David Ramsden

June 27, 2014

David Ramsden died June 23, 2014 after losing a struggle with heart disease.  He was born in Rainham, England in 1949 and immigrated to Canada as a young child where he spent his youth in Newmarket, Ontario.  He leaves behind his wife, Joyce; son, Sam; daughter-in-law, Martina and grandsons, Alessandro and Matteo; son, Ben; daughter-in-law, Egyp and granddaughter, Lina; sister Elaine and nieces, Tracey and Denise and their families.  Joyce’s family in the U.S. and Denmark, along with Marti’s and Egyp’s families in Sardinia and Korea, counted him as one of their own.  David received his B.Sc. from McMaster and his M.Sc. in climatology from UVic.  He worked as a scientific programmer for the Ins. of Ocean Sciences, and the Climate Research Centre, retiring 15 years ago to pursue an avid interest as an online investor.  Dave was a mentor for several traders and administrated an online trading thread for over a decade.  He had a special spot in his heart for his grandchildren, and was a wonderful father and husband.  Friends say that once you met Dave, you could never forget him for his unique brand of humour, candid observations, and exuberant nature.  A heartfelt thank you to Bryan Hardy, TCMP, Drs. Smardon, Swiggums, Antonsen, and cardiac team; Hospice, RJH Cardiac wards, Emergency, CCU, Pacemaker Clinic and Ambulance Services.  Their professional, yet caring attention gave us much comfort.  And our wonderful friends –  you have been my life-line.  An open house celebrating his life will be held at the family home on July 6th, 2014 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RJH Foundation or Hospice.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Vera Joyce Watts

March 21, 2014

1923-2014

 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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Eugen Fitterer

February 20, 2014

February 18, 1930 – February 16, 2014

Eugen passed away peacefully, at the age of 83, at his home in Victoria, following a lengthy illness.  He was lovingly cared for by his family.  Eugen is survived by his beloved wife, Magdalena Fitterer (nee Elder), of 59 years; children, Maria(Graydon), Greg (Julia), Larry (Sarah), Tony (Christine), and Tom; 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Eugen and Magdalena met and married in Kelowna in 1954 and moved to Victoria soon after where they raised their 5 children.  He was a welder/steel fabricator by trade and had worked as a pipe-liner and later with the Boilermakers Union. Eugen valued his Catholic Faith and family life. He enjoyed travelling and keeping in contact with his extended family and friends.  He loved to spend time boating, star-gazing and beachcombing at Cowichan Lake and made fond memories there with family and friends.

Eugen had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great story-teller. He was a unique human being and touched the hearts of those who knew him.  He will truly be missed.

Special thanks to Victoria Hospice, B.C. Cancer Agency, and Beacon and Bayshore staff for their compassionate care.

A Prayer Service and visitation will be held at McCall’s Floral Chapel, Johnson at Vancouver St., on Friday, February 28, 2014, at 7:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 12:00 pm.  A reception will follow in the McCall’s Family Centre.  Interment will take place at the Royal Oak Burial Park at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at www.victoriahospice.org, or to the charity of your choice.

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Elviera (Vera) Benedetti

January 13, 2014

Our dear Mum passed away peacefully at Aberdeen Seniors’ Home in Victoria, BC, on January 2, 2014 after a rapid decline in health from a serious fall. She was born Elviera Franchitti in Motherwell, Scotland on April 24, 1920 to Italian immigrants, Gelsomino and Mariella Franchitti. She was one of seven surviving children (of thirteen) and grew up working in the family’s three businesses of which the most prominent one was, Franchitti and Sons, import/export store. During WW II, she met her future husband, Guerino (Reno) Benedetti, while he was stationed in Scotland with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in preparation for D-Day. Reno returned to Scotland after the war, married Vera in 1948 and she came to Canada as a war bride in 1949. They settled in Reno’s home town in northern Ontario, Kapuskasing and raised a family. She was a colourful resident of the small French Canadian town and was well known for being outgoing, social and always welcoming to her neighbours with a cup a coffee and delicious home made goodies. She had a good sense of humour highlighted by a definite mischievous streak. Most will remember her as the little Italian lady with the Scottish accent. Although crippled by polio as a child, she was a hard worker, rarely complained about her health and rarely asked for help. She worked as a cook at the Kapuskasing Civic Centre snack bar and also at the Community Dairy Bar diner.

After retirement,Reno and Vera followed their three children to Victoria, BC in the late 70′s and again she quickly made many life-long friends. She was always fiercely independent and lived on her own until shortly before her death. She was a frequent bus rider and knew all the drivers’ names often giving them candy and keeping them updated on the deals at WalMart. Early on she earned the title of ‘Queen of WalMart’ and spent many happy hours with her other family at McDonald’s.

