Obituary: David Grayson

David Keith Grayson passed away peacefully at his home on Salt Spring Island, January 10, 2021. His parents were Keith and Gwendolyn Grayson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. David was born on February 9, 1949, and enjoyed a happy childhood with his parents and brother, John, on their waterfront acreage on Buffalo Lake, near Moose Jaw. It was a life filled with sailing, swimming, horses, and riding on the Canadian prairie. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, David attended a Teacher Training Course in Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1973. His greatest joy was teaching TM and working on meditation projects around the world for 48 years. A man of refined taste in both art and music, he was a connoisseur of beauty. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting contemporary and heritage art and in the early 1980s, together with his wife Carolyn, opened a fine art gallery in Calgary specializing in corporate collections. His other great passion, from childhood on…
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Obituary: Nancy Braithwaite

Nancy Braithwaite, September 29 1928 – January 27 2021 Three words to describe Nancy B. Social, Witty & Endearing Nancy was born in Victoria BC in 1928 and spent her childhood on Salt Spring Island at Beaver Point with her grandmother, artist, Maud Weaver-Bridgman. After traveling and working in Europe, she moved back permanently to Salt Spring nearly 40 years ago, where she met her husband Roy Braithwaite who was an island oyster farmer and named his boat The Fancy Nancy. She had a fierce love of animals including her furry friend Bracken, a rescued golden retriever, who enjoyed walks and wandering her beloved Trincomali property with her. And Nancy's many other four-legged friends were Nipper, Tinker, Brooke and Indie. Nancy enjoyed skiing in her younger years, an outdoors enthusiast with a great love of all wildlife and an avid reader of many books on the subject as birds were one of her keenest interests. Nancy was a philanthropist and well known in the c…
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Obituary: Jason Matthew Bruce

January 31, 1974 - January 18, 2021 - Jason Matthew Bruce (Swami Prem Deepak) passed unexpectedly, but peacefully, in Ottawa, ON on January 18th, 2021 of natural causes. Our beloved Jason left us far too soon. We are all heartbroken. Jason is mourned by his mother, Deborah Hanscom, his stepmother Amrita Bruce, fathers, Allan Bruce of Salt Spring Island and Allan Rock, his extended family of a sister and brothers; Julian Bruce (Serena), Lauren Rock, Andrew Rock (Jane) and Steven Rock (Jenna) and by Wenke Schliemann whom he loved deeply. Jason was a kind, and caring person with a big heart and a friendly smile for everyone. He confronted his challenges with courage and character. What deepens our sadness at his loss, was the joy he gave to others through his playful nature, his loyal friendship and his trusting way. Jason’s gentle soul was not equipped to confront the harsher challenges of life and he struggled to find a place for himself in this tumultuous world. His death leav…
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Obituary: Willem Adriaan Blom (Wim Blom)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest friend Wim Blom (Willem Adriaan Blom). Wim passed peacefully on the 18th of January 2021 at the age of 93. His work is represented in public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada and the South African National Gallery, in numerous corporate collections and in private collections in Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S.A. In Duvah Park, Witbank, South Africa, a street was named in honor of Wim. (Wim Blom straat) EDUCATION: B.A. Hons., M.A., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; University of Perugia, Italy; Studied painting, Florence, Italy; Studied graphic techniques, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Canada; Studied lithography, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. APPOINTMENTS: Lec…
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Obituary: Hans Plambeck

Passed on January 15th,2021 at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island. Hans was born October 13the, 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hans and his family officially moved to Canada in 1957. He spent time in Calgary, Salt Spring Island, New Brunswick, Victoria, and Chetwynd, BC. Hans was an accomplished carpenter and artist. Hans has left behind his children Kristian (Tamara), Stephanie (Robert) Jennifer (Colton), grandchildren Ethan, Maddison, Alexis, Elizabeth, Alexander, Cash, Nicolas and Carter Lynn. Pre-deceased by son Ryan. In lieu of flowers have a danish and remember Hans as the man he was.
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Obituary: Reid Collins

Franklin Reid Collins (known to all as Reid) died peacefully in the company of his daughters on Thursday, December 17th at the Lady Minto Hospital. He is survived by his two children, Georgia and Laurel, by two grandchildren, Summer and Seth, and by his siblings, Russ, Billie, Tim and Laurel (predeceased by brother David). Reid was raised in Streetsville, ON and was known for his remarkably sharp mind, quick wit and generosity of spirit. After attending Teacher's College, Reid put his talent for inspiring youth to good use as the principal of a remote school in Pikangikum, in The Alternative Program at Salt Spring Elementary and later taught at The Little Red Schoolhouse. It was 1974 when Reid made his journey west and sailed around the Gulf Islands with his beloved Aunt Mary. He knew then that Salt Spring Island would be his home. With an exceptional pioneering spirit, Reid devoted himself to the Fulford community, built a home on Reynolds Road and set to work at keeping us al…
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Remembrance: Michael Jarvis

