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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Joseph Bedard, 71, of Surrey BC, died on March 18 from pancreatic cancer. He is survived my two sisters, Denise and Nicole, and one child, Amanda. Dan will be remembered as a good friend, an avid cyclist and a lover of music. He was generous and uplifted his neighbours.
Dan once said the greatest gift he ever received, from his predeceased wife, Dana, was a donation in his name to a pig sanctuary. So in lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Lily’s Place Animal Sanctuary. Etransfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org https://lilysplace.squarespace.com
In Memory of: Donald Alexander Nagy passed away on February 12, 2022 in Abbotsford, BC. Private burial will be held at Hazelwood Cemetery, Abbotsford, BC.
Diane Adele Benner (nee Parr- Pearson) resident of Langley, BC formally of Seachelt, BC passed into glory February 23, 2022. She was born April 12, 1939. She leaves behind many who loved her.
Thomas Glen Christie passed away February 8, 2022 in Abbotsford, BC. He will be missed by family, friends, and those who knew him. Private burial will be held at Surrey Centre Cemetery.
Beloved father Harry Kenneth Fowler passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 13th, 2022, aged 98 years. Harry lived for 60 years on Vancouver Island in Alberni valley, Nanaimo, Mill Bay, and Qualicum Beach. He lived 32 years in Coquitlam and Abbotsford. Married for 56 years, survived by two children and two grandchildren.
Harry was a handyman all his life; fixing anything from telephones to clocks. He loved puttering in his workshop, which he had in his home for fifty years.
Chosen to be buried next to his wife in Hazelwood Cemetery in Abbotsford. A Celebration of Life to be held at his daughter's home in Parksville this summer.
It is with broken and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Carmen Oprea on February 7, 2022, at the age of 72. Carmen was predeceased by her parents, Nicolae and Constanta. She is survived by her husband George, her brother Vlad, her sons Tudor and Bogdan (Joanna), and her grandchildren William and James.
Carmen, along with her husband and children, emigrated from Romania to Canada in 1989. She was a very kind and compassionate person, and always wore a smile. She made friends quickly and went out of her way to help other people. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She worked at the University of British Columbia as a chemical engineering researcher for most of her career.
She will be dearly missed. A Service of Remembrance will be held for Carmen on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 11 am to 12 pm at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 220 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. Gifts of flowers are gratefully accepted and should be delivered to the church 30 minutes before the service. Or, in lieu of flowers, we gratefully suggest donations in her memory to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Condolences to the family may be given at their online obituary available at www.ancientburials.com
Peter passed away on February 4, 2022 in Maple Ridge, BC at the age of 78. An immigrant to Canada he was actively involved in the radio community in the Greater Vancouver area. Survived by his loving wife and 3 children. He will be dearly missed.
A private Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 10:00 am at with burial to follow at 12:00 pm at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Avenue, Surrey, BC. Services officiated by Fr. Justin Hewlett
May His Memory Be Eternal
Passed away peacefully on January 24, 2022 in Aldergrove, BC at the age of 88. She was born July 18, 1933 in Lost River, Saskatchewan. The eldest, and only girl, of 7 children.
In 1955 her family moved to Mission, BC and in 1964 she married Jim and settled in Aldergrove for the remainder of her life. She was predeceased by her husband Jim of 44 years, and brothers John, George, and Abe. She is survived by her children Mark (Waltraud), Dawson (Mary) and Charmaine (Daniel), brothers Jake, Gary and Wes, 7 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Prior to raising her family she was a practical nurse at Abbotsford’s Cottage and MSA Hospitals. She was an active member, including president, of the Aldergrove Fall Fair for many years as well as an active volunteer of various community, church and school organizations. Her pastimes included knitting, gardening, cooking and baking, especially traditional dishes, and caring for others. She loved visiting and would stop to chat with friends whenever and wherever they crossed paths. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life.
Funeral service held Saturday February 5, 2022 at St James Catholic Church, 2777 Townline Road, Abbotsford, BC with interment to follow at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission or the 5 and 2 Ministries.
It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of our beloved Hermann Reiter. He leaves behind many loved ones, especially wife, Gudrun and best friend, brother Werner. Hermann will always be remembered for his positivity, kindness and wonderful sense of humour. He was a true gentleman in all ways, easy going and everyone's friend. Hermann never complained nor had an unkind word to say about another. He loved life and the people in it.
Hermann had a very active life. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his friends, family and brother Werner. He loved wildlife, music, dancing, and bowling. He was a master sharpshooter and won many medals and trophies in competitions such as the BC Winter and Summer Games as well as many other tournaments. Hermann enjoyed walks through parks and nature trails and loved being in the woods. At one point in his younger years, he wanted to become a forest ranger. He instead became a painter by trade until his retirement, and afterwards volunteering his time.
His family would like to extend a thank you to the amazing staff at Jackman Manor, Hermann's home for the past two years. Their kindness and loving care are appreciated. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Jackman Manor.
Matthew Scott Robbins tragically passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. He was 17 years old.
