Nanaimo BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Vernon Vipers owner dies suddenly - Salmon Arm ObserverThursday, April 12, 2018
A 4-1 win over the Nanaimo Clippers on Oct. 13, 2017 was the 900th Vernon victory since Wray took ownership of the team in 1992.Wray helped make the Vernon Lakers/Vipers the most successful Junior A hockey franchise in the country (changed name from Lakers to Vipers in 1995-96).Under his ownership, the Vipers have won seven BCHL Fred Page Cups, four Royal Bank Cup national championships, six Doyle Cup B.C.-Alberta titles, three BCHL regular season pennants and 12 Interior Conference championships.He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Vernon in 2011, the 20th recipient of the honour.Wray was inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. His 1998-99 Canadian champion Vipers were inducted in 2015.“This is the saddest day of my life,” said Vernon’s Troy Mick. “Part of my heart feels ripped out. I haven’t stopped crying since this morning.”Mick was head coach of the Vipers when they won the 1999 Royal Bank championship in Yorkton, Sask. and an assistant under Rob Bremner when Vernon won the national title in Melfort, Sask. in 1996.Mick was doing business in Salmon Arm, where he is GM of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, when he heard the bad news from Todd Miller of the Vipers.“I will remember Duncan most for not being my boss; he was always my best friend,” said Mick. “He was one of my family’s best friends. I remember when (Troy’s daughter) Tiffany split her lip badly on the hearth and we phoned Duncan asking him what we should do. He said he’d meet us at his office and it was 10 at night.“He was an unbelievable owner. He never had a hidden agenda. He wanted the kids to play hockey and get an education. That’s all he wanted. He wasn’t in it for the money and for a guy who never played the game, he had...
Joyce Irene Greenaway - Nanaimo News BulletinThursday, April 12, 2018
Gerry).Predeceased by Ernest her loving husband of 68 years, brother Ross, and parents Jack and Gladys Chaloner.Joyce was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan on Aug. 16, 1929. After moving to Nanaimo In 1947 she met her future husband at a local roller rink. They married the following year and had four children.Together Joyce and Ernie established the Greenaway Sand & Gravel Company. They made a great team and ran the successful company for over four decades.In recent years, she enjoyed spending time with Ernie at their log home in the South Okanagan. Service to be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC, Saturday March 17, 2018 at 11:00. Sands Funeral ChapelLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Mary Needler Arai - UCalgary NewsThursday, September 14, 2017
The Faculty of Science is saddened to announce the passing of Mary Needler Arai, professor emeritus of biological sciences, at her home in Nanaimo, BC on September 6th, 2017. Dr. Needler Arai passed away peacefully and suddenly, with her son Gordon by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.A world renowned zoologist, beloved and respected mother, aunt, grandmother, colleague, and 4th generation female scientist, Mary dedicated her life to science and to her family. She was a lifetime member of the Canadian Society of Zoologists and held an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John.Dr. Needler Arai and her husband, Hisao Arai (also deceased) were both longtime professors in the department of biological sciences. Their children, Bruce, Gordon and Hugh are also alumni of the University of Calgary.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at 1:00 pm at Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo. Reception to follow.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hisao P. and Mary Needler Arai Marine Field Studies Scholarship at the University of Calgary...
'We love you Makayla': Friends and family celebrate life of homicide victim - CBC.caWednesday, July 5, 2017
Friends and family of a teenager from Nanaimo, B.C., whose body was recently discovered gathered to commemorate her and express their concern about how little they know about her death.They met at a waterfront memorial in Nanaimo on Saturday afternoon and said they're deeply troubled by the disappearance of 16-year-old Makayla Chang."It's almost as if she just walked down the sidewalk and [poof]. What happened?" asked Mary Nespit, Chang's great aunt. Makayla Chang, 16, was reported missing on March 22, 2017. Her body was discovered on May 18, 2017. (CHEK News)Chang was last seen in Nanaimo on March 17. She was reported missing on March 22, and an exhaustive search for her followed.Police interviewed a 53-year-old man as part of that search. They said he was not a suspect, but that Chang may have been with him.On May 18, RCMP announced that her body had been found, but offered no other information other than to say that Chang's case was now a homicide and remained a priority.On Saturday, those close to Chang gathered on a d...
Explore: Easter fun around town, Fletcher's Challenge, Repair Café - Times ColonistWednesday, July 5, 2017
Fletcher’s Challenge marks 10th anniversary
The 10th annual Fletcher’s Challenge, held in memory of late Times Colonist sports editor Gavin Fletcher, is set for Friday at Nanaimo’s Westwood Park.
Fletcher, who was also a former news editor at the Nanaimo Daily News, died at 39 in a 2006 car crash on the Malahat.
The fundraising event that bears his name includes a trail run with a mystery route, a family cookie run/walk — so named because it includes a cookie station along the route — and an Easter egg hunt. Fletcher’s Challenge started as a fundraiser for his family, but now raises money to support the Runners of Compassion, a non-profit group dedicated to backing causes that help the community.
Proceeds go to purchase sports equipment and footwear for youth in need.
The 12-kilometre trail run — which is capped at 235 participants — is now sold out. It will have “the obligatory number of ups and downs, as you have come to expect from a Fletcher’s,” according to fletcherschallenge.blogspot.ca.
The blog says the event is meant to reflect Fletcher’s family values and love of fun competition.
People can still register for the 6K cookie run/walk, featuring a lap around Westwood Lake. Last year’s run/walk attracted 474 participants. Entry cost for the run/walk is $25, with bib pickup from 8:30-
9:45 a.m. and a 10 a.m. start.
Register at Frontrunners Nanaimo or at the blogspot.
Museum explores Terry Fox's heroism
What makes Terry Fox such a uniquely Canadian hero?
Most of us know that Fox attempted in 1980 to run across Canada, east to west, to raise money to fight cancer, after losing a leg to the disease.
Running on his prosthetic leg, he covered 26 miles a day in what he called the Marathon of Hope.
Unfortunately, he only made it to Thunder Bay, Ont., after the disease returned, forcing him to quit. Within a year, he was dead at 22.
But what made his run such an act of heroism? Why does Terry continue to speak to C...
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...
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...