Tom Watson Miller
December 20, 1944 – April 11, 2013
Tom Watson Miller passed away peacefully at a hospice house in Bellingham, WA on April 11, 2013. He was born December 10, 1944 in Cranbrook, B.C. to David and Roseania Miller. His passion for flying began in the air force, and continued as he became a pilot and pilot instructor for most of his life.
Tom was a progressive thinker who loved to engineer his life in an efficient and self-sustaining manner. He Never let anything go to waste and repurposed anything he could, from his homemade rainwater collection system to the solar panels he used to power most of his house to his prolific garden. One might even say his house was a self-contained ecosystem.
During his later years, Tom also developed a love for trading stocks and following the stock market. Tom will be deeply missed and is survived by his two children, Thomas and Leilani Miller, and his granddaughter Madison Miller.
Tom, may your spirit fly on into the great blue yonder.
A gathering will be held at the Flying Beaver pub in Richmond, B.C. on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m.
Michael Rodney Reeves
October 17, 1952 – March 18, 2013
Michael Rodney Reeves passed away at his home in Point Roberts on March 18, 2013. He was born and raised in Richmond, B.C. and was a long-time resident of Point Roberts. Reeves served in the Richmond Fire Department for more than 30 years and retired as captain. He was pre-deceased by his father, mother and sister. Mike will be missed by his son Delaney as well as all of his friends and family. A service will be held in Richmond. Contact Delaney at 604/317-2035 for details.
John Patrick Cairney
Sept. 24, 1925 – Nov. 18, 2012
John Patrick Cairney, 87, known as “Jack,” passed away at his home in Santa Maria, California, with family members at his side. Jack was born and raised in Duntocher, Scotland, where he attended St. Mary’s School. He was one of two students in his class to receive a scholarship to attend college. But, times being hard, Jack decided to take an apprenticeship as a stonemason.
Jack’s career plans were changed by the outbreak of WWII when he was drafted into Britain’s Royal Navy where he served in the signal corps. Upon his return home after the war, Jack met a young “lassie” named Margaret Robb at a dance in Clydebank. The rest was history. Jack and Margaret were married in 1948, had seven children (six boys and one girl) and went on to share 62 years together.
It was Margaret who persuaded Jack to immigrate to Toronto, Canada, where Jack resumed working in the construction trade.
Later Jack and Margaret moved to Calgary where Jack and his partner’s construction company built schools and hospitals.
In 1966, Jack and Margaret moved the family to California, and in 1969 Jack opened Alfie’s Fish ’n Chips in Lompoc. In 1982,
Jack and Margaret retired to the small community of Point Roberts for 22 years. They enjoyed trips through the San Juan islands on their 26-foot Bayliner. They moved to Santa Maria, California in 2004 to be closer to their daughter Colleen and her family.
Jack was preceded in death by Margaret in 2011. His five brothers and one sister, as well as his remaining five sons and one daughter, his seven grandchildren and his great granddaughter will miss him dearly.
Beverly Jean (Sand) Kimble
August 31, 1933 - January 24, 2013
Beverly Jean (Sand) Kimble passed away peacefully at her home in Manchester, WA after an extended illness.
Bev’s early life was spent at Point Roberts with her parents, Agnes and Einar Sand, two brothers, Larry and John, and two sisters, Mary Lou Cory and Dorothy Donaldson.
She and her husband George (deceased) had two children, Kathy and David, who both live in Kitsap County.
After raising her children, Bev got her teaching degree and taught school in Kent, WA along with her husband.
After her husband passed away, Bev spent 19 years teaching at an American military school in Iceland, the birthplace of her mother.
Because of Bev’s presence in Iceland, many members of her American family came to visit and extend friendships with their Icelandic relatives.
Bev is survived by her son David Kimble, his daughter Chloe, and his wife Joice, all of Manchester, her daughter Kathy Kimble of Bremerton, siblings John and Dorothy, both of Blaine, nine nieces and nephews, and many relatives in Iceland.
Bev will be very much missed by her close friend Nancy, a fellow teacher and Sigrun, her Icelandic cousin, and her family.
At Bev’s request, there was no service.
Bev’s adventurous spirit will be greatly missed.
Betty Eleanor Tupper, nee Graves
September 1, 1923 - December 1, 2012
Our beloved mother and grandmother passed away at Menno Home in Abbotsford on Saturday, December 1 after a short bout of pneumonia. She is predeceased by her soulmate Omer "Tup" Tupper, daughter Patricia Linda Fisher, and son Richard Walter Fisher. She is survived by her loving daughter Carol Lawson, granddaughters Jacquie (Jim) Mlcak, Marie (Charles) Hersley and Wendi (Paul) Chiavacci. Her great grandchildren, Chris Chiavacci, Michelle Mlcak, Carlo Chiavacci and Candace Mlcak will all dearly miss their “GG”.
At her request, there will not be a service but a private family "Celebration of Life" at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Make a Wish Foundation (866/277-9474) would be appreciated.
"Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let's celebrate how brightly it glowed."
Lawrence Peter Crosetti
March 12, 1921 – January 19, 2013
Larry Crosetti was born March 12, 1921, in Cle Elum, Washington to Victor and Kate Crosetti. Growing up he hiked and skied the local mountains.
During the Second World War Larry joined the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and served for four years. After the war he continued his education at the University of Washington, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
In 1947 Larry married Aileen Wilson at the Knox United Church in Vancouver B.C.
Larry’s first job following his graduation was in Hungry Horse, Montana, where he assisted with the design and construction of the Hungry Horse Dam. He was there for four years and his three children, Diane, Jim and Bonnie, were born in Whitefish and Kalispell.
From Montana the family moved to Bremerton where Larry worked in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard for a number of years before accepting a position in New York working on the Saint Lawrence Seaway power project. After three years in New York Larry returned to the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. He retired from the shipyard after 24 years of service, but continued to work as a consultant for Rosenblatt Engineering.
In 1987, Larry and Aileen moved to Point Roberts, where Larry was active in the Point Roberts Taxpayers’ Association, serving for many years as treasurer. Larry was very involved in efforts to preserve Lily Point. The couple traveled a great deal and took more than 30 cruises to many ports of the world. They were married 65 years and welcomed seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren to their family.
Unfortunately Larry developed Alzheimer’s disease and spent his last years in a care home in Bellingham. He died at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham on January 19, 2013 at 91 years old.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Community Lutheran church. All are invited to this celebration of his life. A reception will follow in the church hall.
Deborah L. Engels
A dedicated public servant and well-loved manager in the Blaine port community, Deborah L. Engels passed away December 14, 2012 as the result of a tragic accident at home. She was 51.
Assistant Area Port Director of Trade Engels began her career with U.S. Customs Service/Customs and Border Protection in 1989 as a Customs Technician Aide in Blaine. Through her dedication to service, she was promoted many times and worked her way up to AAPD Trade.
Engels is survived by her husband, Customs and Border Patrol officer William “Bill” Schultz, two daughters, Kristen and Shanna, one grandchild Kyah, a brother Mark Prink and her parents William and Hendricka Prink.
Debbie will be most remembered for her laughter, gentle spirit, and commitment to helping and serving those around her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m., in the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, at the expo building inside Gate One on Front St.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Engels Memorial Fund, c/o Whatcom Educational Credit Union (at any local branch), or the Whatcom Humane Society, 3710 Williamson Way, Bellingham 98226.
January 1, 1951 – October 19, 2012
On October 19, our best friend Linda Krahn was taken away from us. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.
Linda was born in England and moved to the U.S., following her dreams as a singer/songwriter. She lived in Minneapolis and Nashville before finally settling in Point Roberts in 1977. Linda worked for more than 25 years at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern, entertaining and dealing pull tabs as “Lucky Linda” until her illness forced her to retire.
Linda is survived by her husband Gary Krahn, her children Christion (Gail) Kendall, Sasha (Tom) Brantner and J.R. (Christine) Krahn, and her grandchildren Jade, Layla, Destyne, Connor and Zander.
She is also survived by her siblings Ellen (Ken) Mertens, Pat McCaffery, Jim (Heather) McCaffery and Joanne McCaffery.
The family is having a Celebration of Life for her on Sunday, November 11 at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern, starting at 3 p.m.
