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2018-06-03GROPP, Georgina PaulineWith sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of our much loved mother. Georgina was predeceased by her loving husband Lloyd Anthony Gropp in 1997. She will be sadly missed by her six children: Celia (Fil) Roccamatisi, Janice (Glenn) Taylor, Randy (Gisèle) Gropp, Cathy (David) Reis, David Gropp, and Annette (Francis) Condon. Georgina leaves behind fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren that she loved dearly. She was the eldest of eight siblings (Georgina, Melton, Mervin (deceased), Alvin, Celine, Rolland, Marie and Dennis) and also enjoyed her many nieces and nephews. Georgina was an elementary school teacher for more than 35 years and especially loved teaching art classes (Renfrew Elementary, Vancouver). Georgina delighted in many hobbies: square dancing, bridge, gardening, traveling and mostly she relished in entertaining family and friends. Vibrant and accomplished, Georgina enjoyed an enriched life. A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 14, 1:00 PM., at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 7455 Tenth Ave, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers a donation made to the BC Cancer Foundation, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated.
2018-05-23LEWIS, Jean DuffOn May 23, 2018, Jean Duff Lewis passed away peacefully at home, having lived a full and wonderful life. She was predeceased by her loving husband Ted Lewis in 1994, and is survived by her seven children Carol Wardrop (Terry), Susan Beechey (Tom), Peggy Lewis (Chris), Ted Lewis (Pat), Bill Lewis (Joanne), John Lewis (Monika), and Randy Lewis (Jennifer), stepbrothers Harvey and Allan Macmillan together with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cherished lifelong friends. Jean graduated from VGH Nursing school and loved working at Children's Hospital, while raising her family. Mother was a nurse, a dancer, a guide, and advisor. She enjoyed her travel and visits with family. Nothing pleased her more than a dinner at CC's with extended family or a cruise to foreign ports. Special thanks to Jean's loving caregiver of the past six years, Venus Porto, and to her family doctor, Dr. Marck Hudon, both of whom went above and beyond in making her final days comfortable. A Celebration of Jean's Life will be held at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Avenue, North Vancouver, on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Childrens' Hospital, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
2018-05-14ANASTASIOU, Clifford "Kip"Clifford "Kip" Anastasiou February 24, 1929 - May 14, 2018 Kip was first a student at UBC, then a much-loved professor of Science and Education there from 1962 to1994. He met the love of his life & fellow educator, Joan Barton, the very first week. His took his PhD Botany at Claremont Colleges,USA, pioneering the study of salt water lake fungi. While he remained active as a Mycologist, he became a tremendous innovator and leader in the field of education, impacting thousands of educators around the world. He championed hands-on discovery learning, using local materials & environments. His career included a fellowship at Harvard, developing African-based school curricula for Commonwealth African nations, assisting Piaget's program in Child Development in Geneva, training science teachers in Malaysia for Peace Corps, running a publishing house at UBC for new science units and delivering courses to serve First Nations teachers. A life-time learner and educator, even in his eighties, he continued to share his enthusiasm for science in spell-binding lectures for seniors in his home community of Bowen Island. Kip is survived by his wife, Joan, his children, Melanie, Karen (Cowper), & Roger, & 7 grandchildren. No Formal Service.
2018-03-14GAGER, Gloria Gloria Gager of Town n`Country Dancers passed away last week and her Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, April 8 at 1.00pm at the South Bonson Community Centre, 10932 Barnston View Road, Pitt Meadows.
2018-01-28MONOT, Roger Roger Monot 1926 - 2018. Our dad passed away of natural causes on Jan 28, 2018. Survived by his daughters; Andrea (Ron), Karen (Larry), Aimée (Winston), grandchildren; Joshua, Briana, Melissa, Blane, Ryan and Logan, family in France, and many friends, he will be missed. An avid square dancer, jokester and kind soul, we wish him peace until we meet again. à bientôt papa. xo. The family will have a private celebration.
2017-12-02CZANK, GeorgeIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Czank on Dec. 2, 2017 at VGH. He would have celebrated his 84th birthday on Dec. 29th. He was a founding member of the Swinging Singles Square Dance Club and an Honourary Life Member for many years. George and his twin Frank received their 50 year pins and 60 year certificates of dancing in February 2013.
Until recently, George rarely missed any of our dance nights, he and Frank were always in the parking lot waiting for the first members to arrive as they had the keys to open the hall. After entering the hall, their next task was to make the tea and coffee, this was done with precise organization and preferably without the interference of anyone attempting to be of assistance. Next, they waited at the door for the arrival of our caller, so they could help carry in the caller’s equipment. George, always the gentleman, willingly danced with any lady needing a partner. George and Frank were always the last to leave the hall as they again assisted the caller carrying equipment back out to the car. George thank you for your many years of unending help and support at Swinging Singles, you will always be remembered.
George also danced weekly at Century House and attended many other special event square dances including attending the Penticton Square Dance each festival in his younger years.
Memorial Service for George Czank will be held at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church 4925 Cambie St (corner of Cambie & 33rd) Vancouver at 11:00 am Saturday December 23rd 2017.

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