Mar 13, 1945 - Jan 15, 2021
Dean Weston Curtis passed peacefully early in the morning of Friday, January 15, 2021, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was a son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, and a friend to nearly every person and creature he met.
Dean lived a full life of adventures. Born in South Bend, Indiana, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University, and did post graduate studies in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Georgiann, made the difficult decision to immigrate to Canada in 1969. They lived in New Westminster while Dean earned a teaching degree from SFU. He and Georgiann then lived on a farm in the South Okanagan, homesteaded in the Yukon, taught at an elementary school in Klemtu in the coastal fjords of BC, built and lived in a rustic A-frame in the wild forest outside of Nelson, and became parents to their daughter, Shaundra. Dean then followed his heart to the ocean, where he lived on his sailboat in Coal Harbour in Vancouver for 30 years.
He loved nature and sunshine and his daughter and granddaughters above all else. He loved to laugh and hated to be constrained. Dean was a teacher and counsellor. However, he was better known for his charismatic and passionate presence. He was fun-loving, romantic, easy-going, and an excellent musician and singer. Throughout his life it is doubtful that there were many people that knew him that weren't influenced by him.
In Dean’s own words:
“Dean lived his life consistent with his deepest, highest, most important values. He also encouraged and supported all of the people on this planet to be aware of, honour, live and manifest their deepest, highest, most important values. Dean was a man of many qualities. He was ResponseAble, authentic, honest, open, assertive, intelligent, wise, profound, profane, young at heart, old soul, youthful, elder, father, loving, loveable, evolved and evolving, open to learning, playful, caring, sensual, hedonistic, appreciative, warm, cool, present, mentor, master, leader, divine, primal, facilitator, humorous, light, serious, deep, bold, confident, wild, far and high and deep seeing, lover, friend, challenging, celebrating, encouraging, inspiring, fit, strong, reverent, spiritual, natural, male; appreciative of and celebrating beauty, nature, the masculine, the feminine, this divine, primal God/Goddess dance; simple, complex, paradoxical, self aware, humble.”
Dean is survived by his daughter, Shaundra (Jeneah), granddaughters Sylvie, Mabel, Raeya, Addysen, and Maelle, son-in-law Ken, nephew Mike, great-niece Christina, his chosen brothers John (Malerie), Les, Leonard, Dieter, David, Ken, Dan, and former spouses Georgiann and Sylvia. He is predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Beatrice, sister Sharley, and niece Kimberly.
Dean’s earthly remains have been interred in the Green Burial Garden at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16th Ave, South Surrey. A celebration of his life is postponed until such time as we may safely gather and honour his wishes that we all continue to “PARTY ON!”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Greenpeace or Parkinson Canada.
Left this life on December 14, 2020. His family mourns his passing and will remember him with a private gathering. Rafal will be laid to rest at Gardens of Gethsemani cemetery 15694 32 Ave, Surrey on Tuesday December 29. The service will be live streamed.
(June 18, 1957 – November 21,2020)
It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Kenneth (Neil) Lunney on Saturday morning at the age of 63 years old.
Kenneth was born in Orillia, Ontario to subsistence farmers. He is survived by his wife Linda Lunney of 30 years, his many companion birds and two loving dogs, sister Helen Blunt, his brother Tom Lunney (Irene) and his cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
A charming man, highly intelligent and very empathetic in his conversations with people. Larger than life and one of a kind! He reached out to many people along his travels with fabulous stories and perceptive insights weaving a type of magic through large networks of people. This unspoken hero always stopped to help a stranger, a friend, or a family member in need. He was a high-spirited individual, no matter what the obstacle, he always put his best foot forward saying, “Life is the challenge of living it!”
Kenneth loved nature and everything in it, he felt everything had a right to life.
He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. Until we meet again.
You can support him by giving a memorial donation to:
Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
Kenneth was privately laid to rest in the new green burial section of Chilliwack Cemeteries on Friday December 4, 2020.
A wife and a mother to three and a matushka for everyone, Matushka Laura Isakov suddenly passed away at the age of 42, on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at a clinic in Fraser Lake, British Columbia.
Matushka Laura was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 21, 1978. After spending two years in Georgia, her family lived in various parts of Minnesota and Iowa. Matushka Laura graduated from Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, in 1996, and went on to the University of Minnesota where she studied electrical engineering.
It was then at St Andrew's College in Winnipeg where Matushka Laura met her future husband Aleksey Isakov. She was baptized and chrismated into the Orthodox Church at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, and then they were married at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Vancouver, in June 2001. On July 21, 2002, they had their first child Nikolai. They moved to Manitoba in December 2002 where they had their second son Sergei on July 18, 2003 and a daughter Elizabeth on January 14, 2005.
In May 2006, they moved back to Vancouver for a better life for their children. They moved to a small three bedroom apartment where Laura would spend most of her life, but in October 2020 they decided to move up north to Fraser Lake so they could live their dreams and bought a 120-acre farm. Matushka Laura loved literature and was in the process of completing a doctoral degree in German Literature.
