Sadly, the following members of our class of '59 have passed away.

AKERMAN, Edwin [Ed] Harold.


12-D

Deceased 4 May 1984.  Survived by his wife, Pauline, two daughters, Patti and Devvie, father Vic, brother David and sisters Vicki and Lois.  A memorial service was held on Thursday, 10 May 1984, at Richmond Baptist Church, Richmond, BC.

ALLEN, Judith [Judy] D.


12-F

After a brief illness, on March 29, 1998, in her home surrounded by her family, Judith Brunner [nee Allen], age 57, passed away.  She was the daughter of Bill and Joy Allen.  She was survived by her husband Eric, son Robert, father Bill and brother Chris.  The funeral service was held at 11:00am, Saturday, 3 April 1998, in the Chapel of the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, Oakville, Ontario.

BARBER, Dorothy M. [married name: ALDERSON]


12-A

Born: 6 Dec. 1940, Vancouver, BC.   Deceased: 28 Oct. 1999, Ladner [Delta], BC Survived by her husband Blake, daughter Christy Murtagh, son Jeff, two grandchildren, her Mother Marjorie, and sisters Margie McPhail, Lorraine Erickson, Marian Hazelwood and Marly Anderson.

BARNETT, Christopher [Kit] John


12-E

Deceased: 30 July 2002, North Vancouver, BC.  Survived by his wife Sonia, children Christina & David and brother Howard.  There was no service at Chris’s request.

BARTON, Lawrence [Larry] M.


12-B

Born: Edmonton Alberta.  Deceased: 14 Oct.  2001.  Survived by his wife.

BROOME, Diana F. [married name: KILLEN]


12-F

Born: Vancouver, BC.  Deceased: 26 Nov. 2004 in Oxford, England.  Survived by her daughter Marian, son Sean, grandson George, and sister Leslie.  She was predeceased by her son Noel.  Diana lived for many years in England but her spiritual home was at Grafton Bay, Bowen Island where she spent many memorable summers. Di was an accomplished swimmer and an avid reader as well as a staunch animal advocate.

BUGG, Leonard A. [Jim]


12-A

Jim passed away in Grand Forks, BC on Jan. 14, 2007. He was born 19 April, 1941 in Vancouver, BC.  He married Dale Wiltshire in 1969 and they lived in Christina Lake.  Jim was self-employed and involved in various business ventures.  He enjoyed golf, hockey and hunting.  Jim is survived by his two sons, Jim Clayton and David Lee.  A service was held for Jim at the Christina Lake Community Hall on Jan. 20, 2007.

CARR, Sandra A. [married name: SHIPLEY]


12-A

Born: 5 Sept. 1941.  Deceased: 16 Aug. 1992, Vancouver, BC.  Survived by her husband, George, daughters Katharine & Sarah, mother Florence and brother Raymond.  She obtained a BA from UBC in 1964and eventually became an elementary school teacher in Vancouver.  She was a singer and a musician as well as a member of the Vancouver Bach Choir.

CASSIDY, Michael John [Mike]


12-F

Mike passed away on June 2, 2005 in Orleans, ON. He was born in Vancouver on Sept. 3, 1941 and attended General Gordon Elementary.  He joined the RCMP in 1962 and attained the rank of Inspector. He was the author of the all-time classic criminal investigation book Footwear Identification which is still required reading in many jurisdictions around the world. Mike served in Western Canada and at Headquarters in Ottawa, retiring in 1996 at Orleans. He was awarded the RCMP Long Service Medal, Silver Clasp and Star.  Survived by his wife Patricia Martin, daughter Ilona, son Wayne, sister Patsy, brothers Richard and Andy, and three grandchildren. Also fondly remembered by his special K9 friends, Sarah and Andrew. A service for Mike was held June 7, 2005 in Orleans, ON

CHYZYK, Diane E. [married name DURIGON]


12-E

Diane passed away suddenly April 4, 1990, aged 49 years.  Born on May 25, 1940, Diane would have been 50 years of age in May 1990.  She was survived by her husband Aldo, daughter Christina, Mother Anne, sister Louise Milan, and brothers Bob, Bill, and Don.  Prayers were said at the Kearney Funeral home followed by a mass at St. Augustine's Church in Vancouver.

CLARKE, Judith-Ann [married name WAUNCH]


12-G

Judy was born in Vancouver at VGH on June 24, 1941 and attended Lord Kitchener Elementary School. Judy married Dennis Waunch in 1975. She had a long career with the Operating Engineers Union. She and Dennis sailed their boat and took many trips to Eastern Canada for relaxation. Judy was the Secretary and a founding member of the Class of '59 Reunion Committee. Judy passed on at the Crossroads Hospice in Port Moody, BC  on December 12'th, 2011 in her 70'th year after a two year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Dennis, brothers Ben (Sue) and Harry, nieces, nephews, cousins and family.

