Submissions to Passages can be be sent to the
We will always remember these exceptional people who were our
co-workers and friends.
A tribute to
A special mention to Captain Harry Bray (1921-2003) who
retired off of the B707. He wrote a book entitled
Lap of the Gods which may be of interest to some.
tribute to the crew of the Pacific Western Airlines
B707-321C Jan 2, 1973
Capt Arthur Jung (51)
F/O Lowell Doerksen (27)
F/E George Albert Dormer (45)
Loadmaster Keith McMahon (30)
Project Manager Bill Vance (35)
April 7, 2021 Jeff Hornsby
We are advised of the sad passing of Jeff
Hornsby. Jeff began his career at Transair, then Pacific
Western (SOCC) , Canadian and Air Canada. No further details
March 12, 2021 Don Scott
Donald Neil Scott passed away in Didsbury, AB on Friday,
March 12, 2021 at the age of 72 years. He was born in Galt,
Waterloo County, Ontario on July 26, 1948 and was raised in
Ontario until the age of 3. With his mom and new dad, they
started to travel Canada as a Royal Canadian Airforce brat.
He gained two sisters from mom and dad which he loved and
enjoyed being around; as well helping with the care and well
being of those sisters like a big brother would. He himself
decided that at the age of 17 he would join the Royal
Canadian Airforce. After boot camp he was sent out west to
join the 407 Squadron in Comox, BC where he began his career
as an aircraft engineer. After a year of being on the island
he met my mom on a blind date in 1968 and married in 1970.
From that moment on they were never apart until her untimely
passing in April of 2019. From this union of love and
friendship two children were born – daughter, Dawn Scott
(grandson, Nate Scott; and granddaughter, Teanna Scott); and
son, Daniel Scott (granddaughter, Yvonne Scott).
left the military career behind in 1973 and joined Pacific
Western Airlines (PWA) in Vancouver, BC; as an aircraft
mechanic and then later as a Crew Chief. He watched the
company grow from PWA to Canadian Airlines and then finally
to Air Canada where he retired from in Calgary, AB. In his
life time he met and became friends with numerous people
with a smile and story. Some of those friends became so
close that they were seen as family. Dad never lost the love
of Vancouver Island or Shuswap Lake. He went home numerous
time to visit, camp, go boating or just to get away. His
love of the coast never left his heart. Don is lovingly
remembered by his daughter, Dawn; son, Dan; grandchildren,
Nate Scott, Teanna Scott and Yvonne Scott; as well as
sister, Marlene (Dave) Evans of Red Deer Alberta and sister,
Elaine (Don) Livingston of Cloverdale, BC; niece, Jody Ellis
and family; and nephew, Greg Evans. He was predeceased by
wife, Gwen Scott; mother and father, Margaret and George
Scott; as well mother and father-in-law, Jack and Evelyn
High; brothers-in-law, Arthur Meilke, Roger High, Andrew
High and Robert “Bob” High. A small Memorial will be held in
Carstairs, AB and if COVID permits a larger gathering in
Sorrento, BC in July.
February 26, 2021 Captain William (Bill) Harkley
Captain Bill Harlkey passed away, peacefully, on his own
terms at his home on Salt Spring Friday February 26, 2021.
He is survived by his wife, Janice, his children Graham
(Sharon) Harkley, his daughter Laureen Hooker, his son in
law Ross Hooker, his stepson Pete ( Jamie) Shpak , 5
grandchildren Nick, Jenna, Grace, Evan, Kennedy, his sister
Cathy (Les) Bayer and the mother of his children, Marilyn
Bill was born in Vancouver August 31, 1940. Flying was his
career and his life. He started flying in the bush in
Northern Ontario and was eventually hired by Pacific Western
Airlines May 1, 1969. He flew on all continents, except
Antarctica. On March 27, 1980 Bill confirmed to YVR control
that Mt. Saint Helens had, indeed, erupted as the plane he
was flying was right there. By the time Bill retired fully
from the airlines in 2010, he had flown through the mergers
of Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Pacific Airlines,
Wardair Canada, and Air Canada. He never thought of flying
as work, it was such a joy for him to fly, to experience the
world, and to spend time with his airline crews.
Bill was always and forever an adventurer...from sailing to
Hawaii on a 8 meter sailboat with Charlie and Margo White (Charlies
Chart’s), to cycling from Vancouver to San Francisco in 10
days, to circumnavigating Vancouver Island solo on his 22
foot NonSuch at age 68, to riding a motorcycle with his dear
friend Steve Knight over the Altas Mountains into the Sahara
at age 70. This amazing man never stopped exploring and
continuously inspires those who knew him to do the same.
Bill and Janice were married in 1991. Together they created
3 businesses, River Run Cottages in Ladner, Salt Spring
Winery on Salt Spring and Salt Spring Mercantile on Salt
Spring. You can tell that Bill never sat still, we called
him the “Energizer Bunny”. To be diagnosed with progressive
supranuclear palsy made collective sense of the many
symptoms he had experienced over the past several years. It
is rare and untreatable. He spent his last months in Ladner,
watching the river run.
Bill was a man filled with gratitude and kindness, a loving
husband, father and grandfather. A celebration of his life
will be held this summer, pandemic permitting, on the docks
of his son’s home in Ladner.
Our special thanks to the medical community on Salt Spring
that were so caring. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a
charity of your choice in Bill’s memory would be lovely.
February 13, 2021 Captain Harold (Hal) G. Lowe,
B-April 1, 1930
Just advised today that our dear friend and colleague Hal
Lowe passed away peacefully at home in Tsawwassen, B.C. this
past Saturday, Feb. 13th with his beloved Ingrid at his
side. Hal was 90 years old. The next day, Valentine’s Day
was the anniversary date of his retirement from a flying
career he so loved, especially his time spent with PWA.
As per Hal’s wishes, there will be no newspaper obituary and
no funeral service. A “Flown West” announcement will be sent
November 25, 2020
Raymond Glen Harris
HARRIS, Raymond “Glen” – Passed away suddenly at his
residence on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 in his 84th
year. Lovingly remembered by his “first mate”, Lilly Maille.
Cherished father of Micheal Harris (Linda Harris), Shelley
Harris, Patricia Harris, and Christine Billinger (Tristan
Billinger). Dear grandfather of Angela Johnson, Amber Jury,
Reilly Harris-Filipovic, James Billinger, and Ava Billinger
and great-grandfather of Nathan Alfred and Ryan Alfred.
Survived by his sister Faye Milburn (William Milburn) and
sister-in-law Lois Harris. Predeceased by brothers Roger
Harris and Daniel Harris, and sister Helen Reekie (Wally
Reekie). Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews: Geoffry
Reekie, Christine Reekie, Vincent Reekie, Barb
Milburn-Clark, Robert Milburn, Valerie DeMarco, Todd Harris,
Morgan Harris, Jason Harris, Matt Harris and numerous
great-nieces and nephews. Glen loved the Parry Sound area
and would bring his family and friends together to spend
time enjoying his cottage on the beautiful Georgian Bay. He
had a passion for the water and for fishing and spent many
hours teaching his children and grandchildren to fish, to
boat, to explore and to appreciate the nature that was “The
Bay”. His friends and family will remember hot summer days
on the dock where Glen would share with us his colourful
life stories – always embellished for comedic effect. He
will be dearly missed by his friends and acquaintances in
Mount Forest as Glen often spoke of their regular meet-ups
at the local “The Spot Restaurant”. Cremation has taken
place and a celebration of life will be held at a later
date. Glen had a special fondness for all “critters” great
and small and leaves behind his own beloved canine companion
Tango. Please consider a donation to your local SPCA/Animal
Shelter or a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation on
his behalf. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral
Home, Mount Forest.
November 7, 2020 John Newton
WILLIAMS Born May 8, 1932 – Llandovery, Wales
John Williams of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday,
November 7, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
John left Wales at age eighteen to join the Fleet Air Arm of
the Royal Navy, sailing the next seven years to Cyprus,
Malta, Greece, West Africa, Iraq, Turkey and beyond,
learning his life’s vocation in avionics while adventuring.
Immigrating to Canada in 1956, he was hired by Pacific
Western Airlines in Edmonton, soon meeting Elaine and making
Canada home, retiring from Canadian Airlines thirty-five
years later. Known as Taffy, he won at darts and golf, loved
to swim, completing seventy-five lengths in his
seventy-fifth year at the Canyon Meadows pool. Respected for
his ingenuity, he repaired Hercules aircraft in Resolute Bay
at minus fifty and survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle,
working from Angola to Beirut.
Always learning, leading, and loving the outdoors, whether
flying into a remote fishing shack in northern Alberta with
Frank, hunting with Bill or George (rarely pulling a
trigger), and road-tripping with Elaine and special friends
the Becks. He orchestrated the best fun family summers at
the Shuswap, and later, endless backyard adventures with
grandkids, all while cultivating the finest Early Girls on
the block. His list of interests and fixing skills were
admirable, and his years of patience and artistry in
woodworking culminated into a flock of exquisitely
hand-carved and hand-painted birds.
John was a man with a story, a laugh, a whistle, with a
flame for Elaine that never wavered. As a father he was
generous, happy and wise, but he truly shone as a
grandfather: patient, indulgent, and present. After Elaine’s
death, he moved to supportive living at AgeCare Skypointe,
and was popular for his fiercely independent yet congenial
manner. We are deeply indebted to the caring staff who let
him shine, and who made his last days comfortable. We are
grateful to his many companions, notably Carole, Lisa Marie,
and Nicky, who enthusiastically chatted with him about
rugby, Wales, winter tires, chicken stock . . .
Never looking back from his decision to live in Canada, his
stories of late were of his childhood and youth in
Carmarthenshire, Wales – the family’s pub The White Hall,
skipping school to fish, crashing his motorcycle into the
side of a cow, enjoying a half-pint in each of Llandovery’s
twenty-two pubs all in the same evening, winning a silver
medal boxing for Wales at age sixteen. We know he is back
there now, running through the hills.
John is survived by his children, Glyn (Kelly), Donna, and
Diane (Jason Schaaf); siblings, Donna, Eric (Jill), June
Anderson (Colin) and Michael (Wendy); sisters-in-law,
Eleanor Anderson (Bob), and Pat; Yvonne, Janice, and the
Welsh contingent of nieces and nephews, all who were special
to him. He was adored by his grandchildren, Jon, Tim, Megan,
Will, and great-granddaughter Emilee. He was predeceased by
his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Elaine, his parents,
Howell Newton Williams and Annie Elizabeth (nee Theophilus),
his brothers Roy and Neville Williams.
A private service will be held in John’s honour.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on
John’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In memoriam,
please consider a donation to The Alzheimer Society of
Calgary, 800, 7015 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6,
October 29, 2020
Captain John van der Ven
John van der Ven, 72, died peacefully in
his sleep at home on Oct. 28 after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Venezuela, and went to
boarding school at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario. Following
high school, he moved back to the Netherlands to attend flight school.
While there he met his next-door neighbour and future wife of fifty
years, Gerry van der Ven.
After obtaining his pilot’s license, he joined the Dutch Navy for a
two-year tour of duty and immigrated back to Canada to pursue his flight
career. John started by flying bush planes in Northern Ontario and was
subsequently hired by Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) in 1974. He went on
to serve as a captain with Canadian Airlines and subsequently Air
Canada. His flight career took him from the Canadian arctic, to Africa,
the far east, Europe, and back home to Vancouver again. He loved to fly
and was disappointed when his career prematurely ended due to health
He was an avid sportsman and excelled at tennis, windsurfing, and
skiing. He completed a pentathlon, a marathon, and a triathlon.
He is survived by his wife (Gerry), son (Hamish), daughter-in-law
(Katy), and granddaughter (Ada) and friends and family in the
Netherlands and Vancouver.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations may be
made in his honour to BC Children’s Hospital. No flowers please.
October 14, 2020 SNOWDON, Barbara
Barbara Snowdon of Calgary, Alberta and Bedford, Nova Scotia
passed away peacefully at home on October 14, 2020. She is
the daughter of Bill and Marion Snowdon of Calgary. Barb
followed her father into the practice of law and was the
first woman in the first law class at the University of
Calgary to be admitted to the Alberta Bar. Barb spent much
of her career practicing aviation law. She loved the airline
industry and all the great people she worked with. Barb
received the General Counsel of the year award for her
outstanding work. Barb was a hard working, fun loving,
active, sincere and delightful lady. Barb is survived by her
parents, her husband Bob Coyle of Bedford and her
stepchildren Sean and Laura Coyle of Bedford. Her sister
Susan Snowdon Gilchrist (Colin and Myah) of Kelowna and
brother Bob Snowdon of Vancouver. Barb has many aunts,
uncles, cousins, friends and extended family who love her
and miss her dearly. Donations may be made to the Canadian
Cancer Society or The Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
May 26, 2020 SMIGEL, Nadia Nancy (Sharun)
Beloved mother and Baba, Nadia Smigel passed peacefully into
the Lord's presence on May 26, 2020 at Burnaby General
Hospital. She will be dearly missed by her children: Mark
(Lori), Greg (Tanya), Leah; and grandchildren Joshua,
Matthew, Sophia, Rebecca, Olivia, and Annalies. She is
survived by her brother Victor and sister Marianne. Daughter
of the late Henry and Ann Sharun, she was predeceased by her
soul-mate William, and elder sister, Virginia. An active
member of the St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
community, we look forward to celebrating her life with her
friends and parishioners in the near future
Sep 28, 2020
Captain George Chivers: B-August 5, 1940
Passed away suddenly in hospital Monday evening September 28, 2020
whilst undergoing routine dialysis treatment. George leaves behind his
beloved wife Lesley, and the two children: Noel (Meronea) and Quinton (Renita)
and Granddaughter: Gia Noelle. George was the son of George Frederick
Chivers (Sr) and Florence Chivers of Toronto and brother of Tom Chivers.
George lived his early years in Toronto where he signed up for the RCAF.
This was the start of his life long career in aviation. He retired in
2000 as a Captain for Air Canada. During this period George flew every
aircraft in the RCAF inventory at that time, from the piston Tiger Moth
to the jet-T 33. When he transitioned to civil aviation he flew the
world in his PWA Hercules which took him from the cold and dark of the
High Arctic to Europe and the sun and sands of Africa. He transitioned
to the 737, his favourite plane and transpacific DC-10 which took him to
the Far East. Lesley has even been heard to say that she felt most safe
when George was Captain.
What George took most pride in was not however his accident free career
but his two much loved doctor sons, Dr. Noel Chivers and Dr. Quinton
In retirement, George continued his life long skill set of fixing and
maintaining aircraft. He carried more endorsements and "tickets" related
to aircraft maintenance than most engineers in Canada. When anyone in
the Canadian aviation world had a question regarding vintage aircraft,
George was the go to source.
Due to COVID restrictions , funeral services will be delayed. However,
there will be a Memorial Service and Wake when it is safe to do so and
further notice will be given for friends and family to attend.
In lieu of flowers please consider giving to the Dialysis Unit 5B1 at U
of A Hospital.
Sep 4, 2020
Harvigsen, Born Sep 20, 1946
Anyone who had the chance to fly with Terje (Terry) would say the
cockpit was a place with warm conversations, the occasional good laugh
and a great flight. With sadness in our hearts we announce his passing
just a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday.Born in the small hamlet town
of Harstad, in northern Norway, Terje fought a 2 year battle with
pancreatic cancer, a fight he seemed to be winning up until his
unexpected passing due to related complications. The Hartvigsen name
translates to “Son of the Valiant Fighter” which he was right until the
end..... Read the
Flown West here
Sep 2, 2020
Captain Dennis Currie B- July 2, 1950
Dennis Currie was an airline Captain, a published poet, a commercial
fisherman, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Dennis was born in
1950 in Vancouver BC to Betty and Art Currie. He is survived by his
loving wife Joanne, his children Vanessa (Julien), Daniel (Lauren) and
Jessica (Chewie), 5 little grandkids, and dearest sister Debra (Garth).
Dennis always dreamed of being a pilot. After short but memorable stints
as a waiter on the S.S. Prince George and a dock-boy in Tahsis,he began
his flying career in 1972 in Tofino. He was an expert pilot, flying
floats on the BC coast, Hercules in Africa and the Arctic, and various
jetliners (A320, B737, 767, DC-9, DC-10, B747, B777) around the world.
Dennis lived life to the fullest, always seeking out new adventures by
float, tin boat, the Red Boat, dirt bike, or airplane. Telling stories
from memory, so vivid and with such gusto that you couldn’t help but
hang on every word –even the third time ‘round. Dennis celebrated every
moment, reminding us how lucky we were with each new adventure. Whether
it was gyoza in Honolulu, handmade noodles in Shanghai or an Irish pub
in Sydney, he was a local in every town. People were always drawn to
Dennis. He was funny, handsome and smart but it washis joy for life that
drew you in. He always laughed the loudest and welcomed everyone to the
party. He filled our lives with music. He rigged stereo systems in every
garage, barn, car, or boat, his favourite songs playing on repeat as he
Page 2of 2Hislove of fun was only matched by his love of family. He was
a father figure to many and friend to all. Together with his wife
Joanne, they created a welcoming and nurturing home where everyone felt
included and loved. Dennis encouraged everyone to live life to fullest,
and take chances, because you only live once. His enthusiasm for life
will live on in each of us who were lucky enough to know him. In lieu of
flowers, please send donations to the charities run by his daughters:
Central Westcoast Forest Society www.clayoquot.organd the International
Institute for Child Rights and Development
2020 Capt Barry Moffit
January 5, 1946 – Regina, Saskatchewan Passed
August 23, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father Barry
Moffitt, of Calgary, AB on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at the age of 74
Barry was born in Regina, SK, on January 5, 1946. He joined Transair as
a pilot in 1969 and was affectionately known as Captain Barry. His
flying career spanned over thirty years and took him all over the world.
Among his favourite destinations were Hong Kong, Tokyo & Sydney. He
moved to Calgary, AB in 1982. Barry was a proud Calgarian and
volunteered with the Calgary Stampede Caravan Committee. He was known
for his big smile and witty sense of humor. During his years on the
committee he became a much-loved member of the Caravan family and made
many life-long friends. Barry loved playing golf and cheering on the
Flames and Stampeders. He also had a passion for thoroughbred horses and
loved putting a bet (or seven) on the ponies. He thoroughly loved
spoiling his poodles TJ and Squeak.
Barry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Stuart of
Calgary, AB; son Richard (Stacey) of Airdrie, AB; and two grandchildren,
Taylor and Evan, of Airdrie, AB. He is also survived by his sister
Lorraine (Frank) of Regina, SK, niece Melissa, nephews, Mark and Trent;
and many friends. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Theresa and
Joseph; and sister and brother-in-law Elaine and William.
A Private Family Burial will take place and a Celebration of Barry’s
Life will be held at a later date once gathering restrictions have been
lifted. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on
Barry’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire,
memorial tributes may be made directly to Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O.
Box 34160, RPO Westbrook, Calgary, AB, T3C 3W2, Telephone: (403)
August 20, 2020 - JOYCE GOODALL BORN
DECEMBER 13, 1937
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joyce
Goodall on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at the Royal Columbian Hospital in
New Westminster, from heart complications. Joyce began her career with
Pacific Western Airlines in 1959 at the Municipal Airport in Edmonton in the
Flight Operations department. In 1973 she transferred to Vancouver with the
Reservations Department, followed a few years later with a transfer to Crew
Scheduling. After numerous airline mergers Joyce ended her career of over 40
years as a Customer Service agent at the Vancouver Airport.
Joyce was devoted to her family and will be greatly missed by her nephews
Rick Yakabowich (Andrea), Jay (Amelia), Tim, and niece Suzanne Thompson, as
well as her cousin, Graham Fuchs.
She had a warm, wonderful sense of humour and she cherished her many friends
and co-workers. She was an avid sports fan … always following Hockey,
Football, National/International Curling events, as well as her beloved Blue
Jays. In her retirement she also enjoyed many cruises and was always game to
go on another one.
A celebration of life is being postponed to a later date that is more
appropriate given the challenges and risks associated with the COV19 virus.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Joyce’s name to the B.C.
Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3N1.
July 11 ,2020
Captain Robin Mackie passed age 90.
here for the Flown West
Captain Mackie held various
flight operations positions
at both Pacific Western Airline and Canadian Airlines including
Chief Pilot. He retired in 1990 after logging over 18,000 flying hours.
July 11, 2020
age 72 .
A tribute to the man, wild child, legend, VP, Mr. Jamaica, mentor,
athlete, track and soccer coach, gardener, motorcycle lover, husband,
father, grandfather and brother. Jim grew up in Richmond, BC. Popular
and well respected by his co-workers, associates and friends, Jim began
what turned out to be a long and substantial travel career - at Pacific
Western Airlines in 1970, working at Vancouver Airport in Customer
Service and Airport Operations. He soon moved up the ladder, and was
sales manager in the Charter Division when he left the airline in 1978.
In Toronto, he joined Suntours, progressing through management positions
until he went to Air Canada Vacations, where he remained for many years,
choosing to retire some years ago. Jim was smart, interesting, always
ready for a good time and definitely a bit of a character whose exploits
could engender much amusement and laughter. "He always had a smile on
his face and never had a bad word about anyone or anything. He truly was
nature's gentleman and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the
good fortune to know him." Jim had the kindest soul, the hardest work
ethic, the most discipline, the wittiest sense of humour and the
greatest love for the people in his life. We'll kick it into high gear
for you always. As one of his good friend's said in his last days: You
were perfect. Mischievous. Entertaining. Loyal. Beautiful. I love you
baby. Jim Proctor took his last flight on Saturday July 11th, surrounded
by his wife Diane Tremblay, twin daughters Sarah and Michelle Proctor,
son in law Mark Brown, brothers Gary and Brian Proctor and his sisters
in law. He was 72 years old. You will forever be our sunshine, our north
star and the wind in our sails. We love you.
June 29, 2020
Capt Bill Gray
Passed at age 78.
June 19, 2020
Mary Anne King
Sad to announce, Mary Anne King passed away on June 19, 2020 following a
courageous fight with a serious illness. Mary Anne began her career as a
flight attendant with Transair in Winnipeg and retired after 40 years
with Air Canada. At this time, no service is scheduled. Rest In Peace,
Mary Anne. Forwarded by P. Styan.
2020 KULAK, James Louis B August 8, 1931
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Kulak, beloved
husband, father, grandfather, and friend, in Calgary on June 13, 2020 at
the age of 88 years. Jim will be remembered with love by his three
daughters: Eyren, Barbara, and Lianne (Tyler); his three grandchildren:
Connie, Cameron, and Annaliese; and his two great-grandchildren. He was
predeceased by his wife Eileen (Duke) Kulak, his son-in-law Jim Semper,
his parents Frank and Gladys Kulak, and his brothers Harold and Stanley
Kulak. Jim was born in Lamont, Alberta. He had a lifelong love for his
family and a passion for airplanes and automobiles. Jim started his
career in aviation with the Air Force and then spent many years in the
commercial airline industry. Jim also spent many hours volunteering with
the Lions Club and various aviation museums. Jim was the recipient of
many honours and awards during his career in aviation. Memorial
donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200,
119 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6
(www.heartandstroke.ca/). To express condolences, please visit:
June 2, 2020
MARTIN, Mary Eleanor - B March 8, 1944
It is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of my beloved wife
Mary was born in North Vancouver to Douglas and Gladys Hole, and spent
her early years in Coal Harbour and Royston, BC. She went to school as a
boarder at Queen Margaret's in Duncan, BC, travelling by herself on the
E&N Railway to go home for holidays. It was at school that she became
the very independent, intelligent, and determined person she remained
all her life. After graduation Mary worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia
and then a recording company while going to BCIT. She then joined Count
On Us Travel, which led her to join Pacific Western Airlines in 1971,
working at the reservations office in Vancouver. Mary then went to work
at the Port Hardy Airport, Cranbrook Airport, and finally Vancouver
International Airport. During this time she met and married her life
partner Ian Martin. Mary became involved in the union movement serving
as a district chairperson, bargaining committee, and executive assistant
to the union President. She was appointed by the BC Provincial
Government to serve on the Motor Carrier Commission, and after the
tragedy of 9/11, was appointed by the Federal Government as a founding
member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority, where she served for five years. Mary's airline career lasted
32 years with PWA, Canadian Airlines, and Air Canada, and we were able
to travel to many wonderful places and experience different cultures.
After retirement she enjoyed her passion for gardening and travel, being
with her friends, and became a Marriage Commissioner.
Mary was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease shortly after returning from
her last trip to South Africa, to visit where her grandmother was born,
a place she had always dreamed to see. Her journey with dementia was
compounded by a diagnosis of Parkinson Disease, and her decline was
extremely swift, and her life ended all too soon.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ian, niece Roxanne
(Jim), great-niece Katy, great-nephew Will, and her many dear friends.
I would like to thank all of the nurses, care-aides, and staff at Minoru
Residence, where Mary resided for the last 16 months, for their
kindness, caring, and compassion. This appreciation is extended to the
nurses and doctors at the Richmond Hospital Palliative Care Unit where
she spent her final two weeks. Special thanks to our doctor, Dr. Robert
Mckenzie for all his help during this difficult time. Caregivers
Jennifer, Rosita, Judith, and Imelda, thank you very much for your
loving care. To all of Mary's friends, I thank you for caring, and to
Trisha, I cannot thank you enough.
Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held sometime in the
future. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer Society of BC (alzheimerbc.org)
would be greatly appreciated.Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604
May 28, 2020
Sharon Crawford Born Oct 3, 1952
Sharon passed away May 28, 2020 at the age of 67 after a courageous
battle against cancer.
Sharon’s career as a flight attendant spanned 47 years beginning with
PWA in 1972 (YEG). In 1982 she transferred to Toronto where she was
based for 21 years. The last 16 years of her career were spent in
Vancouver until her retirement from Air Canada in August 2019. An
important and satisfying part of her life was the camaraderie and
friendships she enjoyed with her fellow crew members.
Her sense of humour, kindness, generosity and love for family and
friends were part of Sharon’s nature. Her mother Marjorie, brother
Barry, sister Cindy ,and nieces Jenny, Sarah, and Katie will carry her
in their hearts forever.
2020 John Alexander Miles
Captain John Alexander (Alec) Miles born November 1, 1948 - passed April
23, 2020. Alec flew with Pacific Western on the Hercules, B707, and the
B737. His father is JCS Miles, the VP of Flight Ops at PWA. At the
family's request, there will be no service. Vancouver Sun Obit ..
2020 Dennis Nagy
Dennis was born Oct 2, 1944 and had a long career in the airline
busyness. He flew for Lambair, Transair, Pacific Western, Canadian
and retired off the B767 with Air Canada
April 5, 2020 Elsa Milligan
Elsa Milligan lost her long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
She had many good friends from Transair, PWA, Canadian and,
in her life after Canadian, at the Employers Advisory
Council. We’ll all miss her special brand of straight
forward pragmatism, compassion and integrity. Elsa worked in
Airport Services and Administration.
Because of current social distancing restrictions, memorial
arrangements are unknown.
February 21,2020 -
Frank started his career with Pacific Western Airlines in
B.C. May of 1974 and worked in various ground agent
positions, cargo and ticketing in several municipal and
international airports across Western Canada. He stayed with
the airline through transitions to Canadian Airlines and
finally Air Canada. Frank retired from Edmonton
International Airport and Air Canada in 2002 after 27 1/2
11, 2020 Capt Ed Gray - Retired
Born April 16 1943 at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital – Passed away
peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. Edward Gray of Winnipeg Man and Jean Elizabeth McDonald of Solcouts
SK. Grew up in Burnaby B.C attending Burnaby South High School. Since he
was 16 he drove a truck for his father. Particularly during the summer
months when he was out of school. In 1963-68 he drag raced and set 2
NHRA Class records in S/DA and S/FA. Ed took up flying in 1968 Married
his dream wife Brenda in Feb 1971 and Joined Pacific Western Airlines in
Jan 1972. He flew the DC6, L188 and 15,000 hrs on the B737. ED was
blessed to have his three sons, Jeff, Jason and Brad. Ed and Brenda
spent a great deal of time traveling and achieved 40 cruises, They also
spent many days in their 5th wheel. Golfing at Win Chelsea view was Ed’s
personal sport and man getaway. The greatest group of guys one could
ever meet. The airlines were a wonderful experience. Ed sends his love
and thanks to all his Friends.
Ed is survived by his wife Brenda, His 3 sons – Jeff, Jason, and Brad,
his siblings – Fern, MaryAnn, Jim (Bev), Sister in Law Linda (Barry),
and several nieces and nephews.
Ed will be sadly missed by his friends and family. There will be a
celebration of life for Ed at 11am on Saturday, January 25th, at Sands
Funeral Chapel in Nanaimo.
In Lieu of flowers we would request that donations be made to either
Palliative care unit at NRGH, Vancouver Island Therapeutic Community
(John Howard Society) – or to a charity of your choice. Thank you.
2020 James “Jim” Glenfield Dobell B-May 22, 1942
With sadness the family wishes to announce the passing of Jim Dobell, on
January 4, 2020.
Jim was one of a kind, and always ready for a new adventure. He had many
hobbies over the years including skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing and
sailing. In his younger years (1961) Jim joined the Navy where he had
many adventures and shenanigans. He moved from Nipawin to Vancouver
Island, Kelowna, Penticton and finally settling in Marysville at Kokanee
Cottage with his wife Carolyne. Together they enjoyed a bit of
travelling and retirement. Jim lost his long-fought battle with lung
Jim is survived by his children Melanie Kirk and Michael Dobell
(Shauna), Carolyne’s children Jay Beechinor (Judy Ohama) and Patrick
Beechiner (Satoko), his six siblings Lynn Johnson, Grant Dobell, Wendy
Lamb, Mark Dobell, Faye King and Bonnie Cardinal, seven grandchildren
Mckenzie, Tanner (Melanie), Matthew, Tanner, Kylee (Michael), Jacob
(Jay), Adam (Patrick) as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Ralf and Leona Dobell and his wife
There will be no services at this time.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim’s Honour to the Canadian
Cancer Society https://www.cancer.ca/…/…/give-a-gift-in-memory-or-in-honour
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
Condolences for the family can be offered at:
December 13, 2019
Mharget was born on Apr 3 1936 and worked in Fort McMurray, Edmonton
Muni and in the late 70's at Vancouver Airport. She was known for her
great sense of humour, loved a good joke & was very good with our
passengers.. (E. Malcolm) If you have more details of Mharget's life
please pass them on.
10, 2019 Don Switzer - Flight Technical
We have received some sad news about the passing of our fellow Herc Rat,
Don Switzer, the technical systems expert, trainer, mentor, tall tale
teller, self professed part time comedian and all round airplane good
guy. Don’s granddaughter, Denise Hunda, advised there would be no
memorial service for him but donations in his memory to organizations
supporting dementia and Alzheimer's research would be considered a very
As everyone who knew Don, aka PokChop, he was known for his sense of
humour and his ability to take technical aircraft systems information
from the text book to the trainee, whether that was a pilot new to the
aircraft or a maintenance engineer who needed to understand how the
aircraft systems worked. Don came to Pacific Western from the RCAF and
used his skills and technical talents to influence the knowledge of
every class he trained.
In the fall of 1978, a group of us went to Lockheed, in Marietta
Georgia, to meet C-GHPW 387 for the first time , and learn all of the
differences between the earlier L100-20-E models PWA flew and the new
super stretched L100-30-H Hercules. Well it did not take long for Don to
change from a mild mannered airplane enthusiast to a kid with a new toy
and he was all over the airplane in no time flat. We were all impressed
with this new aircraft with no paratroop doors and external ramp
control, but none as enthusiastically as Don. He was proud of Pacific
Western and his role in the company.
As you can see from the photo taken at the 2011 Hercules Reunion, Don
always had a winning smile and a sparkle in his eye.
He will be missed by all who knew him, but his impression on all he
trained, will never be forgotten.
Our condolences to June and his family. Sincerely Stu and
December 6, 2019 Ronnie Stenabaugh
Ron Stenabaugh who worked in the PWA - CDN Airlines Stores Dept,
passed in his sleep in the hospital in Winnipeg on Dec 6, 2019. Ronnie
was born in 1943 near Dauphin, Manitoba. He moved to Winnipeg and then
to Edmonton in 1973 to work as a Stock keeper with PWA, Hangar 13. He
moved to Calgary in 1983 when the new hangar there was built. Ron stayed
in Calgary until 1996 and during that time became a lead stock keeper
and PWA became Canadian Airlines International. Ron moved to Vancouver
when the Calgary maintenance facility closed down in 1996. He finished
his career at the Ops Centre in 1998 at the age of 55. He and his wife,
Shirley, moved to Tyndall , Manitoba and later back to Winnipeg to enjoy
retirement. He leaves behind his loving and caring wife , Shirley. They
had just celebrated their 48th year of marriage.
November 21, 2019 Dave Hanas
shared some sad news that our Hercules buddy Dave Hanas,
ramp rat, Herc rat, Resupply LM, northern airport operations
expert, farmer, father and all around happy go lucky guy has
passed away in Edmonton. Dave was always full of life and
had a big hearted spirit that filled a room or flight deck,
moments after he opened the door and joined right into the
next adventure. From the Central Western ramp at YXD in the
late 1960's through the PWA Hercules and Resupply Operation
in the High Arctic, to remote locations across the globe
hauling outsized cargo to unique destinations and then to
Canadian Airlines and Canadian North and his life after the
airlines with his family, farm and friends.
" Baby Hughie " was well known and well liked by everyone.
