Obituary: Zillah Ann Parker

Zillah Ann Parker passed away peacefully on Salt Spring Island on September 19, 2022, surrounded in love by her three daughters, Sarah, Alice, and Helen, and her grandson, Josh. Zillah's beloved husband, John, passed away just four months ago, after 62 years of marriage. They had a strong and happy partnership, sharing their love unstintingly with Sarah, Alice, and Helen. Zillah was born in 1937 in East Sussex, England, to Phoebe and Eric "Rusty" Russell. Through Zillah's early childhood, Phoebe worked in a factory while Eric was a member of the merchant marines. Because of these circumstances, Zillah was sent to a convent, where the nuns kept her safe throughout World War II. An excellent student, Zillah attended Fosse Bank school on scholarship. Two of her lifelong friends, Bish and Ann, came from her time at school. After graduation, Zillah attended St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, completing her training in 1960. While at Bart's, she met John, who was her…
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Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Burridge

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Burridge, nee Jenkins July 20th, 1928 - October 27th, 2022 Betty was a devoted wife to Tony for nearly 70 years, a mother to three children, Wendy, Katharine and David, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of nine, scattered across Alberta, Australia and Salt Spring. Betty was born in Vancouver and spent many childhood summers on Galiano, Gossip and Salt Spring Islands, though her family moved to Ottawa during WW 2. She met Tony, a childhood friend of her brothers when he visited Ottawa during one university summer holiday. They married in 1951. She was an elementary school teacher and never lost her love of children and learning, which continued on Salt Spring with her long commitment to the library and the Arts in Schools Program. Tony’s RCAF officer career meant many moves across Canada, Colorado, and France. Betty particularly loved their time in France as they travelled Europe widely, became fluent in French and made life-long friends. …
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Obituary: Terry James Bolton

Terry James Bolton (1944-2022) It is with great sadness that Bev and Kirsten Bolton announce the passing of husband and father, Terry James Bolton. Terry was a wise and well-known presence on Salt Spring, having served as board member, treasurer, and investment chair for 11 years with the Salt Spring Island Foundation. His contributions to Art Spring, Rotary, Liquid Waste Management, his Community Association, and The Lady Minto Auxiliary Thrift Shop were also notable in his more than 25 years of volunteer service. Colleagues, neighbours, and friends often describe him as kind, reassuring, and a generous mentor. At his death, Terry and Bev had lived on the Island for over 31 years, moving here to launch and operate a successful B&B for almost a decade as an early retirement project. Prior to that, he enjoyed a respected career with Imperial Oil in Calgary and was posted overseas to Venezuela, England, and Stavanger Norway, which gave him and his family experiences with…
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Obituary: Jan Rabson

Jan Rabson 1954 to 2022 It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Jan Rabson passed away suddenly due to a massive heart attack on Oct 13th. Son of the late Sonia and Alex Rabson, Jan was born in East Meadow, New York, on June 14, 1954. To describe Jan’s life and legacy is an insurmountable task. He was bigger than life with a laugh that came from the deepest part of his being and became infectious to all hearing it. He was a creative, out-of-the-box thinker and had a brilliant sense of humour. He kept a playful spirit throughout his 68 years of life and a childlike wonderment about virtually everything. He was one of a kind! His greatest passion was his immediate family as well as his extended family. He was a mensch in the truest sense of the word. Nothing mattered more to him than his devotion to his wife, Cindy and two sons, Adler and Hayden. Leaving New York in his early 20s, Jan ventured to Los Angeles to pursue his career dream of acting. His dream b…
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Obituary: Alex Golder

Alex Golder 1946 to 2022. Alex was a lovely girl and I (Tony) a lucky boy. Mother, Lover, Wife, Partner, Sister, Auntie, Friend, Traveler, Teacher, Sailor, Swimmer, Reader, Hunter / Gatherer, Woodworker, Caregiver, Potter, Hippy Chick, Knitter, Shell Collector, Gardener, Camper, Canner, Fringe Fan, Film Fan. Constantly on the search for the perfect primitive hot spring and the best chocolate almond croissant , travelling and sharing life with Alex was always exciting and rewarding. Always patient, kind and generous, Alex was an advocate of youth and a lover of the arts. After a short struggle with cancer, Alex left us to soon but peacefully at home on a sunny October day surrounded by her family in a room full of love. Always resolutely following her own path she emigrated from the UK at 19 and Married Martin Golder. Martin and Alex raised their two wonderful children together, moving in 1981 by school bus from Ontario to Vancouver and onto Victoria. Lat…
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Obituary: Mary Kay (Kae) Tufteland