Shirley M. Magnusson
September 7, 1924 – October 14, 2012
Shirley was born in Ladner, British Columbia in 1924, where the Fraser River meets River Road, west of Ladner Reach in the Wadham’s Cannery House at the very end of the great salmon canning industry when the buildings had closed and were deserted. She was the fourth child of Bill and Zoe Dennison, of Glasgow and London, respectively.
Her early school life was in Ladner. In 1932, Ben Brandrith drove his horse and wagon with the family’s possessions and children aboard, to 5139 Dennison Place, South Delta, where a new home awaited them on a 40-acre farm. Henceforward the children went to South Delta School and Boundary Bay School. In 1937 the children of the family commenced riding their bicycles to Ladner High School, a distance of seven miles.
Shirley was an honors student in English, an avid swimmer and played lacrosse. In 1943 Shirley volunteered to join the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service, training and serving aboard His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Protector in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
In 1948, when the war was over, Shirley married Agnar Bryce Magnusson of Point Roberts, Washington, the son of an Icelandic pioneer family, and she came to live at 1890 Benson Road, Point Roberts. Together they had three children: Kristin (Lomedico), Ögn Magnusson, and Trygve Magnusson. The children grew up on the home place.
Shirley had many of her poems published over the years. She also wrote many children’s stories for her family members, featuring animals who rode motorcycles and did all sorts of other fun things, making their homes in the woods in Point Roberts.
Shirley is predeceased by her parents, husband, and son. She is survived by her two daughters, Kristin and Ögn, four grandchildren, Tomas Mojica, Georgia Luiz, Travis and Heather Magnusson, as well as four great-grandchildren, Isabella and Sophia Luiz, Aidan and Brennan Mojica, her two sisters Kathleen Des Rosiers and Pat O’Shea, plus many nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club, and a member of the National Grange for 55 years. Shirley was intellectually inclined, with a keen love of history, literature and opera. She had a fine library that included many books on British Columbia and Pacific Northwest local history.
Many people in Point Roberts and Delta were recipients of her wonderful homemade pies and other baking. She, and her never ending sense of humor, is sorely missed by her family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The service is at 1 p.m. and a wake will follow at about 2 p.m. in the church hall. All who knew Shirley are welcome to attend one or both. Stories to share are encouraged. Info: 945-5076.
Mary D. Irving
October 12 1912 - May 24, 2012
Long-time Point Roberts resident, Mary D. Irving, passed away as she wished, in the peacefulness of her seaside home on the Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 2012, in her 100th year.
Born in Vancouver, B.C., on October 12, 1912, Mary first visited her beloved Point Roberts when she was eight years old, back in the day when one had to take a boat over the Fraser River and the border was manned by Major Calvert, down at the old Customs house on Boundary Bay. The family’s first home overlooked Boundary Bay and many a happy hour was spent clamming, fishing, swimming and canoeing.
Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree at UBC in 1933 and shortly thereafter married Roden Irving, her husband of 52 years. She went from a comfortable home in the Shaughnessy area of Vancouver to roughing it out in the bush in a mining camp north of Kamloops where Rod worked as a surveyor. They lived in a 10- by-12-foot log cabin with a dirt floor. Tired of the same old vegetable stew from whatever ingredients she could eek from the land, Mary took to using a .22 to shoot meat – a most unladylike pursuit in those days.
With the drums of war beating, change came, and Rod decided to pursue his passion and study to become an aeronautical engineer. As Britain would accept a married student and Canada would not, the young couple set off to the UK. It was a six-week journey by ship, including a passage through the Panama Canal. With Rod’s studies finished, a one-room lodging in a house full of wet ‘nappies’ from the landlady’s baby was home in a town called Cowplane during the so-called “phony war” of 1938-1939.
When her Rod’s boss Sidney Hansel came to tea the stench could not be overlooked and, perhaps feeling sorry for the young couple, he suggested they move out to a much more suitable accommodation in Portsmouth. This was where Mary bluffed her way into a job at Queen Mary’s Hospital as head of the pathology lab, performing blood testing and urinalysis. What she didn’t know already she quickly learned by locking the lab door and staying up all night studying whatever books she could lay her hands on.
Next came an opportunity for Rod to work in Montreal. In order to get help with their passage back from the UK, Mary and Rod were asked if they would accompany two children being evacuated out of the country. It was the journey from hell, as everyone was violently sick and they were under constant threat from U-boats.
In Montreal, Mary got another job in a hospital. Wanting to contribute to the war effort with the Red Cross, she started the very boring task of knitting countless socks. Later on, a Norwegian woman at a party suggested she might ‘join our sewing group.’ The social interaction and variety of sewing tasks suited Mary and she was awarded a medal from the Norwegian government for her war efforts.
Next came a stint in Calgary, followed by a six-month transfer to Los Angeles for Rod’s job at Douglas Aircraft. He was hired, it was said, because of his travels to the UK and Canada and he understood everyone’s sense of humour. That six months became 42 years. Mary loved LA, where she and Rod built a modest home. She designed a lovely terraced garden, just big enough for the width of the house and Rod laid a brick patio. Ever curious, Mary spent lots of time learning how things worked. This is where her business was born. Mary took on City Hall, made presentations, and became the first woman in the state of California to hold a contractor’s license. She designed and helped build not only the house they lived in, but also several others.
Mary always worked and, with no patience for idleness, she volunteered, joining the Junior League and the board of directors for the British Home in Pasadena, California. Mary and Rod were also involved in the diplomatic corps in Los Angeles, eventually being presented to Prince Charles with the British Consul General at a 1977 reception.
The years in Los Angeles were not without sadness, as Mary suffered the loss of two sons and a daughter; all full term. In 1953, just shy of her 41st birthday, Mary gave birth to her miracle baby, Christiana Cameron, born two days early at LA’s Good Samaritan Hospital.
Eventually Mary went back to her artistic roots and began designing Christmas-themed items for the home, all made of felt and decorated with small glass beads and lights. Mary’s sewing and design skills were such that it didn’t occur to her there would be any reason others would not appreciate her wares. Perhaps it was by walking in to the linens department at Saks Fifth Avenue, without an appointment and with an infant daughter with a soggy diaper, that she was able to secure her first order!
In time, orders were also placed by Marshall Fields and Niemen Marcus to name just a few. Mary Irving Studio employed women in the day that would have found full-time employment difficult, including young mothers with small children and women of a “certain age.”
One of Mary’s tablecloths was featured on the TV show “The Price is Right” and a huge tablecloth was purchased by the president of Mexico. A Christmas vest festooned with twinkling fairy lights was one of Liberace’s favourites. Whenever buyers came to the house, they were served Mary’s famous French Canadian pea soup and the equally delectable shortbread with tea if they were lucky.
During his last 10 years, Mary’s beloved husband suffered from Parkinson ’s disease and for a long time, Mary was his nurse. When this became untenable, she had to sell their dream retirement property on Salt Spring Island to pay for Rod’s 24-hour care.
In 1986, following Rod’s death, Mary packed up everything in Los Angeles and decided to move closer to her daughter and grandchildren in Vancouver, B.C. She bought a house on Staulo Crescent and quickly joined “Friends of the Garden” at UBC. Not forgetting her favourite childhood vacation spot of Point Roberts, she bought a little house on Cedar Park Drive.
It was later at a garage sale that Mary purchased her longtime home at the ocean’s edge on Edwards Drive. She went to buy a dining table, and when she heard the elderly couple wanted to sell their home, too, she felt sorry for them, and bought the house on the spot. Later she said it was just so she would not to have to move that table!
Once again, Mary’s passion for gardening and design was put to full use, as she created a beautiful cottage garden with heritage seeds and great skill. It flourishes today and is her lasting legacy in Point Roberts.
Macular degeneration took Mary’s sight but her love of her garden remained, and she oversaw its care and development to the end. Her failing vision meant Mary had to give up her prized yellow Mustang convertible. She generously gave it to friends, who to this day continue to take it to collectible car shows.
Always of sharp mind, Mary’s interests turned to acquiring knowledge and being kept up to date with current affairs by listening to her favourite CBC radio shows and subscribing to books on tape. She read voraciously. Her drive and determination to know the world’s goings on never wavered, and her mind remained as sharp as ever. Every week books on tape would be ordered from the library, including works of fiction, especially anything written by her wartime friend, Neville Shute.