As you can see in the attached 1994 photo with fellow
Loadmasters Gary Horobin, PJ Wheeler, Dave, Stu Russell and
Harry Beck he was larger than life and that smile of his was
infectious. There is no doubt that everyone on our Hercules
Reunion email list has shared an adventure with Dave
anywhere from the frozen Arctic to the intensely hot African
deserts. There was one cook in Dundo Angola " Big House "
that found out his sense of haha was not always there, after
Dave and crew went to Francistown, Botswana and brought home
the first steaks, butter and beer anyone had seen in weeks
and the cook tried to put the steaks on the grill that was
covered with rancid olive oil while Dave was showering and
was last seen flying over the kitchen hedge into the yard
next door. Those butter cooked steaks and Carling Black
Label beer went a long way to keep morale up and Dave's
Terry confirmed that a celebration of Dave's life will be
held at the Calmar Legion, west of Leduc, at 1300 on Friday
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Jane and Dave's
He has moved on to a more peaceful place but will certainly
never be forgotten by all who knew him.
Rest easy old pal - clear blue skies and long white
contrails - our thoughts are with you!
Sep 3, 2019 Guy Tougas -
It is with sadness that I advise of the passing of our
friend and coworker Guy Tougas on September 3 in YYC from
Guy began his career with Transair in 1977 in YWG . With the PWA merger, he and his young family relocated to YXD in 1981
where he worked as a crew planner in Flight Operations. With
the consolidation of the crew planning area in 1984 he moved
to YYC. Guy held supervisory and management positions with
Crew Scheduling and In Flight Services for PWA, Canadian
Airlines and Air Canada. Guy took retirement in May 2003.
Guy enjoyed his retirement and spent winters in Arizona with
his wife Sylvia and enjoyed traveling with his many friends
and family. He loved woodworking, making wine and just
enjoying life. He had an amazing sense of humour and an
acerbic wit. He was the proud owner of a “joke file” that
would have you laughing from start to finish. He will truly
Guy is survived by his loving family; wife Sylvia, daughter
Jennifer, son Nick, their spouses and 6 grandchildren that
brought him joy every day.
A private cremation will be held and no service at his
request. He would want you to raise a glass for him instead.
Condolences can be sent to the family via e-mail
(sent by J. Hantos)
Aug 19, 2019 John
“Graham” Mann B-June 13, 1936 - D-August 19, 2019
Graham was born in Vancouver, B.C. during its Golden Jubilee
year to Ray & Dorothy Mann (McCowan) and passed away in
Kimberley, B.C., 12 months to the day following a heart
attack while travelling in Kalispell, MT.
Graham spent 36 years of his life in the airline business,
allowing him the opportunity to travel to every province and
territory in Canada, 27 U.S. states (including an 8-year
stint living and working in New York City), plus countries
in Europe, Asia and South America. If asked about his
airline career, he used to say “I did everything except fix,
fly or finance the planes.”
In August of 1994 Graham and Gerda retired to Kimberley and
became part of this remarkable community, church and Rotary.
In the ensuing 25 years they never questioned their choice
of retirement location. The following April they welcomed
Gerda’s mom, Alice, into their home where she and Graham
developed a close, loving relationship.
Graham’s hobbies included golfing and curling, which he
sorely missed in the last few years. He was an avid reader
and travelled extensively with his wife Gerda and
Graham lived with enthusiasm, welcoming each new experience
and adventure. He was an intelligent, curious man who
absorbed information and was quick to offer comments on a
wealth of topics. Graham embraced life, family and friends,
and freely shared his talents, time and expertise. He truly
lived the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
Graham was a dedicated Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a
Paul Harris Benefactor. He was a passionate ShelterBox
Ambassador and in 2016 received an “All Star” award for his
Graham was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard
(Dick) Mann, his nephew Ian Mann, and his son Steven Mann.
He is lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Gerda,
mother-in-law Alice Geisser, grandchildren Kenny Mann (Laura
& daughter Madilyn), Jordan Coulter (Chelsie & daughter
Violet), Alyssa Hewko (Aaron & daughter Eleanor), Nick Mann,
nephew David Mann (Wendy & children Kyrie, Christopher &
Peter), niece Jennifer Mann, Ian’s children Tyler and Lisa
Mann, sister-in-law Bev Mann, along with numerous family and
A celebration of Graham’s life will be held at the Kimberley
United Church at 3 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, Graham would be delighted by any
donation in his memory made to ShelterBox Canada or through
our local Credit Union), Kimberley United Church or a
charity of your choice.
Aug 5, 2019
Marlene Buchanan (YXD Baggage Svcs, YXD Res and
YXD Airport Counter)
Marlene started in Reservations in the old Muni in 1966/
04/18. YXD. She then worked ticketing, cargo, lost and
found, and the VIP lounge. Marlene passed after a long
airline career in Edmonton on 05Aug2019. At her request,
there will be no obituary or service.
July 22, 2019 Katherine Chapman (Buchan); Ticketing &
Our dear friend and colleague, Kay Chapman passed away 4
days ago in a senior care home in Victoria with her niece
Sharon at her side. Kay was 93 years young. She was the
sweetest person with a loving, caring heart and soul and
will be missed by us all. For many decades now, a group of
we former PWA Reservations/Ticket Agent friends, which
included Kay have gotten together for lunch once or twice a
year and also for everyone’s special birthdays. (Lorna K.)
March 12, 2019 Captain Neal
Passed away in Salmon Arm, BC. No service information
at this time. RIP Neal.
July 16, 2019 Captain Gordon Moul
MOUL- Captain Gordon Robert, born October 1931, to Minnie
Maria & A.J. (Jack) Moul in Vancouver, died peacefully on
Tuesday July 16, 2019. Gordon came from a large family,
raised and educated in Port Alberni. Gordon had a long
aviation career spanning over 40 years, ending on the DC10
with Canadian Airlines. He was heavily involved with CALPA.
He also developed and operated TeePee Trailer Park at Cultus
Lake and Torwoodlee Farm in Sardis, retiring to Qualicum
Beach in 1991.
Gordon was given the Citation for Bravery by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper in 2014.
Gordon & Sybil married in 2000 and have had a very happy 20
years together, and are dearly loved by their blended
The funeral Service will be at St. Marks Anglican Church,
Qualicum Beach on July 20/19 at 2:00 p.m.
April 14, 2019 Oscar Henaut
PWA Loadmaster Oscar Henaut passed away at home in Kingston
yesterday with Yvonne at his side. Oscar was a
character second to none. His good friend Gary Horobin
mentioned he was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia and lived
there prior to joining the RCAF in 1963, where he served as
a Traffic Tech and then a Hercules loadmaster with RCAF 435
squadron at Namao. Oscar joined PWA in 1974 and flew on the
Hercules aircraft throughout the arctic, around the globe
and into some amazing places. He was well known for his
colourful writing skills and always smiled when the “ Voice
of the Arctic “ shared some paragraphs discreetly over the
aviation air waves in the middle of the arctic winter
nights. Oscar was a good Loadmaster and proved that many
times over, and also an expert at finding ways of getting
into mischief when the opportunity presented itself.
Oscar may have left us, but his memory will always live on
in Hercules folk lore.
Our thoughts go out to Yvonne, his family and friends,
including long time pals Gary and Tannis Horobin
Sent by Stu & Knut
April 6, 2019 Lloyd William
February 16, 1929 - April 6, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lloyd W
Tuckey, husband, father, Papa and Great-Papa on April 6,
2019. He was born February 16, 1929 in Chigwell Alberta, the
second of 6 children. Lloyd was predeceased by his wife
Patricia, brother Doug and sister Jean. He leaves behind his
son Bob, daughter Linda, grandchildren Melissa (Vince),
Sheri (Josh), and Jaclyn, and seven great-grandchildren.
Lloyd was a thoughtful, caring, and supportive man who loved
his family and had an unrivalled passion for flying. Lloyd
flew all over the world with PWA, Ward Air, Canadian
Airlines and Cargolux. Lloyd spent his last days surrounded
by family until he took his final flight. Memorial donations
may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.
March 30, 2019 Gary Acorn
August 19, 1947 – March 30, 2019
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Gary Raymond Acorn passed away.
Gary was born on August 19, 1947 in Calgary, Alberta. He was
owner/operator of Acorn Auto Centre and Minute Muffler in
Gary had a passion for sports throughout his life including
playing ball and numerous years of golf at Mountain View
Golf Course. Gary had the gift of gab and enjoyed discussing
his views of politics with his friends during his extended
“coffee breaks” at his shop.
He leaves behind his partner in life, Jane Slager and
daughter Kim Slager and grandsons, Brett and Tyler Briemon.
His children Shawn, Blair, Renee and Pamela; grandkids,
Makayla, Clark and Cameron, as well as his sister Sue
(Shelly) and brothers Donny and Aaron.
.........Gary worked as a Station
Attendant and Lead on YXD Ramp.
February 8, 2019
Dearest friends of Bryan.
We share with you that our father, father-in-law, grandfather and much loved
patriarch of our family left us tonight. He was the beloved husband of our
mother Maralyn for 52 years, Father of two, and grandfather to 5 plus 2
We are eternally grateful for the
opportunity to spend with him his last hours.
Please join us for a memorial service at
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 4416 50 Street, Leduc on Friday, February 15,
2019 at 1:00pm. Lunch to follow.
Please remember our father and grandfather with a funny story, a golf game
memory or a bad joke.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
Click below for the Obituary
Dec 12, 2018
Escott, Capt. Kenneth Gordon
May 24, 1936 – December 12, 2018 at the age of 82 years
After a long and difficult illness, Ken left us peacefully on December 12,
2018 in Salmon Arm, B.C. He leaves to mourn his brother Harry (Oresia) of
Montreal, sister Kathleen Prince (Hayward) of Winnipeg, son Christopher
(Lindsey) of Edmonton, daughter Laurie of Edmonton, grandsons Kyle and Owen,
and granddaughter Justine. He is also survived by his sister-in-law France
Brown and her husband Doug and sister in law Alice Hastings plus numerous
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Iris, his first wife
Joan and his second wife Marie-Paule.
Ken was born in Winnipeg to Fred and Agnes (Chambers) Escott. From his
earliest years, he always knew what he wanted to do for a living – he wanted
He realized his dream. His first jobs were bush flying, where he had some
hair-raising adventures. In time, as one of Canada’s earliest water bomber
pilots, he progressed to water bombing, flying Canso’s. His career then took
him to Midwest Airlines, Transair, and Canadian Airlines, from which he
retired as Captain of Boeing 737s. He was proud of being a “by the book”
Ken was a kind, modest man. He didn’t often talk about his adventures, but
when we could get him going he’d often laugh till the tears ran down his
face. We urged him to write his memoirs, to no avail.
Ken loved being surrounded by family, so much so that, when he’d visit
out-of-town relatives, rather than stay in a hotel, he preferred to cram his
6’4″ frame onto someone’s too-short sofa. His love of family was further
evidenced by the generosity he showed in playing tour guide to multiple
family members, young and old, in his favourite place, Hawaii. It was his
France and Doug, you are both so special. Whatever would we have done
without you? Those innumerable trips, first to Kelowna, then to Salmon Arm
in rain, shine, or snow; all those doctor visits; taking care of business
affairs, plus a million so-called “little things” that made such a
difference to Ken, and to us – you’ll never know how much they meant.
No service, by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada
would be appreciated.
Nov 18, 2018
Captain John Web Marvin Barnes
October 26, 1931 - November 17, 2018
John was born in London, England on October 26, 1931, and passed away
peacefully on a beautiful autumn evening on November 17, 2018, with his wife
by his side. Loved and mourned by his wife, Dororthy; son,
daughter-in-law, Maria; and grandsons, Michael and Matthew.
John was employed as a pilot and check pilot with Transair of Winnipeg,
Pacific Western Airlines, and Canadian Airlines, retiring in October 1991.
He also founded Phoenix Aviation in 1989 which continues on.
We wish to thank Doctor Robert Shaw and the doctors and nurses of Delta
Hospital who oversaw his care over the last two years. .
Nov 15, 2018 -
Dale Moran Flight Operations
Nov 12, 2018 -
Capt Richard Glenn Gray
December 28, 1941 - November 12,
With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Richard at the age of 76
on Monday, November 12. Richard started his career as a pilot for B.C.
Airlines in the Queen Charlotte Islands, now Haida Gwai, where he met his
wife Regina, who he married in 1966. Many different postings with PWA, Air
Algerie, Canadian and Air Canada took him all over the world. He loved
flying but even more than that he loved and cherished his family and was
proud of all they accomplished. After 36 years, he retired as captain on the
767 and then enjoyed travels with his wife and son’s family to Maui, cruises
with friends to Europe and Asia. He also loved the outdoors —camping,
hunting, fly fishing and golfing. He was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather who loved his family and friends with all his heart. He is
survived by his loving wife Regina of 52 years, his son Roland (Andrea,
Leah, Jordan), sisters Judy and Colleen (David). Many thanks to the nurses
of White Rock Home Care as well as the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner for
their compassionate and loving care. Donations may be made to the Delta
Hospice Society or B.C. Cancer. A Celebration Of Life will be held on
December 2 at Pasta Vino, (15355 - 24 Ave, Surrey) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct 20, 2018 -
Walter Brown passed this weekend Oct 21, 2018. Walter worked in the
Insurance Dept and was an active member of the Pionairs.
When: Thursday, November 1st, 2018 11:00am
Location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Address: 600 Cambridge Street, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3G9
Sep 3, 2018 -
Robert (Bob) Sperling
On Monday September 3, 2018, Robert (Bob) Jacob Sperling, Father, Son and
Brother passed away at the age of 65.
Bob will be forever remembered by his sons Ray (Jen) Sperling, Wayne (Katie)
Sperling and Steve Sperling. His mother Theckla, brothers Tom (Inge)
Sperling, Tim (Rema) Sperling, Darrell (Jan) Sperling, his sisters Geraldine
(Ronnie) Mapp, Patricia (Rob) Gartner. He will be missed by his
grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends.
Pre-deceased by his father Jacob (Jack) Sperling and niece Brandy Wright.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday September 10th at 1:30p.m. at the
Heritage Park Community Center, Stony Plain, Alberta. A private family
interment to follow at a later date in the Darwell Cemetery.
Bob worked with PWA in YXD and YEG and YEV in Ramp and Air Cargo
July 29, 2018 -
Capt. R. Skermer
We were advised today by Richard Skermer Jr. that his dad Captain
Richard (Dick) Skermer passed away July 29, 2018. Please share
your best Dick Skermer stories - some that come to mind involve Airbus
flights and product marketing. My first colour TV came via Trader Dick. What a
super guy and he will be sadly missed.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 8, 2018 from
2 pm to 5 pm at Richards home, 771 Highway 97 South. Peachland, BC. From
Richard, Mahola Nui Loa.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Photo credits - F/O R. Skermer
HKG 1967-8 from S. Russell & B. Haudenschild then 3 by R. Reaville.
2018 - Sylvia Wright
Worked at Pacific Western as an agent at Sandspit Airport and also in YVR
Res. A young lady taken too soon: From the Victoria Times Colonist.
WRIGHT, Sylvia Ann Daughter of Jack (Scotty) and Barbara Winifred Stewart,
was born on March 7th, 1957, in Vancouver, BC. Sylvia passed on from this
life, July 7th, 2018, at the young age of 61, surrounded by her loving
family, after battling complications due to cancer. Sylvia is survived by
her husband Burt (Jet Eagle Transfer), her two loving daughters, Trisha and
Nicole, and her three sisters, Barbara, Dawn, and Heather. Sylvia was
predeceased by her beloved big brother Johnny, and sister Shareen. Sylvia
will be remembered for being a genuine, beautiful, and wholeheartedly loving
woman. She left her mark on everyone who was lucky enough to have known her.
She will live forever in our hearts. Her family would like to send a special
thank you to the BC Cancer Agency, Dr. Livergant, and the amazing nursing
staff in the oncology ward, at the Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria. Their
dedication to providing outstanding care, will be forever remembered. A
celebration of life for Sylvia, will be held on August 4th, 2018, 2 o'clock
pm, in her garden at 260 Stratford Drive, Campbell River, BC
9, 2018 - Mel Semmler
Mel Semmler who worked in Aircraft Maintenance and was part of the Hercops
team passed in Parksville BC. Mel was always willing to lend a hand
and certainly showed his love for the North and the aviation industry many
times over the years. He was known far and wide as an easy going guy
who got along with everyone and truly enjoyed travelling the world with the
Herc. He was always enthusiastic. Our sincerest condolences to his family
and close friends. He will be missed by all.
from Dale Kennedy: Everybody, I am sending you thus email in
regard to Mel Semmler’s Celebration of life. Mel’s celebration of life will
be held at Yates Memorial Services in Parksville BC on Saturday July 7 at
Yates Memorial Services
1000 Allsbrook Road
V9P 2A9 Phone (250) 248-5859
The family has asked that if you are planning to attend, to please reply to
myself so I can let them know a rough number as they want to make sure the
venue will be large enough to accommodate everybody. If you can please let
me know by email, text or phone call as soon as possible that would be
greatly appreciated. My contact information is as follows: Email:
May 31, 2018 - Tom Rait
Tom Rait passed peacefully on May 31st
2018 in Creston BC with of his friends and Rita's by his
side. Rita predeceased Tom and as there were no family
members we don't believe there is going to be a funeral.
Let's all take a moment to remember Tom and what he meant to
us as our lives crossed paths.
May 12, 2018 - Kenneth
After 86 wonderful years, a man
with a heart of gold and a gentle soul passed away
peacefully with his family at his side.
With that said, it is with profound sadness and heavy hearts
that we announce the passing of our beloved Father,
Grandfather, Uncle and friend to all, Kenneth Williams.
Ken was predeceased by his father Leonard in 1955, his
mother Daisy followed by his brother Don in 1993. Daryl his
wife of 39 years in 1998 and his beloved friend Wendy in
2017. Ken will be deeply and forever missed by his children
Doug (Heather), Marnie (Dave) along with his beloved
grandchildren Erin (Sam), Tyler and Meghan. He will also be
dearly missed by his niece Lisa, nephew Greg along with
their children as well as life long close friends Marilyn
At the early age of 10, Dad knew that his dream and ambition
was to be a pilot. He achieved that success and had a long
and wonderful career that spanned 40 years. His career path
stared with Air Canada moving to CP Air and then Pacific
Western Airlines. He flew his final flight with Canadian
Airlines on May 21, 1991.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful
staff that cared for our father during his very brief stay
at Peace Arch Hospital and Peace Arch Hospice
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3 at 2pm at 2345
Cranley Drive, Surrey in the La Mesa Clubhouse.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Ken's
memory to one of the following charities; The Peace Arch
Hospice Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the
British Columbia Cancer Agency.
April 30, 2018 - Capt. Al
SCHMIDT, (Alfred) Allen "Al" February 24, 1943 - April
We are devastated to share with you the sudden passing of
Al, beloved husband and best friend of Margie, his wife of
44 years. Al suffered an unexpected heart attack at his home
with Margie by his side.
Al built their home on the acreage where they loved living
together with their dogs, horses and nature.
He delighted in being active and outdoors - trail riding,
camping, hiking, kayaking, sailing, skiing, flying and
enjoying life to the full.
His love of flying began in Abbotsford with a Piper Cub
which led to a 34 year airline career, earning his captaincy
at a very young age, with Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian
Airlines and Air Canada. He flew Hercules, 737, DC10, 747
and 767 with the Herc and the 747 holding a special place in
his heart. He had the honour of flying the Prime Minister
and all the premiers on their South American Team Canada
tour in 1998.
He became involved with the local Radio Control community
with a particular passion for scale aircraft but enjoyed
anything that flew and took particular delight in flying his
turbo Beaver on floats on the many float fly camping trips
with his great flying buddies. Al was looked up to by
his colleagues, friends and family for his integrity,
decency, intelligence and genuine relationships. He was such
a kind, caring, loving man.
He will be forever loved, missed and remembered by Margie,
her brother Dick (in India) and all his close and very dear
To celebrate Al's life please join us Friday, May 11, 2 - 5
p.m. at the Sturgeon Golf Club, 25114 Sturgeon Road,
Sturgeon county. Please wear 'Al Attire' - very casual! In
lieu of flowers if so desired a donation to Second Chance
Animal Rescue Society (scarscare.ca); The Wildlife
Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton - now known as WildNorth
(wildnorth.ca) - 12515 - 128 St, Edmonton, T5L 1C9 or a
charity of one's choice.
April 26, 2018 - Captain
Murray Cliff age 89.
Mach buster, bon
Murray Cliff was an excellent pilot, a loving father, and
according to Oliver, “a really good Grandpa”- which is
actually quite funny because those two spent a lot of time
just eyeing each other up, both dubious about the
circumstances that brought them together. For as long as I
can remember, my Dad’s log book has been his steady
companion, each moment in flight meticulously recorded in
his copperplate script. He could have been anything- an
architect, a designer, a Formula One driver, but being in
the cockpit of a Sabre sealed the deal. An engaging
raconteur, I could listen to accounts of his antics for
hours. Whether it was painting his name with his best friend
on a container ship in 20 foot letters, crop-dusting a
motorcycle cop, or getting busted for low level acrobatics
in a residential area, his non-conformist spirit always
prevailed. He loved jazz, good design, and Bugattis with a
ferocious dedication. He was passionate about world events,
and we shared the notion that laughing in the face of
adversity is really the only way to get through life. He was
never stingy with expressing affection and admiration for
those he loved.
His nieces and nephews adored him, his siblings looked up to
him, and anyone who was lucky enough to be in his close
circle of friends knows that though he preferred his own
company to that of others, he was loyal, and he was good to
have on your team. After 17,859 hours and 9 minutes in the
air, and a life very well lived, his passing comes as a
release for a brilliant mind trapped in an almost 90 year
old body. He slipped away on April 26th during the blue
hour, and we miss him dearly.
Please join us as we celebrate the unique journey of Captain
Murray Cliff on Wednesday Jun. 20 @ Sawbucks Neighbourhood
Pub 1626 152nd. Street, South Surrey Airborne @ 11:30 hrs.
(Limited parking at rear of pub,ample parking at Semiahmoo
mall across the street on the west side of 152st)
April 10, 2018 -Marie Paul
Escott (Dick) b:April 7, 1941
Marie-Paule passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.
Marie-Paule is survived by her beloved husband Ken Gordon
Escott, stepson Chris (Lindsay), grandsons Owen and Kyle,
stepdaughter Laurie, granddaughter Justine, sister in law
Kathleen Prince (Hayward) Winnipeg, brother in law Harry
Escott (Oresia) Brossard, sisters France St Louis Brown
(Doug) Blind Bay and Rachel Chevrier (Raymond) Ottawa and
brother Regent St Louis (Julie )Brossard.
Marie-Paule had a great career as a Flight Attendant &
Customer Service Director with Pacific Western and Canadian
Airlines. Everyone loved flying with Marie-Paule, you were
always in for a good day. Unfortunately ill health took her
away from her passion. Even at the retirement home she would
be gracious to other residents and offer help. The staff
used to say you can always see the Flight Attendant in
Marie-Paule. Marie & Ken retired to Kelowna and when it got
too cold in December they would leave for Honolulu.
Marie-Paule requested no service and in lieu of flowers
donations to the SPCA would be appreciated.
Mar 3, 2018 - Joan Mary
Joan passed away peacefully at her home in Comox on March 3,
She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband Gordon
Darling of 28 years, her sons Ian and Rob (Sharlene) as well
as step-daughter Jennifer. Also mourning her loss are her
many quilting friends, Pippa and Gladys to name a couple,
and long-time dear friend, Cathy.
Born in Verdun Quebec in 1944 to John and Pauline McDerment,
Joan was an only child. She moved to Whitehorse Yukon as a
teenager and met and married her first husband and father of
her sons, Robert Campbell. Joan earned a private pilot’s
license and ham radio ticket in those early years.
Joan was a free spirit and fun-loving. She tried her hand at
skydiving, travelled the world by sea and air and perfected
her talents as a fibre artist (quilting, knitting,
embroidery). She built a 20-year career with Canada’s major
airlines doing jobs ranging from ticket sales to management.
Her all time favourite places were Hawaii and Mexico.
About 20 years ago Joan sailed into the Comox harbour with
Gord and Comox remained her home ever since. In later years
she teamed up with quilting friends and used her skills as a
fibre artist for humanitarian purposes to teach women to sew
in countries such as Uganda and Kenya.
Joan was a member of the Comox Valley Schoolhouse Quilters
Guild. She was a proud mother, loved her quilting ‘bees’ and
was also passionate about football.
Joan suffered a deteriorating health condition related to
her heart, but this did not get in the way of her
adventures, fun-loving nature and infectious smile and
There will be no service at Joan’s request. Rest in peace
Mom, ‘Pixie’ – forever in our hearts.
February 15, 2018 - Derek
John Hicks - b:May 6th, 1930
Derek Hicks passed away peacefully at Oakview Place on
February 15, 2018 at the age of 87. He is survived by his
wife, two children and five grandchildren. Derek was born in
Willesden, England and immigrated with his family to Gander,
Newfoundland in 1963 to work for Eastern Provincial Airlines
and then to Winnipeg in 1971 to work for Transair (the
golden jets) and later Pacific Western Airlines (PWA). Derek
was an engineer who worked in the airline industry for most
of his life and loved his work. He resigned from PWA and
worked as a consultant assisting airlines in South America
and other countries around the world. He took our family all
over the world, including visits to our family in England
and Ireland every year while we were growing up. We thank
dad’s sister, nieces, and nephew for their support. We would
also like to thank the kind staff at Oakview Place (3rd
floor). Cremation has taken place and in keeping with
Derek’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Dad – you are my
rock and I will miss you always. Love you forever!
2018 - RENNIE, Ian Charles 1921 - 2018
Ian Rennie passed away February 13, 2018 and is survived by his wife Edna,
of 65 years, two daughters Dianne (David), Marlene (Richard); four
grandchildren: Carly, Amy, Megan, Ian; one great grandchild Willa, many
nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his mother and father and three
Ian was born in Edmonton, AB. At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Canadian
Navy in 1941 and worked as a Radio Telegrapher and after WW2 graduated from
Radio School. He joined Trans Canada Airlines in 1946, as a Radio Operator,
and in 1957 Pacific Western Airlines working in various cities in Western
Canada as Sales and Operations Manager. He was transferred to Kelowna in
1969 and retired in 1984 – an aviation career that spanned 40 years.
Ian’s passions aside from aviation was singing in quartets and choruses. He
was an active member of the Barbershop Society (SPEBSQSA) for 60 years. He
was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club and an avid
Ian served his community in a number of roles – Volunteering with the
Canadian Cancer Society, instrumental in promoting the Ambassador program at
the Kelowna Airport and was a dedicated Ambassador for 16 years. He was a
member of the Kelowna Naval Veteran’s Association, Ian always said –
“Singing is Life the Rest is Just Details.”
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at
Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made a Charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
2018 - Charles Hugh (Charlie) STEWART
STEWART, Charles Hugh (Charlie) 1928 – 2018 When Charlie's long happy life
peacefully closed on January 16, the world lost at great man. He will be
deeply missed by his wife Phyllis; daughters Carol Persak (Peter) and
Shirley Coulthard (John); granddaughters Nicole, Jennifer (Jon) and Abbey;
plus countless nieces and nephews who adored "Uncle Charlie". He was a Proud
Canadian, a throwback to a bygone era, living a life governed by Integrity,
High Moral Standards, Hard Work and Family. Born December 3, 1928 in
Mannville Alberta, he "knocked around" at various jobs before entering the
Aviation Industry with companies such as the famous "Flying Tigers" which
took him to work sites in Los Angeles, Whitehorse and Gander, Newfoundland.
It was in Gander he met and married Phyllis in 1957 before heading back to
Edmonton where he started a long career with Pacific Western Airlines - a
career that saw him relocate his young family to Richmond in 1965, and ended
with a coveted position of Vice President. After retirement in 1987, he
became heavily involved with the Historical Arms Collector's Society of B.C.
and also joined the Free Masons. Never content to sit still, he kept busy
"puttering around" the family home on Fairdell doing odd jobs and projects,
as well as taking frequent holiday trips. Nothing mattered more to Charlie
than family and he took great pains to make sure they were always well
looked after, even when they became adults. He considered himself very lucky
his two kids and their families lived close by, and not a day went by when
we would not visit or talk on the phone. Right up to the end, we constantly
sought him out for guidance and support. Rarely does such an upstanding and
caring individual pass this way, and for those of us who were lucky enough
to have known him, his treasured memory will forever be in our hearts, and
we shall always live by his shining example. The Family would like to thank
all the staff at the Richmond General Hospital Palliative Care unit and The
Salvation Army Rotary Hospice for their professionalism and kind support. A
Celebration of Life will be held on February 10th at 2:00pm at Richmond
2017 - Captain Wilmer (Bud) Sawatzky
Wilmer was born the sixth of nine children to Ben and Mary Sawatzky. He was
born in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan on December 21, 1937. When he was brought
home from the hospital his three older sisters called him Buddy and he has
been Bud ever since. At the age of five Bud lost his brother, Elmer who was
just two years older than Bud. This loss has always been remembered. Bud
attended the Whiteby, one room school, until he was 8 years old. In 1946
Bud's family left Saskatchewan by train and settled in Abbotsford. He grew
up on a mixed farm with his seven siblings. He attended the Huntingdon
Elementary School, Airport Middle School, and Phillip Sheffield High School
where he graduated in 1955.
While living on the farm Bud observed C.P. Air piston airplanes and dreamed
of someday becoming a pilot. During that time in his life, Bud with his
cousin, Henry Krahn watched the movie, "The Missing Christian" after which
he accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour. As a teenager Bud was
In Bud's last year of High School he met his wife to be, Sylvia. After
Graduation, Bud went to Vancouver to work at B.A. Oil and went to night
school at U.B.C. Working in a Service Station led to being an independent
Service Station operator in several locations. It was during this time that
Bud married his sweetheart, Sylvia in 1958. After two children were born
(Mike and Paddi-Lou) Bud decided to pursue his dream of a flying career. It
was at that time that their third child, Pamela was born. After three years
Bud got his first flying job at Air West in Vancouver, B.C.
Two years later Bud joined Pacific Western Airlines out of Edmonton, Alberta
as a first officer on a DC4 flying in the Arctic. The family moved to
Edmonton and enjoyed the new friends there. With a promotion to fly a Boeing
707 out of Vancouver, moving back to Vancouver made the family very happy.
After two years of flying internationally Bud was promoted to Captain of a
Lougheed Electra flying into the Arctic. The family was moved to Edmonton
permanently. Two years later, Bud was promoted to fly a Boeing 737 out of
Edmonton. While living there, the family enjoyed going to Penticton, BC to
camp and water ski for a month every summer; a very memorable time for all.
They took several trips to Hawaii with the children and sometimes just Bud
and Sylvia enjoyed those times too.
On February 14, 1978, while Bud was playing racquet ball, he suffered a
heart attack. Unfortunately, Bud had to give up his flying career. The
family moved back to Vancouver where Bud recuperated and took the position
as a simulator instructor in Vancouver. It was at this time that Bud and
Sylvia bought a cabin cruiser and enjoyed charter salmon fishing as well as
boating with family and friends. After 18 months, he was promoted to
Director of Aircraft Sales and Leasing. Bud had a successful career in this
position worldwide. He was then loaned to Guiness Peat Aviation and acted as
Vice President of Americas based in Stamford, Connecticut for one year after
which he again pursued his former position with P.W.A. in Vancouver. In 1995
Bud retired from Canadian Airlines.
In 1998 Bud had open heart surgery, after recovery, he purchased a Motor
Home and he and Sylvia began to travel to many southern destinations.
Spending most of the time in Mesa, AZ for eleven winters where he played
tennis and enjoyed good health and many new friends. Bud's hobbies were
gardening, tennis and travel. Bud and Sylvia went on many cruises and trips
enjoying their travels together.
The family meant a lot to Bud; never missing a recital, ballgames and
functions as these were joyful times for him. Children Mike (Joanne), Paddi-Lou
(Allan Tieszen) and Pamela (Ken Cannon); grandchildren Paige, Kyle (Meagan),
Tyler, Alanna, Esther (Taylor), Joshua (Rachel), Katelyn and Shaylene; great
grandchildren River, Roger and Beth. Bud enjoyed being a friend, partner,
husband and lover to his wife, Sylvia, of over 59 years.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at
2:00 pm at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27B Avenue, Surrey, BC.
2017 - Captain Don
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved
husband, father and grandfather, DONALD IMRIE ANDERSON FIELDING, at the
Claresholm Health Centre, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the age of 70
Donald was born in Blackpool, England and spent most of his formative years
in the Lake District. He immigrated to Canada in January of 1969, settling
in the Toronto area. He met his wife Anne in November of that year, and they
were married three months later. Their first son Chris was born in 1976, and
their twin sons Michael and Andrew followed in 1979. Donald’s flying career
spanned many decades and continents starting with P.W.A. as a Second Officer
in 1973, then continuing on with Canadian Airlines and finally retiring as
Captain on the 767 with Air Canada in 2007.
Donald’s quick, quirky humour was legendary and usually caught most people
off guard. No matter how long he knew someone, he always seemed to make a
lasting impression. His fun-loving ways will be missed by all his family and
He is survived by his loving wife, Anne, son Chris (Jackie) and their
children Clara, Harrison and Hanna; and son Michael and his son Daniel. He
will be especially missed by his daughter-in-love, Tina, and also by Carmen
and Mel; nieces, nephews and numerous family relations.
Donald was predeceased by his parents, his sister Carole and son Andrew.
Donald is now walking on streets of gold, glorifying the Lord and being
repeatedly subjected to his mother-in-law’s poetry!!!
A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held at THIRD DAY CHURCH, #90, 550 WT
Hill Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00
A.M. with Pastor Dick Deweert officiating. A Private Family Interment at
Mountain View Cemetery will precede the service.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Donald, donations may be made to
Dominion Broadcasting Society, c/o Third Day Church, #90, 550 WT Hill Blvd.
