Elburn James (E.J.) Ottewell

It is with deep sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa. Elburn passed away peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital on February 7, 2021. Born March 11, 1939, in Edmonton, Alberta, Elburn was raised in Clover Bar and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1960 with a degree in Civil Engineering. In November 1964, Elburn married the love of his life, Margaret. Together they had two boys; Kevin, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and Stephen, daughter-in-law Christine. Continue reading

Gerald Albert Nicholson

Gerald Albert Nicholson born 1954 at Olds, Alberta, passed away suddenly but peacefully in his home at East Sooke, BC. He was predeceased by his wife Zainah and his father George Nicholson. Gerry is survived by his three children: Colette (Nicholson) Gordon, grand children Wyatt & Dillon; Cory Nicholson, grand children Libby & Naomi; Cody Nicholson, grand children Charlee & Colton and by great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother Thelma Nicholson; sister Beverly Continue reading

Dorothy (Dodie) Margaret (nee Wells) Milton

MILTON, Dorothy (Dodie) Margaret (nee WELLS) was born in Victoria, BC on December 7, 1936 and passed away on January 17, 2021 at Sidney Care Home in Sidney, BC after a lengthy battle with Dementia. Dodie lived in Victoria, Nova Scotia, Sooke, Sidney and a few summers at the Quarantine Station (now William Head Institution) where her father was stationed. Predeceased by her parents, Capt. Jack and Muriel Wells (nee Church), 2nd husband Lloyd, stepson Tom, stepson-in-law Glen, siblings Muriel, Continue reading

Nita Ruitenbeek

1945-2021 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Nita Ruitenbeek, beloved wife of John for 49 years, mother of Laura (Michael), Sharon (Randy), and David (Julie), and Oma to three grandchildren. Nita was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1956, settling first in Alberta. After moving to Victoria, she raised a family and worked as a secretary at Pacific Christian High School for 22 years. As a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church, Continue reading

Roderick James Stewart

Roderick passed away peacefully on December 31, 2020. Born in Ottawa on July 21, 1954, he is survived by his children, James and Marissa, and his siblings, Chris (Betty), Vivienne (Claire), Lisa (Peter), Beverley (Vince), Laurie (Tom), and Julie (Terry). Rod was well-loved and will be greatly missed by his large family, his wife of many years, Donna, and his many friends. He loved spending time with each of us and inspired all, through his writing, haiku, photography, music, and spirituality. A Continue reading

Theresa Ann Ferguson

In Memorial

FERGUSON, Theresa April 27, 1920 to November 17, 2020 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Theresa (Terry) Ann Ferguson. She died peacefully at home with family at her side. She was predeceased in 2014 by her husband Robert (Bob), the love of her life, to whom she had been married for over 73 years. Theresa will be dearly missed by her family: daughters Donna Mae (and husband Mike) and Roberta; son Jim (and wife Donna); grandchildren Theresa, Corrinna, Bill (and Continue reading

Elsie F Duck

In Memorial

Elsie Duck passed away at the Priory Hospital on December 14, 2020. She was a long time resident of the Western Communities and her almost her entire working career was spent at the Priory as the cook. Many of the current employees there remember her, especially for the colors of nylons that she loved to wear! She was pre-deceased by her husband Art (2005). She leaves behind her eldest son Ivan, her daughter-in-law Fran, loving grandchildren Julie Neill (James) and Scott Duck (Carly) and her 5 Continue reading

Sherry Geraldine Coderre (nee Pappenberger)

Sherry Geraldine Coderre, born July 6, 1939 in Rounds, BC, passed away December 13, 2020 in Victoria, BC after complications brought on by Breast cancer. Predeceased by her son, Mike in 2019; nephews, Kelly Young and Josh Kraeker; brother, Ron Pappenberger. Survived by her children, Maurice, Vivian, Paul, Leanne (Collin) Loganhume; granddaughter, Celeste;, former husband, Al(Rona); sisters, Marie Ewen and Lorna (Harry) Kraeker; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Sherry grew up on Salt Continue reading

Gidget Earlleen Spiers­-Harrison

May 6, 1966 – October 31, 2020. Gidget was beautiful soul that always saw the best in everyone, and the type person who could effortlessly bring people together. She was always so thoughtful, loving, and put others before herself. She thrived in every situation she found herself, including her career. She would effortlessly make sure everyone got what they needed and make sure they were taken care of with grace. The Empress Hotel and staff were like a second home to her, in which she would Continue reading

Louis Michael Iribarne

We mourn the sudden passing of Louis Michael Iribarne, born in San Francisco in September 1940, died in Victoria, British Columbia, on December 5, 2020.  A writer, translator and professor, he was above all a man devoted to family. Beloved husband of 56 years, Louis is survived by his wife Thekla and two children Lucien and Jeanne (with partner Thom). He had a close and joyous relationship with his two grandchildren, Felix and Freya.  Though separated by distance, Louis’s sister Maxine and Continue reading

In Memory of Derek Michael Michel

September 6, 1993 - October 27, 2020 Derek was born in Vancouver but grew up in Victoria from babyhood through teens.  He spent a few years in New Westminster before returning to Victoria in his 20’s. Derek was well loved by the many branches of his large complicated family and they will all cherish memories of their adventures and connections throughout his life.  He was a beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend. Derek was kind, loving, gentle, smart, funny and loyal. He Continue reading

Paul Andrew Baumken

Family was shocked and saddened when Paul passed away suddenly on November 21, 2020. He was just 55 years old. Paul was born in Toronto in 1965, the youngest of 5 children of Peter and Lila Baumken. He moved to Victoria in 1994 and joined his brother John who had moved out west a year earlier. He was a long- time friend and support to Kelly Ward. He found the climate and surroundings of Vancouver Island so attractive that he never really considered a move back to Ontario, although he did Continue reading