Paul Sigurdur Thorsteinson
March 31, 1922 – February 11, 2014
Paul Sigurdur Thorsteinson, age 92, of Point Roberts, passed away on February 11 in Bellingham.
Paul was one of the few people who could truly say he was born on the Point. The son of Icelandic emigrants Steinthor and Theodora Thorsteinson, he was born in a converted APA warehouse (half warehouse for storing nets, half converted to a homestead) on South Beach Road.
He became a carpenter at age 19 and worked on the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam. When the United States entered into WWII he enlisted and served three tours of overseas duty in the United States military from 1942 to 1947. After the war he returned to construction, working in the San Francisco Bay area.
From 1956 to 1958 he worked in Saudi Arabia for Bechtel Corporation on the “Big Inch” project. He didn’t like the heat and he used to say the sand was worthless. It had been blown around for so long it was round, causing it to lose its stability, and couldn’t even be used to mix concrete. He again returned to the Bay area, working in the construction trades as a general contractor and carpenter. The carpenters’ union recognized him for 70 years of membership.
Paul was a confirmed bachelor, having never married. However, he had many loves in his life, who all still love him to this day. He is survived by his sister Dorothea Hecht of Point Roberts; his niece Shelley Navarro of San Anselmo, California; and his nephews Craig Hecht of Eatonville, Washington and Brian Hecht of Bellingham.
A celebration of life will be held in July during the Thorsteinson family reunion in Point Roberts.
Donations may be sent to Saint Francis Operations, 3121 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA, 98225-1937.
Kenneth Alfred Fuller
October 9, 1920 – January 30, 2014
Kenneth was born in Kansas City, MO to Alfred Fuller and Marie E. (Porter) Fuller. Ken lived most of his life in Bellingham, WA and Point Roberts, WA. He lived 92 wonderful years surrounded by his loving family and many friends. His last years were spent at The Leopold in Bellingham where he enjoyed a full active life.
He is survived by his son, Paul Fuller of Natrona Heights, PA, and daughter, Luan Bernhardt, of Chilliwack, B.C. Preceding him in death were his daughter, Guitanna “Toni” (Fuller) Fobair and grandson, Randy (Fobair) Fuller. Ken enjoyed his family of six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren – many who still reside in the Bellingham area.
Ken served his country for over eight years performing two tours in the United States Army Air Force. He was awarded a purple heart for wounds received during the first tour at Pearl Harbor.
Ken received a distinguished award from the Point Roberts postmaster for 17 years of dedicated mail service at Point Roberts. Ken also established and operated his own tax and accounting business servicing many clients over the years in the Bellingham and Point Roberts areas.
A celebration of life memorial will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at The Leopold in Bellingham. His loved ones will celebrate his service to his country and his love for his family and share memories.
Because of the Bellingham Lions Club’s gracious help to Ken, we ask that in lieu of flowers you make a donation in his name to the Bellingham Lion’s Club (medical equipment loaning program).
Ken’s family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff and friends at The Leopold for making Ken’s last years a very special time of his life. Ken was very social and friendly and viewed the Leopold staff and his friends there as part of his extended family.
Magdalene “Lena” Garnett
Nov. 24, 1917 – Dec. 29, 2013
Magdalene “Lena” Garnett peacefully passed away at the age of 96 after living an amazing life.
As a young bride at the age of 22, Lena came to Canada with her younger sister Zelda to join her husband Thomas and brother in-law David Hewitt to start out a new life. What a life it was!
Lena handled the passing of her husband Thomas, daughter Gillian and son Ian with the grace most will never comprehend.
Lena provided a loving home where she instilled the virtues and values of the “old world” family fabric. Lena’s legacy continues to be seen through the successes of daughter in-law Eleanor Garnett; grandchildren Kelly and Dennis Sato, Robert and Coree Terpstra, Stewart Garnett, Lindsay and Michael Crawford, Christa and Dave Hurell; and her great-grandchildren, Ryan, Iana, Davis, Emma, Gabriel, Kaitlin and Cameron.
Lena’s zest for life was not singular but rather the result of life experiences fostered through countless carefree moments either camping, traveling, eating, gardening or simply drinking tea with her family, which always includes the Hewitts and the Coadys.
