Donald Daniels Fouracre

December 19, 2013

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Donald Fouracre on December 19th after a brief illness.  He was loved and adored and will be greatly missed by his wife Linnea, of more than 53 years, his daughters Karen, Susan (Stephen), Catherine (Anatolijus), his 4 grandchildren Rhys, Sam, Grace and Tessa.  His siblings Bett (Harry), Lois (Ken), Brian (Denise), sister- in-law Glenda Miller, brother-in-law Jim Miller (Kate), many cousins and a multitude of friends.
Don was born in Victoria Sept 24, 1937 to Jack and Madge Fouracre.  He graduated from Oak Bay High school and went on to have a long and successful career at London Life Insurance Company.  He was involved in Cadboro Bay United church and served on the board of Gorge View Housing Society.  He loved beach combing, collecting wood, growing and sharing garden produce, his daily walks and most importantly time with family.  We were so fortunate to have many family holidays in Mexico and Hawaii.  The summer centered around holiday times at Cowichan and Shuswap Lake where many cherished family memories were made.  His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life, his love for them unbounded.He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, hearty laugh, big heart and generosity.
A memorial service will be held Monday December 23rd at 1:00pm at First Metropolitan Church at 932 Balmoral Rd. Reception to follow in the Hall. If desired, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Don’s name to the Cardiac Care Unit at Jubilee Hospital.  Our sincere thanks to all the staff at the CCU who provided such wonderful support.  Additional parking available at Johnson & Vancouver Street (955 Johnson).
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William (Bill) Lorne Brian Hawker

December 14, 2013

Bill passed away in Victoria on December 12, 2013. Born in Portland, Oregon on February 13, 1925 he was predeceased by the love of his life, Norah.  Dad is survived by his children, Lynn, Tom (Barbara) and Ronald (Laila); his grandchildren, Kimberley, Arya, Aimee and Siina; sister-in-law, Rita Hill and brother-in-law, Pieter Brouwer. Dad also leaves many friends who were very dear to him.

Dad obtained his BA in education from UBC and his MPA from UVIC.  He was a teacher, principal and Superintendent of schools. His career took him to Paris and Hemer, Germany where he served with DND schools. He taught throughout the province of BC and was a superintendent of schools in  Northern BC and Maple Ridge. Dad’s passion was to contribute to the development of education and had great compassion for his students and colleagues.

Dad was a bigger than life guy who loved to engage and put a smile on everyone’s face. He loved his art, travels and contributing to the community.

The family would like to thank the staff at Douglas House for the care he received. It was exceptional. Also thanks to the Palliative Care and Dr. Fairhurst.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Camosun  College Foundation to Establish an Endowment for Nursing Students.

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Catherine Gebhard

December 13, 2013

On Monday December 9, 2013, Catherine Ksenia Gebhard (nee Chorney), at age 83 years, passed away gently in her sleep in her own home.

Catherine was greatly loved by her family. She was a quiet leader who was guided by her principles and lived her values. She contributed widely as a donor and as a volunteer to local outreach and arts organizations in Victoria, and did so selflessly.

In her personal life, Catherine was a creative soul who spent hours crocheting, knitting and reading. She was also a 40+-year yoga enthusiast that relished in her daily practice. Catherine believed her body was a sanctuary and she took steps throughout her life to take care of herself. She spent hours walking along the ocean’s edge with her small dog Emily, and built a garden that illustrated her love and passion for the natural world. It was a passion for gardening that helped coin her nickname – Botany.

Although she spent over 40 years in Victoria, she raised her family in Saskatchewan and never gave up on her beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders. Unfortunately, she was only able to watch the Grey Cup in 2013 on television, but cheered loudly when her favourite team won the Cup this year. Her family knew never to call when a game was on…only at half time.

Catherine was a staunch political pundit from her living room, and engaged in elections with the same fervor as she did with her love of football. As an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, Catherine believed strongly in democratic principles and its process.

She was a very special woman who will be missed by her immediate family: Bob and Deb, Carla and Don, and Wanda and Bob, along with her many grandchildren their partners and great-grandchildren: Jesse, Silas and Karla, Sarah and Yan, Ana and Bill; and Luciana, Ronin, Katryna, Satya and Zamfira. The family would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for the excellent support and palliative care from the Palliative Care Unit at Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC: Dr. N. Cassim, Dr. Wai, Dr. Braithwaite, Edris and the Palliative Care Crisis Team.