South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4Z9
- Bill Hodges
Flight Operations; began his flying career at BC Airlines
November 2017 - Ali El Zanaty
Flight Operations; passed recently in Egypt
November 2017 - Peter Lawrence
Airport Services; began his career at Transair and worked on automation
2017 Shari MCCONKEY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom Shari
Mcconkey (Mamoo). Shari and husband Richard raised their family in Richmond
before settling into Tsawwassen. She started working for PWA and enjoyed a
lengthy career with the airline, eventually retiring from Air Canada after
32 years. Shari is predeceased by her two grandsons Kyle Richard and Riley
Clifford. She is lovingly remembered by husband Richard of 55 years,
children; Lori (David), Lisa (Sandro), Ross (Joanne). Mamoo cherished her
grandchildren; Jessica, Sara, Erin, Taylor, Sean, Camryn, Keegan and Kate
(also her furry companion BO). There will be no service by request.
Donations in mom's honour may be made to Canuck Place or the Alzheimer's
November 22, 2017 - Liam Hawkins
Liam Hawkins passed this morning after a long and courageous
battle with cancer. Liam worked for Pacific Western,
Canadian and Canadian North and was based in Hay River -
Fort Smith, Yellowknife, and Grand Prairie, He did relief
work at numerous bases plus his company provided contract
ground handling services. Our condolences to Cathy and the
family. Service details for Liam will be on Sat., Dec. 2,
2017 at 1:00 pm:
Five – 0 Club
2500 15 Ave
In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to:
Valarosa Parks Association
P.O. Box 185, Didsbury, AB T0M0W0
November 17, 2017 - Capt Fred Traupe (Retired)
Fred Traupe - Retired Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines,
and Air Canada Captain at the age of 86
passed away peacefully in the presence of family at 9 pm
following a short illness, on Friday, November 17, 2017 in
Summerland, B.C. He will be remembered and sadly
missed by his wife of 50 years, Rita-Anne Traupe, daughters
Jennifer of Penticton, BC, Julie-Anne (Matt) of London, UK,
Katie (Paul) of Perth, AUS, and Kimmi (Rick) of Edmonton,
AB; and grandchildren Rhian, Chanelle, Tyler, Brandon, and
Millie. He was predeceased by granddaughter Madison (2009)
and brother Klaus (1997). Fred was well known for his
friendly charm, sense of humor, and positive outlook on
life. His passions were family and flying. His many years as
an Airline Captain allowed him to see the world. He loved
good food, great beer, hot sunshine, and anywhere he could
be near water. After retirement, Fred volunteered much of
his time with the local air cadets, passing on his love of
flying and travel to many. He lived a full life and with
that achieved everything he ever wanted to do. He leaves
behind great wisdom. A private celebration of Fred’s life
will be held next summer.
May 19, 2016 - Raymond Thorne:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Thomas Raymond (Ray) Thorne. He died on May 19, 2016, after
a struggle with bowel obstruction and congestive heart
failure, kidney failure, COPD, and diabetes. Although he was
rallying in the last few months, he had been pining for his
wife, Eunice Mary Thorne, of 58 years, who had only passed
away two years ago, almost to the day.
Ray was a financial analyst for Canadian Airlines, formerly
PWA. Previous to his immigration to Canada, Ray worked at
the coal mines in Wales, starting out in the mines and
quickly becoming an accountant for the mines and working
above ground. He moved his wife and young son to Canada in
1969 when he realized the future in the valley would not
provide enough opportunities for his son. He and Eunice left
behind their families and life-long friends for the chance
to live a bigger life in Canada. They joined their relatives
in Vancouver region and formed a comfortable life here over
Ray became an accomplished wood carver over the years,
studying with great masters like Arnold Mikelson and winning
several first place entries in shows. He has been carving at
the Kennedy Senior Center for years now and has established
long friendships. His art work is a reflection of his
ability to focus on detail and his never-ending patience.
Ray enjoyed carving animals and birds and leaves behind two
beautiful carousels for his grandchildren. They will be on
display at the Kennedy Centre in July.
Ray recently enjoyed a visit with his son, Michael Thorne
and grandchildren, Anastasia Clement Thorne and Broderic
Clement Thorne. Ray and Eunice were both excellent
grandparents whose love for their grandchildren was evident
in every interaction. He was also a loving and supportive
father-in-law to Michael's wife, Suzanne Clement Thorne. Ray
will be missed by his friends, his relatives, and his
October 13, 2017 David Heathcote B-January 31, 1950
On October 13, 2017, Dave Heathcote of St. Albert, Alberta
passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 67 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Sue, and their
children, Scott (Greta), Michael (Delta), Elianie (Kirk),
Kimberly (Brian), Caleigh (Rob), Giselie, Erica, Vanessa,
Nikki, Brandi, Devon and Kasen, as well as 13 grandchildren
and numerous foster children. He was predeceased by his
parents Frederick & Janet and his father and mother-in-law
Peter & Ilene Spraakman.
Dave's career in aviation spanned nearly 50 years as head
avionics technician at Pacific Western Airlines, contract
pilot for the International Red Cross serving in Vietnam,
Program Head of NAIT Aviation and Director of Education at
the Alberta Aviation Museum.
Dave was a devoted husband and father, taking great pride in
spending time with his wife and each of his children any way
he could. The best part of his day was always with his
A private service will take place on Friday, October 20. In
lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in
Dave's name to Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue at
October 9, 2017 William Neil Duff (Millarville) – B-September 10, 1948
It is with a heavy heart that the family of William “Neil” Duff announce his
passing on October 9, 2017 at 69 years of age. Neil will be lovingly
remembered by his wife Marlene; his sister Nancy; brother David (Elly); his
children Shae (Paul), Scott and Brindy; his six grandchildren Scott,
Chelsea, Danny, Kyle, Taygen and Nicholas as well as his father in law Nick
(Eva); Sister and Brother-in-law Cheryl and Dave; Aunt Norma Duff and his
beloved nieces and nephew Katherine (Dave), Megan (Scott),… Erin (Ryan),
Rebecca, Tommy and Katie.
Neil was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Marion and William Duff on September
10, 1948. He graduated from Victoria Composite High School and attended the
Alberta School of Fine Arts, later in his life he earned a diploma in
Marketing from SAIT. Neil loved the aviation business and began his career
with Pacific Western Airlines, followed by Canadian Airlines and finally Air
Canada where he retired with 33 years of service.
An avid fan of NASCAR and Rodeo, Neil volunteered for a number of years with
the Calgary Stampede Royalty Trio, Millarville Rodeo, Ellensburg Rodeo and
His cousin Rob wrote “Cowboy, rodeo rider, mountaineer, ski patrolman, sport
fisherman, airline guy, hunter, rancher, leather artist, fence builder,
NASCAR enthusiast, Dad and Husband. He was an unabashed red neck but
secretly an artist with a poet’s soul. Loud, opinionated, openhearted,
generous and garrulous. Interested in all life had to offer and tried much
of it. One of a kind. Ride the Sky Neil “
In keeping with Neil’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.
Sep 20, 2017 Kym Camarta
Kym passed on Wednesday Sep 20 after suffering a stroke. A family service is
planned but at this time there are no further details. Kym worked as both a
CSA and Lead Agent in Edmonton (YXD) and moved on to become a Duty Manager.
He later joined the sales department in Winnipeg. In the 1990's, Kym
was the voice of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey hockey team. He had one of the
greatest sense of humour and made any gathering fun and interesting. There
are so many great stories and he will
be sadly missed.
From the Winnipeg Free Press (thanks PS)
KYM CAMARTA July 3, 1948 - September 20, 2017 "Ladies and Gentleman yourrr
Winnipeg Jets!!!!" It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the
passing of our father and grandfather, Kym Camarta on September 20 at
Victoria Hospital. You may not know Kym from his name or picture, but rather
from his booming voice and huge personality as the old Winnipeg Jets PA
announcer from 1989 until their departure in 1996. Kym, or as we all know
him, Nonno, had a love of all sports but mostly hockey and golf, which he
watched while yelling regularly at the TV. A proud grandparent who took any
opportunity to boast of his grandkids, teaching and passing on his massive
collection of Dad jokes he had amassed over the last four decades. Nonno
will be lovingly remembered by his daughters: Jaime, Jocelyn (André
Richard), Jillian (Duncan Bothwell) and his grandkids Xavier, Rielle and
Dréa. Remembered as well by his ex-wife Valery; his siblings Brian, Larry
(Monica), Ron (Johanna), Janine (Wayne Wetterberg), Chris (Lisa) and Bobby
(Pat), all his nieces / nephews and their children and families. Much love
and thanks to the Victoria Hospital ICU staff for their devotion and care
for our loved father. A shout out also to our friends and family for all
their love and support. In lieu of flowers, please hold on to your favourite
memory, story or joke by Mr. C, or by taking the time to yell at the TV when
your local teams take a "bonehead penalty".
Sep 11, 2017 Verne Cameron (Maintenance - Technical Services)
Verne Cameron June 1, 1935 - September 11, 2017 Verne passed away peacefully
at Peace Arch Hospice with his beloved Dixie by his side.Verne was born in
Regina, SK and grew up in Edmonton where he joined the Air Force in 1951,
and after five years became a mechanic with Pacific Western Airlines, later
becoming a flight engineer and a crew chief. Verne was actively involved in
the Union before his retirement in 1990.
People would describe Verne as a soft spoken gentleman. He loved the
sunshine and swimming so frequent trips to Hawaii with Dixie were highlights
of the year. He found joy in music and created many friendships with his
involvement in both the White Rock Karaoke and the Elks Club. Upon his
retirement he became the founding Director of the Sponsoring Committee of
the 907 Black Knights Air Cadets.
Verne is survived by his beloved partner Dixie Crossman, his four children;
Karen (Gary) Booy, Kathy Cameron (John Griffith), Krista (Harold) Thibaudier
and Keith (Kammy) Cameron. Grandchildren; Jesse Wierzbowski, Melissa, Ryan
and Jenny Thibaudier, Riley and Reese Cameron. Verne is also survived by his
one brother Gordon (Vera), the mother of his four children Ruth Cameron and
many nieces and nephews. Verne was predeceased by his parents and his sister
Gail and brother Kerry.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 1:00 pm at
Victory Memorial Park, 14831 28th Avenue Surrey. In lieu of flowers
donations would be gratefully accepted and can be made to '907 Squadron
Sponsoring Committee' or '907 SSC' (Unit 71504-1463 Johnston Rd White Rock,
BC V4B 535.
Life was meant for great friends and great adventures
July 25, 2017 Ron Forbes
Ron Forbes (Flight Ops) passed July 26, 2017, at Kelowna, BC. Ron and his
friend George Chivers were famous for their pranks and many stories from the
Arctic to the Middle East
Obit - Edmonton Journal Aug 22, 2017 - Ronald Wayne Forbes 1944 - 2017 After
living a life rich with passion and adventure, Ronald Wayne Alan Forbes lost
life's final challenge with courage, dignity and humor. Surrounded and
wrapped in the love of family and friends, Ron passed away peacefully on
July 25th at his home in Kelowna, BC. His love for flying led him to a 38
year career in aviation, as a naval pilot in the CAF and then as a 737,
Hercules, DC10 and 747 Captain with Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian and
finally Air Canada. He retired in Kelowna, where he was able to showcase his
talent for landscape gardening and host his boisterous clan of 14 and
childhood sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Beverley, in the beautiful
backyard of his home. Illustrious as his flying career was, his proudest
achievement was the raising of his 4 accomplished children and 10
grandchildren. To them he was "Big Bad Baba" and was a mentor, instigator,
advisor, and a fitness coach, and will always be remembered for his huge
radiant smile, his contagious enthusiasm, his legendary sense of humor, and
engaging conversation. A special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and
staff of the KGH and Cancer Center.
you for being the Captain in our Lives
Flown West - A farewell.
July 17, 2017 Allan (Al) Albert Cyril Gee: OCTOBER 1, 1939 - JULY 17,
Allan (Al) Albert Cyril Gee passed away in Leduc, AB on July 17th, 2017 at
the age of 77 after a lengthy battle with Congestive Heart Disease. Al was
born in Cut Knife, SK on October 1, 1939. He was married to Marlene (Mardi)
Gee and shared 47 years wonderful years together. After various jobs, he
began his career with Pacific Western Airlines in 1969. He retired in 1993
as base manager in Yellowknife from what was then Canadian Airlines. At the
age of 55, he returned to the University of Alberta to complete the
Education degree he’d started 20 years earlier. He taught junior high and
high school for 10 years; one year in Yellowknife and the remaining time in
Grande Prairie. After retiring from teaching, Al and Mardi moved to Thorsby,
AB where he built their beautiful home. Al was elected Mayor of Thorsby in
2007 for a 3-year term. He was passionate about his involvement in the
community. Al loved scuba diving, camping, model airplanes, wood working and
participating in the Grande Prairie Marching Band. Al is survived by his
wife Mardi, sister Eleanor Campbell, daughters Kendra (Michael) Hand, Carrie
(Jeremy) Bujold and Alana (Jeff) Morgan; grandchildren, Kylie, Annabelle,
Lucas, Dylan, Alicia, and Ethan. He was predeceased by his parents Cyril and
Maida Gee and his sister Elaine Evans. As per Al’s wishes, he will be
cremated with no formal memorial service. We hope you will share your
stories of Al as he loved to share his stories with you.
Al worked in Airport Services and was based in Edmonton, Brandon, Uranium
City and Yellowknife.
September 9, 2016 William Shufflebotham B July 14,
Bill passed into
his Gods hands due to complications of congestive heart
failure at the age of 89. Coming from a large family Bill
was predeceased by his parents William and Catherine and
several brothers and sisters and great grand daughter Faith
Forrest. Bill is greatly missed by his wife
Lillian, his daughter Katherine, sons Glenn & John along
with their spouses - Bill, Jeanette & Sharon, grandchildren
- Trevor, Kyle, Ryan, Nicole, Michael, Steven and great
grand children - Kaedn, Jacob, Zachary, Zoey and many
friends and associates.
Bill was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and lived his young
life in Lloydminster, Alberta and Sardis, BC. He joined the
military at 16 and served for 6 years, mustering out in
Victoria BC. After marriage, Bill joined Queen Charlotte
Airlines and then spent the next 40+ years in the airline
industry in various capacities. After retirement worked for
the Commissionaires at Vancouver International Airport until
finally retiring for good.
June 24, 2017 Ronald John
Ron worked in Customer Services and was a Passenger Sales
Rep in Edmonton and Kamloops.
Born June 25, 1944 in Edmonton, Ron Babiy passed away
peacefully with his loving family at his side at the
Marjorie Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kamloops, BC on June
24, 2017. His passing was one day before his 73rd birthday.
Ron leaves his loving wife Sue, daughter Amber (Patrick
Rocque), granddaughters Sarah and Sabine, son James (Julie)
and granddaughters Marley and Lucia and his dog Danny Boy.
He also leaves behind his "adopted" son Scott and daughter
Gayle. And we know he will surely be missed by his family in
Alberta, brothers-in-law Bob (Sue) and Dave (Debra) and
Bye for now Ronny - we love you; You will be deeply missed
An informal Celebration of Life will be held on July 8th
between 6:30 and 9:30 PM at the Kamloops Golf and Country
Club ... beside the airport.
June 24, 2017 - Captain
Retired Captain Terry Lambourne passed away Saturday 24 June
at the Peace Arch Hospital. His family is not planning a
service. Most of you knew Terry Lambourne as a
gentleman, a superb airman and an all round great guy to
work with. His knowledge of the Hercules went back many
years. Prior to joining Pacific Western Terry flew the four
L100-10 Hercules aircraft belonging to Zambian Air Cargoes,
flying copper ingots, up until the time when two of the
aircraft were destroyed in a ground incident in Ndola and
then he ferried the other two aircraft back to Lockheed
Burbank for overhaul and resale. One of these two aircraft
MSN 4129 became PWN after they both joined the PWA family in
1969 and their impact on the Hercules Operation, and the
airline over the years, was quite profound.
Terry will be missed by all who knew him.
May 13, 2017 - COLIN A.
January 21, 1925 - May 13, 2017 Formerly of Lynden, WA, and
greater Vancouver area. Born in Saskatoon, passed away
peacefully at his home in Sun City, AZ. Survived by his
wife, Meralon ("Nolli"), sister Muriel Jarvis of Saskatoon;
daughters Karen Wiebe (Bruce), Catherine Ellison, Janice
(Ross Davies), son Greg (Janice), all of whom will miss his
wry humour, intellect and many stories. Predeceased by his
childrens' mother, Marian, brothers Ralph and Berwyn
("Jerry"), sister Betty (Zielke). Memorial to be
held at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 28th Ave, Surrey,
BC V4P 1P3 | 604-536-6522 October 21 at 1:00 PM
May 4, 2017 Rob Pilling -
PWA Hercules Loadmaster Rod Pilling passed
away this morning (May 4) at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in
Calgary. He was 64 years young and with his daughter Karly
when he slipped into his final sleep.
Rod flew as a PWA Loadmaster in the mid 1970s
for a number of years and later went on to work for NWT Air,
Worldways, ICC, Cancom, BBE/Aurora Expediting and other
aviation related companies.
Details of a memorial gathering in Calgary in
the near future are being reviewed and information will be
shared when available.
The attached photo of Rod was taken at the
PWA Hercules Reunion in Edmonton in June 2016. Less red hair
than he had his Herc days but still smiling. (from S.
April 20, 2017 Capt ROBERT
BRUCE TAYLOR - Transair, Pacific Western, Canadi>n.
ROBERT BRUCE TAYLOR passed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at
Grace Hospital at the age of 73 years. Bob’s Funeral Service
will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in St.
Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue with Rev.
Raymond Knight, presiding. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels &
November 20, 2016
Captain Henry Schindler
30th July 1925 - 20th November 2016. Henry Schindler
passed suddenly but peacefully at St. Mary's hospital in
Sechelt with his wife Liz by his side. He was pre-deceased
by his first wife Hedda and his daughter Karin and is sorely
missed by his son Ruffo, Liz, and many friends who touched
his life. Henry’s wife Liz recalls some history of Henry's
At age approx 17 -18 he flew with the Luftwaffe during WW2
on Junkers and Messerschmitts
Post WW2 Henry was employed with Pan American Airways until
arriving in Canada 1953, where he was a pilot with Queen
Charlotte Airlines and Pacific Western Airlines. Henry
served as Pacific Western B707 Chief Pilot, passenger and
freight (worldwide). After the B707 was retired from the
fleet Henry Captained Boeing 737’s on domestic operations
including some charters to sunshine destinations. When PWA
aquired B767’s Henry transitioned to a “glass cockpit”
retiring August 1st 1985. Captain Schindler retired with
32,000 hours in his log book.
A private ceremony was held by his family.
March 19,2017 CROSSON, Waldo George
Waldo peacefully passed away with family at bedside on March
19, 2017 at the age of 94.
He is survived by his daughter Shannon Taylor (Rick),
grandsons Jason (Kaley), Brandon and Travis (Paige), and
great- grandchildren Toren, Isabelle, Camryn and Cohen.
Wally was predeceased by his wife, Moira and son Greg.
Wally was a pilot during World War ll, followed by a
successful career with Pacific Western Airlines.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017
at 2:00 p.m. at Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palliative Care
at the Devon Hospital.
March 4, 2017 - George C. Chiasson
With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved
father and grandfather, George C. Chiasson on March 4, 2017.
Memorial Mass Friday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Saint
Matthew’s Parish, 13131 – 86 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of
flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the
Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, 11220 - 83 Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, Suite 144, 5241 Calgary Trail NW,
Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8. George worked in Technical
Services Maintenance in Edmonton for many years.
February 8, 2017 - Robert Bardua
Bob "Bandit" Bardua (pictured centre standing) passed Feb 8, 2017 at age 76 Agassiz
BC. Bob worked in Airport Services in Kamloops and at
Vancouver Air Cargo. If you know of the service
details please pass any info to the
(picture credit A. Snowie)
January 2, 2017
DAVID ANDREW SUL
It is with great sadness that the family announces the
passing of David (Dave) Andrew Sul at the age of 64. Funeral
service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017
at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Longer
obituary notice to follow. Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at
www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
December 16, 2016
Susan Raye Savage (née Hamilton) b-April 5, 1945
Susan passed away peacefully at the Delta Hospice, with her
loving family by her side following a short and courageous
battle with pancreatic cancer. Susan was predeceased
by her parents, Harry and Oda Hamilton. She is survived and
forever missed by her husband Ken, brother John Hamilton
(Nancy), sister Vicki Cullis (Ron), niece Dana Huff
(Brenda), nephew Jeff Hamilton, niece Kristy Sumner (Stu),
great-nieces Abby and Jacie Sumner, and the extended
Hamilton and Savage families. Susan travelled the
world as a flight attendant for 30 years. She began her
career with Pacific Western Airlines and retired from
Canadian Airlines in 1995.
Susan always put her concern for others ahead of her own.
Possessed of a sharp wit and a generous spirit, she was
forthright, loyal and loving and enjoyed good company,
playing cards and entertaining. She had a passion for
decorating and crafts, creating beautiful jewellery, flower
arrangements and personalized cards. In recent years, she
took up golf and enjoyed playing with Kenny and their
friends and family, locally and in Palm Springs. In
accordance with Susan's wishes, no service will be held. A
celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at the
Delta Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care.
Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Varughese. In lieu of
flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Susan to
the Delta Hospice Society.
December 8, 2016: Ron Moore Sales Manager
November 21, 1933 – December 8, 2016. It is with great
sadness that I have to advise of the passing of another one
of our members, Ron Moore. In declining health for the past
couple of years, Ron passed away last Thursday in Vancouver,
at the age of 83. Ron started his airline career with
Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1959, in Calgary. He then
joined Pacific Western Airlines as an Customer Service Agent
in Fort McMurray, and from there, moved to Fort Smith.
Later, he moved to Edmonton, and then on to Vancouver as a
Sales Representative. He transferred back to Edmonton as
Sales Manager, and then returned to Vancouver as Director of
Inflight Services. He also worked as Director of Sales for
Air BC. After Air BC, he worked for Vacation.com and finally
with Western Vacations. He worked until age 80. A
celebration of his life will be held on December 17th, 2016
at 1:00 pm at the Delta Town and Country Inn, 6005 Hwy 17 at
October 29, 2016 James Harman, Capt (retired)
Jim Harman b-March 1938 : d-Oct 2016 of natural causes at
age 78 in Burnaby BC. A celebration of life will be held on
November 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Firefighters Public House,
6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, BC.
Captain Jimmy Harman Funeral information: The funeral burial
will be at 1PM January 12th (Thursday) at the Port Coquitlam
Cemetery, located on Oxford St. 2 km North of the Lougheed
Highway on the east side of town. It will be just the Burial
without a service. Following the burial, there will be a
Celebration of life Memorial at Sams Pub located West off
Shaugnesy in the center of Port Coguitlam in the Patio room.
October 21, 2016 - Mike Crawford
Sad News - Michael ( Mike ) Crawford March 17, 1954 –
October 21, 2016
In 1974, Mike started his career with P.W.A. in Air Cargo
He was also stationed in Inuvik, Dawson Creek, Vancouver and
Toronto. Shortly after the merger with AC, Mike and his wife
Deb, retired to Kincardine, Ontario. Mike was an avid
golfer, Blue Jays fan and an excellent cook. His sense of
humour, kindness, loyalty and love for his wife, family and
friends were part of Mike’s warm and cheerful character. His
wife Deb, mother Marjorie, brother Barry, sisters Sharon and
Cindy ,and nieces Jenny, Sarah, and Katie will carry him in
their hearts forever. There will be a private memorial
service to celebrate Mike’s life in the coming spring.
September 9, 2016 William
Shufflebotham B July 14, 1927
Bill passed into
his Gods hands due to complications of congestive heart
failure at the age of 89. Coming from a large family Bill
was predeceased by his parents William and Catherine and
several brothers and sisters and great grand daughter Faith
Forrest. Bill is greatly missed by his wife
Lillian, his daughter Katherine, sons Glenn & John along
with their spouses - Bill, Jeanette & Sharon, grandchildren
- Trevor, Kyle, Ryan, Nicole, Michael, Steven and great
grand children - Kaedn, Jacob, Zachary, Zoey and many
friends and associates.
Bill was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and lived his young
life in Lloydminster, Alberta and Sardis, BC. He joined the
military at 16 and served for 6 years, mustering out in
Victoria BC. After marriage, Bill joined Queen Charlotte
Airlines and then spent the next 40+ years in the airline
industry in various capacities. After retirement worked for
the Commissionaires at Vancouver International Airport until
finally retiring for good.
August 9, 2016 Curt Alden - Airport Services YVR
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing
of our beloved husband and father, Curt Alden, on the 9th of
August. A Celebration of Life for Curt Alden will be
held on August 21st from 4 to 6pm at the Sandpiper Beach
picnic area: Delta. This is just an informal gathering
for those of you who would like to share their memories of
Curt. We will be at the Sandpiper picnic shelter. The
shelter is in Boundary Bay Regional Park (Centennial Beach)
which is accessed directly from Boundary Bay Road and there
is ample free parking near the shelter. Since this is a
public beach, it would be best to bring your own chairs or
blankets. Coffee, tea & water will be served. Please no
balloons as they are strictly prohibited. In lieu of
flowers, Curt would've appreciated a donation to the BC
Children's Hospital Foundation @ bcchf.ca
July 18, 2016 - Ed Krott
It is with great sadness that we announce that loving
husband, father and Grandfather Ed Krott passed away July
18th after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer.
Ed joined the German Luftwaffe and worked as a crew chief on
the F104 fighter jets. In order to perform cold weather
tests on F104 aircraft, he was stationed in Cold Lake,
Alberta, which is where he met his bride-to-be, Velma
Ed and Velma lived in Germany until he completed his 4 years
of service, at which time he was able to immigrate to
Canada. In 1964, Ed and Velma returned to Canada with their
baby daughter Kim. Ed's time in the Luftwaffe increased his
love of aviation, so he decided to obtain his private
pilot's license "just for fun." However, he had been bitten
by the flying bug, so he decided to pursue it as a career.
In 1966, he began his commercial flying career with BC
Airlines and remained with the organization through all the
transitions as it became Pacific Western Airlines, then
Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada. Ed retired on
January 1st 2001, after a storied 34 year aviation career.
His logbook contains an entire fleet of aircraft types: In
the early part of his career Ed worked as a bush pilot in
often harsh conditions, piloting rugged aircraft such as
Super Cubs, Cessnas, Beavers and Twin Otters. He advanced to
many different aircraft including C130 Hercules and Boeing
jets including the 707, 737 and completed his career on the
747. He often said that his joy of flying made him feel as
though he never worked a day in his life.
If Ed had a call sign, it would have been "the Candy Man"
since he always carried candies to give to the many people
he befriended as he traveled the world. These were a small
token that symbolized his boundless kindness and generosity.
The Candy Man is now "wheels up" for his final flight, and
will be dearly missed.
He leaves to mourn immediate family: Velma Krott (wife), Kim
Huizenga (daughter) & Ron Huizenga (son-in-law), two
Granddaughters Amanda Huizenga (+ friend Sean), Melissa
Huizenga (+ friend Bryce), along with many others who will
also mourn the loss of a great friend.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church -
338th Ave and 32nd St, E Okotoks, Alberta on July 25, 2016
July 11, 2016 Albert Callbeck (Capt. retired)
On July 11, 2016 Al Callbeck of Parkville, B.C. passed away
peacefully at the age of 88.
He was born in St. Walburg Saskatchewan and lived in British
Columbia for the last 34 years. Al is survived by his wife
of 30 years, Joy Callbeck also of Parksville, his sons Barry
(Darlene) of Stony Plain AB., Ted (Sharon) of Onoway AB.,
his step children Jullie Desmarais and Bob Dykes both of
British Columbia, his grandchildren and great grandchildren,
and many extended family members in Saskatchewan. Al was
predeceased by his daughter Verna Schaffrick in 1992.
Al had a 40 year career in aviation starting in Hay River
NWT as a bush pilot and advancing to a Senior Captain when
he retired from Canadian Airlines.
July 9, 2016 Fred Jennex
Information just in with the news of Fred Jennex' passing.
His son Kyle sent the following email this afternoon.
All of you who knew Fred, will miss his charm and wit. Fred
joined Pacific Western Airlines from the RCAF and worked as
a Loadmaster, Project Manager and Airport Manager during his
tenure with the airline. He was always an adventurer. Fred
mentioned earlier this year that the PWA Hercules Operation
made characters and also defined their character as well. He
was one of those characters and will be missed but not
forgotten. Our sincerest condolences to The Jennex family.
Any news on the service will be shared as it becomes
Apr 3, 2016 David Kask - Airport
October 1, 1948 - April 3, 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Dave Kask
announces his unexpected passing on April 3, 2016. Beloved
husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend, Dave
was loved and admired by all who were lucky enough to know
him. He was the definition of a gentleman. Dave's integrity,
dignity, kindness, and intelligence made him a success at
everything he did. Of all his notable accomplishments
however, the one that gave him his greatest pride, and
deepest joy, was his devoted family. He is survived by his
wife Sharon, the love of his life for over 50 years, and his
three daughters: Andrea (Tony),Tiffany (Mike) and Ashley
(Mike). He was devoted to, and deeply loved by, his eight
grandchildren: Brayden, Bronson, Beckham, Rob, Eric,
Natalie, Mitchell and Brooklyn. Dave will also be greatly
missed by his younger brother Don (Wendy), nieces Chrissy
and Luci, and nephew Dan. A successful executive,
entrepreneur and mentor, he gathered lifelong friends at
every step. His passing leaves a hole, too big to fill, in
the lives of each of us. We will miss his calm,
straightforward decency and his mischievous sense of humour.
Dave and Sharon loved to travel, and their many adventures
included rounding Cape Horn, swimming with sharks in Africa,
golfing in Dubai and (most importantly), regular family
vacations in Maui. He also loved to meet his friends for
Thursday night golf, and his golf career included at least
one certified hole-in-one, despite a swing that defied
logic. Over the last few days, Dave's family has heard many
stories from those he went out of his way to help. In honour
of Dave's unwavering commitment to helping others, his
family has established a charitable fund in his memory. The
Dave Kask Legacy Fund will support charitable endeavours for
those in need. Donations can be made via the Peninsula
Community Foundation at peninsulafoundation.ca. A
Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
March 2, 2016
Eric Michael Ostrowercha B June 17, 1942
73, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, at the Colchester East
Hants Health Centre on March 2, 2016. Eric was born in Calgary, Alberta to
the late Andrew and Eva (Kumka) Ostrowercha. Eric received his early
education and attended the University of Calgary and later the University of
Notre Dame in Nelson, BC where he studied botany. Eric enjoyed fishing
expeditions for salmon in BC and trout in Yellowknife. Eric enjoyed his
cooking, so salmon and trout was a good catch. Deciding to leave university
he joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1974 and began his travels, working in
several cities including Yellowknife, NWT where he met his wife Helen. They
continued married life in Calgary and Nova Scotia from where Eric retired
after PWA was purchased by Canadian Airlines and subsequently Air Canada. An
avid reader and loved his crossword puzzles and his gardening. Eric is
survived by his wife of 32 years, Helen (Shrum); sisters Marianne (Bob
Dulepka), Ottawa, ON, Andrea (Lazaruk), Sydney, BC, Alice (Derek Finall)
Sydney, BC; brother Orrest (Dorothy), Calgary, AB and several nieces and
nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 11th at 11am in A.
L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St, Dartmouth. Burial to take place
in Alberta at a later date. A special thank you to the staff of the
Palliative Care Unit at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their
exceptional care of Eric during his stay. Donations may be made to the
Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation. Online condolences may be
viewed or sent to:
Feb 14, 2016 -
Syl Kalyn - Flight Technical Services, Navigator
Sylvester Kalyn (Syl) of Ladner, B.C. passed
away on February 14, 2016.
Syl is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Maureen. They were married
in White Rock, B.C. on July 1, 1974. Over 42 years of marriage, they had
many fun adventures together including building a family home, travelling
the world and spending time with family and friends. Syl will be
deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter Marlee Cartwright
(Todd), son Brett Borrie (Kathy), and son Greg Borrie (Ronaye). Syl leaves
behind seven wonderful grandchildren, who he adored with all his heart. Syl
was born in Grodin, Saskatchewan on September 1, 1938. He graduated from
Vancouver's Lord Byng high school and attended the University of British
Columbia before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. Syl enjoyed a
rewarding career in the airline industry as a Senior Engineer Analyst,
specializing in weight and balance flight operations. He retired from Air
Canada after a long and successful career. Syl was friendly and loved to
socialize. He enjoyed gardening and playing cards with friends. He was an
avid stamp collector and loved astronomy. But most of all, Syl loved talking
about the many accomplishments of his beloved grandchildren. A memorial
reception will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in
memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
Oct 26, 2015 -
Barry Mindus - Airports, Aircargo
Click here for details
Oct 20, 2015 -
October 9, 1937. With profound sadness, we, the family of RJ, (Bob, Bobby)
Brown tearfully announce his passing on the morning of Tuesday October 20,
2015, with us at his side, after a very brief illness. He was courageous,
kind, caring, full of humour and welcoming to all, until his final breath.
Born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba to Morley and Ethel Brown, he was proud to be a
big brother to Florence and Warren. He couldn't wait to get out of school
and join the working world. His keen sense of humour started young, he was
full of mischief and tricks and he loved playing! He played hockey,
baseball, bowling, curling, and he liked going out to dance! Through his
sister Florence's friendship, he met his wife Merlyne and they wed in 1958,
raised two children, Warren and Lisa, were married for 36 years, and
remained friends to this day.
There isn't a person involved in the airline business, doubtfully anywhere
in North America, who didn't know who Bob Brown was. He was affable, he was
knowledgeable and he was a dutiful employee in an industry he loved which
started in 1958 with Trans Air in Waboden, Manitoba. After numerous
postings, the family landed in Thunder Bay in 1979, and stayed! He loved the
airline business so much, he retired twice from it! He often said, “Why
would I retire when I get to travel somewhere warm and still work?”- two
things that he adored! But in 2012 he finally decided, time to relax and he
retired from Bearskin Airlines.
He loved to socialize, spending time with co-workers and friends, be it
around the horseshoe at the Neebing Roadhouse or at the West Fort Prosvita,
and probably a few more watering holes in between!
