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2020-03-08PETTIRSCH, WernerWerner Pettirsch passed away peacefully on March 9, 2020. He emigrated from Germany to Vancouver in 1958 to join his brother. He married Frieda Scholz and they celebrated in the births of their children, John and Angela. Sadly, he was predeceased by his wife in 1990 and his son in 1991. He is survived by his partner Gaylene Ward, daughter Angela (Oliver), brother Helmet (Renate), sisters Mia and Traude (Lothar), and many loving family and friends in Canada and Germany. The funeral will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Westminster on March 25 at 12 p.m. Messages of condolences can be left at
2020-02-27PERRY, DavidDavid James Perry, of Langley, BC passed away on February 27, 2020 at St. Paul's Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Dave was born to parents, Nan and David A Perry on April 4, 1941 and grew up in Lancer, Saskatchewan. He was older brother to Don and Pat. Dave joined the RCMP and rode in the musical ride in his younger years. He retired from the RCMP after over 30 years of service in B.C. He found a new career helping people as a driver for Handy Dart for another 12 years before fully retiring.
Dave met Joan Bantly, on a blind date while she was in nursing school at St Paul's Hospital in 1967. They were married for 52 years. He was a loving husband and father to 3 daughters, Charlene, Cheryl & Debbie. He welcomed son in laws Colin, Dave, and Peter into the family. He was a beloved grandpa to Erin, Lauren, Claire, Jack, Olivia, Nathan & Lucas. Dave was an amazing gardener and spent hours working in his garden and watching the birds and hummingbirds that visited. He loved golfing and square dancing. And he loved watching all sports, especially fond of hockey, football, his team Saskatchewan Roughriders, baseball and golf.
"We'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. You being there for mom and us through good and bad times, no matter what. We'll always remember you Dad because they'll never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you."
Friends and family will cherish every memory with Dave. He will forever be missed and forever be loved. A date for the Celebration of Dave's life will be forthcoming.
2020-01-23McDONALD, Richard

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Richard McDonald announce his passing at the age of 79 years.

Richard was born in Belfast, Ireland. It was there that he met and married Maureen McDonald (nee Ward). They settled shortly thereafter in North Vancouver, BC and had three daughters. Sadly Richard was predeceased by his wife in 1986 Richard will be forever missed by his children Eunice (Cindy), Denise (Murray) and Oonagh (Robert) and his grandchildren Saoirse, Niall, Cora and Breccan. He will also be lovingly remembered by his large extended family and countless friends.>/p>

A Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and a Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 2725 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.

2020-01-20DIXON, Dennis Edward

Dennis Edward Dixon (December 3, 1932 to January 21, 2020)

Dennis was a caller for the 'Renfrew Teens' around 1970. He moved to Penticton where he owned a campground and also called for the 'Pen Teens' club. On his return to the Vancouver area he taught several New Dancer classes for the Weavers club in North Vancouver and Lochdale square dance club.

Dennis was active in the Vancouver & District Caller-Teachers Association and held several titles including Work-shop Coordinator, Vice President and President over the years. He was also active on several Festival and Convention committees where he took on the role of laying floors for dancing. Dennis received the Scroll of Honour from the FVSRDA and V&DCTA in 2004.

About 15 years ago Dennis suffered a life-altering stroke which caused partial paralysis on his left side and he has been confined to Long Term Care since that time. Dennis leaves behind two sisters, a step-son and his companion, caregiver and best friend Agnes Niemiec.

Dennis will be missed in the square dance community. No services or memorial has been planned at this time.

Written by Ken Crisp with the assistance of Agnes Niemiec.

2019-09-10BREKSTAD, Caroll AnneJuly 28, 1943 - September 10, 2019 I arrived into this world in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and was eagerly greeted by my parents Peggy and Alvin Faught. My brother Richard and sister Linda followed a few years later. Before I can remember, we moved to the lakeshore in Sudbury where I lived until I was 18. During this time, I graduated High School and developed a keen interest in sports, especially swimming. From a young age I went to church and then taught Sunday School. This gave me a strong faith to carry me through my earthly life. I joined the RCAF at age 18 and moved to different bases including Winnipeg where I met Les. We got married and when we decided to have a family, I left the RCAF. Our daughters Sheri and Lee and a variety of pets completed our family. We moved to various exotic places like Gysumville MB, North Bay ON, Holberg BC, Inuvik NWT, Oslo Norway and more. I always had various interesting jobs: pre school teacher, radio host, library helper, sewing teacher and a number of years working for DND in Ottawa. We retired to Chilliwack in 1996 and enjoyed a number of years teaching, calling and cueing square dancing and round dancing. It was a fun retirement. My grandchildren Josephine and Celia kept me on my toes. Unfortunately, I have spent the last few years coping with heart problems and ever advancing dementia until my physical being stopped functioning at the beautiful and peaceful Valleyhaven Retirement Community. My spiritual being and I are now off to Heaven to gather with past family, friends and pets. Until we meet again. Service: Carman United Church 7258 Vedder Rd. Sunday 22 September at 1 pm.
2019-07-24KNOWLES, William ("Bill") RussellWith great sadness, the family of William Knowles announces his peaceful passing on Wednesday, July 24th at the age of 73. Bill will be forever remembered by his wife Vivianne, son Christopher (Connie), grandchildren Cameron (Josée), Ashlyn, and Evan, great granddaughter Aurora, sister Donna, nephew Mark, extended family and friends.

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