As Mary’s health faltered and she needed assistance with everyday tasks, she employed an army of women to help her. She was not just an employer; she was a delightful and dedicated friend. Everyone who worked for Mary at the end of her days loved her for her generosity of spirit, her terrific sense of humour and her wise counsel. She most enjoyed being of help to her ‘crew’ and she did that very well.
Mary, an incredible woman, having lived such an interesting life, leaves many, many people to mourn her passing, but most of all she is sadly missed by her beloved daughter Chrissy, Robert, grandsons Iain (Lily), Calum (Kyra), and her 1-year-old greatgrandson, Casey.
Howard Paul Jr. Nelson
August 2, 1952 - July 29, 2012
It is with deep heartache that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved “Howie.” He was predeceased by his mother Violet and his brother Wayne.
Left to mourn and always love him; his beloved daughter, Nicole; wife, Dani (Mandy, Cody, and Conor; Frank and Bee Izzard;) his father, Howard Sr.; sister, Jacquie (Doug); brothers, Gerry (Kim), Rick (Marina), and many loving nieces, nephew, and great-nephews.
Also mourning his loss are many cousins, relatives, and friends from all over B.C. and “The Point.” Growing up on River Road and Annieville in North Delta, he followed his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps into commercial fishing at the age of 16.
His happiest days were spent with Dani, travelling, woodworking, gardening, and seeing his lovely daughter, “Coly.” We will always miss your beautiful blue eyes, your smile, your laugh, and your generous heart. May you rest in peace, Howard darlin.’ A Celebration of Life was held at Delta Camp in Ladner, B.C. on September 16, 2012.
March 19 1931 - July 28 2011
It has been one year since Don drove up Crystal Beach Road on his way to see Cheryl at the gas station, Roy at the Marketplace to cut his steaks or Larry at the liquor store to stock up on his favorite Scotch! Point Roberts has lost one of its biggest fans!
Don and Margo bought their Point Roberts house in 1973. At that time Don was the police chief in Vancouver and Point Roberts was his refuge. He loved his weekends of fishing, horseshoe tournaments, puttering in the yard and relaxing with family and friends.
The 80s and 90s were spent with his grandchildren playing endless games of baseball, countless trips up and down the stairs to the beach, and passing along his "wisdom" as a card player!
Losing Margo in 2004 was the low point of his life. He loved her more than anything in the world. They had a relationship that was respectful, loving and full of humour. Don came to accept her passing in his usual positive fashion and came to truly appreciate their 50 wonderful years together. He spent many a sunny day sitting with her in the beautiful Point Roberts cemetery.
Don was intelligent, organized, capable, honest and fair. He rose to the top of every organization he was involved with and they were many. From Richmond Minor Baseball, The Richmond Winter Club, to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Most would agree one of his most endearing qualities was his sense of humour. If you were in Don's company, there was usually much laughing!
Don is survived by his son Clark and daughter Barbara, Clark’s three sons, Adam, Brent and James Winterton, Barbara's children, Andrew, Jonathan and Katherine Moore, Andrew’s wife Jackie and their sons, Ryan and Brandon Moore. Don Winterton was a wonderful man! His lifelong positive attitude led him through a very successful life. He was well known, well respected and well loved.
An example to us all of a life well lived! We miss you Dad and Grampa! You will always be with us at the cabin! xoxo
May 18, 2012
Air Canada Captain Robin Lamb (ret.) died peacefully of a short illness in his Point Roberts home on May 18. Born to Bob and Hazel Lamb, Tisdale, Saskatchewan in 1945, he joined the Air Cadets at the earliest opportunity and was passionate about aviation throughout his life.
After high school he joined the RCAF for one year before earning a B. Comm. and a B.A. at the University of Saskatch-ewan. These studies generated a lifelong interest in economics. In 1972 he joined Air Canada where he had a thirty-three year career, retiring in 2005.
The purchase of “The Ray Young Field” in Point Roberts in 1996 started a whole new chapter in Robin’s life. He invested boundless energy in developing it into Point Roberts Air Park. He will be missed by many denizens of Point Roberts including some “Wacky Walkers” and members of the local aviation community.
Noted for his friendly demeanor and his wide range of interests, he was highly regarded as an interesting companion, and as a beloved son, brother, uncle and partner. Fatherhood was especially important to him; he was deeply loved and respected by his children and his partner, Manninagh.
Robin is survived by his mother Hazel, sons Josh and Thomas, and step-daughter Jessica Starr, (children of Susan Louise Buchanan); sons Noah, Micah, and Daniel (children of partner Manninagh L’Abbe); sisters Susan Lamb (Hugh Barker) and Marsha Lamb (Stuart Hooper).
A memorial event is tentatively scheduled for June 23 at Point Roberts. More information will be posted at www.robin-lamb.com in the near future.
David (Emil) Hardacker
April 18, 1940 – April 11, 2012
Emil (David Hardacker), our beloved friend and band member of 50 years, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2012, at the Whatcom Hospice house in Bellingham.
He came from Yorkshire, England, in March 1965 with the band The Bradfords to tour Canada and the States. He settled in Point Roberts in 1975 and played many gigs at The Breakers and The Reef, and traveled across B.C. with the band.
He played with Eric Burden and The Animals when they were in college together. In 1969 he entertained at then-vice president Hubert Humphrey’s birthday bash in Minneapolis, was part of the Bangladesh fundraiser at the Guthrie Theater, toured Britain with Freddy Cannon in the late ’50s, got up onstage and played Be Bop A Lula with Gene Vincent. The list can go on and on.
We have spent many happy hours together, and losing him was like one of the last parts of the scaffolding of our lives in the band just collapsed. Rock and roll, Emil.
—Ellen Mertens, Linda Krahn and Dave Archer
Margaret Emma (Bette) Hafft
January 15, 1920 – May 2, 2012
Margaret Emma (Bette) Hafft passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on May 2 at the age of 92.
Margaret was born to parents Harold and Lottie Entwisle on January 15, 1920 in Vancouver, and saw the city through many changes. She spent many years working at Harvey’s Store, where she made lifelong friends.
Her second home was in Point Roberts, where she spent over 60 summers at Boundary Bay. Predeceased by her husband Bill, she is survived and already missed by her daughter Margaret and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Our beloved Gram, whose wit, kindness and lifelong dedication to caring for others touched the lives of so many, will be forever missed. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at the KinVillage Community Centre, 5430 - 10th Avenue, Delta.
Margaret Beaton Cairney
October 26, 1928 - December 5, 2011
Margaret Beaton Cairney, 83, of Santa Maria, California, passed away on December 5, 2011, at home with family members at her side. Margaret was born in 1928 in Clydebank, Scotland. Sometime after being crowned “Miss Clydebank of 1942,” she met John “Jack” Cairney, the love of her life, whom she married in 1948.
In a marriage of 63 years, they raised seven children (six boys and one girl) and moved from Scotland to Canada and then to the United States, settling in Lompoc, California, where they opened up Alfie’s Fish and Chips in 1969.
In 1980, Jack and Margaret left their Alfie’s restaurant in their daughter Colleen’s care and moved to Point Roberts, where they enjoyed the friendliness of this small community for the next 20 years. After arriving in the Point, Jack bought his 26' Bayliner which he named Kilbowie Lass. Margaret and Jack enjoyed many boating holidays throughout the San Juan Islands, always stopping for a few days at Sucia Island to meet up with their friends.
Margaret, with the thick Scottish brogue she retained throughout her entire life, was so honest and forthright that she attracted people to her wherever she went. She was full of fun and always enjoyed a good laugh. A perpetual traveler, she loved visiting family and friends far and wide. In 2004 Margaret and Jack said good-bye to their home on Roosevelt Way in the Point and returned full-time to California.
Margaret, who had become the beloved Nana to her six grandchildren, was overjoyed to hear about the birth of her first great grandchild, Amelia Lorelei, on December 3, 2011. A Celebration of Margaret’s Life was held in Santa Maria, California, on December 10, 2011.
May 30, 1937 – March 15, 2012
Virginia-Lee Hunt (also known as Mom, Grama, Gramo, Bud, Nancy, Ginny, Virgie and Mo) lost her long battle with lymphoma on March 15 in Blaine at age 74.
