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In Memoriam
We will always remember these exceptional people who were our co-workers and friends.  A tribute to
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A special mention to Captain Harry Bray (1921-2003) who retired off of the B707.  He wrote a book entitled Lap of the Gods which may be of interest to some.


Oct 1, 2014 - Rick Humphrys
It is with a heavy heart I share the passing of our Dad, Rick Humphrys on October 1, 2014. He held various Operations Management positions at Pacific Western/Canadian Airlines from July 1966 – August 1994 (28 years 2 months)YVR / YYC.
Rick will be remembered for his sense of humour and quick wit, his mischievous smile and his passion for his many years of work at and around the airport. He will be missed by his 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren, Liz "the love of his life", his faithful companion Trixie, Esther, Josh and the many other friends and family members he made throughout his life.
Shine on you crazy diamond.  Service is at the YVR Airport Chaplaincy Oct 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Arrivals level International. Submitted by: Darcy Smith (daughter)


August 14, 2014 Graham, David George
At the young age of 66,  Dave passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late John and Olivia (Crowe) Graham. David formally served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He later went to work as an Air Cargo Technician and spent the rest of his career travelling the world before settling back home in Belmont prior to his retirement. Dave work as a loadmaster on the B707, hercules, B727 and B737. 
He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Cook), daughters Nikki Cook of Onslow; grandchildren Kristen, Jamie, Lucas, Rachel. Candace Graham of Truro; grandchildren Hayley, Jared, Destany; great-grandson Darrius; brothers Sherman of Debert, Philip of Lower Sackville, Paul (Sharon) of Truro, Robert of Truro.
No visitation or funeral service by family request. Arrangements are under the direction of Mattatall~Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 106, Debert, NS.

 


July 31, 2014 Captain Peter Caswell B Aug. 14, 1947

Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines International, Air Canada
Pete’s professional aviation career began with Pacific Western Airlines on June 9, 1969 in Edmonton Alberta when he commenced his training as a Second Officer on the Lockheed L382 Hercules . This was the beginning of a career that would span 37 plus years as he advanced to First Officer and completed his upgrade to Captain in July 1981. During his career Pete flew a variety of aircraft including the Hercules, Electra, B737, A320, DC10 and retired on August 31, 2007, as a Senior Captain on the Boeing
767 / 300. Pete’s flying took him to all four corners of the earth, from the High Arctic to South America, from North America to Europe and from the West Coast to Asia and most importantly to his favourite destination the Hawaiian Islands. Peter was a fine example of all the attributes required in the performance of his duties
as an Airline Captain. His finely honed skills in the control of his aircraft made him the best of the best, while fully understanding his limitations and that of his aircraft. Those of us who have experienced the freedom of flight fully understand exactly the safety aspects of limitations. Not only was the safety of his passengers and crew of the
utmost importance to Peter, his respect for all those involved in the completion of his duties was paramount. Pete led by example, always creating a comfortable environment for his crew to operate within, yet invariably maintaining the highest of professional standards, accepting nothing less. Pete’s easy smile and congenial personality made him a pleasure to be around and a favourite of those with whom he flew. Pete’s love of flying was only superseded by his love for his family and friends whom he held so close to his heart. It must be mentioned that a close third was Pete’s love of sport. He was a superb athlete, excelling in most sports he endeavoured, including but not limited to football, hockey, skiing ( both water and snow), tennis, some golf and last but not least rollerblading. Peter was a role model to us all, a man of sound character, a wonderful husband, a loving father, the finest of aviators and just a truly great guy. Peter’s legacy is one his family and all who knew him can be extremely proud of and one we can hold in memory forever tucked closely within our hearts. A celebration of Pete’s life with be held on August 15, 2014 at 15:00. At the Beach Grove Golf Club, 5946 12th Ave. Tsawwassen B.C.


July 31, 2104 - JORDAN, Albertus - Maintenance

After a short battle with cancer Albert Jordan, born March 12, 1934 in Amstelveen, Holland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the age of 80.
He is survived by his wife Corrine; his daughter Erna (Doug) and his cherished grandson Jordan Malcolm; daughter-in-law Maureen Karch (Hal Towle) (CDJ); his stepmother, sister and many other relatives in Holland, as well as many family and friends in Canada.
Albert was predeceased by his beloved sons Tony and Bert, as well as his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home, south of Wye Road on Range Road 232, Sherwood Park.   Cremation to follow with a private family interment to be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

I am the daughter of Albert Jordan, my mom and I would like to thank you for posting my dads memorial on your web page. My dad loved his job so much and all his travels with PWA. Mom and I were hoping that you could post something to thank all dads old co workers who posted their thoughts and prayers on the Edmonton Journal Memorial Page and also to all those that attended his celebration of life. This meant so much to our whole family. Those that attended did not leave addresses in the guest book so we have no way of thanking them. If you can't and know of some other way to reach out please let me know.  Thanks SO Much 


July 7, 2014 - SILINS, Janis Capt.

Born March 3, 1939 in Ventspils, Latvia  Passed July 7, 2014 in Delta, BC
Our beloved Janis "John/Jan" Silins passed away at Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, BC on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the age of 75. Janis is survived by wife Julija, brothers Vilnis and Dzidris, daughter Sandra, son Karlis (Kathy), and grandchildren Benjamin, Oskar, Akina, Aija, and Teo. Predeceased by father Karlis, mother Helena, and son-in-law Peter Anderson. Janis' family fled to Sweden from Latvia during the Soviet annexation of the Baltic states at the end of World War II. In 1951 they came to Canada and settled in BC where, not long after, Janis' father Karlis died in a logging accident. After high school, Janis joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he learned to fly. On the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure he flew the "Tracker" an anti-submarine aircraft. Subsequent to his military career Janis became a commercial airline pilot for the rest of his working life. He flew Boeing 737's, Airbus A320's, and DC10's for Transair, Pacific Western, and Canadian Airlines. To his great satisfaction his daughter Sandra also became an aviator. Janis is remembered by all who met him as a genuinely good natured and jolly fellow, who was always ready to make light of any situation with humour. During retirement, Janis enjoyed spending time with family, reading about science and history, brewing wine, and tinkering with electronics. Janis will be terribly missed by all, but we are comforted to know that he is at peace. The family would like to thank all the caregivers who have helped him over the years, in particular the wonderful staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 14 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 14831 28th Avenue in Surrey, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.


June 15, 2014 Capt John Spronk
John Herman Spronk (b. May 13, 1926) left us on June 15, 2014 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. He had been in hospital for 3 months but his death was still unexpected. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Patricia, his two daughters Margot and Trevi, and grandchildren Mariel and Bryn. He is survived by his two sisters, Mart and Sally in the Netherlands, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in England and in Holland. He will also be missed by his many friends in the flying fraternity and others in B.C. and abroad. John was born in The Hague, and almost immediately embarked on an ocean voyage with his family to their new posting on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. At six years of age John returned to the Netherlands where he attended school and spent the later war years evading capture by the Nazis. After the occupation ended, John enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. His first flight on New Year’s Day, 1947 ended in a crash in the middle of a forest. Undeterred, John solo’d in a Tiger Moth on April 14, 1947 and went on to enjoy a successful career flying Harvards, Spitfires and Gloster Meteors, attaining the rank of Captain. In September of 1951 John married his British sweetheart, Patricia Lee and they lived in Holland until he retired from the RNLAF in 1957 when the young family immigrated to Canada. John’s Canadian flying career began as an instructor in Kelowna and Penticton, and in 1961 he became the Chief Flying Instructor at the first civilian flying school at Abbotsford Airport. He trained many pilots who went on to careers in aviation. He was one of the founding members of the Abbotsford Flying Club, and instrumental in starting the Abbotsford International Airshow in 1962. Many will remember his “How Not to Fly” act from those early years. As well as flying aerobatics, John raced Stock planes at Bakersfield, Pendleton and Reno and was quite successful, winning second place several times. John joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1969 and retired as Captain in 1986 having flown the DC-6, C-130 Hercules and the B737. While flying the “Herc” John traveled all over the world, from Angola to Argentina, and a number of exotic and dangerous places in between. He was a great story-teller, and told many tales about his adventures during this time. After retiring, John continued flying, instructing, mentoring and examining new pilots and instructors as a Designated Flight Test Examiner until his 81st birthday. He continued to be a staunch supporter of the Abbotsford Flying Club and the Abbotsford Airshow and his lifelong love of flying remained the focus of his life until his last day. John loved spending time with his family and was very proud of his grandchildren, Mariel and Bryn. John enjoyed photography, and most of his subjects were his family and friends, illustrating how important they were too him. He was a great traveler, extensively touring Europe, Africa, Mexico, the US and Canada with his wife Patricia. He especially treasured the time spent with his family and friends in Holland and England. John loved classical music, and was particularly fond of Mozart. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Abbotsford Flying Club at Abbotsford Airport 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.


May 24, 2014 RUNDLE - Leeland Arthur
PWA & Canadian Airlines YXD-YYC-YVR Technical Services
It is with great sadness that the family announce Lee's passing away. Lee died in KGH on May 6th, at the age of 80, leaving behind his loving wife Joan, daughter Lori, son Kevin, and two grandsons Jessie & Ryan. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com, clicking on stories and typing in his name. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna.

 


May 7, 2014 Captain John Ralphs
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Captain John Ralphs on Sunday May 4th, after a courageous two year battle with cancer. John is survived by his loving wife Brenda and his daughters Michelle and Brittany. He also leaves behind his mother Bunny, brother Bruce, and sister Cath.

John was hired by Pacific Western Airlines on his birthday December 3rd 1979. He started his career on the Hercules, flew many different aircraft types with the contingent airlines, finishing his career as a Captain on the
767 in Vancouver. John wishes that no memorial services be held, but that his friends and
fellow pilots take time to raise a glass and to toast his memory.


Jan 28, 2014 Crawford Fairful (Curly) Nairn  B-1922 - D- 2014
Crawford was an Aircraft Engineer who held his license for 62.  He joined Queen Charlotte Airways in 1946 and later at PWA and worked on the Stranaer Aircraft. In later years, he was based in Kamloops and retired there. No information on services.


Jan 24, 2014 BJORGE, Kenneth Edward
September 23, 1930 – January 24, 2014
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, as a result of complications, following surgery. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife, of 55 years, Norma and his eldest son Brad. Left to mourn are daughter, Janet (Brian), son Brent, grandsons Jason (Becky), Joshua (Sarah) and great grandchildren Hayley and Curtis. Our deepest thanks to the entire staff of VGH ICU, 8A, 8B and Step Down Units for all of your gentle, loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Alzheimer Society, BC Cancer Agency or Vancouver General Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660-72 Ave., Surrey, B.C.


Jan 24, 2014 SEAWRIGHT, Marlene Seawright

In loving memory of Marlene Margaret Seawright 72 years. Passed away at the Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, January 24th, 2014. Cherished daughter of Robert Seawright Sr. and Irene Marie Seawright-Andrews both predeceased. Dear step-daughter of Wilfred Andrews predeceased. Dear sister of Robert (Bob) Seawright predeceased. Survived by her aunt Lucie Ellis of Sudbury, Uncle Leonard Menard of Sudbury and many cousins. Sadly missed by Alice and Don Campbell. Marlene grew up in Creighton and worked at CKSO Radio Station for a short while before a career as a flight attendant for Air Canada for over 35 years, based in Edmonton. At the family's request there will be no funeral visitation or service. Cremation with committal in the family plot at the Civic Memorial Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME .

 

 


Jan 22, 2014 Isabel Margaret Benedict
Isabel Donna Margaret (Babs) Benedict, 81, of Ladner B.C. passed away on January 22, 2014, after a long stubborn battle with cancer. Isabel was born in Abbotsford, B.C. on January 16, 1933. A daughter to Margaret (Mckay) and Donald Benedict. She attended Kitsilano High School and later graduated from Fairview High School of Commerce in 1951. Her business career included Retail Credit Granters, BBC - TV, in England, and then with PWA and Canadian Airlines. Her volunteer work saw her at COPS in Ladner, Isabel joined Beta Sigma Phi in 1951 in Vancouver, and later transferred to Delta Area Council. She was an active member with the Alpha Lambda Master Chapter and held many executive positions. Isabel was also an avid quilter and enjoyed 'stitching and chatting' with the ladies. Isabel is survived by her brother Ross, sister in-law Gail (Archer), niece Cory (David Lennon), God Daughter Cheryl Davie, cousins Belle Lee (Iver) and Doug Benedict (Janet), her dear cat Piggles, numerous close friends, neighbors and fellow volunteers. Service and a Reception at 1:30, February 16 at McKee House, 5155 - 47th Ave., Delta, B.C. In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made to The B.C. Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, # 360-1385 West 8th Avenue , Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V9 or Ladner United Church Building Fund, 4960- 48 Ave., Delta, B.C. V4K 4X6.


Jan 15, 2014 Ron Mineault
Ron Mineault passed away Wednesday from a short illness.  For those that don't remember Ron, he was one of our Navigators at PWA then went to Africa where he flew with East African as a Nav then got his pilot license and flew with another African outfit on B707 till he got 700 hrs at which time he got his airline transport license (ATR).  He then left Africa and joined Cathay pacific where he retired as captain on B747-400. There will be a celebration of life some time in May.


Jan 12, 2014 Allison Haswell
Allison Haswell passed away Jan 12, 2014.  She worked at PWA Calgary as a Cleaner.  No service announcement were made


Jan 4, 2014 -Karen Carson
Karen Carson passed away suddenly on January 4, 2014.  As per her request, there will be no service. Karen worked started in 1967 at Pacific Western in reservations and went on to Airport Services,  SOCC and Crew Scheduling. She was enjoying retirement in Fort Saskatchewan.


Dec 1, 2013 Barnouw, Kristine Ann (nee Layton)

Born - November 25, 1968  December 1, 2013 - Calgary, AB.  Kris, beloved wife of Scott Barnouw of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on December 1, 2013 at the age of 45 years. Kris is survived by her loving husband, Scott; precious children, Graham and Allison; parents, Pat and Gerrie Layton; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Heather Layton; nephews, Connor and Adam Layton; father-in-law, Ralph Barnouw; grandmothers, Mabel Garner and Bertha Coates; sister-in-law Beverley (George) Knowles and their children Ashley and Lindsey; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Elmer Garner and Ron Coates; and mother-in-law, Connie Barnouw. A Celebration of Kris's Life will be held at Centre Street Church "Central Campus" (3900 - 2 Street N.E.) on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the health care professionals and the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, for their compassionate care. It was Kris's wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust which has
been set up for Graham and Allison.
Kris worked in  Calgary Maintenance - Timekeeping , PeopleSoft.


Nov 28, 2013 0 F/O Kellard Arber
Kellard was part of Flight Operations andbased in YXD and YVR.  He crewed on the DC6 and the CVR640 from 1965 to 1970.  After leaving Pacific Western, C
Capt K. Arber flew for Belair and Swissair.  He passed away in Nov 2013 near Bern Switzerland.  He was 82 years old.


Nov 8, 2013 - Frederick La CHAPELLE
1936-2013  Fred passed away peacefully after a short illness on November 8, 2013, in Richmond, B.C. He was 76. Born in Saskatchewan, he is predeceased by his parents Eduard and Bertha, and his three brothers, Larry, Norman, and Vic La Chapelle. His wife Bea, his children Chris, Charles, Craig, and Cindy and eight grandchildren lovingly survive him. Fred was a retired Captain of Canadian Airlines. He enjoyed hockey, sailing, and his dog, Muffy. Flying was his life's ambition and passion. He was proud to have flown everything from the early floatplanes to the 747 he retired as Captain from. A family memorial was held on November 14, 2013. There was no service at his request. We wish to give a special thanks to Richmond General Hospital and Staff for their professionalism, compassion, and help. In lieu of flowers, please treasure your memories of Fred and forget him not.