He was an avid sports fan; all sports! He even watched golf! He liked to
have a few side bets now and again to make the games interesting; but never
more than a couple of loonies! He was a loyal Montreal Canadians fan, Green
Bay Packers fan, Cleveland Indians and of course the Cleveland Browns. He
had weekly picks in NASCAR and the football pools.
This remarkable man, loved to travel somewhere warm but he also loved to
come home; which he built with his family and friends, he loved his garden;
his impeccable lawn, his beautiful flowers, his giant tomatoes! And he loved
his cats – Ozzy and Harry.
He was a proud father to Warren and Lisa; adored being grandpa to Matthew
and father-in-law to Debbie. He couldn't wait to give Matthew his Mixed Fish
Club prize of a fishing rod!
How do we put into words his selfless nature; putting the needs of others
ahead his own; believing that when you help others; good things will come
back your way.
Oct 20, 2015 - Dennis Kennedy -
Oct 19, 2015 Bev May - Dispatch
Passed away peacefully. Service info TBA
Sep 26, 2015 - Capt Ron Jones
Passed away in Comox BC.
Sep 11, 2015 - Bob Lozinski - Maintenance - Avionics YXD
He was living in the Kipnes Care Centre in Edmonton.
The funeral will be held at:
Place: Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home
10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5K 1R5
Date : 17 Sep 2015 Time: 11:00
Aug 31, 2015 - COGILL, Michael Glen
It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of our
brother, uncle, godfather and friend, Michael Glen Cogill.
He left this world peacefully on August 31, 2015 at 60 years
of age, in the comforting presence of a lifelong friend.
Michael grew up on Edmonton's south side, playing sports,
exploring the outdoors and spending family time as the 7th
of 8 children of Harold and Dolly Cogill. Michael had a long
career with the airlines, most recently with Air Canada.
Over the last several years, Michael enjoyed the fellowship
of St. Agnes Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus,
meals with family and friends, and walking his favourite
We will cherish memories of Michael's quick wit, sense of
humour, stubborn nature, fearlessness and adventuresome
spirit. He was artistic, creative and a hard worker. Michael
travelled extensively and never forgot the glorious details
of his adventures. He was a master storyteller, entertainer
and a fantastic cook. Michael's gentleness and devotion
brought comfort to his parents when he assisted with care
giving in their last years. His kindness and generosity will
be remembered. Our family will always be grateful that
Michael lived with our mother, providing companionship and
exceptional care until her passing last year at the age of
Celebrating Michael's life are his siblings Harry and Betty
Cogill of Blue Mountains, ON; Margie Cogill and Jaan Scheel
of Victoria, B.C.; Carolyn and Bob Clarke of Lake Country,
B.C.; Bobby Cogill of Edmonton; Barb and Roy Rolheiser of
Edmonton; Chera and Glenn McMeckan of Victoria, B.C.; and
Basil and Becky Cogill of Summerland, B.C. Mike was so proud
of his 11 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and
Dolly, and Aunty Margaret Cogill.
Michael will be missed by his dear and long-time friends,
Jackie Rowe, David Gangl, Wil Magnan, Michael Tessier, Keith
Thomas, and Jeremy Willis. Michael faced complex health
challenges and we greatly appreciate those involved in his
care, especially the compassionate work of Dr. Allison
Theman and Chris Sidders, RN.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton
People-In-Need Shelter Society, 9536 - 103 Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB, T5H 2H3.
Journey well, our beloved Michael. You're on to your next
July 2015 - Isabelle Lamb -
Reservations and Training Department
Isabelle Lamb passed away suddenly this month. Service
will be MOUNT PLEASANT FUNERAL HOME
306 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver, B. C. ON: TUESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
June 10, 2015 Sandra "Sandy"
Sandy worked in Maintenance as an Administrator and Records
Control Clerk at Transair in Winnipeg, PWA in Calgary and
Canadian Airlines in Vancouver prior to retiring in Calgary.
STIRLING, Sandra "Sandy" Gladys - (nee Davidson) December 1,
1945 - Winnipeg, Manitoba June 10, 2015 - Calgary, Alberta
It is with extreme sadness the family of Sandra "Sandy"
Gladys Stirling announces her passing on Wednesday, June 10,
2015, in the presence of her family, after a lengthy yet
courageous battle with COPD and emphysema at the age of 69
years. Leaving many cherished memories are her three
children, Sonny, John and Corry; four grandchildren, Justin,
Melissa, Hailey, and Kaila; as well as one great-grandson
Noah; son-in-law Shane; daughter-in-law Alanna;. She will
also be missed by her sister-in-law Faye Davidson; niece
Karen; and nephews, Keith and Brent; as well as her beloved
dog Pebbles. A Celebration of Sandy's Life and Farewell will
be held at the Marlborough Community Centre (636 Marlborough
Way N.E.) on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. All
friends and family are welcome. Condolences may be forwarded
through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thanks to all
our family, her loving friends, doctors and caregivers who
supported us during this time. I
May 15, 2015 Thomas James Bruce Apps
Passed at Kamloops, B.C. Trained in Vancouver
and was an engineer with Pacific Western (February 1955 to
July 1959) at Sprout Lake (Port Alberni) and Prince Rupert.
Then served as base engineer with Canadian Pacific Air
Lines, at Fulton Field (Kamloops) – July 1959 to March 1969,
when Canadian Pacific ceased
serving Kamloops. Bruce and his wife Grace were at the
Canadian Airlines International base-closing party held at
Kamloops – April 15, 1989. Full obituary – Kamloops This
Week – 19 May 2015.
16 Apr 2015 - JONES, MICHAEL "MIC"
Mic was born in London, England and joined the RAF at the
age of 14 and became an aircraft mechanic. In 1972, at the
age of 36 he came to Vancouver where he met Lynda and
married within months. He worked as an aircraft mechanic
(Pacific Western) and as a heavy-duty mechanic until he
retired officially in 2000. Mic fought several medical
challenges in his later years but beat or managed them all
and continued his active life of sailing, camping and
playing his bagpipes. An unfortunate accident with his
backhoe on his Falkland acreage took the last of his nine
lives and he died “with his boots on” as he wanted. He
played the pipes first with the Shuswap Pipe Band and for
the last 11 years with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band.
He was loved for his humour, wit, creativity, awesome
friendship and advice. He was always first in line to help
anyone and although he could fix just about anything he was
also good at teaching others how to do it themselves. Mic
will be missed by his wife Lynda, brother-in-law Don
McGregor (Sandra), brother-in-law Bob Cook (Dianne) and many
friends. He lost one brother Robert in 2014 but is survived
by brother Victor, a son Craig and daughter Lyn, all in
England. No service.
May 14, 2015 - Barry Pearce - TZ - PW - CDN
Barry Pearce was well liked and respected by so many around
the world and in the industry. Barry leaves this world
with no regrets to start his eternal life with those that
have passed before him. We will all see Barry again someday
and hold him in our hearts and memories till we meet again.
Barry worked in YWG for TZ and PW, transferred to YYC in
1983 and remained in Calgary until he retired. He moved to
Bunker Hill, Il, USA after he retired and that is where he
passed away after a short battle with cancer. No service
March 6, 2015 - Gerry Dempsey - YVR
B-June 16, 1949 - With sad hearts, we announce Gerry's death
following a sudden illness. He died peacefully in the arms
of his wife and soulmate Laura Moore-Dempsey, daughters Erin
(Grant Streeter) and Kiley (Paul Coyle) Moore-Dempsey and
sister Anne Dempsey. His cherished granddaughter Emily
Streeter, son-in-law Grant, Paul, brother Frank Dempsey,
niece Lauren Dempsey and dog Harley were close by. Also left
to grieve are his mother, Jean Dempsey, sister-in-law Sheila
Dempsey, niece Eileen Sutherland, mother and father-in-law
Anne and Paul Moore, brother-in-law Paul James, and many
other relatives, friends and coworkers. His father Frank and
sister-in-law Mary Moore predeceased him. Gerry was
respected in business for his negotiation skills and was a
mentor to many. He was a loyal Edmonton Oilers fan, a former
competitive hockey player, and golfer. He enjoyed
photography, was a sports fan and an avid boater. Thank you
for all the prayers and support during his devastating
illness. Special appreciation goes to Richmond General
Hospital Emergency, ICU and St. Paul's ICU staff. A
remembrance and memorial for Gerry will be held Wednesday,
March 11, 7 p.m., at Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road,
Surrey, BC. No flowers please. Gerry may your spirit soar
with the eagles forever.
Feb 23, 2015 - JARAIZ, Leoncio de le Vega "Chito"
B February 19, 1948 - Leoncio "Chito" Jaraiz of Calgary, passed away on
February 23, 2015 at the age of 67 years. He will be lovingly remembered by
his family and many friends. Chito was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (
1307- 14 Street SW) on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Photos, memories
and condolences may be shared through
Feb 21, 2015 - RONNING, Bonnie - Flight Attendant
B-August 1940 – February 21, 2015
Bonnie Mary Stuart Ronning died peacefully in her sleep on February 21,
2015. She passed away from natural causes at her home in Langley. Bonnie had
a great life, complimented by an exciting and adventurous career as a flight
attendant with Air Canada (formerly Pacific Western Airlines) that spanned
over 37.5 years. She had an unconditional love for horses that started as a
young child and continued throughout her entire life. Bonnie is survived by
her sister Ann, many nieces and nephews and her dear friends. She will be
put to rest beside her mother Grace, stepfather Jotty, brother Bill, sisters
Gail and Patricia at the Savona Cemetery on April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m
Feb 12, 2015 Jessie champion, Reservations
Jessie Champion passed Feb 12, 2015 (b June 26, 1921). Jesse worked in YXD
Res from 1969-1973 then YVR Res 1973-1980. She had 12 siblings and is
survived by 1 sister (Chris) from Calgary. Jesse is also survived by her
only child, Warren & one grandson Cameron both living in Edmonton.....She
was a very classy lady! No service details have been announced.
STANNARD, Norm - Chief
Loadmaster PWA & NWT
July 30, 1944 – February 8, 2015. It is with
heavy hearts that the family of Norm Stannard announces his
peaceful passing on February 8, 2015 at the age of 70,
following a brief illness.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Nancy,
his sons Jason (Tara) in Calgary, Kevin (Leslie) in
Yellowknife, brother Glen, sister Janice both in Winnipeg,
and much loved grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Montana, Kyle,
Alexa, and Ben. He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline
and Gilbert, and sister Leigh (Arlene).
Norm was born and grew up in Winnipeg. He spent 8 years in
the Air Force, over 30 years working in the airline industry
in Edmonton and Yellowknife, and the last few years before
retirement at Northwest Transport in Edmonton.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend,
Norm will be missed for his kind hearted, quick witted, and
hard working nature. Norm had an amazing love of animals and
took great pleasure in his dogs and birds.
A Celebration of Life for Norm will be held at a later date.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to
Dr. J. Wismark and the staff at the Grey Nuns hospital for
their kindness, support and care shown to Norm during his
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Norm's
honor to the Hope for Wildlife Society (hopeforwildlife.net),
the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.
Feb 3, 2015 R. Ian
Clifford - B January 4, 1952 Vancouver Ramp Maintenance
The family is saddened to announce the passing of R. Ian
Clifford on February 3, 2015 with his family by his side. He
fought a courageous battle against Cancer until the very
end. Ian is survived by his wife Gerda, his sons Shane
(Emma) and Chad (Shandyce), 3 grandchildren James, Jacob and
Summer as well as his sister Sandra (Tony) and Nana (Joan)
Clifford, nieces nephews and extended family. Ian is
predeceased by his parents Robert and Martha Clifford.
Ian immigrated to Canada in 1974. He worked initially for
PWA and most recently Cascade Aerospace. Ian has made White
Rock his home for the past 37 years. He was an important
member of the community working with youth through Scouts
Canada. All those who knew him will miss his kindness and
sense of humor. He was an outstanding husband, father, Papa
and friend and will be dearly missed.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grant Gibbings, Dr. Alan
Pretty, the nurses on 3rd floor medical at PAH, Dr. Minhas
and her Palliative team of nurses at SMH during Ian’s very
difficult struggle against cancer. A special thanks to all
blood donors. In lieu of flowers please consider
making a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation, the Red Cross
or consider a donation of blood.
A celebration of his life will take place at Valley View
Funeral home (14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E7) on February
13th at 2pm.
Jan 31, 2015 - OXLEY,
July 26, 1932 – January 31, 2015
It is with great sadness and grieving hearts, we announce
the passing of my darling Husband, David, our beloved
Father, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa, at the age of 82 years.
David and Joyce were married 53 years ago on May 20, 1961.
They had two beautiful children, the light of their lives,
Cheryl Dawn (Clay Lloyd) and Kevin David (Lara Wells);
surrogate children, Ruby and Alan Lund; seven precious
grandchildren, Andrew, Cody, Shayla (Corrigan), Kaitlin,
Rychelle, Cheryce and Colton; and two dear
great-grandchildren, Rhylan and Adalyne; also survived by
many loving family and friends. He was predeceased by his
father, Clarence; his mother, Marjorie; and sister, Barbara;
also by his mother and father-in-law, Mabel and Gunard
Barlund; three brothers-in-law, Len, Wilfred and Esten; two
sisters-in-law, Adeline and Ilene; and two nephews, Mervyn
David came to Edmonton from his birthplace, Vancouver, BC,
in 1959, transferring from CP Airlines to PWA, here in
Edmonton. His love of airplanes was so great, having worked
for PWA, Canadian, Air Canada and Northwest Territorial over
a period of close to 30 years. Many stories he would love to
tell us all, about his many interesting years in the airline
A Celebration of David's Life will be held Thursday,
February 5 at 3:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111
Avenue, Edmonton with Pastor Doug Hale officiating
Jan 29, 2015 - Tom
CSA Edmonton passed Jan 29, 2015. Service will be Feb 05 at
1400 . Glenwood Funeral Home Sherwood Park. AB.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom
Hamilton on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the age of 75
years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife
Grace, sons Glenn (Cindy) and Jeff (Donna); grandchildren
Katherine, Jennifer, Kelsey and Kinsey; brothers Nick, Brian
(Sue), and Bruce (Lynn); other relatives and dear friends.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Allan and Doris, brothers
Lloyd and Allan.
He resided in Sherwood Park for the past 42 years and was
actively involved with the Rotarians, 55 Plus Club,
Strathcona Raptor Shelter, and many other volunteer
Jan 25, 2015 - DR Fischer
- Vice President and President Canadian Regional
We are saddened to announce the passing of
Duncan Robert Fischer on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in his
70th year. He is survived by his loving wife Bernadette of
Picton, his four children, David (Jennifer), Catherine
(Blair), Maureen (Dan) and Jeffrey (Jenny) and his four
grandchildren Cole, Alora, Ava and Molly, all of Calgary.
Duncan was born to parents George and Pauline Fischer, in
Redcliff, AB, the youngest of the family of five children.
Duncan's greatest joy was spending time with both his
immediate and his extended family, taking great pride in
organizing Fischer Family reunions every five years.
Duncan joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1964 as a station
agent and rose through various positions in the company over
the next 30 years. He finished his career as President of
Canadian Regional Airlines in 1996, maintaining close
relationships with the many friends and colleagues he worked
with throughout the years.
Following his retirement, Duncan and Bernadette moved to
Picton, ON where they enjoyed cottage life, fishing, golfing
and restoring classic furniture and their character home.
They also became actively involved in community activities
concerning local politics and the environment. Duncan was
never one to back down from a challenge.
Following a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in
December 2014, Duncan spent his final days at home, and then
at a caring hospice with his family by his side. A heartfelt
thank you from the family goes out to the staff at Hospice
Prince Edward for their care, kindness and support. If
friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in
Duncan's name may be forwarded to Hospice Prince Edward,
Tel: (613) 645-4040,
Webmaster Note: Maureen Fischer asked if anyone wishes to
contact her or has information on her Dad's career to drop
her an email
Jan 9, 2015 - Robert
Robb passed away peacefully after a long but hard-fought
battle with cancer. He will be missed by his loving wife
Marlene, children Michael (Miho; Emi, Tyler),Crystal (Cory;
Austin, Brandon, Kira, Amy), Shaun (Julia) and Trevor.
Sister Sharon (Jim) and many in-laws, nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends. Robb had a passion for classic cars and
enjoyed a long career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
for Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air
Canada. His warm smile, kind spirit and humour rewarded him
with many wonderful friendships. Robb took great pride in
his family, work and his cars. He was a caring husband, son,
brother, father and set an amazing example for his children,
and family, his courage and strength will not be forgotten.
A celebration of life will be held on Sat Jan 17, 2015 at
4333 Ledger Ave in Burnaby, BC at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers
donations made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation in Robb's name
Jan 6, 2015 DYER, Dan
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dan
Dyer, January 6, 2015. Dan is survived by his loving wife
Diane; sons Rick and Todd (Janice); daughter Tamara;
grandchildren Robbie, Macallum, Madison and Kyle and
extended family Kathy Mahood and Michael Ernest. Also
survived by Mom-in-law Elva Ward and numerous relatives and
friends. Predeceased by his parents, sister, brother and
daughter-in-law Judy. Thank you to Dr. Wickstrom and the
Palliative care staff. A celebration of life will take place
in the spring. Individual donations can be made in Dan’s
memory to Central Okanagan Hospice, 2035 Ethel Street,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6 or Cancer Centre for the Southern
Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.
Dec 19, 2014 - HALISCHUCK,
Retired Pacific Western Airline / Air Canada Radio Shop
Technician, passed away at the Surrey Memorial Hospital 19
Dec 2014. He Joined PWA with the Trans Air Merger and
Transferred to Vancouver until PWA Moved to Calgary, he
moved to Calgary with the Radio Shop and moved back to
Vancouver with the C.P. merger.
Al, a 4 time survivor of Cancer and diabetic had a fight on
for the last 10 years of his life.
Nov 29, 2014 - Capt. Gord
Aged 81. It is with great sadness that
I report the passing of our good friend Capt. Gordon
Mackenzie, also known to his friends as C.C. Gord
passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 29th
at his home in Maple Bay, BC with his son Steve present.
Gordon was predeceased by his wife Betty and is survived by
his special friend and sweetheart Sharleen Stoney, his two
sons Rod and Steve, his daughter-in-law Melissa,
grandchildren Alexis, Colin and Katalina and great
grandchild Mackenzie. Gordie's 31 year career included TCA,
BC Airlines, PWA and Canadian. He flew aircraft such as the
De Havilland Beaver, Grumman Goose and Mallard, Nord,
Lockheed Hercules and Boeing 737. Gordon was well known for
his caustic wit, fake curmudgeonly attitude and his heart of
gold. On the Herc Gordie's occasional habit of reading
magazine letters to the editor over the radio during the 24
hour black polar nights forever earned him the title "Voice
Of The Arctic". After 31 years of airline flying Gord
retired in 1993. He showed just how much of a people person
he was by organizing the BC Airline Reunions for the last 14
years, attending the monthly RAPCAN meetings in both Nanaimo
and Victoria as well as the local PROBUS chapter in Duncan.
Gord also enjoyed roaring around Maple Bay and surrounding
waters in his boat the Pink Panther. He also enjoyed deep
sea fishing, working out with the Ladies local aquacise
group and just hanging out with friends and family. Gordy
old buddy, we don't know where you are right now but I am
sure by the time we catch up you will have scoped out the
cheapest place for beer and chicken wings. A Celebration of
Life is planned for some time in the New Year and will be
future date. view
Capt. John Gibbs [ret.]
Oct 1, 2014 - Rick Humphrys
It is with a heavy heart I share the passing of our Dad,
Rick Humphrys on October 1, 2014. He held various Operations
Management positions at Pacific Western/Canadian Airlines
from July 1966 – August 1994 (28 years 2 months)YVR / YYC.
Rick will be remembered for his sense of humour and quick
wit, his mischievous smile and his passion for his many
years of work at and around the airport. He will be missed
by his 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, Liz "the love of his
life", his faithful companion Trixie, Esther, Josh and the
many other friends and family members he made throughout his
Shine on you crazy diamond. Service is at the YVR
Airport Chaplaincy Oct 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Arrivals level
International. Submitted by: Darcy Smith (daughter)
August 14, 2014 Graham, David George
At the young age of 66, Dave passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 in
the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son
of the late John and Olivia (Crowe) Graham. David formally served in the
Royal Canadian Air Force. He later went to work as an Air Cargo Technician
and spent the rest of his career travelling the world before settling back
home in Belmont prior to his retirement. Dave work as a loadmaster on the
B707, hercules, B727 and B737.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Cook), daughters Nikki Cook of Onslow;
grandchildren Kristen, Jamie, Lucas, Rachel. Candace Graham of Truro;
grandchildren Hayley, Jared, Destany; great-grandson Darrius; brothers
Sherman of Debert, Philip of Lower Sackville, Paul (Sharon) of Truro, Robert
No visitation or funeral service by family request. Arrangements are under
the direction of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro.
Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch
106, Debert, NS.
HILL, Alice Marie March 26, 1923 - August 18, 2014
Alice was a remarkable person - kind, generous, fun-loving, with an
incomparable openness. Her family, friends, co-workers, all enjoyed and
benefitted from her love and warmth.
Three sisters, Betty Worthington, Meryle Nerland, Jean McConnell and
brother, Harry Hill predeceased Alice. Seven nephews and three nieces with
their families will miss Aunt Alice but continue to keep her close in their
Alice held an executive position with PWA - was active in her church and a
life member of Beta Sigma Phi.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 AT 1:30 p.m.
at Garneau United Church, 11148 - 84 Avenue, Edmonton.
July 31, 2014 Captain Peter Caswell B Aug. 14, 1947
Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines International, Air Canada
Pete’s professional aviation career began with Pacific Western Airlines on
June 9, 1969 in Edmonton Alberta when he commenced his training as a Second
Officer on the Lockheed L382 Hercules . This was the beginning of a career
that would span 37 plus years as he advanced to First Officer and completed
his upgrade to Captain in July 1981. During his career Pete flew a variety
of aircraft including the Hercules, Electra, B737, A320, DC10 and retired on
August 31, 2007, as a Senior Captain on the Boeing
767 / 300. Pete’s flying took him to all four corners of the earth, from the
High Arctic to South America, from North America to Europe and from the West
Coast to Asia and most importantly to his favourite destination the Hawaiian
Islands. Peter was a fine example of all the attributes required in the
performance of his duties
as an Airline Captain. His finely honed skills in the control of his
aircraft made him the best of the best, while fully understanding his
limitations and that of his aircraft. Those of us who have experienced the
freedom of flight fully understand exactly the safety aspects of
limitations. Not only was the safety of his passengers and crew of the
utmost importance to Peter, his respect for all those involved in the
completion of his duties was paramount. Pete led by example, always creating
a comfortable environment for his crew to operate within, yet invariably
maintaining the highest of professional standards, accepting nothing less.
Pete’s easy smile and congenial personality made him a pleasure to be around
and a favourite of those with whom he flew. Pete’s love of flying was only
superseded by his love for his family and friends whom he held so close to
his heart. It must be mentioned that a close third was Pete’s love of sport.
He was a superb athlete, excelling in most sports he endeavoured, including
but not limited to football, hockey, skiing ( both water and snow), tennis,
some golf and last but not least rollerblading. Peter was a role model to us
all, a man of sound character, a wonderful husband, a loving father, the
finest of aviators and just a truly great guy. Peter’s legacy is one his
family and all who knew him can be extremely proud of and one we can hold in
memory forever tucked closely within our hearts. A celebration of Pete’s
life with be held on August 15, 2014 at 15:00. At the Beach Grove Golf Club,
5946 12th Ave. Tsawwassen B.C.
July 31, 2014 - JORDAN, Albertus - Maintenance
short battle with cancer Albert Jordan, born March 12, 1934 in Amstelveen,
Holland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the age of 80.
He is survived by his wife Corrine; his daughter Erna (Doug) and his
cherished grandson Jordan Malcolm; daughter-in-law Maureen Karch (Hal Towle)
(CDJ); his stepmother, sister and many other relatives in Holland, as well
as many family and friends in Canada.
Albert was predeceased by his beloved sons Tony and Bert, as well as his
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
at Glenwood Funeral Home, south of Wye Road on Range Road 232, Sherwood
Park. Cremation to follow with a private family interment to be
held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
I am the daughter of Albert Jordan, my mom and I would like to thank you
for posting my dads memorial on your web page. My dad loved his job so much
and all his travels with PWA. Mom and I were hoping that you could post
something to thank all dads old co workers who posted their thoughts and
prayers on the Edmonton Journal Memorial Page and also to all those that
attended his celebration of life. This meant so much to our whole family.
Those that attended did not leave addresses in the guest book so we have no
way of thanking them. If you can't and know of some other way to reach out
please let me know. Thanks SO Much
July 7, 2014 - SILINS, Janis Capt.
Born March 3, 1939 in Ventspils, Latvia Passed July 7, 2014 in Delta,
Our beloved Janis "John/Jan" Silins passed away at Irene Thomas Hospice in
Delta, BC on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the age of 75. Janis is survived by
wife Julija, brothers Vilnis and Dzidris, daughter Sandra, son Karlis
(Kathy), and grandchildren Benjamin, Oskar, Akina, Aija, and Teo.
Predeceased by father Karlis, mother Helena, and son-in-law Peter Anderson.
Janis' family fled to Sweden from Latvia during the Soviet annexation of the
Baltic states at the end of World War II. In 1951 they came to Canada and
settled in BC where, not long after, Janis' father Karlis died in a logging
accident. After high school, Janis joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he
learned to fly. On the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure he flew the
"Tracker" an anti-submarine aircraft. Subsequent to his military career
Janis became a commercial airline pilot for the rest of his working life. He
flew Boeing 737's, Airbus A320's, and DC10's for Transair, Pacific Western,
and Canadian Airlines. To his great satisfaction his daughter Sandra also
became an aviator. Janis is remembered by all who met him as a genuinely
good natured and jolly fellow, who was always ready to make light of any
situation with humour. During retirement, Janis enjoyed spending time with
family, reading about science and history, brewing wine, and tinkering with
electronics. Janis will be terribly missed by all, but we are comforted to
know that he is at peace. The family would like to thank all the caregivers
who have helped him over the years, in particular the wonderful staff at
Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. A Memorial
Service will be held on Monday, July 14 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral
Centre 14831 28th Avenue in Surrey, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.
June 15, 2014 Capt John Spronk
Herman Spronk (b. May 13, 1926) left us on June 15, 2014 at Abbotsford
Regional Hospital. He had been in hospital for 3 months but his death was
still unexpected. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years,
Patricia, his two daughters Margot and Trevi, and grandchildren Mariel and
Bryn. He is survived by his two sisters, Mart and Sally in the Netherlands,
and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in England and in
Holland. He will also be missed by his many friends in the flying fraternity
and others in B.C. and abroad. John was born in The Hague, and almost
immediately embarked on an ocean voyage with his family to their new posting
on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. At six years of age John returned to
the Netherlands where he attended school and spent the later war years
evading capture by the Nazis. After the occupation ended, John enlisted in
the Royal Netherlands Air Force. His first flight on New Year’s Day, 1947
ended in a crash in the middle of a forest. Undeterred, John solo’d in a
Tiger Moth on April 14, 1947 and went on to enjoy a successful career flying
Harvards, Spitfires and Gloster Meteors, attaining the rank of Captain. In
September of 1951 John married his British sweetheart, Patricia Lee and they
lived in Holland until he retired from the RNLAF in 1957 when the young
family immigrated to Canada. John’s Canadian flying career began as an
instructor in Kelowna and Penticton, and in 1961 he became the Chief Flying
Instructor at the first civilian flying school at Abbotsford Airport. He
trained many pilots who went on to careers in aviation. He was one of the
founding members of the Abbotsford Flying Club, and instrumental in starting
the Abbotsford International Airshow in 1962. Many will remember his “How
Not to Fly” act from those early years. As well as flying aerobatics, John
raced Stock planes at Bakersfield, Pendleton and Reno and was quite
successful, winning second place several times. John joined Pacific Western
Airlines in 1969 and retired as Captain in 1986 having flown the DC-6, C-130
Hercules and the B737. While flying the “Herc” John traveled all over the
world, from Angola to Argentina, and a number of exotic and dangerous places
in between. He was a great story-teller, and told many tales about his
adventures during this time. After retiring, John continued flying,
instructing, mentoring and examining new pilots and instructors as a
Designated Flight Test Examiner until his 81st birthday. He continued to be
a staunch supporter of the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Airshow
and his lifelong love of flying remained the focus of his life until his
last day. John loved spending time with his family and was very proud of his
grandchildren, Mariel and Bryn. John enjoyed photography, and most of his
subjects were his family and friends, illustrating how important they were
too him. He was a great traveler, extensively touring Europe, Africa,
Mexico, the US and Canada with his wife Patricia. He especially treasured
the time spent with his family and friends in Holland and England. John
loved classical music, and was particularly fond of Mozart. A Celebration of
Life will be held at the Abbotsford Flying Club at Abbotsford Airport 2 p.m.
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please make a
donation to a charity of your choice.
May 24, 2014 RUNDLE - Leeland Arthur
& Canadian Airlines YXD-YYC-YVR Technical Services
It is with great sadness that the family announce Lee's passing away. Lee
died in KGH on May 6th, at the age of 80, leaving behind his loving wife
Joan, daughter Lori, son Kevin, and two grandsons Jessie & Ryan. In lieu of
flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
www.mem.com, clicking on stories and typing
in his name. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services,
May 7, 2014 Captain John Ralphs
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Captain John
Ralphs on Sunday May 4th, after a courageous two year battle with cancer.
John is survived by his loving wife Brenda and his daughters Michelle and
Brittany. He also leaves behind his mother Bunny, brother Bruce, and sister
John was hired by Pacific Western Airlines on his birthday December 3rd
1979. He started his career on the Hercules, flew many different aircraft
types with the contingent airlines, finishing his career as a Captain on the
767 in Vancouver. John wishes that no memorial services be held, but that
his friends and
fellow pilots take time to raise a glass and to toast his memory.
Jan 28, 2014 Crawford Fairful (Curly) Nairn
B-1922 - D- 2014
Crawford was an Aircraft Engineer who held his license for 62. He
joined Queen Charlotte Airways in 1946 and later at PWA and worked on the
Stranaer Aircraft. In later years, he was based in Kamloops and retired
there. No information on services.
Jan 24, 2014 BJORGE, Kenneth Edward
September 23, 1930 – January 24, 2014
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, as a
result of complications, following surgery. Dad was predeceased by his
loving wife, of 55 years, Norma and his eldest son Brad. Left to mourn are
daughter, Janet (Brian), son Brent, grandsons Jason (Becky), Joshua (Sarah)
and great grandchildren Hayley and Curtis. Our deepest thanks to the entire
staff of VGH ICU, 8A, 8B and Step Down Units for all of your gentle, loving
care. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Alzheimer Society,
BC Cancer Agency or Vancouver General Hospital. A Celebration of Life will
be held February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660-72
Ave., Surrey, B.C.
Jan 24, 2014 SEAWRIGHT, Marlene Seawright
In loving memory of
Marlene Margaret Seawright 72 years. Passed away at the Grey Nuns Hospital,
Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 24th, 2014. Cherished daughter of
Robert Seawright Sr. and Irene Marie Seawright-Andrews both predeceased.
Dear step-daughter of Wilfred Andrews predeceased. Dear sister of Robert
(Bob) Seawright predeceased. Survived by her aunt Lucie Ellis of Sudbury,
Uncle Leonard Menard of Sudbury and many cousins. Sadly missed by Alice and
Don Campbell. Marlene grew up in Creighton and worked at CKSO Radio Station
for a short while before a career as a flight attendant for Air Canada for
over 35 years, based in Edmonton. At the family's request there will be no
funeral visitation or service. Cremation with committal in the family plot
at the Civic Memorial Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice
would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME .
January 22, 2014 Leland (Joe) Tessmer
Leland (Joe) Tessmer passed in Salmon Arm Jan 22, 2014. There were no
details on the obituary. Joe worked in Airports as the Western Regional
Manager based out of Vancouver. If anyone can share more details of Joe's
career, please contact the webmaster.
Jan 22, 2014 Isabel Margaret Benedict
Isabel Donna Margaret (Babs) Benedict, 81, of Ladner B.C. passed away on
January 22, 2014, after a long stubborn battle with cancer. Isabel was born
in Abbotsford, B.C. on January 16, 1933. A daughter to Margaret (Mckay) and
Donald Benedict. She attended Kitsilano High School and later graduated from
Fairview High School of Commerce in 1951. Her business career included
Retail Credit Granters, BBC - TV, in England, and then with PWA and Canadian
Airlines. Her volunteer work saw her at COPS in Ladner, Isabel joined Beta
Sigma Phi in 1951 in Vancouver, and later transferred to
Area Council. She was an active member with the Alpha Lambda Master Chapter
and held many executive positions. Isabel was also an avid quilter and
enjoyed 'stitching and chatting' with the ladies. Isabel is survived by her
brother Ross, sister in-law Gail (Archer), niece Cory (David Lennon), God
Daughter Cheryl Davie, cousins Belle Lee (Iver) and Doug Benedict (Janet),
her dear cat Piggles, numerous close friends, neighbors and fellow
volunteers. Service and a Reception at 1:30, February 16 at McKee House,
5155 - 47th Ave., Delta, B.C. In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations
be made to The B.C. Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, # 360-1385
West 8th Avenue , Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V9 or Ladner United Church Building
Fund, 4960- 48 Ave., Delta, B.C. V4K 4X6.
Jan 15, 2014 Ron Mineault
Ron Mineault passed away Wednesday from a short illness. For those that don't
remember Ron, he was one of our Navigators at PWA then went to Africa where
he flew with East African as a Nav then got his pilot license and flew with
another African outfit on B707 till he got 700 hrs at which time he got his
airline transport license (ATR). He then left Africa and joined Cathay
pacific where he retired as captain on B747-400. There will be a celebration
of life some time in May.
