Maple Ridge BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Son of Abbotsford deputy police chief killed in car crash - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
Deputy Chief Mike Serr was killed in a car accident 40 kilometres east of Vancouver early Monday.Aiden Serr was alone in the vehicle when it flipped after skidding off the road in Maple Ridge.The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.Dan Ruimy, the MP for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, called Serr "an inspiring young man" in a tweet on Tuesday.It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to @aidenserr. He was such an inspiring young man and I am grateful to have called him a friend. He had a passion for politics and for making this country a better place. Rest in peace Aiden.—
@DanRuimyMPAbbotsford officer killed last weekSerr's death comes a week after Abbotsford Const. John Davidson was killed while responding to a theft and shots-fired call on Nov. 6.Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for Davidson Monday night and a full regimental service will be held for the officer on Nov. 19, with representatives from police departments as far away as the United Kingdom expected to attend.In an email, Walker said members of the Abbotsford Police Department remain strong and are supporting each other and the Davidson and Serr families."We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community,'' Walker wrote.Alberta's Oscar Arfmann, 65, is accused of first-degree murder i...
Obituaries: Bowlby; Gemmell; Lowe; Massullo; Meraw; Pence; Picken - Powell River PeakTuesday, April 4, 2017
Member of the Royal Lifesaving Society (78 years), founding member of the Ridge Meadows Hall of Fame (RMHF) in Maple Ridge, president of her strata council, Block Watch captain and a community policing volunteer, among many other community activities. An elite athlete, a coach, a tireless community activist, Ann has a storied past and an involved present in Maple Ridge.”
Broke new ground:
In 1934, Ann and three other women started what was to become known as synchronized swimming, all with the aim of creating entertainment. In 1939, she did a lifesaving performance for King George VI and the Queen Mother. In 1958, upon completion of her world-record breaking, non-stop, 55-mile swim (32 hours and 12 minutes), Ann was invited to meet Princess Margaret, who flew to BC to meet her. In 1945, Ann founded the Canadian "water babies" swimming program.
Inductee BC Sports Hall of Fame (1985), sport: swimming, category: builder. Commemorative 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal (1992) in “Recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.” Visit her display: BC Place, Gate A, Vancouver, BC. YMCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award, category: health, wellness and active living, 2012. Wrote a memoir entitled Marathon Swimmer (Maple Ridge: Waite Publishing, 2004).
Ann also made a splash on the small screen when she became a technical advisor on the CBC TV series The Beachcombers. She served as the double for actress Juliet Randall in the show's swim scenes.
From 1940 to 1982, Ann co-trained field-trial dogs with her husband (Joseph Thomas Meraw), who was renowned for training championship dogs.
Predeceased family members:
President Ulysses S. Grant (great uncle, mother’s side), Joe (husband), William (father), Phobie (mother), John Grant (Jack, brother), Norma Marie (Pat, sister), Delores, Thelma, Marcia, Kay and Jean Earl (cousins) and William (Bill, grandson).
Surviving family members:
Kathy and Kathy (nieces), Larry and Don (nephews), Christine and Mike (grandchildren). Mike writes, “Grandma you were my dancing and drinking buddy! We have some unfinished partying to do with John Bao in Vegas (look for us at one of your previous haunts: The CatHouse, Luxor Hotel next month). Birgit sends you a BIG HUG also. We love you! Vegas won’t be the same without you.”
Prayer, funeral service, burial:
To be held at 10:30 am and 12 pm respectively on Friday, March 24, at St. Luke’s Church, 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. Ann will be buried in Maple Ridge Cemetery, next to her husband Joe, later that day at approximately 2 pm.Wally PenceSeptember 15, 1942 – March 18, 2017
A legendary man who would light up any room with his big personality, laughter and jokes, Wally’s adventurous spirit meant he lived life to the fullest.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sandy; friend and first wife, Carol; daughters Cindy (Les) and Carma (Ray); sons Brett (Jane) and Matt (Pam); stepdaughters Michelle (Andy) and Wendy (Jerry); and stepson Doug (Kristi). Wally will also be lovingly remembered by 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister Lee (Keith); many nieces and nephews; stepmother Mary; and countless friends. He was predeceased by parents Don and Harriet; brother Roy; and granddaughter Cassidy.
Wally’s zest for life included sports: curling, baseball and skiing, and an enthusiasm for hunting, which started young and turned to a passion for trapshooting. A c...