Nov 6, 2013 - PETER COGILL - Maintenance and Engineering

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Peter Cogill, aged 77, of heart failure, while on a family holiday in Nottingham, England. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Karin, his brother Stephen, sons Dieter and John, daughter Christa, and grandson Aaron. Peter was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Mary, brother John, and sister Anne. Peter enjoyed a 62 year career in aviation, begun at age 15 as a Boy Entrant in the Royal Air Force. After emigrating from England to Canada, Peter was employed as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by TransAir, Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines, Air Canada, and Cargojet, and worked until his passing for Red River College's Stevenson Aviation. In keeping with Peter's wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg.


Oct 26, 2013 - Gillings, William Edward (Ted)   Born May 8, 1938
The sister of Ted Gillings sadly announces his passing, at the age of 75; Ted had been ill for some time. Ted was born in Lumsden, SK to Vergie (Kidd) and Albert Edward Gillings on May 8, 1938 and the family moved to Dodsland, SK in August of that year. He spent most of his life in Unity, SK, then in Humboldt. At 18 he joined the RCAF – serving a few years as an airframe technician. On leaving the air force he worked at Canadian Airlines and later for Air Canada. He was also a member of the Commissionaire Corps. Ted loved to travel and had the opportunity to do so many times. He was well liked by those who knew him and he loved to have coffee and chat with his many friends. Ted leaves behind to miss him his sister Ruth Lawrence of Calgary; nieces and nephews Doug Willis (Diane) of Assiniboia, Jim Willis (Colleen) of Vermilion, Patti Graves (Brian) of Saskatoon, Valerie Stolz (Kim) and Dawn Willis (Joe) all of Humboldt, and their families. Ted was predeceased by his mother and father (the Gillings) and by his sister Evelyn (Doug Willis). Ted will also be missed by Lance and Sadie Trotter and their family of Vernon, BC. Lance and Sadie were Ted's second family and long-time friends. One other person must be acknowledged. John Renton was a good friend and partner to Ted. John resides in Airdrie, AB with his family. At Ted's request he was cremated and no service was held.
"Rest well my brother! We love you."


Oct 16, 2013 MARCHUK, Bill - Airport Supervisor Edmonton Muni
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bill Marchuk (October 16, 1939 – October 14, 2013) of Edmonton, formerly of Andrew, AB at the age of 73 years. Bill will always be loved and remembered by his wife of 52 years, Shirley; daughter, Debbie (Paul); son, Darin (Brenda); grandchildren, Jordan, Madison and Taylor; sisters, Ollie Dobush and Lucy (Andruchow) Van Beers; numerous nieces, nephews and special aunt, Nancy Sikora. Bill was
predeceased by his father, Bill; mother, Mary; brother, Metro (Marty) and his pet dog, Pebbles.
Prayers Sunday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton.
Funeral Service Monday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m.


Oct 6, 2013 - Al Campbell - VP Northern Region, VP In-Flight Services, VP Sales & Administration (America West)
Alan Campbell September 15, 1921 October 7, 2013 Alan Carlyle Campbell, 92, passed away peacefully in his home in Parksville, BC on October 7, 2013. He was born September 15, 1921 in Osgood, SK. In 1938 he "road the rails" to Vancouver, and went to work in the Blubber Bay lime mine. After serving in the Harbour Defense during WWII, he settled in Vancouver and started a family, working as a Lions Gate Bridge toll collector for ten years. In 1954 Al started his career in the airline industry as a counter agent with Queen Charlotte Airlines. In 1955 QCA sent him to work on the DEW Line, and later to Edmonton -when QCA was acquired by Pacific Western Airlines. He held various positions in Edmonton, Vancouver and Yellowknife. He retired as a Vice President with PWA in 1986. In early retirement he remained close to the people and industry he loved, working as a Commissionaire in the Calgary airport RCMP Detachment. Al's love for "the coast" carried him back to Vancouver Island at the age of eighty. In Parksville he maintained a full and healthy life until his death. He was known by many for his love of birds and dogs (as well as his rescues of both)."Grampa Al's" quick wit, and sparkling eyes will be sadly missed. He is survived by his daughter Caroll (Read) Archibald; grandchildren Kelly (Mark) Fankhauser, Justin (Valerie) Archibald and Tyler Archibald; great-grandchildren Jakob and London Fankhauser and Helena and Marin Archibald, all of Salt Lake City, Utah. His request was for cremation and no funeral. A family memorial is planned.


Oct 2, 2013 Ron Barker
Ron Barker worked in Audio Visuals and Advertising.  He was very talented in so many ways.  He organized the YVR Reunion Party 2012. We received this from his current employer - Canadian Traveller.

If you attended one of our events last week, you may have heard me speak of three choices in life, one of which is living each day with passion. I find myself today reflecting back on those words and how important they are for if there is anyone who emulates passion and a love of life it was Ron Barker. 
It is with deep sadness that I announce that Ron passed away Wednesday evening peacefully of natural causes at his home in Vancouver at the age of 63. Ron recently joined our team at Canadian Traveller as we created the Western Sales Agent publication. For the last few months he shared with us his true passion for the travel industry. He brought to our team his endless smile and positive nature that brightened each day. He will be deeply missed by everyone on our team and the industry as a whole. I remember Ron as a cartoonist and a relentless sales professional, so it is fitting that we think of him now selling ad space to Saint Peter for the next edition of Cloud Nine: Trade Edition. If you knew Ron, I ask that you spend a moment of silence remembering his passion for life and endless smile. 
At the present moment details for a celebration of Ron's life are unavailable but we will share the details when we know more. 


September 29, 2013, Jean Bryan, executive secretary

It is with a heavy heart that we advise of the passing of Jean Bryan, in Richmond BC, at the age of 85, just a month shy of her 86th. Jean worked for PWA for 25 years from 1967 to her retirement in 1992. She was initially hired through Office Overload typing Flight Operations and Maintenance manuals from Boeing to PWA standards. In the 1970s, she worked in the Planning and Development department under the direction of Jim Robins and many other familiar names – Len Sambell, Jim Almas and Bob Cullen. Jean initially stayed in Vancouver when PWA relocated its executives to Calgary, working in the Charter department until 1980 when she moved to Aircraft and Crew Routing reporting to Ed Pezzott, until he too was transferred to Calgary. In the late 1980s, she caved – by then several of her kids were living in Calgary too – and joined the move to Calgary where she worked in HR reporting to Graham Mann and Bob Petryk. She retired from PWA/Canadian, in Calgary and moved back to Richmond.
Jean was the first of many of her family to work for PWA/Canadian; daughters Kerry and Kelly, son Kevin, nephew Brad Shannon and son-in-law Grant Snider.
As most of us know, something about the airline business stays with you forever and so, at the ripe ol’ age of 81, Jean became a Green Coat volunteer at YVR. She loved that job and being back in the ‘airline business’ so much, and being there through the Vancouver Olympics was especially memorable for her. To the day she passed, she never stopped looking up whenever a plane passed over – and living in Richmond, that’s a lot of looking up!
She leaves two daughters – Kerry (Grant) Snider, Kim (Kim) Blaikie both of Calgary and two sons; Kevin (Bert) also in Calgary and Kit (Wendy) North Delta; five grandchildren – Bryan, Kate, Kyle, Amanda and Jeffrey; two great-grandchildren, Brent and Cash – and one more on the way in early 2014; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband Larry in 1978 and her daughter Kelly Bryan in 1998, and all three of her siblings. A celebration of her life will be held in November in Richmond.


Sep 27, 2013 - John Kimberley Crozier
July 29, 1946- Sept 27, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Kimberley Crozier. Kim is survived by his wife Leila, daughter Laura Karslund (Paw) of Copenhagen, son John (Tamara) of Peachland, grandchildren Sasha, Jonathan, Tahlia and Aidan, sister Torrey of Florida, brother Kelley (Heather) of Delta, sister-in-law Kathy Anderson (Terry) and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. A celebration of life will be announced in the near future. Kim was a well respected pilot, flying the bush in the Yukon, float planes out of Tofino, before flying with the airlines, Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines and retiring with Air Canada as Captain on the 767. He served as director of the Pacific region for the Canadian airlines pilots association (CALPA) and served as safety chairman and chairman of the noise management committee. He loved his family and his career taking his family to many destinations. His other passion was racing his firebird at Mission raceway. He will be missed by all those whom he touched by his big heart and generous spirit.


Aug 17, 2013 - Val Friesen (Flight Attendant YWG)
VAL FRIESEN (nee CLOUTIER) Valerie Ann Katherine (Burns) Friesen passed away peacefully at home on August 17, 2013 with her daughter Brandy by her side. Val was born and raised in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg. She attended St. Mary's Academy and Vincent Massey Collegiate where she made friendships that would last her lifetime. She was a talented artist and later attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Manitoba. She had a variety of career adventures including PR work for local radio stations, a flight attendant with Transair and 15 years as a Mary Kay consultant. After living a short time in Thunder Bay, Val moved back to Winnipeg and met the love of her life. She married Bob in 1973 and on July 27, 2013 they celebrated their 40th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends. It was a weekend that will remain forever in our hearts. She volunteered with many organizations throughout the years including the John Henderson Band Parents Association, the Winnipeg Police Community Volunteer Program and was still caring for her Palliative Care clients a week before she passed. Val loved people and welcomed them from all over the world to the "Almost Home" Bed and Breakfast that she and Bob ran in their home until her battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis would no longer allow. Val's family and friends meant the world to her and her to them. What we all wouldn't give to have one more visit or phone call with her. She had a profound effect on many lives and taught us about compassion and dignity not just with words but more importantly, with her actions. She was filled with love and light and had a generous and forgiving soul. She had a deep and consistent faith throughout her life. She knew she was going to a better place and we can rest at ease knowing that we all have a special angel looking out for us tonight. Val is survived by her siblings John, Jim and Cherie and has reunited with her dear parents, Art and Kitty Cloutier, Joan Barkwell, her brother Danny and her beloved dogs Andy, Caesar and Muffin. She will be deeply missed by her children Brandy Elliott (Orlando) and Bobby (Jess). GrandV took great delight in her grandchildren Lily, Elle and Maya and her grand-puppies Katie, Ruby and Nevy. The family would like to acknowledge the support of her doctors and Palliative Care team who helped to ease her struggle during her final weeks at home. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. In lieu of flowers, donations in Val's memory can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


Aug 10, 2013 - Frank Walker (Herc Ops)
WALKER, Frances J. "Frank" RCAF Retired.   1935 - 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frank Walker at Virden Health Centre, Virden, Manitoba Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the age of 78 years.
Frank leaves to mourn his daughters, Heather (Ron), Diane (Dave), Aimee (Rob); his son Neil (Anita); his brother Herb; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Frank was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and upon retiring he worked with Pacific Western Airlines and then Canada Post. He was also an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
For the last number of years, Frank has made his home in Virden, Manitoba where he has enjoyed his retirement.  In respect of his wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice in Frank's memory.


July 30, 2013 - Capt ROLAND HENAULT
ROLAND JOSEPH HENAULT Suddenly, on July 30, 2013 Roland Joseph Henault aged 86, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years Sylvia, children Raymond (Loraine), Douglas (Alison), Marc (Pam) and Gary, grandchildren Rick (Sandra), Mike (Alyssa), Louise (Wanda), Daniel, Lisa, Justis, Nolan, Charlotte, Crystal and Cindy, great-grandchildren Isabel, Nick and Amber, great great grandchild Madison, siblings Carmelle (Jack), Simone (Paul), Dennis and Jeannette. Roland was predeceased by his parents Edouard and Imelda as well as his brothers Phillippe, Leo and Raymond. Roland was a crop duster (Henault Aerial Spray), and a bush pilot from 1958 to 1965. Roland was also a commercial airline pilot for 20 years (1965 to 1985) for Transair, Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. He remained an active pilot until his passing. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, MB. R3T 5Y4. Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Roland's memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3V6. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


July 7, 2013 Marcella Edkins (former senior cabin cleaner - Winnipeg)
MARCELLA ISABELLA EDKINS (nee MCQUAT) Passed away after a long illness on July 7, 2013 at Seven Oaks Hospital, age 84 years. She was born on October 15, 1928 in Morden, Manitoba to Duncan and Agnes McQuat. In 1945 she married H. L. (Mike) Edkins and together they had five children Larry, Coleen, Dawn, baby Dennis, and baby Edkins. Marcella worked many years for Trans Air Airlines. Marcella was predeceased by her parents Duncan and Agnes, husband Mike, son Larry, daughter Coleen, babies Dennis and Edkins in infancy; sister Gladys and brother Donald. She is survived by her daughter Dawn (Ron); daughter-in-law Carol; son-in-law Danny; grandchildren Dean (Myrna), Dion, David (Shelly), Nicole (Pabelo), Adam, and Michelle; great-grandchildren Michael, Taylor, Victoria, Selena, Pabelo Jr., and Tabitha; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Eternal Grace Chapel, 1111 Logan Ave. at McPhillips Street. Interment will follow Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at a graveside service in Clearwater, Manitoba. The family would like to thank the staff of U3 on the 4th floor Seven Oaks Hospital, and the Home Care staff especially Kristina, Stani, Rachelle, and Corrine for the excellent care over the last few years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marcella's favourite charity, the Winnipeg Humane Society.


June 21, 2013 Barbara Rogers (October 19, 1936 – June 21, 2013)
We are sad to learn Barbara passed away at her home today.  A celebration of life is planned for August 31st.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, August 31st, 2013    2pm – 4pm
BARCLAY ROOM; WEST END COMMUNITY CENTRE,   870 DENMAN STREET, VANCOUVER, BC
Light refreshments will be served, a book to sign, and an opportunity to share thoughts and stories with other friends of Barbara.  Barbara worked in the Reservations office in the 1970's. 

June 15,  2013
A Celebration of Life for Don Watson was held:
Satu
rday 15 June - 1300 - 1600 at the Harbour Air - seaplane hangar located at 4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond, BC.   Across from Beaver restaurant - south side of the airfield.  A Fly-by tribute to Don has been arranged for 1330.  The employee group from PWA is strongly welcomed.

We have a marvellous poem created and sent by B Draper for this special memorial.  See the attachments below.
Also please view the video tribute presented at the memorial.


Ode to Don Watson - By B. Draper

June 8, 2013 LARS ALMROTH

LARS GUNNAR ALMROTH On June 8, 2013, Gunnar passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre. He was born December 12, 1928 in Sweden, to Gunnar and Margit Almroth and married Gunborg Maria Pettersson, in August 14, 1949. They immigrated to Canada in 1954, taking a job in Winnipeg with Transair which became Pacific Western. He finished his career at Air Canada. Gunnar was a talented wood worker, mechanic, electrician and an avid golfer, taking great pride in his Hole in One'. Left to mourn are his wife Gunborg, his daughters Britt Almroth, Rose (Bruce) Hamilton, son Dennis (Gloria) Almroth, grandsons Christopher (Karen) McCowan, Jason Hamilton, Sheldon Almroth, granddaughter Lisa (Dan) Hamilton, great- granddaughters Savannah, Lily and Raine, sisters Siv Liif and Anki (Hasse) Bjork, brother Classe (Lis-Marie) Almroth and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the staff at the Health Sciences Centre, GD-4. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. A celebration of Gunnar's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave.