This amazing woman of many names was born in Calgary, lived around the world and spent the last 20 years of her life overlooking the ocean in Point Roberts. Married to Dwayne Hunt, her husband of 55 years, she lived life to the fullest traveling and spending time with family. Virginia will be missed by her husband Dwayne, her daughter Kari (Grist), her son Robert, son-in-law Mark (Grist) and her daughter-in-law Christi (Hunt). She was extra, extra special to her grandchildren Madison and Jesse Grist and Hannah Hunt.
Memorial services and a celebration of her life will be held March 31, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1880 APA Road, Point Roberts.
In lieu of flowers her family requests donations to the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
James Richard (Jim) Hutchins
January 1, 1944 – January 11, 2012
Family and friends of Jim Hutchins mourn his sudden death on January 11, 2012. Jim, a Bellingham resident, suffered a stroke while visiting family in Bakersfield, California.
Jim worked for 34 years as a United States Immigration Officer. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and was the oldest of four children born to Richard and Gladys Hutchins. The family returned to the Northwest when Jim was an infant. A graduate of Cleveland High School in Seattle, Jim attended the University of Washington and graduated from Western Washington University.
He married Kathleen Ann Hulbert on January 6, 1967. They raised their family of two daughters and a son as Jim’s work took them along the U.S./Canadian border. He was stationed in Detroit and Chicago, but most enjoyed the small-town postings near Malone, New York, and Roseau, Minnesota.
In 1977 the family was finally able to return home to the West Coast. Jim was transferred to the Vancouver airport; the family settled in Tsawwassen, B.C. Later they moved to Point Roberts where Jim became the port director. The last few years before his retirement, he served as supervisor at the Peace Arch port of entry in Blaine. “Hutch” was liked and respected as a supervisor and friend.
He worked long hours as well as holidays and weekends, sacrificing a great deal for his family. Jim was proud of each of his three children; all were college graduates, earning six degrees amongst them. He was also a devoted son, driving frequently to Seattle to visit his elderly parents.
After living in Point Roberts for more than 20 years, Jim and Kathleen moved to Bellingham’s El Dorado condominiums in 2003. Following his retirement in 2004, he enjoyed traveling, gardening, walking, reading, coin collecting and visiting casinos. Jim was a life-long fisherman; he enjoyed fishing lakes and streams as well as the salt water.
An avid gardener, he also loved feeding and watching the birds in his yard. Each year he would travel to the Skagit Valley to purchase tulip and daffodil bulbs and distribute them to his neighbors.
Jim doted on his three grandsons, making an effort to see them often. He was known for his generosity and helpfulness. He will be greatly missed.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathleen, and children Jane Hutchins and Matthew Hutchins of Seattle and Robin (Adolfo) Urrabazo of Bakersfield. His grandsons are James Griffin of Seattle and Zachary and Max Urra-bazo of Bakersfield. Jim also leaves his brother Bruce (Cheryl) and family in Bremerton and his sister Julia.
A memorial gathering took place on Saturday, February 11. Those who wish to honor Jim’s life could plant a tree, a flower, or a bush in remembrance of a life well lived.
Angela H. Mohr
May 11, 1930 – January 10, 2012
Angela H. Mohr called it “a life” after nearly 82 years. She died peacefully at home in Point Roberts in her sleep after a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband of over 43 years, C. T. “Ted” Mohr of Bellingham, daughter Stephanie Hodgson of Seattle, son Tony Hodgson also of Seattle, 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren all residing in the greater Puget Sound area, and nephews and their families in the U.K. and France.
At Angela’s request, there will be no services. Remains to be cremated and sprinkled in remote areas yet to be determined.
Whatcom Cremation and Funeral is providing a Guest Book page on their website.
July 18, 1935 – August 4, 2011
On August 4, 2011, Knick Pyles escaped the burly bonds of earth to fly with the angels. At the moment of his passing, the Blue Angels flew by his window. Here, the view was of Lake Union, the launching point of the May 8, 1988 sailing adventure of 12 years with his wife, Lyn. They cruised to Chile, visiting nearly all the Latin American countries on the Pacific Ocean, and on their first sailing trek, went north to Alaska to practice really rough weather and seas.
Knick was a renaissance man, adventurer, historian, best friend, wonderful husband, father, grandfather, musician and singer. He was always part of the solution, never the problem.
Knick was born on July 18, 1935 in Auburn, California, to Marjorie Ann Smith of Berkeley, California, and Hamilton Knickerbocker Pyles of Johannesburg, South Africa. Knick was raised in northern California until his parents moved to San Diego, where his dad was head of the Cleveland National Forest. Pyles Peak in San Diego County is named for his United States assistant chief Forest Service dad.
Knick attended the University of Wisconsin for one year, then returned to California to attend the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, since he had always wanted to go to sea. Upon graduation and receiving his license, he sailed around the world six times as third and second mate on the American President Lines cargo ships.
Knick married his high school sweetheart, Linforth Worthington, from San Diego, on January 24, 1959. He worked as a commodity broker for Wilbur Ellis Import/Export Company in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C.. Later he worked for Northcoast Chemical Company in Seattle for many years, raising their three children.
Knick and Lyn fell in love with Chile after rounding the Horn, bought property and built a wooden house overlooking the beautiful bay, Morro, Isthmus and Pacific Ocean beyond.
They visited their children every year in various parts of the U.S., and one time while visiting their foster daughter in Tsawwassen they came to Point Roberts and also fell in love with this remote and natural place by the sea. Knick loved being involved in the community. He was a member of the historical society, on the Lighthouse Committee, Saving Lily Point and various other local causes. The last 10 years of his life was devoted to the north and Point Roberts and to the south and Coliumo, Chile.
Knick is survived by his wife of 52-and-a-half years, Lyn Worthington Pyles, his sister, Kathy Hubby, his stepmother, Margaret Randall Pyles, his three children, Jay Worthington Pyles, Jennifer Lynn Pyles Cairncross, Marjorie (JiJi) Pyles Hubert and Elizabeth Dixon Shorten. He is survived by five grandchildren: Hailey Pyles Footer, Kristin Pyles, George and Charles Cairncross and Jaymelyn Martilla Hubert.
Go in peace, sweet man. We all love you so. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and a commemorative bench at Lighthouse Park. A celebration of life will be held at a future time.
On August 3, 2011, I said to Knick, “Go with the angels, darling Knicky,” and he said, “OK.”
On August 4, 2011, I called Jenny, who was at the hospital with her daddy, along with Elizabeth and Roy Shorten, our Canadian kids, and said, “Jenny, Daddy has to go with the Blue Angels!”
At 10:30 a.m. the Blue Angels began their practice flights. Jenny said they flew right by his window, 15th floor of Virginia Mason; a room with a view looking directly at the part of Lake Union where we lived on the Murielle and the Dulcimer over our many happy and exciting years. Knick hopped aboard and soared away while my marvelous 10-year-old granddaughter, Jaymelyn and I were doing a pilgrimage, walking along Westlake to all the places where we had lived, the apartment/office and moorages. We then celebrated our favorite beautiful man of great love and intelligence by toasting him with his favorite ice cream, Reeses Ice Cream Bar.
Meanwhile, as the Blue Angels streaked the skies east and west, of a sudden they did a huge circle right over us, just one time. They looked to be heading right at us, banked and soared away. We knew it was my most wondrous husband and her beloved granddad. The time was exactly 10:36 a.m.
Grandson Charlie wrote: Every little part of you affected the big part of me. Love you, Grandpa.
Cousin Patrick wrote: What a send off! Blue Angels? So awesome!
Thank you, all our wonderful friends and relatives for the care, love and help you have given us this whole year in Seattle. I have lost my best friend, lover and great father much too soon, but what wonderful memories we have. Bless our children.
Love to all, Lyn
Donald Forster Meikle
December 2, 1930 - May 22, 2011
With his family by his side, Don died peacefully on May 22. He is survived by his wife, Bunny; daughter Heather (Ewen); sons Drew and Bruce (Janet), and daughter-in-law Jennifer Hamilton; grandsons Donald, Alexander, James and Patrick; brothers Tom (Suzanne), Charlie (Lois), sister Margaret and sister-in-law Maureen; and his many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Jim and brother-in-law Bill Blackwood.
