Vera “Eileen” Beatty (nee Crowther)

March 27, 2014

Passed away peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital on March 14, 2014 at the age of 89 years.   She was born in Victoria on February 27, 1925.  Predeceased by her husband, Walter and lovingly remembered by her son, Watty; grand-daughter, Jessica; sister, Joan; brother-in-law, Ted; niece, Sandra and nephews, Jim, Joe and Ian.  A special thanks to the staff of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, the Emergency Room, Acute Care Ward and Extended Care Unit.  Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jim Forrester.

Condolences for the family may be offered below.  Flowers are gratefully declined.

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Hilda Selena Dash

March 26, 2014

Hilda was born in Woodstock, Ontario on December 30.1920 and passed away in Victoria, BC on March 25, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex of 60+ years.  She is survived by her son, David (Deb); step-granddaughter, Tamara (David) and great-granddaughter, Serena; grandson, Jarrett (Gail) and step-grandchildren, Tia, Sabrina, Jacenta and step-great-grandchildren, Max, Kiera, Sage and Zach.  She had a life well lived and also leaves behind many family members including nieces and nephews.  She was a person always up for any social occasion and positive to be around.  She will be missed by so many family and friends.

No service at her request.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Shirley Rose Seixas (Dowell)

March 25, 2014

Born in 1926 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Died peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on March 24th, 2014. Mom will be remembered by her children, Greg Dowell (Laura), Ellen Parkinson (Rick) and Carolyn Dowell; her grandchildren, Brock, Brian and Graeme Dowell; Roy and Rebecca Parkinson.  Predeceased by her husband Don Seixas and son, Brian Dowell.

Private family gathering. No service by request.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Naida Edith Stokes

March 21, 2014

Naida was born on September 13, 1921 in Molson, WA and passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014 in Victoria, BC.  She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin and son, Rod. Remembered by her; sons, Barry (Pauline), Darryl (Maggie), Dean (Jill) and Ken; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A celebration of Naida’s life will be held at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria BC on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 1pm.



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Vera Joyce Watts

March 21, 2014


 Joyce’s journey started near the Welsh border and ended at hospice in Victoria on March 12th.  After growing up in Birmingham, Joyce chose a nursing career, training in London during the war and later learning midwifery.  She delivered babies in Edinburgh before emigrating to Rhodesia to teach midwifery skills to the local nurses in Bulawayo.  In Africa, Joyce met and married Doug, a marriage that would last over 55 years until his passing in 2008.  Leaving Africa for Canada, Joyce and Doug arrived to an Edmonton winter.  In 1957, they settled in Victoria, their home for the rest of their lives.  Joyce was kept busy with four active children, an old house, a very large garden, and her duties as the wife of an alderman/mayor.  This left little time for herself, although she enjoyed gardening, wine making, reading or just chatting over a cup of tea.  Once the children started to leave home, Doug and Joyce found time to travel, visiting England, Europe, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.  Doug’s recurring health problems meant Joyce spent many years helping him as his health declined.  Just as she had always been there for her children, she was there for Doug.  After his passing in 2008, she moved into the Glenshiel where she enjoyed outings and cards with her pals, and visits from family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her children Sheilagh (Eric), Brian (Louise), Ralph (Eda) and Linda (Dave), her granddaughters Hailey (Matt), Lindsay (Ben) and Kelsey, and her great-grandson Kelly.  She leaves family and friends in the UK and other parts of the world.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Street at 1pm on Monday, March 31st .  A short reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity.

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Mary Monica Pollard (nee Hopwood)

March 19, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary in Victoria, BC on March 16, 2014.  She was born in Vancouver on August 6, 1932.  Mary was predeceased by her mother, Monica; her father, Thomas John; brother, Brian and infant daughter, Cherie Marie.  She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Ernest; daughter, Renee Mosi (Andrew); sons, Ryan (Crystal) and John; 4 beloved grandchildren, Julia, Liam, Kai and Noah; twin sister, Eileen Evans (Laurie); sister, Deirdre Thorsen (Jorgen); brothers, Farrell and Brendan (Colleen) and family members, Delia, Jean and Leone as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  Mary grew up in Vancouver and Nelson (1943-46) and graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1950 and St. Paul’s Hospital as an RN in 1954.  Mary’s sense of adventure led her to practice nursing in Montreal, New York and finally California where she worked until 1968 when she moved to Victoria to be married after meeting Ernest on a blind date.  Mary loved her family above all else and was dedicated to her husband, Ernest.  Mary loved being a mother and grandmother, was a wonderful cook, an expert crossword puzzle solver and a martini lover.  She will be remembered for her determination, independence and unwillingness to give up even under the most difficult circumstances.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12 Noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2060 Haultain Street in Victoria, BC. followed by a reception in the church hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association in memory of Mary would be appreciated.  Our family is grateful to the first responders who tended to Mary and the staff and doctors, especially, Dr. Antonsen, in the renal unit at RJH who provided care over the last 3 years.  Finally, we would like to thank Marcela for her care and companionship.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

“The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal”…Cicero

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Rudolph Warren Triffo

March 18, 2014

September 13, 1943 – March 11, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father and papa after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Rudy leaves behind his loving wife Sheila of 47 years, his two daughters Marcie (Randy Unger) and Sandy, and three grandchildren Sarah, Spencer and Naomi. Rudy was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in Engineering in 1966. After many years of civil engineering he moved on to home building, which was his joy. His memory will be held in the highest regard, by his family, friends and coworkers as a well liked, honest and patient man, but most of all for his great sense of humour and quick wit.

