BLAKE, Frances (nee Barrett)
Died peacefully at home in Selkirk Place, Victoria, on November 13, 2012. She was born on July 19, 1923 in Harbour Grace, NL. Frances is deeply mourned by Reginald - husband of 63 years, five children - Christine (Fred) Kathy (Gordon), Margaret, Peter (Jane), and David, four grandchildren - Tina Halle, Fred and Kimmie Acquah, Dexter Dawkins, and Maddie Blake, four great grandchildren, youngest sister Norma Regular, and many, many nieces and nephews. Frances was the eldest of seven children and, as such, was expected to help manage her childhood household and siblings. Perhaps this is what led her to a teaching career at age 18 years. After her first few years of teaching on the Avalon Peninsula, NL, including a year in a one-room schoolhouse teaching grades 1 through 8, she moved to Grand Falls in 1946. That's where she met Reg, the love of her life. They married in 1949 and soon started a family. Frances was always involved with community and Church work, such as Girl Guides, glee club, church choir, hospital volunteering and guilds. Through a series of Reg's work transfers, they landed in Burlington, ON, in 1979. Each time they moved, Frances ensured they became quickly involved with community and Church activities through which they made enduring friendships. After Reg's retirement in 1987, they moved to Victoria where two of their children were living. Frances made it very clear to Reg that if she didn't like living in Victoria after a year, she'd move back to Burlington! But in her usual fashion, she reached out to her church, community and family, and settled in. By 1989, two more of her children had relocated to Victoria. With four children living close by, there was no question of moving back to Ontario. There were so many things Frances liked to do. She and Reg spent many years camping, and travelling back and forth across the country. Their trips always involved visits with family and friends, keeping bonds strong. She was a talented singer, a skilled seamstress, an enthusiastic square dancer, and a good cook. But there were two things she couldn't master, regardless of the number of lessons - speaking French and driving (although she finally earned her driver's licence at age 65). To Frances, family, faith, friendship, and charity were of utmost importance. This was reflected in everything she did throughout her life. With kindness and caring, she gave freely of her time and energy until she was no longer able. In many ways, Frances was ahead of her time. She was current in political and global issues and could discuss what was right for the country as easily as why the work of Stephen Lewis should be supported. She had strong convictions. She stood up for her beliefs and her sense of what was right and wrong. Her lasting legacy is that she instilled these values into her children so that they, in turn, could pass them on. Unfortunately, during her last few years, Frances suffered several serious injuries and illnesses. These slowly and progressively robbed her of her strength, independence, and reasoning. However, nothing could rob her of her love for Reg and her family, nor her sense of humour, nor her faith. While we who loved her will miss her profoundly, it is a blessing to know she is now at peace, and with her Lord. To the staff at Selkirk Place, we, Frances' family, sincerely thank you for the care and affection you provided to her and for the support you gave to us, especially to Reg. We felt so grateful that they were able to be under the same roof and in your good hands these past nineteen trying months. Frances supported many charities, including Our Place (www.ourplacesociety.com) and the Alzheimer's Society (www.alzheimerbc.org). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your charity of choice.
The funeral service will be held at 2: 00 p.m on Saturday, November 24th, at the Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard Street, Victoria, followed by a tea in the Church Hall. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.mccallbros.com.
HOSKYN, Mildred Mary (nee Becker)
Passed away November 12th, 2012 at Victoria Hospice. Mom was born in Woodrow, Saskatchewan on September 20th, 1925, and moved to Victoria to train as a RN at RJH, graduating in 1947. After meeting and marrying Dad they spent many years together fishing and cruising the local waters. She is predeceased by husband Bill and granddaughter Jocelyn. Mom is survived by her daughters Maureen & Karen (Ian), grandchildren Bevan (Emilie), Corri, and Krysta. Special thanks to Dr. D. Meir, Dr. F. Black; Carol, Jill, Ester, Madeline, and Jamie from Hospice.