Born in Kitsilano, Don grew up in North Burnaby and spent his life in Vancouver and Point Roberts. He began his long career as an independent insurance adjuster in 1953 at the Vancouver Adjustment Bureau, and retired as president and owner of the firm 40 years later.
From his early childhood, his happiest times were spent with his family at Boundary Bay and Point Roberts. He loved his time at the beach – for his daily swim, fishing for salmon, and later, windsurfing.
Bunny and Don’s shared passion for gardening produced the green paradise of Leghorn Heights: garden and orchard, fields and forest. With the help of his beloved tractors, Don successfully kept the blackberries and broom at bay.
His family would like to thank the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital for the extraordinary care he received during his brief illness.
A graveside service was held June 4 at the Point Roberts Cemetery. At Don’s request, a celebration is planned for friends and family this summer in Point Roberts.
If desired, donations in Don’s honor may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, www.bccancerfoundation.com, or to the Point Roberts Historical Society, P.O. Box 780, Point Roberts, WA 98281.
September 19, 1919 – May 23, 2011
Grace Poirier was born in New Orleans on September 19, 1919. Grace was a longtime Point person. She belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church and the senior center, and participated in many local activities. She was an accomplished artist. A beautiful lady inside and out.
She is survived by her three children, Pam, Rod and Nancy, as well as her friend Ralph Schnorr. Grace was predeceased by her husband Ray Poirier.
A service for close friends and family will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 26 at 2 p.m.
August 3, 1920 – April 26, 2011
On April 26, 2011, longtime Point Roberts resident Ken Clarke passed away peacefully in Edmonton at 90 years of age.
Following Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his life for friends and family will take place on
Sunday, July 31, at his home on the Point from 2 to 5 p.m. Ken will be remembered for restoring his Model A, stained glass, and his generosity with friends and relatives.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for all their support over the years. If desired, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Society.
Ronald Ian Calder
June 25, 1943 - March 27, 2011
The pen ran out of ink…
After a short but fierce battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia, Ronald Ian Calder passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 27, surrounded by family and friends at the age of 67. Born June 25, 1943, to Ken and Margaret Calder, and raised in Vancouver, he enjoyed weekends and summers at the family homestead in Point Roberts. Ron’s family ties to Point Roberts go back to the 1890s when his grandmother’s family, the Largauds, settled in Point Roberts.
Ron was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Margaret Calder, niece Leanne Calder and granddaughter Jessica. Ron is survived by his children Marie (Charles), Annette (Jim), Ken, and Beth (Tim); grandchildren Kendra, Kaitlyn and Jordan; sister Sue (Mark), brother Brian (Marlene), and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ron had a long and colorful history and will be dearly missed by many. He loved Point Roberts and was a longtime supporter of the Point Roberts Food Bank. He was a prolific letter writer and a frequent contributor to the All Point Bulletin. Ron managed the Breakers and the Reef back in the 70s. He dry-walled houses, constructed many of the roads and trails at Lily Point, served as water district commissioner and drove trucks. His recent work included driving his dump truck (J-Man Trucking) and also at the Point Roberts Transfer Station, aka “the Dump.”
Strong willed, never one to back down from a challenge, fun loving and a rebel, Ron kept his friends for life. He used his sense of humor throughout his illness to make us laugh instead of cry; he remained happy and optimistic until the end. Thank you to all his friends, too numerous to name, for your help throughout his illness and since his passing.
Donations can be made in memory of Ron to the Point Roberts Food Bank or Point Roberts Wellness Clinic. There will be a celebration of life for Ron on Saturday, June 25, with details to come at a later date. Contact email@example.com with any questions or call 360/945-4425.
Elmer J. Roose
June 24, 1925 – April 3, 2011
Elmer J. Roose passed away in Bellingham at age 84. He was born in Bellingham to Ernest and Helen (Kubbermus) Roose on June 24, 1925.
Elmer worked in a furniture plant before joining the U.S. Navy and serving in WWII as a seabee. After the war, he worked in a lumber mill in Bellingham. When the Intalco aluminum plant opened up, Elmer was one of its first employees, and he worked with them until his retirement.
Elmer enjoyed motorcycles and worked to improve Hannegan Speedway. He was a member of the Elks Club. Elmer was good with his hands and crafted beautiful stone and wood elements.
Elmer married JoAnne in 1986. They were planning to celebrate their 25th anniversary this November. JoAnne and Elmer created many beautiful gardens together, winning several awards from “Whatcom In Bloom.”
Elmer is survived by his wife JoAnne; son, Randy Roose; stepchildren, Gary and Cathy Ecalbarger, Monty and Anita Ecalbarger; one granddaughter, two stepgrandsons and many other family members.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m., at Moles Greenacres Funeral Home.
You may share your memories of Elmer in the online guestbook at www.molesfuneralhomes.com.
James Elliot Sclater
November 1, 1934 – April 3, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Elliot. Elliot was born to James and L. Bernice Sclater on November 1, 1934 in New Westminster. Elliot will be lovingly remembered by Alison, his wife of 50 years, son Jamie (Charlotte), daughter Karen (Mike), his grandchildren Nolan and Payton, sister Shirley Mortell (Bruce), and many dear family and friends.
Elliot graduated from Prince of Wales Secondary in 1953 and went on to UBC, majoring in agriculture, and earned his masters of education at Western Washington University. Elliot worked as a teacher and counselor until his retirement in 1994.
During that time Elliot married his true love in 1960, had two wonderful children, and built our family home on Tsawwassen Beach. Elliot kept himself busy over the years running his printing press, building houses, running WAVES, tinkering with cars with the Old English Car Club and playing his accordion.
Elliot was a kind and caring gentleman who treated everyone with respect, and he had an amazing ability to always make people smile. A celebration of life was held Tuesday, April 12 at the Beach Grove Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Thomas F. Starrs
November 30, 1936 - March 11, 2011
From One Eternity To The Next
In the ponds at the Palace of Versailles, there are many beautiful carp lazily swimming, but in each pond there are also a few pike moving through the water to keep things stirred up. Tom was like those pike, gliding through our community, impelling those around him with a good tale or timely saying.
Tom loved a good joke and could tell them well, even though a few were not for mixed company. His good natured spirit, positive attitude and non-judgmental demeanor will be sorely missed but serve him well on his next journey. Tom was an honest man, a diligent father and a loving and respectful husband; he cared. His devotion to Michelle was admirable. Above all, Tom was a man of his word.
Even if you did not know Tom you may have seen his wolfhound Fred lead him down Cliff Road on their daily constitutional. It was humorous to watch them make scheduled stops where Fred demanded and received his biscuits. If there were ever two “greatest friends” in the world, it was them.
Tom and his sisters were raised on a farm in Abbotsford, B.C. After completing high school in 1955, he went to work for Crown Zellerbach. When asked about the most challenging part of his experience, he replied, “The job of optimizing the packaging was the most demanding.”
Tom and Michelle eventually moved the family to Halifax, Nova Scotia, after accepting a new job offer. They loved the beauty of the area and all it afforded their family. Lakes and streams and national parks galore. Years later, Tom and Michelle won a lottery and became U.S. citizens. They first moved to Florida where they retired and dabbled in the relaxed life, finally settling in Point Roberts, close to family and friends.
Tom spent most of his leisure time camping and fishing with Michelle and the children, though he was known to cut the rug with Michelle on occasion. He could regale you with humorous tales including some dillies about sitting around the campfire. A close family friend recently told the story of waving a burning marshmallow through the air to extinguish it and having it land on Tom's head. It's probably why he was follicly challenged. Like many, fishing was more an avocation than a sport, and he enjoyed it immensely. He had recently purchased a new “dually” Dodge to carry their camper on travel and fishing trips.
Unfortunately, illness overtook him before he and Michelle had an opportunity to pursue their plans.
Tom is survived by the love of his life, Michelle, of Point Roberts, sisters Alice, Patricia and Eva, son David and daughters Shelly and Bernadette, all of Canada and, of course, his faithful companion Fred.
Life is too short no matter how long it lasts, but Tom did his best to make it worthwhile. There will be no service but the next time you are laughing or enjoying a chilled beverage, remember Tom, he'd love that.