April 18, 2013 William Eaton (Capt)
Winnipeg, Bill got the flying bug in the early years of Canadian aviation. A nearly 45-year career as a pilot began at 16 with the purchase of a Tiger Moth. He later joined Transair which would become Pacific Western Airlines then Canadian Airlines with whom he retired as a Captain on the Boeing 767. While a Bush pilot at Norway House, Bill met Estelle, where she worked as a nurse. Marriage and children soon followed. Bill was a quiet, honourable man - devoted to his family. He was the kind of man that sustained friendships from childhood throughout his life, all the while, gathering many more. He loved restoring aircraft at the Aviation Museum, gardening and long walks. Bill was the 'rock' we could all turn to in times of trouble. He guided us back to safe haven, just as this skilled pilot would do with any aircraft he flew. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Deer Lodge Centre T3 and T5 for their gentle and compassionate care. A private family service to honour Bill's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to either of the following: Western Canada Aviation Museum (Restoration Department) Hangar T2 958 Ferry Road, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y8 or to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.


April 10, 2013 COLWILL, Craig Rupert
We are saddened by the sudden passing of our son and brother Craig of Calgary, AB at the age of 60. Predeceased by his father Jim, Craig is survived by his mother, Daisi, siblings Scott (Nancy), Leslie, Laurel (Paul) of Ontario and Christina of Australia, in addition to extended family. Craig will be missed by close friends Karin Crawford, Gary Keen, Lynette MacLean, Gord and Margaret Anderson and many others. A long service employee of Pacific Western, Canadian and Air Canada, Craig's passions in life were his motorcycles and the open road, fishing, jam sessions and animals. A Memorial/Celebration of Craig's life will be held in the near future. Donations to your local animal shelter or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be sent to craigcolwillcondolences@rogers.com.
Craig started in 1981 and worked at the Calgary Airport and in Air Cargo.


March 19, 2013 VERN YORK
VERN YORK Peacefully, on March 19, 2013, Vern Lyle York, at age of 90 passed away. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwen; daughters Gail (Rick Rewniak) and Barb (Doug Cortens); grandchildren, Kyle, Christopher, Jessica and Kevin; and nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by brothers Ivan and Bruce and grandson Trevor. Vern was born in Springfield and raised mainly in Arden, Manitoba. He joined the RCAF in 1941 and served four years. This is where he learned to repair airplane engines, which led to his jobs as an aircraft maintenance engineer at Central Northern and Transair, which later became Pacific Western. Vern loved his work, his family and golfing at Bel Acres. He was especially proud of the achievements of his daughters and grandchildren. He enjoyed a happy life until his illness made it difficult. He spent his last year at Deer Lodge Centre where he received outstanding care from the devoted workers on 3W. A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Ave. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715


March 14, 2013 Dean McLeod
Dean Cameron McLeod passed away far too soon, March 14,2013, from complications after surgery. Dean started with PWA in 1971 in YYC and was subsequently stationed in YZF, YEG, and YBL where he set down roots in Merville on the acreage. The industry brought about the closure of many small bases including YBL so Dean commuted to YVR until his retirement from Air Canada IT in 2005. Dean kept busy managing a friend's mini-storage, growing trees for landscaping, and using his super IT skills to keep friends, neighbours, and family coping with the ever-changing world of technology.
Dean is survived by his mother Flo, siblings Bruce (Lorraine), Lois (Jorge), Carol (Bob), Gwen (Mike) and families, as well as lifelong friends Doug & Bonnie Seeley, and of course his aptly named four-legged companion, IPawed. An open house will be held in his honor on April 27, 2013 from 2-6pm at Sunnydale Golf Course clubhouse, Courtenay, BC


Feb 21, 2013 - Doreen Thorne (Coombes)
t is with great sadness that I have to tell you that my very dear friend Doreen Thorne passed away on February 21, 2013 after a 6 month battle with cancer. We met at Pacific Western Airlines in Richmond back in the mid-seventies. Her surname then was WHITE. Doreen was a secretary in the Tariff Dept. and then in Flight Ops and eventually downtown Vancouver where she was secretary to the Reservations Dept. Manager. She retired in Vancouver and soon thereafter life took her to Prince George where she married and lived happily for the past thirty plus years. She’ll be remembered by those she worked with for her bubbly, outgoing personality, beautiful smile and selfless giving of herself to all those whose hearts she touched. I thought perhaps a mention in our PWA Reunion website would be in order as I’m sure there will be many who will remember her fondly. Submitted by L. Koivula
Doreen's Obit ----
Passed peacefully at home February 21, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer; born in Vancouver, BC on July 15, 1949. Left to treasure her many memories are her dear husband George; her loving brother Fred (Mary); stepson Marty (Patty); her beloved nieces and nephew, Candice, Mackenzie, Carley and Poppy. She leaves behind a much-loved and extended family, including loving nieces, nephews, grand/great-grandchildren and a wealth of lifetime friends. Doreen is predeceased by her sister Maureen Coombes Butterly (Steve), and brother Robert Coombes. Doreen will be fondly remembered for her warm-hearted graciousness and her selfless devotion to all. The family would like to thank her dearest friends Judy Wilson and Lorna Koivula for their perpetual devotion to Doreen during her illness. Memorial service to be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church, 483 Gillett St., Prince George, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince George Hospice Society.


Feb 19, 2013 - Capt Don Gerke
Apr 22, 1951 - Feb 19, 2013  It is with a heavy heart we announce Don s passing at the all too early age of 61.  Don grew up in Calgary and was in one of the first classes in Mount Royal College's Aviation program where he obtained his Commercial flying license. He started his airline aviation career with Pacific Western Airlines in November of 1972 as a Calgary based B727 Second Officer. As his airline career progressed, Don moved west and settled in Richmond, B.C. then South Surrey as a pilot with PWA/Canadian Airlines. Here Don and his life's partner, Glynne Wilson, raised their children Mackenzie and Christopher and shared an abiding passion for their activities and the outdoors where they lived and played on our beautiful Canadian West Coast. Always an avid aviator, his love for the skies was only trumped by his absolute love and devotion for his kids. They were everything to him!
Don's education and understanding of computer sciences led him to establish a Company that provided flight crews with a preferential bidding program. As the prime project manager, Don was the vision and direction behind the initial Canadi>n CRT and FTD pilot training devices. His intense interest in computing science, and especially its applications to aviation, are legendary! In addition, Don worked many long volunteer days and weeks representing his fellow pilots during the many pilot mergers that occurred throughout his aviation career.
After almost 40 years flying to all Continents, Don ended his long and storied flying career in August of 2011 as an Air Canada B777 Captain.  Don s two children, his great sense of humour and wit, love of great food, friends, fishing and flying consumed his life. His travels took him around the world, making friends on every continent - all of whom will cherish the memories of their time with him.
A Celebration of Don's Life will be held on  April 4th, 2013 from 1200 to 1500  at the Hazelmere Golf Course, 18150 - 8th Avenue, Surrey


Jan 31, 2013 Don Watson (Former President CEO)
A very sad note received today on the passing of long time BCAC member, Don Watson. Don received BCAC's Robert S. Day Trophy in 1980 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

This received today from the Chairman of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame:
It is my very sad duty to report the passing of Don Watson, Member and Chairman Emeritus of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame and a great friend and mentor to many in the Canadian aviation community.

Don was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, one of the first to be so recognised shortly after its foundation in 1973. His induction citation reported his career thus:

"He has given of himself unstintingly and without reserve as a pilot, engineer and administrator to every facet of aeronautical challenge facing him, and despite adversity has fostered a spirit in others of a willingness to succeed, that has been of outstanding benefit to Canadian aviation."

Donald Watson joined Canadian Airways in 1938 where he remained for two years. He later assisted the government in 1940 with the technical, administrative, and flying functions of the BCATP. Watson served the United States Air Force Transport Command in 1945 and after the war, returned to Canada where he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines. He later flew in the world-respected Saskatchewan Government Air Ambulance Service and while there, transported more than 6,000 patients in all degrees of flying weather, saving hundreds of lives. In 1958 Watson joined Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) and served as the company's President and CEO from 1970 - 1976.”

Unfortunately, the citation really could not capture enough about Don’s career, nor the contribution he would make to the Hall of Fame over the nearly forty years that have passed since he was inducted. The membership of the Hall’s Nomination Review Committee is intentionally kept very confidential, in order to preserve the independence and authority of the committee; however, I can now tell you of the magnificent input he gave unstintingly, over a period of several decades, to the selection of those inducted as Members of CAHF. Don’s wise counsel, his inquiring intellect and diligent work set the tone for others on the NRC, until very recently.

Appointed ‘Chairman Emeritus’ of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at the 2012 Induction Gala of the CAHF in Montreal last year, Don’s recognition was very well deserved and gratefully bestowed. We were all honoured to be in Don’s presence to hear his heartfelt acceptance speech in the Windsor ballroom, to which he had travelled so far. Infirmity didn’t become him, but neither did it dull his passion nor deflect his will. Don’s was a life well lived, indeed an inspiration to all who followed in his steps. He was a great leader and a great gentleman who will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with Don Watson’s wife Gisela and their family in their bereavement.


DELANEY, Glen William (Capt) - March 7, 1941 - December 20, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Glen Delaney announces his passing on December 20, 2012 at the age of 71 years. Left to cherish his memory, are his daughters, Bridgitte (Fred) Nash and Charlene (Darryl) Freitag; grandchildren, Alannah, Sydney, Kieran, Aidan and Anneliese; as well as numerous family and friends. Glen worked as a commercial airline pilot for Pacific Western Airline, then Canadian Airlines for 34 years. His passion for aviation continued beyond his retirement as a volunteer at the Edmonton Aviation Museum.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 with visitation one hour prior at Connelly - McKinley - St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Dr., St. Albert, Alberta. Interment will follow at St. Albert Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society (SPCA), 13620 -163 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5V 0B2 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985 -124 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.


Dec 16, 2012 - Robert Hawkins (82) (Maintenance)
Passed away December 16th, 2012, in North Vancouver, B.C. Robert valiantly fought lung and brain cancer for many months. He died peacefully surrounded by family members. Robert is predeceased by his loving wife Shirley Hawkins, brother Ronald Hawkins, sister Vay Oliphant, & daughter-in-law, Matia Hawkins. Robert is survived by three sons, Scott (Cheryl), Colin, & Grant (Josie), grandchildren, Robert, Karah, & Sean & great- grandchildren, Kalebb & Tristan, brother Allan (Sonja) & family, sister-in-law Kay (the late Ronald) & family, & the family of the late Vay & late Bill. Memorial Celebration: Jan. 14th, 2013 at St. Agnes Church, 530-12th Street East, N. Vancouver; 10:30 service, 11:30 a.m. reception. Express your condolences at remembering.ca.


Dec 4, 2012  KENNEDY, Theresa (Maria)  Nee Nowicki
The family members are truly saddened to announce the passing of our greatly treasured and much loved Mother and Grandmother, Theresa (Maria) Kennedy on December 4, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
Theresa was born in the hamlet of Cardiff, AB on April 9, 1924 to parents Michael and Aneila Nowicki. She was married to Thomas Kennedy from Clyde, AB, who preceded her in death on May 24, 1966. Both were great parents to two sons and one daughter, James (Linda) Kennedy of Edmonton, Larry (Barbara) Kennedy of St. Albert and Barbara (Mike) Green of Stony Plain, AB. After our father's passing, Mom continued to raise her sons to the best of her ability through-out their early and teen years. She also was extremely proud of all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves behind ten loving grandchildren and is predeceased by one grandson. Currently there are four great- grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. Theresa was predeceased by her siblings; brothers, Michael, Hubert, Stanley, Emil and Yozefa and sisters, Francis and Marynan. Mom will be truly missed by all that have placed her "close" to their hearts.
The family of Theresa Kennedy would like to say thank-you to Dr. Rao and the staff at Station 53 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for the utmost in care and their compassion to our Mom.
Funeral Service Saturday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to STARS Air Ambulance or to the Kids with Cancer Society of Edmonton.


Nov 13, 2012 Margaret Hodge
Margaret A. Hodge, passed away at St Joseph's General Hospital in Comox on November 13th, 2012. She started working at PWA as a groomer in Vancouver 1968 and remained there until she retired to Comox in 2003. She is survived by her three sons Richard (Diana) of St Petersburg FL, Scott (Shawna) and Stephen (Allison) of Comox BC and her seven grandchildren.


Oct 14, 2012 - BAIRD, Murray

On October 14, 2012, Murray Baird passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side after a short battle with Cancer.  He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his wife and his best friend, Joanne; son Kim (Diane), daughter Shannon (Brad), grandchildren Ashley, Zach, Carter, Brooklyn and Colton. He will also be missed by his dear friends Mark and Dawn Braden, Val Raiwet and Janet Bryan. Murray will be missed by the many friends he made throughout his long airline career with Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all the many Doctors and support staff for their care during this journey and especially all the wonderful nurses at Station 31 at the Cross Cancer Institute and the Edmonton General Palliative Care Unit for their comfort and care of both Murray and Joanne. Murray was predeceased by his parents, William and Isabel and his sisters Terre, Erin and Tracey.

Murray worked in the Maintenance Dept at PWA


Oct 20, 2012 - Jim Edwards
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death on 20 Oct 12 of “Jungle” Jim Edwards. Jim worked in avionics maintenance at PWA and Canadian Airlines/Air Canada. He was sidelined by complications from diabetes and had been on extended leave for some time. His struggle with diabetes left him with both legs amputated below the knee but he was learning to walk on his prostheses and was still a fire ball, laughing a joking all the time. There are people you meet who stay in your mind and heart always. Those who knew him will miss him and will remember him. - Bill Reader

EDWARDS, Jim  April 18, 1951 - October 20, 2012
The family of Jim Edwards sadly announces his sudden passing on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Friends are invited to say their private goodbyes to him at a viewing on Thursday, October 25 any time between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Avalon Surrey Funeral Home, 13288 - 108 Ave, Surrey. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 26, at 11 a.m., at Avalon Surrey. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m. at Valley View Cemetery, followed by a fellowship and celebration of his life luncheon in the Arbor Rose Room at Avalon. Online condolences may be forwarded for the family a www.avalonsurrey.com


Oct 5, 2012 Ilse Buffi
Ilse worked for PWA as a flight attendant and worked through the iterations of the airline as it became Canadian and Air Canada.  She started in the early sixties.  She had a wonderful sense of humour and often had us in hysterics in the rear galley. We called her 'Buffi', never Ilse. She will be known to employees as 'Buffi'.  She had been battling cancer for quite some time. - Sharon Gray.

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ilse Buffi who was born in Germany and passed away in Edmonton on Friday, October 5, 2012.    Ilse will be greatly missed and forever remembered by her family: her sister Holdine and her husband Wally Lehmann, her sister Ursula Buffi, her brother Fred Buffi and his wife Jean, as well as her niece Carmen Lehmann and her husband Mark Lukenchuk and their sons, Benjamin and Daniel Lukenchuk, her nephew Gordon Lehmann and his wife Tracy and their daughters Sierra and Sophia Lehmann, her nephews Christopher Buffi and Bryan Buffi and his fiancee Charlene Butlin and Ilse's cousins in Canada, U.S.A. and Germany.
Ilse was predeceased by her sister Ehrengard Ruth Buffi, her loving parents Rudolf and Ottilie Buffi and her life-long companion Jackie Parker.
Ilse will also be missed by Jack's children: Jere Jo Parker, Peggy Mae and her husband Peter Fletcher, Jack Parker Jr. and his wife Denise and their children Nicole and Sam.
Ilse touched the lives of many friends, colleagues and crew members of Air Canada and members of the Edmonton Eskimos organization.
The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Unit 43, Palliative Care, Grey Nuns Hospital for their compassionate and unfailing care to Ilse.
Viewing will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the South Side Memorial Chapel, 8310 - 104 Street, Edmonton, AB. Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10014 - 81 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. with Interment to follow at South Haven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we would greatly appreciate donations to the Grey Nuns Hospital Palliative Care Unit 43, Attn: Staff Education, 3015 - 62 Street, Edmonton, AB T6L 5
X8.