Mary Kay (Kae) Tufteland   October 13, 1927 — September 16, 2022 Kae Tufteland, age almost 95, left this world peacefully on September 16th with her only child, Marianne, by her side as she took her final breaths. Kae enjoyed her Brinkworthy home, neighbourhood and caring neighbours for the past thirteen years. Her fellow Brinkworthy residents will most likely remember Kae and her thrice daily walks around the park with her red flag flying high from her faithful Walker. Kae expected everyone and all vehicles to see her, (and they did), as she was mostly blind and almost totally deaf. She had a fierce determination in all she did. Kae leaves behind her daughter, Marianne, (husband, Menno), two grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Everyone, especially her grandkids, will miss 'Gramma Kae's' kisses and vanilla ice-cream cones they received on their visits. The especially good news is that Kae accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour 2 weeks before she passed away. Mo…
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Obituary: Nancy Holcroft

Nancy Holcroft January 1923 – September 2022 It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Nancy Holcroft at North Island Hospital in Courtenay, BC. She succumbed to complications from a hernia. She will be missed by her son Tom (Char) of Victoria, daughter Anne (Bryne) of Campbell River, as well as several nieces and nephews and good friends. She was predeceased by her husband Ron, parents Norman and Amy, brothers Alf and John, and sister Sylvia. Nancy was born in the city of Hull in Yorkshire, England. She was a teenager when the Second World War broke out, and was initially evacuated to a village south of York. Shortly afterwards, she moved back to Hull and continued her education. Her first job, in 1940, was at an aerodrome where she graphed the results of wind tunnel tests on different models of airplanes. But she realised that an inactive, indoor job was not for her. Instead, she attended Studley Horticultural College, followed by…
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Obituary: Patricia Killeen

Patricia Lee Killeen (McCubbin) passed away at the time chosen by her Lord, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, after a long illness. Patti who was 80, had been living on Salt Spring Island for many years. She is survived by son Paul (Monica) and daughter Sarah (Alec, Shawn and Amy) Patti was predeceased by granddaughter Grace. Paul and Sarah wish to thank her many loyal friends who kept in contact and provided so much encouragement over the years, and to the home care workers who gave her kind companionship these last months. Also a heartfelt thank you to the Doctors and Nurses at Lady Minto Hospital for their care for Mum. A Funeral will be held at Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen on Tuesday, October 18th at 1pm, proceeded by a private burial at Boundary Bay Cemetery. When my life-work is ended, and I cross the swelling tide, When the bright and glorious morning I shall see; I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, and his smile shall be the first to w…
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Obituary: Marjorie Leckie

Marjorie Ruth Leckie (Marge) passed away peacefully on September 15th, 2022 at the age of 98. She left her beloved Salt Spring, surrounded by family, in a family member’s garden, by way of Medical Assistance in Dying. Mum was a long-time member of Dying with Dignity and we are so grateful to her personal physician and the MAID doctor and nurse who provided her the means to go when she knew it was time. Although she could no longer help weed the flower beds, until very recently, she still walked the grounds at Meadowbrook where the staff and residents made her feel at home. Mum was the sharpest card player in the family. She always had a twinkle in her eye when she came from behind to win. Her keen desire to be independent and useful meant she was seldom idle, finishing her final project, sewing a sail cover for her son and daughter-in-law’s boat, days before she passed. In her kind and gentle way, as a wife, mother and teacher, Mum's social conscience, streng…
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Obituary: Wendy Carol Mullan

Wendy Carol Mullan 1957 to 2022 It is with the most profound sadness that our family wants to inform her community that Wendy Mullan left us. Daughter of the late John and Patricia Mullan, Wendy was born in Vancouver in 1957 and in 1961 her family moved to Toronto. At eighteen, Wendy visited the island and like most of us fell in love with it and stayed. Long-time islanders might remember her as a beautiful young woman waitressing at The Harbour House or at the Kanaka restaurant. At the age of 23 she fell for a nomadic tree planter and (like she would say) made him her guy. Together they raised a family while managing a silviculture company. With her partner working all over the province and while taking care of her children at home, she managed with great effectiveness the office work and, before the prevalence of wireless phones, communications between the field and the outside world. In 1998 they sold their company and Wendy concentrated on her gardening business and h…
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Obituary: Ronald Bertram Perring