Words are not enough for the thanks the family would like give the staff at Lion Manor in Steveston. This very special group of people gave more than expected and exceeded any one family’s hopes on a daily basis caring for a unique woman in a loving way. They cared unconditionally and loved Lena with a soft assuring hand, allowing a woman of steel to still believe it was her decision to be there with them.
In line with family tradition, a celebration of life and planting of a rose will be held at Point Robert in the summer. Please feel free to contact the family for celebration details (Robert@compassmarine.ca).
Joseph Cleveland Staples
July 12, 1954 – November 24, 2013
After a short illness the music went silent on November 24, and rock and roll heaven welcomed a new front man.
Born in Rantoui, Illinois to Mary Perrine and Leon Staples, Joe moved to North Vancouver, B.C. in 1969, and graduated from Carson Graham Secondary in 1972.
Joe was a well established musician, and was widely known in Point Roberts, performing numerous times at TJ’s, the Reef Tavern, and numerous private functions.
His rendition of Beatles melodies and other dance tunes were always popular with all who knew him. Joe will be soundly missed.
He is survived by his daughter Brienna, sister Nova, brothers Brett and Manley, stepdaughter Selena, paternal siblings Leona Bentley, Randy, John, Paul, David, Rick and Daniel Staples. A service was held December 7 in North Vancouver.
Gary James Pringle
March 15, 1942 – November 6, 2013
Gary passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 6 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Gary was a longtime resident of Point Roberts. He had also spent many of his summers there as a teenager and had many fond memories. Since his retirement in 2004, Gary and his wife, Kim, enjoyed traveling full time in their motor home and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Kim, a brother, two sisters, six children and 14 grandchildren.
Sept. 24,1951 – Nov. 29, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our good friend Connie George.
Connie was well liked by everyone who knew her and she was great fun to be around. Connie started out from California with her mom, sisters Victoria, Deborah and Candice and brother Daniel Kelly. She later moved to Kelowna, B.C. for a few years with her husband Tom Raasch before she finally ended up here in beautiful Point Roberts.
Connie ran the Chow Hut at Lighthouse Park for one summer, cooking burgers and hot dogs, and was a bookkeeper for many years. Connie’s dream was to start her own nursery in Point Roberts. On a visit to Molbak’s Garden in Woodinville, she said, “Someday I will have a nursery like this.”
Well, her dream finally came true when she opened Bloomer’s Nursery at her first location at 1702 Benson Road. A few years later she opened a second Bloomers at 1577 Gulf Road. Her slogan was “Thanks for blooming with us.”
Her health caused her to finally give up her dream, but she is now in a peaceful place.
Connie requested that there be no service; however, we will spread her ashes at Bloomer’s as she requested so she will keep blooming with us. Love you, Connie. Good friends forever.
Turpin, William (Will) Jerome
October 23,1945 - October 14, 2013
It is with profound sadness we inform you of an honorable man's passing. After a heroic struggle with a lengthy illness, Will drew his last breaths surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Oakland, Calif. to Cecil and Ida (Shuck) Turpin and spent his youth in the Bay area.
Called to duty at 19 years of age, William accepted the draft. He was in active service in the United States Army Infantry in Vietnam until his honorable discharge as a seasoned combat veteran two years later, attaining the rank of sergeant and several military decorations. Soon after, he immigrated to Canada and spent his remaining years criss-crossing the border both for work and family reasons, between Vancouver, B.C. and Point Roberts, Wash.
He was a long-standing, active member of the Teamster's Union Local No 31 and worked as both a long-haul and local driver for Marpole Transport out of Delta for many years.
Left to mourn are his wife, Andrea Lang; son, Samuel Turpin (Dana); daughter, Dawn Morey (Steve); grandchildren; Britni, Ruby, Owen, Ashley, Rebecca, Nicholas and Kristopher and great grandson, Sawyer. Will was pre-deceased recently by his brother, Michael Turpin, of Custer, Wash. As a result, his wife, Catherine, and the entire family share a double loss.
Will was a man of great spirit - strong but gentle, kind, generous and wise. He was courageous and true. Will fought for and believed in personal freedom above all else all his life. And, as a cousin so aptly put it, "He was one of the 'coolest' people we ever knew." He will be so missed!