July 18, 2012 Adolph Frebrowski
It is with great sadness, the family announces the passing of Adolph, loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Phyllis; sons Gary (Jacquelyn) and Gerald; granddaughters Danielle and Jessica; brother Dave (Betty); step-brother Dwayne; sisters-in-law Marcella (Ron) Babyn and Linda (Robert) Hawryluk; nieces Carmen, Theresa and Cheryl; nephew Kevin; aunts Olga Rurka and Mary Frebrowski; as well as numerous cousins, family and friends. Adolph was employed with Pacific Western Airline / Canadian Airlines for 37 years. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at Evan J. Strong Funeral Services (5502-2nd Street SW / one block east of Macleod Trail at 53rd Avenue SW) on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive NW) on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am with The Rev. Avinash Colaco, Presider. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to all the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Carewest Sarcee Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation (c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331-29th Street NW, Calgary, T2N 4N2). Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services (403) 265-1199.


July 9, 2012 John Dearn
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our long time  Pionair member John Dearn, who passed away at Totem Lodge, St Mary's  Hospital Sechelt on 09 July 2012 after a long illness. John was born in Sheffield
England.    John lived in Half Moon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. He started his Career with Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton and later Transferred to Vancouver as the Manager of Stores .He retired from
Canadian International Airlines in 1989.  There will be a Memorial Service for John at 13:00 hrs. Sunday 22 July 2012 At Devlin's Funeral Home , 579 Seaview Rd , PO Box 648 , Gibsons  British Columbia, V0N 1V0, TEL: 604-886-9551


July 1, 2012 England, Brent
Suddenly on July 1, 2012 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Caledon, at the age of 49. Beloved son of Philip and Grace. Loving brother of Kelly (Neville), Laura, twin brother Bruce (Renée), Tina (Chris), Jamie (Bobbi-Jo), and Julie (Shayne). Proud uncle of Matthew, Jeremy, Katie and Daniel. Brent will be forever remembered by many other friends and relatives. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Neweduk-Erin Mills” Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy), from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11 am. Interment Springcreek Cemetery. For those who wish, donations appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. On-line condolences may be made through
www.turnerporter.ca

Brent was in Technical Services Stockkeeper with both PW and CDN Air YYC, YVR, YWG, YYZ
 


June 30, 2012 Captain Earl Benson
Earl Robert Benson passed away peacefully on June 30, 2012 at Chilliwack Hospital at the age of 83. Earl was a former Canadian Airlines pilot for many years and enjoyed travelling. He will be sadly missed by his children Debbie (Larry) and Wayne (Andrea), special friend and companion Mary, grandchildren Tamara, Marc, Chad, Natalie (Noah), and Andrea. He was predeceased by his wife Helen of 53 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack with reception to follow at Anavets, #305-46268 Yale Rd. Memorial donations may be made in Earl Benson's name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca 
 


June 24, 2012 George Alexander Kent February 28,1932-June 24 2012
With great sadness in our hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of George Alexander Kent.
Our beloved Georgie Boy will be greatly missed by many. Husband to the late Shirley Kent (PWA), and wonderful father to Dawn Wittenberg (PWA), Husband Paul Wittenberg (PWA), Sheri Kirkland (PWA), Gary, Lori-ann (David). Big Brother to Mary Dien.
George had a passion for life and was a great mentor to his friends and children, as well as to his grandchildren Ryan, Mark, Desirae, Kent, Dylan and great grandchildren Taylor, Presley, Cayenne and Summer.
George was a well known, often colorful,
and respected Bush Pilot for 40 years. He flew for PWA from 1958-1964 and managed the Prince Rupert Base. After retirement he enjoyed his Bimmers and the boys in the club.
A Memorial service will be held at Tsawassen United Church, 693-53 Street, Tsawassen on Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m.
Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delta Hospital Foundation.



May 31, 2012 Peggy Whitfield - Edmonton Airports
WHITFIELD, Margaret "Peggy" Lou   September 28, 1950 - May 31, 2012
Peggy passed away peacefully on May 31, 2012 in the presence of family and friends.
Peggy is survived by brothers Franklin (Pat) and Clay (Kathy); nieces Nicole, Erin and Megan; and nephews Kyle and Darren.  Peggy was predeceased by her sister Susan and mother Betty. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at #107, 5204 - 25 Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please make tributes in Peggy's name to a charity of your choice.


May 16, 2012 MASKALYK, David Allen 
On May 16, 2012, David passed away suddenly at the age of 76.
Left to cherish his memory are his sisters: Mona (Bill) Ewoniak and Grace (Paul) Smith; along with nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents: Peter and Jean Maskalyk.   As per Dave's wishes, no services will be held. If desired, donations may be made to the Heart & Stoke Foundation.


May 12, 2012   EIGNER, Louis  November 25, 1923 - May 12, 2012
The family of Louis Eigner sadly announces his passing on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Louis was released from all pain and passed away peacefully with Edna, his wife of 63 years, by his side.
Louis served in the Second World War from 1942 until 1946 with the 8th field artillery (mostly in Italy). He worked for the airlines as a sheet metal mechanic for over thirty years. Louis loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, gardening and being with family and friends.
Besides his loving wife Edna, Louis will be remembered by his daughters, Joan Gaskell and Fern; son-in-law Len Kobewka; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Neil Kobewka (Uma), Arden Kobewka (Erika) and daughter Zoey, Nicole McFayden (Kent) and sons, Tristan and Connor, Jessie Tuz, Erica McDonald (Chris) and daughter Khalesi. Louis is also survived by his sister Mary Robinson of Maple Ridge, BC and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his sisters, Millie and Margaret and brothers, Nick, Ed, Frank and Felix, as well as his parents Olga and Frank.
A Celebration of Louis' Life will be held at Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel (16310 Stony Plain Road) on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1 or the charity of your choice.


Louis worked in the was a foreman in the Sheet Metal Shop in the Maintenance Dept at PWA and Canadian.  He was based in Edmonton and Calgary.


April 27 , 2012 LAPP, Arthur Roger
Arthur Lapp passed away suddenly on April 27, 2012 in Calgary at the age of 60 years. Beginning his career with Pacific Western Airlines, he retired from Air Canada after 35 years. He loved working with his co-workers and customers, and was continually going above and beyond for
both. Art was a constant friend, whether you needed help building your deck or finishing your basement, he was there with advice and expertise.  He was also a devoted father and grandfather, his daughters will miss his calm presence. Art is survived by his mother, Blanche Lapp, three brothers, Ray (Callinda), Dave and Danny (Christina), his sisters, Marilyn and Darlene Nichol (Barry) his daughters Tina Hendrickson (Dean), Laura and Carley (Tunde) and grandchildren Ryann and Kelden as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Elmer, and his sister Maureen Denton. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday,  May 4, 2012 between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00
p.m. at The Royal Canadian Legion #264 Branch 1910 Kensington Road N.W. Calgary, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Arthur's name to the Humane Society of Calgary
 


April 23, 2012  ROBERTSON, James Hutton
The remarkable, inspiring and passionate story of James Hutton Robertson came to a peaceful end on Monday, April 23, 2012. With his passing, the North, the West, the South and the East lost a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and leader. James led an extraordinary seventy-three year life that touched countless people in endless ways. Born in Scotland in 1938, he seized adventure and opportunity heading to the north of Canada to learn the fur trade with the Hudson's Bay Company in the late 1950's. On settling in Inuvik, he immersed himself in a myriad of entrepreneurial ventures and northern politics for more than forty years. Business, family and personal passions took him around the globe with his deepest roots in Inuvik, Yellowknife, Edmonton, Kelowna, Palm Springs and, perhaps his favorite place of all, his 'cabin' at Consolation Lake. His list of endeavours and accomplishments was vast -those who knew him will easily assemble their own list of memories to frame a lasting and meaningful recollection of his life. James was innovative, yet practical. He was demanding, yet fair. He led people with a humble, down to earth nature and throughout his life he boldly followed his instincts in the same way. He made those around him feel special, appreciated and respected. James is survived by his wife Glory, sons Bruce & Ian, sister Joan, brother Norman, first wife Dorothy, grandchildren, and close cousins, the Ford family.

(Jim was on the PWA Board of Directors for many years)


April 14, 2012 - Gro Anderson (Fairless)
Our family wishes to let the community of Pacific Western Airlines employees know of the passing of a most loyal and dedicated colleague, Gro Andersen; known to many as Gro Fairless.   My Mother's career began in '63 and spanned approximately 23 years, with her beginnings in Campbell River with BC Airlines. She was a counter rep, dispatcher and as is often the case in small bases; chief bottle washer. Gro moved on to Pacific Western Airlines in 1970 and never looked back. Her career allowed her to follow many dreams and wear several hats during a time in her life that she would forever look upon fondly and with pride. Her limited education, heritage and female bravado would push her to succeed beyond her imagination. Those who knew her well, knew she loved her work in all areas of the business. From customer service representative at the Vancouver Airport to Reservations agent, shift scheduler and eventual Management in Reservations; Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary.
She was grateful for the opportunity to travel and took full advantage of this wonderful privilege throughout her career. I think she may hold a title for most trips to Hawaii.  Eventually, the travel bug would work its way permanently into our family and each of Gro's daughters would chose a path involving the airline industry.
Irene Hall (nee Fairless) would fly for PWA for 3 years in the mid 70's. Linda Fairless began her career in Vancouver in 1974 and continues to date in Montreal. I, Yvonne Fitzsimons  (Fairless) began my career in 1979 in Vancouver and continue to date in Calgary.
The family is holding a tribute to Gro and welcomes any interested people to join family and friends on Saturday, April 27, 2013; 13:30 to 16:30 in Victoria.


Mar 15, 2012 MAGUIRE, Gerald P.
November 26, 1934 - March 15, 2012
In loving memory of Gerald (Gerry) Philip Maguire who passed away peacefully at home March 15th, 2012. Predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Joyce. He will be sadly missed by son John, daughter Mary (Heenam), grandchildren Colette (Josh), Crystal and Quinton and brother Mike (Patra). In 1957, the RCAF drew Gerry and his beautiful new bride (Joyce) from England to Canada (navigator - 409 squadron). After graduating from UBC in 1968, he taught through the 70's at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, spending summers flying the Hercules out of London, England. In 1973 Gerry began his career with PWA as manager/ director of training and HR, continuing on with Canadian Airlines. When not in the air, GPM was out on his sailboat, Bobcat (Tiddly Cove Yacht Club). Gerry's charm, mischievous spirit and everlasting sense of humour will be fondly remembered. Special thanks to Dr. Savage and her wonderfully supportive team at BCCA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Canadian Veterans Association or the Canadian Cancer Society. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 1:30pm at St. Helens Anglican Church (4405 W.8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC). Rev. Scott Gould Officiating.
"See ya later navigator!"
 


Feb 10, 2012 RANKS, Therese Marie
February 28, 1958 - February 10, 2012
The Ranks family sadly announces the passing of Therese on Friday, February 10, 2012. Therese graduated from St. Francis High School, Calgary and earned a B Sc Physical Education degree from the U of C. Therese was employed by Canadian/Air Canada airlines for 25 years where she did what she loved, helping people and travelling the world. We were blessed to have her as part of our family, mother Alice, father Del (deceased 1973), siblings Michelle, Marc (Judi), Dennis and Carol Colborne (Blake); her nieces and nephews Denis, Paul, Alison and Nicolette Lambert, their father Martin, Lindsey, Scott and Jillian Ranks. She will be missed greatly by Vete Dorchak. Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at the Kensington Legion (1910 Kensington Road N.W.).  In lieu of flowers, Therese's family requests donations be made to the Society for the Treatment of Autism, 404 - 94 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, T2J 0E8. In living memory of Therese Ranks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
 


Jan 5, 2012 NICHOLS, Russell Donald
Passed away in the presence of his immediate family on January 5, 2012. Russ joins his siblings Jack, Norman, Deborah and Esther in Heaven. Russell was born on September 19, 1927 in Saint John, New Brunswick to Charles and Marion (nee Latimer). The family relocated to Vancouver when Russell was very young. He grew up in East Vancouver and was a graduate of Vancouver Tech High School. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Katharine, brothers Murray and Buster, Sister-In-Law Ethel (Saint John) and Brother-In-Laws Doug (Vernon) and David (Oakville), daughters Leslie, Kathie and son Craig, Daughter-In-Law Priscilla, grandchildren Brendon, Jessica, Jamie and Kirk, nieces Lynn, Susan, nephews Norman, John as well as many other nephews and nieces too many to mention. Russ (Nick to his mates from the service) worked most of his career as a Sheet Metal Technician Mechanic for the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Airlines. Russ so enjoyed playing and officiating soccer throughout his life. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and BC Lions fan and loved that they had both won their respective titles this past year. He cherished watching his children and later his grandchildren at their various sports and activities. Special thanks to Russ' colleagues from Canadian Airlines (a special note to George Campbell) who visited him through his final years, the Staff at Burnaby General Hospital and George Derby for their support and kindness. No service at the request of Russ. A grave side service is planned in the near future. In lieu of flowers donations to either the Alzheimer's Society of BC or the Canadian Cancer Society in Russ' name would be appreciated. Columbia-Bowell Chapel 604-521-4881


Dec 28, 2011 CORMACK, John Albert
On December 28, 2011 John Albert Cormack passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. For the past year, John was fighting the battle of his life. His presence in our lives was a gift for which we will always be grateful.
John was born in Edmonton on January 11, 1939. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Alberta, his parents, John and Josephine Cormack, father-in-law, Rod McPhail, sister, Barbara Cormack and grandson, Adam Roth. John leaves to mourn his loss four daughters and one son: Doris (Doug), Gail (Bruce), Guy, Colleen (Dave), Erin (Ken); ten grandchildren: Lane (Kylie), Kimberley (Lanny), Joshua, Hannah, Evan, Anne-Marie, Leilani, Ellie, Bohdan and Parker; his sisters: Margaret (Dan), Kathy, Pat (Garry) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2011 at Connelly- McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton. John's life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, 10821 - 96 Street, Edmonton.  Flowers are thankfully declined. Those who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.
John worked in Airport Services  and Air Cargo at locations including  Edmonton,  Fort Smith and Resolute Bay.


Dec 22, 2011 William Howie
On December 22, 2011, Mr. William Howie of St. Albert passed away at the age of 84 years.  He is survived by his two sons, George of Grande Prairie and Gordon of Calgary; three daughters, Lynne (Terry) Pederson of Cremona, Colleen (Kevin) Storms of St. Albert, and Karen ( Dean) LeBlanc of St. Albert; and five grandchildren, Toni, Megan, and Kathleen Storms, and Daniel and Christopher Pederson. He is sadly missed by his sister in law, Shirley Howie, nieces Kim and Dawn, and nephew Scott and their families, and also by Jean Parkes and extended family. Bill's request, no funeral or memorial service will be held.

Bill was a a senior manager in the Hercules Operation.