Jan 12, 2014 Allison Haswell
Allison Haswell passed away Jan 12, 2014. She worked at PWA Calgary as
a Cleaner. No service announcement were made
4, 2014 -Karen Carson
Karen Carson passed away suddenly on January 4, 2014. As per her
request, there will be no service. Karen worked started in 1967 at Pacific
Western in reservations and went on to Airport Services, SOCC and Crew
Scheduling. She was enjoying retirement in Fort Saskatchewan.
Dec 1, 2013
Kristine Ann (nee Layton)
Born - November 25, 1968 December 1, 2013 - Calgary, AB. Kris,
beloved wife of Scott Barnouw of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at home
surrounded by her loving family on December 1, 2013 at the age of 45 years.
Kris is survived by her loving husband, Scott; precious children, Graham and
Allison; parents, Pat and Gerrie Layton; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and
Heather Layton; nephews, Connor and Adam Layton; father-in-law, Ralph
Barnouw; grandmothers, Mabel Garner and Bertha Coates; sister-in-law
Beverley (George) Knowles and their children Ashley and Lindsey; as well as
many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandfathers,
Elmer Garner and Ron Coates; and mother-in-law, Connie Barnouw. A
Celebration of Kris's Life will be held at Centre Street Church "Central
Campus" (3900 - 2 Street N.E.) on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family
wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the health care professionals
and the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, for their compassionate care.
It was Kris's wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust
been set up for Graham and Allison.
Kris worked in Calgary Maintenance - Timekeeping , PeopleSoft.
Nov 28, 2013 0 F/O Kellard Arber
Kellard was part of Flight Operations andbased in YXD and YVR. He crewed on the DC6 and the CVR640 from 1965 to 1970. After leaving Pacific Western, C
Capt K. Arber flew for Belair and Swissair. He passed away in Nov 2013 near Bern Switzerland. He was 82 years old.
8, 2013 - Frederick La CHAPELLE
1936-2013 Fred passed away peacefully after a short illness on
November 8, 2013, in Richmond, B.C. He was 76. Born in Saskatchewan, he is
predeceased by his parents Eduard and Bertha, and his three brothers, Larry,
Norman, and Vic La Chapelle. His wife Bea, his children Chris, Charles,
Craig, and Cindy and eight grandchildren lovingly survive him. Fred was a
retired Captain of Canadian Airlines. He enjoyed hockey, sailing, and his
dog, Muffy. Flying was his life's ambition and passion. He was proud to have
flown everything from the early floatplanes to the 747 he retired as Captain
from. A family memorial was held on November 14, 2013. There was no service
at his request. We wish to give a special thanks to Richmond General
Hospital and Staff for their professionalism, compassion, and help. In lieu
of flowers, please treasure your memories of Fred and forget him not.
6, 2013 - PETER COGILL - Maintenance and Engineering
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Peter Cogill,
aged 77, of heart failure, while on a family holiday in Nottingham, England.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Karin, his brother
Stephen, sons Dieter and John, daughter Christa, and grandson Aaron. Peter
was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Mary, brother John, and sister
Anne. Peter enjoyed a 62 year career in aviation, begun at age 15 as a Boy
Entrant in the Royal Air Force. After emigrating from England to Canada,
Peter was employed as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by TransAir, Pacific
Western, Canadian Airlines, Air Canada, and Cargojet, and worked until his
passing for Red River College's Stevenson Aviation. In keeping with Peter's
wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on
Wednesday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 135
Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg.
26, 2013 - Gillings, William Edward (Ted) Born May 8, 1938
of Ted Gillings sadly announces his passing, at the age of 75; Ted had been
ill for some time. Ted was born in Lumsden, SK to Vergie (Kidd) and Albert
Edward Gillings on May 8, 1938 and the family moved to Dodsland, SK in
August of that year. He spent most of his life in Unity, SK, then in
Humboldt. At 18 he joined the RCAF – serving a few years as an airframe
technician. On leaving the air force he worked at Canadian Airlines and
later for Air Canada. He was also a member of the Commissionaire Corps. Ted
loved to travel and had the opportunity to do so many times. He was well
liked by those who knew him and he loved to have coffee and chat with his
many friends. Ted leaves behind to miss him his sister Ruth Lawrence of
Calgary; nieces and nephews Doug Willis (Diane) of Assiniboia, Jim Willis
(Colleen) of Vermilion, Patti Graves (Brian) of Saskatoon, Valerie Stolz
(Kim) and Dawn Willis (Joe) all of Humboldt, and their families. Ted was
predeceased by his mother and father (the Gillings) and by his sister Evelyn
(Doug Willis). Ted will also be missed by Lance and Sadie Trotter and their
family of Vernon, BC. Lance and Sadie were Ted's second family and long-time
friends. One other person must be acknowledged. John Renton was a good
friend and partner to Ted. John resides in Airdrie, AB with his family. At
Ted's request he was cremated and no service was held.
"Rest well my brother! We love you."
16, 2013 MARCHUK, Bill - Airport Supervisor Edmonton Muni
It is with
great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bill Marchuk
(October 16, 1939 – October 14, 2013) of Edmonton, formerly of Andrew, AB at
the age of 73 years. Bill will always be loved and remembered by his wife of
52 years, Shirley; daughter, Debbie (Paul); son, Darin (Brenda);
grandchildren, Jordan, Madison and Taylor; sisters, Ollie Dobush and Lucy (Andruchow)
Van Beers; numerous nieces, nephews and special aunt, Nancy Sikora. Bill was
predeceased by his father, Bill; mother, Mary; brother, Metro (Marty) and
his pet dog, Pebbles.
Prayers Sunday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 - 111
Funeral Service Monday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m.
6, 2013 - Al Campbell - VP Northern Region, VP In-Flight Services, VP
Sales & Administration
Alan Campbell September 15, 1921 October 7, 2013 Alan Carlyle Campbell, 92,
passed away peacefully in his home in Parksville, BC on October 7, 2013. He
was born September 15, 1921 in Osgood, SK. In 1938 he "road the rails" to
Vancouver, and went to work in the Blubber Bay lime mine. After serving in
the Harbour Defense during WWII, he settled in Vancouver and started a
family, working as a Lions Gate Bridge toll collector for ten years. In 1954
Al started his career in the airline industry as a counter agent with Queen
Charlotte Airlines. In 1955 QCA sent him to work on the DEW Line, and later
to Edmonton -when QCA was acquired by Pacific Western Airlines. He held
various positions in Edmonton, Vancouver and Yellowknife. He retired as a
Vice President with PWA in 1986. In early retirement he remained close to
the people and industry he loved, working as a Commissionaire in the Calgary
airport RCMP Detachment. Al's love for "the coast" carried him back to
Vancouver Island at the age of eighty. In Parksville he maintained a full
and healthy life until his death. He was known by many for his love of birds
and dogs (as well as his rescues of both)."Grampa Al's" quick wit, and
sparkling eyes will be sadly missed. He is survived by his daughter Caroll
(Read) Archibald; grandchildren Kelly (Mark) Fankhauser, Justin (Valerie)
Archibald and Tyler Archibald; great-grandchildren Jakob and London
Fankhauser and Helena and Marin Archibald, all of Salt Lake City, Utah. His
request was for cremation and no funeral. A family memorial is planned.
2, 2013 Ron Barker
Ron Barker worked in Audio Visuals and Advertising. He was very
talented in so many ways. He organized the YVR Reunion Party 2012. We
received this from his current employer - Canadian Traveller.
If you attended one of our events last week, you may have heard me speak of
three choices in life, one of which is living each day with passion. I find
myself today reflecting back on those words and how important they are for
if there is anyone who emulates passion and a love of life it was Ron
It is with deep sadness that I announce that Ron passed
away Wednesday evening peacefully of natural causes at his home in Vancouver
at the age of 63. Ron recently joined our team at Canadian Traveller as we
created the Western Sales Agent publication. For the last few months he
shared with us his true passion for the travel industry. He brought to our
team his endless smile and positive nature that brightened each day. He will
be deeply missed by everyone on our team and the industry as a whole. I
remember Ron as a cartoonist and a relentless sales professional, so it is
fitting that we think of him now selling ad space to Saint Peter for the
next edition of Cloud Nine: Trade Edition. If you knew Ron, I ask that you
spend a moment of silence remembering his passion for life and endless
At the present moment details for a celebration of Ron's life are
unavailable but we will share the details when we know more.
September 29, 2013, Jean Bryan, executive secretary
It is with a heavy heart that we advise of the passing of Jean Bryan, in
Richmond BC, at the age of 85, just a month shy of her 86th. Jean worked for
PWA for 25 years from 1967 to her retirement in 1992. She was initially
hired through Office Overload typing Flight Operations and Maintenance
manuals from Boeing to PWA standards. In the 1970s, she worked in the
Planning and Development department under the direction of Jim Robins and
many other familiar names – Len Sambell, Jim Almas and Bob Cullen. Jean
initially stayed in Vancouver when PWA relocated its executives to Calgary,
working in the Charter department until 1980 when she moved to Aircraft and
Crew Routing reporting to Ed Pezzott, until he too was transferred to
Calgary. In the late 1980s, she caved – by then several of her kids were
living in Calgary too – and joined the move to Calgary where she worked in
HR reporting to Graham Mann and Bob Petryk. She retired from PWA/Canadian,
in Calgary and moved back to Richmond.
Jean was the first of many of her family to work for PWA/Canadian; daughters
Kerry and Kelly, son Kevin, nephew Brad Shannon and son-in-law Grant Snider.
As most of us know, something about the airline business stays with you
forever and so, at the ripe ol’ age of 81, Jean became a Green Coat
volunteer at YVR. She loved that job and being back in the ‘airline
business’ so much, and being there through the Vancouver Olympics was
especially memorable for her. To the day she passed, she never stopped
looking up whenever a plane passed over – and living in Richmond, that’s a
lot of looking up!
She leaves two daughters – Kerry (Grant) Snider, Kim (Kim) Blaikie both of
Calgary and two sons; Kevin (Bert) also in Calgary and Kit (Wendy) North
Delta; five grandchildren – Bryan, Kate, Kyle, Amanda and Jeffrey; two
great-grandchildren, Brent and Cash – and one more on the way in early 2014;
as well as many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband
Larry in 1978 and her daughter Kelly Bryan in 1998, and all three of her
siblings. A celebration of her life will be held in November in Richmond.
27, 2013 - John Kimberley Crozier
29, 1946- Sept 27, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of John Kimberley Crozier. Kim is survived by his wife Leila,
daughter Laura Karslund (Paw) of Copenhagen, son John (Tamara) of Peachland,
grandchildren Sasha, Jonathan, Tahlia and Aidan, sister Torrey of Florida,
brother Kelley (Heather) of Delta, sister-in-law Kathy Anderson (Terry) and
many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. A celebration of
life will be announced in the near future. Kim was a well respected pilot,
flying the bush in the Yukon, float planes out of Tofino, before flying with
the airlines, Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines and retiring with Air
Canada as Captain on the 767. He served as director of the Pacific region
for the Canadian airlines pilots association (CALPA) and served as safety
chairman and chairman of the noise management committee. He loved his family
and his career taking his family to many destinations. His other passion was
racing his firebird at Mission raceway. He will be missed by all those whom
he touched by his big heart and generous spirit.
17, 2013 - Val Friesen (Flight Attendant YWG)
FRIESEN (nee CLOUTIER) Valerie Ann Katherine (Burns) Friesen passed away
peacefully at home on August 17, 2013 with her daughter Brandy by her side.
Val was born and raised in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg. She attended St.
Mary's Academy and Vincent Massey Collegiate where she made friendships that
would last her lifetime. She was a talented artist and later attended the
Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba. She had a variety of career
adventures including PR work for local radio stations, a flight attendant
with Transair and 15 years as a Mary Kay consultant. After living a short
time in Thunder Bay, Val moved back to Winnipeg and met the love of her
life. She married Bob in 1973 and on July 27, 2013 they celebrated their
40th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends. It was a weekend that
will remain forever in our hearts. She volunteered with many organizations
throughout the years including the John Henderson Band Parents Association,
the Winnipeg Police Community Volunteer Program and was still caring for her
Palliative Care clients a week before she passed. Val loved people and
welcomed them from all over the world to the "Almost Home" Bed and Breakfast
that she and Bob ran in their home until her battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis
would no longer allow. Val's family and friends meant the world to her and
her to them. What we all wouldn't give to have one more visit or phone call
with her. She had a profound effect on many lives and taught us about
compassion and dignity not just with words but more importantly, with her
actions. She was filled with love and light and had a generous and forgiving
soul. She had a deep and consistent faith throughout her life. She knew she
was going to a better place and we can rest at ease knowing that we all have
a special angel looking out for us tonight. Val is survived by her siblings
John, Jim and Cherie and has reunited with her dear parents, Art and Kitty
Cloutier, Joan Barkwell, her brother Danny and her beloved dogs Andy, Caesar
and Muffin. She will be deeply missed by her children Brandy Elliott (Orlando)
and Bobby (Jess). GrandV took great delight in her grandchildren Lily, Elle
and Maya and her grand-puppies Katie, Ruby and Nevy. The family would like
to acknowledge the support of her doctors and Palliative Care team who
helped to ease her struggle during her final weeks at home. A celebration of
her life will take place on Friday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu
Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. In lieu of flowers, donations in Val's
memory can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association. "Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath
10, 2013 - Frank Walker (Herc Ops)
Frances J. "Frank" RCAF Retired. 1935 - 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frank Walker at
Virden Health Centre, Virden, Manitoba Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the age
of 78 years.
Frank leaves to mourn his daughters, Heather (Ron), Diane (Dave), Aimee
(Rob); his son Neil (Anita); his brother Herb; grandchildren, nieces and
Frank was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and upon retiring
he worked with Pacific Western Airlines and then Canada Post. He was also an
active member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
For the last number of years, Frank has made his home in Virden, Manitoba
where he has enjoyed his retirement. In respect of his wishes, no
Funeral Service will be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be
made to the charity of your choice in Frank's memory.
July 30, 2013 - Capt ROLAND HENAULT
JOSEPH HENAULT Suddenly, on July 30, 2013 Roland Joseph Henault aged 86,
passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB. He will be
lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years Sylvia, children Raymond
(Loraine), Douglas (Alison), Marc (Pam) and Gary, grandchildren Rick
(Sandra), Mike (Alyssa), Louise (Wanda), Daniel, Lisa, Justis, Nolan,
Charlotte, Crystal and Cindy, great-grandchildren Isabel, Nick and Amber,
great great grandchild Madison, siblings Carmelle (Jack), Simone (Paul),
Dennis and Jeannette. Roland was predeceased by his parents Edouard and
Imelda as well as his brothers Phillippe, Leo and Raymond. Roland was a crop
duster (Henault Aerial Spray), and a bush pilot from 1958 to 1965. Roland
was also a commercial airline pilot for 20 years (1965 to 1985) for
Transair, Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. He remained an
active pilot until his passing. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
August 6, 2013, at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray
Blvd., Winnipeg, MB. R3T 5Y4. Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m.
Donations in Roland's memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,
6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3V6. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 925-1120
Condolences may be sent to
July 7, 2013
Marcella Edkins (former senior cabin cleaner - Winnipeg)
MARCELLA ISABELLA EDKINS (nee MCQUAT) Passed away
after a long illness on July 7, 2013 at Seven Oaks Hospital, age 84 years.
She was born on October 15, 1928 in Morden, Manitoba to Duncan and Agnes
McQuat. In 1945 she married H. L. (Mike) Edkins and together they had five
children Larry, Coleen, Dawn, baby Dennis, and baby Edkins. Marcella worked
many years for Trans Air Airlines. Marcella was predeceased by her parents
Duncan and Agnes, husband Mike, son Larry, daughter Coleen, babies Dennis
and Edkins in infancy; sister Gladys and brother Donald. She is survived by
her daughter Dawn (Ron); daughter-in-law Carol; son-in-law Danny;
grandchildren Dean (Myrna), Dion, David (Shelly), Nicole (Pabelo), Adam, and
Michelle; great-grandchildren Michael, Taylor, Victoria, Selena, Pabelo Jr.,
and Tabitha; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral service
will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Eternal Grace
Chapel, 1111 Logan Ave. at McPhillips Street. Interment will follow Friday,
July 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at a graveside service in Clearwater, Manitoba.
The family would like to thank the staff of U3 on the 4th floor Seven Oaks
Hospital, and the Home Care staff especially Kristina, Stani, Rachelle, and
Corrine for the excellent care over the last few years. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Marcella's favourite charity, the Winnipeg Humane
June 21, 2013
(October 19, 1936 – June 21, 2013)
We are sad to learn Barbara passed away at her home today. A
celebration of life is planned for August 31st.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, August 31st, 2013 2pm – 4pm
BARCLAY ROOM; WEST END COMMUNITY CENTRE, 870 DENMAN
STREET, VANCOUVER, BC
Light refreshments will be served, a book to sign, and an
opportunity to share thoughts and stories with other friends of
Barbara. Barbara worked in the
Reservations office in the 1970's.
June 15, 2013rday 15 June - 1300 - 1600 at the
Harbour Air - seaplane hangar located at
4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond, BC.
Across from Beaver restaurant - south side of the airfield.
A Fly-by tribute to Don has been arranged for 1330. The
employee group from PWA is strongly welcomed.
A Celebration of Life for Don Watson
We have a marvellous poem created and sent by B Draper for this special
memorial. See the attachments below.
Also please view the video tribute
presented at the memorial.
June 8, 2013
LARS GUNNAR ALMROTH On June 8, 2013, Gunnar passed away peacefully at the
Health Sciences Centre. He was born December 12, 1928 in Sweden, to Gunnar
and Margit Almroth and married Gunborg Maria Pettersson, in August 14, 1949.
They immigrated to Canada in 1954, taking a job in Winnipeg with Transair
which became Pacific Western. He finished his career at Air Canada. Gunnar
was a talented wood worker, mechanic, electrician and an avid golfer, taking
great pride in his Hole in One'. Left to mourn are his wife Gunborg, his
daughters Britt Almroth, Rose (Bruce) Hamilton, son Dennis (Gloria) Almroth,
grandsons Christopher (Karen) McCowan, Jason Hamilton, Sheldon Almroth,
granddaughter Lisa (Dan) Hamilton, great- granddaughters Savannah, Lily and
Raine, sisters Siv Liif and Anki (Hasse) Bjork, brother Classe (Lis-Marie)
Almroth and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff at
the Health Sciences Centre, GD-4. In lieu of flowers, please send donations
to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. A
celebration of Gunnar's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June
12, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave.
April 18, 2013
William Eaton (Capt)
Winnipeg, Bill got the flying bug in the early years of Canadian aviation. A
nearly 45-year career as a pilot began at 16 with the purchase of a Tiger
Moth. He later joined Transair which would become Pacific Western Airlines
then Canadian Airlines with whom he retired as a Captain on the Boeing 767.
While a Bush pilot at Norway House, Bill met Estelle, where she worked as a
nurse. Marriage and children soon followed. Bill was a quiet, honourable man
- devoted to his family. He was the kind of man that sustained friendships
from childhood throughout his life, all the while, gathering many more. He
loved restoring aircraft at the Aviation Museum, gardening and long walks.
Bill was the 'rock' we could all turn to in times of trouble. He guided us
back to safe haven, just as this skilled pilot would do with any aircraft he
flew. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Deer Lodge
Centre T3 and T5 for their gentle and compassionate care. A private family
service to honour Bill's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers please consider a donation to either of the following: Western
Canada Aviation Museum (Restoration Department) Hangar T2 958 Ferry Road,
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y8 or to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
April 10, 2013
COLWILL, Craig Rupert
We are saddened by the sudden passing of our son and brother Craig of
Calgary, AB at the age of 60. Predeceased by his father Jim, Craig is
survived by his mother, Daisi, siblings Scott (Nancy), Leslie, Laurel (Paul)
of Ontario and Christina of Australia, in addition to extended family. Craig
will be missed by close friends Karin Crawford, Gary Keen, Lynette MacLean,
Gord and Margaret Anderson and many others. A long service employee of
Pacific Western, Canadian and Air Canada, Craig's passions in life were his
motorcycles and the open road, fishing, jam sessions and animals. A
Memorial/Celebration of Craig's life will be held in the near future.
Donations to your local animal shelter or the Heart and Stroke Foundation
would be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be sent to
Craig started in 1981 and worked at the Calgary Airport and in Air Cargo.
March 19, 2013
VERN YORK Peacefully, on March 19, 2013, Vern Lyle York, at age of 90 passed
away. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwen; daughters Gail (Rick
Rewniak) and Barb (Doug Cortens); grandchildren, Kyle, Christopher, Jessica
and Kevin; and nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by brothers Ivan and
Bruce and grandson Trevor. Vern was born in Springfield and raised mainly in
Arden, Manitoba. He joined the RCAF in 1941 and served four years. This is
where he learned to repair airplane engines, which led to his jobs as an
aircraft maintenance engineer at Central Northern and Transair, which later
became Pacific Western. Vern loved his work, his family and golfing at Bel
Acres. He was especially proud of the achievements of his daughters and
grandchildren. He enjoyed a happy life until his illness made it difficult.
He spent his last year at Deer Lodge Centre where he received outstanding
care from the devoted workers on 3W. A funeral service is scheduled for
Monday, March 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Ave. In
lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice. For
those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715
March 14, 2013
Dean Cameron McLeod passed away far too soon, March 14,2013, from
complications after surgery. Dean started with PWA in 1971 in YYC and was
subsequently stationed in YZF, YEG, and YBL where he set down roots in
Merville on the acreage. The industry brought about the closure of many
small bases including YBL so Dean commuted to YVR until his retirement from
Air Canada IT in 2005. Dean kept busy managing a friend's mini-storage,
growing trees for landscaping, and using his super IT skills to keep
friends, neighbours, and family coping with the ever-changing world of
Dean is survived by his mother Flo, siblings Bruce (Lorraine), Lois (Jorge),
Carol (Bob), Gwen (Mike) and families, as well as lifelong friends Doug &
Bonnie Seeley, and of course his aptly named four-legged companion, IPawed.
An open house will be held in his honor on April 27, 2013 from 2-6pm at
Sunnydale Golf Course clubhouse, Courtenay, BC
Feb 21, 2013 -
Doreen Thorne (Coombes)
t is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my very dear friend
Doreen Thorne passed away on February 21, 2013 after a 6 month battle with
cancer. We met at Pacific Western Airlines in Richmond back in the
mid-seventies. Her surname then was WHITE. Doreen was a secretary in the
Tariff Dept. and then in Flight Ops and eventually downtown Vancouver where
she was secretary to the Reservations Dept. Manager. She retired in
Vancouver and soon thereafter life took her to Prince George where she
married and lived happily for the past thirty plus years. She’ll be
remembered by those she worked with for her bubbly, outgoing personality,
beautiful smile and selfless giving of herself to all those whose hearts she
touched. I thought perhaps a mention in our PWA Reunion website would be in
order as I’m sure there will be many who will remember her fondly. Submitted
by L. Koivula
Doreen's Obit ----
Passed peacefully at home February 21, 2013, after a courageous battle with
cancer; born in Vancouver, BC on July 15, 1949. Left to treasure her many
memories are her dear husband George; her loving brother Fred (Mary);
stepson Marty (Patty); her beloved nieces and nephew, Candice, Mackenzie,
Carley and Poppy. She leaves behind a much-loved and extended family,
including loving nieces, nephews, grand/great-grandchildren and a wealth of
lifetime friends. Doreen is predeceased by her sister Maureen Coombes
Butterly (Steve), and brother Robert Coombes. Doreen will be fondly
remembered for her warm-hearted graciousness and her selfless devotion to
all. The family would like to thank her dearest friends Judy Wilson and
Lorna Koivula for their perpetual devotion to Doreen during her illness.
Memorial service to be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. First
Baptist Church, 483 Gillett St., Prince George, B.C. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Prince George Hospice Society.
Feb 19, 2013 -
Capt Don Gerke
Apr 22, 1951 - Feb 19, 2013 It is with a heavy heart we announce Don s
passing at the all too early age of 61. Don grew up in Calgary and was
in one of the first classes in Mount Royal College's Aviation program where
he obtained his Commercial flying license. He started his airline aviation
career with Pacific Western Airlines in November of 1972 as a Calgary based
B727 Second Officer. As his airline career progressed, Don moved west and
settled in Richmond, B.C. then South Surrey as a pilot with PWA/Canadian
Airlines. Here Don and his life's partner, Glynne Wilson, raised their
children Mackenzie and Christopher and shared an abiding passion for their
activities and the outdoors where they lived and played on our beautiful
Canadian West Coast. Always an avid aviator, his love for the skies was only
trumped by his absolute love and devotion for his kids. They were everything
Don's education and understanding of computer sciences led him to establish
a Company that provided flight crews with a preferential bidding program. As
the prime project manager, Don was the vision and direction behind the
initial Canadi>n CRT and FTD pilot training devices. His intense interest in
computing science, and especially its applications to aviation, are
legendary! In addition, Don worked many long volunteer days and weeks
representing his fellow pilots during the many pilot mergers that occurred
throughout his aviation career.
After almost 40 years flying to all Continents, Don ended his long and
storied flying career in August of 2011 as an Air Canada B777 Captain.
Don s two children, his great sense of humour and wit, love of great food,
friends, fishing and flying consumed his life. His travels took him around
the world, making friends on every continent - all of whom will cherish the
memories of their time with him.
A Celebration of Don's Life will be held on April 4th, 2013 from 1200
to 1500 at the Hazelmere Golf Course, 18150 - 8th Avenue, Surrey
Jan 31, 2013
Don Watson (Former President CEO)
A very sad note received today on the passing of long
time BCAC member, Don Watson. Don received BCAC's Robert S. Day Trophy in
1980 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
This received today from the Chairman of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame:
It is my very sad duty to report the passing of Don Watson, Member and
Chairman Emeritus of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and a great friend and
mentor to many in the Canadian aviation community.
Don was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, one of the first to be so
recognised shortly after its foundation in 1973. His induction citation
reported his career thus:
"He has given of himself unstintingly and without reserve as a pilot,
engineer and administrator to every facet of aeronautical challenge facing
him, and despite adversity has fostered a spirit in others of a willingness
to succeed, that has been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."
Donald Watson joined Canadian Airways in 1938 where he remained for two
years. He later assisted the government in 1940 with the technical,
administrative, and flying functions of the BCATP. Watson served the United
States Air Force Transport Command in 1945 and after the war, returned to
Canada where he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines. He later flew in the
world-respected Saskatchewan Government Air Ambulance Service and while
there, transported more than 6,000 patients in all degrees of flying
weather, saving hundreds of lives. In 1958 Watson joined Pacific Western
Airlines (PWA) and served as the company's President and CEO from 1970 -
Unfortunately, the citation really could not capture enough about Don’s
career, nor the contribution he would make to the Hall of Fame over the
nearly forty years that have passed since he was inducted. The membership of
the Hall’s Nomination Review Committee is intentionally kept very
confidential, in order to preserve the independence and authority of the
committee; however, I can now tell you of the magnificent input he gave
unstintingly, over a period of several decades, to the selection of those
inducted as Members of CAHF. Don’s wise counsel, his inquiring intellect and
diligent work set the tone for others on the NRC, until very recently.
Appointed ‘Chairman Emeritus’ of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at the 2012
Induction Gala of the CAHF in Montreal last year, Don’s recognition was very
well deserved and gratefully bestowed. We were all honoured to be in Don’s
presence to hear his heartfelt acceptance speech in the Windsor ballroom, to
which he had travelled so far. Infirmity didn’t become him, but neither did
it dull his passion nor deflect his will. Don’s was a life well lived,
indeed an inspiration to all who followed in his steps. He was a great
leader and a great gentleman who will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with Don Watson’s wife Gisela and their family in their
(Capt) - March 7, 1941 - December 20, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Glen Delaney announces his
passing on December 20, 2012 at the age of 71 years. Left to cherish his
memory, are his daughters, Bridgitte (Fred) Nash and Charlene (Darryl)
Freitag; grandchildren, Alannah, Sydney, Kieran, Aidan and Anneliese; as
well as numerous family and friends. Glen worked as a commercial airline
pilot for Pacific Western Airline, then Canadian Airlines for 34 years. His
passion for aviation continued beyond his retirement as a volunteer at the
Edmonton Aviation Museum. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m.
on Friday, December 28, 2012 with visitation one hour prior at Connelly -
McKinley - St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Dr., St. Albert, Alberta.
Interment will follow at St. Albert Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
donation may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society (SPCA), 13620 -163
Street, Edmonton, AB, T5V 0B2 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of
Alberta, 10985 -124 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.
Dec 16, 2012 - Robert Hawkins
away December 16th, 2012, in North Vancouver, B.C. Robert valiantly fought
lung and brain cancer for many months. He died peacefully surrounded by
family members. Robert is predeceased by his loving wife Shirley Hawkins,
brother Ronald Hawkins, sister Vay Oliphant, & daughter-in-law, Matia
Hawkins. Robert is survived by three sons, Scott (Cheryl), Colin, & Grant
(Josie), grandchildren, Robert, Karah, & Sean & great- grandchildren, Kalebb
& Tristan, brother Allan (Sonja) & family, sister-in-law Kay (the late
Ronald) & family, & the family of the late Vay & late Bill. Memorial
Celebration: Jan. 14th, 2013 at St. Agnes Church, 530-12th Street East, N.
Vancouver; 10:30 service, 11:30 a.m. reception. Express your condolences at
Dec 4, 2012 KENNEDY, Theresa (Maria) Nee Nowicki
The family members are truly saddened to announce the passing of our greatly
treasured and much loved Mother and Grandmother, Theresa (Maria) Kennedy on
December 4, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
Theresa was born in the hamlet of Cardiff, AB on April 9, 1924 to parents
Michael and Aneila Nowicki. She was married to Thomas Kennedy from Clyde,
AB, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1966. Both were great parents to
two sons and one daughter, James (Linda) Kennedy of Edmonton, Larry
(Barbara) Kennedy of St. Albert and Barbara (Mike) Green of Stony Plain, AB.
After our father's passing, Mom continued to raise her sons to the best of
her ability through-out their early and teen years. She also was extremely
proud of all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves behind
ten loving grandchildren and is predeceased by one grandson. Currently there
are four great- grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. Theresa was
predeceased by her siblings; brothers, Michael, Hubert, Stanley, Emil and
Yozefa and sisters, Francis and Marynan. Mom will be truly missed by all
that have placed her "close" to their hearts.
The family of Theresa Kennedy would like to say thank-you to Dr. Rao and the
staff at Station 53 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for the utmost in care
and their compassion to our Mom.
Funeral Service Saturday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel,
9709 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
STARS Air Ambulance or to the Kids with Cancer Society of Edmonton.
Nov 13, 2012 Margaret Hodge
Margaret A. Hodge, passed away at St Joseph's General Hospital in Comox on
November 13th, 2012. She started working at PWA as a groomer in Vancouver
1968 and remained there until she retired to Comox in 2003. She is survived
by her three sons Richard (Diana) of St Petersburg FL, Scott (Shawna) and
Stephen (Allison) of Comox BC and her seven grandchildren.
14, 2012 - BAIRD, Murray
On October 14, 2012, Murray Baird passed away peacefully with his loving
wife at his side after a short battle with Cancer. He will be lovingly
remembered and dearly missed by his wife and his best friend, Joanne; son
Kim (Diane), daughter Shannon (Brad), grandchildren Ashley, Zach, Carter,
Brooklyn and Colton. He will also be missed by his dear friends Mark and
Dawn Braden, Val Raiwet and Janet Bryan. Murray will be missed by the many
friends he made throughout his long airline career with Pacific Western
Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all the many Doctors
and support staff for their care during this journey and especially all the
wonderful nurses at Station 31 at the Cross Cancer Institute and the
Edmonton General Palliative Care Unit for their comfort and care of both
Murray and Joanne. Murray was predeceased by his parents, William and Isabel
and his sisters Terre, Erin and Tracey.
Murray worked in
the Maintenance Dept at PWA
Oct 20, 2012 - Jim Edwards
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death on 20 Oct 12 of
“Jungle” Jim Edwards. Jim worked in avionics maintenance at PWA and Canadian
Airlines/Air Canada. He was sidelined by complications from diabetes and had
been on extended leave for some time. His struggle with diabetes left him
with both legs amputated below the knee but he was learning to walk on his
prostheses and was still a fire ball, laughing a joking all the time. There
are people you meet who stay in your mind and heart always. Those who knew
him will miss him and will remember him. - Bill Reader
EDWARDS, Jim April 18, 1951 - October 20, 2012
The family of Jim Edwards sadly announces his sudden passing on Saturday,
October 20, 2012. Friends are invited to say their private goodbyes to him
at a viewing on Thursday, October 25 any time between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00
p.m. at Avalon Surrey Funeral Home, 13288 - 108 Ave, Surrey. Funeral
services will be held on Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m., at Avalon Surrey.
Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. at Valley View Cemetery, followed by a
fellowship and celebration of his life luncheon in the Arbor Rose Room at
Avalon. Online condolences may be forwarded for the family a
Oct 5, 2012
Ilse worked for PWA as a flight attendant and worked through the iterations
of the airline as it became Canadian and Air Canada. She started in
the early sixties. She had a wonderful sense of humour and often had
us in hysterics in the rear galley. We called her 'Buffi', never Ilse. She
will be known to employees as 'Buffi'.
She had been battling cancer for quite some time. - Sharon Gray.
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of
Ilse Buffi who was born in Germany and passed away in Edmonton on Friday,
October 5, 2012. Ilse will be greatly missed and forever
remembered by her family: her sister Holdine and her husband Wally Lehmann,
her sister Ursula Buffi, her brother Fred Buffi and his wife Jean, as well
as her niece Carmen Lehmann and her husband Mark Lukenchuk and their sons,
Benjamin and Daniel Lukenchuk, her nephew Gordon Lehmann and his wife Tracy
and their daughters Sierra and Sophia Lehmann, her nephews Christopher Buffi
and Bryan Buffi and his fiancee Charlene Butlin and Ilse's cousins in
Canada, U.S.A. and Germany.