Blood drive organized in longtime donor Tom Cameron's name - Vancouver SunThursday, March 9, 2017
Tom Cameron, whose slogan was Git-R-Done, has a blood drive in his name coming up. The longtime volunteer died Dec. 17, a day after he guided the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society through its 2016 campaign to make the holiday happier for hundreds of needy families. — Lorraine Bates filesLorraine Bates / PNGTom Cameron got it done, always.The longtime Maple Ridge volunteer, receiving two blood transfusions a week, held on to make sure every family in need had a little merrier Christmas than they otherwise would have before succumbing to acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, on Dec. 17, one day after the Christmas Hamper Society drive he shepherded ended.And because Cameron always put others ahead of himself, especially children, he felt horribly guilty about getting blood he felt others might need more than he did, his friend, Lorraine Bates, said.So Bates has organized a provincewide blood drive in Cameron’s name.“He had goals, not for himself, but for people to not be unhappy at Christmas,” Bates said. “But he started feeling guilty about taking blood. He asked himself, ‘Should I be taki...
Everyone was dead: When Europeans first came to BC, they stepped into the aftermath of a holocaust - National PostThursday, March 9, 2017
Small Pox to destroy us?” Thompson was asked near the modern site of Spokane, Wash.In the 1890s, Vancouver woman Ellen Webber found a massive midden in what is now Maple Ridge.She asked an elder from what is now the Kwantlen First Nation what it was. Identified only as “an old Indian,” the woman told Webber of a thriving, well-fortified village of fishermen, tanners, potters, canoe-makers, tailors and toy-makers.That is, until a dragon “awoke and breathed upon the children.”“Where his breath touched them sores broke out and they burned with heat and they died to feed th...
'Proud' to honour a Maple Ridge 'hero' - Maple Ridge NewsTuesday, January 31, 2017
Dennis TeBoekhorst and his family, wife Melissa, Grace and Calym.
— image credit: Contributed
Hundreds of firefighters and as many as 1,000 people are expected in Maple Ridge on Wednesday to march in a funeral procession honouring fallen Maple Ridge firefighter Dennis TeBoekhorst.
His casket will be laid in the hose bed of the department’s antique fire engine to lead the parade, which will go from Memorial Peace Park to Maple Ridge Baptist Church.
The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Haney Place loop around Memorial Peace Park. It will proceed south on 224th Street to Lougheed Highway, then west to the Maple Ridge Baptist Church, at the corner of 222nd Street.
The parade will include an honour guard of Maple Ridge firefighters in dark blue dress uniforms. All local firefighters have been practising their marching in the evenings for the event.
“The men and women of the fire department have been working hard to put together this service, from the newest recruits to the fire chief,” said Maple Ridge Fire Chief Howard Exner.
“I’m proud of our efforts. It’s well placed, and so well deserved for Dennis and his family.”
Neighbouring fire halls ha...
Community mourns doctor who put focus on health care in the north - CBC.caThursday, April 12, 2018
A doctor who spent decades working to improve health care in northern British Columbia is being mourned after he died Tuesday night.Dr. Bert Kelly was a "tireless champion for health care" said Prince George city councillor Susan Scott, who announced his passing via Facebook.Kelly was a key architect of the Northern Medical Program, in which students in UBC's medical program are trained in northern B.C. in an effort to help recruit and retain future medical professionals in a region that historically has been underserved.Faced with chronic doctor shortages in Prince George and the surrounding area, Kelly helped lead a local group of physicians and specialists in what was effectively a strike in 2000, withdrawing non-essential services until the province agreed to commit more funding and efforts to recruitment and retention of doctors in the north. By 2004 the Northern Medical Program was opened, with Kelly serving the role of Executive Director of the Northern Medical Society.Truly sad this morning at the loss of Dr. Bert Kelly! He wa...
Audrey Ann 'Penny' Cline - The Altamont EnterpriseThursday, April 12, 2018
Utica; by their four daughters, Mrs. Wendy J. Hotaling of Northville, Mrs. Laurel A. St. Onge of Northville, Mrs. Erika L. Troxell of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Amy E. Cline of Kamloops, British Columbia; by her two brothers, Paul T. Burnett of Donna, Texas and Clark W. Burnett of Citrus Springs, Florida; and by her 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service will be held at a time to be announced in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.Memorial contributions may be made to local hospice agencies.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...