DAVIS, J. Ronald


12-G

Ron passed away August 5, 1999 in Salmon Arm, BC.  He had been an electrician working at various locations throughout BC including Penticton, Hazelton, Terrace, Port Alberni, Prince George, and finally Salmon Arm, where he settled down.  Ron was survived by his wife, Barbara and their three children.

DONALDSON, Thomas [Tom] E.


12-G

Deceased: 6 Oct. 2001, age 59 years.  Survived by his daughter Tanya and brother Bill.  He was a lifeguard, a referee in basketball and football and a rugby player.  A wake was held in Tom’s memory on Sunday, 28 Oct. 2001, at The Pumphouse Bar & Grill, Richmond, BC.

ELLIOT, Suzanne [married name: McLAREN]


12-G

Born April 26, 1941, Suzanne died on October 18, 2009 in Victoria, BC after a brief battle with cancer.  She was predeceased by her first husband of 29 years, Larry McLaren. Survived by her special spouse Richard Arnold and family, and also by her children Russell, Colleen, Jackie, and Danny, several grandchildren and one great grandchild.  A celebration of Suzanne's life was held on October 24, at First Memorial Funeral Chapel in Duncan.

FINDENIGG, Frank


12-E

Frank [Freeman] Von Findenigg.  Deceased 17 Aug. 1993, aged 52 years.  Survived by sisters Karen & Dagmar and brother Mark. There was no service at Frank’s request.

GREENOUGH, J Thomas [Tom]


12-A

Tom was born in Edmonton, AB on March 28, 1941 and grew up in vancouver. After graduating from UBC he taught at Killarney HS until retiring in 1998. He married Loretta in 1976 and they enjoyed travelling, hiking, and canoeing. Tom and Loretta moved to Scotch Creek on Shuswap Lake where he reconstructed an historic homesteaders cabin and created "T&L Reflections - A Little Museum". Tom was involved in the North Shuswap Community Assoc. renovation of the community hall and was active in the North Shuswap Historical Society. He received an award from the BC Historical Federation in May, 2010. Tom passed away on Nov. 8, 2010 at Salmon Arm leaving behind wife Loretta, brother Ron (Ruth) and numerous nieces and nephews.

HARPER, James [Jim]


12-D

James H. Harper of Vancouver passed away suddenly on 23 July, 1984, aged 42 years.  Jim was born on Oct 15, 1941 in Vancouver and attended Bayview Elementary.  His wife Leni, son Jamie, daughter Jennifer, his parents Verna and Bill Harper, brother Larry, and sisters Wilma and Carol survived him.  A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday July 30, 1984 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Vancouver, BC, and he was interred at Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, BC.

HOBMAN, Marjorie [married name: MALONEY]


12-D

Marjorie died peacefully in her daughter's arms at her home on Sept. 21, 2003 in Toronto ON.  She was a collector and seller of antiques as well as an artist. She had an eye for the beautiful and unique, the deftly comic, and all the rare and wonderful things and people she came across in her life.  She was a beloved mother, sister, and friend.  A wake  celebrating Marjorie's life was held at her family home on Sept. 28, 2003

HOGAN, Frank Raymond [Ray]


12-C

Born: 9 March 1941, Vancouver, BC.  Deceased 21 Oct. 1967, New Westminster, BC.  Drowned in the Fraser River after falling off a wharf.  Survived by his wife Julia, daughters Cherie & Shelly, his son Kelly and his parents Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hogan.  He lived in Coquitlam, BC.  A service was conducted by Mr. Robert Baker on Thursday, 26 Oct. 1967, at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, BC.  He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, BC.

HUBBICK, Howard A.


12-D

Howard was born in Vancouver, BC, on  August 7, 1941.  He passed away on Nov. 7, 2005, at the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, BC, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.  A celebration of Howard’s life took place at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2005, at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, Surrey, BC. Howard was survived by his loving wife, Doreen, his daughters, Kelly (Ford Pomeroy and Mason) and Karin (Randy Sigouin and Dustin), and son, Jeff; as well as his brother Fred, sister Norma, and their spouses and families.

HUGHES, Ritchie G.


12-A

Born: 1 Aug. 1941, Ottawa, Ontario.  He had lived in Vancouver for 16 years. He died suddenly on 4 July 1973, Vancouver, BC. aged 32 years.  Survived by his wife Judith Therese and his mother and Stepfather, Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Deans.  His funeral service was held at 2 pm on Monday,  July 9,1973, in the Chapel of Simmons & McBride Funeral directors, Broadway at Maple Street, Vancouver, BC.  He had been a construction worker for the last 8 years.

