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2022-05-04BIFANO, Charles 

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Bifano on May 4, 2022. He was born on October 27, 1930 in Vancouver, BC.

Charles was known as Uncle Chuck to all those who knew and loved him. He worked as a letter carrier for Canada Post before his early retirement due to his vision loss. Following his retirement Uncle Chuck continued to live a very simple and humble life, he enjoyed travelling by bus to downtown Vancouver, spending time at the Britannia Seniors Centre where he took computer classes and he spent many years as a member of the Swinging Singles of BC Square Dance Club. Charles was predeceased by his parents Paul and Isabella, as well as his siblings Ralph, Tony, Emma and Elsie also by his brothers-in-law Joseph and Albert and sisters-in-law Marion and Edna.

He will be sorely missed by his loving brother Norman and his nieces and nephews who loved and adored him, Shelly (Dave), Jerry (Gina), Paul (Konstanze), Kim (Ed), Deanna (Garrett), 11 great-nieces and nephews, 2 great-great-nieces and 1 great-great-nephew, along with extended family and friends.

Uncle Chuck will always be remembered as a gentle and kind soul who always had a smile on his face. He put his family and friends above all else. A good man, who lived his life with honour, dignity and integrity. He was a treasure to all. There are not enough words to describe how important Uncle Chuck was to his family and what a strong influence he will continue to be. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Uncle Chuck, he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Uncle Chuck's memory to the Parkinson Society BC or CNIB BC.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday May 11, 2022 at Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel, 4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Thursday May 12, 2022 at Holy Cross Parish, 1450 Delta Avenue, Burnaby. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby.

2022-04-28SCHULZ, Joyce

After an amazing and wonderful life, it is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of a truly remarkable Mom, Aunt, Grandmother and friend on Thursday, April 28.

Joyce was predeceased by her first husband Wallace, second husband David, daughter Brenda, and sister Marion.

Joyce is survived by daughter Sandra, step-daughter Lynne, grandson Christopher, granddaughter Tara, and step-granddaughter Michele, Step-great-grandson Dawson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce was born in Calgary, Alberta and with her parents and sister moved to New Westminster at the age of 8. A few years later, the family moved to Surrey, where she would call home for many years.

Joyce graduated from UBC to pursue a career in Education. She taught both elementary and high school. The Home Economics department, however, was her true passion, teaching it for many years.

Joyce, with David, loved square dancing, yachting, and Rving. This allowed them to travel the world experiencing life to the fullest extent. Through these life experiences, she made many friendships lasting to this day.

A memorial service to honour Joyce will be held at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 9887 Cameron St., Burnaby, B.C. on May 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church in Joyce's memory.

Interment will follow at Fraser Cemetery 100 Richmond St., New Westminster, B.C.

2022-04-26BOWER, Peter Michael

Peter was born in Durban, South Africa to parents Alexander and Jacoba (Nande) Bower on Christmas Eve 1937.

Peter emigrated to Canada in 1974 with his wife Petina (Pat) – (Deceased), and daughters Lou Anne and Karen. Peter settled his family in North Vancouver and remained in his house on the North Shore after marrying his second wife, Carole in 1994.

Peter practiced accounting and received his Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation in 1982. Over the years he held various accounting positions, rising to more senior management roles over the years. He spent the last several years of his career teaching in the Business Management Program at Vancouver Community College, which was his favourite, since it never felt like work.

Peter was very wise and had a keen mind. He always welcomed the opportunity to learn, teach someone something new, and share his knowledge, which was impressive.

Peter was fond of the arts. In his early days he was first violin in a youth orchestra and as a young adult had lead roles on stage with local operatic productions.

Peter enjoyed reading, usually several books at a time, oil painting, and listening to opera and classical music which was always playing in the background during dinner. He took piano lessons and practiced the more difficult pieces because they were more challenging. In the past several years, he took guitar lessons and started playing the violin again.

Peter passed away peacefully on the evening of April 26, 2022 due to heart issues complicated by Covid-19. He is survived by his wife, Carole, two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dear Peter, Dad, Grandpa, Papa… we miss you.

Rest in Peace - Your Job is Done

2022-04-18PERREAULT, Joe

Joe Perreault is survived by: His loving wife who has been by his side throughout life, Anita Perreault, their children, Leo (Dione), Helen, Raymond and Joanne Perreault. Grandchildren: Jennifer (Patrick) Schulz, Sarah (Kelsey) Racine, Marcus Kurucz, Myranda Kaiser and Trent Kaiser. Great Grandchildren: Joshua, Nathanael, Samuel, Jonathan and Amalia Schulz, Natalie and Ben Racine.

2022-03-08LUCAS, Joyce

Evelyn "Joyce" Lucas

September 15, 1949 - March 8, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Joyce after a long and courageous battle with ALS.

Born at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC and raised in a military family, meant she relocated regularly throughout her youth. She spent time growing up in Vancouver, BC, England, Gimli MN, Ottawa ON, before returning to the west coast to attended UBC where she played on the Varsity Volleyball team and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 1972. Joyce and Ben married that year, and moved to several adventurous locations such as Golden BC, Meridian MS, and Prince George BC, prior to settling in Coquitlam BC.

Volunteering and community involvement were integral parts of Joyce's life. It was primarily through these avenues where she created, crystalized, and helped foster community friendships. She often referred lovingly to her "extended" family, composed of the Coquitlam neighbourhood, the Ladies Bike group and the Square Dance family, who all brought joy and laughter into her life.

Joyce is pre-deceased by parents John and Frances Howarth. Survived by her loving husband Ben Lucas, and children; Tony Lucas (wife Kim), Grandsons Oskar and Henrik, and daughter Marcia Lucas (partner Landin). Also, sisters Elinor White, Mary Mitchell and Maureen Metcalfe and their husbands and families. She is already dearly missed.

A very special thank you to the Fraser Health and ALS teams, especially to Shannon and Alisa who took wonderful care of our great force of nature.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ALS Society of BC, at www.alsbc.ca, or to the charity of your choice.

2022-01-29HEATH, Tanye

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of Tanye’s passing on January 29th, 2022, due to complications of ALS. She was so fortunate to have been able to see her family members over the last few months (see the family photo taken on her 88th birthday in Sept). I was with Mom during the morning and my elder sister, Dayle was with Mom when she passed away in the afternoon and so Tanye wasn’t alone.

Attached below is a collage of Mom, that I had made. Her grandson, Marke Bodner did the sketch of Tanye in her square dance outfit. As you know, square dancing was her passion. Mom wanted me to paint her a rock commemorating her life (photo attached).

Our family thanks you for your friendship and kindness to Tanye over the years.

Due to Covid and at Tanye’s request, we are holding a small family service. However, any donations to either the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission or the ALS Society of B.C. (or Canada) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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