Dec 21, 2011 - KOWAND,Michael
April 20, 1964 - December 21, 2011
It is with great sorrow and sadness that the family of Michael Kowand announces his passing.
Michael fought a brave and courageous battle against melanoma and we are blessed that his passing was peaceful. He is forever loved and remembered by Tatjana, his loving wife and "Angel"; his beautiful daughters Kyra and Madison; his devoted mother Gerda; loving siblings: Siegfried and Linda, Reno and Maureen, and Gabriele. He will also be greatly missed by his wonderful nephew Luke and his wife Lindsay along with his nieces Amanda (Alan, Karl and Kassey) and Sasha (Brad, Helena). He will be greatly missed by Tatjana's family: Harry and Renate Schulz, Mark, Grant, Kim, Emma, Will, Joe and Mary Kozak. Michael was predeceased by his father Karl Kowand.
Michael has many friends scattered throughout the world and we are grateful for their love and support this past year. Many thanks to Dr. Dusang and Dr. Smylie, and all the staff at the U of A Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute, for their caring and compassion. Thank you for helping Michael on this journey.
A Celebration of his Life will take place on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 - 114 Street Edmonton. We graciously decline flowers. Instead honor Michael's memory by donating to the Cross Cancer Institute, Humane Society, or Stollery Children's Hospital. This would be appreciated.
Mike work in Aircraft Services at Edmonton International

 



Nov 10, 2011 -
 GRAY, Kenneth Earl (Ken) December 20, 1936 - November 10, 2011
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ken Gray.   "Kenny" passed away peacefully in the evening of November 10, 2011 with his best friend and soul mate Jane at his side. His failing health of the past few weeks was masked by his ever-present optimism and zest for life.
Ken is survived by his beloved Jane, twin brother Keith (Rita) of Lethbridge, sister Beverly (John) Giles of Cochrane and brother Mel (Margaret) of Calgary and their families - his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Elliot and Doris Gray.
Ken was born and raised in Calgary. He enjoyed a long and most successful career in the aviation industry, starting as a ticket agent and working up through the ranks to the position of Vice-President of Canadian Airlines. He retired in 1990 to lead a very active life travelling with Jane and friends, golfing with his buddies, wagering on just about anything and applying his keen intellect to investing.
Ken was a past member of Rotary and an active member of the Edmonton Golf and Country Club where a celebration of life will be held from 2 PM to 4 PM on Dec 8.  Rest in peace Ken.


Ken was an agent who worked his way to Vice President at Canadian Airlines.


Nov 9, 2011 - R. (Bobby) Fraser
Passed away suddenly on Nov 10, 2011.  Bob worked as a Project Manager in the Hercules Operations and as a Manager Cargo Services for PWA and Canadian Airlines.  Service Nov 25 with details to follow.


Nov 6, 2011 - Lou Iverson
Born In: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;  Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
January 29, 1933 - November 6, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lou Iverson at the age of 78. 
He leaves behind his wife Anne of 53 years. His son Lou (Vicki) Iverson, grandchildren Jordan & Erin. His daughter Diane (Bill) Atkinson, grandchildren Asha & Paige. His twin sister MaryAnn (Wally) Williams and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Jana & Richter Iverson and brother Roy Iverson.
Lou was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. As a teenager he went commercial fishing with his father along the Pacific Coast and the Gulf of Alaska. In the late fifties he became a bush pilot and began his career flying into remote villages in northern Saskatchewan. In 1960 he brought his family to Kamloops where he worked for Pacific Western Airlines until the base closed in 1967. He then began flying for the Government Air Services Branch until 1988. Lou loved his flying career and always had so many great stories to tell. Upon retirement Lou and Ann travelled south every year spending their winters in California and Arizona where they made many special friends.
Lou was a member of the Masonic Aviation Lodge No. 175. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway.
Lou will always be remembered by his family and friends for his generous nature, his great sense of humour and his hearty laugh.  A special thank you to Dr. Tynan, Dr. Cattaneo, Respiratory Therapists, and the RIH nurses of ICU and Step Down for their kind and compassionate care during his illness.  At Lou's request there will be no public service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cancer Society in Lou's memory.


Nov 1, 2011 - Captain James F. Tomlinson, retired
Thomlinson, James Fred of Qualicum Beach, BC passed away peacefully November 1, 2011 in the Nanaimo General Hospital. James was born in Victoria on May 10, 1930 and enjoyed an active flying career. He retired from Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines on June 1, 1990. He is survived by his loving wife Lannet, his daughters Sherri (Ric) and Heather (Randy). He will be dearly missed by his extended family and 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, their families and his many airline friends.
No service is planned in memory of James but please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Assoc of BC or take a few moments to think of the joy and laughter he brought to your life.
Final Flight West.  Flight Plan Closed. May he Rest in Peace. Further when known.  A great man with a heart as big as the country he flew across.  Below is a picture of Jim at the Mars Waterbomber Base in Nanaimo with S. Fleming and D. Dertien


September 12, 2011 QUAN - Shannon
Shannon  passed away peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the age of 64. She is survived by husband Dallas, mother Lily, brother Sherman (Pamela,) sister Shelley (Dave) and nieces and nephews, Brenna (Jeff,) Neale (Michelle,) Christopher (Kimberly,) Kimi and Kaylea. Our family would like to offer our gratitude and thanks to the caring staff at St. Michael's Hospice. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends desire, donations may be made in her memory to the St. Michael's Centre Hospice Unit, 7451 Sussex Ave, Burnaby, BC V5J 5C2, or the Cancer Society. No service at Shannon's request.
Shannon Quan worked in YVR Reservations, Cargo and Airport for 31 years, and retired in 2001


September 6, 2011 EILEEN KERR
It is with sadness that the family of Eileen Kerr advises of her passing on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the age of 93 years.
Eileen fought, with her typical feistiness, a long hard battle with Alzheimer's and then cancer. She passed away peacefully at
a hospice in Moose Jaw, SK. - her beloved hometown and province.
Eileen leaves to remember with joy the wonderful life she had, her only surviving sister, Margaret Carson ( Alex - deceased ).
She also leaves to remember their dearly loved "Leenie" many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and great-great
nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by seven siblings.
Eileen will be laid to rest in the Kerr family plot in Moose Jaw, SK. At her request, no service will be held.


July 1, 2011 George Hickey
George Hickey passed away on Friday, July 01, 2011 at Vancouver General Hospital. George fought a courageous battle with stomach cancer since being diagnosed in February 2011. He is survived by his wife Peggy and the most caring and loving daughter and nurse Amanda.  George worked in several departments but was most noted for his skills in the Marketing Dept.  He had a brilliant mind and a sharp wit that will be dearly missed. 

HICKEY, George Anthony 1945 - 2011 Passed away July 1, 2011 after a short and brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Peggy, devoted daughter Amanda and loyal pal Fergus, also sisters Mary (John), Anne (George), brother Ged (Marian), nieces and nephews Steven, Sean, Susan, Peter, Andrea, Alexandra and Kevin and their families. George will be dearly missed by "The Gang", all of his friends and those who knew him. A Celebration of George's life will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011, 2-4 pm at the Beach Grove Golf Club 5946 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation 13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2 Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040


 


June 29, 2011 Glenn Elias
Glenn passed away yesterday afternoon (June 29).  There will be a Celebration of Life for Glenn on Tuesday, July 5, at 2:00 pm at the Salvation Army Community Church on Delair Road, in Abbotsford.  Glenn was a hard working man who could handle any situation.  Glenn worked in Airport Services and Herc Ops. 


June 22, 2011 LARSEN, Devona Joy It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Devona on June 22, 2011. Beloved mother to Steven (Meera), Doug (Astrid), Keith (Tina), stepmother to Randy and Susan, sister-in-law to Karen, grandmother to 7 and great-grandmother to 1. Devi was born August 28, 1939 in Vancouver and spent her childhood in Victoria. After marriage, she settled in Richmond and spent 27 years working for Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada, retiring in 1998. A poem was found in our mom's nightstand which best expresses her view on life. Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what's to be, A resting place along the road, To sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, But never meant to stay. Our Destination is a place, Far greater than we know. For some the journey's quicker, For some the journey's slow. And when the journey finally ends, We'll claim a great reward, And find everlasting peace.


May 23, 2011 Sandy Welbourn
WELBOURN, Frank Alexander 'Sandy' June 21, 1928 - May 23, 2011 It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Frank (Sandy) Welbourn. Loving father to Margot (Maggie). Sandy passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. Predeceased by his loving wife Mary, he is also survived by son-in-law Stan Sauerwein, grandchildren Amy, Brock and Carson and sisters Nora Dietlein (Saltspring) and Patricia Lorsch (Boston). Sandy grew up on the family farm near Edmonton and excelled academically, graduating from high school several years early. He started his working life at a local branch of the Bank of Montreal before seeking a variety of new challenges including doing books for a gas station, owning a hardware store and dabbling in insurance, all before the age of 21. With that real world experience, he joined fledgling Pacific Western Airlines as a bookkeeper and soon assumed management duty for the airline in Whitehorse, YT. He met the love of his life, Mary Hamm, in Whitehorse and the couple married in Edmonton in 1955. A year later, daughter Margot was born and accepting another transfer, Sandy moved his young family first to Vancouver and then to Tsawwassen. During his years with aviation, he served in numerous industry capacities including a stint as President of the Abbotsford Air Show. When Pacific Western Airlines purchased CPA in 1987, Sandy transferred to Calgary as a senior vice-president and completed his 30-year career in the airline industry the following year. Among Sandy’s proudest accomplishments was his transformation of an overgrown acreage in Trochu, Alberta . Sandy discovered the 10-acre property was home to a wide variety of exotic trees. He and Mary lovingly restored the site and sold it to the Town of Trochu after several years of hard work in order to create the Trochu Arboretum as a legacy to future generations. Upon moving to Westbank in 1990, Sandy generously volunteered his time, assisting many groups including the Friends of Fintry and the Central Okanagan Heritage Society. Sandy started each day asking himself: “Who am I becoming today?” He shared his generous spirit with his friends and family and particularly cherished the relationships nurtured with the people he worked alongside as a volunteer. Sandy faced his end with dignity and courage, never complaining. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the consideration of donations in Sandy’s name to the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, 1060 Cameron Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8V3 or Trochu Arboretum Society, Box 340, Trochu, AB T0M 2C0 .


Apr 28, 2011 Marjorie Marshall
April 28, 2011 Marjorie Marshall, widow of Capt. James B Marshall passed away quietly and in her sleep. She is survived by her son Don (Karen), daughter Maureen (Paul) and daughter Lorraine; her grandchildren, Tyson and Karly (Adam) and her 2 great grandchildren, Jack and Chet. She was an avid fisherman, golfer, curler and die hard Canucks fan! Service in Kamloops at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sat. May 7. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers. Jim Marshall was a founding pilot with PWA with a #2 on the seniority list.  Jim passed in 1960.


April 16, 2011 Ken Bergen
BERGEN, Kenneth John 1941 - April 16,2011. In Loving Memory It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Bergen on April 16, 2011 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice home after a long and courageous battle with Cancer. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan, his son Darren (Rosanne), daughters: Adele (Richard) and Melinda (Jason), 7 wonderful grandchildren, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Tea to Celebrate Ken's life will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in the Chapel of Clark's Funeral Services.


April 29, 2011 Cedric Mah
Cedric Mah was part of  PWA Flight Operations in Yellowknife where he flew the Curtis C46C.  Mah lived a remarkable life that was covered in the Globe and Mail on June 6, 2011.  This is one of life's story that is worth the read.  Enjoy (click here).  Another article can be found here.
Also a You Tube video.


April 1, 2011 Ron Price
PRICE, Ronald July 23, 1936 - April 1, 2011With great sadness and love we announce the peaceful passing of Ron Price on April 1, 2011. Ron was a loving husband, dad, papa and dedicated friend to many. He is survived by his wife, Philippa; daughters, Linda Rose (Rex) and Andrea (Robert); and grandchildren, Katrina, Korey, Emma and Rhys. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden's Floral Hall. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ron's memory can be made to the B.C. Lung Association (COPD Research).


March 22, 2011  Richard Ratslaff
RATSLAFF, Richard L. November 19, 1945 - March 22, 2011 Born in Leader, Sask. and was raised in Winnipeg, Man. He moved to B.C. in 1967, where he raised his family in the Surrey/ Langley area. Richard relocated to the Comox Valley upon his retirement in 2000 after a long career in Aviation with Canadian Airlines. The valley allowed him to pursue his passion for fishing, travel and cooking. He was well known for his ribs, his fish smoker and hot sauces. Dick is survived by: his wife and best friend Dorothy `Dot', his grown children Robert (Laura), Melanie (Mike) and Jason; his stepsons Trevor (Dee) and Kyle (Kristina), his four beautiful granddaughters Aimee, Teya, Elyse and Ashley. Not to be forgotten is his cat Smokey. Richard was predeceased by his parents and first wife Judy. Following Dick's wishes there will be no service. Donations can be made to the Comox Valley S.P.C.A. where he was a volunteer. Piercy's / Mt. Washington 250-334-4464
 


March 10, 2011 Josephine RUPCICH
RUPCICH, Josephine December 28, 1930 - March 10, 2011 Josephine Matilda Rupcich born in Luscar Alberta December 30th, 1930, passed away peacefully at her residence in Richmond, March 10th, 2011. At the age of 13 she moved to Richmond with her family and enjoyed many years on their farm. As a young woman Joanne worked for PWA (airline), and travelled extensively in Europe and North America, including Hawaii. She enjoyed music, and following her Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions. As per her wishes, there will be a private family service to be announced at a later date. Joanne is survived by brother Emil, sisters Mary (Walter)and Catherine, and her many nieces and nephews whom she adored.

We all knew her as Joanne Rupcich (not Josephine). She worked in Office Services for Doris Toy.


March 7, 2011 Gary Crawshaw
On March 7, 2011, after a brief illness, Gary passed away.  Gary was a Passenger Service Agent in Kelowna for many years. 


January 13, 2011 Michael Hughes
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2011 after a very brief, but courageous, battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Linda and amazing dad to Katy (Clint), Laura (Richard), and Julia. Mike faced death the same way he captained his airplanes: with calm and grace. He will also be sadly missed by his sister Maureen Mulhern and her children Jonathan and Stephanie; brother Steve & sister-in-law Wendy and their children Shannon (Stu) and Allison; his Toronto family Marjorie Gray and Nancy & Brian Follett; as well as countless friends and extended family around the world.

Michael was a pilot with Transair, Pacific Western, CDN and Air Canada and retired in 2003 after 30 years of flying. Submitted by Steve Hughes - Flight Dispatch 1976-2003


January 8, 2011 Rene Lussier
On January 8, 2011, Rene Lussier passed away at the University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 66 with his wife at his bedside. Rene was born at home to Omer and Laura Lussier on June 17, 1944. He began his career with Pacific Western Airlines on February 24 of 1969 and later with Canadian Airlines as a Customer Service Representative. He followed his job to many western cities including Yellowknife, Calgary, Kamloops, Smithers, Campbell River, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Rene retired from the airline industry on November 01, 1999. Rene was one who loved to share stories, jokes and fellowship with those around him. He will be sadly and lovingly missed by his wife of 38 years, family and friends.


Jan 2, 2011 Norman Cowen

COWEN, Norma Marguerite   June 26, 1934 – January 2, 2011
Norma died after a short illness, in the loving arms of her family. She loved life, family and her many friends. Norma is survived by her husband Al of 22 years, her brother Robert Grasby, her children Bradley, Loree, David, Murray (Yvette), Martin (Pat) and Marcia, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Special thank you to the Delta Hospital and Fraser Valley Palliative Care Unit. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Delta Funeral Home, 5329 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC., with a reception to follow. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040.


 


Jan 2, 2011 Jackie Hopkins - Crew Planning
HOPKINS, Jacalyn May - February 8, 1952 - January 2, 2011
Jackie passed away peacefully January 2, 2011 surrounded by her family.   She is lovingly remembered by her husband Danny Hopkins, mother Joan Mrus, brothers and sisters, Doug, Ken, Terri, Shirley, David, Peter. Her sister and brother-in-laws, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jackie was predeceased by her father Alexander Copp and step-father Steve Mrus.  Born in Ladysmith, BC Jackie made many friends through her career in the airline industry which took her to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, before retiring back on Vancouver Island, where she enjoyed her garden, bird watching and her beloved dogs Kobe and Tuffy.  We would also like to thank Dr. Love and his staff at the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit; they made Jackie’s final days very comfortable. Truly Angels on earth.  A celebration of Jackie’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1135 4th Avenue, Ladysmith.  In lieu of flowers friends may donate directly to the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.  We will all miss and forever fondly remember you.
 