RONALD BERTRAM PERRING 1942 – 2022 Ronald Perring died peacefully on July 8, 2022 in Lady Minto Hospital. He battled cancer for two years and suffered unbearable pain for several months. In May he was told there was nothing more that could be done for him. Ron went into hospital when he could no longer be cared for at home. He made the decision to put an end to the pain and signed up for Medical Assistance in Dying. Ron Perring was born in England, growing up in Acton with his sister Laraine and his brother Victor. In 1967 he came to Canada with a friend. From Ontario he made his way west over the next couple of years. He arrived in Vancouver at a time when things were ‘happening’ and he soon made lots of friends. Ron met Doris St Germain in 1971 and they were together for 51 years, living in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver and the last 30 years on Salt Spring Island. In 1992 he went to England when his mother died, and reconnected with his daughter Katherine Perring …
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Obituary: Henry Braak

Henry Braak June 17, 1962 - September 2, 2022 Predeceased by Henry Sr. who was the rock that his home was built on. Survived by his mother Wilhelmina the most caring, loving women any man would hope for. Brother Jacob (Jack) whose support was unwavering. Brother Robert his wife Deidre children Holly and Spencer who remain the apple of my eye. There are too many relatives to name. I say thank you to them. I made the choice when to leave this world. The cancer treatment was horrible and the cancer had spread. To my thirty years within the school, I ask the entire staff to forgive me whenever I put things the wrong way. To the entire student body I thank you for all you taught me. Take care and God bless. We are extremely sad to say good-bye on September 2, 2022, to our son and brother. Henry Braak. He passed away peacefully at home, on Salt Spring Island, with the help of Doctor Slakov. Henry loved golf and attempted it almost every day. He fought to maintain his indepen…
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Obituary: Derek Lundy

Derek Lundy December 14, 1946 – August 21, 2022   Derek died peacefully on August 21, 2022, in the palliative suite at Lady Minto Hospital. His wife, Christine, and daughter, Sarah, were at his side. It was the culmination of an intense three month journey from a healthy man planning a significant sailing voyage, to someone experiencing lung congestion, to an eventual cancer diagnosis and all that that entailed. He is survived by Christine and Sarah and his mother, Mary, who turned 100 this month.   Derek was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Coming from a land where intolerance and violence were woven into the fabric of daily life seemed to engender in Derek deep values of tolerance and respect for diversity. He strongly believed that no position, no matter how right, should be imposed on anyone through force.  Derek’s parents, Alex and Mary, moved with him to England while he was still an infant. They emigrated to Canada in 1958 when Derek was 11 years old. As a teen …
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Obituary: Jim Helset

Leonard James (Jim) Helset April 19, 1953 – July 23, 2022 Sadly, we have lost our big bear of a husband, stepdad, stepgrandpa, brother, uncle, papa and friend to a tough battle with sepsis. Middle child of Torbjorn (Ted) and Jenny Helset, he was known to many “Salters” as a darned-good architectural designer. He'll be missed by wife Carol, “kids” Jeff, Diane and Matthew Gow, sisters Clara Ritcey and Ellen (Kelly) Ferguson, brothers Roy and Harold (Judy) Helset, brother-in-law Bob (Angele) Black, sister-in-law Barbara (Don) Ausman, many nieces & nephews, and his special family, the McArens. Jim was raised in the Clearwater, B.C. area – not too far from Helmcken Falls – where his Dad was a well-known big game guide. He had an interesting childhood – disappearing for days, on horseback, to hunt and to fish. His first 5 years of schooling were in a one-room school house, and for the remainder of the years, he was bussed to Clearwater. Jim spent a year at Cariboo Colleg…
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Obituary: Sherril (Sheri) Lynn Nielson

Sherril (Sheri) Lynn Nielson (nee Blunden) June 28, 1954 – July 14, 2022 With great sorrow we announce the unexpected passing of Sheri Nielson of a heart attack on July 14. Sheri was born in Calgary, Alberta, but after spending some time in Manitoba and the Fraser Valley (with many adventures along the way), she settled on Salt Spring Island in 1986. Sheri quickly fell in love with the Island and its community, serving in the early years as an RCMP reserve officer and working as a paramedic first responder on the Island for many years. One of Sheri’s many talents was her ability to manifest whatever she envisioned and make it reality. Sheri was an avid gardener and foodie. She became involved in the Food Safety industry and developed a passion for researching all aspects of the industry and helping others to learn about safe practices of food handing and preparation from farm to plate. Along side this, Sheri became a certified Farm Auditor and On Farm Food Safety Advisor,…
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Obituary: Anthony (Tony) Lawrence Roland

