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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.