Oct 25, 2010 Opal Miscavish
OPAL MISCAVISH October 28, 1925 October 25, 2010 With the rain gently falling and surrounded by her family, Mom's spirit took flight. After a short battle with cancer she was released from the bonds of this earth. Waiting to welcome her at the gates of heaven were her husband Casmer; parents Lucia and John; sisters Margaret, Joyce; brothers Emmitt and Murray. Left behind to feel Opal's absence are her children Sheryl, Rick (Elaine), Patricia (Deen) and Paul; sister Gertrude; sister-in-law Joan; grandchildren Michelle (Heath), Tammy (Chris), Deedra, Bryson, Ryan, Brandon, Jennifer (Tim), Michael, Jill, David and Aaron; great grandchildren Samantha, Christopher, Hailey, Breanne and Tanner as well as many nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Chelmsford, Ontario and, as a young adult, she moved to Sudbury to live with her sister. She was an usherette at the Capital Theatre. She joined the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Winnipeg where she packed parachutes for the paratroopers. Opal met Casmer and they were married in April, 1950. They raised their family in Winnipeg but took many vacations by train to Ontario to visit her family. She worked at Transair Airlines which later became Pacific Western Airlines. Once Mom retired, she and Dad started to travel in their motor home. They traveled from coast to coast, to Alaska and through the United States. For a period of time Mom lived in Gimli and took great pleasure in watching the families of geese that arrived every spring. She enjoyed watching the goslings grow and learn to fly. She would drive each day to check on the little families and always be amazed at the fact that they needed to be taught to fly and to land. These are things that Mom says she had never really thought about until she saw it taking place. She would always give a daily report on their progress. Mom was very active and enjoyed aquacising and walking. She was always out and about, having lunch with friends, going to bingo, or exchanging books. She was an avid reader and books were to be found everywhere (even in the trunk of her car). Mom made sure she lived her life to the fullest. She will be missed by many. On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, Opal's funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street @ Manitoba Avenue. We would like to thank the Nurses, Health Care Aides and Housekeeping staff at Grace Hospital. Mom enjoyed their company when they stopped by for a chat. There are far too many special people to mention but on her last day fate had it that each and every one of you were there. A special thank you goes out to Joyce, a very special woman that helped not only Mom, but the rest of us. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.


Oct 13, 2010 Bill Kelly (Maintenance)
Bill passed gently in his sleep early this morning (13 Oct 2010)  Hoping to see you at a celebration of his life on Thursday, October 21 from 2 – 4 at the Ladner Community Centre and would be greatly appreciated if you could spread the word to any buddies who also knew him.
KELLY, William John It is with deepest sorrow we announce the passing of William (Bill) Kelly on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Bill was predeceased by his first wife Jo and four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife Joan, his children Marg (Brian) Lincoln, Pat (Gordon) Doyle, Bill (Laura) Kelly and Linda (Mike) Nielsen; his stepsons Ken and Kris Johnson and by his grandchildren Gordon (Ashleen), Brendan, Tom, Melissa, Gary and Kevin and by his great-grandchildren, Parker, Arielle and Evelyn. Bill is also survived by his brothers and sisters and their families in England and Ireland. First and foremost Bill was a loving and proud family man, but he was so much more. He was a loyal friend to many, a lover of all books and good conversation, a keen naturalist and an avid gardener. He could not pass a stream without pulling out his fishing rod. He travelled the world with the RAF and in retirement with Joan at his side. We would like to thank Dr. Sylvia Henderson, Dr. Brad Turner and the nurses who became his 'sweethearts' as well as the many friends who have shown their concern and support through his trials of the past few years. We welcome you to join us in a celebration of Bill's life from 2 to 4pm at the Delta Community Centre, 4734 51st St., Ladner, Thursday, October 21st. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the ALS Society, or a charity of your choice



Oct 5, 2010  Lloyd Erickson

Lloyd worked in  Maintenance, Management and was very respected by all.
ERICKSON, Lloyd S. Lloyd S. Erickson of Camrose, AB, passed away October 5, 2010 at the age of 94 years. He is survived by his wife, Aurora, with whom he celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary in June; his children: Ron, of Vancouver, BC; Marilyn (Terry) of New York, NY; Rick (Lynn) of Edmonton, AB and his grandchildren: Nels, New Orleans, LA; Kirsten (Nadime) Montreal, QC; Luke, Jamie and Blake, Edmonton, AB and predeceased by their eldest son, Bob, Edmonton, AB. He is remembered by his siblings: Arline Jensen, Edmonds, WA; Mary Ruth Curtis, Grants Pass, OR; Elma Cameron, San Francisco, CA; John Erickson, Vancouver, BC and Evelyn Laws, Edmonton, AB; along with many nephews, nieces and cousins in Canada, USA, Italy, Iceland and Norway. He was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Erickson, Irma, AB and sister, Phyllis Moe of Mount Vernon, WA. Lloyd was born on a farm near Jarrow, Alberta in 1916. He attended Coal Springs School, Grades 10 and 11 at Irma High School and then graduated from Camrose Lutheran College. He attended SAIT in Calgary where he completed a two-year course in Industrial Electricity and Radio and earned his Wireless Operators Certificate. In 1940 Lloyd joined the RCAF as an Electrical Technician first as a corporal and then a Sergeant stationed with the 419 Lancaster and 405 Pathfinder Squadrons in England and later assigned to the Tiger Force. Following WWII he joined Canadian Pacific Air in Edmonton and in 1947 the family moved west. After a short stay in Mount Vernon, WA he joined Trans-Canada Airlines in Vancouver, and in 1955 accepted a position in Edmonton with Pacific Western Airlines; he became Maintenance Supervisor. He had work assignments in Angola, the Arctic Islands, Ottawa, California and Seattle. Lloyd retired in 1981 and moved to a farm near Kingman, AB. He enjoyed travelling overseas with Aurora or with other family members. He travelled to Norway nine times to visit relatives and one memorable trip to the former Soviet Union that included Samarkand and Bukhara on the historic Silk Road to China. Lloyd had a life long passion for history, was well read and always curious to learn about new things. He become quite proficient on the computer and together with Aurora had a happy and satisfying life. He had a zest for life, was interested in people and especially interested in the welfare of his family. A Funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, Camrose, AB, with lunch to follow; interment at Sharon Lutheran Church, Irma, AB at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Patient Care and Research Clinic, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB or to the Augustana Chaplaincy Annual Fund, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, Camrose, AB or a charity of your choice.


Sep 4, 2010
Colin Birt  passed away Sep 4, 2010. Colin was retired and previously was in Line maintenance for PWA/CDN/AC in YYC. There are no plans for a funeral or memorial service.



July 16, 2010

PALOMBO, Jack December 10, 1939 - July 16, 2010 Jack Palombo passed away peacefully on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife Mary, his three children Albert, Ines, Vicky and their respective families. Jack began his airline industry career in 1958 with the Israeli Air Force. In 1964 he and Mary immigrated to Canada where he culminated a thirty-five year career as an aircraft safety and maintenance inspector with Air Canada. Jack was proud of his heritage but equally proud to be a Canadian citizen and enjoyed all the beauty and adventure that the Canadian landscape had to offer including, camping, fishing, golfing and travel. He had an intrepid spirit and a love of life. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, or Canadian Diabetes Association, or Temple B'nai Tikvah. Funeral Services will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, (North East Corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W.) on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, North East Corner of Highway 22X and 37 Street S.W., Telephone: 403-244-4717.


June 25, 2010 - Pearce Harnum

HARNUM, Pearce 1946-2010 Pearce Harnum passed away on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at The Moncton Hospital. Born in Gander, NL on September, 18th, 1946, he was the son of Pastor Clayton and Mollie Harnum of Bishops Falls, NL. He was an employee of Air Canada for 45 years. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Judy, only sister Lynn (Vaughn) of Courtice, Ontario, brothers Clayton (Penny), Wayne (Marianne), Bruce, Cliff (Gail) all from Ontario. Daughters Denise (Guy), Renee (Jay) from Moncton, NB and son Tony (Bo) from Halifax, NS., several grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving son Sheldon and daughter Allison. Resting at Fair Haven Funeral Home with visitation on Saturday afternoon June 26th, from 1:30-2:30 pm, immediately followed by the funeral service at 2:30 in the chapel of Fair Haven Funeral Home, Pastor Sterling Penny officiating. A reception for friends and family will follow the service in the Garden View Reception Room. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Fair Haven Funeral Home, 1177 Salisbury Road, Moncton, NB (506) 852-3530. A book of condolences may be signed at www.fairhavenmemorial.ca 



June 16, 2010 - John William (Bill) Bishop

8 November 1935 - 16 June 2010.  Final Flight Plan - completed and closed. Bill died peacefully following a long battle with cancer. His family was with him. A memorial service will be held Monday June 21st at 13:30hrs.
Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 531 Herbert Street, Duncan, B,C.   Please pass the word to all P.W.A. and Herc crews. May he rest in Peace.

Bill worked in PWA aircraft maintenance as a mechanic on the mainline and the Hercules operations in the late 60’s & early 70’s.


June 10, 2010 - Les Allan


LESLIE GRANT (LES. G.) ALLAN June 2, 1932 - June 10, 2010 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Les Allan, on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, with his wife of 41 years, Carol, at his side. Predeceased by his father, mother, sisters Arlene, Lillian and Louise, and his eldest son, Andrew, from his first marriage, he leaves behind his loving wife, Carol; son, Christopher, from his first marriage; son, Kirby (Stacy); daughter, Sheryl Webster (Mike); grandson, Phillip; and his half-brother, Lorne McGowan (Laura). Les was born in Irma, Alberta and enjoyed his Scottish heritage in MacDonald of Clanranald. Growing up, he joined several cadet corps, including the Air Cadets where he played the snare drum and the bugle in the corps marching band. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed playing his guitar. He signed up with the Air Force in 1950, serving for eight years with the #2 Fighter Wing on bases in Northern Africa and Metts, France, where he learned his trade of aircraft mechanics. He spent his early years fascinated with motorcar racing, and participated in local races, winning several trophies during this period. Les was a faithful fan of racing legend, Dale Earnhardt Sr., from the early years until his final race. After travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg in 1968, he joined TransAir and worked with his colleagues throughout the years of airline amalgamations until his retirement from Air Canada in 1997.

Les Allan worked in Line Maintenance in YWG and was Chief Shop Steward for IAMAW for many years


June 10, 2010 - JOHNSON, Hazel Pearl
On June 10, 2010 Hazel Johnson passed away peacefully at the age of 85 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Darlene (Mychail) Onischuk, Adele (Stanley) Kristalovich, Ardyth Cleveland (Jon Rowthorn), and Katherine Johnson (Frank Britton), three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her loving husband Allen Herbert. Special thanks to Dr. Ken Chow and the nursing staff at Unit #28 at the Sturgeon Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Hazel Johnson was 85 years of age. She was the wife of Allen, a mechanic that was well known in Edmonton Maintenance. Hazel was a key member of the executive of the PWA and Canadian Airlines retirees for many years.


June 8, 2010 - GUMIENNY, Lawrence Anthony
Larry passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 8. surrounded by his family. to be welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Larry was born in Brandon. MB and his work with the airlines took him to Winnipeg. MB. Lynn Lake. MB and Calgary. AB. Larry met Marilyn (nee Smigarowski) and was married in 1997. In 2006 they moved to Medicine Hat. AB and then to Grand Forks. BC in 2010. Larry was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his beloved wife. Marilyn. his three children Cory. Michelle and Ben. and his sister Tess. He is also lovingly remembered by his two stepchildren. Tina and Rene. his four grandchildren. his nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. Memorial Service will be held June 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Gospel Chapel. 7048 Donaldson Drive. Grand Forks. BC. In lieu of flowers. memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via
jeancory@hotmail.com
Larry worked with many of us at Calgary Airport Services. 


June 4, 2010 - Delores Klatzel
Delores was an aircraft mechanic in the maintenance department in YYC.
KLATZEL , Delores Virginia August 9, 1959 - June 4, 2010 Delores Virginia Klatzel of Calgary passed away on Friday, June 4, 2010 at the age of 50 years. Born on August 9, 1959 to Virginia and Stephen Klatzel in Calgary; the third of three daughters. Attending schools in Calgary, she graduated from St. Francis High School in 1977. She studied aircraft maintenance technology at SAIT, graduating at the top of her class in 1982 and then worked for Canadian Airlines seven years. An enthusiastic hiker and cross country skier, she enjoyed her association with the Youth Hostel Hiking Group. She will be remembered by family and friends for her witty commentary on all current events. Delores is survived by her sisters, Frances and Louise; her brother-in-law Phillip Mudry; their daughters, Katelyn, Jocelyn, and Stefanie, and relatives in the Klatzel and McHugh families. Delores will also be missed by friends, neighbours and dog walking companions. She was predeceased by her father Stephen in 1995 and mother Virginia in 2009. The family would like to extend a special heart-felt thanks to the wonderful staff of Agape Hospice for their loving care of Delores during her nine month stay. Their unconditional compassion worked miracles. We would also like to thank the family and friends who visited and helped for so many months. Following Delores' wishes, there will no be no Funeral Service.


May 13, 2010 - Olson, Murray
Murray Olson worked in YXD maintenance.  He retired from PWA as an Aircraft Inspector.  Prior to being an Inspector he worked in the engine shop for a number of years.

OLSON, Murray Lloyd On May 13, 2010, Murray Lloyd Olson of St. Albert passed away at the age of 76 years. Murray is survived by his loving wife, Amy, of 55 years; children: Kathy (Gord), Lloyd (Karen) and Joanne (Allan); grandchildren: Sarah, Robyn (Jason), Kevin, Heidi (Dannon), Joey, Emily, Emma, Jesse, Jeffery and Brianna; and great grandchildren: Marley, Quinten and Kayla. He was predeceased by son, Donald; parents: Lloyd and Addie; and brother, Philip.He will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Dr. St. Albert, on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences: www.fostermcgarvey.comFriends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Alberta Lung Association. Foster & McGarvey, ST. ALBERT FUNERAL HOME, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta, 780-458-2222


April 27, 2010 - Bob Oldham
OLDHAM, Robin Beltane Riton December 17, 1928 - April 27, 2010 Bob was born in Penticton, BC on December 17, 1928. He graduated from high school in West Vancouver in 1946. Bob joined the RCMP on April 20, 1949 and graduated with D Squad in September 1949, badge #15770. His first postings were in Alberta and then with Visa Control in England, Germany and Italy. The rest of his RCMP career was with the Security Service branch until he retired on February 18, 1975. In 1975 he joined the security division of Pacific Western Airlines and retired from Canadian Airlines in July 1992. Bob married Diane Whyte on October 2, 1959. They lived in Vancouver, Victoria, Richmond, Nelson and Tsawwassen. During his career with the airlines they traveled throughout the world. Bob and Diane also became enthusiastic RV'ers and traveled throughout Canada and the United States with their cat Puma. Bob is predeceased by his beloved wife and sweetheart Diane. Survived by his daughters Tammy Schiere (Chris) and Kelly Hill (Earl), granddaughters Kristen and Leanne, brother-in-law Lorne Whyte (Ayn Marie) and their families. Bob leaves behind many good friends. Donations in Bob's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Society. At Bob's request there will be no Memorial Service.


March 30, 2010 - Ted Hinton
Arthur Edward (Ted) Hinton has passed away at the age of 87. He worked in various jobs in Vancouver ranging from payroll to Personnel Manager, before moving to England in 1970 where he worked at Standsted Airport as European Charter Manager. I'm not sure what year he finally retired from the company, but he remained in England the rest of his life. His wife Pat passed away in March of 2000.  (from Dallas Hinton)


March 21, 2010 - Mistaken identity
A note from Jean M Robert regarding a "Johnnie Robert" in passages.  It happens these are two different people.  Jean Robert was a pilot who flew out of Edmonton from 1955 to 1964.  Jean would appreciate an e-mail from any of the crews and staff that worked with him.


