yuka), Casey (Tanya), Mathew (Matt) and great-grandchildren, Reid, Katelyn, Madelyn, Cassidy, Tyler, Dylan and Myles. In WWII Bert served his country and defended the lands that he cherished so much. Bert served as Flight Lieutenant in the RAF 120 Coastal Squadron based in Northern Ireland and Iceland flying VLR (very long range) Liberator (B24) bombers. His principle task as an Astro Navigator and Bombing leader was to assist in closing the mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for bravery in 1943. Bert graduated from UBC in 1950 with a BA and LLB. He attended UVIC in the early 1970s with a desire to explore Psychology Methods and Research. Bert practiced law for 40 years in Victoria. He was an avid golfer at the Uplands Golf Course, squash player at the Victoria Racquet Club, enjoyed gardening and was an active parishioner of St Michael and All Angels Church attending church and volunteering in his community. Bert had a strong interest in artificial heart transplantation and early detection procedures and technology of prostate cancer.  He will be sadly missed by family, friends and professional associates for his hardy laugh and warm smile. The name Herbert means “Illustrious Bright Warrior” and that he was for 92 years. The family would like to extend profound respect and appreciation to Dr. M. Mann, Dr. D. Trerice, Dr. J. Goulart and the RJH Oncology medical staff.

Remembrance and Celebration of Life Service is to be held at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 4733 West Saanich Road at 2:00 pm on Saturday May 24, 2014. In lieu of flower memorial donations may be made to BC Cancer Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Margaret O. Murphy

May 7, 2014

Passed away peacefully on May 5th, 2014 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC.

Margaret is survived by several cousins in England and by many friends in Canada and England.

Born and educated in England, Margaret served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the latter part of World War Two. Following the war, she obtained a teaching diploma from Redlands in Bristol, England and taught school in Kent until she emigrated to Canada in 1953. She worked at the University of Toronto until 1967, when she moved to Saskatoon to help establish the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan.  Following her retirement in 1989, Margaret moved to Victoria.

From 1991-1993, she served as President of the James Bay United Church Women and was also a member of the Executive of the Newcomers Club for the same period.

A Memorial Service will be held at James Bay United Church, 511 Michigan Street, Victoria on Monday May 12th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon.

Special thanks to Dr. Cook, the staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Oak Bay Lodge and the VIHA for their compassion and care during her final days.

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Bernard Victor Potentier

May 7, 2014

23 March 1929 – 06 May 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Bernard Victor Potentier.    Bernie is survived by his wife Marjorie, his brother Phillip, children, Douglas (Darlene), Christine (Jim) Edwards, Brad (Nancy), Geoffrey (Marilyn), Brian (Marian) and his grandchildren, Tracey, Michelle, Spencer, Nicholas, Tina, Alex, Nicole, Jessica, Brock, Brianne, Lauren and great grandchildren, Zachary, Taylor, Trinity, Jayden, Rilee and Finn.

Born in Revelstoke, BC and raised in Victoria, Bernie served on the Victoria Police Department, traffic division before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1952 with postings in Ontario, France and England.  After leaving the Air Force Bernie apprenticed and became a glazier.  He owned and operated Able Glass Company in Richmond, B.C. before relocating his business to Colwood in 1975.

Retirement was boating, cruising and winters with the motorhome in Mesa, Arizona.  His love of music and the piano was his life long passion.  In his later years, “Bernie’s Jazz Trio” played in most of Victoria’s assisted living establishments.

A memorial tea for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 3:00 pm at the Uplands Golf Course, Victoria, B.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation in memory of Bernie. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

 

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David Charles Deeprose

May 6, 2014

January 14, 1921 – May 4, 2014

Born in Morrin, Alberta, David was predeceased by his wives, Phyllis (1985),  Dorothea (2009); son, Reginald and daughter, Fran.  Dave is survived by his son, Bill (Edna) Deeprose; daughters, Sylvia  Deeprose, Connie (Duarto) Moniz; grandchildren, Jacquelyn (Joe) Meyer, Carolyn Patterson, Margaret Greenway, Rodney (Andy) Deeprose, Sarah (Pat) Greenway, Nick Moniz and Holly Moniz; great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Tom) Schmidbaur, Caitlin Millwater, Kyle Patterson and Malena Zetterberg.  Dave moved to Victoria at the age of eleven. He left school in grade eight to support his father and 3 brothers.  He delivered bread, worked as a surveyor and worked for the Saanich Municipality 34 years.  He enjoyed working with his hands and spending time outdoors.  He was a long time member of Oaklands Chapel and had a strong faith in God.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Oaklands Chapel, Friday, May 9th at 2:30pm.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Imadene c/o 986 Clatworthy, Victoria, B.C., V8X 3N6 or the B.C. Cancer Society.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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