With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ronald Stewart, at the age of 79 years in Delta, B.C. on December 26, 2010.
Ron will be missed for his pervasive good humor and jokes and wonderful grand gestures. He was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Ron will be forever loved by his wonderful wife Barbara, his son and best friend, Scott (Christy), his loving daughter Linda (John), his special granddaughter, Georgia (Scott and Christy) and Mike (Siggy). Ron was the honorary ‘Sheriff of Freeman Lane,’ and he loved to frequent Brewster’s Restaurant.
The family wants to express their deepest thanks to the Point Roberts Volunteeer Fire Department EMT for their wonderful care.
At Ron’s request there will be no service. Instead there will be a celebration of Ron’s life at the cabin. It will be a summer send off for the Skipper, with a party at the Point on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Good people will be remembered as a blessing.
David Edward Hewitt
October 24, 1928 - December 15, 2011
David died peacefully, after a week of exemplary care at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born near Portsmouth, England, David endured the Battle of Britain as a child, after which he joined the army where he met Zelda.
They left England in 1949, with Tommy and Lena (Zelda’s sister), to begin a spectacular life adventure in Canada. David became a senior executive with Canadian Pacific Airlines, while also building a number of successful businesses, including Chalet Bakeries.
David’s wisdom, humour and compassion made him a natural leader among his extended family, friends and colleagues. He travelled the world. Point Roberts was his paradise and Elvis his idol.
David and his brother-in-law Tommy Garnett both purchased lots in the Crystal Beach area in the late 1960s and built summer cottages. Their children and grandchildren thought it was the best purchase they ever made! Everyone has fond memories of David having a gin and tonic in one hand while playing bingo at the annual Crystal Beach Bluff picnic.
Point Roberts holds very special moments for David and all of his family and friends. His bowl of life overflowed with projects and adventures, but his adored wife Zelda and family took precedence over all. He provided the best imaginable childhood for Dale (Betty), Terry (Gillian), and Jan (Chris), and was a devoted grandfather to Hayley, Allen, Fraser, Meghan, Brittany, Cheston, Emily, Hayden, and Devon.
David did it “His Way,” and in doing so, benefited everyone whose life he touched.
Donald Graham Hendren
Feb. 13, 1957 – Dec. 11, 2010
We regret to announce the loss of our father, husband, son, brother, uncle and dear friend the Donnie Lamma. Despite a difficult battle with cancer, Don remained true to his character and captivated our attention until his passing at St. Paul’s hospital on Saturday, surrounded by family.
We will remember him for his generosity, presence, energy, conviction, the love of his dogs and passion for cars and boating. Don shared his entire life with us in the Lower Mainland and between Whistler and Point Roberts, WA where he made several strong friendships.
Vancouver has always remained Don’s home and is where his parents Al and Bert still reside, in the home in which he was raised. In lieu of flowers, Don’s wife and son request donations in memoriam be made to the Vancouver Food Bank and the B.C. Cancer Society. There will be a celebration of Don’s life in early January.
Roderick Alexander Munro
1921 - 2010
Our family wishes to announce the passing of a loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. Rod
died peacefully in Royal Columbian Hospital on October 21 shortly after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken hip.
He lived a very active and happy life of 89 years. Rod is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joan, and his three children,
Patricia (Peter), Marilyn (Chris) and Rory (Shaun) and his 7 grandchildren, Munro- Skye (Santi), Duncan, Gareth, Emily,
Michael, Sebastian and Isabella and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rod was born in Vancouver, was a WWII veteran and had a successful career as a sales agent for the railways (CN, GN and
BN). That job took the family to Nelson, B.C. where they lived for 10 happy years and were actively involved in the community.
Rod was a cheerful, optimistic and supportive person who always saw the glass half-full. He loved tennis, camping, woodworking, music, travelling to Europe and to Maui in the winter and in his retired years became a bread-maker and amateur vintner, giving Joan pleasure for many years. He was proud of his Scottish/English heritage and kept in touch with relatives overseas.
He also spent many happy times at Point Roberts with his brother Bill and sister-inlaw Marie, and his brother-in-law Ken
Clarke and their families. All have endless happy memories of Rod and we will miss him very much.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Way
Robert Eric Burkett
August 16, 1926 – October 3, 2010
Robert Eric Burkett passed away at home on Sunday, October 3 at 6:37 a.m. Bob had been a pharmacist for 55 years, and for
more than 30 years of that time he served the people of Tsawwassen and Point Roberts.
Bob was born in St. James, Manitoba on August 16, 1926, and he grew up there and in Arnes and Flin Flon, Manitoba. He graduated from high school at age 16 and joined the Navy and served during WW II.
After the war he went to the University of Manitoba and graduated with a degree in Pharmacy. Bob and his brother Jim then
set up a store in Flin Flon.
In 1952 Bob married Rhoda C. Barry who survives him along with their three boys Barry, Don and David; Don’s wife Barb
and their children Dan and Josie and David’s wife Sylva.
In 1956 Bob and the family moved to Lynn Lake, Manitoba where he started a new drug store. In 1967 the whole family
moved to Chilliwack, BC and then in 1968 to Tsawwassen where Bob was a pharmacist until he retired in 1997.
Bob had many friends, and he always had a new joke to tell. He had many interests during his life including owning two
airplanes, boat racing, curling, boating, walking his dogs at Lily Point, Lions Club and being a Master Mason.
He will be missed by many.
January 2, 1931 - October 10, 2010
On Sunday, October 10, 2010 Thelma passed away at home in Point Roberts, Washington, surrounded by family after a long and courageous fight with cancer.
Thelma was born in West Hartlepool, Great Britain. She is predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and James Gardner, sisters
Pamela Boerner and Sheila Gardner, and first husband Robert Anderson. Survived by her loving husband Eddie Demezzi,
daughter Geraldine Dunn (Daryl), son Robert Anderson (Elizabeth), grandchildren Nathaniel (fiancée Julia), Sarah (Nathan), Katherine and Amanda, greatgrandchildren Tavish and Nolan and her sister Irene Edwards.
Thelma was married in 1949 to her first husband Robert, and in 1951 they had their first child, a daughter. In 1955 Thelma immigrated with her husband and daughter to British Columbia, Canada. In 1960 they immigrated once again to California, where they lived for many years. Her son was born in 1960.
In 1966 Thelma became a very proud American citizen. In 1988 Thelma moved to Point Roberts, with her second husband
Ed. During Thelma’s years in Point Roberts she spent many hours in her garden. She was very proud of the fact that in 1993 she was the first place winner of the Flowers by the Sea Gardening Contest.
Special thanks to Dr. Rubin and the wonderful staff at Peace Health Medical Group. Thanks also to nurse Karen, social worker Lisa and caregiver Leslie.
Service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church 1880 APA Road, Point Roberts on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Point Roberts Cemetery.
Because Thelma had a great love of animals, she requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Whatcom Humane
Society, 3710 Williamson Way, Bellingham, WA 98226 (www.whatcomhumane.org)
Wayne J. Sedar
May 13, 1944 - Sept 6, 2010
It is with great sadness the family of Wayne Sedar announces his passing at the age of 66. “Huey” passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family after a long battle with COPD and lung cancer.
Over his 35-plus years at Point Roberts he established many lifelong friendships and was always there to lend a helping hand if needed.
He is survived by his wife Mavis of 47 years, brother Reg (Roberta), children Raymond (Cindy), Marlene (Rob), Colin (Tawnia), Wayne Jr. and grandchildren Breanna, Erik, Tia, Rachelle, Daina, Clayton, and Camille.
A celebration of life was held in Ladner on September 12. In lieu of flowers please donate to a cancer society of your choice.
June Griffiths (nee Porter)
Sadly we announce the passing of our greatly loved mother, June. She left us peacefully on September 20, 2010, surrounded by family. Predeceased by her husband Garth, she is survived by her cherished children, Anne (John), Margot, David and Harry; grandchildren Sara, James, Robert, Tavish, Caroline, Megan and Garth; great-grandchildren Ana, Eden, Ava, Sydney and Liv.