The graveside funeral service will take place at Royal Oak Burial Park, Tues. Dec. 17, at 11 am, through the services of McCall Bros. Funeral Services, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to local community outreach or arts organizations of the donor’s choice.

…one ending is a new beginning…

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Edith Isabel Groom

December 12, 2013

Edith Isabel Groom was born on the family farm near Blackwater, Ontario, on May 19, 1920, the youngest of five children born of Charles William Rennie and Nellie McMillan.  She was predeceased by her parents and brothers Almer and George, sisters Mable and Ruth, and her cherished husband, the Reverend Howard Groom. She leaves her children Doug (Jhan, and sons Matthew and Rick), Murray (Susan, and sons Benjamin and Isaac, and daughter Bethany), Gwen (Mircea, and children Heather, Laural and Graham), numerous nieces, nephews and close friends to treasure the memory of her wonderful life. Everyone loved Edith’s quick wit, unconditional kindness and generosity, joyful piano playing, strong spirit and steadfast faith.

Edith spent her childhood and early married years in southern Ontario. She and Howard moved to Saskatchewan in the late 1940’s where she supported him in his calling to serve as a minister in the United Church of Canada. They raised their young family in Wawota, Hanley, Young, Fort Qu’Appelle and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and later in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her skills and personality found great satisfaction at work in the public library systems in Moose Jaw and Winnipeg. Edith loved hosting international students and was a devoted reader and wicked scrabble player most of her life. Edith never hesitated to share what she had and always left people and places better off than when she found them.

In 1986, after many happy years in Nestor Falls and Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Edith and Howard retired to Victoria B.C. where they continued their lifelong involvement in the church through the congregations of Oak Bay United Church and St.John’s United, Deep Cove. Despite her failing eyesight and declining health in the last three years, Edith remained a bright, dignified woman with a passion for story-telling and sharing a laugh; she never passed up a chance to share one more tale. She was always current, curious and concerned about others and our world. Her gift and love for music rounded out her life and made us all happy. Edith, mom, grandma, aunt Edie, dear friend and neighbour: you will be missed, your spirit will endure.

A service to celebrate Edith’s life will be held at McCall’s Chapel, Johnson and Vancouver Streets in Victoria, British Columbia on Wednesday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m.. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Edith’s memory, if you wish, may be sent to St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, Sidney, BC  V8L 5R9

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Wilma May Lilley

December 12, 2013


December 31, 1930 – December 7, 2013

With the heaviest of hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our best friend, wife and mother after a lengthy illness.  Wilma was predeceased by her infant son, John Douglas.  She leaves behind her loving husband, John of 56 years; her daughter, Debra (Robert) and grandchildren, Jordan (Nikki), Sean (Melissa), Jaimie and Emily; siblings, Albert, Pauline, Sidney, Leonard (Anna), sister-in-law, Joan, brother-in-law, Jimmy (Carol).  Born in St. Louis, Saskatchewan, daughter of Mary and Joseph Koponyas; sister to nine siblings.

After their move to B.C., she pursued nursing for 20 years then made a career change and retired after 20 years with The Tally Ho Travelodge.  She always found time to volunteer in the community and with her daughter’s activities.  The Red Cross and Mother’s March of Dimes were organizations near and dear to her.

Winnie was a second mom to many.  When her best friend Roberta died, she stepped in to watch over Roberta’s four children and loved all of them like her own.  John and Winnie had an open door invite to Cory, Dennis, Darrell and Bobby and continued to stay close to them especially after Roberta’s husband, Bob, passed away.

Winnie also adored her grandchildren and was present at each of their births.  She often would travel up to Nanaimo to take in the boys’ ball or hockey games or watch her granddaughters’ dance.  She tried to never miss their Christmas or band concerts.  Winnie and John were best friends and never without one another.  They enjoyed gardening, sitting for tea in their garden, camping and boating.  They often travelled with their motorhome on the island or up to see their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  When the grandchildren got older, Winnie would take them to work and teach them skills they would need for adulthood.

