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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
William Grant Frewing (Grant) passed away on Thursday, June 17th with his wife by his side. He is predeceased by his father Frank and brother Terry. He is survived by his wife Loriane, children Daryl (Tyla), Evan (CJ), and Lora-Lynne (Ryan), mother Lois, and siblings Darlene (Randy), Don, and Doreen. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren Ethan, Nathanael, Mara, Alexander, and Tatiana, who were very dear to his heart, and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Born and raised in Victoria, Grant enjoyed long-distance running and model airplanes. He graduated BCIT an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked converting the Martin Mars aircraft from a troop transport to a water bomber. After a decade working as an aircraft mechanic, he built a hospital and many clinics in Nigeria. Between trips he met his wife, Loriane, who joined him in Nigeria.
Grant went on to create his own company (Dyrol Industries), then worked as a project manager in the steel building industry. Eventually, his heart for people lead him to, along with Brookswood Baptist, sponsor a Syrian family to Canada. Grant worked closely with them, teaching himself Arabic and helping many to learn English. In the process, they became like a second family.
Grant begun working with Compass to develop a co-housing community he and his wife could be a part of. The community workshop will be named “Grant's Place” in his honour. In keeping with how he lived his life, his final words were that the most important thing in life is love, and to always be kind to others because you never know what effect your actions will have. He will be greatly missed by all!
Grant will be laid to rest with a private graveside service at Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Surrey. A memorial Zoom meeting will be held Saturday, June 26that 2:00 pm. Registration is required (https://mymeetingonline.com/grant). In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Grant's name to his grand-nephew's project The Free Food Cart (https://www.gofundme.com/f/freefoodcart), the Nigerian orphanage Ministry of Mercy (http://www.ministryofmercy.org/), or your local food-bank.
The hovercraft will be finished!
Loving Daughter, Sister, Mother, Friend, and Auntie.
February 12, 1953 – May 12, 2021 Clive passed way after a courageous fight against Leukemia. Clive is survived by his wife Debbie, daughter Alexandra (Travis) and son Colton, his brothers Stuart and Leonard and sister Christine in England and many in-laws, relatives and friends in both Canada and England. Not to forget the special pets in his life Nigel, Trevor, Dexter and Roscoe, and grand pet Ace.
Born in Barnet, London, he came Canada in 1982, moved to Whonnock in 1987 and loved his chosen hometown. He was an avid fan of the Arsenal FC with his other interest being exotic cars, tennis, sailing, many other sports. He excelled at crosswords and was like a living Wikipedia.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Titan Construction for their support and friendship during his years working there as a Safety Officer and Trainer and for the past year of illness. Also, thanks to T15, T14 and BMT Outpatients at VGH.
Clive always thought of his family first and this is just one of the reasons we will miss him so much.
Forever in our hearts Clive, Dad.
Passed away in White Rock on Feb 13, 2021. He will be missed by family, friends and those who knew him. Private burial to occur in the Surrey Centre Cemetery.
Harriet passed away peacefully on the 12 of April in Vancouver, BC. She is lovingly remembered by her siblings, nieces and nephews, aunties and uncles, cousins, her Musqueam community and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Musqueam Community Center, 6777 Salish Drive, Vancouver (Musqueam Reserve) Formal welcome will take place on Thursday April 15 at 3pm followed by a Prayer service later that evening. A funeral Mass will be held the following day at 9:00am, followed by cremation with burial of her ashes a few days later.
Keeping the safety of the community in mind and following Covid-19 guidelines, the Prayer and Funeral Service will only allow for Immediate Family and Invited Guests to attend.
In an effort to create an opportunity for the Musqueam Community to partake in the services for our Beloved Harriet there will be a procession after the conclusion of the funeral. The family invites friends and family to join in this final farewell by lining up along the procession route.
If you would like to offer the family a handshake or returns, this can be done during the procession. An usher will follow behind the procession and collect envelopes along the route (Please include on the envelope: name, where money will go to, e.g. headstone or family, etc.).