A Celebration of Mom's life will be held on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at the Laurel Point Inn from 2: 00 - 4: 00pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Victoria Hospice.
MACE, Maureen Helen
Born August 2, 1947 in Calgary, Maureen died peacefully on November 13, 2012 in New Westminster, BC. Daughter of Margaret and Frank and little sister to Thomas (Tom) Mace, Maureen spent her childhood in the interior of BC. She attended the University of Victoria and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts. Maureen loved to travel, and after university travelled the world for almost two years living in such diverse places as London, Greece and Israel before returning to first Victoria and then New Westminster. She started teaching in 1980 and spent her career teaching in Surrey, first at Guildford Park, then at Elgin Park, and then again at Guildford Park, where she retired in 2009. She was an amazing teacher who profoundly touched the lives of thousands of students. She also served as a mentor to countless colleagues over the years and was deeply respected by everyone who worked with her. Maureen was a beloved sister, friend, teacher, and aunt to Emily and Lorna. Her family and friends wish to thank Home Instead and all the nurses and staff of 6 North at Royal Columbian, particularly Kim and Donna.
A service will be held in the spring and will be announced at the time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Margaret and Frank Mace Bursaries at Guildford Park Secondary School: 10707 146 Street, Surrey BC, Canada, V3R 1T5 (604) 588-7601.
MONIZ, Manuel Viriato
January 17, 1936 - November 17, 2012
It is with deep regret we announce the peaceful passing of Manuel Viriato Moniz on November 17, 2012 surrounded by all his family. Born in the village of Ponta Garca, Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal on January 17, 1936. He emigrated to Canada in 1959 and founded Saanich Landscaping Ltd in 1973. He was an active member of his parish community, devoted family man with a 'heart of gold' and known for his wonderful sense of humour, kindness, generosity and goodwill. Manuel is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Adelina, four children Zenaide, Manuela, Duarto and Rita, as well as eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Prayers will be offered on Wednesday, November 21, at 7: 00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11: 30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
REID, Eleanor Jean
December 13, 1913 - November 16, 2012
Jean (mummum) passed quietly and comfortably surrounded by her family, on Friday, November 16 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care 2, Jean was just shy of her 99th birthday. Jean was born in Victoria, eldest daughter of Percy and Nellie Fryatt. Predeceased by her husband Doug (Bops) and her sister Elsie Brett. Jean leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law Marilyn & Ron Matthews, grandchildren Deborah McKnight (Mark Alexander), Denise Tregear (Neil), Vince Matthews (Pam), Craig Matthews (Bonita), Great-grand children, Britt, Matt, Baylie, Brianne, Jesse, Stephanie, Justin, Shelby, great-great granddaughter Olivia and (adopted) daughter Kathy Parry. Jean loved traveling in their motor home with her husband Doug, working in the garden at their home on Chinook Pl. in Sidney and Piers Island, and cooking for the family, her apple pies were yummy. Mummum and Bops will be making beautiful gardens together again. Look up you might see them in the clouds.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at Saanich Peninsula Hosp. for their great care of Jean. Jean requested no service. A family tea will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Jean's name would be appreciated.
MacDONALD, Neil Robert
Born in Victoria February 3, 1944. Neil passed away at Saanich Peninsula Hospital in the early hours of November 15, 2012. Neil grew up in Royal Oak and is predeceased by his parents Robin and Bennie. He is survived by his son Dennis and daughter-in-law Narumi. He is also survived by his siblings Grant (Eva), Audrey, Heather (Norm), Virginia, Steve (Elaine), Lorna (Ross) and Louise (Mike). Neil had many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews who will miss him. His dog Mickey was never far from his side. Special thanks to John Plant and Rhonda Dignan and their son Thomas, and Linda and Mike Vantreight for their friendship and support of Neil during his illness. Neil had a life long love of horses and shared his knowledge with many in the community.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, November 23rd at the Saanich Fair Grounds, Poplar Room. In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil's name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
PHILP, Julia Kelley
February 21, 1958 - November 14, 2012
Beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend Julia met each challenge in life with courage, spirit and determination before losing a fiercely fought battle against cancer. She "fought like a girl" every inch of the way.
