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DODGE, Barbara Jane With deepest sadness I announce that my dear sister, Barbara Jane Dodge, passed away peacefully in her sleep. Barb is survived by me, her brother Ian, and her step mother Joyce Elliott.

DODGE, Barbara Jane

With deepest sadness I announce that my dear sister, Barbara Jane Dodge, passed away peacefully in her sleep. Barb is survived by me, her brother Ian, and her step mother Joyce Elliott. Barb will be fondly missed by her family and friends and we especially thank her best friend Sharon Kaiser for all her support.

At Barb's request, there will be no funeral service held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barb's memory may be made to the Victoria Women's Transition House Society, #100 -- 3060 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria, BC, V8T 3J5.

PEARSON, Edith "Marian"

April 7, 1927 -August 11, 2012

Marian was a marvelous, loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and friend. She now rests in peace, with a lifetime of fond memories with us all. Marian is predeceased by her daughter Elizabeth and survived by her husband of 63 years -Ivor, her children Christine, Leslie and John and her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Please join us in a celebration of Marian's life at St. David's by the Sea, 5182 Cordova Bay Road, at 11 o'clock Friday August 17th. "Please bring your memories and stories" In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

RITCHIE, Thelma

May 31, 1929 -August 11, 2012

Thelma Winnifred Ritchie (Mills), born in Medicine Hat AB on May 31, 1929. Peacefully passed with her family by her side Saturday, August 11, 2012. Thelma moved to Victoria BC in her teens with her mother and siblings. She met the love of her life Dick, who together created a wonderful home for their 6 beloved children. She was a devoted sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who with unconditional love always saw the best in each person and truly loved all. Dearest Mom leaves behind her soul mate of 62 years Dick and her children Rand (Juliet), Alison (Hank), Jan (Darrell), Paul (Coreen), Lisa, Susie (Jorge), 18 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and her beloved Tinkerbell and Dora. Our hearts are broken. Mom you will be with us at all our family gatherings as we continue the traditions that were so precious to you, and that we will hold dear to our hearts. Laughter, sparkling eyes, beautiful lady.

FOREVER MISSED FOREVER LOVED.

"Please bring your memories and stories" In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA or Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated.

Celebration of her life will be held at the First Memorial at 4725 Falaise Dr on Friday August 17 at 2:00pm

MAR, Ben Bing

Ben Bing Mar died peacefully in his sleep at Victoria Hospice, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 14th, two weeks short of his 92nd birthday. Ben is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothea, and his two sons, Darryl (Beth) and Lance (Dorothy Jean). Ben was the eldest of 9 siblings, predeceased by his sister Jean and brothers Quinton and Toye. He is survived by brothers Jack and Bill and sisters Susan, Fani and Soleine, as well as by many nephews and nieces. Ben was born in Victoria on August 29th, 1920, and was a lifelong resident. In his youth during the 30's he was a member of the Chinese Students Athletic Club basketball team (founded by his father Albert). After graduating from Victoria High School in 1938, Ben attended Victoria College. Since 1946, Ben has been in the travel industry. First working as a passenger agent for the American President Line, in 1949 Ben started his own business, Marwon Travel. After selling Marwon Travel in 1974 he then became a Director for Bayshore Travel, then the Victoria Travel Shoppe. He remained in the travel business for his whole career until his retirement. Ben was very active in the community from the 50's to 70's. Many people in the Victoria Chinese community remember Ben as the first Canadian they met as he helped them through immigration, providing translation work in Vancouver or Sidney from 1949 -1970. Ben also served as a Director of the Chinese Benevolent Association and the Chinese Hospital (now Chinatown Care Centre) for many years. Ben loved travelling the world, especially his visits to Hawaii. He enjoyed music and watching sports, as well as playing golf as a member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. Ben always will be remembered as a devoted husband, caring father and brother, loyal friend and true gentleman.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 20th, at 2:30pm at McCall Bros. Funeral Home, 1400 Vancouver St. In lieu of flowers, donations to Victoria Hospice will be greatly appreciated. Condolences to the family may be offered at www.mccallbros.com.