HUNTER, B. Jill [married name: TEKATCH –KIDD]


12-B

Born: 2 April 1941, Vancouver, BC.  Deceased 14 Nov. 1998, Vancouver, BC. After a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.  Survived by Ray, her daughters Cara, Robyn & Dayna, her Mother Barbara Hunter, and brother Rob.  A service was held on Wednesday, 18 Nov. 1998, at St. Faiths Church, Vancouver, BC.

JAMPOLSKY, Zelig


12-A

Zelig passed away April 21, 2008. He had lived in Israel for a year, Seattle for three years, South Vancouver and Richmond for a number of years.  He was a teacher for many years, and enjoyed art and folk dancing. He was a member of Beth Hamidrash Synagogue in Vancouver. Zelig is survived by his wife, Grace.

LANG, James [Jim]


12-G

Jim passed away peacefully in Australia on Nov. 3, 2009 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Pat, and daughters Cheryl and Krista. A funeral was held at Tobin Brothers Chapel in Melbourne on Nov. 9.

MAHON, Penelope [Penny] D. [married name: DEY]


12-C

Born: 17 April 1941, at VGH, Vancouver, BC.  Deceased 13 May. 2004, White Rock, BC. peacefully after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.  Penny will ever be remembered by husband George, sons Richard and Robert, daughter Sandra, daughter-in-law Lynn, grandson Zack, and her many friends and relatives. A celebration of her life was held at Fraser Heights Funeral Home, Surrey, BC.

McCORMICK, Leslie Barrie [married name  BERGVINSON]


12-A

Born: 6 Dec. 1941, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC.  Deceased: 4 Sept. 1995, age 53 year, after a brave battle with cancer.  Survived by her husband of 32 years, Jon Bergvinson, son David [Mary] and their son Matthew, daughter, Debra, and her brother Kim.

MIRON, Judith [Judy] C. CASSELLS  [married name  LAWRENCE]


12-A

Judy was born on 16 July 1941 in Whitemouth, MB.  She died on 28 Nov. 1988 in Vancouver.  She was survived by her son Jeffery and one daughter, Tracy.  A memorial service was held on Thursday, 1 Dec. 1988, in the Boal Chapel, North Vancouver, BC.

NOWIK, Roy Michael


12-C

Deceased suddenly on 27 Sept. 1999, at Courtenay, BC.  He was survived by his wife Sandy, son Michael, daughter Michelle Colmer, three grandchildren, and  brother Walter.  He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, cooking, golf, playing pool and polishing his Corvette.  He lived in Courtenay, BC

OULD, Eric Richard Leslie [Rick]


12-G

Deceased in an automobile accident on 16 Aug. 1968,  near his home in Red Deer, Alberta.  Survived by his wife Linda, sons Ricky and Ray, parents, Mr. & Mrs. Eric Ould, sister Cheryl Burke and both Grandmothers, Mrs. A. Zarreill & Mrs. E. Ould. 

REITER, Mary Ann  [married name THOR]


12-A

Born Nov. 30, 1940 in Vancouver, BC. Mary Ann passed away on Oct. 19, 1983 at the age of 42.  She had married Bernard Thor and their two children survived her. She was a registered nurse and nursed at St. Paul's Hospital and in Lillooet.  She was also survived by her brother Frank, Kits Class of 1960, and her mother.

ROBERTSON, Ewen [Robbie]


12-B

Born Jan. 22, 1941 in Royal Columbian Hospital, Robbie died August 5, 2006 in Delta. He worked in the longshoring industry.  Robbie was predeceased by his parents, Neil & Esther, and his wife of 38 years, Louise, the love of his life.  He is greatly missed by his daughter Tracy, son-in-law Cal, son Colin, and his loving canine companion, Kobe.  A celebration of Robbie's life took place at Beach Grove Golf Club, Tsawwassen on Aug. 16 at 1:00 pm.

SMILGIS, Arejas J. [Harry]


12-B

Born: Jan 27, 1941 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Deceased 25 Jan, 2007. In 1944 Harry traveled on foot with his parents to Germany leaving everything behind.  They lived in a camp until 1947 when they came to Canada.  Harry entered the RCMP in 1961 and retired as a Staff Sergeant with 27 years of honourable service in 1988. Harry's hobby was woodworking and examples are found in various locations including Bridge Community Church kindergarten.  He is survived by his wife Anna, son Jeff, daughter Leanna, mother Vanda, four grandchildren and two sisters. A celebration of Harry's life was held Friday Feb 2, 2007 at Bridge Community Church in North Vancouver.

SPECK, David W. [Dave]


12-B

Born: Aug 25, 1941 in Vancouver. Dave passed away July 27, 2008 in Sidney, BC. He left behind his wife Elizabeth, sister-in-law Tus, friends Doug Murray, Hap, and Paddy.  A celebration of Dave's life was held Saturday Aug. 16 at the Army, Navy, & Air Force Veterans hall (ANAF #302) in Sidney.