February 24, 2010 FRANSBERGEN, Kees Captain
Born April 23, 1925 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We wish to advise our friends that on February 24, 2010, Kees died in peace after a sudden onset of leukemia. Kees wanted to express his heartfelt thanks for the care he received from the angels at the Palliative Care Unit, VGH and the Marion Hospice, Providence Health Care. He leaves behind an extended family in British Columbia, London, Ont., Chapel Hill, NC., Australia and The Netherlands. Kees lived his life with a passion for flying, sailing (flotilla and racing), painting, photography, writing and his beloved grandchildren. His flying career began in 1945 in England, then in the Dutch Air Force, and it was in Indonesia where he married his first wife Susanna. In 1954, they emigrated to Canada and shortly after he began his 30-year career with Pacific Western Airlines, retiring in 1985. No service by request. There will be a Celebration of Kees' life this summer when family and friends can come together in Vancouver. Please contact his wife Rinda at  for details. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Palliative Care Unit, VGH., 899 W 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC., V5Z1M9. 604-875-4715. Or Marion Hospice, 900 W 12th Ave., 9th floor, Vancouver, BC., V5Z1N3. 604-731-5947.


March 4, 2010 Jerry Scholtz 
SCHOLTZ, Jerry Gerlof August 26, 1939 - March 4, 2010 Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Anna; daughter, Jane; grandsons: Scott and Connery; brother, Wim (Minie) of Holland; brother-in-law, Rob Bickel of Holland; two nieces: Miriam and Anne Marie of Holland; three nephews: Peter, Mark and Hans of Holland; other nieces and nephews; and a life long best friend, John (Marian) Van Huystee of Peachland, BC. He was predeceased by his sister Martha Bickel and his parents, Jacob and Martha Scholtz. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Roy Kemp officiating. Cremation. Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes St. Albert Funeral Home 780-458-2222 Over 100 Years of Service. Jerry worked at PWA in Crew Scheduling and in HercOps


February 13, 2009 - LAMB, Terance (Terry) Malcolm
Terry was born in Brandon, Manitoba to Charles and Isabel Lamb and grew upon the family farm south of Bradwardine, Manitoba. He started his education in Bradwardine then, with rural school consolidation, completed High School at Rivers, MB. He is remembered by the neighbours for his many excursions around the family farm in a 1929 Chevrolet with his dog Mickey by his side. 
Terry was introduced to the world of aviation when, at 12 years old, he joining #320 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets at Rivers. Terry excelled in the Cadet programs, attended summer camp at St. Jean, Quebec in 1959 then a flying scholarship (Private Pilot License) at Gimli, Manitoba in the summer of 1964 where he received an award as the top course Cadet. 
After graduating from High School in 1965, Terry commenced work with Maple Leaf Aviation at Brandon. While with Maple Leaf, Terry obtained his Aircraft Maintenance License and Commercial Pilot's License. In 1967, seeking to build up his hours and see more of Canada, Terry loaded up his tent and camping gear and flew "Pinkie", a Luscombe 8A, from Brandon to Toronto Island Airport and back to attend Expo '67 in Montreal. 
Looking to expand his career opportunities, Terry obtained his Multi-Engine/IFR license with Perimeter Aviation in Winnipeg then moved to Alberta in 1972. After working in general aviation in Calgary, including flying cloud seeding flights out of the Red Deer Airport, Terry was hired by Pacific Western Airlines in November 1973 as a Second Officer on B727 Aircraft. From November, 1973 until his retirement, Terry transferred between Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver bases while being a part of several airline mergers. His career took him from the High Arctic to Western Africa (Angola), to Europe, Middle East and Asia, North America and the Caribbean on the L-382 (Hercules), B727, B737, DC-10 and A320 aircraft before retiring in April 2002 as an Vancouver based Air Canada Captain on the B767-300. One of Terry's prouder moments was having his mother and father meet him at the Brandon Airport in June, 1988 when he flew as Captain on the B737 Toronto-Brandon-Toronto route. 
A love of the outdoors was a major part of Terry's life - outdoors with his friends was where he was the happiest and at ease; hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, living, skiing, hiking and dirt bike riding at Whistler and post retirement, dividing his time between White Rock and Osoyoos in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley. 
After a courageous and stoic battle against cancer, Terry passed away peacefully on February 13th, 2010 in White Rock with his family by his side. He is survived by his mother Isabel, sister Noreen, brother Russ, sister-in-law Heather Stewart, nieces Shawna, Carla and Kadence, nephews Shane, Charles and Dario and his many cousins from both the Lamb and Prowse families. 
Before he left us, he asked that the following thought be kept in our minds: "Don't cry because I am gone, but smile for all the fun times we had together."
If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 - 10th Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1L3, as an expression of sympathy and remembrance of Terence. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 10th from 1300 to 1600 at Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club, 18150 - 8th Avenue, Surrey. Pictures and stories to share will be appreciated.


Feb 12, 2010 Robert Barnes
BARNES, Robert (Bob) Barnes was born in Brandon Manitoba, on August 4, 1931. He passed away February 12, 2010 on the Sunshine Coast after a courageous battle with cancer. Family was at his side. Left behind to cherish their memories are his wife, Susan, who was his travelling companion, occasional golf partner, best friend and soul mate, and three children, Susan Stricklen, Debra Barnes, David Barnes (Ricki-Lynn), two stepchildren, Darcey Smith (Dwight) and Jason Smith (Leanne). Bob was blessed to have 11 wonderful grandchildren, Chanel, Alex, Dylan, Parker, Lauren, Jack, Olivia, Brandon, Nykki, Treson and Byron. As a young man Bob tried a few different careers. He drove a taxi, worked in the circus, and then joined the navy. Bob found his professional calling after joining Pacific Western Airlines where he worked in the travel industry for over 50 years. Bob was stationed in London (England), Calgary and Vancouver. He used to say that his job was so great that he should be paying them. The loves of his life were his wife, family, good friends, golf, travelling, Las Vegas, spicy food and good wine. Bob's least favorite things were eating salad, mowing the lawn at Halfmoon Bay, swimming in the ocean and waiting for his partners to finish their putts. He was a wonderful driver who drove with his foot to the floor earning his nickname, Mario Andretti. Bob was a kind man to friends and strangers, a generous and giving man, a gentleman who had the ability to make people feel at ease in any setting, a master of the one line comedy, a satirical genius and a loving husband and father with an infectious smile that would brighten any day. The world is a sadder place without him. Those who knew Bob will always remember him and are blessed to have spent time with him. He will be sorely missed. Reception details to follow.
 


January 17, 2010 Dale McCaig 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dale McCaig on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the age of 63 years. He was surrounded by his loving family and will be remembered by his beloved wife of thirty-eight years, Heidi, daughters Tracy and Laurie (Ellery), son Cliff (Nancy), grandson Jack, who was the apple of his eye, mother-in-law Ruth Thudium, Aunt Margot van der Laag, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rolf and Linda Thudium and their families, and numerous cousins and friends. Dale grew up in Rutland, Saskatchewan but left the farm to pursue his love of airplanes. He graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology in 1970 and he worked for Klondike Helicopters, Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines, and Air Canada. Dale enjoyed spending time with family and friends, coaching and umpiring Little League Baseball, watching old westerns (dusters) and barbecuing on Sunday afternoons. He will be remembered for his funny and interesting stories, warm smile, and his courage and strength throughout a long illness. Dale was predeceased by his youngest son Tom, parents Ruth and Lorne McCaig, and father-in-law Wilhelm Thudium.Dale will be missed by all who knew him and he will forever be in our hearts.

Dale worked for PW in aircraft maintenance.  He started in YXD and then moved to YYC in early 70's. He worked in Line Maintenance and later in aircraft overhaul.  He was involved with the DND contract work as a Crew Chief On the B707 and A310 overhauls. While at AC he was an auditor until retirement. 


 November 22, 2009  Laurie Riley
Laurie Riley - Passed away after a brief illness.  Laurie was part of the YXD Sales team and was well liked and respected.  He also work in Charters and Aircraft routing.  

RILEY, Lawrence (Laurie) A. It is with great sorrow we announce that our dearly loved husband, father and grandfather Laurie, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 21, 2009 with his family by his side, at the age of 64 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend, Karen of 42 years; two extremely proud daughters, Cherine (Rob) Campbell, Charla (Brent) Svendsen; four grandchildren, Erin, Riley, Connor and Reid who absolutely adored him; two brothers, Bob (Joyce) Riley, twin brother Terry Riley, Lyle (Shauna) Hobbs; mother-in-law Margaret Pawlyk (GG); his pets, Spencer, Oscar, Shaylee and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Elmer Riley and Bernice Hobbs; brothers, Chuck and Doug Riley.
 


Mario Bufone Nov 17, 2009 - (submitted by Peter Gauthier - in his own words)
Mario passed away on November 17, 2009 at the age of 81 in Vancouver surrounded by his family. He began his career with Pacific Western Airlines in the mid 1950's and ended it with Canadian Airlines in the early 1990's. He was my boss, my mentor and my friend. He was an amazingly innovative person. He came up with solutions for problems that were astounding. I remember being at his house once for supper and his wife told me that he was told, when he was young, that he would never be able to hammer a nail into a board straight. Whoever told him this either didn't know him or knew him and gave him the most motivational speech that could have been given. Mario turned out to be a master with his hands. When he moved to BC he built his own house. Being Italian and loving wrought iron he built a fence for his new house with all the intricate wrought iron works. He also built the tools to create the fence pieces. He loved making wine and used to press his own grapes in a press he designed and built because the ones that could be purchased at the time weren't strong enough to crush the grapes to his satisfaction. To provide the strength for his press he used a time ex'ed screw jack from a Hercules landing gear. He was a very strong willed individual and that, at times, put him at odds with people. He was brilliant with electronics, some would say too brilliant, and I used to marvel at the things he would build on his bench. Although I could probably go on for hours about Mario I just wanted to let those who knew him that he has left us.


Oct 11, 2009  Wil Wilson
 WILSON, Willis Raymond "Wil"  - It is with great sadness that we announce that Willis (Wil) Raymond Wilson passed away at home on 3 October 2009 at the age of 85 years. He left this world with the same strength and bravery that he lived his life. His wisdom, witty quips and exceptional sense of humor will be exceedingly missed by his daughter Janice, son-in-law Patrick Hirschi and granddaughters Christine and Samantha. Wil is survived by his sisters Barbara Baxter (Bill), Lawrencetown, N.S., Emma Brown (Bill) of Brockville, Ont. extended family in N.S. and N.B. and a multitude of friends. He also leaves his loyal Bichon dog, Spike. Wil is predeceased by his wife, Donnie (December 31, 2004) and parents, Clyde and Muriel Wilson. Wil was an extraordinary individual who lived a full and exciting life. He was born in Clarence, Nova Scotia 14 July 1924 and spent his youth playing hockey, hunting and fishing and working on his father's farm in the Annapolis Valley. Even as a young boy, Wil wanted to fly. At 17 he left home and worked as an orderly at the Nova Scotia Mental Hospital until he was old enough to enlist for WWII. He became an RCAF bomber pilot and flew 29 out of the required 30 operations before being shot down. Although he was the only one of his crew to survive, he became a POW. After the war Wil bought a plane and did some barnstorming. He then worked at various jobs such as truck driving and sales but eventually returned to the military to pursue a career in flying. He married the love of his life, Donnie Hazel of Truro, NS, and they had 51 marvelous years of living and traveling in Europe, a winter home in Florida, summers spent camping in their motorhome, fishing and hunting trips across the country and sailing trips in the Caribbean. They were known for their hospitality and zest for life which resulted in numerous lifelong friendships across Canada, the US and Europe. Wil was a pilot and flight instructor with the Air Force, stationed in NS, AB, France, Ont and MB. He retired from the military in 1969 and flew forest fire water bombers for a short time before joining Pacific Western Airlines and flying Hercules aircraft around the world and in Canada's Arctic. He retired from flying permanently in 1984, after logging well over 16,000 hours on 18 different aircraft and belonged to the Quarter Century of Aviation Club. He was also a member of the "Silk Worm" Club which is for people who have relied on a parachute to save their life. During his career he flew many flights under many circumstances, including world wars and civil wars, inclement weather and adverse conditions, humanitarian and medical needs. He was well read and insightful and always had interesting stories to tell. Wil and Donnie built a home in Namao, Sturgeon County, AB in 1972. They both loved the warm, welcoming community and the beautiful Sturgeon River valley. Wil was fond of saying that the next time he moved it would be with three men on either side of the box. 

 

Sep 30, 2009 Judy Griffiths
Judy Griffiths - Judy started her career with PW in the 70's at the YVR Hastings St. reservations office. She moved in in the mid 80's to Calgary res, then made her way back to YVR and worked for Canadian Airlines at the airport. She retired from Air Canada 4 years ago and used the time to soak up the sunshine in West Vancouver and be with her beloved grandsons. Judy lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on September 30th and is sadly missed by her coworkers who loved her.

 

Sep 16, 2009  Lloyd Gault
Lloyd Gault:  Lloyd passed away on Saturday September 12 while under the excellent care provided by the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks, AB.  Lloyd started his career in the airlines with Wardair in YVR in 1970.  Moved to YYC with his family in 1980 and has remained here ever since.  Lloyd was on disability starting in 2003 until his retirement from Air Canada in 2005.
 There will be a "wake" held in memory of Lloyd  per his request at La Zee Za Pizza and Pub, 7-12 Castleridge Drive N.E. Calgary on Saturday September 26 at 14:00.  It was Lloyds wish that as many friends and acquaintances' gather and raise a glass of cheer or two. (and hopefully no fights will break out).   


Apr 1, 2009   Pete Howe
Howe, Pete passed on Feb 25, 2009 at the age of 74.  He was well respected in the aviation industry and will be sadly missed.  Attached is document a on his life.  Its a great story so don't skip this one. 

Trenton Open House brings tears of joy, fond memories and moments of glory 


Mar 20, 2009 Ken Adams
ADAMS, William Kenneth "Ken" On March 16, 2009, Ken passed away peacefully at the age of 71 years. He will be missed by his wife Lilly; his children Kim (Darrell) and Kevin (Carla) and grandchildren Tess and Sydney; his stepchildren, Sonia, Lisa, and Holly (Catrina) and grandchildren, Colleen, Joy, Aaron, Anna, and Trinity and by many family and friends. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harmony Chapel at First Memorial Funeral Services, 10541 - 81 Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may also be left at www.mem.com First Memorial Funeral Services - Harmony Chapel 780-433-7335 
Ken worked in Avionics in both Edmonton and Calgary plus he was with Herc Ops 


March 7, 2009   Labreche, Frank 
LABRECHE, Frank On February 26, 2009 Frank Labreche passed away at the 80 years. He is survived by his wife Jessie, son Dave, two granddaughters; Tania and Amber (Brad), and a great-granddaughter Jayla. Frank was predeceased by his daughter Linda. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton. 

 


Feb 19, 2009 John Plank
 John Plank - It is with deep regret I must inform you, that our long time friend and colleague, John Plank passed away in VGH on 18Feb09, after a short illness. He is survived by his long time companion Yolande Baker and son Robbie. John had asked that no services be held.  