Mum was predeceased by her husband, Reno in 1997 and her beloved grandson, Michael in 2008. She leaves behind her three children; Irene (Russ) Godfrey, Stella (Gary) Gurr , Johanna Benedetti and three grandsons, Nicholas, David and Benjamin, whom she loved dearly. She also leaves to mourn her passing, her only remaining sibling, Mariella Findlay, in Wales and many nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to thank the staff in the Lansdowne Unit of Aberdeen Hospital for their compassionate care, Mum’s many friends who continued to visit her while she was ill  and the heartfelt support of our family in Great Britain.

There will be no service and flowers are declined. A private family gathering will be held in the spring. In memory of Mum, please remember to smile and be good to yourself and others.

“LA FAMIGLIA PER SEMPRE”

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Audrey Orange

September 26, 2013

July 1, 1932 – September 24, 2013

With great sadness we announce the passing of Audrey at age 81. She has lived in Victoria for 45 years and belonged to Esquimalt Lady Lions, lawn-bowling and the community centre. She gave much love and care to all whom she met. She is survived by daughter Debbie, son Stephen and grandchildren Ryan, Camille, Leah and Jamie. Her husband, Ken, died last September. Private family service. If so desired, contributions to the BC Cancer Society. Condolences may be offered below.

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Constance Wan Yuk Cheng

June 20, 2013

Our loving Constance (Grammie) passed into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on May 26, 2013, born on October 20, 1929 in Shekki, Guangdong China, pre-deceased by her husband Gordon in 1998. Lovingly remembered by her two sons, Keith (Gerry), Willie (Jessie); grandchildren, Desmond, Lianne (Chris), Jonathan; brothers, Arthur (Diane), Henry (Karen); sisters, Francis, Barbara (Norman) and many nieces & nephews.

Although we miss her so very much, we know that she is with our Lord and Saviour in Heaven, she will always be in our hearts. The CHENG family would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all those who were able to attend her memorial service, as well as, a special thanks to all the nurses in Hospice for their wonderful care and kindness. God’s blessings to all. Condolences may be offered below.

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Serafina Perri

May 31, 2013

Our dear mother passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 30, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Massimo, Serafina is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Maria (Jim); son, Michele (Lana); her four grandchildren, Hailee, Nikolas, Isabella and Matteo; her brother, sisters and extended family.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, 4040 Nelthorpe St., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

Donations may be made to the BC Lung Association. Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Robert Scott Stone

May 4, 2013

July 30, 1988 – May 1, 2013

Cherished and beloved son of Jim Stone and Judie Hosie. Big brother to Mac and Cam and a friend to many.

Scott was an athlete and adventurer. He grew up in Victoria and attended St. Mike’s and Oak Bay. Friends, family and sports were his passions. He excelled at soccer, rugby and lacrosse and played on many teams at all levels.

He surfed, fished, bungy jumped, sky dived, snow boarded and wake boarded; announcing his enjoyment with his loud, infectious and unique laugh.

Scott also lived in Australia and Africa where he became a safari field guide and pursued his fascination with animals.

Scott completed his life long dream of becoming a helicopter pilot.

Fly free Scotty.

You will be forever missed by family, friends and Bubba J.

A Lakeside Memorial service will be held at West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park on Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. You are welcome to share any memories or stories. Barbeque to follow at Camp Pringle.  Please bring your own lawn chair for the service and the reception.

Missed and loved.

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Caroline Chan

March 25, 2013

Died peacefully on March 22, 2013, after a difficult struggle with pneumonia. Pre-deceased by her parents, Steven and Rosy Chan; and her sister, Benita. Survived by her sister Adrienne, brother Tony (Wei), brother Reg (Eileen), and sister Vivian (Dan), nephews: David, Michael, Thoreau and Ibsen, and niece, Lian; many Chan and Wing cousins. Caroline was a devout member of St. John the Divine Anglican church who supported her in friendship and community. She had a sunny disposition and a loving spirit, for which she was deeply cherished.

Many thanks to Dr. Sanders, Dr. Perera, and the staff at Jubilee Hospital.

A service will be held at ST. JOHN THE DIVINE, 1611 Quadra Street, on Saturday, March 30, at 2pm. Donations may be made to the B.C. Lung Association.

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Stephen Kwok Fai Lam

March 20, 2013

 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen Lam on March 17, 2013. Stephen was born on August 15, 1942 in Canton, China. “Fat Choy”, as he was fondly known, was a longtime resident of Victoria and well known in local circles as proprietor of Fat Choy Food Market and Don Mee Restaurant. He was predeceased by his parents in Hong Kong and brother Kwok Lee in San Francisco. Stephen is survived by his family, Francine Louie, along with Kyman (Patricia), Jennie, and Brian (Nadia) Chan, and the grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Connor, Julia and Marcus. Stephen is also survived by his sister-in-law, Agnes Lam and nephew, Nelson Lam and his family, in San Francisco. He will also be greatly missed by his many close longtime friends.

A celebration of Stephen’s life and reception will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm at McCall Bros., 1400 Vancouver St. Thank you to Dr. Walter Chow, Dr. Peter Sherk, and the nurses in the ICU at RJH for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island Centre, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5. Condolences may be offered below.

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