In Memoriam

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2020-12-03CUNNINGHAM, (Marion) Louise

October 06, 1934 to December 03, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Louise Cunningham announces the passing of their mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cherished friend of many.

Louise was born on October 06, 1934 in Powell River to Edith and Earl Deighton. She was the eldest of 5 siblings.

She is predeceased by her husband William (Bill) in 1991 and by her daughter, Linda, in 2010, her sisters Deanna and Alice and her brother Fred.

Louise passed away in her sleep at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on December 3rd, 2020.

She will be greatly missed by her son Robert (Anita, grandsons Kenneth, Nicholas) daughter Jannette (grandsons Christopher, Richard) sister Rose (Dennis), son-in-law Ken, many nieces and nephews and her cherished friend Val.

Louise enjoyed her many years spent with her Square Dance friends and was a 50 year charter member of the Royal Swingers Square Dance Club. Numerous club night outs were hosted by Louise in her amenity room. A wonderful sense of humour will be missed but never forgotten.

She also gave countless hours of her time volunteering at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre where many sandwiches were lovingly created.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Diabetes Canada.

2020-11-23KEHLER, Wes

WES KEHLER (1940 - 2020)

We lost one of our long time members, WES KEHLER, on November 23, 2020 and we wish to remember and honour him. Wes and Mildred Kehler joined the Surrey Square Wheelers around 1992. Wes spoke of recalling that our current beginner/mainstream caller, Krista, was just a baby when he and Mildred joined. From the beginning they formed friendships with several members and volunteered to help where ever needed.

Wes loved music and played his bass guitar at several jam sessions. We were thrilled when he and his friends formed a band, Cypress Creek, to play at the annual barn dance with Brenda Juhala as the caller.

Wes and Mildred loved the annual campouts and took a big part in entertaining all the campers with music and skits.

Wes was all about service, whether it be to his church, friends or our dance club. He took on the position for many years of producing our newsletter and printing off all the notes, tickets, and information letters we required. He worked with several executives. When new technology was introduced Wes jumped in to produce a website.

All of us admire his friendliness, his smile, his jokes, his many talents, and his inclusiveness to all who joined the club. Wes and Mildred are a lovely partnership and we stand with her, hoping to support her in her time of mourning the loss of her partner. Their faith in God helps carry the family through this difficult time.

2020-11-18HEIDEMA, Audrey

Audrey Heidema (Williamson), born May 26, 1923 in Vancouver BC, passed on November 18, 2020. She married Ron Heidema on June 19, 1943. She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Sanders (Bill) of Coquitlam and Sharon Kalanj (Gary) of Blaine, WA, four grand-daughters, Roni-Lyn Sanders (Andy) of Coquitlam, Alicia Kalanj of Austin TX, Alaina Huffman of Brooklyn NY and Traci Deyrmenjian of Vancouver. She is also survived by 11 great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews. Other survivors are her sister Maxine Clasby and sister-in-law Betty Wagar.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ron, of 45 years (1988) and special friends, Martin Ness, Alf Evans, Frank Wiseman and is survived by her special friend Don Merchant.

She was always up for an adventure and loved to sing, dance, play cards and walk. She was a member of the Alive walking-group for 40 years. She loved her square and round dancing groups and was a member of the Swinging Singles and the Chuck Wagon 8's, and had a wonderful group of friends in these circles.

We're sure Audrey's gang in-the-sky were waiting for her at the gates with a rum and coke, the card tables set-up for a game of poker and the band playing Ramona.

Audrey's exuberance for living life to-its-fullest will be missed dearly ... but, never forgotten.

There will be a celebration-of-life in the late spring.

2020-10-09PARKER, Marjorie Jean

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Marj on Friday October 9, 2020 as she was surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her son Tom, and parents Rachael and Reverend Thomas Parker. Survived by her loving children Nancy (Glenn) of Pitt Meadows, BC; Wilson (Isabel) of Montreal, Quebec; sister Shirley (Alan) of Strasbourg, SK and grandchildren Cole, Ashleigh and Leah. She will be greatly missed by many friends and family.

Marj was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan. Marj was a Registered Nurse graduating from Regina General Hospital in 1959.