STATTON, W Brent W. [Dave]


12-B

Brent was born in Calary, AB on April 3, 1941 and moved to Vancouver as a child. He graduated from UBC and from 1965 on was involved in the airline industry, first with Canadian Pacific Air until his last role at Harmoney Airways. In retirement he redefined himself as "chef extraordinaire", outrigger canoe paddler on his annual Maui stays, and most importantly "Kappa" to his grandchildren. Brent died suddenly at home on Sept. 18, 2011 and is survived by his wife Joyce, son Joel, daughter Hilary, sister Roberta, and grandchildren Nyla, Pelham, and Celeste. 

STEER, James [Jim] Thomas


12-F

Born: 14 May 1941, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC.  Deceased 12 Nov. 2002, Mississauga, Ontario   Survived by his wife Zel, daughter Joelle, sons Warren & Michael, three grandchildren, his father Bill and brother David.  He graduated from UBC and joined Molson Breweries. By 1993, Jim was Molson’s Vice-President of Brewing Technical Services.   He was a Past President of the master Brewers of America.

THODY, Ronald [Ron]


12-G

Born: 1941.  Ron passed away 24 April 2002, after a brief illness.  His wife Gayle predeceased him.  Ron was survived by his sons Chris & Peter and his mother Mary.  Ron worked in journalism and was known for his sense of humour.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, 4 May 2002, at the Chapel of the Delta Funeral Home, Ladner, Delta, BC.

TORY, Vaile C  [married name HENRY]


12-F

Born: 19 September, in Hardisty, Alberta.  Vaile passed away Jan 12, 2006 at her home in Guelph, ON after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Vaile obtained a BEd degree  from  the University of Manitoba and enjoyed teaching primary school when she wasn't busy  with dancing,  hiking, serving as past President of the Guelph Arts Council, and designing and sewing costumes for theatre throughout Canada. One of her proudest achievements was completing a major hike over the Bruce Trail from the Bruce Peninsula on Georgian bay to the Niagara Escarpment.   Predeceased by her son Christopher, Vaile is survived by her husband Bryan, daughter Jennifer, son Darrell and granddaughter Isabella.  A memorial service celebrating her life was held at St. Matthias Anglican Church in Guelph, ON on January 15, 2006

WALTERS, Carol Ann   [married name CUTHILL]


12-C

Born: 1941 in Vancouver.  Carol passed away in Malone, NY, August 9, 2008 while on vacation.  She had lived in Montreal since 1968.  She left behind her twin brother, Tom, husband of 43 years, John, children Andrea, Jonathan, and Bruce, and two grandchildren. Carol had suffered from cardiac disease for many years culminating in a heart transplant fifteen years ago.  She led a happy and active life since, finally succumbing to a massive heart attack in March of this year from which she never really recovered.  A funeral service was held August 14, 2008 in Dollard des Ormeaux at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

WHITINGER, Jan


12-C

Born: 10 August 1940 in Tracy, Minnesota. Jan died in a traffic accident near Alamosa, Colorado on 13 June, 2003. Survived by his brother Dr. Raleigh Whitinger  (Kits '62).  Jan taught elementary  and junior high school at the Holberg military base on Vancouver Island after studying at UBC Faculty of Education.   He started in the stamp and coin collecting business in Portland OR in 1962 and in1965 moved to Denver CO  where  he started his own business, the All Nations Coin and Stamp Store.  He became a highly respected expert in collectibles in the Colorado area and his business network covered much of the Western United States.

WILLIAMS, Deane H.

11-B

Born: 26 April 1941 in Port Alberni. Died: 29 Nov. 2008 in Vancouver, BC from ALS.  Survived by his loving wife Layne,  daughters Deanne (Terry), Stephanie (Brett), and Rebecca (Sean); six grandchildren; mother Aileen; brother Byron, and sister Toni.  Predeceased by his father Bert. Deane attended Lord Kitchener and Bayview Elementary schools. After grade 11 Deane and his family moved to Coquitlam where he graduated from Como Lake High, but his heart was always a "Kitsie". Deane had a lengthy and successful career in the clothing and fashion industry from which he retired in 2001. After retirement he and Layne travelled extensively throughout the world. He was one of the original members of the group that brought the Kits Class of 1959 reunion into existence and played an important part in the forthcoming 50'th reunion celebrations. A memorial service was held Saturday Jan. 10, 2009 at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church in Vancouver.

YACOWAR, Sharon Mavis Chia [ married name FROHLINGER]


12-G

Born: 8 May 1942, Edmonton, Alberta.  Deceased: 9 Nov. 1972, Vancouver, BC.  Survived by her husband Eugene, her parents Leah & Joseph Yacowar and brother Hal.  She was active in the B’nai B’rith Women Centennial Chapter 1022, the Vancouver B’nai B’rith Hillel Advisory Board, the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue and other Jewish organizations.


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