Anthony Lawrence Roland - January 28, 1958 - April 21, 2022 Tony Roland was a caring son, brother, uncle, and friend. He left this world suddenly on April 21, 2022. He was predeceased by his Mom and Dad. Tony was born in the Old Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island. He was raised on Salt Spring and spent most of his life here except for a few years when he was in Hedley, B.C. where he worked in the mines and loved being a Volunteer Fireman for the Hedley Fire Department. Back on Salt Spring, Tony continued his many professions. He was a talented painter and painted many homes and businesses on Salt Spring. He was also an owner/operator for DHL. One of his favorite jobs in later-life was as a support worker with G.I.F.T.S (Gulf Islands Families Together Society), supporting folks with disabilities in the community. Susie was his favorite - she shared a story of how he was a force to be reckoned with, like a wild stallion. They made each other laugh and he had a for…
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Obituary: Chris Hatfield

On Monday, July 4 2022, Chris Hatfield passed away at Lady Minto Hospital, hands in hand with his close family. Chris was born on February 5, 1945 in the small town of Penticton, British Columbia. Third of 4 children, including Peter, John and Alyson Hatfield, Chris grew up happily fishing, hunting, and camping in the great outdoors with his father Harley. In 1964 at the tender age of 19, Chris left home for a year’s backpacking trip around the world. Chris travelled Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, India, Afghanistan, Austria and more, and came home with eyes opened to the possibilities of the emerging global economy. Chris returned to Canada and completed his BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia, and followed up with a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from Queen’s University, where he studied fish learning while filling his weekends with ski trips in Quebec. After graduation Chris worked for the Department of Fisheries before starting Hatfield Consulta…
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Obituary: Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan of Salt Spring Island, passed away April 8th, 2022 at the age of 62. Barb was born November 29th, 1959 in Terrace, B.C. to Elspeth Scott and Gordon Withrow. She was know by those closest to her as Barbie in school. She graduated high school on Salt Spring Island. Barb had a 30 plus year career at Country Grocer on Salt Spring Island. She is remembered by her sister Pat, children Nina and Gordy, and grandchildren Odin and Mira. Sister Pat remembers her fondly as a hard working one of a kind mother, who had a very distinct laugh that would make anyone smile when they heard it. Children Nina and Gordy remember travelling, camping, baking, cooking and being in nature with their mother. Grandson Odin, age 3 remembers going for walks with his grandma and picking cherries with his grandma and her beloved dog Roxy. Barb will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
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Obituary: Robert Peters

Robert George Peters, July 31, 1942 - June 15, 2022 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a dearly beloved community member from this earth. Mr. Robert Peters, or better known as Rob (79), recently passed away comfortably in his home on June 15th surrounded by his family members and loved ones. Rob lived a spectacular life, filled with adventure, accomplishment, and above all, delight. Those who remember him would not be able to separate his smile from his memory. It was the sort of smile that lit up the faces of those surrounding, immediately contagious and ferociously loving. Rob lived a full and notable life, with a list of accomplishments and impacts as impressionable as the Magna Carta. But to measure his life’s impact exclusively within this scope is to discount the ripples and effects his presence had on this earth with all who encountered him; and the legacy that his family now carries forth for him. Rob’s generosity will be remembered, h…
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Obituary: Heather Cutten

In Loving Memory of Heather Dianne Cutten, 1944 to 2022 Heather Dianne Cutten, nee Eisan, passed away on the 23rd of June, at the Victoria General Hospital after a short and unexpected illness. She passed peacefully with her husband and two daughters by her side. Heather (Nana) leaves a huge hole in the hearts of her entire family and friends who benefited from her kindness and compassion. Heather was born on May 3rd, 1944 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Norman and Lillian Eisan and was one of seven children. Heather is survived by her sister Rosalie Dyer and her many nieces and nephews. Heather married her life-long partner of 55 years, Mark Cutten on October 14, 1967 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their journey together took them from Nova Scotia to Trinidad, Winnipeg, St.Lucia, Calgary and finally Salt Spring Island, BC. Along the way, they had three children David (Patricia), Laura (Alejandro) and the baby Sara. She was blessed with five grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia, Joshu…
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Obituary: Denis Russell

Samuel Oliver (Denis) Russell - May 18, 1932, to June 16, 2022 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Denis on June 16, 2022, at the age of 90. Born in Belfast on the 18th of May, 1932, Samuel Oliver “Denis” was born to Samuel and Amy Russell. With brothers Frank and Victor, he was raised in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, where he excelled at academics, football, and rugby at the Royal School Dungannon. It was at Queen’s University Belfast where he met Deirdre O’Connor, the first love of his life. Their sense of adventure and opportunity took them from the Emerald Isle to Niagara Falls and soon after to the soggy coast of Vancouver, where they raised their boys, Michael, James, and Terry. Denis’ interest in hydroelectric power projects took him to various locations throughout the province to work, including the Mica and Arrow Lakes Dams. His successes led to a position at the University of British Columbia in 1968 and a prestigious 25-year caree…
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