The second of three boys, Matthew was born in White Rock, British Columbia on September 13th, 2004. He enjoyed creating precious memories with his family and dearest friends, and loved spending time with his beloved grandpa. Some of his passions included classic rock n’ roll, 80’s music, fishing, working on his treasured car that he bought himself, and playing his guitar. Matthew also had an incredible talent for writing. After graduation this year, he had hoped to begin school at BCIT in order to become a heavy duty mechanic.
Matthew enjoyed all that life had to offer. He was always kind to those around him and made many friends throughout his life. His closest friends will sorely miss his contagious laughter, bright smile, sweet kindness, and amazing sense of humour. Matthew preferred real personal connections instead of social media, often spending many hours in deep conversation with his close circle of friends.
Matthew is survived by his heartbroken and devastated family: parents Scott and Katie Robbins, older brother James, younger brother Caleb, grandmother Darlene Chamberlain and aunt Christina Chamberlain. He was predeceased earlier this year by his beloved grandpa, Dave Chamberlain. Taken much too soon, he will be forever missed by those who loved him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday November 27 with visiting starting at 1:30pm - 3:30pm at Jericho Centre, 19533 64th Ave, Surrey. To ensure the safety of the family during their time of mourning and so the focus of the gathering is on remembering Matthew, all who are invited to attend must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.
Keeping the safety of the community in mind and to follow Covid-19 guidelines, the Celebration of Life will only allow for Immediate Family and Invited Guests to attend.
Steve passed away quietly on November 5, 2021 in Delta at the age of 63, after a short battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his wife Mary-Ann, his father Fred and sister Eva. He is survived by his children Josh (Patricia) and Jessica and 7 grandchildren. Also, by his mother Katie and his sisters Debbie (Adele), Anita (Adam), Roberta and his brother Ron (Terri) and several nieces and nephews.
Steve was born in Vancouver but grew up in North Delta, where he went to school at Annieville, Delview and North Delta. Growing up he played lacrosse, hockey and was part of DeMolay, where he met many of his life-long friends.
Throughout his life Steve worked many occupations, he started by washing semi-trucks for his uncle as a young teenager. From there worked melting down metals, in a sawmill, and making wood burning stoves. He found his true passion and enjoyment working on heavy machinery, his favourite was the excavator but also backhoes, bobcats and drove dump trucks.
The outdoors was where Steve enjoyed spending his time. It began when he was young camping and fishing with the family. He tried many of different outside activities including parasailing, hunting, fly fishing or sailing the inside passage off Vancouver Island. But his greatest joy of all was riding his Harley Davidson. Whether it was just a day trip around the Okanagan or week-long trips with his friends and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts.
Steve was a kind man, a family man and a good friend. He will be missed by all.
There will be a small celebration of life for family and friends in May 2022.
May 16, 1939 – October 29, 2021
A beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Doctor; one who lived his life with love, integrity, faith, and a strong commitment to God and family.
Doug was born May 16, 1939 in Belcarres, Saskatchewan to parents Otto and Esther Yackel, with his sister Diane completing the family a few years later. Doug grew up in Yorkton, SK and had a wonderful childhood, often helping out at his father’s automotive repair shop (Mac’s Garage). He entered the University of Saskatchewan medical school after only 2 years of undergrad studies, graduating in 1963. He did his internship at Cook County Hospital (Chicago), and then began his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Halfway through his residency, Doug was drafted by the US Army and received orders for Thailand. It became the adventure of a lifetime because he was able to bring his new bride, Marie, along with him, as they had recently married.
Upon their return from overseas, they settled back in Rochester, where Doug completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His firstborn son, Andre, was born there.
The family moved to Richmond, BC in 1972. Doug began working at Richmond General Hospital and then later on at Delta Hospital, where he served for the rest of his career. The births of Anthony and then Avery rounded out the three boys.
Doug was a well-known surgeon, taking on increasingly high risk and complicated cases throughout his career. He was always regarded as an incredibly kind and compassionate doctor, both by patients and colleagues alike. He absolutely loved his medical career, but by the time he retired he had discovered an even greater love – becoming a Grandpa. Kadyn, his only granddaughter came along in 2005, followed by his first grandson Connor in 2006, and his second grandson Nevyn in 2007. Doug loved his 3 boys, but it was his 3 grandkids who stole the show. His eyes would always light up when they’d enter the room, and he always got a kick out of their many stories and jokes.
Over the last number of years, Doug battled with a number of significant health issues. He slipped away from us, early on October 29, 2021, desiring to go home to be with the Lord. And while we are heart-broken by the loss, we know he’s at peace. He’s left a hole we can never fill, but we are so grateful for the legacy he left: as an amazing husband, Dad, & Grandpa.
Doug will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Marie; his three boys, Andre, Anthony & Avery; his daughters in Law – Jana & Michele; his three beloved grandchildren – Kadyn, Connor, and Nevyn; his sister Diane; and numerous family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 2:00pm PST. The livestream will start 15 minutes before the service begins, to give you time to join online.
Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/sEN_YOIMJvc
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Union Gospel Mission https://www.ugm.ca/
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather (Papou) and brother, Vasili Vassos. Vasili was born in Prasto Kinorias Greece in 1934 and passed away peacefully on November 11, 2021.
Vasili is survived by his wife Anastasia, his two children Costa Vassos (Miranda) and Despina Vassos (Peter). Grandchildren, Vasili and Athan. He will lovingly be remembered by his surviving siblings; Giorgos and Taxiarxi. Preceded in death by Angeliki and Xula.
Vasili enjoyed his time with his best friend and soulmate Anastasia. They were partners in crime from building homes, hunting and travelling. His priority was always his family. Whether is was cheering them on the sidelines of the soccer field or the sidelines of life.
A funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 13181 96 Ave, Surrey, BC. Followed by a burial at Valley View Cemetery at 14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC. Family and friends are encouraged to leave a memory or message of condolences. Please keep Vasili in your hearts and say a prayer for him.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Delta Hospital Foundation.
May his memory be eternal...
Memories to celebrate Olaf's life 1955-2021
His family who his heart clung onto, are his loving wife Sylvia, daughter Yvonne, son Sean (and family), grandson Hayden and wife Ashley. Olaf was a self renounced red neck and truly proud of it. He was who he was and never covered that up or sugar coated it. Olaf also worked hard and played harder. There are so many memories after 47 years of marriage, may they continue living on in our hearts. Without a doubt he is now in heaven. God knew his heart, struggles, pain, joy and much more. He is now in a peace he could never seem to find here on earth.
God's promise fulfilled: By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return. Thank you Jesus for bringing Olaf to peace!
December 31, 1950-October 1, 2021 Ivan Edmund Dragic died peacefully with his wife by his side at Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack on October 1, 2021, at the age of 70.
Ivan is survived by his wife Brigita, son Daniel (Janet), two beautiful grandchildren Lauren and Bryson, sister Fanika Pirc, and nieces and nephews.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Cheam View United Church, 45835 Spadina Ave, Chilliwack. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is limited and all who attend are required to be vaccinated and wear a mask. Some snacks and refreshments will be provided in the adjacent hall. Interment to follow at Chilliwack Cemeteries.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Cascade Hospice for their kindness and care.
February 2, 1936-September 4, 2021
Nicolaos Malamas died peacefully surrounded by his family at Burnaby General Hospital on September 4, 2021, at the golden age of 85.
Nicolaos is survived by his wife Stavroula, children Kathy (Peter), Christine (Nick) and Dora (Stamatis) and five beautiful grandchildren Aron, Niko, Jenna, Alex, and Johnny.
In 1923 Nicolaos’ parents Katina and Demetrios Malamas gathered their few belongings and emigrated from Asia Minor to Thessaloniki, Greece where he was born. Nicolaos had 3 siblings Eugenia, Kosta, and Lazarus. In 1963 he met and married Stavroula and the two moved to Ocean Falls, British Columbia where he worked as a millworker. In 1965 the couple welcomed their eldest daughter Kathy into their home. After a year in Ocean Falls the small family moved to the big city of Vancouver where they purchased their first home on Balaclava Street. Soon after their family grew with the birth of two more daughters Christine and Dora. His children remember him as a man of few words, but one who was patient, kind and generous. He valued education and encouraged his girls to attend university.
Nicolaos was a man of many talents. He was a master carpenter and builder. He had several restaurants over the years as many of his contemporaries. However, his skill as a carpenter was where he shined. He had many hobbies such as hunting, gardening, still-life painting, and making wine. He was an all or nothing kind of man. When he wanted to learn a skill, he worked tirelessly until he mastered it. Nicolaos was an active and dedicated member of the Greek Orthodox Church and enjoyed visiting the monasteries.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nicolaos’ life. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, September 8th 7:00 p.m. at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The funeral is scheduled for September 9th at 11:30 a.m. at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Interment to follow at Valley View Cemetery Surrey, B.C. Due to COVID restrictions there will not be a reception. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The family would like to thank the Burnaby Hospital staff their kindness, dedication, and care.
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Nigel Bruce Penner at his residence in Surrey BC on August 26, 2021. Nigel was born to parents Murray and Beth Penner on October 22, 1995 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver BC.
Nigel leaves behind his loving parents Murray and Beth Penner, his sister, Carlie Penner, and his brother Nathan Penner, of Delta BC. Also heartbroken is his grandfather, Brian Pickering, and his many relatives in both Australia and Canada, as well as a large circle of friends and neighbours.
A scholarship will be established in Nigel’s name to honour his love of athletics and the trades. E-transfers can be sent to email@example.com.
A viewing will be held Saturday, September 4, from 2:00-4:00 PM. A service will be held Monday, September 6 at 11:00 AM. Please RSVP at https://virtualmemorialgatherings.com/memorial-services/nigel-penner/
Passed away in Vancouver on July 19, 2021. He will be missed by family, friends and those who knew him. Private burial to occur in the Surrey Centre Cemetery.