'Karl Jorgen Hedeman
January 19, 1948 – September 6, 2013
Karl Hedeman, 65 years old of Pahrump, Nevada passed away peacefully at his home on September 6, 2013. Karl was born in Denmark on January 19, 1948 son of Marie and Soren Hedeman. The Hedemans moved to Canada when Karl was five years old and then to Point Roberts, where Karl attended school in Blaine, graduating in 1966.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Point Roberts where he worked as a carpenter and handyman for many years. He was owner of the Reef Tavern from 1974 to 1980. In September 1974 he married Marie Fiore, daughter of Joe and Lillian Fiore, who owned Ben’s Store at the time.
In 1988 Karl and Marie moved to Las Vegas, where Karl enjoyed the desert sunshine, raising and playing with their poodles, which altogether produced more than 100 AKC champions under the kennel name Ash’s-Mystical. His hobbies were not only his poodles, but also his Kubota tractor, finding bargains at garage sales, and for the past four years, working on their home in Pahrump, Nevada.
Karl is survived by his wife Marie, sister Inger Kam, three nieces, Susan Kam, Anita Kam, Tina Kam and their families, all of British Columbia; mother-in-law Lillian Fiore of Pahrump, Nevada, brothers in-law Joe Fiore of Bothell, Mark Fiore of Point Roberts, Tony Fiore of Blaine and their families; as well as longtime childhood friend Sam Cordell of Gilbert, Arizona. Karl will be greatly missed and remembered by all he touched.
Jack (Davis) Jones
January 18, 1923 – September 10, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a loving husband, father and grandfather, Jack Jones (age 90) on September 10, 2013 at Vancouver, B.C. He is survived by his loving wife Dolly of 63 years, and son Dan (Janis). He was a proud grandparent to Josh and Jennifer (Matt). Jack leaves behind numerous friends and business colleagues, his brother Bill (Dot), nephew and nieces Gary, Sharon and Sandy.
Jack died peacefully and will always be remembered for his permanent smile, wit, and ability to tell a good joke. Jack stated many a time, “if you can’t laugh at yourself then how can you laugh at others?”
Jack was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, January 18, 1923 and moved to Vancouver in 1941 working for Boeing Aircraft and later Canadian Linen Services.
In 1950 he married the love of his life Dorothea (Dolly) in Point Grey, Vancouver.
As one of the founders of Varsity Realty in 1950, Jack put his stamp on Point Grey Village as a hard working realtor until 1961 when he merged and purchased Campbell & Pound from Bob Pound, one of the founding Real Estate Board members who developed the basis of today’s MLS. Jack moved the company to Burrard and Broadway where they remained for 30 years and in 1986 he enjoyed moving the company to Richmond to help his son build and establish the company’s brand which is celebrating its 75th anniversary next year. Jack became a staple daily at Richmond Main, wandering through the bank corridors delivering appraisal reports, laughing and chatting endlessly with the company clients, customers and friends.
Jack fondly remembered numerous friends from his days at Crystal Water Beach in Point Roberts. He was an active member of the Crystal Water Beach Community Association. Jack enjoyed boating from his early Vancouver years through to the Keats Island years. He enjoyed his many friends developed in his beloved Point Roberts.
He awaits the love of his life, his bride of 62 years, Dolly, and his dog Daisy, who added much spice to his life in the final years.
Jack mentored and touched many people in his life and those who were affected by his wit and humor always knew they had met and discovered someone special. Whether a friend, relative or business colleague, Jack’s way of dispatching humor always added a subversive life lesson by using comedy, and many times those who were touched did not realize it until some time after.
At the request of Jack and the family, there will be no celebration of life. A private family ceremony will be held at Jack’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richmond General Hospital Foundation or the SPCA.
Alvin T. Carver
August 24, 1935 – August 2, 2013.
Alvin T. Carver passed away peacefully in his own home, as was his wish. He is survived by his cousin Sue Johnson and his family in Idaho.
Al was a resident of Point Roberts for more than 25 years. After retiring from his veterinary practice he took on a new identity as a general contractor, working almost exclusively as a painter, and at various times painting the fire hall, the post office and the late Ron Nielson’s private residence, among many other homes and buildings on the Point.
