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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.

2020-08-21BERGLUND, Bette-JeanBorn August 10, 1937 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Passed away August 21, 2020 in Surrey, BC with her loving husband Ron, by her side. Predeceased by her father: Cyrus J. McBean and mother Winnifred G. Long. Brothers: Cyrus H. McBean and Gilbert I McBean. Left to mourn and miss her are: Husband Ronald R. Berglund. Sons: Douglas J. Reay and Barrie R. Hodge (Sandra). Daughter: Lisa Ploss (Tracey), grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Due to covid-19, no service by request. Condolences may be left at firstmemorialsurrey.com
2020-08-13HORNE, Ingeborg Violet 12 July, 1939 - 13 August, 2020. We are sad to announce that on August 13, 2020, at the age of 81, Ingeborg Violet Horne passed away. Violet is survived by 2 daughters, a son, grandchildren, and was active in square and round dancing for many years.
2020-06-15WINTON, Sylvia Milada

Sylvia Milada Winton (nee Downs) died peacefully on June 15, 2020.

Adored sister of Barry Downs and wife Mary, Loving Aunt to Bill Downs and Elizabeth Hewer, (Bruce) and Colleen Winton and Scott Winton.

Sylvia was born in Vancouver and early years were spent in West Point Grey, with father, William Arthur Downs, Mother, Milada Marie Downs, brother Barry and Chummy, her beloved dog.

There she met her life-long friend Davida Beedle (Sloan) who shared her love for horse riding and the outdoors.

Sylvia attended York House School, where she excelled in her studies and especially at tennis.

With doubles partner Lee Davenport, she entered tournaments in Vancouver, Washington State and Oregon. Sylvia's many trophy's attest to her competitive spirit, and winning ways.

Sylvia attended UBC and joined Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Her friendships with others lasted into adult life. They were called the Gang of Six.

In June 1961 Sylvia married John Winton.

For many years they enjoyed an active life of square dancing. Sylvia was a gracious hostess, John's critic, the sound engineer, and the supportive cause of happy memories, and wonderful friendships.

The family would like to thank Sylvia's dedicated, companion, and later caregiver, Esmeralda Martinez..

As well, the family wishes to thank niece Colleen Winton and partner Neil for management services and dealing with Sylvia's increasing health requirements. In addition, we would like to thank Dr. Wayne Smith for his years of attention.

A celebration of Sylvia's life will be held at a later date.

2020-04-27MAXWELL, Darlene

(Gloria) ‘Darlene’ Maxwell, February 27, 1945 – April 27, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our Mom at the age of 75 years. Darlene passed away peacefully at Victoria hospice with family at her side.Darlene is survived by her brothers Howard and Kenneth Chamberlin, her three children: Will Maxwell, Tami Rober (Paul) and Kimberly Theriault (Kevin), her six grandchildren: Barbara Rober (Shane Russell), Jessie Rober (Jon Browning), Tessa Maxwell (Russell Harris), Alex Maxwell (Jade Smith), Zackary and Nickolas Theriault and three great-grandchildren: Ryder, Priya and Mackenzie.

Darlene will be remembered for her love of her family and extended family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved square dancing, and playing cards and darts. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many items over the years. After retirement she started making square dancing clothes and doing embroidery. She made many gifts for friends and family and loved making baby and children’s items, including embroidered books, letters, pretend food and beautiful shirts and dresses for her grandchildren.

Darlene will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Darlene was predeceased by her parents Howard and Alice, her sisters April and Pam and her husband William Maxwell (in 1974). Rest in peace Mom, go be with Dad and give him a big hug from us all.

Our family would like to thank all the Victoria hospice staff for their care during this difficult time. At Darlene’s request there will be no service.

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