Winnie had a bond with her daughter that was unique.  There was never a day that went by without the two spending time chatting on the phone or visiting over the weekend.  They cherished each others friendship and admired one another’s talents and differences.  They called each other Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones.  Winnie had a wonderful imagination and when Debbie was young, they would have tea parties, create crafts, paint and draw.  She would often walk Debbie and her friend, Sharon to school or take them bowling or to the movies.  Winnie enjoyed reading and encouraged Debbie to read well at a young age.  She read to her daily.  She continued to read to the grandchildren filling their home with books.  She had her favorite Words of Wisdom.  “You get more with sugar than you do with vinegar.”  “Live each day like it was your last.”  “Never go to bed angry.”  “Treat people the way in which you want to be treated.”  “Look for the best in yourself and others.”  Winnie also had an amazing sense of humour, wit and photographic memory.  She was our diamond in our gem garden.  She will also be sadly missed by her beloved dog, Diesel and her cat, Kitty Kat.

Love you forever!  Our hearts are breaking mom.  Spread your wings and fly.

A special thanks to her husband, John and Debra’s husband, Robert for their kind, compassionate care during this difficult time.  The family would also like to thank the nursing staff, 4A and 4B South, Victoria General Hospital, especially nurses, Jen, Clair, Ashley, Ingrid and Angela.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16th at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.


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Monica Walker

December 11, 2013


It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Monica, following a short illness. For most of her life Monica dealt stoically with a chronic disability arising from poliomyelitis at the age of six years. Despite this she never considered it a handicap and managed to lead a full and active life having a career as an Executive Secretary for a major conglomerate in the UK until she emigrated to Canada in 1972, at which time she was employed by the University of Alberta until her retirement in 1987.

Monica was born in the picturesque village of Ingleton in the West Yorkshire Dales country and thoroughly enjoyed the rural life with her parents, Thomas and Gwen who predeceased her in 1968-69, at that time Monica emigrated to live with her brother Keith and sister-in-Law, Patricia in Edmonton, moving to Victoria with the family in 1990. She was fully involved with her brother’s family and loved seeing her nephew and nieces, Mark, Fiona and Clare progressing through their childhood, she was always the ever caring Aunt. Similarly she loved her grandnephews and nieces, Josephine, Isobel and Argyll (Mark), James and Adam (Fiona), but was frustrated that she was never able to become more actively involved with them because of her disability.

Monica loved to travel and visited many parts of Europe at a time when travel was not as easy as it is today and she could recall many tricky situations arising as a result of travel restrictions in different countries. Following her emigration she travelled through North America but became restricted by the progress of her post poliomyelitis. Nevertheless she loved her canine friends, in particular the last Bassets, Toby and Bella and completed the daily crossword until two weeks before she died.

The Family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. David Bell for his care and attention to Monica over many years and also the Home Care rendered through Beacon Community Services; Suriname, Reno, Colleen, Choi, Agnes, Amy and many others. During her final days the care given at the Jubilee ED by Drs. Moreau, Norris and their staff was exemplary and during the final two days the family very much appreciated the care and compassion given to Monica and themselves by the Victoria Hospice.

A Service of Remembrance will be held in McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, Johnson & Vancouver Streets on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm.  A reception will follow in McCall’s Family Centre.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice.


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Gloria Marguerite Scholefield

December 10, 2013

June 20th, 1921 – December 7th, 2013

Gloria passed away peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.  She was predeceased by her loving husband, Arthur.  She is survived by her sons, Geoff (Liz), Mike (Maureen), Billy (Janet); grandchildren, Marguerite, Carol, Dawn Marie, Christine, Jordan and Sarah; great-grandchildren Christopher, William, and Kaiya.  Rest in peace mum, gma, ggma.  Thanks to Dr. Richard Kennedy and all the staff at Shoal Centre for their care.

A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

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Alan Howard Finley, M.D.

December 9, 2013

December 22, 1925 – December 7, 2013

It is with hearts united in love, we announce the passing of our wonderful Alan H Finley, MD: pioneer in Emergency Pediatrics and Disaster Preparedness; Primary Care Physician to a quarter million children; Professor of Pediatrics at six medical schools in three countries on two continents, including inaugural Faculties at Nairobi and Calgary; a recipient of a Commendation from the President of the United States for “exceptional service to others in the finest humanitarian tradition” – but most of all, a great lover of family, friends and animals; music, nature and art; travel, adventure and song; Dr Seuss, Les Habs and telling the same joke.

