Powell River BC Obituaries and Funeral Related News
Obituaries: Bowlby; Gemmell; Lowe; Massullo; Meraw; Pence; Picken - Powell River PeakTuesday, April 4, 2017
Home chapel. Following the service, a reception will be held in Stubberfield’s reception hall.Joan Gemmell (née Malarkey)
We are sad to announce the death of Joan on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Powell River. She was predeceased by her husband Donald Gemmell on April 11, 2011.
Joan leaves her daughter Linda (Terri), sons Bruce (Sharon, deceased) and Gordon (Karel), grandchildren Tory and Adam (Becca), Daniel and Katie, step-grandchildren Tara (Rachid) and Erin (Ryk), borrowed granddaughter Lynn and great-grandchildren Evelyn, Alice, Adela, Ellerie, Emmy and Luke.
Joan’s family and her many friends will feel the loss of her loving kindness and the light she brought to our lives. May light perpetually shine upon her.
The immediate family will gather in Joan’s memory later in the spring. As Mum was a volunteer for Powell River Health-Care Auxiliary, we ask that any donations be made to the auxiliary.
It is hard to explain how deeply Mum enriched us, but a poem Bruce wrote for her some years ago expresses some of what we feel.Just as an experiment, stop for a minute and see yourself as I doNotice how brave you are, how good, and how strongCan you see it?Now look deeper. There’s moreA light about you, almostThere is magic inside you.Esther Lowe
A celebration of Esther Lowe's life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1:30 pm at the Salvation Army Ch...
Vida AntleTuesday, December 20, 2016
Arthur William Antle, and brothers: Ford Hurley, Boyce Hurley, and Leslie Hurley. Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are brother Ralph Hurley; sons Arthur Antle, David Antle (Cheryl) of Powell River, BC, Albert Antle (Janice) of Powell River, BC, Bill Antle (Michelle) of Bishop’s Falls, NL, Robert Antle (Inger) of Edmonton, AB, Ralph Antle of Bishop’s Falls, NL, Perry Antle of Edmonton, AB; daughters Shirley Edwards, Dale Pelley, Edna (Peg) Gwillim, Kimberly Chayter (Dennis) of Botwood, NL. Also leaving to mourn are her 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Vida was a social lady who dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved reading, knitting, and was involved in a card club until her late eighties. Vida was an animal lover especially for cats. Her personality was full of wit and humor. Her special saying “It is a wonderful thing to be loved by your family”. Reverend Jeff Blackwood will conduct the funeral service at Central Funeral Home, Bishop’s Falls on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Interment will be at the Anglican Cemetery, Bishop’s Falls, NL. Pallbearers are Bill Antle, Albert Antle, Marcus Chayter, Dennis Chayter; honorary pallbearer Darrell Edwards. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jim Maidment of Central Funeral Homes. For condolences or to listen to this funeral service online, please visit www.centralfuneralhomes.ca...
Family of drowned South Korean exchange student call for Sunshine Coast camp's closure - CBC.caThursday, August 18, 2016
Hanwoo Lee, 16, whose body was found June 10 after he fell in the water and was swept away by rapids near Malibu Club Camp, located in a remote area northeast of Powell River.
After the ceremony at a funeral home in East Vancouver on Wednesday evening, Lee's mother came out the building sobbing and barely able to stand.
Most of the family had travelled from South Korea, where Lee was from. The high school student was on exchange in Idaho when he travelled north to attend the Christian camp.
The family claims the camp didn't have enough life-saving gear in place and its volunteer lifeguards weren't properly trained.
"We have to stop this," said Lee's cousin, Paul Kim, interpreting for Lee's father, Soo Chong Lee. "This incident is going to happen again if something isn't done."
18 drowned in B.C. this year
CBC News asked the camp about its safety features, but officials didn't respond to those questions.
Instead, a spokesperson said, "We continue to grieve with and for this young man's family and to do all we can to care for and support them at this difficult time."
Hanwoo Lee's father, Soo Chong Lee (left) and his cousin Paul Kim say they want the camp where Hanwoo Lee drowned to be shut down. (CBC)
B.C.'s Lifesaving Society, an organization that aims to reduce water-related deaths and injuries, says 18 people have drowned in the province already this year.
The society said people who are new to Canada or don't live here are four times more likely to be unable...
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...