Matushka Laura loved everyone around her and would help anyone who needed it putting the needs of others over her own. She is deeply missed by family and everyone she knew.
Funeral services to be held at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, 75 E 43rd Ave Vancouver BC. Panikhida will be served on Thursday November 26 at 7:00pm. Funeral will be served at 10:00 am Friday November 27 2020, then she will be laid to rest at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Ave, Surrey, BC.
Memory Eternal! Вечная Память!
January 22 1972 - November 4 2020
It is with great sadness the family of Bill McAinsh announce his passing. Through his bravely fought battle with cancer he maintained an appreciation and passion for life. He had been awaiting a liver transplant, but unfortunately after having a routine procedure Bill suddenly became very ill and unexpectedly passed the following day.
Bill touched the lives of many people from various walks of life with his charm and warmth. He was often described as:
"The type of man that would give the shirt of his back to help another."
"A natural athlete with unorthodox techniques"
"A genuine friend with a heart of gold"
"Compassionate and committed to creating peace and harmony"
He enjoyed many interest including; tennis, swimming, gold panning and road trips. Having strong family values, Bill continued efforts to connect with relatives and loved them deeply. He can now rest painlessly and peacefully.
Private burial by invitation only to occur on Thursday November 26 at 1:00pm at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Ave, Surrey, BC.
Live streaming will be available the day of the service, available at https://www.ancientburials.com/livestream.html
Born March 24, 1936 - Passed November 15, 2020
Born to Grace Elizabeth French, he was her pride and joy, her little boy. He met the love of his life, Marjorie, in Toronto. They would go on to be married for 61 years. Having 3 girls: Cynthia Elizabeth, Stephanie Patricia, Angela Doris. Mom and Dad would have two babies that did not live, one a boy lost at 7 months, and a girl named Marjorie who lived for only one hour. Her father carried the small casket to the grave to bury her, as her mother was sick in the hospital.
They would move from Toronto to BC in 1969 to raise their children. It would be in BC that they would have their last baby, Angela Doris. British Columbia was also the place dad considered one of the most beautiful provinces
Dad had a love for wildlife, bears, eagles, birds of all kinds, teaching his girls about the outdoors. He loved trains and always said he would have loved to be an engineer.
Remember Dad watching Mutual of Omaha and Jacques Cousteau, opening our world to outside adventures and conservation. His love for adventure was passed down to his girls.
In later years Dad struggled with his health but this man had the strength of 10 men and 9 lives. We came close to losing him a couple of times, but he wasn’t going to go so easy. With years getting on and time past Dad would always have fresh flowers for his Marjorie. When he could no longer get out to buy them, he would send someone else.
Their hearts were always for Kelowna, where they would retire and live for 11 years. They would hike the trestles and visit the sights over and over. While walking the trestle, Dad would talk about how he had traveled over these very ones when he was 11 years old by himself to live in Toronto.
Some of Dad’s favourite places to eat were Old Spaghetti Factory and Swiss Chalet. He always enjoyed when his family would come to visit.
Dad would talk a lot about his memories to Mom: the many camping trips with the girls to Disneyland and Golder Ears Alouette Lake, how he helped blow up the guard shed at the dump as a young boy “of course with his friends”
One summer in Jasper because Dad was an avid outdoor lover and amateur camera buff his run in with a grizzly bear and the desire to capture that photo put him into a marathon sprint to the camper as his family was yelling “Run faster!”. Mom would hold the door open as Dad took flight, launching himself into safety. Thank goodness that was only the cub.
If Dad had one sad moment it was his Mom. He loved his Mom as she chose to keep him in an era when mothers gave their unplanned babies up for adoption. Mom and Dad would move to BC so they could become a family. Grandma would almost come to live with his growing family almost every weekend, attending parades, camping, traveling. Losing his Mom at 74 was devastating for Dad. He struggled with feelings of never having done enough
As his health started to fail, Dad would require almost bi-weekly blood transfusions. But in the last 1 ½ years, Dad enjoyed his almost daily trips to McDonalds for ice cream and visits to the grocery store for his sausage rolls.
Dad was growing tired and would talk often about going to the third heaven where he would see his Mom and babies. He couldn’t wait to be free of the needles. He didn’t want to leave the love of his life. But last couple months he made friends with squirrels and birds just outside his living room window. He was able to find a peace that would comfort him and take him home.
George will be remembered during a private family memorial held on Saturday November 21, 2020 at 10:30 am in the Ft. Langley Lions Hall.
A live stream of the memorial can be viewed at https://fb.watch/1_TunHXvbA/
Donations in memory of George can be given to the Canadian Blood Services
Rest my good and faithful servant...
Passed away in Langley on August 9, 2020. He will be missed by family, friends and those who knew him. Private Burial to occur in the Hazelmere Cemetery, Surrey, BC.