It is with great sadness that Bach on the Rock announces the passing of our dear friend and Artistic Director, Michael Jarvis. All of us at Bach on the Rock are devastated by this sudden and tragic loss. Michael became our Director in 2016, and he took our ensemble to new heights with his talent, musicianship, enthusiasm and dedication. Our rehearsals were full of laughs, and we will fondly remember his wit, sense of humour and smile. He will be sorely missed by all of the Bach on the Rock musicians, our audiences, and Michael's many Salt Spring friends. As his wife Carolyn put it “Michael has unexpectedly moved on to a heavenly gig – perhaps with Handel or Giordani, or whomever else is available to play”. Michael, also known as “Captain Continuo”, was acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists, organists, and continuo players, and was in high demand as a collaborative artist and performance practice coach. He had performed with most of Canada’s le…
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Obituary: Melvin Norman Topping

Melvin Norman Topping - September 3, 1943 - November 16, 2020 - It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Mel a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, And recently a Great Grandfather. Mel passed away peacefully with family by his side, after his battle with ALS. Mel was born in England and raised in Nanaimo BC. After Graduating from High School Mel drove an Ice Cream Delivery Truck up and down Vancouver Island and his love for ice cream never ended. After that he worked as a Butcher with Overwaitea Foods in Lake Cowichan. In 1967 Mel and Lorraine moved to Salt Spring Island where they bought Alex’s Meat Market. A few Years later he started his career in real estate and over the years owned his own real estate offices both on Salt Spring and on the Outer Gulf Islands. He developed many parcels of land on the island, and enjoyed that part of the business especially the interactions with his clients, and the many acquaintances in the accounting, banking, excavat…
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Obituary: Eli Rian Johnson

We are devastated to announce the birth and the death of our son Eli Rian Johnson. He was born at lady minto hospital on November 21st, 2020 at 10:38 am, weighing 8lb 4oz. He passed away in my womb and the cause is still unknown and may never be known. It is so heart wrenchingly painful. He was pure perfection, nothing has ever smelled so sweet. He had fine dark hair, kissable pouty lips, and a perfect button nose. He took after his daddy and was very tall. He was 22 inches long and had big Johnson feet... I cherish the time I had with him in my womb, he was so deeply loved. Everyday I talked to him and told him how loved he is. Every night at bed time Emmi would say goodnight Eli I love you. Our hearts are so deeply broken and our loss is unimaginable. We are together at home trying to navigate this grief while caring for our Emmi who is grieving the loss of her baby brother and trying to understand why everyone around her is so sad. I never want Eli to be forgott…
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Obituary: Rita Tweddle

Rita celebrated her 90th birthday on September 2nd and passed away on September 23rd, 2020. She was a Yorkshire lass who immigrated to Canada with her husband nearly 50 years ago, bringing her famous mushy peas recipe with her. Her two sons also immigrated to Canada and gave her four grandchildren to love and cherish. In recent years she also had the chance to love and cherish two great granddaughters. A much travelled woman with a penchant for shoes and purses, she enjoyed company and outings well into her elder years. Her coffee ladies were a great source of support after losing her husband and continued to be a great source of friendship and entertainment afterwards as well. Many thanks to Doctor Rustad and all the health care supporters that allowed us to care for her in our home. She will be missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of her favourite charities: Hope for Wildlife Knowledge Network
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Obituary: John Anthony Edward McEwen

John Anthony Edward McEwen – Known as TONY - April 12, 1941 to September 07, 2020 A few years back, as a Hospice exercise, we both wrote our obituaries. Ever the quintessential lawyer, Tony could not leave the cause of death blank. Having survived the battle of the bulge; the battle of wounded knee; his left foot; he finally succumbed to the certainty of life. Tony was the love of my life, joy of my heart, centre of my Universe. My sorrow will be shared by our children, Suzy, Sarah and Ian; favourite son-in-law Wes; favourite daughter-in-law Anna; grandchildren Alis, Rory, Jonah and Piper; as well as our family and many friends, all of whom I thank for their love and support, particularly through the journey of the last five years. Special thanks to Dr. Woodley for everything; Douglas Smith for Friday tea and cookies and latterly, for Wednesday walks, the MMN Boys, Tim and Grace for always being there, and Bootz, without whom we could not have done it. Alzheimer’…
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Obituary: Taryn Rose Penny