Al had a sharp intellect and a biting wit, which made his descent into dementia in his later years all the more difficult. He was a brilliant veterinary surgeon with an illustrious career. He gained his doctorate in veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry at the University of Washington in 1960 and went on to qualify and practice in three other states (Idaho, Oregon and California) and British Columbia.
He was the only veterinarian to correctly diagnose the first known case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis in a herd of cattle in Osoyoos. His groundbreaking lifesaving colonic surgery on a pig was featured in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association and his fascinating surgery demonstrating the digestive system of a cow was videotaped and remains in the archives at the University of British Columbia.
Most of Al’s career was spent with his first love, horses, and he was a well-known vet at several racetracks throughout California and Canada, but his specialty was not confined to large animals. Whilst practicing in Tracy, California, he was called upon by the pediatric unit of the local hospital to teach pediatric surgeons how to intubate premature infants, using tiny kittens to demonstrate. He often would joke about how he was glad he didn’t have young babies in their care, since not one of them had a steady enough hand or really any clue what they were doing even though they only had “one animal” on which to practice.
Al enjoyed playing pool, teasing his buddies, hunting and fishing, and his wish was that his friends raise a glass and think of the good times out on the water and that Alberto, especially, reel in the big one.
Margaret Ellen (née Taylor) Gopaul-Singh
June 15, 1940 – July 24, 2013
On July 24, while enjoying a peaceful swim in the warm waters of her beloved Boundary Bay, our mom, grandma and sister Margaret passed away suddenly.
Always in our hearts and memories, Margaret is survived by her husband of 44 years Rodan, her two children, Roma Palmer (Pat) and Rodan (Megan), and her six adoring grandchildren, Riley, Taylor, Connor, Will, Georgia and Evan. She will be greatly missed by her siblings Mary (Bob) and John (Mary-Ann), her many nieces and nephews and extended family both in Vancouver and Trinidad.
Born June 16, 1940 in Vancouver, to an RCMP family, Margaret Taylor lived in many different RCMP posts during her first two decades and remembered fondly her time in Prince Rupert. While out with her lifelong friend and cousin Janet, Margaret met future husband Rodan, a young Trinidadian in 1967.
They settled down to family life on the west side of Vancouver where they lived for more than four decades. All the shopkeepers, grocers, dry cleaners and butchers in Kerrisdale and Dunbar all knew Margaret as a loyal customer and friend.
Her children were the center of her life. She never missed one dance recital, band concert, cricket match or soccer game. She was everyone’s mom, always welcoming Roma and Rodan’s friends as if they were family.
Once her children were in school, Margaret amazed us all by finding time to complete her CGA certification, and began a new career as an accountant. She spent many years in finance at the Vancouver School of Theology, a job she loved and where she made many close friends.
After first grandchild Riley was born, Margaret began the role she most loved –Grandma. She would thrill in hearing every last detail about her grandchildren, no matter how small. And rain or shine, she could once again be found watching every game, recital, concert or play her grandkids were in.
For the past 30 years, Margaret spent her summers gardening, reading, swimming, enjoying her music and visiting with friends and family at her cabin in Point Roberts.
This was mom’s happiest place, and we take great comfort in knowing she passed away in the place she loved the most, doing what she loved most: swimming into the sunset.
We loved having a mom and grandma who could seemingly do anything, and most of all who made us feel so incredibly loved. All who knew her loved her, and we will all miss her.
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April 3, 1927 – July 18, 2013
Dorothy (Dot), neé Schrecongost, was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and was a resident of Point Roberts for 30 years.
She was predeceased by first husband William Bailey and their son Michael and her second husband Jess Lofquist.
She is survived by her children Thomas, Jason, Jesse and Joy (Jim); step children Penelope, Kenneth and Pamela (Tom); grandchildren Lindsay (Andrew), TJ (Brienz), Haley, James, Shelley (Fred), Rachel (Scott), Chelsea, Christina (Corey) and Robyn; and great-grandchildren Hannah, Danika, Chloe and Kayla.
Dot was beloved by many – all her children, parents, friends, animals – anyone who knew her. She lived a very full life and she usually accomplished anything she set her mind to.
There will be a celebration of Dot’s life on Sunday, August 11 at 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Marine Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)