Due to the COVID safety guidelines, community will have to remain in place and say your farewell from the curbside. We ask that everyone practice social distancing and ensure the safety of the family in mourning. We understand how difficult this is for community, but we must remain diligent.
passed away peacefully on the 9th of April in Burnaby, BC. He is lovingly remembered by his children and family. According to his wishes, Bahia burial practices are being followed and his interment in the Surrey Centre cemetery will take place on Friday April 16, 2021.
Keeping the safety of the community in mind and following Covid-19 guidelines, the Graveside Service will only allow for Immediate Family and Invited Guests to attend.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather (Papou) and brother, Phillip Karas. Phillip was born in Stefaniada Greece in 1938 and passed away peacefully from Cancer March 9, 2021.
Phillip is survived by his wife Elli Karas, his six daughters Perry Orford (Mike); Kalithea Kyriazis (The late Danny); Penny Hartley (Randell); Eleni Karavidas (Kosta); Virginia Karas (George); Martha Karas Vassos. Grandchildren, Nicole, Taylan, Mikaela, Spyro, Bronson, Anastasia, Panagiota, Vasili, Elena and Athan. He will lovingly be remembered by his surviving siblings; Nick, Peter, Noula and Chris. Preceded in death by Pavlo, Louis, Paraskevi and Kalithea.
Phillip enjoyed his time with his family and friends and splitting his time between Canada and Greece. No matter where he was, he was always planning the next event. Whether it was roasting a lamb on a spit for all family and friends on Easter, or opening his home to all visitors and showcasing his homemade outdoor oven in Greece. In the end, Phillip spoke a lot about Stefaniada and how much he wanted all of us to be there together and to host a big party. We look forward to making this happen one day soon in his honour.
The family is grateful to all the health care workers who helped Phillip, including the doctors, nurses, and staff at Royal Columbia Hospital.
Due to public health orders a private funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Friday March 19, 2021 at Sts. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4541 Boundary Rd, Vancouver. Followed by a private burial at Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 Robinson St, Coquitlam. Family and friends are encouraged to leave a memory or message of condolences. Please keep Phillip in your hearts and say a prayer for him.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to BC Cancer or Red Cross .
May his memory be eternal...
On March 1, 2021 our loving father Carlito “Boy” Lustre left this world at the age of 77.
Carlito or “Boy” was born in the island of Panglao, Bohol Philippines. He finished as an architect and worked for the government for 20 plus years in the Philippines before he moved to Canada. Our father was loved by many. He was our social butterfly. Interaction, connection and relationship is very important for him. He gets so delighted when he sees a “kababayan” and will miss his bus rides often because of those “small talks”. As a father, he always envisioned a bright future for us his children. He led us to where we are right now and we owe to him our good life. Not many know but our dad fought a lot of battles throughout his life. He survived different hardships and triumphed over them. He was very much proactive in all sorts of things. He was a very goal-oriented person.
Papa, all of the memories that we shared were beautiful. And every single one of them lives within our hearts. Thank you for all of your sacrifices, because of them we are where we are. Rest well our Papa, until we meet again.
Evening prayers with visitation will be held at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, 2826 272 street in Aldergrove, on Thursday March 4, 2021 at 4pm. Carlito will be returned home to the Philippines where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held and he will be laid to rest with his dear wife Celsa.
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Kostantinos Gus Lamboglou. A beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He passed away peacefully on Monday February 8th in his beloved home surrounded by his loving family.
Kostantinos was born on September 23rd 1930 in Greece in the little seaside town of Stavro, he was the second of four children. He is predeceased by his parents Theofilos and Fotika, Sister Dimitra and brother Mike.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Sotiria, along with their two children, son Theofilos, daughter Tina and her spouse Sandro, his beloved grandchildren, Andy, Nicholas, Emily and Christopher, Sister Zoitsa and many loved nieces, nephews and extended family in Vancouver, Australia and Greece. He married the love of his life Sotiria in November of 1963 in Thessaloniki Greece. In 1972 Kostantino and Sotiria moved their young family to Vancouver BC. His hard work ethic was exemplary as he worked tirelessly in the construction industry for over 45 years.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and the patriarch of the family, always putting his family first above all else. Kostantino was a proud man and leaves behind a legacy with his honesty, integrity, generosity, and immeasurable love for his family.