Ilse was predeceased by her sister Ehrengard Ruth Buffi, her loving parents
Rudolf and Ottilie Buffi and her life-long companion Jackie Parker.
Ilse will also be missed by Jack's children: Jere Jo Parker, Peggy Mae and
her husband Peter Fletcher, Jack Parker Jr. and his wife Denise and their
children Nicole and Sam.
Ilse touched the lives of many friends, colleagues and crew members of Air
Canada and members of the Edmonton Eskimos organization.
The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Unit 43,
Palliative Care, Grey Nuns Hospital for their compassionate and unfailing
care to Ilse.
Viewing will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at the South Side Memorial Chapel, 8310 - 104 Street, Edmonton, AB. Her
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10014 - 81 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. with
Interment to follow at South Haven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we would greatly appreciate donations to the Grey Nuns
Hospital Palliative Care Unit 43, Attn: Staff Education, 3015 - 62 Street,
Edmonton, AB T6L 5X8.
July 18, 2012 Adolph Frebrowski
It is with great sadness, the family announces the passing of Adolph, loving
husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 52
years, Phyllis; sons Gary (Jacquelyn) and Gerald; granddaughters Danielle
and Jessica; brother Dave (Betty); step-brother Dwayne; sisters-in-law
Marcella (Ron) Babyn and Linda (Robert) Hawryluk; nieces Carmen, Theresa and
Cheryl; nephew Kevin; aunts Olga Rurka and Mary Frebrowski; as well as
numerous cousins, family and friends. Adolph was employed with Pacific
Western Airline / Canadian Airlines for 37 years. Relatives and friends are
invited to a visitation at Evan J. Strong Funeral Services (5502-2nd Street
SW / one block east of Macleod Trail at 53rd Avenue SW) on Sunday, July 22,
2012 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s
Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive NW) on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:30
am with The Rev. Avinash Colaco, Presider. The family would like to express
sincere gratitude to all the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and
Carewest Sarcee Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Alberta Cancer Foundation (c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331-29th Street NW,
Calgary, T2N 4N2). Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
July 9, 2012 John Dearn
It is with
great sadness that we announce the passing of our long time Pionair
member John Dearn, who passed away at Totem Lodge, St Mary's Hospital
Sechelt on 09 July 2012 after a long illness. John was born in Sheffield
England. John lived in Half Moon Bay on the Sunshine
Coast. He started his Career with Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton and
later Transferred to Vancouver as the Manager of Stores .He retired from
Canadian International Airlines in 1989. There will be a Memorial
Service for John at 13:00 hrs. Sunday 22 July 2012 At Devlin's Funeral Home
, 579 Seaview Rd , PO Box 648 , Gibsons British Columbia, V0N 1V0,
July 1, 2012
Suddenly on July 1, 2012 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Caledon, at
the age of 49. Beloved son of Philip and Grace. Loving brother of Kelly
(Neville), Laura, twin brother Bruce (Renée), Tina (Chris), Jamie
(Bobbi-Jo), and Julie (Shayne). Proud uncle of Matthew, Jeremy, Katie and
Daniel. Brent will be forever remembered by many other friends and
relatives. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Neweduk-Erin Mills”
Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy), from
5-8 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday,
July 9, 2012 at 11 am. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish,
donations appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. On-line
condolences may be made through
Brent was in Technical Services Stockkeeper with both PW and CDN Air YYC,
YVR, YWG, YYZ
June 30, 2012 Captain Earl Benson
Earl Robert Benson passed away peacefully on June 30, 2012 at Chilliwack
Hospital at the age of 83. Earl was a former Canadian Airlines pilot for
many years and enjoyed travelling. He will be sadly missed by his children
Debbie (Larry) and Wayne (Andrea), special friend and companion Mary,
grandchildren Tamara, Marc, Chad, Natalie (Noah), and Andrea. He was
predeceased by his wife Helen of 53 years. A Celebration of Life Service
will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam
Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack with reception to follow at
Anavets, #305-46268 Yale Rd. Memorial donations may be made in Earl Benson's
name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences may be offered at
June 24, 2012 George
February 28,1932-June 24 2012
With great sadness in our hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of George
Our beloved Georgie Boy will be greatly missed by many.
Husband to the late Shirley Kent (PWA), and wonderful father to Dawn
Wittenberg (PWA), Husband Paul Wittenberg
(PWA), Sheri Kirkland (PWA),
Gary, Lori-ann (David).
Big Brother to Mary Dien.
George had a passion for life and was a great mentor to his friends and
children, as well as to his grandchildren Ryan,
Kent, Dylan and great
grandchildren Taylor, Presley,
Cayenne and Summer.
George was a well known, often colorful,
and respected Bush Pilot for 40 years. He flew for PWA from 1958-1964 and
managed the Prince Rupert Base. After
retirement he enjoyed his Bimmers and the boys in the club.
A Memorial service will be held at Tsawassen United Church, 693-53 Street,
Tsawassen on Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m.
Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delta Hospital Foundation.
May 31, 2012 Peggy Whitfield - Edmonton Airports
WHITFIELD, Margaret "Peggy" Lou September 28, 1950 - May 31,
Peggy passed away peacefully on May 31, 2012 in the presence of family and
Peggy is survived by brothers Franklin (Pat) and Clay (Kathy); nieces
Nicole, Erin and Megan; and nephews Kyle and Darren. Peggy was
predeceased by her sister Susan and mother Betty. She will be lovingly
remembered by her family and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held
on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at #107, 5204 - 25
Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please make tributes in Peggy's name to a
charity of your choice.
May 16, 2012
MASKALYK, David Allen
On May 16, 2012,
David passed away suddenly at the age of 76.
Left to cherish his
memory are his sisters: Mona (Bill) Ewoniak and Grace (Paul) Smith; along
with nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents: Peter and Jean Maskalyk.
As per Dave's wishes, no services will be held. If desired,
donations may be made to the Heart & Stoke Foundation.
May 12, 2012
EIGNER, Louis November 25, 1923 - May 12, 2012
The family of Louis Eigner sadly announces his passing on Saturday, May 12,
2012. Louis was released from all pain and passed away peacefully with Edna,
his wife of 63 years, by his side.
Louis served in the Second World War from 1942 until 1946 with the 8th field
artillery (mostly in Italy). He worked for the airlines as a sheet metal
mechanic for over thirty years. Louis loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing,
hunting, camping, gardening and being with family and friends.
Besides his loving wife Edna, Louis will be remembered by his daughters,
Joan Gaskell and Fern; son-in-law Len Kobewka; five grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren, Neil Kobewka (Uma), Arden Kobewka (Erika) and daughter
Zoey, Nicole McFayden (Kent) and sons, Tristan and Connor, Jessie Tuz, Erica
McDonald (Chris) and daughter Khalesi. Louis is also survived by his sister
Mary Robinson of Maple Ridge, BC and many nieces, nephews and friends. He
was predeceased by his sisters, Millie and Margaret and brothers, Nick, Ed,
Frank and Felix, as well as his parents Olga and Frank.
A Celebration of Louis' Life will be held at Howard & McBride Westlawn
Chapel (16310 Stony Plain Road) on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In
lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta,
10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1 or the charity of your choice.
Louis worked in the was a foreman in the Sheet Metal Shop in the Maintenance
Dept at PWA and Canadian. He was based in Edmonton and Calgary.
April 27 , 2012 LAPP, Arthur Roger
Arthur Lapp passed away suddenly on April 27, 2012 in Calgary at the age of
60 years. Beginning his career with Pacific Western Airlines, he retired
from Air Canada after 35 years. He loved working with his co-workers and
customers, and was continually going above and beyond for
both. Art was a constant friend, whether you needed help building your deck
or finishing your basement, he was there with advice and expertise. He
was also a devoted father and grandfather, his daughters will miss his calm
presence. Art is survived by his mother, Blanche Lapp, three brothers, Ray (Callinda),
Dave and Danny (Christina), his sisters, Marilyn and Darlene Nichol (Barry)
his daughters Tina Hendrickson (Dean), Laura and Carley (Tunde) and
grandchildren Ryann and Kelden as well as many nieces and nephews. He is
predeceased by his father Elmer, and his sister Maureen Denton. A
Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 between 1:00 p.m.
p.m. at The Royal Canadian Legion #264 Branch 1910 Kensington Road N.W.
Calgary, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Arthur's
name to the Humane Society of Calgary
April 23, 2012
ROBERTSON, James Hutton
The remarkable, inspiring and passionate story of James Hutton Robertson
came to a peaceful end on Monday, April 23, 2012. With his passing, the
North, the West, the South and the East lost a great husband, father,
grandfather, brother, friend, and leader. James led an extraordinary
seventy-three year life that touched countless people in endless ways. Born
in Scotland in 1938, he seized adventure and opportunity heading to the
north of Canada to learn the fur trade with the Hudson's Bay Company in the
late 1950's. On settling in Inuvik, he immersed himself in a myriad of
entrepreneurial ventures and northern politics for more than forty years.
Business, family and personal passions took him around the globe with his
deepest roots in Inuvik, Yellowknife, Edmonton, Kelowna, Palm Springs and,
perhaps his favorite place of all, his 'cabin' at Consolation Lake. His list
of endeavours and accomplishments was vast -those who knew him will easily
assemble their own list of memories to frame a lasting and meaningful
recollection of his life. James was innovative, yet practical. He was
demanding, yet fair. He led people with a humble, down to earth nature and
throughout his life he boldly followed his instincts in the same way. He
made those around him feel special, appreciated and respected. James is
survived by his wife Glory, sons Bruce & Ian, sister Joan, brother Norman,
first wife Dorothy, grandchildren, and close cousins, the Ford family.
(Jim was on the PWA Board of
Directors for many years)
April 14, 2012 - Gro Anderson (Fairless)
Our family wishes to let the community of Pacific Western Airlines employees
know of the passing of a most loyal and dedicated colleague, Gro Andersen;
known to many as Gro Fairless. My Mother's career began in '63
and spanned approximately 23 years, with her beginnings in Campbell River
with BC Airlines. She was a counter rep, dispatcher and as is often the case
in small bases; chief bottle washer. Gro moved on to Pacific Western
Airlines in 1970 and never looked back. Her career allowed her to follow
many dreams and wear several hats during a time in her life that she would
forever look upon fondly and with pride. Her limited education, heritage and
female bravado would push her to succeed beyond her imagination. Those who
knew her well, knew she loved her work in all areas of the business. From
customer service representative at the Vancouver Airport to Reservations
agent, shift scheduler and eventual Management in Reservations; Vancouver,
Winnipeg and Calgary.
She was grateful for the opportunity to travel and took full advantage of
this wonderful privilege throughout her career. I think she may hold a title
for most trips to Hawaii. Eventually, the travel bug would work its
way permanently into our family and each of Gro's daughters would chose a
path involving the airline industry.
Irene Hall (nee Fairless) would fly for PWA for 3 years in the mid 70's.
Linda Fairless began her career in Vancouver in 1974 and continues to date
in Montreal. I, Yvonne Fitzsimons (Fairless) began my career in 1979
in Vancouver and continue to date in Calgary.
The family is holding a tribute to Gro and welcomes any interested people to
join family and friends on Saturday, April 27, 2013; 13:30 to 16:30 in
Mar 15, 2012
MAGUIRE, Gerald P.
November 26, 1934 - March 15, 2012
In loving memory of Gerald (Gerry) Philip Maguire who passed away peacefully
at home March 15th, 2012. Predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Joyce. He
will be sadly missed by son John, daughter Mary (Heenam), grandchildren
Colette (Josh), Crystal and Quinton and brother Mike (Patra). In 1957, the
RCAF drew Gerry and his beautiful new bride (Joyce) from England to Canada
(navigator - 409 squadron). After graduating from UBC in 1968, he taught
through the 70's at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, spending summers
flying the Hercules out of London, England. In 1973 Gerry began his career
with PWA as manager/ director of training and HR, continuing on with
Canadian Airlines. When not in the air, GPM was out on his sailboat, Bobcat
(Tiddly Cove Yacht Club). Gerry's charm, mischievous spirit and everlasting
sense of humour will be fondly remembered. Special thanks to Dr. Savage and
her wonderfully supportive team at BCCA. In lieu of flowers please make
donations to the Canadian Veterans Association or the Canadian Cancer
Society. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 1:30pm
at St. Helens Anglican Church (4405 W.8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC). Rev. Scott
"See ya later navigator!"
Feb 10, 2012 RANKS, Therese Marie
February 28, 1958 - February 10, 2012
The Ranks family sadly announces the passing of Therese on Friday, February
10, 2012. Therese graduated from St. Francis High School, Calgary and earned
a B Sc Physical Education degree from the U of C. Therese was employed by
Canadian/Air Canada airlines for 25 years where she did what she loved,
helping people and travelling the world. We were blessed to have her as part
of our family, mother Alice, father Del (deceased 1973), siblings Michelle,
Marc (Judi), Dennis and Carol Colborne (Blake); her nieces and nephews
Denis, Paul, Alison and Nicolette Lambert, their father Martin, Lindsey,
Scott and Jillian Ranks. She will be missed greatly by Vete Dorchak.
Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells
(2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a
Celebration of Life at the Kensington Legion (1910 Kensington Road N.W.).
In lieu of flowers, Therese's family requests donations be made to the
Society for the Treatment of Autism, 404 - 94 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, T2J
0E8. In living memory of Therese Ranks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek
Jan 5, 2012 NICHOLS, Russell Donald
Passed away in the presence of his immediate family on January 5, 2012. Russ
joins his siblings Jack, Norman, Deborah and Esther in Heaven. Russell was
born on September 19, 1927 in Saint John, New Brunswick to Charles and
Marion (nee Latimer). The family relocated to Vancouver when Russell was
very young. He grew up in East Vancouver and was a graduate of Vancouver
Tech High School. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Katharine,
brothers Murray and Buster, Sister-In-Law Ethel (Saint John) and
Brother-In-Laws Doug (Vernon) and David (Oakville), daughters Leslie, Kathie
and son Craig, Daughter-In-Law Priscilla, grandchildren Brendon, Jessica,
Jamie and Kirk, nieces Lynn, Susan, nephews Norman, John as well as many
other nephews and nieces too many to mention. Russ (Nick to his mates from
the service) worked most of his career as a Sheet Metal Technician Mechanic
for the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Airlines. Russ so enjoyed
playing and officiating soccer throughout his life. He was an avid St. Louis
Cardinals and BC Lions fan and loved that they had both won their respective
titles this past year. He cherished watching his children and later his
grandchildren at their various sports and activities. Special thanks to
Russ' colleagues from Canadian Airlines (a special note to George Campbell)
who visited him through his final years, the Staff at Burnaby General
Hospital and George Derby for their support and kindness. No service at the
request of Russ. A grave side service is planned in the near future. In lieu
of flowers donations to either the Alzheimer's Society of BC or the Canadian
Cancer Society in Russ' name would be appreciated. Columbia-Bowell Chapel
Dec 28, 2011 CORMACK, John Albert
On December 28, 2011 John Albert Cormack passed away peacefully surrounded
by loved ones. For the past year, John was fighting the battle of his life.
His presence in our lives was a gift for which we will always be grateful.
John was born in Edmonton on January 11, 1939. He was predeceased by his
loving wife, Alberta, his parents, John and Josephine Cormack,
father-in-law, Rod McPhail, sister, Barbara Cormack and grandson, Adam Roth.
John leaves to mourn his loss four daughters and one son: Doris (Doug), Gail
(Bruce), Guy, Colleen (Dave), Erin (Ken); ten grandchildren: Lane (Kylie),
Kimberley (Lanny), Joshua, Hannah, Evan, Anne-Marie, Leilani, Ellie, Bohdan
and Parker; his sisters: Margaret (Dan), Kathy, Pat (Garry) and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2011 at
Connelly- McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton. John's life
will be celebrated on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred
Heart Church of the First Peoples, 10821 - 96 Street, Edmonton.
Flowers are thankfully declined. Those who so wish may make memorial
donations directly to the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.
John worked in Airport Services and Air Cargo at locations including
Edmonton, Fort Smith and Resolute Bay.
Dec 22, 2011 William Howie
On December 22, 2011, Mr. William Howie of
St. Albert passed away at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his
two sons, George of Grande Prairie and Gordon of Calgary; three daughters,
Lynne (Terry) Pederson of Cremona, Colleen (Kevin) Storms of St. Albert, and
Karen ( Dean) LeBlanc of St. Albert; and five grandchildren, Toni, Megan,
and Kathleen Storms, and Daniel and Christopher Pederson. He is sadly missed
by his sister in law, Shirley Howie, nieces Kim and Dawn, and nephew Scott
and their families, and also by Jean Parkes and extended family. Bill's
request, no funeral or memorial service will be held.
Bill was a a senior manager in the Hercules
Dec 21, 2011 - KOWAND,Michael
April 20, 1964 - December 21, 2011
It is with great sorrow and sadness that the family of Michael Kowand
announces his passing.
Michael fought a brave and courageous battle against melanoma and we are
blessed that his passing was peaceful. He is forever loved and remembered by
Tatjana, his loving wife and "Angel"; his beautiful daughters Kyra and
Madison; his devoted mother Gerda; loving siblings: Siegfried and Linda,
Reno and Maureen, and Gabriele. He will also be greatly missed by his
wonderful nephew Luke and his wife Lindsay along with his nieces Amanda
(Alan, Karl and Kassey) and Sasha (Brad, Helena). He will be greatly missed
by Tatjana's family: Harry and Renate Schulz, Mark, Grant, Kim, Emma, Will,
Joe and Mary Kozak. Michael was predeceased by his father Karl Kowand.
Michael has many friends scattered throughout the world and we are grateful
for their love and support this past year. Many thanks to Dr. Dusang and Dr.
Smylie, and all the staff at the U of A Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute,
for their caring and compassion. Thank you for helping Michael on this
A Celebration of his Life will take place on Friday, December 30, 2011 at
1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 - 114 Street Edmonton. We
graciously decline flowers. Instead honor Michael's memory by donating to
the Cross Cancer Institute, Humane Society, or Stollery Children's Hospital.
This would be appreciated.
Mike work in Aircraft Services at Edmonton International
Nov 10, 2011 -
GRAY, Kenneth Earl (Ken)
December 20, 1936 - November 10, 2011
It is with great sadness that
we have learned of the passing of Ken Gray. "Kenny" passed away
peacefully in the evening of November 10, 2011 with his best friend and soul
mate Jane at his side. His failing health of the past few weeks was masked
by his ever-present optimism and zest for life.
Ken is survived by his beloved Jane, twin brother Keith (Rita) of Lethbridge,
sister Beverly (John) Giles of Cochrane and brother Mel (Margaret) of
Calgary and their families - his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by
his parents Elliot and Doris Gray.
Ken was born and raised in Calgary. He enjoyed a long and most successful
career in the aviation industry, starting as a ticket agent and working up
through the ranks to the position of Vice-President of Canadian Airlines. He
retired in 1990 to lead a very active life travelling with Jane and friends,
golfing with his buddies, wagering on just about anything and applying his
keen intellect to investing.
Ken was a past member of Rotary and an active member of the Edmonton Golf
and Country Club where a celebration of life will be held from 2 PM to 4 PM on Dec 8.
Rest in peace Ken.
Ken was an agent who worked his way to Vice President at Canadian Airlines.
Nov 9, 2011 - R. (Bobby) Fraser
Passed away suddenly on Nov 10, 2011. Bob worked as a Project Manager
in the Hercules Operations and as a Manager Cargo Services for PWA and
Canadian Airlines. Service Nov 25 with details to follow.
Nov 6, 2011 - Lou Iverson
Born In: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Passed in: Kamloops,
British Columbia, Canada
January 29, 1933 - November 6, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lou Iverson at the
age of 78.
He leaves behind his wife Anne of 53 years. His son Lou (Vicki) Iverson,
grandchildren Jordan & Erin. His daughter Diane (Bill) Atkinson,
grandchildren Asha & Paige. His twin sister MaryAnn (Wally) Williams and
many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Jana & Richter Iverson and brother Roy Iverson.
Lou was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. As a teenager he went commercial
fishing with his father along the Pacific Coast and the Gulf of Alaska. In
the late fifties he became a bush pilot and began his career flying into
remote villages in northern Saskatchewan. In 1960 he brought his family to
Kamloops where he worked for Pacific Western Airlines until the base closed
in 1967. He then began flying for the Government Air Services Branch until
1988. Lou loved his flying career and always had so many great stories to
tell. Upon retirement Lou and Ann travelled south every year spending their
winters in California and Arizona where they made many special friends.
Lou was a member of the Masonic Aviation Lodge No. 175. He was also a member
of the Sons of Norway.
Lou will always be remembered by his family and friends for his generous
nature, his great sense of humour and his hearty laugh. A special
thank you to Dr. Tynan, Dr. Cattaneo, Respiratory Therapists, and the RIH
nurses of ICU and Step Down for their kind and compassionate care during his
illness. At Lou's request there will be no public service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cancer Society in Lou's
Nov 1, 2011 -
James F. Tomlinson, retired
Thomlinson, James Fred of Qualicum Beach, BC passed away peacefully November
1, 2011 in the Nanaimo General Hospital. James was born in Victoria on May
10, 1930 and enjoyed an active flying career. He retired from Pacific
Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines on June 1, 1990. He is survived by
his loving wife Lannet, his daughters Sherri (Ric) and Heather (Randy). He
will be dearly missed by his extended family and 7 grandchildren and 1 great
granddaughter, their families and his many airline friends.
No service is planned in memory of James but please consider a donation to
the Alzheimer Assoc of BC or take a few moments to think of the joy and
laughter he brought to your life.
Final Flight West. Flight Plan Closed. May he Rest in Peace. Further
when known. A great man with a heart as big as the country he flew
across. Below is a picture of Jim at the Mars Waterbomber Base in
Nanaimo with S. Fleming and D. Dertien
12, 2011 QUAN - Shannon
Shannon passed away peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the
age of 64. She is survived by husband Dallas, mother Lily, brother Sherman
(Pamela,) sister Shelley (Dave) and nieces and nephews, Brenna (Jeff,) Neale
(Michelle,) Christopher (Kimberly,) Kimi and Kaylea. Our family would like
to offer our gratitude and thanks to the caring staff at St. Michael's
Hospice. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends desire, donations may be
made in her memory to the St. Michael's Centre Hospice Unit, 7451 Sussex
Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 5C2, or the Cancer Society. No service at Shannon's
Shannon Quan worked in YVR Reservations, Cargo and Airport for 31 years, and
retired in 2001
September 6, 2011
It is with sadness that the family of Eileen Kerr advises of her passing on
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the age of 93 years.
Eileen fought, with her typical feistiness, a long hard battle with
Alzheimer's and then cancer. She passed away peacefully at
a hospice in Moose Jaw, SK. - her beloved hometown and province.
Eileen leaves to remember with joy the wonderful life she had, her only
surviving sister, Margaret Carson ( Alex - deceased ).
She also leaves to remember their dearly loved "Leenie" many nieces,
nephews, great nieces & nephews and great-great
nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by seven siblings.
Eileen will be laid to rest in the Kerr family plot in Moose Jaw, SK. At her
request, no service will be held.
July 1, 2011 George Hickey
George Hickey passed away on Friday, July 01, 2011 at Vancouver General
Hospital. George fought a courageous battle with stomach cancer since being
diagnosed in February 2011. He is survived by his wife Peggy and the most
caring and loving daughter and nurse Amanda. George worked in several
departments but was most noted for his skills in the Marketing Dept.
He had a brilliant mind and a sharp wit that will be dearly missed.
HICKEY, George Anthony 1945 - 2011 Passed
away July 1, 2011 after a short and brave battle with cancer, surrounded by
his family. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Peggy, devoted daughter
Amanda and loyal pal Fergus, also sisters Mary (John), Anne (George),
brother Ged (Marian), nieces and nephews Steven, Sean, Susan, Peter, Andrea,
Alexandra and Kevin and their families. George will be dearly missed by "The
Gang", all of his friends and those who knew him. A Celebration of George's
life will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011, 2-4 pm at the Beach Grove Golf
Club 5946 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the BC Cancer Foundation 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2 Delta
Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
June 29, 2011
Glenn passed away yesterday afternoon (June 29). There will be a
Celebration of Life for Glenn on Tuesday, July 5, at 2:00 pm at the
Salvation Army Community Church on Delair Road, in Abbotsford.
Glenn was a hard working man who could handle any situation. Glenn
worked in Airport Services and Herc Ops.
June 22, 2011 LARSEN, Devona Joy
It is with deep sadness
that we announce the sudden passing of Devona on June 22, 2011. Beloved
mother to Steven (Meera), Doug (Astrid), Keith (Tina), stepmother to Randy
and Susan, sister-in-law to Karen, grandmother to 7 and great-grandmother to
1. Devi was born August 28, 1939 in Vancouver and spent her childhood in
Victoria. After marriage, she settled in Richmond and spent 27 years working
for Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada,
retiring in 1998. A poem was found in our mom's nightstand which best
expresses her view on life. Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what's
to be, A resting place along the road, To sweet eternity. We all have
different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to
learn some things, But never meant to stay. Our Destination is a place, Far
greater than we know. For some the journey's quicker, For some the journey's
slow. And when the journey finally ends, We'll claim a great reward, And
find everlasting peace.
May 23, 2011 Sandy Welbourn
WELBOURN, Frank Alexander 'Sandy' June 21, 1928 - May 23, 2011 It is with
deep sorrow we announce the passing of Frank (Sandy) Welbourn. Loving father
to Margot (Maggie). Sandy passed away peacefully after a brief battle with
cancer. Predeceased by his loving wife Mary, he is also survived by
son-in-law Stan Sauerwein, grandchildren Amy, Brock and Carson and sisters
Nora Dietlein (Saltspring) and Patricia Lorsch (Boston). Sandy grew up on
the family farm near Edmonton and excelled academically, graduating from
high school several years early. He started his working life at a local
branch of the Bank of Montreal before seeking a variety of new challenges
including doing books for a gas station, owning a hardware store and
dabbling in insurance, all before the age of 21. With that real world
experience, he joined fledgling Pacific Western Airlines as a bookkeeper and
soon assumed management duty for the airline in Whitehorse, YT. He met the
love of his life, Mary Hamm, in Whitehorse and the couple married in
Edmonton in 1955. A year later, daughter Margot was born and accepting
another transfer, Sandy moved his young family first to Vancouver and then
to Tsawwassen. During his years with aviation, he served in numerous
industry capacities including a stint as President of the Abbotsford Air
Show. When Pacific Western Airlines purchased CPA in 1987, Sandy
transferred to Calgary as a senior vice-president and completed his 30-year
career in the airline industry the following year. Among Sandy’s proudest
accomplishments was his transformation of an overgrown acreage in Trochu,
Alberta . Sandy discovered the 10-acre property was home to a wide variety
of exotic trees. He and Mary lovingly restored the site and sold it to the
Town of Trochu after several years of hard work in order to create the
Trochu Arboretum as a legacy to future generations. Upon moving to Westbank
in 1990, Sandy generously volunteered his time, assisting many groups
including the Friends of Fintry and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society.
Sandy started each day asking himself: “Who am I becoming today?” He shared
his generous spirit with his friends and family and particularly cherished
the relationships nurtured with the people he worked alongside as a
volunteer. Sandy faced his end with dignity and courage, never complaining.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests the consideration of donations in
Sandy’s name to the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, 1060 Cameron Ave,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8V3 or Trochu Arboretum Society, Box 340, Trochu, AB T0M 2C0
Apr 28, 2011 Marjorie Marshall
April 28, 2011 Marjorie Marshall, widow of Capt. James B Marshall passed
away quietly and in her sleep. She is survived by her son Don (Karen),
daughter Maureen (Paul) and daughter Lorraine; her grandchildren, Tyson and
Karly (Adam) and her 2 great grandchildren, Jack and Chet. She was an avid
fisherman, golfer, curler and die hard Canucks fan! Service in Kamloops at
the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sat. May 7. Donations to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation in lieu of flowers. Jim Marshall was a founding pilot with PWA
with a #2 on the seniority list. Jim passed in 1960.
April 16, 2011 Ken Bergen
BERGEN, Kenneth John 1941 - April 16,2011. In Loving Memory It is with great
sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Bergen on April 16, 2011 at the
Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice home after a long and courageous battle
with Cancer. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan, his son
Darren (Rosanne), daughters: Adele (Richard) and Melinda (Jason), 7
wonderful grandchildren, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A
Memorial Tea to Celebrate Ken's life will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday,
April 26, 2011 in the Chapel of Clark's Funeral Services.
April 29, 2011 Cedric Mah
Cedric Mah was part of PWA Flight Operations in Yellowknife where he
flew the Curtis C46C. Mah lived a remarkable life that was covered in
the Globe and Mail on June 6, 2011. This is one of life's story that
is worth the read. Enjoy (click
here). Another article can be found
Also a You Tube video.
April 1, 2011 Ron Price
PRICE, Ronald July 23, 1936 - April 1, 2011With great sadness and love we
announce the peaceful passing of Ron Price on April 1, 2011. Ron was a
loving husband, dad, papa and dedicated friend to many. He is survived by
his wife, Philippa; daughters, Linda Rose (Rex) and Andrea (Robert); and
grandchildren, Katrina, Korey, Emma and Rhys. A Memorial Service will be
held on Friday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden's Floral
Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ron's memory can be made to the B.C.
Lung Association (COPD Research).
March 22, 2011 Richard
RATSLAFF, Richard L. November 19, 1945 - March 22, 2011 Born in Leader,
Sask. and was raised in Winnipeg, Man. He moved to B.C. in 1967, where he
raised his family in the Surrey/ Langley area. Richard relocated to the
Comox Valley upon his retirement in 2000 after a long career in Aviation
with Canadian Airlines. The valley allowed him to pursue his passion for
fishing, travel and cooking. He was well known for his ribs, his fish smoker
and hot sauces. Dick is survived by: his wife and best friend Dorothy `Dot',
his grown children Robert (Laura), Melanie (Mike) and Jason; his stepsons
Trevor (Dee) and Kyle (Kristina), his four beautiful granddaughters Aimee,
Teya, Elyse and Ashley. Not to be forgotten is his cat Smokey. Richard was
predeceased by his parents and first wife Judy. Following Dick's wishes
there will be no service. Donations can be made to the Comox Valley S.P.C.A.
where he was a volunteer. Piercy's / Mt. Washington 250-334-4464
March 10, 2011 Josephine RUPCICH
RUPCICH, Josephine December 28, 1930 - March 10, 2011 Josephine Matilda
Rupcich born in Luscar Alberta December 30th, 1930, passed away peacefully
at her residence in Richmond, March 10th, 2011. At the age of 13 she moved
to Richmond with her family and enjoyed many years on their farm. As a young
woman Joanne worked for PWA (airline), and travelled extensively in Europe
and North America, including Hawaii. She enjoyed music, and following her
Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions. As per her wishes, there will be a private
family service to be announced at a later date. Joanne is survived by
brother Emil, sisters Mary (Walter)and Catherine, and her many nieces and
nephews whom she adored.
We all knew her as Joanne Rupcich (not Josephine). She worked in Office
Services for Doris Toy.
March 7, 2011 Gary Crawshaw
On March 7, 2011, after a brief illness, Gary passed away. Gary was a
Passenger Service Agent in Kelowna for many years.
January 13, 2011 Michael Hughes
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2011 after a very brief, but
courageous, battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Linda and amazing dad to
Katy (Clint), Laura (Richard), and Julia. Mike faced death the same way he
captained his airplanes: with calm and grace. He will also be sadly missed
by his sister Maureen Mulhern and her children Jonathan and Stephanie;
brother Steve & sister-in-law Wendy and their children Shannon (Stu) and
Allison; his Toronto family Marjorie Gray and Nancy & Brian Follett; as well
as countless friends and extended family around the world.
Michael was a pilot with Transair, Pacific Western, CDN and Air Canada and
retired in 2003 after 30 years of flying. Submitted by Steve Hughes - Flight
January 8, 2011 Rene Lussier
On January 8, 2011, Rene Lussier passed away at the University Hospital in
Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 66 with his wife at his bedside. Rene was
born at home to Omer and Laura Lussier on June 17, 1944. He began his career
with Pacific Western Airlines on February 24 of 1969 and later with Canadian
Airlines as a Customer Service Representative. He followed his job to many
western cities including Yellowknife, Calgary, Kamloops, Smithers, Campbell
River, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Rene retired from the
airline industry on November 01, 1999. Rene was one who loved to share
stories, jokes and fellowship with those around him. He will be sadly and
lovingly missed by his wife of 38 years, family and friends.
Jan 2, 2011 Norman Cowen
COWEN, Norma Marguerite June 26, 1934 – January 2, 2011
Norma died after a short illness, in the loving arms of her family. She
loved life, family and her many friends. Norma is survived by her husband Al
of 22 years, her brother Robert Grasby, her children Bradley, Loree, David,
Murray (Yvette), Martin (Pat) and Marcia, as well as many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Special thank you to the Delta Hospital and
Fraser Valley Palliative Care Unit. A Memorial Service will be held on
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Delta Funeral Home, 5329 Ladner
Trunk Road, Delta, BC., with a reception to follow. Delta Funeral Home (604)
Jan 2, 2011 Jackie Hopkins - Crew Planning
HOPKINS, Jacalyn May - February 8, 1952 - January 2, 2011
Jackie passed away peacefully January 2, 2011 surrounded by her family.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband Danny Hopkins, mother Joan Mrus,
brothers and sisters, Doug, Ken, Terri, Shirley, David, Peter. Her sister
and brother-in-laws, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and
friends. Jackie was predeceased by her father Alexander Copp and step-father
Steve Mrus. Born in Ladysmith, BC Jackie made many friends through her
career in the airline industry which took her to Vancouver, Edmonton and
Calgary, before retiring back on Vancouver Island, where she enjoyed her
garden, bird watching and her beloved dogs Kobe and Tuffy. We would
also like to thank Dr. Love and his staff at the Nanaimo Palliative Care
Unit; they made Jackie’s final days very comfortable. Truly Angels on earth.
