Langley BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Two Carnival Legends Lost - VenuesNowWednesday, March 27, 2019
International Association of Fairs & Expositions in Las Vegas Dec. 1.
Bingo Hauser, Oct. 13, 1926-Sept. 13, 2015
Bingo's funeral earlier in Langley, B.C., drew 900 mourners.
Both men left a legacy that will be long remembered in show business.
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Nearly 400 friends, one from Australia, several from Houston, and from fairs around the West, attended the Tony Fiori Memorial Tour, which came complete with souvenir T-shirts. "What's a tour without a T-shirt," said RCS owner Guy Leavitt.
Tony died Nov. 18 after a long illness. His family, which includes wife Sharon, two sons, Nick and Gino, and two brothers, George and Steve, attended another memorial service held Monday in Fiori's hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif.
RCS's Charlene Leavitt said she and her husband, Guy, had known Tony since 1975. He actually got his start in show business even sooner, buying a pizza truck from Denny Thompson a year after he started working for Thompson. Lon Russell, his partner in that long-ago pizza truck who is now in real estate, emceed the service.
A video of Tony Fiori photos captured the man. (VT Photo)
It was obvious from the beginning in that pizza operation that Tony was management, not labor, Russell said. He spent his time hobnobbing, politicking, planning and giving away pizza.
Tony-isms mentioned during the tributes to his life included: "Start without me; I'll be right back" and "Go big or go home."
Every fair he played was the best fair. Tour dates on the back of the Farewell T-shirt included the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, University of Arizona Spring Fling, Pima County Fair, San Diego County Fair, Orange County Fair, Antelope Valley Fair, L.A. County Fair, Arizona State Fair, and Heaven.
He was inducted into the Pi...
New biker gang with ties to Hells Angels crops up in Lower Mainland - Maple Ridge NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
A new motorcycle gang police say is affiliated with the Hells Angels has established itself around Fort Langley.
Members of the Street Reapers motorcycle club were reportedly spotted at the funeral of slain Hells Angel Chad Wilson in Maple Ridge on Saturday.
"The Street Reapers are actually a motorcycle club that are closely associated and have close ties to the Hardside chapter of the Hells Angels," said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokesperson for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an anti-gang policing unit.
The Hardside Hells Angels chapter is based near Langley as well, in the Port Kells area of Surrey.
The Street Reapers appear to have come into existence in late 2017, a little more than a year ago, said Winpenny.
"We have noticed them at several of the Hells Angel ride events over the summer of 2018," she said.
There are believed to be between six to 10 members of the club; six is the minimum number for a motorcycle club of this type, Winpenny said.
READ MORE: Hundreds attend Hells Angels funeral in Maple Ridge
The group is not believed to have an official clubhouse y...
Touching photo of dog at Langley funeral goes viral - Abbotsford NewsSaturday, March 02, 2019
Jeremy May, Elements' president.
That's when the family told of Sadie's deep connection to Andy and asked if the dog could attend the funeral which took place late last year in Langley. They adopted her at about eight weeks old.
"She calmly walked in [to the funeral]. She did not have to be forced," May said. "She spent a few moments there and then she calmly walked out."
When Sadie put her front feet up on Andy's casket, May took a photo for his widow.
"She'll need this as part of her journey," he thought.
He said the energy in the room was "amazing" when Sadie came in so calmly and said her farewell to her human.
It's not the first time Elements has had pet requests, so far all for dogs. It's one of the few funeral firms that allows pets at services.
"It's very clear that dogs do register our emotions and their own," he said.
Recently the funeral home asked the family if it could put the picture on its social media because the staff found it so touching and was told yes.
May said his widow has found comfort in having the keepsake photo.
But then the image went viral. The funeral home has had calls from media around the world.
"Literally within 20 minutes [of the posting], the calls were coming in," he said.
May added that his widow has been somewhat overwhelmed by the response but Elements and the family have been touched by the outpouring of sympathy for Sadie and support for the importance of pets in people's lives.
