Smolock, Raymond Anthony
We are very sad to announce the passing of our beloved husband and father. Predeceased by his father Anthony and mother Annabelle. Ray leaves behind his loving wife Debbie, son Tony (Lisa) and daughter Shelley. He will be forever missed and remain in our hearts and thoughts always. The family wishes to thank all the staff of Langley Memorial Hospital for all their support and loving care of Dad. A celebration of life to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Alzheimers Society of BC in his honor.
Fearnley, Robert & Gayle
In memory of Robert Jerningham, born April 29, 1953 in Vancouver, BC and Gayle Elizabeth, born January 21, 1994 in North Vancouver, BC, passed away on February 9, 2023. They are lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by their family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm at St. John The Evangelist Church, 220 W Eighth St, North Vancouver BC.
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Gordon Sam on February 14. He died unexpectedly while doing what he loved - playing tennis. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Luciana, children Mathew (Youmi), Rebecca (Sam) and Matheus, grandson Jock, brothers Raymond (Susan) and Norman, dog Mila, and dear nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Mow Toy & Young Chu, and sister Mary. While he left us much too early, Gordon lived a life filled with love, devotion and laughter. He will be forever in the hearts of his family and many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 3:00 pm at the Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre For Peace, 1825 W 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
Joseph Bencinger passed away on January 10, 2023. He was born on June 17, 1936. Predeceased by his parents, Tony and Anna Bencinger, brother Anton Bencinger, and sister Rose Hanson. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Lee Ann, daughter Teresa (Gordon) Heppner, son John, grandchildren Amanda Heppner and Jason Heppner, and great-grandson Jacob Kelly.
Joe lived in Manitoba and moved to Abbotsford when he was 14. He met his wife Lee Ann when he moved to Langley at age 26. They married on September 10, 1965.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the O.A.P. Hall, 3015 273 Street, Aldergrove, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our lovely Mary. Mary was a kind, compassionate, selfless and caring person who took great pleasure in her family and extended family. She was an expert knitter and loved creating much appreciated baby blankets for her loved ones. She liked cooking, walking, watching Christmas movies, and many more activities that made her smile. Mary attended the Oakridge Baptist Church regularly and took great comfort in her religion. She was an avid reader and spent many hours reading scriptures, psalms and religious books. Mary is predeceased by her mother, Anna Bonk Bernier and is survived by her brother Ray (Heather), nieces, nephews and her goddaughter Ashlee Montagano. She will be greatly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oakridge Baptist Church
Mary was laid to rest with her mother at Mountain View Cemetery.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Joseph Bencinger. After a period of declining health, Joseph met with the Lord on January 10, 2023.
We will gather together on Saturday, February 25, 2023 for a time of memorial, to share stories and mark the life of our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. Please come for 1:00pm to the Aldergrove Heritage Hall (O.A.P. Hall), located at 3015 273 St, Aldergrove.
We would be honoured if you could come with a story to share .
In Loving Memory of
Born August 16, 1936
Karystos, Euboea, Greece
Passed away January 3, 2023
Surrey, British Columbia
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00 am
Saint Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church
4541 Boundary Road, Vancouver, BC
Fr. Timoleon Prattas
Forest Lawn Burial Park
3789 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Jennifer Katherine Dhaliwal (Holfeld)
October 17, 1972 – November 29, 2022
It is with broken hearts that we are announcing the passing of our beloved “Jenny”, on November 29, 2022 at the age of 50.
She has now joined her father Garth (Pops) to play as many games as she likes.
Jennifer leaves and one day will be reunited with the loves of her life, husband Nav and son Lincoln. She will be deeply missed by her mother Marilyn, sister Carolyn (Ed), brother Richard (Patsy) and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Those who were fortunate to know Jen witnessed her strong devotion to family and friends as well as her passion for keen conversation and heated cribbage matches with a glass of wine.
Jen firmly believed that any occasion went better with a little champagne. She will be forever in our hearts.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 15, 2023 at Northview Golf & Country Club 6857 - 168 Street, Surrey, B.C. at 1pm. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Sources Woman’s Place in Surrey.
Mikoluk, Beryl Olive
MIKOLUK, Beryl Olive passed away on September 16, 2022 at Whiterock, BC. A private cremation will take place. She will be missed.
Pieter (Pete) Madderom
August 30, 1943 (Koedijk, Netherlands) - December 6, 2022
Peter was frankly puzzled that his exit strategy did not go according to plan. The idea was to reach his 80th birthday in superb health, then somehow naturally and painlessly sail into the next dimension. He was always an optimist! Unfortunately he fell short of the mark by less than a year. He lived a charmed life, blessed with an abundance of joy, friends, wishes fulfilled, and a rock solid confidence in himself that never failed. He loved people, but had no patience for fools. A brilliant, pioneering computer scientist who retired from UBC after forty years, he never touched a computer again. He was dismayed by the wild growth of the Internet, in which he saw too little social or moral accountability. He called it “pure evil.” (He was never a man to mince words!)
