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2022-01-16CARR, Marion Diane

With heartfelt sadness, we announce the death of Marion Diane Carr (nee Young) on January 16, 2022, with family at her side. Marion was a faithful member of Crossroads United Church (& St. John's Strawberry Hill previously) who appreciated lively music, engaging worship, & provided committed service within the congregation and Wider Church, over many decades. She was a valuable participant on Presbytery, Conference, & General Council committees accomplishing the work of the Church. Marion was a bold advocate for anyone experiencing injustice in the systems of the United Church & a fearless defender of the rights of marginalized communities. She went to the wire as the Chair of Fraser Presbytery for the sake of gay and lesbian members in 1988, and she was committed to addressing the Church's complicity with colonialism & forging a new relationship between settler & Indigenous peoples. Marion often did "heavy lifting" for the sake of others in the life of the Church and never shied away from difficult conversations. She employed her quick wit & incisive analysis to making decisions while a member of any group. Not everyone appreciated the sardonic humour Marion brought, but as one gained her respect, the twinkle in her eye would reveal her softer, and very compassionate side.

Marion loved attending the theatre, travelling the world with her friends, and was an active square dancer for 50 years. Marion started her journeys with cancer & dementia at the same time. Through the increased isolation of the pandemic, she relied on family & dear friends for daily walks & connection. Her granddaughter Paisley's birth & presence in the family's life has been a source of delight and unconditional love that Marion treasured over all. Please pray for husband Dave (53 years); daughters Heather & Jennifer (Rob); granddaughter Paisley; brother Sid (Margot); numerous nieces & nephews including Linda, Gary, Sandy, Cindy; & the extended family. Marion was predeceased by her parents, Norman & Ethel; dear sister Ev; & nephews Greg, Chad, & Bob. She deeply mourned their losses. A service to celebrate Marion's life will be held at Crossroads United Church on Saturday, February 19 at 2 pm. The family will invite those who will attend in person and all others are invited to attend via Zoom. In lieu of flowers, a gift to the MS Society of Canada or the Mission & Service Fund of The United Church of Canada is appreciated.

2021-12-09SNOOK, Dorothy "Bernice"

Dorothy “Bernice” Snook (née Horton) passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on December 9, 2021, with her sons and other family members at her side. Predeceased by her husband John in 2001, Bernice is lovingly remembered by her children Sheila (Reinhard), David (Cathy), and Wayne (Joe-Anne), as well as her grandchildren, Jessica, Andrea, Sarah, Jonathan, Amy, and Cory, her sister Joyce (Chris), many nieces and nephews, and a large and wonderful circle of friends.

Bernice was born on September 13, 1928 in Winnipeg, MB to parents Richard Leworthy Horton and Dorothy Marguerita Horton (née Langley). In 1929 her parents moved to southern Alberta, and eventually settled on a farm Lethbridge. After high school Bernice moved to Vancouver, worked to put herself through Pitman’s typing and shorthand courses, and met her beloved husband, John David Snook. Bernice and John married on September 8, 1948.

After a year in Prince George, 1950 Bernice and John built their first home on Granville Ave in Richmond. They later moved to Kitsilano, and then in 1957 to New Westminster, where they founded Rose Garth Catering, together with Bernice’s sister and brother-in-law. Bernice and John owned and managed other companies as well, and Bernice worked tirelessly in the family business until she turned 90 in 2018. Bernice and John built a cabin at Green Lake, where they spent many happy holidays with family and friends. They were great dancers, and members of the Fraser Valley Square and Round Dance Association for many decades. Bernice continued square and round dancing until the dances stopped due to Covid-19. She was also an avid traveller and enjoyed holidays in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and other destinations. Bernice enjoyed making new friends, and she will be missed by many.

There will be an outdoor graveside service with fellowship at 1:00 PM on Dec. 29, 2021, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC, Remembrance Garden, Lot 586, Space 5 (masks required). The service will be livestreamed at Rev. Calum MacLeod will officiate. We hope to hold an outdoor celebration of Bernice’s life in the spring or summer. Condolences can be left at Flowers are optional as are any donations in Bernice’s name to The Canadian Cancer Society.

2021-11-14STEINHAUER, Cheryl Rae 

Cheryl died peacefully and on her terms on November 14, 2021 at Laurel Place Hospice, Surrey. She is survived by her sister, Gail and her circle of dear friends. Cheryl taught in Delta for most of her teaching career, instilling a love of literature and a deep curiosity about the world we live in, to her students. Cheryl adored her cat, Sergio and was an avid English Country dancer, square dancer and book club enthusiast.

A private burial service will take place at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Surrey.

2021-10-14SEWELL, Gordon

It is With sad hearts, we say goodbye to our Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Yvonne of 61 years, children Maureen (Oliver), Nancy, Keith (Richelle), 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He loved his summer cabin on Mayne Island, square dancing, RV travelling and golf.

Gordon and Yvonne were founding members of the Royal Swingers club in 1970. Gordon served on the club executive for many years in many roles, as President he led the club to great success, as Historian and Archivist he preserved the records of club activities. He and Yvonne played a major role in all of the major events in club history.

His presence and good humour will be greatly missed. He provided wisdom and sage advice to generations of Royal Swingers executives.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Gordon's name.

2021-05-23CRISP, Kenneth (Ken) R.

Kenneth R. Crisp, 79, of Port Coquitlam, B.C., passed away on May 23rd, 2021 peacefully in hospice after a two-year battle with brain and lung cancer.

He was born in Trail, B.C., on November 29th, 1941, son of the late John and Sylvia Crisp. He is survived by his wife, Sally, and two sons, James and Michael. He is also survived by his brother Arthur and sister Marlene, their children and grandchildren.

Ken graduated from the University of British Columbia and worked for Canada Employment and Immigration. He received a Recognition of Service Award from PSAC for his dedicated service to his union. He received a commendation from Prime Minister Jean Chretien for his 33 years of loyal service upon his retirement.

In 1969, he discovered the two loves of his life, Square Dancing and his then to be wife, Sally. He was a charter member of the Swinging Singles Square Dance Club and was elected president in 1971. He married Sally in 1972. Ken went on to call and teach dancing at many clubs over the years, often travelling great distances and juggling multiple clubs at once. He taught teens to seniors and everyone in-between. He was passionate about dancing and did everything in his power to promote it, calling in parades, malls, senior homes, schools, cruise ships, caves, wherever they would let them. Over the years, family trips usually revolved around getting to a square dance festival. Ken and Sally also ran a square dance clothing and accessory store for many years.

Ken and Sally won the Scroll of Honour in 2001. Ken was awarded a 30 years of Dedicated Leadership award from the Vancouver & District Caller/Teachers Association in 2005. Ken and Sally were honoured for outstanding service to the Square Dance Community with the Sillery Award in 2011. They were presented with the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Square & Round Dance Society in 2013. Kenneth was elected president of the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation in 2017. He was honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Swinging Singles at their 50th Anniversary in 2019.

Ken was a great lover of all kids of music. He collected it in every format, played the piano and loved to sing in the Silver Chord Choir.

Ken was well loved by family and friends and we will all miss him very much.

2021-05-19PENNER, Theodor (Ted)

it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Theodor (Ted) Penner (Surrey, British Columbia), who passed away on May 19, 2021, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends.

He and Erica were regular members of the Surrey Square Wheelers square dance club, dancing every Wednesday evening.

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