The granddaughter of a pioneering Victoria family, June grew up in Vancouver and spent care-free summers in Boundary Bay. She graduated from UBC where she met and married Garth, the love of her life. War took them to Ottawa where Garth, an honors graduate in electrical engineering, was involved in radar installation for the armed forces. The end of the war brought them a happy life in Victoria, where they raised their children and made many friends. June loved her garden that backed onto Uplands Park. Her appreciation for the beauty of nature was a gift she passed to all her family.
June and Garth moved to Vancouver to join the newly formed B.C. Hydro, allowing June to reunite with family and old friends. Membership in the University Women’s Club at Hycroft, gave her the venue for the entertaining at which she excelled. Retirement in Tsawwassen allowed June to continue her passion for gardening, and for many years she arranged flowers for Tsawwassen United Church.
This gifted woman was a caring person at heart, quick to console or offer a helping hand. Throughout her life she found time for many volunteer activities, supporting the Family and Children’s Services, the Food Bank and the CNIB.
We are grateful to the staff at Abbeyfield for their care and friendship during her declining years. Her children, her patio garden, music and books were a great comfort to her. And right until the end, she kept us laughing. Her sense of humor never failed.
We also wish to thank the staff and doctors at Delta Hospital for their kindness.
At June’s request there will be no formal service. Family will honor her memory at a private gathering.
Sydney Johnstone Wallace
December 23, 1912 – July 26, 2010
Sydney J. Wallace died at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington after 97 wonderful years.
Syd was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1912. The Wallace family emigrated to British Columbia in April 1921. They built a home in Vancouver and Syd attended McGee High School. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1935 with a degree in electrical engineering. He then started his life-long career with the American Can Company, during which time he introduced process and management changes and received several U.S. patents for devices he designed.
The only hiatus from this career was from 1941 to 1945, when he took a leave of absence to join the Canadian Army. His unit became known as the Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.
In 1945 he returned to civilian life and his work with the American Can Company. During the next 30 years this career led him from Vancouver to California, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, and back to New Jersey.
In 1976 Syd retired to Point Roberts, Washington, which was the beginning of his second and most rewarding career. He, with wife Margo, built their dream home and filled the garden with flowers and fruit trees. He now had the time to pursue his other talents, particularly woodworking that materialized in fine furniture and two wooden boats.
Syd and Margo both joined into community activities and civic organizations. Always enjoying a challenge, Syd became deeply involved with the successful efforts to bring a reliable source of water to the Point.
He is survived by his daughters, Robin (Dick) Boysen, Meredith (Bob) Schultz, and son Craig (Allie) Wallace; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, as well as many dear friends and extended family. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 63 years, Margo, in 2004, and his sister, Margaret Wood.
In accordance with his wishes, no services are being held.
Eugene “Gene” Nicholas Kiniski
November 23, 1928 – April 14, 2010
Gene Kiniski died April 14, 2010 at the age of 81. He leaves two sons, Nick and Kelly and daughter-in-law Joyce of Point Robert
s, Washington and sister Dorothy Roberts of Maple Ridge. He also leaves a long list of true friends and a legion of fans who followed his storied professional wrestling career in Canada, the United States and Japan over a span of five decades. Gene was born near Edmonton on November 23, 1928, the youngest of six children to Nicholas and Julia Kiniski.
He was scouted as a football player by the late Annis Stukas and followed that path through the University of Arizona to a signing with the Edmonton Eskimos. An injury ended his professional football career so he turned full time to his other passion, wrestling.
His professional wrestling debut – and win – in Tucson, Arizona on February 13, 1952, led to a career that saw him win individual and tag team championships through all major wrestling organizations in North America and Japan. His outgoing and vibrant personality made him a favorite of radio and television broadcasters as well as millions of fans who enjoyed “Big Thunder” as the “villain” in more than 200 matches every year.
He was Canadian Tag Champion nine times and became World Wrestling Champion when he defeated the legendary Lou Thesz in St. Louis, Missouri on January 7, 1966. When a radio interviewer referred to Gene as “Canada’s Greatest Athlete,” he gained an identity that would follow him throughout his career. The title remained with him to the end. Gene was a wrestling promoter in Vancouver, other parts of Canada and in Japan in later years, stepping into a ring himself as late as 1992.
A celebration of life gathering was held at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern in Point Roberts on Sunday, April 25, 2010. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Simon Fraser University, earmarked for the “Gene Kiniski Endowment Fund,” and can be mailed to SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 Canada.
Delbert L. Smith
January 14, 1935 – April 2, 2010
Del “Ol Pal” was born in Edmonton, Alberta, moving to North Vancouver in 1961, where he and his “Oldest Ol Pal” Darlene, wife of 54 years, raised their family moving to California in 1986, and in 1989 to Point Roberts, Washington.
Del passed away on April 2 from a very aggressive bone cancer surrounded by his family and the prayerful thoughts of many close friends. He is survived by Darlene, his daughters Debbie (Stewart) Bruce of Edmonton, Alberta and Dawn Stern, Tswawwassen and sons Derek (Stephanie) and Dana (Cindy) both of Vernon, B.C. He was “Ol Pal Grandpa”to Brianna & Carly Bruce, Alexandra and Adam Stern, Lahlan, Rachel & Hayley Smith, Jordan Munroe, Jamie (Nicole) Edison, Colin Smith and James Morrison. Nieces and nephews in Edmonton, Calgary and Rio de Janeiro. Cousins Graham Senner, N. Vancouver, Dale Seaman, Sorrento and Dianna Tatomir, Calgary.
Del was a well respected career pilot, flying with the RCAF, PWA and for many years in corporate aviation companies of Columbia Cellulose, B.C. Hydro, Bannister Pipelines, Woodwards Stores, B.C. Gas and Canadian Forest Products. His logged hours were in the thousands flying to Europe, the Caribbean and North America from the north slope of Alaska to Mexico and 43 states in-between.
His great regret in retiring was he could no longer fly over the beautiful mountains of B.C. His disappointment was tempered, however, by his new haven, his workshop where he made some incredible furniture and souvenirs for family. Del had the ability to fix most anything sometimes accomplished by gentle nagging. Del and Darlene took advantage of airline affiliations to travel to Caribbean often, Hawaii, cruises and annual trips to Mexico. They spent over 30 years trailering western Canada and the U.S.
Del left many friends and acquaintances with memories of his quick wit, jokes and always his laughter. Many younger friends all referred to him as “Ol Pal, Dad Popster or just plain fun.”
No funeral by request, a Celebration of Life will be held in Point Roberts early in July. Messages of remembrance graciously accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his name to B.C. Children’s Hospital.
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Eugene Erhart Hofstedt
Nov. 18, 1924 – Feb. 8, 2010
Eugene Erhart Hofstedt, 85 years, of Point Roberts, Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 8, at St. Francis Care Home in Bellingham.
Eugene was born on November 18, 1924, the son of Erhart and Alice Hofstedt, in Superior, Wisconsin. He is predeceased by his twin brother, Harris Leonard Hofstedt – separated at birth, and by his younger brother, Stanley Hofstedt, all of whom are now brothers together for eternity.
Growing up during the Depression of the 1930s with a widowed mother, Eugene learned the value of hard work. In April 1943, at the age of 18, Eugene joined the U.S. Army and served with Company I, 180th Thunderbird Infantry Division in Northern France, Germany and Central Europe during World War II.
After WWII, Eugene returned to Wisconsin where he attended university and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1951. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for several years. As a Federal Grain Inspector, Eugene traveled throughout the United States and met and married his beautiful wife, Maureen in 1957.
Eugene held a strong interest in studying architecture and design. He was a collector of guitars and antique clocks. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and a good game of chess. He loved to work with wood and is remembered for building ‘the little red barns’ at every one of their family homes from the mid-west to the Pacific. Eugene started playing piano at age nine, becoming a gifted jazz musician who also played guitar, harmonica, accordion and just about any instrument.
In his early years, Eugene played jazz piano at local clubs in Wisconsin and he continued to play jazz piano or guitar in the living rooms of friends, to outdoor venues and some high-end restaurants wherever he lived or traveled. Until recent weeks before his passing, Eugene welcomed the opportunity to play jazz and blues, bringing much joy to those who knew him and didn’t know him, but who all loved the beautiful music he created. Some of Eugene’s favorite experiences were family get-togethers with his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humour and will be remembered as “Always Loving and Always Loved.” He was “A Good Man” and has been a gift to all who knew him.