Peter’s retirement days were idyllic, filled with endless walks, chess games at the pub, cross-Canada motorcycle adventures, and the great pleasure of greeting friends and strangers alike on his daily perambulations. Most of all he loved family visits, with grandkids and pets snuggled on his lap. This beautiful, kind and gentle soul will be missed terribly by wife Victoria, his kids Meredith (Andrew), Patrick (Amanda), and Iris (Ruan), grandkids Hendrik and Johanna, and siblings Jake and Sita. And of course, his favourite lap-cat Lady! He loved us all, as he loved life itself. May his memory be for a blessing.
Wilkes, Christopher Roy
Christopher Roy Wilkes
November 9, 1954 - December 4, 2022
Chris Wilkes left this world peacefully on Sunday morning after a nearly four-year battle with cancer, with his wife Jennifer at his side. His last days were at the Fraser Canyon hospital in Hope, BC. The family wishes to extend their thanks for the kindness and attention provided by the care staff during that difficult time.
Chris touched so many lives with his generosity, good humor, and drive to spread the joy of playing games wherever he went. Game Days, the Wizards of the Coast Game Center, the Carleton Strategy Club, the Alexander Games Club ... the list goes on and on. All those friends, and their friends and
families, will keep Chris's memory alive for many years to come.
He was many things:
Cherished brother and son.
Creator of worlds.
Inventive game master.
A loyal and generous friend.
No formal service is planned; interment will be December 12, 2022, 11:00 AM, in the Chilliwack Cemeteries Heritage Woods green burial site. Celebrations of Chris's life will be held in the weeks to come.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society, the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, or the Cancer Research Society.
Loving wife, mother, daughter, and friend, Joanne Tattle passed away peacefully in Port Moody at the age of 55, on November 25th after a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. She spent her final days in the hospital surrounded by her husband Bob and their three loving children Victoria, Ashley, and Ryan. Her family would like to express great gratitude for the exceptional care Joanne received throughout her final days from the team of nurses and doctors at Eagle Ridge Hospital. Joanne was the most kind-hearted person; her smile and positive energy was infectious to anyone she came in contact with. She will be missed dearly by all.
Her Funeral will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 10:30 am at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC, entombment to follow at Forest Lawn Burial Park, Burnaby, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Score for Cancer. (www.scoreforcancer.com)
Stenberg, Mark Douglas
Mark Douglas Stenberg passed gently at home on Saturday, October 15, 2022. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Mary Jane and his much beloved son Cameron (Sydney).
Mark was greatly loved by his mother, Joyce Baragon, three sisters Elaine DePedrina (Bruno), Susan Hille (Rick), and Julie Smit (John). He will also be mourned by his two brothers Eric (Cathy) and David (Mary) plus a huge number of assorted nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Mark, in his early years, was an accomplished athlete playing both soccer and hockey. His love of hockey resulted in a lifelong commitment to the Vancouver Canucks from their very first game to the very last one he watched. He was a true fan, never giving up on them.
Mark also loved growing up on his family’s chicken farm and valued his family deeply. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humour which kept us all laughing at every family gathering. He loved vintage cars, garage sales, making and refinishing things in his shop, golfing, car races, action movies and a good shot of rye.
Mark started his career as a welder, but an industrial accident at age 22 meant a career change. He went to Douglas College and then worked for many years as a Rehab Counsellor and Manager with the BC Paraplegic Association.
Although Mark’s last years were a struggle, he met his challenges with incredible courage, patience and grace. Few people would have kept a sense of humour, but he did.
Thank you to the many nurses and personal care workers who supported the family through his long struggle. Special thanks to Jennifer Stenberg for always being there to make him laugh, Kelly Barrette for helping us manage the house, and to Ryas Barrette for eagerly joining Mark in watching both the action and western movies he loved (always at top volume). A special mention to Work Safe BC (Mirabelle, Tracey and Rene) and to Heather and Francine for keeping him happy, comfortable and well cared for.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the O.A.P. Hall, 3015 273 Street, Aldergrove. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Spinal Cord Injury BC. https://sci-bc.ca/
“The connections we make in the course of a life – maybe that’s what heaven is” – Fred Rogers
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Narendra Kumar. He went to meet the Lord on September 3, 2022 in Surrey, British Columbia. He will be remembered with a Funeral Mass on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10:30 am in St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford, BC, officiated by Father Marcos Lopez.
Following the service a witness cremation will take place at Fraser River Community Crematorium, 2061 Riverside Road, Abbotsford. Later Narendra will be laid to rest next to his wife in Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery, 14850 28 Ave, Surrey.