A memorial service (reception to follow) will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 1:15pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 798 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC (Langford, BC). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Claude Ricard

March 15, 2014

On February 05, 2014, Claude Ricard succumbed to cancer. He is survived by his two sons, Peter Glenn Ricard and Norman Edward Ricard (Cassandra Ricard) and his sister, Carole Benoit. Claude was loved and will be missed by all. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Michael John Wickware

March 14, 2014

Jan 4 1947 – March 10 2014

Michael passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a hard fought battle with cancer. His loving wife Sharon (Emmerson) of forty four years survives Mike.

Predeceased by his father Robert John (Johnny) Wickware of Port Credit, Ont. and his mother Nancy (Barrington-Foote) Wickware of London, England and his mother and father in-law Marg and Ron Emmerson, Victoria BC.  Mike will be remembered by his loving sons Steven (Brenda) and Brian (Brooke) along with his 5 wonderful grandchildren Hillary, Sabrina, Justin, Phoenix and Cassius, all of who brought meaning and joy to Mike’s life.

Mike was a loving and caring son, brother, cousin, husband, uncle, father grandfather and friend. He loved most being a Grandfather and was often seen joining them in play.

Mike had many honourable qualities (more than space will allow); most missed by his family will be his wonderful sense of humor and infectious laugh.  He truly valued his friendships (some more than fifty years in the making) and enjoyed being a friend you could count on. He was regularly seen waving to the traffic on his street and went out of his way to say hello to all who passed within earshot.  Mike’s ability to maintain his integrity and honesty in all situations was truly graceful and he was admired for it.

“Nick da boy” was the term Stevens’s children called him until their later years when they began to call him grandpa. Brian’s children affectionately knew him as Papa Mike. Mike was proud to be referred to by these names and treasured being a part of their lives.  Also survived by his sisters, Roberta Barbazuk, Vancouver and family and Kathy (Dale) Hempstock and family, Spruce Grove Alberta, brother in-law Gary (Bonnie) Emmerson and family Calgary Alberta and “Aunty” Kay Chapman Richmond BC.

Johnny and Nancy and Roberta made the long trek down from the Canadian Arctic to North Vancouver where Mike was born in January 1947. Later that year (after a short hiatus) the family returned north to Pangnirtung, Baffin Island NWT where his is father resumed his position as a Hudson’s Bay store manager in a new location. Living in the Canadian Arctic in the 1940’s and 50’s was a somewhat different upbringing than of his friends would have enjoyed. Mike and Roberta were home schooled by Nancy and taught the ways of the North by a local Inuit man Killabuk (a huge influence and a man Mike admired his entire life) even picking up some of the Inuit language. Family photos of the two supply ships per year, one before the ice and one after, show Mike and his family dressed in seal skin clothing and boots.  Seven years later the family, with its most recent addition sister Kathy, moved south to Winnipeg, Man. to give the kids the educational opportunities that were not available in the north.  A few years later they moved again to Saskatoon where Mike graduated from Walter Murray Collegiate Institute.

Mike joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 and proudly served for the next 35 years retiring in 2001 as a Commander.  He served on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Serving in Her Majesty Canadian Ships HMCS Beacon Hill, Assiniboine, St Croix, Columbia, Terra Nova, Fundy, Miramichi, and Cowichan. He held positions at Fleet School in Halifax and Esquimalt, Maritime Headquarters Pacific, National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa Canadian Forces St. John, St. Johns Newfoundland and NATO Headquarters in Norfolk Virginia.

Upon retirement in 2001 from the Royal Canadian Navy Mike and Sharon returned to the west coast, settling in Victoria to be near their Family.

In the early years Mike enjoyed Squash, running and cycling (riding to work for years before it was fashionable). In later years he became addicted to Salmon fishing and then golf. Mike was an active Ham Radio operator, like his Dad, with call sign VE7BIN. Eventually teaching others how to become a radio operator.  Later still he rode his Motor Scooter with the Shriner Thunderbirds, a gateway to his next addiction, riding his Vulcan 900 Kawasaki motorcycle. He was often seen riding to Ladysmith just to pick up some goodies for his grandchildren from the bakery.  Mike was a proud Mason. Starting his association in 1975 in Halifax in St Andrew’s Lodge, his mother lodge. On retirement he affiliated with Vancouver and Quadra lodge No 2 in Victoria.  Additionally he was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.

Retirement brought Sharon and Mike back to the pleasant weather and ambiances of Victoria. They enjoyed annual trips to Alberta to visit family and frequent cruises to Vancouver via BC Ferry to see his grandchildren and friends, as well an annual month long trip to Maui, an escape from the low overcast and rain. He was proud to have survived not one, but two tsunamis in Maui and smiled when he said it was terrible having to leave the pool to head for higher ground.

Mike’s greatest love was his Family and he showed us that everyday in how he lived. His advice to you would be to surround yourself with the ones you love and enjoy the world.  He did. You are missed Mike, Dad, Grandpa.


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Manuel Pacheco Viveiros

March 13, 2014

December 13, 1934 – March 12, 2014

Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, Manuel passed away after a lengthy illness with his loving family by his side. He leaves behind his wife, Natalia; his daughters, Natalia and Sara (Colin); sons, Tony (Shannon) and Joao as well as eight grandchildren and his sister, Lurdes, in Montreal.

Prayers will be offered on Sunday, March 16th at 6 pm in Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 4635 Elk Lake Drive, Saanich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 17th at 10 am in Our Lady of Fatima. The Reverend Father Manuel Cardoso, Celebrant. Interment to follow in Royal Oak Burial Park.

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