A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at
12:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1135 4th Avenue, Ladysmith.
In lieu of flowers friends may donate directly to the Nanaimo Palliative
Care Unit, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.
We will all miss and forever fondly remember you.
Oct 25, 2010 Opal Miscavish
OPAL MISCAVISH October 28, 1925 October 25, 2010 With the rain gently
falling and surrounded by her family, Mom's spirit took flight. After a
short battle with cancer she was released from the bonds of this earth.
Waiting to welcome her at the gates of heaven were her husband Casmer;
parents Lucia and John; sisters Margaret, Joyce; brothers Emmitt and Murray.
Left behind to feel Opal's absence are her children Sheryl, Rick (Elaine),
Patricia (Deen) and Paul; sister Gertrude; sister-in-law Joan; grandchildren
Michelle (Heath), Tammy (Chris), Deedra, Bryson, Ryan, Brandon, Jennifer
(Tim), Michael, Jill, David and Aaron; great grandchildren Samantha,
Christopher, Hailey, Breanne and Tanner as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mom was born in Chelmsford, Ontario and, as a young adult, she moved to
Sudbury to live with her sister. She was an usherette at the Capital
Theatre. She joined the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in
Winnipeg where she packed parachutes for the paratroopers. Opal met Casmer
and they were married in April, 1950. They raised their family in Winnipeg
but took many vacations by train to Ontario to visit her family. She worked
at Transair Airlines which later became Pacific Western Airlines. Once Mom
retired, she and Dad started to travel in their motor home. They traveled
from coast to coast, to Alaska and through the United States. For a period
of time Mom lived in Gimli and took great pleasure in watching the families
of geese that arrived every spring. She enjoyed watching the goslings grow
and learn to fly. She would drive each day to check on the little families
and always be amazed at the fact that they needed to be taught to fly and to
land. These are things that Mom says she had never really thought about
until she saw it taking place. She would always give a daily report on their
progress. Mom was very active and enjoyed aquacising and walking. She was
always out and about, having lunch with friends, going to bingo, or
exchanging books. She was an avid reader and books were to be found
everywhere (even in the trunk of her car). Mom made sure she lived her life
to the fullest. She will be missed by many. On Wednesday, November 3, 2010,
Opal's funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories
in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street @ Manitoba Avenue. We would
like to thank the Nurses, Health Care Aides and Housekeeping staff at Grace
Hospital. Mom enjoyed their company when they stopped by for a chat. There
are far too many special people to mention but on her last day fate had it
that each and every one of you were there. A special thank you goes out to
Joyce, a very special woman that helped not only Mom, but the rest of us. In
lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oak Hammock Marsh
Oct 13, 2010 Bill Kelly
gently in his sleep early this morning
(13 Oct 2010)
Hoping to see you at a celebration of his life on Thursday, October 21 from
2 – 4 at the Ladner Community Centre
greatly appreciated if you could spread the word to any buddies who also
KELLY, William John
It is with deepest sorrow we announce the passing of William (Bill) Kelly on
Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Bill was predeceased by his first wife Jo and
four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife Joan, his children
Marg (Brian) Lincoln, Pat (Gordon) Doyle, Bill (Laura) Kelly and Linda
(Mike) Nielsen; his stepsons Ken and Kris Johnson and by his grandchildren
Gordon (Ashleen), Brendan, Tom, Melissa, Gary and Kevin and by his
great-grandchildren, Parker, Arielle and Evelyn. Bill is also survived by
his brothers and sisters and their families in England and Ireland. First
and foremost Bill was a loving and proud family man, but he was so much
more. He was a loyal friend to many, a lover of all books and good
conversation, a keen naturalist and an avid gardener. He could not pass a
stream without pulling out his fishing rod. He travelled the world with the
RAF and in retirement with Joan at his side. We would like to thank Dr.
Sylvia Henderson, Dr. Brad Turner and the nurses who became his
'sweethearts' as well as the many friends who have shown their concern and
support through his trials of the past few years. We welcome you to join us
in a celebration of Bill's life from 2 to 4pm at the Delta Community Centre,
4734 51st St., Ladner, Thursday, October 21st. In lieu of flowers please
consider a donation to the ALS Society, or a charity of your choice
Oct 5, 2010 Lloyd Erickson
Lloyd worked in Maintenance, Management and was very
respected by all.
ERICKSON, Lloyd S. Lloyd S. Erickson of Camrose, AB, passed away October 5,
2010 at the age of 94 years. He is survived by his wife, Aurora, with whom
he celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary in June; his children: Ron, of
Vancouver, BC; Marilyn (Terry) of New York, NY; Rick (Lynn) of Edmonton, AB
and his grandchildren: Nels, New Orleans, LA; Kirsten (Nadime) Montreal, QC;
Luke, Jamie and Blake, Edmonton, AB and predeceased by their eldest son,
Bob, Edmonton, AB. He is remembered by his siblings: Arline Jensen, Edmonds,
WA; Mary Ruth Curtis, Grants Pass, OR; Elma Cameron, San Francisco, CA; John
Erickson, Vancouver, BC and Evelyn Laws, Edmonton, AB; along with many
nephews, nieces and cousins in Canada, USA, Italy, Iceland and Norway. He
was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Erickson, Irma, AB and sister, Phyllis
Moe of Mount Vernon, WA. Lloyd was born on a farm near Jarrow, Alberta in
1916. He attended Coal Springs School, Grades 10 and 11 at Irma High School
and then graduated from Camrose Lutheran College. He attended SAIT in
Calgary where he completed a two-year course in Industrial Electricity and
Radio and earned his Wireless Operators Certificate. In 1940 Lloyd joined
the RCAF as an Electrical Technician first as a corporal and then a Sergeant
stationed with the 419 Lancaster and 405 Pathfinder Squadrons in England and
later assigned to the Tiger Force. Following WWII he joined Canadian Pacific
Air in Edmonton and in 1947 the family moved west. After a short stay in
Mount Vernon, WA he joined Trans-Canada Airlines in Vancouver, and in 1955
accepted a position in Edmonton with Pacific Western Airlines; he became
Maintenance Supervisor. He had work assignments in Angola, the Arctic
Islands, Ottawa, California and Seattle. Lloyd retired in 1981 and moved to
a farm near Kingman, AB. He enjoyed travelling overseas with Aurora or with
other family members. He travelled to Norway nine times to visit relatives
and one memorable trip to the former Soviet Union that included Samarkand
and Bukhara on the historic Silk Road to China. Lloyd had a life long
passion for history, was well read and always curious to learn about new
things. He become quite proficient on the computer and together with Aurora
had a happy and satisfying life. He had a zest for life, was interested in
people and especially interested in the welfare of his family. A Funeral
will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran
Church, Camrose, AB, with lunch to follow; interment at Sharon Lutheran
Church, Irma, AB at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers,
donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Patient Care and Research
Clinic, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB or to the Augustana
Chaplaincy Annual Fund, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, Camrose, AB
or a charity of your choice.
Sep 4, 2010 Colin Birt
Colin Birt passed away
Sep 4, 2010.
was retired and previously was in Line maintenance for PWA/CDN/AC in YYC.
There are no plans for a funeral or memorial service.
July 16, 2010 Jack Palomb
Born December 10, 1939 - July 16, 2010 Jack Palombo passed away
peacefully on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the age of 70. He is survived by his
wife Mary, his three children Albert, Ines, Vicky and their respective
families. Jack began his airline industry career in 1958 with the Israeli
Air Force. In 1964 he and Mary immigrated to Canada where he culminated a
thirty-five year career as an aircraft safety and maintenance inspector with
Air Canada. Jack was proud of his heritage but equally proud to be a
Canadian citizen and enjoyed all the beauty and adventure that the Canadian
landscape had to offer including, camping, fishing, golfing and travel. He
had an intrepid spirit and a love of life. In lieu of flowers, if friends so
desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke
Foundation of Alberta, or Canadian Diabetes Association, or Temple B'nai
Tikvah. Funeral Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, (North
East Corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W.) on Monday, July 19, 2010 at
2:00 p.m. Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, North East
Corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W., Telephone: 403-244-4717.
June 25, 2010 -
HARNUM, Pearce 1946-2010 Pearce Harnum passed away on Friday, June 25th,
2010 at The Moncton Hospital. Born in Gander, NL on September, 18th, 1946,
he was the son of Pastor Clayton and Mollie Harnum of Bishops Falls, NL. He
was an employee of Air Canada for 45 years. In addition to his parents he is
survived by his wife Judy, only sister Lynn (Vaughn) of Courtice, Ontario,
brothers Clayton (Penny), Wayne (Marianne), Bruce, Cliff (Gail) all from
Ontario. Daughters Denise (Guy), Renee (Jay) from Moncton, NB and son Tony
(Bo) from Halifax, NS., several grandchildren as well as many nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his loving son Sheldon and daughter Allison.
Resting at Fair Haven Funeral Home with visitation on Saturday afternoon
June 26th, from 1:30-2:30 pm, immediately followed by the funeral service at
2:30 in the chapel of Fair Haven Funeral Home, Pastor Sterling Penny
officiating. A reception for friends and family will follow the service in
the Garden View Reception Room. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer
Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury
Road, Moncton, NB (506) 852-3530. A book of condolences may be signed at
June 16, 2010 -
John William (Bill) Bishop
8 November 1935 - 16 June 2010. Final Flight Plan - completed and
closed. Bill died peacefully following a long battle with cancer. His family
was with him. A memorial service will be held Monday June 21st at 13:30hrs.
Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 531 Herbert Street, Duncan, B,C.
Please pass the word to all P.W.A. and Herc crews. May he rest in Peace.
in PWA aircraft maintenance as a mechanic on the mainline and the Hercules
operations in the late 60’s & early 70’s.
June 10, 2010 - Les
LESLIE GRANT (LES. G.) ALLAN June 2, 1932 - June 10, 2010 It is with sadness
that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather,
Les Allan, on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg,
with his wife of 41 years, Carol, at his side. Predeceased by his father,
mother, sisters Arlene, Lillian and Louise, and his eldest son, Andrew, from
his first marriage, he leaves behind his loving wife, Carol; son,
Christopher, from his first marriage; son, Kirby (Stacy); daughter, Sheryl
Webster (Mike); grandson, Phillip; and his half-brother, Lorne McGowan
(Laura). Les was born in Irma, Alberta and enjoyed his Scottish heritage in
MacDonald of Clanranald. Growing up, he joined several cadet corps,
including the Air Cadets where he played the snare drum and the bugle in the
corps marching band. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed playing his
guitar. He signed up with the Air Force in 1950, serving for eight years
with the #2 Fighter Wing on bases in Northern Africa and Metts, France,
where he learned his trade of aircraft mechanics. He spent his early years
fascinated with motorcar racing, and participated in local races, winning
several trophies during this period. Les was a faithful fan of racing
legend, Dale Earnhardt Sr., from the early years until his final race. After
travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg in 1968, he joined TransAir and worked
with his colleagues throughout the years of airline amalgamations until his
retirement from Air Canada in 1997.
Les Allan worked in Line Maintenance in YWG
and was Chief Shop Steward for IAMAW for many years
June 10, 2010 -
JOHNSON, Hazel Pearl
On June 10, 2010 Hazel Johnson passed away peacefully at the age of 85
years. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Darlene (Mychail)
Onischuk, Adele (Stanley) Kristalovich, Ardyth Cleveland (Jon Rowthorn), and
Katherine Johnson (Frank Britton), three grandchildren, and seven
great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her loving husband Allen Herbert.
Special thanks to Dr. Ken Chow and the nursing staff at Unit #28 at the
Sturgeon Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness. In lieu of
flowers donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Hazel Johnson was 85 years of age. She was the wife of Allen, a
mechanic that was well known in Edmonton Maintenance. Hazel was a key member
of the executive of the PWA and Canadian Airlines retirees for many years.
June 8, 2010 -
GUMIENNY, Lawrence Anthony
Larry passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 8. surrounded by his
family. to be welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Larry was born in Brandon. MB and his work with the airlines took him to
Winnipeg. MB. Lynn Lake. MB and Calgary. AB. Larry met Marilyn (nee
Smigarowski) and was married in 1997. In 2006 they moved to Medicine Hat. AB
and then to Grand Forks. BC in 2010. Larry was predeceased by his parents
and is survived by his beloved wife. Marilyn. his three children Cory.
Michelle and Ben. and his sister Tess. He is also lovingly remembered by his
two stepchildren. Tina and Rene. his four grandchildren. his nieces and
nephews and numerous cousins. Memorial Service will be held June 11 at 1:00
p.m. at Gospel Chapel. 7048 Donaldson Drive. Grand Forks. BC. In lieu of
flowers. memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of BC. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via
Larry worked with many of us at Calgary Airport Services.
June 4, 2010 -
Delores was an aircraft
mechanic in the maintenance department in YYC.
, Delores Virginia August 9, 1959 - June 4, 2010 Delores Virginia Klatzel of
Calgary passed away on Friday, June 4, 2010 at the age of 50 years. Born on
August 9, 1959 to Virginia and Stephen Klatzel in Calgary; the third of
three daughters. Attending schools in Calgary, she graduated from St.
Francis High School in 1977. She studied aircraft maintenance technology at
SAIT, graduating at the top of her class in 1982 and then worked for
Canadian Airlines seven years. An enthusiastic hiker and cross country
skier, she enjoyed her association with the Youth Hostel Hiking Group. She
will be remembered by family and friends for her witty commentary on all
current events. Delores is survived by her sisters, Frances and Louise; her
brother-in-law Phillip Mudry; their daughters, Katelyn, Jocelyn, and
Stefanie, and relatives in the Klatzel and McHugh families. Delores will
also be missed by friends, neighbours and dog walking companions. She was
predeceased by her father Stephen in 1995 and mother Virginia in 2009. The
family would like to extend a special heart-felt thanks to the wonderful
staff of Agape Hospice for their loving care of Delores during her nine
month stay. Their unconditional compassion worked miracles. We would also
like to thank the family and friends who visited and helped for so many
months. Following Delores' wishes, there will no be no Funeral Service.
May 13, 2010 - Olson, Murray
Murray Olson worked
in YXD maintenance. He retired from PWA as an Aircraft Inspector. Prior to
being an Inspector he worked in the engine shop for a number of years.
OLSON, Murray Lloyd On May 13, 2010, Murray Lloyd Olson of St. Albert passed
away at the age of 76 years. Murray is survived by his loving wife, Amy, of
55 years; children: Kathy (Gord), Lloyd (Karen) and Joanne (Allan);
grandchildren: Sarah, Robyn (Jason), Kevin, Heidi (Dannon), Joey, Emily,
Emma, Jesse, Jeffery and Brianna; and great grandchildren: Marley, Quinten
and Kayla. He was predeceased by son, Donald; parents: Lloyd and Addie; and
brother, Philip.He will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends. A
Memorial Service will be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Dr. St.
Albert, on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences:
www.fostermcgarvey.comFriends who so wish may make memorial donations
directly to the Alberta Lung Association. Foster & McGarvey, ST. ALBERT
FUNERAL HOME, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta, 780-458-2222
April 27, 2010 - Bob Oldham
OLDHAM, Robin Beltane Riton December 17, 1928 - April 27, 2010 Bob was born
in Penticton, BC on December 17, 1928. He graduated from high school in West
Vancouver in 1946. Bob joined the RCMP on April 20, 1949 and graduated with
D Squad in September 1949, badge #15770. His first postings were in Alberta
and then with Visa Control in England, Germany and Italy. The rest of his
RCMP career was with the Security Service branch until he retired on
February 18, 1975. In 1975 he joined the security division of Pacific
Western Airlines and retired from Canadian Airlines in July 1992. Bob
married Diane Whyte on October 2, 1959. They lived in Vancouver, Victoria,
Richmond, Nelson and Tsawwassen. During his career with the airlines they
traveled throughout the world. Bob and Diane also became enthusiastic RV'ers
and traveled throughout Canada and the United States with their cat Puma.
Bob is predeceased by his beloved wife and sweetheart Diane. Survived by his
daughters Tammy Schiere (Chris) and Kelly Hill (Earl), granddaughters
Kristen and Leanne, brother-in-law Lorne Whyte (Ayn Marie) and their
families. Bob leaves behind many good friends. Donations in Bob's memory can
be made to the Alzheimer's Society. At Bob's request there will be no
2010 - Arthur (Ted) Hinton
Ted served in YVR head office for many years, starting as a payroll clerk
and then working his way up to Personnel Manager. He tried to retire to
England in 1970, but the company wouldn't let him, instead posting him to
Stansted airport in the UK as European Charter Manager and Head of
Operations. He finally retired some years later, but not before retraining
as a watch and clock technician. During that career he repaired Princess
Margaret's long case clock! He took a second retirement in 2000, due to ill
health. He was predeceased by his wife, Pat, and is survived by his son,
March 21, 2010 - Mistaken identity
A note from Jean M Robert regarding a "Johnnie Robert" in passages. It
happens these are two different people. Jean Robert was a pilot who
flew out of Edmonton from 1955 to 1964. Jean would appreciate an
e-mail from any of the crews and
staff that worked with him.
February 24, 2010 FRANSBERGEN, Kees
Born April 23,
1925 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We wish to advise our
friends that on February 24, 2010, Kees died in peace after
a sudden onset of leukemia. Kees wanted to express his
heartfelt thanks for the care he received from the angels at
the Palliative Care Unit, VGH and the Marion Hospice,
Providence Health Care. He leaves behind an extended family
in British Columbia, London, Ont., Chapel Hill, NC.,
Australia and The Netherlands. Kees lived his life with a
passion for flying, sailing (flotilla and racing), painting,
photography, writing and his beloved grandchildren. His
flying career began in 1945 in England, then in the Dutch
Air Force, and it was in Indonesia where he married his
first wife Susanna. In 1954, they emigrated to Canada and
shortly after he began his 30-year career with Pacific
Western Airlines, retiring in 1985. No service by request.
There will be a Celebration of Kees' life this summer when
family and friends can come together in Vancouver. Please
contact his wife Rinda at
for details. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to
the Palliative Care Unit, VGH., 899 W 12th Ave. Vancouver,
BC., V5Z1M9. 604-875-4715. Or Marion Hospice, 900 W 12th
Ave., 9th floor, Vancouver, BC., V5Z1N3. 604-731-5947.
March 4, 2010 Jerry Scholtz
SCHOLTZ, Jerry Gerlof August 26, 1939 - March 4, 2010 Jerry
is survived by his loving wife, Anna; daughter, Jane;
grandsons: Scott and Connery; brother, Wim (Minie) of
Holland; brother-in-law, Rob Bickel of Holland; two nieces:
Miriam and Anne Marie of Holland; three nephews: Peter, Mark
and Hans of Holland; other nieces and nephews; and a life
long best friend, John (Marian) Van Huystee of Peachland,
BC. He was predeceased by his sister Martha Bickel and his
parents, Jacob and Martha Scholtz. A Memorial Service will
be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert
on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Roy
Kemp officiating. Cremation. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes
St. Albert Funeral Home 780-458-2222 Over 100 Years of
Service. Jerry worked at PWA in Crew Scheduling and in
February 13, 2009 - LAMB, Terance (Terry) Malcolm
Terry was born in Brandon, Manitoba to Charles and Isabel
Lamb and grew upon the family farm south of Bradwardine,
Manitoba. He started his education in Bradwardine then, with
rural school consolidation, completed High School at Rivers,
MB. He is remembered by the neighbours for his many
excursions around the family farm in a 1929 Chevrolet with
his dog Mickey by his side.
Terry was introduced to the world of aviation when, at 12
years old, he joining #320 Squadron of the Royal Canadian
Air Cadets at Rivers. Terry excelled in the Cadet programs,
attended summer camp at St. Jean, Quebec in 1959 then a
flying scholarship (Private Pilot License) at Gimli,
Manitoba in the summer of 1964 where he received an award as
the top course Cadet.
After graduating from High School in 1965, Terry commenced
work with Maple Leaf Aviation at Brandon. While with Maple
Leaf, Terry obtained his Aircraft Maintenance License and
Commercial Pilot's License. In 1967, seeking to build up his
hours and see more of Canada, Terry loaded up his tent and
camping gear and flew "Pinkie", a Luscombe 8A, from Brandon
to Toronto Island Airport and back to attend Expo '67 in
Looking to expand his career opportunities, Terry obtained
his Multi-Engine/IFR license with Perimeter Aviation in
Winnipeg then moved to Alberta in 1972. After working in
general aviation in Calgary, including flying cloud seeding
flights out of the Red Deer Airport, Terry was hired by
Pacific Western Airlines in November 1973 as a Second
Officer on B727 Aircraft. From November, 1973 until his
retirement, Terry transferred between Calgary, Edmonton,
Toronto and Vancouver bases while being a part of several
airline mergers. His career took him from the High Arctic to
Western Africa (Angola), to Europe, Middle East and Asia,
North America and the Caribbean on the L-382 (Hercules),
B727, B737, DC-10 and A320 aircraft before retiring in April
2002 as an Vancouver based Air Canada Captain on the
B767-300. One of Terry's prouder moments was having his
mother and father meet him at the Brandon Airport in June,
1988 when he flew as Captain on the B737
A love of the outdoors was a major part of Terry's life -
outdoors with his friends was where he was the happiest and
at ease; hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island,
living, skiing, hiking and dirt bike riding at Whistler and
post retirement, dividing his time between White Rock and
Osoyoos in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley.
After a courageous and stoic battle against cancer, Terry
passed away peacefully on February 13th, 2010 in White Rock
with his family by his side. He is survived by his mother
Isabel, sister Noreen, brother Russ, sister-in-law Heather
Stewart, nieces Shawna, Carla and Kadence, nephews Shane,
Charles and Dario and his many cousins from both the Lamb
and Prowse families.
Before he left us, he asked that the following thought be
kept in our minds: "Don't cry because I am gone, but smile
for all the fun times we had together."
If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer
Society, 565 - 10th Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1L3,
as an expression of sympathy and remembrance of Terence. A
Celebration of Life will be held on April 10th from 1300 to
1600 at Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club, 18150 - 8th Avenue,
Surrey. Pictures and stories to share will be appreciated.
Feb 12, 2010 Robert Barnes
BARNES, Robert (Bob) Barnes was born in
Brandon Manitoba, on August 4, 1931. He passed away
February 12, 2010 on the Sunshine Coast after a
courageous battle with cancer. Family was at his
side. Left behind to cherish their memories are his
wife, Susan, who was his travelling companion,
occasional golf partner, best friend and soul mate,
and three children, Susan Stricklen, Debra Barnes,
David Barnes (Ricki-Lynn), two stepchildren, Darcey
Smith (Dwight) and Jason Smith (Leanne). Bob was
blessed to have 11 wonderful grandchildren, Chanel,
Alex, Dylan, Parker, Lauren, Jack, Olivia, Brandon,
Nykki, Treson and Byron. As a young man Bob tried a
few different careers. He drove a taxi, worked in
the circus, and then joined the navy. Bob found his
professional calling after joining Pacific Western
Airlines where he worked in the travel industry for
over 50 years. Bob was stationed in London
(England), Calgary and Vancouver. He used to say
that his job was so great that he should be paying
them. The loves of his life were his wife, family,
good friends, golf, travelling, Las Vegas, spicy
food and good wine. Bob's least favorite things were
eating salad, mowing the lawn at Halfmoon Bay,
swimming in the ocean and waiting for his partners
to finish their putts. He was a wonderful driver who
drove with his foot to the floor earning his
nickname, Mario Andretti. Bob was a kind man to
friends and strangers, a generous and giving man, a
gentleman who had the ability to make people feel at
ease in any setting, a master of the one line
comedy, a satirical genius and a loving husband and
father with an infectious smile that would brighten
any day. The world is a sadder place without him.
Those who knew Bob will always remember him and are
blessed to have spent time with him. He will be
sorely missed. Reception details to follow.
January 17, 2010 Dale McCaig
It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of Dale McCaig on Sunday, January 17, 2010
at the age of 63 years. He was surrounded by his
loving family and will be remembered by his beloved
wife of thirty-eight years, Heidi, daughters Tracy
and Laurie (Ellery), son Cliff (Nancy), grandson
Jack, who was the apple of his eye, mother-in-law
Ruth Thudium, Aunt Margot van der Laag,
brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rolf and Linda
Thudium and their families, and numerous cousins and
friends. Dale grew up in Rutland, Saskatchewan but
left the farm to pursue his love of airplanes. He
graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Aircraft
Maintenance Technology in 1970 and he worked for
Klondike Helicopters, Pacific Western Airlines,
Canadian Airlines, and Air Canada. Dale enjoyed
spending time with family and friends, coaching and
umpiring Little League Baseball, watching old
westerns (dusters) and barbecuing on Sunday
afternoons. He will be remembered for his funny and
interesting stories, warm smile, and his courage and
strength throughout a long illness. Dale was
predeceased by his youngest son Tom, parents Ruth
and Lorne McCaig, and father-in-law Wilhelm Thudium.Dale will be missed by all who knew him and he will
forever be in our hearts.
Dale worked for PW in aircraft maintenance. He
started in YXD and then moved to YYC in early 70's.
He worked in Line Maintenance and later in aircraft
overhaul. He was involved with the DND contract
work as a Crew Chief On the B707 and A310 overhauls.
While at AC he was an auditor until retirement.
November 22, 2009 Laurie
Laurie Riley - Passed away after a brief illness.
Laurie was part of the YXD Sales team and was well
liked and respected. He also work in Charters and
RILEY, Lawrence (Laurie) A. It is with great sorrow
we announce that our dearly loved husband, father
and grandfather Laurie, passed away suddenly on
Saturday, November 21, 2009 with his family by his
side, at the age of 64 years. He will be sadly
missed by his loving wife and best friend, Karen of
42 years; two extremely proud daughters, Cherine
(Rob) Campbell, Charla (Brent) Svendsen; four
grandchildren, Erin, Riley, Connor and Reid who
absolutely adored him; two brothers, Bob (Joyce)
Riley, twin brother Terry Riley, Lyle (Shauna)
Hobbs; mother-in-law Margaret Pawlyk (GG); his pets,
Spencer, Oscar, Shaylee and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Elmer Riley and
Bernice Hobbs; brothers, Chuck and Doug Riley.
Mario Bufone Nov 17, 2009 -
(submitted by Peter Gauthier - in his own words)
Mario passed away on November 17, 2009
at the age of 81 in Vancouver surrounded by his
family. He began his career with Pacific Western
Airlines in the mid 1950's and ended it with
Canadian Airlines in the early 1990's. He was my
boss, my mentor and my friend. He was an amazingly
innovative person. He came up with solutions for
problems that were astounding. I remember being at
his house once for supper and his wife told me that
he was told, when he was young, that he would never
be able to hammer a nail into a board straight.
Whoever told him this either didn't know him or knew
him and gave him the most motivational speech that
could have been given. Mario turned out to be a
master with his hands. When he moved to BC he built
his own house. Being Italian and loving wrought iron
he built a fence for his new house with all the
intricate wrought iron works. He also built the
tools to create the fence pieces. He loved making
wine and used to press his own grapes in a press he
designed and built because the ones that could be
purchased at the time weren't strong enough to crush
the grapes to his satisfaction. To provide the
strength for his press he used a time ex'ed screw
jack from a Hercules landing gear. He was a very
strong willed individual and that, at times, put him
at odds with people. He was brilliant with
electronics, some would say too brilliant, and I
used to marvel at the things he would build on his
bench. Although I could probably go on for hours
about Mario I just wanted to let those who knew him
that he has left us.
Oct 11, 2009 Wil
WILSON, Willis Raymond "Wil" - It is with great
sadness that we announce that Willis (Wil) Raymond
Wilson passed away at home on 3 October 2009 at the
age of 85 years. He left this world with the same
strength and bravery that he lived his life. His
wisdom, witty quips and exceptional sense of humor
will be exceedingly missed by his daughter Janice,
son-in-law Patrick Hirschi and granddaughters
Christine and Samantha. Wil is survived by his
sisters Barbara Baxter (Bill), Lawrencetown, N.S.,
Emma Brown (Bill) of Brockville, Ont. extended
family in N.S. and N.B. and a multitude of friends.
He also leaves his loyal Bichon dog, Spike. Wil is
predeceased by his wife, Donnie (December 31, 2004)
and parents, Clyde and Muriel Wilson. Wil was an
extraordinary individual who lived a full and
exciting life. He was born in Clarence, Nova Scotia
14 July 1924 and spent his youth playing hockey,
hunting and fishing and working on his father's farm
in the Annapolis Valley. Even as a young boy, Wil
wanted to fly. At 17 he left home and worked as an
orderly at the Nova Scotia Mental Hospital until he
was old enough to enlist for WWII. He became an RCAF
bomber pilot and flew 29 out of the required 30
operations before being shot down. Although he was
the only one of his crew to survive, he became a
POW. After the war Wil bought a plane and did some
barnstorming. He then worked at various jobs such as
truck driving and sales but eventually returned to
the military to pursue a career in flying. He
married the love of his life, Donnie Hazel of Truro,
NS, and they had 51 marvelous years of living and
traveling in Europe, a winter home in Florida,
summers spent camping in their motorhome, fishing
and hunting trips across the country and sailing
trips in the Caribbean. They were known for their
hospitality and zest for life which resulted in
numerous lifelong friendships across Canada, the US
and Europe. Wil was a pilot and flight instructor
with the Air Force, stationed in NS, AB, France, Ont
and MB. He retired from the military in 1969 and
flew forest fire water bombers for a short time
before joining Pacific Western Airlines and flying
Hercules aircraft around the world and in Canada's
Arctic. He retired from flying permanently in 1984,
after logging well over 16,000 hours on 18 different
aircraft and belonged to the Quarter Century of
Aviation Club. He was also a member of the "Silk
Worm" Club which is for people who have relied on a
parachute to save their life. During his career he
flew many flights under many circumstances,
including world wars and civil wars, inclement
weather and adverse conditions, humanitarian and
medical needs. He was well read and insightful and
always had interesting stories to tell. Wil and
Donnie built a home in Namao, Sturgeon County, AB in
1972. They both loved the warm, welcoming community
and the beautiful Sturgeon River valley. Wil was
fond of saying that the next time he moved it would
be with three men on either side of the box.
Sep 30, 2009 Judy Griffiths
Judy Griffiths - Judy started her career with PW in
the 70's at the YVR Hastings St. reservations
office. She moved in in the mid 80's to Calgary res,
then made her way back to YVR and worked for
Canadian Airlines at the airport. She retired from
Air Canada 4 years ago and used the time to soak up
the sunshine in West Vancouver and be with her
beloved grandsons. Judy lost her battle with
pancreatic cancer on September 30th and is sadly
missed by her coworkers who loved her.
Sep 16, 2009 Lloyd Gault
Lloyd Gault: Lloyd passed away on Saturday
September 12 while under the excellent care provided
by the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks, AB.
Lloyd started his career in the airlines with
Wardair in YVR in 1970. Moved to YYC with his
family in 1980 and has remained here ever since.
Lloyd was on disability starting in 2003 until his
retirement from Air Canada in 2005.
There will be a "wake" held in memory of Lloyd per
his request at La Zee Za Pizza and Pub, 7-12
Castleridge Drive N.E. Calgary on Saturday September
26 at 14:00. It was Lloyds wish that as many
friends and acquaintances' gather and raise a glass
of cheer or two. (and hopefully no fights will break
Apr 1, 2009 Pete
Howe, Pete passed on Feb 25, 2009 at the age of 74.
He was well respected in the aviation industry and
will be sadly missed. Attached is document a
on his life. Its a great story so don't skip this
Trenton Open House brings
tears of joy, fond memories and moments of glory
Mar 20, 2009 Ken Adams
ADAMS, William Kenneth "Ken" On March 16, 2009, Ken
passed away peacefully at the age of 71 years. He
will be missed by his wife Lilly; his children Kim
(Darrell) and Kevin (Carla) and grandchildren Tess
and Sydney; his stepchildren, Sonia, Lisa, and Holly
(Catrina) and grandchildren, Colleen, Joy, Aaron,
Anna, and Trinity and by many family and friends.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 21,
2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harmony Chapel at First
Memorial Funeral Services, 10541 - 81 Avenue. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
charity of one's choice. Condolences may also be
left at www.mem.com First Memorial Funeral Services
- Harmony Chapel 780-433-7335
Ken worked in Avionics in both Edmonton and Calgary
plus he was with Herc Ops
March 7, 2009 Labreche, Frank
LABRECHE, Frank On February 26, 2009 Frank Labreche
passed away at the 80 years. He is survived by his
wife Jessie, son Dave, two granddaughters; Tania and
Amber (Brad), and a great-granddaughter Jayla. Frank
was predeceased by his daughter Linda. A Memorial
Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at
2:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204
Fort Road, Edmonton.
Feb 19, 2009 John Plank
John Plank - It is with deep regret I must inform
you, that our long time friend and colleague, John
Plank passed away in VGH on 18Feb09, after a short
illness. He is survived by his long time companion
Yolande Baker and son Robbie. John had asked that no
services be held.
Jan 24, 2009 Tim Todd
TODD, Timothy (Tim) James September 28, 1939 -
January 12, 2009 Our loving father, husband and
friend passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed
Hospital ICU, on January 12, 2009. What we will all
miss most of all is his laughter and mischievous
sparkling brown eyes. He was always teasing and
laughing with his friends and family. These times
were always the most important part of his life. Tim
is survived by his wife and best friend Marleen and
his four children Taralee (Tom) Todd, Tanya (Tim)
Price, Tedi-Jo (Rick) Gardner, Tim (Rita) Todd,
along with his four grandchildren Kimberlee (Jason),
Amanda, Jeff and Rob and great-grandson Dylan and
many relatives and friends. Tim was born in Stettler,
Alberta on September 28, 1939 and married his
soulmate Marleen Harvey in 1964. He spent his
younger years working on the oilrigs throughout
Alberta. In 2004 he retired from a thirty year
career as an airline sheet metal mechanic with Field
Aviation, Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian
Airlines and Air Canada in Vancouver and Calgary.