Marj filled her time between family, square dancing and the Church. Marj enjoyed spending her free time with her family and grandchildren. Marj would also be known for her fabulous square dance dresses and crinolines galore. Marj dedicated herself to the Church (Royal Heights and Trinity United) through committees, UCW, Presbytery, Naramata Centre, and General Council. Marj was committed to her faith which resonated throughout her life as caring, serving and love to all.

There will be a Private family Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers donations to First United Church, The Alzheimer's Society or a Charity of your choice would be appreciated.

2020-10-08RACINE, Don

March 8, 1937 - October 8, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Don Racine at age 83, in Abbotsford, BC. He is survived by his wife and life partner of over 61 years, Marg (Rushworth), his three sons, Tim (Melissa) Ron (Lisa), and Gerry (Kathy), daughter in Law Nina, and four grandchildren - Michael (Courtney), Becky, Kendra and Alyssa, who all affectionately referred to him as "Bear" or "Grandpa Bear".

Don was born in Albertville, Saskatchewan on March 8th 1937, the second youngest of six. His family moved to BC when he was 4. He grew up in Whalley, BC where he met Marg who he then married in 1959. Soon after they started their family of 3 boys. Their adventures took them to Langley, then to the Columbia Valley, Chilliwack, Sardis, and lastly, Abbotsford. He started his work career working in a box factory in New Westminster, before becoming a mechanic for Jersey Farms and then Dairyland in Fleetwood, and later for Fraser Vale in Chilliwack.

Don was very resourceful and keen to learn and apply new skills; over the years he built several houses, barns, cabins and other structures and in doing so took night school courses so he could complete as much of the trade work himself as possible. That resourcefulness also led him to hobby farming in Langley and the Columbia Valley, where he always had all kinds of different farm animals around to keep him busy and outdoors, both of which he loved. He spent numerous weekends at Birken where he built a small sawmill to produce lumber for his subsequent creations. He learned the art of square dancing in his retirement and he and Marg travelled all over BC and the Northwest USA with their travel trailer and met numerous wonderful people; they were good square dancers and enjoyed the trips and the people they met. And wherever he was he was cheering for his beloved Canucks.

Don loved his family and friends, and loved it, especially in his later years, when a good friend, grandchild, niece or nephew or other family member was heard from or walked into the room - he lit the room up with his memorable smile and/or hug. He always tried to be a good neighbor and friend, and was ready, willing, and able to help out on anything someone needed. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. He will be greatly missed.

2020-09-30WARD, Grant

July 9, 1940 - September 30, 2020

Grant Ward with us until September 30th, 2020.

Grant was born in Winnipeg on July 9, 1940. With his parents, Earl and Nellie Ward, his older brother, Don, and his younger twin, Raymond, Grant moved to Port Stanley, Ontario a year later. In 1946 his sister, Joan, completed the family.

Grant joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in September, 1960 and after graduation he was stationed to Surrey Detachment. His love of Port Stanley and his youth had him return to this beautiful summer tourist town a multitude of times over the next 60 years.

After retirement from the force in February in1982 Grant became a small business owner in Langley. He served on the Township of Langley Council for 12 years and the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board for many years.

A life fully lived, Grant was a Queen's Scout, Rover leader, minor hockey coach, barbershop singer, private pilot, and square dancer. He was passionate about community events including Langley Canada Day Celebrations, the International Peace Arch Association, Langley Voluntary Sports Association, Operation Red Nose, and Remembrance Day services. He was a very proud Canadian who would sing "O Canada" at every opportunity given him. Recent trips were to Scotland and Ireland in 2015, Vimy, France in 2017, and Watch Lake and Millarville, Alberta in his motorhome early this September.

Grant is forever remembered by: his wife of 56 years, Vera; sons Sheldon and Tony; grandchildren Riley, Kacey, and Ryann; brother Don, and sister Joan; sisters-in-law Dona, Debbie, Sandy, and Fern; brothers-in-law Ron, Gary, Vern, and Mike; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A heartfelt thank you to all the nurses and doctors at Langley Memorial Hospital and a special thank you to Dr. Cilliers for his care. Toodle-loo.

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