May He Rest In Peace
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Guerin, Darryl Michael
Our loving brother Darryl is survived by siblings Michele, Leslie, and Dwayne Guerin in addition to many more family members and friends. Darryl will be remembered with Funeral services taking place at 10:00am on Friday, September 2 at the Musqueam Community Center, 6777 Salish Dr, Vancouver. May he Rest In Peace.
Dyer, Richard John
Also known as Uncle Dick and the Mad Jogger, Richard was born in Vancouver B.C. He is predeceased by parents, John V.P.D 1983 and Valerie 1968; and brother Gordon 1993. Survived by his sister Jeanette, her children; John, Matthew and Mark Brunt, Gordon's children; Garrett, Lance, Valerie, Jessy, Julie and many grand nieces and nephews.
Richard was a dedicated teacher for 50 years, teaching in New York and New Jersey U.S.A, Tripoli Libya, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Atlantic Canada, and lastly for many years in then Boston Bar/North Bend area of B.C. Remembered by many past students, their parents and fellow teachers with respect, admiration, and appreciation. Also by his dear friends Richard cared so much for, who were there for him in these last difficult months; Kai, Merik, Louise, Helmut and Elain and especially Samantha, who was so attentive and many more. Thank you all for caring for Richard.
Though he never married or had children of his own, he cared for and was supportive of his brother and sister, and all his nieces and nephews. He was our rock, the glue that held our family together. He was an example of honour and faith. Richard exemplified true love as he lived 1st Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Richard's Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph's Parish, 32550 7th Ave, Mission on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:00 am with a private cremation to follow.
Sept, Marion Kay
Marion Kay Sept passed into the presence of her Lord on July 25, 2022 while in hospital, just days before it was expected she would be coming home.
She was born October 18, 1933 in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Otelda (Tillie) and William Logan, followed by her brother Gerald four years later. When Marion was 8 years old the family moved to North Vancouver and later to a farm in Haney, BC.
It was while in Haney that Marion’s parents began dropping the kids off at Sunday School and it was after attending a Sunday School program that Marion’s mother gave her heart to Jesus and later her father did as well.
Shortly after, the family sold their farm and moved to Three Hills, Alberta where Marion and Gerald were enrolled at Prairie Bible School and soon both Tillie and Bill were actively serving there.
Then in the 1950’s, while still in Three Hills, Marion met Oswald Sept and on June 12, 1954 they were married. The following year, on April 18th, their son Raymond was born and shortly after, the family moved to BC, where their daughter Charlene was born.
The young family made several moves before settling in Surrey and in 1969 moved again, this time to Burnaby where they lived for 24 years and attended Willingdon Church. Marion and Os would later move onto an acreage in Surrey to spend their “retirement” years.
Marion loved animals and especially dogs, there was usually one or more in the household, ranging from Dandie Dinmont Terriers, to Miniature Schnauzers and Dachshunds. Marion also had an adventurous spirit and loved travelling, which she did extensively with family or friends for many years. Her favourite place being London, England, where she would go time and again.
Marion was always drawn to children and taught Sunday School for many years. When her granddaughters arrived, she was ecstatic and loved spending time with them. She would plan adventures or fun projects to do together, things that hopefully would create memories.
Marion had a genuine interest in the people she met, these people enriched her life and she often shared her faith with them. These last few years, while not as mobile, she often just needed someone to talk to, so she would make and receive regular phone calls with those closest to her…we miss those calls.
At bedtime Marion found a sense of peace as she read Bible verses, many of which she highlighted to remind her of their significance. In recent months Os began playing audio Bible for them in the evenings, they looked forward to sharing this time together and it brought God’s words of comfort to them both.
Marion is dearly missed by her devoted husband Oswald, her children Raymond and Charlene (Ken), granddaughters Madeline (Richard), Joelle (Earthstar), great grandchildren Adrian, Gabriel and Julia and by her dear brother Gerald (Marilyn) and by many other family members and friends. Although our hearts are heavy, we are comforted knowing that she is no longer in discomfort, but is now enjoying her first days in Paradise, having long ago put her trust in Jesus.
Boudreau, Julie Maria
Julie Maria Boudreau passed away on June 14, 2022 at Vancouver, BC. A Private Burial was held at Surrey Centre Cemetery, Surrey, BC.
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Maria. She passed away suddenly, taking pieces of our hearts with her.
Maria was born in Windsor, Ontario on January 14, 1967 to parents Maria Rosa Iaquinta and Giovanni Iaquinta, shortly after arriving in Canada from Italy. Maria grew up in a big Italian family and had a special place in her heart for her family.
Maria is predeceased by her mother Maria Rosa and father Giovanni; brothers Giuseppe and Mario; former husband Dan, and her best friend Tracey. She is survived by the love of her life Ray; her son David (Crystal); adopted daughters Crystal and Katey; grandchildren Amber, Willow and Meadow; sisters Anna and Vincenza; brother Franco. Also survived by nieces and nephews, extended family back east, and around the world and many countless friends who she considered family.