Throughout his life Tim was very active in playing
softball and hockey and always spent time hunting
and fishing with excellent results. His family would
like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many nurses
and doctors in ER and ICU at the Peter Lougheed
Center and a special hug to Deb Bosley who made this
very sad time bearable for us all. A memorial
gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity
of your choosing.
Jan 1, 2009 Diana Almedia
Diana Almedia passed away - She was a great flight
attendant and the crews enjoyed flying with her.
We have no obituary or service information. If you
have any details please pass them on to the webmaster
Dec 27, 2008 Brenda Williamson
Brenda Williamson passed Dec 27, 2008, in Richmond,
B.C. Brenda started with PWA in 1978,and made many
friends over the years during her time in the pass
bureau. Always known for being very helpful. Shirley
(El Buzzo) and her daughter Brenda, Connie Fujino
and Shirley Kent are just a few of the dear friends
she made. Her friends will remember her saying "Were
here for a good time; ,not a long time".
Nov 26, 2008
SCHNEIDER _ Kurt Franz August 11, 1928 - November
15, 2008 Kurt Franz Schneider, beloved husband of
Gertrud of Calgary, passed away on November 15, 2008
at the age of 80 years. Kurt was born August 11,
1928 in Celle, Germany and immigrated to Canada in
1953. Kurt is survived by his loving wife of
fifty-two years, Gertrud; children, Beate Rasmussen
of St. Albert, Karen Schneider of Edmonton and Roy
Schneider (April) of Edmonton; grandchildren, Corey
Rasmussen of Rocky Mountain House, Jason Rasmussen
(Laura) of Ardrossan and Ashley Schneider of
Edmonton. He is also survived by his great-grandson,
Logan Rasmussen. Forward condolences through
www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire,
memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney
Foundation of Canada, 6007 - 1A Street S.W.,
Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 (Telephone 403-255-6108,
www.kidney.ca ). or to a charity of the donor's
Kurt Schneider was a sheet metal Mechanic, Sub
Foreman and Supervisor of the Sheet metal shop in
Edmonton and Calgary for PWA and Canadian Airlines.
Nov 3, 2008 Capt. Ernest Whitehead
Capt. Ernest Whitehead - Ernie felt a deep and
abiding connection to family and land, so it is
fitting that he died on the family property at Eagle
Bay. He joins the legacy of Whiteheads who went
before him. Ernie was an enormous presence in the
lives of many and his loss leaves an aching void in
the hearts of all who knew him. We shall miss his
love and his laughter that was so generously
given. Ernie fulfilled his childhood dream to
become a pilot. His early years with P.W.A. included
flying to the Arctic, and Africa; then domestic and
North American routes with P.W.A, Canadian Airlines,
and Air Canada. He was a careful and conscientious
pilot and many thousands of people flew safely in
his hands. Left to grieve with precious memories
are his wife Paddy and their son Stephen; sister
Bunny and brothers Joe, Jack, Carl, Kahn and their
families; sisters in-law Jean, Elizabeth, and their
families, alongside the large extended family that
meant so much to Ernie.
Ernie was both 'handsome AND handy'. He had the
heart of a poet, and the soul of a woodsman.
Affectionately nicknamed "the King of Korn", his one
liners will be missed forever.
Oct 27, 2008 George Sambell
SAMBELL George April 19, 1951 - October 15, 2008
George passed away peacefully after a year long
battle with lung cancer. He was predeceased by his
parents and sister Enid. He was survived by his
cherished family, wife of 35 years Mary, children
Eric and Christie, brother Joe (Sharon) and extended
family. In the past year during the good times he
travelled with his family to Australia and then to
Newfoundland and Cape Breton. He was born in
Kimberly and moved to Vancouver as a child. George
worked for Pacific Western and Canadian Airlines.
Midlife he switched careers to do home renovations
and then finally fulfilled his life long dream of
building a workshop to make furniture. He was a
craftsman who loved to work with tools. George was a
HAM radio operator since he was 16 years old and was
passionate about the support he gave to his church.
We would like to thank the staff at Delta Hospital
and Dr. Martin Ray for their care and kindness. In
lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Delta
Hospice Society's Building Fund or Inspire Health:
Integrated Cancer Care. The celebration of life
memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
November 22 at Tsawwassen United Church.
- Claudette Brown
Claudette worked at YVR Airport and YVR Reservations
and passed away in 2009. If anyone has more
details please submit them to the
Oct 19, 2008 Ken Pearson
PEARSON Kenneth John Ken passed away October 11,
2008 at the age of 74 in Surrey BC, of cancer. His
kindness, caring heart, and his special gift to make
us all smile, will be dearly missed. Ken's entire
working career was with Pacific Western Airlines in
BC. He served Canada in the Korean War, and was also
a Free Mason. Ken's wife Barbara, his daughters
Karen (Barry), Sandy (Dave), and sisters Marilyn
(Bob), and Carole (Larry) will always hold a smile
in their heart for Ken. Gramps will be missed by
grandchildren Sara, Izaak, and Max, as well as Susan
and Shelley, who have always considered Ken as a
second Father. A service to honour and celebrate Ken
will be held at Colebrook United Church, 5441 125A
Street, in Surrey on Friday, October 17, at 4:00 PM
Oct 12, 2008 Ken Oborne
OBORNE -Ken Oborne, aged 73 years, of Saskatoon
passed away on Sunday, October 12th, 2008. Ken was
born February 17th, 1935 to Lloyd and Molly Oborne
in Robson, BC. Ken was predeceased by his parents.
He will be missed by his two sons; Kevin of Nipawin,
SK and Colin (Heidi); and grandchildren Kaylee and
Jayden, all of Okotoks, AB; three brothers, Lloyd
(Edna), Wayne (Carolyn), and Glen along with all of
their families. Ken travelled and worked on the oil
rigs in Australia in his younger years. In 1967, he
was hired on at Pacific Western Airlines in
Vancouver and spent 27 years working with PWA and
Canadian Airlines in Vancouver, Kelowna, and
Saskatoon. In retirement, Ken loved to read and
socialize with his many friends and acquaintances.
He will be remembered and missed by all.
Oct 1, 2008 Ed Zikman
EDWARD WILLIAM ZIKMAN August 16, 1933 September 28,
2008 With arms reaching up to Jesus, Dad went to
heaven on September 28, 2008. His mother Inga,
father Bill, and brother Mervin were waiting for his
arrival. He was surrounded by his children Brenda
(Randy) Regelous, Barbara (Ryan) Janz, Tracey
(Robert) Isfeld, Doug (Wendy) Zikman. All of his
grandchildren; Jonathan, Christopher (Caroline),
Tyson, Shane, Kolby, Zachary and Nicholas were very
grateful to spend time with Papa over the last
couple of weeks. Dad will also be missed by our
mother Joyce. Dad had a love for flying and received
his pilot's license as a young man. He started his
career with Transair at the age of 17 in Lac du
Bonnet, and went on to study and train as an
aircraft mechanic. Dad was promoted into management
with Pacific Western, and then Canadian Airlines
until his retirement after 38 years of service. Dad
always loved the game of hockey. He was scouted and
invited to try out for the Junior Monarchs in
Winnipeg. Throughout his life he continued to play
hockey, including playing for the PWA Jets and East
Elmwood C.C. Oldtimers. He loved to watch his
grandsons play hockey and rarely missed a game. Dad
had a passion for building, and his cottage in Lac
du Bonnet was an example of his many talents. There
wasn't anything that Dad couldn't build or fix. He
also enjoyed fishing and was known for his smoked
goldeye. Dad loved a good round of golf, gardening,
playing cards and dancing at the Legion on Thursdays
with his special friend Evelyn. In recent years they
travelled together to Alaska and Texas during the
winter months. Memorial service will be held on
Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Peace
Lutheran Church, 350 Gilmore Avenue, Winnipeg.
Sep 5, 2008 Bob Sproule
ROBERT FRANCKLYN SPROULE October 5, 1934 -
September 2, 2008 With deep sadness we announce the
passing of our beloved husband, dad and grandfather
on September 2, 2008 at the Kiwanis Care Centre,
North Vancouver. He will be dearly missed by his
wife Rose of 53 years, daughter Sondra (Edson) and
grandsons Eric and Matthew Ng. Bob was born on
October 5, 1934 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lived
his first five years in Bermuda where his father was
a Methodist Minister. His career spanned 20 years in
the RCAF with postings at the Central Experimental
and Proving Establishment (CEPE), Suffield, AB; 4
(Fighter) Wing, Baden Soellingen, Germany; St
Hubert, Quebec; Uplands, Ottawa; and Namao,
Edmonton, AB. He was recipient of the Canadian
Centennial Medal (1967) in Uplands, Ottawa, On
retirement he worked as an Aircraft Engineer in the
Arctic for a brief period and later with Pacific
Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines. Bob is
survived by four brothers, George (Edmonton), Paul
(West Vancouver), Eric (Perth, ON) and Hubert
(Dieppe, NB). He has predeceased by his parents, Rev
J. Marshall and Erica Sproule (Nova Scotia), and two
brothers Bernard (Ottawa) and Don (Arnprior, ON). A
service will be held at the Parkside Funeral Chapel,
Swift Current, SK, pn October 4, 2008 at 1:30pm with
interment at the Herbert Cemetery. If desired,
donations may be made to the Kiwanis Care Centre,
North Vancouver, or a charity of your choice in
Bob's memory. "To live in hearts we leave behind is
not to die"
August 30, 2008 Gunnard
It is with deep sadness, that we announce the
passing of a dear friend Gunnard Radford who
departed this world suddenly at age 63. Gunnard was
a well respected Airport Services Manager in Powell
River and Victoria. He had a great sense of humour
and could make anyone laugh. Please send your
stories of Gunnard to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
RADFORD, Gunnard June 9, 1945 August 30, 2008
Gunnard passed away suddenly at home on August 30,
2008. He is survived by his sister, Charlotte (Tom),
daughter, Marni (Grant), granddaughters, Kendra and
Taylor, as well as many relatives and dear friends
here and abroad. Gunnard's 26 years working for the
airlines prepared him for what became the best time
of his life: 5 years working with the United Nations
in Sierra Leone. A celebration of his remarkable
life will be held on Saturday, September 27 at
12:30pm at St. John Heritage Church, 537 Glencairn
Lane, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to World Vision or a charity of your
August 13, 2008 Lorraine Payne
It is with great sadness that I advise you of the
passing of Lorraine Payne (Caron). Lorraine had
just celebrated her 65th birthday on August 13th,
and even though she still suffered from long lasting
health issues she had been of late feeling quite
well. Lorraine started with Pacific Western back in
the mid sixties as a reservation agent in Edmonton,
moved to Vancouver, and worked as a Res agent for a
short while then transferred to the Airport, where
she stayed until her illness about 10 years ago.
PAYNE Lorraine Ann August 13, 1942 It is with a
great sense of loss that we announce the passing of
Lorraine Payne at the age of 66, she passed away
suddenly in her home on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008.
Remaining to mourn and cherish Lorraine's memory are
her sons Wade Gagnon (Annette) and Neil Clark, her
grandson Christopher and her best friend Dan
Hendricks, four brothers Ernie (Ellen), Archie
(Sue), Ferd (Rica), Wesley (Linda). Lorraine,
affectionately called "LC" by all of her airline
friends and associates started her career with
Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton and then moved
to Vancouver in 1973, where she stayed until she
retired. Lorraine dedicated her life to taking care
of her family and her pets. She will be deeply
missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be
forever in our memories.
August 14, 2008 Norma Bjorge
We are saddened to report that Norman Bjorge (wife
of Ken) passed on Tuesday Aug 12 , 2008. Service
BJORGE- Norma Kathleen (Stewart) March 14, 1931 -
August 12, 2008 It is with profound sadness that we
announce the passing of Norma, beloved wife, mother,
grandmother, sister and friend. Norma passed away on
the morning of August 12, 2008. Born in Drumheller,
Alberta on March 14, 1931, Norma is survived by Ken,
her loving husband of 55 years, daughter Janet
(Brian), sons Bradley and Brent, grandsons Jason
(Becky) and Joshua (Sarah) and great grand daughter
Hayley. Predeceased by father Keith, mother Netta
and sister Margaret. Norma is also survived by
sisters Loreen (Guy) and Donna (Tom), sisters-in-law
Evelyn and Olive. After growing up and marrying Ken
in Edmonton, they moved to Tsawwassen in 1965 where
they enjoyed many happy years together with family
and friends. Norma worked for PWA and Canadian
Airlines for 21 years. A memorial service will be
held in the Chapel at Delta View Life Enrichment
Centre, 9341 Burns Drive, Delta, BC V4K 3M3, 1:00 PM
Saturday August 16, 2008. Reception to follow. In
lieu of flowers, donations to either Delta View Life
Enrichment Centre or the Alzheimer's Society, would
be greatly appreciated. Forever in Our Hearts
August 6, 2008 Patrick Squibb
SQUIBB, Patrick Henry January 6, 1922 - August 1,
2008 It is with great sadness we announce the
passing of Patrick (Pat), long time Pilot with
PWA, Canadian and Air Canada following a short
illness. He will be greatly missed by his loving
wife of 26 years, Dorothy; his son Sid; daughter
Katherine Marchessault; granddaughter Claire
Marchessault; son-in-law Tim Marchessault; sisters
Betty Kalpakis and Nancy Tysoe; numerous nephews and
nieces as well as Dorothy's family: Keith, Jan,
Todd, Kimberly, Matthew, Darrell, Sue and Paige
Bradley; Bill, Lynne, Brett, Jen, Sydney, Jay, Megan
and Mila Henderson; Diane, Peter and Jessica Rivers
and Bob Henderson. Predeceased by his first wife
Gladys; his brother Harold; his sisters Margaret,
Edith, Audrey and Faith (Pip). Memorial Service will
be held on Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. at
Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 52356 Range Road 232,
Sherwood Park. Pat and Dorothy's families would like
to thank the kind and caring staff of Devonshire
Care Centre for their special devotion given to Pat.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be
greatly appreciated to the Recreational Therapy
Department at Devonshire Care Centre for their
continuing work in providing entertainment and
special events that gave both Pat and Dorothy so
July 25, 2008 John Kozel
John Kozel was a long time Lead Cleaner for PWA &
Canadian Airlines and a friend to all who knew
him. Funeral arrangements for are: Prayer
Service - Sunday July 27 @7PM at St. Mathews
Catholic Church 13131 - 86 Street Edmonton Funeral
Service - Monday, July 28 @ 10AM St. Mathews
Catholic Church 13131 - 86 Street Edmonton
July 20, 2008 Semple, Edward Hugh
SEMPLE Edward Hugh Born August 27, 1929 in Winnipeg,
Manitoba and died July 13, 2008 in Burnaby, BC in
the presence of loving family members. Ed was
predeceased by his parents, Pat and Jennet Semple,
and by two sisters, Margaret Rae Cross and Maureen
Holmes. He is survived by Roshale Ramsey, his
devoted wife of 22 years, and by her son Aeron
Jensan and wife Anaya. Ed is survived by his son Rae
and wife Cammy of Mission, BC; two daughters,
Margaret Semple of Winnipeg, and Kerry and husband
Tom Hibbs of Surrey, BC. He was known as Ted and was
dearly loved by his three surviving sisters, Trudie
and Rex Terpening of Surrey, BC; Ruby and Vic Garden
of Victoria Beach, Manitoba; and Shirley Semple of
Nanaimo, BC. He is also survived by grandchildren
and recently, one great-grandchild. Ed was a man who
lived his life to the fullest. He was a Mason, a
Shriner, a bowler, and a faithful member of South
Burnaby United Church, where he spent many happy
hours singing in the choir. He was an active member
of Bonsor Centre where he also participated in choir
singing. Upon retiring from the airline industry, Ed
and Roshale travelled extensively and particularly
enjoyed Hawaii. He became a green jacket volunteer
at the airport, conducted tours for young people
through the Air Canada hangar, and also worked for
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for several summers. He
was a good, kind and decent man whose favourite
words were, "Can I help you?" "The art of life is to
know how to Enjoy a little and to endure much" In
gratitude and recognition of the tender loving care
extended to Ed and his family by the staff of Aspen
Grove during the 20 months he lived in New Vista
Care Home, we request that in lieu of flowers,
donations be made in his memory to New Vista Society
for Aspen Grove, 7550 Rosewood Street, Burnaby, BC,
V5E 3Z3. There will be no service but a Celebration
of Life tea will be held on Saturday, August 16 from
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the social room at 4221
Mayberry, Burnaby, BC. Personal Alternative Funeral
30, 2008 Jack Cooke
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a
true aviation Pioneer and an AC Pionair member, Jack
Cooke, who was very well known in the aviation
community and in fact could have been considered to
be one of the "icons". Jack Cooke passed away in
Peace Arch Hospital on June 28, 2008. Jack was
predeceased by his wife, Barbara, in 2002.
Jack will be dearly missed by his loving children -
Penny (Tony) Dalton, Randy (Alix) Cooke, and their
children Melinda (Neil), Dana (Wes), Jaimie (Chris),
and Joanna (Graham); stepson Steve (Jennifer), their
sons Adam and Matthew, and his favourite cousin,
Jack was born on September 18, 1922, in Edson,
Alberta. He joined TCA (later Air Canada) in 1945 in
Lethbridge, Alberta, and subsequently worked for TCA
in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In 1956, Russ
Baker, founder of Pacific Western Airlines, asked
Jack to join his new company in Vancouver.
Throughout his career, he served in many senior
management positions and retired in 1987. Jack was
defined by his outgoing personality and his high
regard for his colleagues throughout his 42 years in
the aviation industry.
Jack's passion was golf and he enjoyed many years as
a member of Point Grey Golf and Country Club in
Vancouver, and Willow Park Golf and Country Club in
Calgary. He served as The Worshipful Master of
Grandview Masonic Lodge in 1961 and was a proud
member of the Shriners' Oriental Band, where he
excelled at playing the tambourine.
June 5, 2008 BOND, Tom
With humour and wit, dad had us laughing until his
passing June 5, 2008. At 79, with a full life
contributing to his family, friends and community, a
long determined battle with cancer ended. Tom is
survived by his devoted wife Dorothy of 50 years,
loving daughters Rosemary (Tony) and Debra,
grandsons Stuart and Douglas. Dad started with PWA
in 1959 and worked in North Battleford, Saskatoon,
Powell River, Dawson Creek and Vancouver where he
worked in Claims until 1982. He enjoyed the reunions
with the old PWA gang and participated in the 25
June 5, 2008 - Don Johnson, Finance
I wish that I was writing with good news but sadly
this will be the hardest update to write. My dad
Donald Johnson passed away this morning at home just
before 11am after a 7 year battle with colon cancer.
Erik, Scotia and I were at his side to hold his
hand. He did not suffer. The nurses say that he was
aware of our presence and this was evident by the
way he stopped (his trademark) snoring when Scotia
squealed at him :) earlier in the morning. We are
taking comfort in knowing that he put up a good
fight and is now at peace. My family wishes to
thank everyone again for their kind words and
prayers during this difficult time. My dad was
blessed to have had so many dear people in his life
and he spoke highly of all of you.
June 4, 2008 KOPYN,
On Monday, June 2, 2008 Ted Kopyn passed away at the
age of 88 years. He will be sadly missed by Conny;
sons Rene (Juanita), Jeff (Sandra), daughters, Diane
(Dennis), Linda (Andrew); granddaughters, Amanda
and Meagan. Predeceased by his son Ted Patrick.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30
p.m. at Westlawn Chapel. Funeral Service will be
held on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the
chapel of Howard & McBride Westlawn, 16310 Stony
Plain Road. In lieu of flowers donations in memory
of Ted may be made to Capital Care Kipnes Centre for
Veterans, 4470 McCrae Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5E
6M8. Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel 484-5500 For
those who didn't know him Ted Kopyn was a long time
PWA Crew Chief and Maintenance Supervisor at YXD
April 14, 2008
Risk, Bob - Bob was an NDT 3 Technician for the Canadian
Air Force, PWA and Canadian Airlines. He was involved in
the CGSB National NDT training program and taught many of
Canada's past and current NDT personnel. Bob was an
excellent NDT Technician and more importantly a great
friend, I will miss him. Regretfully Bob passed away Monday
at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
April 2, 2008 Alan Ainsley
AINSLEY - ALAN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2,
2008 at the age of 76. He is survived by his loving family:
daughter Suzanne Grimble (Randy) of Lacombe, AB; sons David
(Carol-Ann) of White Rock, BC, Dennis (Sandra) of Kelowna;
eight grandchildren: Angela (Jason) Houston, Melissa and
Alan Ainsley, Jamie and Jesse Scarf, Nicholas and Mallory
Ainsley, Sarah Ainsley, Karen and Julie Burke and Annie
(Matt); three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and
nephews. Sadly predeceased by his wife Joan and his son
James in 2003. Alan's family will remember him for the love,
trust and support he and Joan provided them and for their
straight backs, due to his constant shoulder squeezing! A
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 7th at 1:00 pm
at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield
Road, Kelowna, BC with Father Wayne Pfliger officiating.
Cremation. Should family and friends so desire, memorial
donations may be made to the Mainland Military Family
Resource Centre, c/o 39CBG-Hotel Quebec, 4050 West 4th
Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1P6. A gift in living memory of
Alan will be made to "Holding Hands for Hospice" by
Springfield Funeral Home.
March 16, 2008 Jean
SOC/Calgary - Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian
Airlines. Jean was born in 1934 in High River,
Alberta. Upon graduation from secretarial college in
Calgary in her early 20s, she worked for MacCosham
Van Lines before moving to Toronto, Ontario, where
she worked for several years as a secretary with
Lily Cups and later McCann-Erickson. Upon returning
to Calgary in 1963, she was busy homemaking, caring
for a husband, Stan, and raising three boys, Bill,
Brad, and Craig.
Jean was hired as a general secretary in August
1985, and eventually became executive secretary to
Al Craig and subsequently, Jack Romanowski up until
her retirement in August of 1999. Of all jobs, her
career with PWA/Canadian was the closest to her
Feb 25, 2008 Gail Philp
Gayle Philp (Little), flight attendant Edmonton
base, passed away this morning, after a long
battle. The service is tentatively set for Sat,
March 1, 2008.
PHILP, Gayle Marlene (Little) December 8, 1946 -
February 25, 2008 It is with profound sadness that
the family of Gayle Philp, announces her sudden
passing on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the age of
61 years. Left to cherish her memory and celebrate
her life are her husband, Robert; their children,
Marie (Russell) Rudkowski, D'Arcy Philp (Ellen
Wong), Elizabeth (Billy Wine); their grandchildren,
Julie Rudkowski, Shay Rudkowski, Daniel Rudkowski,
Zinnia Philp and Audrey Wine; and many cherished
nieces and nephews. Gayle is survived by her brother
Vernon (Charlene) Little. Gayle was predeceased by
her parents, Dorland and Irene Little and her
brother, Leonard. The family extends their thanks to
the many kind and compassionate Health Care
Professionals who attended Gayle. Gayle will be
fondly remembered by her many, many friends.
Jan 29, 2008 Ray Anaka
Ray Anaka, Manager of Catering and Manager of In-flight at
PWA and CDN passed away suddenly today. This was sent to
us by the family:
It is with a very heavy heart and with the deepest sympathy
to his loving family that I have to inform you of the
passing of our friend and teammate Ray Anaka. Ray passed
away on Tuesday January 29th 2008. Ray will be sorely
missed by his grieving family and his legion of friends and
Jan 11, 2008 Capt Mike Cwihun
After a long struggle to recover from an illness Capt Mike
Cwihun (Ret) passed away shortly after midnight Friday
morning, 11 Jan 08. His obituary will
be posted in the Edmonton Journal on Sunday, 13 Jan, and
Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008
Dec 18, 2007 THOMAS JOSEPH
On Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the Deer Lodge Centre,
with his family at his side, Tom's long struggle came to an
end at the age of 83 years. Remaining to forever cherish
Tom's memory are his loving wife Roxie, of 56 years of
marriage and son Brian. He was predeceased by his beloved
children Dan and Maureen; brother Glenn and sister Dorothy.
Tom was born on March 22, 1924, and raised in Brandon,
Manitoba. In 1943 he joined the R.C.A. and was part of the
D-day invasion. Afterward he was employed with the C.P.R.
until moving to Winnipeg in 1963. He then trained in
avionics and worked at Transair and Pacific Western until
retirement in 1985. Tom had a great love of motorcycles from
1944 in Belgium until his last ride at the age of 75 years.
This love was passed on to his boys. He was a great
neighbourhood helper too, but his first love was always home
and family. He will be missed. In compliance with Tom's
wishes no formal funeral service will be held. A private
family service has taken place. He will be laid to rest
later in Brandon beside Dan and Maureen. Our thanks and
gratitude goes to all the staff on Tower 4 for their gentle
care of Tom and support for us for the past two and a half
years. In lieu of flowers donations in Tom's memory can be
made to Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3, or the Grace General Hospital
Foundation, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7. I was
that which others did not want to be, I went where others
feared to go, And did what others failed to do. I have seen
the face of terror, Felt the stinging cold of fear, And
enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love. But most of all,
I have lived times others would say were lest forgotten. At
least someday, I will be able to say that I was proud of
what I was a soldier.
Dec 16, 2007 Ken Ofstie
Ken Oftsie, Flight Operations:
Nov 30, 2007 Denny Ranson
Our pal, the historian and world class movie maker, Denny Ranson. He departed us this morning. There will be a
memorial service on Weds 05 Dec at 1:00 pm at the St Albert
Funeral Home. View the obituary here
Nov 15, 2007 Capt Robin Bridgman
It is with sadness that we report the passing of
retired Captain Robin Bridgman ex-PWA/CDN/AC. He died at
home with his family, after battling a health issue for 4
years. He was a passionate outdoor adventurer and lover of
Canada 's north. He was our friend for many years and will
Nov 12, 2007 - Willy Laserich
LASERICH, A. William (Willie) Per Ardua Ad Astra (Through
Struggles to the Stars) On November 12th, 2007, William
passed away at the age of 75. He is survived by Margaret
Rose, his wife of almost 50 years, his sons; Paul and Rene,
his daughters; Bessie and Joann Willie was a northern bush
pilot who operated a DC4 out of Pelly Bay. He was an
aviation pioneer and many of our crews and staff knew him
well. He had an interesting life
Nov 11, 2007 Capt Art Ralphs
RALPHS, Arthur Henry Born March 18, 1922 November 6, 2007
Arthur passed away peacefully in his sleep at Victoria
General Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at
First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4729 Falaise Drive on
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow
in the Garden Room. 423450. Capt Ralph's service dates are
March 1955 - March 1982.
July 31, 2007 Richard A. "Rick"
Rick in Tariffs at head office in YVR. His wife was an F/A
with Wardair. He went on to Texas International where he
invented the "Peanuts Fare" where you flew for peanuts, then
American Airlines and finally IATA in Geneva. Smart dude.
He'll be missed.
Rick was born in Britton, South Dakota in 1949 to Richard
and Dolores Bauer, who preceded him in death. He graduated
from Anadarko High School in Anadarko, OK, where he excelled
at basketball and track, setting numerous school records
where he made All-State in both sports. He accepted a
basketball scholarship to attend St. Gregory's University in
Shawnee, OK, where he received his Engineering degree. Rick
spent his entire career in the airline industry, working for
many of the major airlines, including ten years for IATA in
Switzerland. He was the president of AirCap Partners, LLC, a
consulting firm he helped start in 2000. He enjoyed
gardening, loved to play golf and was an avid computer geek.
Survivors: wife, Carol Ann Bauer of Midland; sons, Russell,
Robert, Richard, and Randall Bauer, all of Los Angeles, CA;
Ryan Bauer of Baltimore, MD; step-son, David Ozbolt and six
year old grandson Cody Ozbolt, both of Conroe, TX; brothers,
Philip G. Bauer of Houston and Dan Bauer of Deerfield Beach,
FL; sisters, Terry Tully of Anna, Ohio and Ellen Zevely of
Columbus, OH; step-brothers, Jeff Camlin of Carrollton, and
David Camlin of Boston, MA; and "The Truck", his prized 2007
Dodge Ram 3500
April 13, 2006
Duncan D. McLaren July 16, 1917 - April 13, 2006
Career at PWA 1953-1961 One of the Founders In April 1953
Duncan joined Central British Columbia Airways to work with
Russ Baker. He had previously had past experiences as an
aircraft mechanic, bush pilot, test pilot, HBC pilot and
came to Central British Columbia Airways ( soon to be
renamed Pacific Western Airlines) from Queen Charlotte
Airlines where he had been employed as Executive Assistant
to the General Manager. During his time with PWA he held
various senior management positions and was directly
involved in development of the company during a time of
growth in the airline industry in Canada. After Russ Baker's
passing he was acting President and ended his time with PWA
as Managing Director. After leaving PWA he subsequently
moved to the US to work for an International Aircraft
Maintenance and Leasing Company. Three years later found
himself selling and leasing aircraft to PWA and working with
new and old PWA staff. In November 1992 he authored "Bush
to Boardroom" which was his personal view of Five Decades of
Aviation History in which PWA played a prominent role.
A great article on Jack Moul, former Vice President.
September 2, 1999 Shirley Kent B-Sep 15 1933 D-Sep 2 1999
Shirley worked in
the secretary pool then the until the pass beareu in 1972
and retired in 1987. She was well known and respected by
all. Submitted by her grandson Ryan Wittenberg.
February 24, 2004
JACOX _ David R, AFC
age 84 and
following a long and challenging battle with heart disease,
David has taken flight from this earth, making his final log
book entry on February 28th, 2004 following a highly active
life and career dedicated to his family and aviation. At 14
years old, David became the youngest pilot in Canada, going
on to instruct others entering air combat during the Second
World War. Following the great conflict, he became the first
Commander of the 418 Squadron in Edmonton and subsequently
Manager of the Edmonton Municipal Airport, President of BC
Airlines, Corporate Vice President of Pacific Western
Airlines and Vice President of Canadian Airlines
International, earning the admiration and respect of all
those who had the opportunity to work with him. David was a
key influence in the creation of Edmonton's Alberta Aviation
Museum which stands as a world-class celebration of aviation
in Western Canada.
Steadfastly and lovingly supported by his wife, Mary
Elizabeth (Bettie) Jacox, David demonstrated his values by
example to the two sons David and Terry and daughter Penny
(Al) they bore together and the ten grandchildren; Todd,
Jill, Jodi, Robin, David, Tracy, Cale, Mike, Sam and Travis
and pets Paddington, Bambi, Gus and Sunshine, who survive
him and who will always miss and never forget him and who
are determined to carry forward his example and spirit. "May
you forever fly clear skies with a courageous crew, David."
At his request there will be no service.
Flew for QCA and when PWA bought QCA transferred to PWA and
flew from Nov 06 1955 to July 29 1958. Crashed Norseman CF-OBM
July 29 1958 at Bamfield B.C. (Submitted by Greg
to Ontario Provincial Air Service July 11, 1946 as CF-OBM. Registered
to Central BC Airways, Kamloops, BC. on June 29, 1951. Re-registered
to Pacific Western Airlines, Vancouver, BC., on July 9, 1953
when PWA was formed from Central BC Airways. Destroyed
at Bamfield, BC. on July 29, 1958. Aircraft
stalled and crashed into water while making a turn at low
broke off and the aircraft sank. One
passenger injured. As
of March 25, 1958 total time was 9,735 hours.
Sep 1976 - Glen Garvin
Glen born and educated in Winnipeg, was an employee of the
Hudson’s Bay Company and saw service with the RCAF. On
demobilization he returned to HBC. After a 10-month service
at Port Alberni, Glen was transferred to Kamloops with that
employer in 1948. He then joined Barton & Hay, in the
general insurance field. On October 1, 1951, he took the
position of manager of the Tourist Information Bureau, which
was sponsored by the Board of Trade and tourist & resort
operators of the area. In June 1955, Glen attended a 10-day
course at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, where, it
was stated he had a perfect paper, in the examination of the
Canadian Institute for Board and Chamber secretaries. He was
presented the Certificate of Merit, for that achievement, in
Winnipeg, in October 1955. He resigned, as manager of the
Kamloops and District Board of Trade and tourist bureau, to
join Inland Natural Gas Co. Ltd., at Vancouver, in 1956. At
Inland Natural Gas he held positions of advertising manager
and sales promotion manager. R.H. “Dick” Laidman, then
president of PWA, appointed Glen as manager of marketing in
May 1968. In 1969, Glen was concentrating on developing
inclusive tours and international operations. He retired
from PWA in 1975, for health reasons. He died in September
Bill Bougie 1981
I had a friend
that worked at YVR for Pacific Western Airlines back around
1981 and before. He passed away in 1981 in a
motorcycle accident.....but I met some very cool people that
he worked with, and always wondered where they are now.
His name was Bill Bougie. He worked on the ramp... Diana
William H Bromley
Wasie (Ewasiuk) Campbell
Douglas, Keith - 1957
Gerhardt (Shorty) Juengal
Godfrey (Scotty) Schira
D Johnson (YKA)
Henry De Sa
Jack Moul Sr.
Flight Dispatch / SOC
Bell - 1920-1991
1921 - 2003
W. Cooper - 1957
Capt Jack Moul
Capt Karl Mueller (B747)
William D. McMillan (YKA)
Capt Art Ralphs
Capt Gary Russell
F/O Stewart Russell - 1957
Capt Al Reece
Peter Van Oort
Capt Ian Watt - 1957
Capt Jimmy Siddle
Capt J Robert
Al Smuland 1954-1960