I along with my loving family are heartbroken beyond belief. Our amazing Taryn Rose Penny left this world on Friday, June 26th, 2020. I heard Taryn’s first breath on August 6th, 1992 as she came into this world with red shimmering hair. Her sister Paige Penny and I held her hands, stroked her hair and kissed her deeply as we watched her take her last breath. She looked beautiful and finally at peace. Taryn was and will remain an incredibly bright light for all those who new and loved her. Taryn was smart, witty, had a wicked sense of humour and was unforgettable. As my stepson said, it was often the “Taryn Show” and we were the captive audience. Taryn was gifted at being with anyone and making people laugh. I will miss her beautiful smile, her sharp wit, her voice, her smell, her mannerisms and everything else that made her shine so brightly. Taryn was loved deeply and will be forever missed by her mother Diane Penny Simpson (Paul), father Patrick Penny (Jeannie), sist…
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Obituary: Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess

Marc Alan Mendle Satyanand Dancing Bear Suess, a story teller, playful man of ideas, and bringer of joy, passed away on June 22, 2020 at 4am after a rapid illness. The first day of Summer, the day after the new moon and a solar eclipse was an auspicious time for Marc to have transitioned to his next phase. He will live on in the lives and stories of his four children, Maya and Piet Suess and Maximilian and Marina Justus, as well as his partner Heather MacNeil, his childrens’ mothers Janis Suess and Lori Justus, his beloved sister Roberta Mogel and his many friends and family who would agree: he was one of a kind. He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Wortman, and his parents Amalia (Mae) and Wolf (Willie) Suess. Marc was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 30th, 1947 and moved to British Columbia in 1975, living for many years on Salt Spring Island before moving to Vancouver. In the mid 1980’s he co-founded Off Centre Stage on Salt Spring Island, and then subsequently creat…
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Obituary: Sally Joann Rycroft

Sally Joann Rycroft (née Fraser), April 19th, 1948 - June 9th, 2020 - It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Sally. She leaves Glen, her loving husband and partner of 45 years, daughter Lori Klear (Darsh), grandchildren Hayley and Tej, former neighbour and special friend Zoe, sister Nora Scherger, brother Bill Fraser, many dear friends, and much loved dog Magee. Sally was born in Winnipeg. Her father worked as a station master for the railways and the family lived in a succession of small prairie towns. However, Sally considered Sylvan Lake, Alberta, where she graduated from high school, to be her hometown. She was very popular at school, it must have been that impish smile, energy, enthusiasm, sense of fun and willingness to get involved. She was also good at numbers. In 1967, Sally moved to Calgary where she got a job with an accounting firm. This was the beginning of a long career path. Sally worked hard to gain her CGA, RFP, CFP, PRP desig…
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Obituary: Matthew Thomas Steffich

Matthew Thomas Steffich: September 25, 1958 - June 3, 2020 Matt died suddenly in his prized gallery, Steffich Fine Art (Salt Spring Island), which he proudly grew over the period of 27 years. Born in East Vancouver, Matt had a spirited and textured childhood with his siblings and many friends. He had endless stories of his adventures around his neighbourhood, the PNE, hockey games and countless concerts and gigs. After being excommunicated from Catholic school, which he often bragged about, Matt continued his growth as a world-class guitar player. He would tell anyone who would listen about his 9 years with The Fins. The stories were wild, hilarious and not for the faint of heart. Matt continued to gig whenever he had the chance, and played guitar to his final day. In 1992, Matt and his then wife Jen Rosling moved to Salt Spring Island and started his lifelong passion, Thunderbird Gallery (now Steffich Fine Art). Matt proudly and falsely claimed to know nothing about …
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Obituary: Ann Van Oeveren

Ann was born December 2, 1943, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020, on Salt Spring Island after a determined and long fight for 10 years against her cancer. While she kept up her 3 times a week workout which she had done for about 40 years, even during all her Chemotherapy and other treatments as she considered the people there her Support Group. After completing college she accepted a job as a Dental Assistant and thereafter worked sales in her mother's store of books and magazines where she met in 1960 her future husband Robert who delivered the merchandise 3 times a week. By coincidence, they met unexpectedly at a Film theater where their love for each other started to blossom until well into the small hours of the night against her mother's instructions for an early homecoming. But the marriage happened much later on August 3, 1967, due to the unacceptable "living together unmarried" mentality of the time. Subsequently, she worked…
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Obituary: Dennis Scott