A celebration of Julia's life will be held on Sunday, November 25th, 2012 at Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher St., Crescent Beach, BC. Drop in anytime between 1: 00 PM and 5: 00 PM. As per Julia's wishes, it is intended that this truly be a celebration of all that she loved in life; wear bright, happy colours and a smile - for all the good memories she leaves us with. Bring your photos, remembrances and stories so that we can share the good times together. Julia's husband Rick and her family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Diego Villa Restrepo and the staff at the Vancouver Cancer Clinic for their compassionate care and support, and to the staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The nursing staff of wards N51 and N52 were especially kind, providing superior care and emotional support to Julia and to her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julia's name to Covenant House Vancouver, the BCSPCA or to the BC Cancer Foundation.
September 7, 1925 - November 14, 2012
Born September 7, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario; passed away in Victoria General Hospital on November 14, 2012, aged 87. Daughter of George and Martha Ann Chaytor, wife of the late Arvo Ensio Tiainen, she was predeceased by her brother Joe Chaytor and is survived by her daughter Anna Lisa Hofmeister, son Steven Trevor Tiainen, their spouses Rainer Rolf Hofmeister and Kairi Tiainen and grandchildren Stefan Erik, Maximilian Spence, Jordan Dane (Hofmeister) and Anna-Sophia Tiainen. Eileen lived in Toronto before moving west with her family in the early 1970's, first to Calgary then to Victoria in 1974 where she lived continuously apart from some years in Nanaimo and Fort St. John. She was known for her wonderful sense of humour, kindness, generosity and goodwill. She will be greatly missed by family and friends across Canada, the US, Europe and Japan. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Victoria General Hospital and to the staff at the Cridge Family Seniors Village for the care of our loved one.
A memorial service will be arranged early in the new year to be held at the First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC V8Y 1B4.
REEVE, Arthur Thomas (Bill)
Died peacefully Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in his Okanagan Falls home while sitting in his favourite chair at the age of 75 years. Born in Penticton, Art, who was known as Bill to his family soon moved with his parents and three sisters to Victoria where he spend the majority of his childhood and young adulthood. After a three-year hitch in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he served on several ships including the HMCS Ontario, Art began working on tugboats up and down the Inside Passage. Art realized he'd found his calling and studied to earn his skipper's ticket, which at the time made him the youngest tug skipper on the West Coast. Art studied hard to earn his deep-sea ticket and was soon making trips through international waters, including one where he towed his old ship, the Ontario, to Japan where it was cut for scrap after being decommissioned by the RCN. He worked for many B.C. operations, including Chemainus Towing, Swiftsure, Seaspan, Fairway Towing, and others. Art gained a solid reputation as a skipper and was well respected for his ability to do the job, which he did until he retired from the tugs in the 1990s. Later years saw him still on the sea, but as a pilot for many of the international yachts that sailed into local waters. Art fully retired about two years ago. Art was also an avid sports fan his entire life, and had a special spot for his beloved Vancouver Canucks. He also contemplated his passing and wrote: "It's not hard to die when you know you have lived, and I have lived." Art was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Hilda, his daughter, Michelle, and his sister Judy. Art leaves to mourn his passing his children Wayne (April), Karen and Teresa, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters Dawn D'Amour (Art) and Jacqueline Westwood and loving wife Ester. "I miss your warm smile and all the fun and laughter you brought to my life."
As per Art's instructions, there will be no service. His body is to be cremated with some of the ashes spread with those of his daughter, some with his mother and sister and the rest to be scattered at sea. Arrangements entrusted to Graham Funeral Home, 5920 Kootenay St. in Oliver, B.C. (250) 498-3833. Messages of condolence or the sharing of memories may be sent to www.grahamfh.com.
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