Visionary, provocateur, philosopher king, Alan was driven by a compassionate heart, a tireless energy and a gentlemanly attitude; his joie de vivre, ribald humour and infinite grace touched all who crossed his path. His insatiable curiosity was guided by a never-ending quest to do the right thing, believe the best of people, and inspire those he loved. Husband to Shirley (nee Bondelid of Port Angeles, Washington); Dad to Brenda (Martin Scott), Donna, Brian (Donna Bennett); Grand Bug to Benjamin & Adam Finley, Rebecca, Jeffery and Mary Schidlowsky, and Caitlin Lindberg; stepfather to Craig (Kish nee Mikami) and Jay Lindberg; brother to Mary Riley (nee Finley); brother-in-law to Rae Finley (nee Hunter); and uncle, colleague and friend to countless others. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, mother of his children, Nan Verna Finley (nee Kennedy of Westmount, Montreal); his siblings (Shirley (Lloyd Paul), Hartland (Margaret nee Mackay) and Gault “Skip”); and many devoted four-legged friends.

Born to E. Marjorie Ross and Eric B. Finley of Westmount, Montreal, ‘Bug’ attended Roslyn School and Bishop’s College School, before enlisting in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1943.  At age 18, he earned the rank of Lieutenant (Infantry) with the Canadian Black Watch and for a few months, was the youngest officer in the Canadian Army.

Alan studied Medicine at McGill University, with residencies at Harvard, McGill and Cincinnati. His medical, academic and administrative career spanned 45 years: Montreal Children’s Hospital (McGill); Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (USC); Kenyatta National Hospital (University of Nairobi); Foothills Hospital (University of Calgary); Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati); and Seattle Children’s Hospital (University of Washington).

From the heights of Kilimanjaro to a knee-deep portage in the woods of Quebec, Alan sang his way through life. He began as a boy soprano in 1939 with a heart-stopping rendition of Mabel  (Pirates of Penzance), then graduated to a collection of highly censurable canoeing songs, only to emerge (unscathed) a lifelong tenor in a number of Anglican/Episcopalian Cathedral Choirs. In mid-career, he rediscovered an early passion and in 12 years painted 50-plus oils of his beloved animals and nature.

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Westben Arts Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 1413, Campbellford, Ontario, K0L 1L0 (705) 653-5508  ( (co-founded by his son and daughter-in-law); or the Dean’s Discretionary Fund at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria – Alan’s final spiritual home.

 With all our love – Doxology.  “Take any heart – take mine!”

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Jane Rose Thompson (nee Lewis)

December 9, 2013

June 9th 1926 – December 7th 2013

Born in Birmingham, England, Janie leaves behind her beloved husband, John, twin nieces Madeleine (Geoff), Sue (Dawn), nephew Andrew (Debbie) as well as many “adopted’ family members including close friends and John’s stepdaughter, Jill.

Prior to emigrating to Canada, Jane lived in the Cotswolds and Surrey, UK with her first husband Stan (d.1979).  Jane worked at BBC’s Television Centre in London.

Her wedding to John in 1984 was a marriage made in heaven. They came to Canada on the QE2 then travelled across Canada by train to settle in Victoria. In ensuing years they drove throughout the USA, flew on the Concorde, enjoyed trips to Alaska, the Panama Canal and much more.

Jane is remembered for her great hospitality, her wonderful warm personality, her sense of humour and quick wit, her classy outfits, many of which she made herself, her love of a good joke and all the fun ‘dress-up’ times. She had a green thumb which resulted in many beautiful gardens, including her balcony garden on the 20th floor of their condo. Jane so enjoyed her camera and took many photos of their beautiful views and of their many friends.

A celebration of Jane’s life will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. at McCall’s Downtown Chapel, 1400 Vancouver St., Victoria, BC. A reception will immediately follow the service.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of choice.  Condolences may be expressed below.

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Muriel Heyd

December 9, 2013

Muriel Jean Heyd passed away at home in Victoria, BC on Thursday, December 5, 2013. She was born in Peterborough, Ontario on September 27, 1926.  She was predeceased by her husband, Ross and leaves behind her son, John; his wife Miranda, and her grandsons Peter and Thomas.  Muriel’s contributions to the life of her family were delicately expressed through her joy of music, art and love of wildlife.  The family would like to thank Dr. Rhonda Hauser, her neighbour, Dorothy Ottosen and Alice, her caregiver, for the professional and personal care, which provided Muriel the opportunity to stay in her home.

A Funeral Service will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 with interment to follow at Royal Oak Burial Park.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.


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