DENNIS BRUCE SCOTT passed away peacefully at his home with his wife of 62 years, Carol, at his side on Monday, April 6, 2020 at the age of 81. Dennis was born in Victoria, BC on November 12, 1938 to Tom and Edith Scott. After graduating high school, Dennis began a long career in the grocery business, first with Safeway in Victoria and later at the Red & White and Thrifty Foods on Salt Spring Island where he took great pride in providing excellent service to customers, particularly in the produce department. Dennis, Carol and their two children, Michael and Julie, moved to Salt Spring Island in 1974. Dennis loved fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family and many friends. Dennis had a great sense of humour and enjoyed reminiscing about the many escapades of the good old days. Dennis will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Carol, son, Mike (Marie), daughter, Julie (Robert), two grandsons, Robby and Dennis, sister, Kathleen, numerous cousins, nieces, nep…
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Obituary: Lois Sprague

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our wonderful Raging Granny sister, Lois Sprague. Lois hosted our meetings in her and John’s warm, sunny and welcoming kitchen with a huge window and where, using Johns huge telescope…all set up so we could see them easily. we kept up with the nesting habits of an eagle family across the water. Lois was one of the very early Raging Grannies here on the island, as well as a volunteer extraordinaire with the Library and Seniors Centre and the Conservancy…to name just a few. She often sat and knit while we discussed our latest raging plans and practiced our songs. When she wasn’t knitting, she was showing off her latest quilting project or home made tea’s. We will miss her badly. You can see us singing with Luke Wallace, and drinking (tea and ???) at Lois and Johns table! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CndYfQH9XB0
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Obituary: Peter Brodie

May 19, 1922-March 4, 2020 - Peter Brodie passed away peacefully at home with daughters Dawn and Robin and his devoted dog Ryder by his side. He was predeceased by his wife Betty in 2017 and his son Scott in 2019. Peter was so pleased when he got the right answer on his favourite show “Jeopardy”. Peter was born in Big Valley, Alberta and spent his childhood and school years in Calgary. He met his lifelong best friend Betty at Banff Springs Hotel in 1941 where they both held summer jobs. Their early courtship got off to a rocky start with Peter trying hard to make a good impression. He took Betty on a tandem bike ride on a freshly tarred road only to look back to see her covered in oil splatters on her new suit! Other misadventures did not deter them from a wonderful married life for 75 years. Peter was a WWII Veteran. He joined the RCAF with sights on becoming a pilot but colour blindness steered him to became an aircraft engine technician where he worked extensively on h…
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Obituary: Murray Shoolbraid

November 10, 1931 — February 26, 2020 Our lovely and magical Murray Shoolbraid is gone; he slipped peacefully into the hereafter at Victoria General Hospital after a short illness. Murray was born in the wee village of Kinglassie, Fife, youngest son of William and Mamie Shoolbraid who lived at 11 High Street, Leslie, Fife, as generations of family had done, for 210 years. Murray’s Dad was a third generation Scottish and Highland dance teacher, and after his early death, his wife Mamie continued teaching, with young Murray, a natural piano player, providing the musical accompaniment for the many classes. A great lover of books Murray worked in Glasgow as a librarian’s assistant for some years, becoming an avid book collector and folklore expert along the way. In 1961 he joined his sister Mary in Vancouver, B.C. who worked for the CBC as a make-up artist. Murray, perhaps inspired by his National Service stint in the British Navy, enrolled at UBC and completed his MA d…
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Obituary: Madaleine Patricia Jordan

Madaleine Patricia Jordan passed peacefully on January 17th, 2020 in Victoria, surrounded by loving family. Madaleine suffered a long battle with Alzheimer’s and spent her last years under the wonderful care of the Oak Bay Lodge staff in Victoria. Madaleine was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 13th, 1937. Within her life, Madaleine went to secretarial school, lived in New York City, engaged in major social and political movements, and took a once in a lifetime backpacking trip around the world. She became a nurse, lived on both of Canadas’ coasts and eventually made a home living close to family on Salt Spring Island. Salt Spring provided friendships and a real sense of community while being close to nature. Madaleine will be greatly missed by: her daughter Beth (nee Macdonald) and her husband Colin Drummond, her sister Susan (nee Jordan) and her husband Doug Chaffee, and step sister Marsha Francis. Her granddaughters and their partners: Katie (nee Proctor) and…
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