Eugene is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years, Maureen. He is also survived by his four children: Teresa Hofstedt, Jim (Bronwynn) Hofstedt, Moira (Peter) Haagen, and Eric (Odette) Hofstedt and his seven grandchildren: Caleb, Sarah, Maeghan and Caiden Hofstedt, Myles and Alexandra Haagen and Mac Hofstedt.
A service to celebrate the life of Eugene Erhart Hofstedt will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck at the Trinity Community Lutheran Church in Point Roberts, Washington. A private family internment will be held in the near future in Poplar Cemetery, in Poplar, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made in Eugene’s name to the Point Roberts Food Bank at 360/945-5175 or 360/945-1711, or to any branch of the Salvation Army.
James Mike Bogyo
October 22, 1930 – January 25, 2010
Born October 22, 1930 in Penticton, B.C. and long-time resident of Delta and Point Roberts, Jim Boygo passed away peacefully on January 25, 2010. Jim is lovingly remembered by his sister Vera; his children, Terry Bogyo, Grant Bogyo, Valerie Bogyo, Frances Schweitzer, Connie Welch and their families.
He will be missed by his 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Jim is predeceased by his wife, Raymonde; daughter Gloria and brothers Les, Charlie and Bill. Dad had a varied career beginning work in film narration, sports and newscasting in radio and television. He helped start and run the Ocean Star newspaper that served Point Roberts for many years.
Jim leaves behind a legacy of love and curiosity as deep as the ocean, as high as the heavens and as broad as any vista on a clear day. Thanks, Dad.
Funeral Mass and reception was held Friday, February 12, 2010 in Saint John Vianney Church in Penticton with Father Pat Monette, Presidor. Condolences may be sent to the family through Parkview Chapel at providencefuneralhomes.com.
Bjorn F. Hrutfiord
Jan. 31, 1932 – Feb. 16, 2010
Dr. Bjorn F. Hrutfiord, born in Blaine January 31, 1932 to parents Barney and Bella Johnson Hrutfiord, died Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in Bellingham, Washington.
Bjorn graduated from Blaine high school in 1950 where he was the athlete of the Year, Salutatorion, student body president, and State Farmer in FFA. He graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1954, and went on to attain the Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1959. He then went to the University of Washington where he had a long teaching and research career teaching pulp and paper chemistry in the Forestry College, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1998.
He was a consultant for Monsanto Chemical Company and Rhone Poullenc Chemical Company for over 35 years. He married the love of his life, Janet Westman, on July 16, 1960. They had four sons, and later adopted her nephew Kurt Thomas after the death of Kurt’s mother, Yvonne Westman Thomas.
Bjorn is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janet and sons, Bradley (fiance Dianna), Brian (wife Shannon), David (wife Kari) and Steven (wife Rachel) all of Blaine, and son Kurt Thomas of Woodinville, WA, and grandchildren Conner Bjorn, Bella Elizabeth, Bjorn William, Svenna Jayne and Resa Brynn Hrutfiord, and step grandchildren Casey and Jeffrey Burkholder and Melissa Younkins, and brother Don (wife Mary) Hrutfiord, and nephews Dan and Chris, all of Blaine.
Bjorn published more than 60 scientific research papers, and after retirement was on the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Advisory Committee and Bellingham Technical College Advisory Board for Oil Refinery operators training.
Bjorn was a collector of old farm tractors, Louis L’Amour westerns, and electric trains. He enjoyed pheasant hunting in eastern Washington, the “Liars Club” for coffee on Thurs. mornings at Cost Cutter in Blaine, and keeping up with the careers of his former graduate students. He had been active as a scoutmaster for his sons as they went through the ranks in Troop 327 in Seattle, and he loved ice cream.
Bjorn and Jan traveled around the world attending chemical society meetings where Bjorn gave many scientific papers including Paris, Stockholm, Melbourne Australia, and mainland China, where they both taught at Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing China in 1984 and 1986, and Bjorn was a concurrent professor at Nanjing Forestry University.
They traveled extensively in the United States, visiting pulp mills, former students, relatives and friends. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and his Icelandic heritage. In retirement Bjorn and Jan enjoyed their timeshare condo in Kauai, Hawaii, and their home in Blaine, living across the street from the farm where he grew up. He will be remembered and missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine, led by Pastor Dennis Wildermuth, at 11:30 a.m. on March 6. Instead of flowers, memorials can be given to the Jan and Bjorn Hrutfiord Scholarship Fund, c/o the Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 or a charity of your choice.
David Allan Richards
April 21, 1954 – Sept. 11, 2009
It is with profound sadness that we share news of the sudden death of David Allan Richards.
Dave was born in Vancouver and lived his childhood between Point Roberts and Boundary Bay. Dave worked as a pilot for Air Canada for 31 years.
Dave will be greatly missed by his loving family; wife Jackie and their daughters Carling, Dannie and Angela of Shawnigan Lake; mother Ruth; sister Kim (Mike) Fenner of Sooke; brothers Stephen (Mary), Allan (Denise), and Mark, all of Point Roberts. Dave was predeceased by his father, Allan Richards.
Dave’s family and friends will remember a man with beautiful eyes and long lashes, a man big-hearted, generous, caring and genuinely interested in everything. Observant and attentive to detail, he filled his home with beautiful photos of Jackie and the girls. He was proud of all his family’s activities, delighted in his home and loved to welcome people into his family’s lives.
After his family, Dave’s greatest joy was flying. It was a passion he loved to share with Jackie and their girls by flying on vacations all over North America. Being a pilot was more than his career, it was his way of life. Through flight, Dave gathered community. He loved treating friends to flights in his own plane.
He was in his element socializing at the Boundary Bay Airport and other small airport coffee shops all over southern BC. Weather statistics, patterns and conditions enthralled him, especially those he gathered at his own weather station which he installed at his house. His attention to detail showed in his professional ability to pilot an Airbus 330 around the world. In addition, he delighted in sharing his knowledge with anyone ready to listen. Dave played amateur hockey with enthusiasm and was an active member of the Shawnigan Lake Community.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at Shawnigan Lake School on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 1:30 to 4. The service will be in the chapel, followed by a reception in Marion Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to the “David Richards Memorial Scholarship” to aid young aspiring pilots would be greatly appreciated, c/o Air Canada Flight Operations YVR 3232, 6001 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, B.C., V7B 1K3. Please forward any thoughts, memories, anecdotes of Dave to Bryan at email@example.com. Jackie would like to compile these in a memory book for the girls.
Doris Mae Clark Barnes
Doris Mae Clark Barnes, our loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was born December 4, 1929 at home in Bellingham, WA to John and Randi Sandness.
Doris graduated in 1947 from Bellingham High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Yorkston Oil, The Golden Rule, and was owner and operator of Clark’s Store in Pt. Roberts, WA where she spent summers with her family. Doris was very proud of her Norwegian ancestry and hosted numerous family reunions at her summer beach house. Doris enjoyed traveling the world with dear friends. Doris spent her winters in Hawaii where she met and married her husband Johnny Barnes in 1989. She developed a love for the islands and the friendships she made there. Doris also enjoyed downhill skiing, swimming and reading.
Doris was a member of her beloved bridge club for 55 years, a member of the Bellingham Yacht Club, and the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
Doris was preceded in death by son Keith Newton, her brother Adolf Sandness and sisters June Metzner and Ruth Roy.
She is survived by her husband Johnny Barnes, constant companion and fulltime caregiver.
Children; Kristina (Ken) Peterson, Mark (Kerri) Newton, and Nancy Krommer.
Grandchildren; Taryn (Josh) Bailey, Natalie Peterson, Lauren Peterson, Skye Luke, Ryan Brown and Tyler Newton.
Two great granddaughters; Kate and Sydney Bailey.
Her brother, Arnold Sandness and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mother we thank you for your generous heart, your integrity and your strong work ethic.
We love you Grandi!
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. In Memory of Doris, please do something kind for someone else.
A memorial service will be held 2 pm, Friday, September 11, at Moles-Bayview Chapel on Lakeway Dr. in Bellingham.
You may share your thoughts and memories of Doris in the online memorial guestbook at www.molesfuneralhomes.com
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