A private funeral will be held on Thursday February 18, 2021 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 13181 96 Ave, Surrey, B.C. with the burial service to follow at Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 Robinson St, Coquitlam, B.C.
May his memory be eternal!
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...
April 27, 1950- November 11, 2020.
Our beloved mother, grandmother, auntie and sister has fallen sleep in the Lord. Dimitra was born in Athens, Greece, to Eleni and Theodore Kagari, the second of 4 siblings.
She became a hairdresser and owned a salon in Athens. During that time she met and married her husband Pavlo Kaltsidis. They had 2 children, Marialena and Kostadino.
Dimitra and her family moved to Canada permanently in 1991 leaving behind her brothers, Adonis and Panayiotis (Litsa) and their nieces and nephews. Dimitra was also very close to her husband’s family in Nea Sevastia, Drama; especially her sister in law, Katina, and brother in law, George.
Dimitra loved three things in life; God, family and cooking - she was a wizard in the kitchen. The joy of her life were her two grandchildren, Pavlo and Zoe. She adored singing to them and feeding them delicious homemade foods.
She always gave of herself and didn’t ask for much in return. Her faith and love continue to sustain those who love and miss her.
May her memory be eternal!
Her private family funeral will be held at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 13181 96 Ave, Surrey, on Monday November 23, 2020 at 11:00am with the local clergy officiating in supporting their brother priest Fr. Konstantios Kaltsidis. Burial to follow at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Ave, Surrey, BC.
A private livestream will be made available for family members.
She is dearly missed by her daughters Sophia and Angelica, mother, siblings, extended family and friends.
Her smile would light up the room and her generosity and kind heart touches and inspired those around her. Through her battle with health issues she never lost hope and never stopped making plans for the future.
Her private family funeral will be held at Sts. Constatine and Helen Greek Orthodox church, 13181 96 Ave, Surrey, on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00am with Fr. Konstantinos Kaltsidis officiating. Burial to follow at Valley View Memorial Gardens 14622 72 Ave, Surrey, B.C.
May Her Memory Be Eternal
On October 26, 2020, Eleni passed peacefully in Surrey, British Columbia, after courageously facing a lengthy and debilitating illness. She leaves behind her loving husband George, daughter Georgia, sons Ted (Rosa) and Leo (Nina), and adoring grandchildren Alexander, Evan and Alyssa.
Eleni arrived in Montreal during the early sixties, where she worked briefly as an au pair, before deciding to join extended family in Winnipeg. There she met George and were married. Soon they started their very own “village”m welcoming a rambunctious daughter, quickly followed by a pair of identical twin boys.
Having lost her father as a toddler, Eleni put family above all other things, and soon after the children arrived, her mother joined the family and helped raise the children. She was a devoted mother who cared deeply for her children. Having faced hardship as a child and young woman, Eleni ensured that her children received a quality education, and did her best to enrich their lives with many memorable activities, as well as French, Greek, and music lessons. She continued this tradition by enriching the lives of her grandchildren with new experiences and by taking them to attractions in and around Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Eleni was courageous, passionate, strong, hard-working, and generous to a fault. She is remembered fondly as “Heavy Duty Helen” by her children. She valued the Greek community, Greek traditions and her Greek Orthodox faith. She could not tolerate idleness, and immersed herself in the community by teaching the Greek language, being involved in Greek youth organizations and by volunteering at the church and at functions like Winnipeg’s famous “Folklorama” festival. She also hosted a Greek community television show for a brief time. Eleni loved taking care of her family and her home, had a fondness for antique furniture, and cooking. She spoiled her family and friends with dinners fit for royalty; her culinary skills were legendary.
Her funeral will be held at Sts. Constatine and Helen Greek Orthodox church, 13181 96 Ave, Surrey, on Thursday October 29, 2020 at 10:00am with Fr. Kostadinos Kaltsidis officiating. Burial to follow at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, 19082 16 Ave, Surrey, BC.
May her memory be eternal.
A livestream of the funeral can be viewed by visiting http://facebook.com/ancientburials