Maria was a force to be reckoned with. She was the rock that so many of us leaned on. Maria loved her son David more than anything. She was so proud of the amazing man she raised him to be. Her legacy will live on through David and his children.
Funeral will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Heritage Hall, 3015 273 Street, Aldergrove, BC.
James Vassiliou passed away on May 10, 2022 at Vancouver, BC. Private Burial will be held at Surrey Centre Cemetery.
My beautiful, eclectic and witty daughter Kelsey passed away on May 8, 2022.
Born October 30, 1990 in Calgary, Kelsey was a beautiful baby. Her great grandmother Gladys Bittorf was there right from the start and cared for her when I had surgery in 1992 in Toronto. She was a happy baby with an infectious laughter. Blonde curly hair and big beautiful blue eyes, she was outgoing and friendly; quick to smile and engage people around her. Once on a bus in Calgary she had everyone singing along with her - “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
We moved to Vancouver in 1994 which allowed her to spend time with her grandparents Donna, Allan, Gloria, Jim and Jan. She was loved, had fun, and learned so much from them. She was truly blessed and supported by her grandparents; I am very grateful for all the enrichment they added to her life.
Kelsey had a unique style and was always one step ahead of most fashion trends. Her joy and skill at thrift shopping was epic... Once when she was about 4 or 5 we walked into a thrift shop and she b-lined it to the back of the store, reached into a rack, and within seconds pulled out two very expensive cashmere sweaters in mint condition.
Kelsey and I shared a deep love of music; jazz, rock, punk, rap, hip hop, Motown…. Paul Simon’s Graceland was one of her favourite albums. When she was a child we would go to the children's festival, concerts, plays, art galleries, museums; It was a happy time for us living in Vancouver and having opportunities to embrace art and culture. We went to Buddhist temples, shared food with the Hari Krishnas, attended festivals and danced to the community band at Grandview Park. Kelsey was a bright light on Commercial Drive and in the housing co-op where we lived.
Kelsey’s early years at the Waldorf school and living in a home with no TV instilled a life-long love of reading. In grade 7 her teacher called me to say she had tested at university-level reading comprehension.
We moved to Kelowna during Kelsey’s High School years. She stayed true to who she was; dressing in outlandish outfits, sporting her wild- coloured hair, studying music history, attending a writers retreat and working at the movie theatre. Denis was a dear friend to her and helped to ease some of the friction mothers have with their daughters at that age. He remained a trusting and loyal person in her life right up to the end.
When Kelsey's best friend moved to Vancouver their last year of high school (2009) Gloria graciously allowed Kelsey to come and do her graduating year at Kitsilano High School. Kelsey had the opportunity to spend more time with her dear Aunty Jo, whom she looked up to and loved very much.
After graduation, Kelsey spent time working on Salt Spring Island and then Victoria where she was able to create good memories getting to know her Uncle Evan and his wife Erin. She attended many concerts and festivals during that time and added to her tattoo collection.
Eventually Kelsey decided to return to Kelowna and attended the Human Service Worker program at Okanagan College. It was a very positive and enriching experience. She excelled and was the Valedictorian of Okanagan College in 2013.
Kelsey worked in Kelowna after graduating from Okanagan College, first at Willowbridge and then at the NOW Canada Women's Shelter. Eventually she decided to move to Vancouver and worked at the Downtown Eastside Women's Shelter. Sadly, a confluence of past trauma, a heart that was too open and trusting, and the tsunami of working on the front lines of the opioid crisis and covid caused her to spiral into a dark place. She fought to keep the bright light that she was shining through, but within 2 years it flickered out.
Missing you dear Kelsey … Love you to the moon and back.
Bshara, Ribal Shwkat
Viewing will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph the Damascene Antiochian Orthodox Church, 11706 96 Avenue, Delta BC. Funeral Service to follow at 10:30 am .
Burial will take place at 12 noon at Surrey Centre Cemetery, 16671 Old McLellan Road, Surrey, BC.
May His Memory Be Eternal
Jones, Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas Jones passed away on March 18, 2022 in Burnaby, BC. Private burial will be held at Surrey Centre Cemetery. He will be missed by those who knew him. May he rest in peace.
Sheldon, Gary Charles
Gary Charles Sheldon passed away on February 25, 2022 at West Vancouver, BC. Private burial will be held at Surrey Centre Cemetery. He will be missed by friends and family and those who knew him.
English, Kenneth Warren
Kenneth Warren passed away on February 21, 2022 in North Vancouver, BC. Private burial will be held at Surrey Centre Cemetery. He will be missed by family, friends and those who knew him.