Before the funeral, Sadie had stopped eating and lost about 10 lbs. She was not herself. After saying her goodbyes to Andy, she ate a big meal and is slowly returning to her old self, the family reported to the funeral staf...
Pieter Brouwer - Salmon Arm ObserverSaturday, March 02, 2019
Love Never Fails”
Celebrate Dad’s life with us at 2 pm November 24th,2018 at Bowers Funeral Home Salmon Arm, BC and December 1st,2018 at Henderson Funeral Home Langley, BC at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to the Seniors Resource Centre (Salmon Arm) Society at 302A 2 Avenue N.E. Salmon Arm BC V1E 1H1. Please mark your donation “Pieter Brouwer Memorial Fund.” The Resource Centre will provide you with a tax- deductible receipt for your charitable donation.
Online condolences may be sent to Pieter’s family through his obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com.
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Health, mechanical issues probed after train kills B.C. seniors - Maple Ridge NewsSaturday, March 02, 2019
They had health issues, like everyone does when you get to that age," said Hans Wantke, the oldest son of the Langley couple who were killed when their car was hit by a train at a level crossing on Sunday.
He said the family would like to know what happened as soon as possible, but they understand the investigation will take as much time as it needs.
Christian Wantke, 90, and Irmgard Wantke, 88, were great-grandparents who were married for more than 70 years.
Hans Wantke says his father was a survivor of the Second World War, a hard-working man who liked to work with his hands.
His parents emigrated to Canada from Germany after some friends encouraged them to go, Hans recalled.
"They told him there was gold at the end of the rainbow," said Hans.
"The rainbow never materialized, but he [dad] stayed. He always said he would never go back."
He said his father served a brief stint in the German military as the war was coming to an end, and the country was being devastated by allied air and ground forces.
"He was only 17 when he was drafted, at the very end of the war," Wantke said.
"I don't believe he saw combat."
In Canada, his father quickly learned English and worked in construction, starting as a labourer, then becoming a plasterer's helper and eventually a truck driver ...
J. Vincent (Vince) Burg - thesuntimesnews.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association.Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan. He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center. Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe.Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Bur...
Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel - Yahoo News CanadaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was described by police as a "well-entrenched" member of the notorious motorcycle gang's Niagara chapter. He was gunned down in the parking lot of HUF Boxing Gym on March 11, in what investigators called a targeted hit.Police have arrested four men from Montreal in connection with the daylight slaying.View photosPaul Smith/CBCMoreMany Hells Angels, along with members of allied outlaw motorcycle clubs - commonly called "support clubs" - were seen milling about outside the funeral home before the service began. There was also a heavy police presence, with officers from the OPP and York keeping a close eye on those in attendance.Funerals for club members often offer police a rare opportunity to keep tabs on the who's who of the biker underworld.The Hells Angels have hundreds of members in Canada. The gang first moved into Ontario in 2000, after they emerged victorious in a bloody biker war ...
Nanaimo remembers educator, activist and elder 'Auntie Ellen' - Nanaimo News BulletinWednesday, March 27, 2019
Ellen White, Kwulasulwut, died Tuesday at age 95, and her funeral was held Saturday morning at the Beban Park Social Centre.
White was a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia and her obituary remembers her as an "educator, cultural knowledge keeper, author, linguist, herbalist, healer, traditional midwife, and political activist and advocate."
She was one of the founders of the Tillicum Haus Aboriginal Friendship Centre and was an elder-in-residence in Vancouver Island University's First Nations studies program.
"She possessed a pure, kind and radiant heart," said Les Malbon, who described himself as one of White's adopted grandchildren as he delivered her eulogy Saturday.
White's name, Kwulasulwut, translates to ‘many stars' and Malbon alluded to that as he addressed the people gathered in the social centre.
"I look out now and I see the many stars," he said. "I see how she impacted the community. I see how much she loved her family and I appreciated, personally, how much that love changed me and how it's changed all of us to be better people and behoove us to be kind to one another and to work towards a world of unity."
Malbon said the White home was always filled with visitors, and Ellen White also travelled to meet people and sh...