Jan 24, 2009  Tim Todd
TODD,  Timothy (Tim) James September 28, 1939 - January 12, 2009 Our loving father, husband and friend passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Hospital ICU, on January 12, 2009. What we will all miss most of all is his laughter and mischievous sparkling brown eyes. He was always teasing and laughing with his friends and family. These times were always the most important part of his life. Tim is survived by his wife and best friend Marleen and his four children Taralee (Tom) Todd, Tanya (Tim) Price, Tedi-Jo (Rick) Gardner, Tim (Rita) Todd, along with his four grandchildren Kimberlee (Jason), Amanda, Jeff and Rob and great-grandson Dylan and many relatives and friends. Tim was born in Stettler, Alberta on September 28, 1939 and married his soulmate Marleen Harvey in 1964. He spent his younger years working on the oilrigs throughout Alberta. In 2004 he retired from a thirty year career as an airline sheet metal mechanic with Field Aviation, Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada in Vancouver and Calgary. Throughout his life Tim was very active in playing softball and hockey and always spent time hunting and fishing with excellent results. His family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many nurses and doctors in ER and ICU at the Peter Lougheed Center and a special hug to Deb Bosley who made this very sad time bearable for us all. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choosing.

 


Jan 1, 2009 Diana Almedia
Diana Almedia passed away  - She was a great flight attendant and the crews enjoyed  flying with her.  We have no obituary or service information.   If you have any details please pass them on to the webmaster

 


Dec 27, 2008 Brenda Williamson
Brenda Williamson passed Dec 27, 2008, in Richmond, B.C. Brenda started with PWA in 1978,and made many friends over the years during her time in the pass bureau. Always known for being very helpful. Shirley (El Buzzo) and her daughter Brenda, Connie Fujino and Shirley Kent are just a few of the dear friends she made. Her friends will remember her saying "Were here for a good time; ,not a long time". 

 


Nov 26, 2008   Kurt Schneider
SCHNEIDER _ Kurt Franz August 11, 1928 - November 15, 2008 Kurt Franz Schneider, beloved husband of Gertrud of Calgary, passed away on November 15, 2008 at the age of 80 years. Kurt was born August 11, 1928 in Celle, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1953. Kurt is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Gertrud; children, Beate Rasmussen of St. Albert, Karen Schneider of Edmonton and Roy Schneider (April) of Edmonton; grandchildren, Corey Rasmussen of Rocky Mountain House, Jason Rasmussen (Laura) of Ardrossan and Ashley Schneider of Edmonton. He is also survived by his great-grandson, Logan Rasmussen.  Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 - 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 (Telephone 403-255-6108, www.kidney.ca ). or to a charity of the donor's choice. 
Kurt Schneider was a sheet metal Mechanic, Sub Foreman and Supervisor of the Sheet metal shop in Edmonton and Calgary for PWA and Canadian Airlines.   
 


Nov 3, 2008 Capt. Ernest Whitehead
Capt. Ernest Whitehead - Ernie felt a deep and abiding connection to family and land, so it is fitting that he died on the family property at Eagle Bay. He joins the legacy of Whiteheads who went before him. Ernie was an enormous presence in the lives of many and his loss leaves an aching void in the hearts of all who knew him. We shall miss his love and his laughter that was so generously given.    Ernie fulfilled his childhood dream to become a pilot. His early years with P.W.A. included flying to the Arctic, and Africa; then domestic and North American routes with P.W.A, Canadian Airlines, and Air Canada. He was a careful and conscientious pilot and many thousands of people flew safely in his hands.   Left to grieve with precious memories are his wife Paddy and their son Stephen; sister Bunny and brothers Joe, Jack, Carl, Kahn and their families; sisters in-law Jean, Elizabeth, and their families, alongside the large extended family that meant so much to Ernie.  

Ernie was both 'handsome AND handy'. He had the heart of a poet, and the soul of a woodsman. Affectionately nicknamed "the King of Korn", his one liners will be missed forever. 


Oct 27, 2008  George Sambell
SAMBELL George April 19, 1951 - October 15, 2008 George passed away peacefully after a year long battle with lung cancer. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Enid. He was survived by his cherished family, wife of 35 years Mary, children Eric and Christie, brother Joe (Sharon) and extended family. In the past year during the good times he travelled with his family to Australia and then to Newfoundland and Cape Breton. He was born in Kimberly and moved to Vancouver as a child. George worked for Pacific Western and Canadian Airlines. Midlife he switched careers to do home renovations and then finally fulfilled his life long dream of building a workshop to make furniture. He was a craftsman who loved to work with tools. George was a HAM radio operator since he was 16 years old and was passionate about the support he gave to his church. We would like to thank the staff at Delta Hospital and Dr. Martin Ray for their care and kindness. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Delta Hospice Society's Building Fund or Inspire Health: Integrated Cancer Care. The celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 at Tsawwassen United Church.  


Late 2009 - Claudette Brown
Claudette worked at YVR Airport and YVR Reservations and passed away in 2009.  If anyone has more details please submit them to the webmaster

 


Oct 19, 2008   Ken Pearson
PEARSON Kenneth John Ken passed away October 11, 2008 at the age of 74 in Surrey BC, of cancer. His kindness, caring heart, and his special gift to make us all smile, will be dearly missed. Ken's entire working career was with Pacific Western Airlines in BC. He served Canada in the Korean War, and was also a Free Mason. Ken's wife Barbara, his daughters Karen (Barry), Sandy (Dave), and sisters Marilyn (Bob), and Carole (Larry) will always hold a smile in their heart for Ken. Gramps will be missed by grandchildren Sara, Izaak, and Max, as well as Susan and Shelley, who have always considered Ken as a second Father. A service to honour and celebrate Ken will be held at Colebrook United Church, 5441 125A Street, in Surrey on Friday, October 17, at 4:00 PM 

 


Oct 12, 2008 Ken Oborne
OBORNE -Ken Oborne, aged 73 years, of Saskatoon passed away on Sunday, October 12th, 2008. Ken was born February 17th, 1935 to Lloyd and Molly Oborne in Robson, BC. Ken was predeceased by his parents. He will be missed by his two sons; Kevin of Nipawin, SK and Colin (Heidi); and grandchildren Kaylee and Jayden, all of Okotoks, AB; three brothers, Lloyd (Edna), Wayne (Carolyn), and Glen along with all of their families. Ken travelled and worked on the oil rigs in Australia in his younger years. In 1967, he was hired on at Pacific Western Airlines in Vancouver and spent 27 years working with PWA and Canadian Airlines in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Saskatoon. In retirement, Ken loved to read and socialize with his many friends and acquaintances. He will be remembered and missed by all.  

 


Oct 1, 2008 Ed Zikman
EDWARD WILLIAM ZIKMAN August 16, 1933 September 28, 2008 With arms reaching up to Jesus, Dad went to heaven on September 28, 2008. His mother Inga, father Bill, and brother Mervin were waiting for his arrival. He was surrounded by his children Brenda (Randy) Regelous, Barbara (Ryan) Janz, Tracey (Robert) Isfeld, Doug (Wendy) Zikman. All of his grandchildren; Jonathan, Christopher (Caroline), Tyson, Shane, Kolby, Zachary and Nicholas were very grateful to spend time with Papa over the last couple of weeks. Dad will also be missed by our mother Joyce. Dad had a love for flying and received his pilot's license as a young man. He started his career with Transair at the age of 17 in Lac du Bonnet, and went on to study and train as an aircraft mechanic. Dad was promoted into management with Pacific Western, and then Canadian Airlines until his retirement after 38 years of service. Dad always loved the game of hockey. He was scouted and invited to try out for the Junior Monarchs in Winnipeg. Throughout his life he continued to play hockey, including playing for the PWA Jets and East Elmwood C.C. Oldtimers. He loved to watch his grandsons play hockey and rarely missed a game. Dad had a passion for building, and his cottage in Lac du Bonnet was an example of his many talents. There wasn't anything that Dad couldn't build or fix. He also enjoyed fishing and was known for his smoked goldeye. Dad loved a good round of golf, gardening, playing cards and dancing at the Legion on Thursdays with his special friend Evelyn. In recent years they travelled together to Alaska and Texas during the winter months. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 350 Gilmore Avenue, Winnipeg.    

 


Sep 5, 2008 Bob Sproule
ROBERT FRANCKLYN SPROULE October 5, 1934 - September 2, 2008 With deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad and grandfather on September 2, 2008 at the Kiwanis Care Centre, North Vancouver. He will be dearly missed by his wife Rose of 53 years, daughter Sondra (Edson) and grandsons Eric and Matthew Ng. Bob was born on October 5, 1934 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and lived his first five years in Bermuda where his father was a Methodist Minister. His career spanned 20 years in the RCAF with postings at the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (CEPE), Suffield, AB; 4 (Fighter) Wing, Baden Soellingen, Germany; St Hubert, Quebec; Uplands, Ottawa; and Namao, Edmonton, AB. He was recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) in Uplands, Ottawa, On retirement he worked as an Aircraft Engineer in the Arctic for a brief period and later with Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines. Bob is survived by four brothers, George (Edmonton), Paul (West Vancouver), Eric (Perth, ON) and Hubert (Dieppe, NB). He has predeceased by his parents, Rev J. Marshall and Erica Sproule (Nova Scotia), and two brothers Bernard (Ottawa) and Don (Arnprior, ON). A service will be held at the Parkside Funeral Chapel, Swift Current, SK, pn October 4, 2008 at 1:30pm with interment at the Herbert Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the Kiwanis Care Centre, North Vancouver, or a charity of your choice in Bob's memory. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"  

 


August 30, 2008 Gunnard Radford 
It is with deep sadness, that we announce the passing of a dear friend Gunnard Radford who departed this world suddenly at age 63. Gunnard was a well respected Airport Services Manager in Powell River and Victoria.  He had a great sense of humour and could make anyone laugh.   Please send your stories of Gunnard to nativesun@shaw.ca ASAP.

 RADFORD, Gunnard June 9, 1945 August 30, 2008 Gunnard passed away suddenly at home on August 30, 2008. He is survived by his sister, Charlotte (Tom), daughter, Marni (Grant), granddaughters, Kendra and Taylor, as well as many relatives and dear friends here and abroad. Gunnard's 26 years working for the airlines prepared him for what became the best time of his life: 5 years working with the United Nations in Sierra Leone. A celebration of his remarkable life will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 12:30pm at St. John Heritage Church, 537 Glencairn Lane, Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Vision or a charity of your choice. 500323 

 


August 13, 2008 Lorraine Payne
 It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing of Lorraine Payne (Caron).  Lorraine had just celebrated her 65th birthday on August 13th, and even though she still suffered from long lasting health  issues she had been of late feeling quite well.  Lorraine started with Pacific Western back in the mid sixties as a reservation agent in Edmonton, moved to Vancouver, and worked as a Res agent for a short while then transferred to the Airport, where she stayed until her illness about 10 years ago. 

PAYNE Lorraine Ann August 13, 1942 It is with a great sense of loss that we announce the passing of Lorraine Payne at the age of 66, she passed away suddenly in her home on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008. Remaining to mourn and cherish Lorraine's memory are her sons Wade Gagnon (Annette) and Neil Clark, her grandson Christopher and her best friend Dan Hendricks, four brothers Ernie (Ellen), Archie (Sue), Ferd (Rica), Wesley (Linda). Lorraine, affectionately called "LC" by all of her airline friends and associates started her career with Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton and then moved to Vancouver in 1973, where she stayed until she retired. Lorraine dedicated her life to taking care of her family and her pets. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be forever in our memories. 

 


August 14, 2008  Norma Bjorge
 We are saddened to report that Norman Bjorge (wife of Ken) passed on Tuesday Aug 12 , 2008. Service details .....

 BJORGE- Norma Kathleen (Stewart) March 14, 1931 - August 12, 2008 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Norma, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Norma passed away on the morning of August 12, 2008. Born in Drumheller, Alberta on March 14, 1931, Norma is survived by Ken, her loving husband of 55 years, daughter Janet (Brian), sons Bradley and Brent, grandsons Jason (Becky) and Joshua (Sarah) and great grand daughter Hayley. Predeceased by father Keith, mother Netta and sister Margaret. Norma is also survived by sisters Loreen (Guy) and Donna (Tom), sisters-in-law Evelyn and Olive. After growing up and marrying Ken in Edmonton, they moved to Tsawwassen in 1965 where they enjoyed many happy years together with family and friends. Norma worked for PWA and Canadian Airlines for 21 years. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Delta View Life Enrichment Centre, 9341 Burns Drive, Delta, BC V4K 3M3, 1:00 PM Saturday August 16, 2008. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to either Delta View Life Enrichment Centre or the Alzheimer's Society, would be greatly appreciated. Forever in Our Hearts 

 


August 6, 2008 Patrick Squibb
SQUIBB, Patrick Henry January 6, 1922 - August 1, 2008 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Patrick (Pat),   long time Pilot with PWA, Canadian and Air Canada following a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 26 years, Dorothy; his son Sid; daughter Katherine Marchessault; granddaughter Claire Marchessault; son-in-law Tim Marchessault; sisters Betty Kalpakis and Nancy Tysoe; numerous nephews and nieces as well as Dorothy's family: Keith, Jan, Todd, Kimberly, Matthew, Darrell, Sue and Paige Bradley; Bill, Lynne, Brett, Jen, Sydney, Jay, Megan and Mila Henderson; Diane, Peter and Jessica Rivers and Bob Henderson. Predeceased by his first wife Gladys; his brother Harold; his sisters Margaret, Edith, Audrey and Faith (Pip). Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Memorial Gardens, 52356 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park. Pat and Dorothy's families would like to thank the kind and caring staff of Devonshire Care Centre for their special devotion given to Pat. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Recreational Therapy Department at Devonshire Care Centre for their continuing work in providing entertainment and special events that gave both Pat and Dorothy so much enjoyment. 

 


July 25, 2008 John Kozel
John Kozel was a long time Lead Cleaner for PWA & Canadian Airlines and a friend to all who knew him.   Funeral arrangements for are:   Prayer Service - Sunday July 27 @7PM at St. Mathews  Catholic Church 13131 - 86 Street Edmonton  Funeral Service - Monday, July 28 @ 10AM St. Mathews Catholic Church 13131 - 86 Street  Edmonton 


July 20, 2008  Semple, Edward Hugh 
SEMPLE Edward Hugh Born August 27, 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died July 13, 2008 in Burnaby, BC in the presence of loving family members. Ed was predeceased by his parents, Pat and Jennet Semple, and by two sisters, Margaret Rae Cross and Maureen Holmes. He is survived by Roshale Ramsey, his devoted wife of 22 years, and by her son Aeron Jensan and wife Anaya. Ed is survived by his son Rae and wife Cammy of Mission, BC; two daughters, Margaret Semple of Winnipeg, and Kerry and husband Tom Hibbs of Surrey, BC. He was known as Ted and was dearly loved by his three surviving sisters, Trudie and Rex Terpening of Surrey, BC; Ruby and Vic Garden of Victoria Beach, Manitoba; and Shirley Semple of Nanaimo, BC. He is also survived by grandchildren and recently, one great-grandchild. Ed was a man who lived his life to the fullest. He was a Mason, a Shriner, a bowler, and a faithful member of South Burnaby United Church, where he spent many happy hours singing in the choir. He was an active member of Bonsor Centre where he also participated in choir singing. Upon retiring from the airline industry, Ed and Roshale travelled extensively and particularly enjoyed Hawaii. He became a green jacket volunteer at the airport, conducted tours for young people through the Air Canada hangar, and also worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for several summers. He was a good, kind and decent man whose favourite words were, "Can I help you?" "The art of life is to know how to Enjoy a little and to endure much" In gratitude and recognition of the tender loving care extended to Ed and his family by the staff of Aspen Grove during the 20 months he lived in New Vista Care Home, we request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to New Vista Society for Aspen Grove, 7550 Rosewood Street, Burnaby, BC, V5E 3Z3. There will be no service but a Celebration of Life tea will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the social room at 4221 Mayberry, Burnaby, BC. Personal Alternative Funeral Services


 June 30, 2008   Jack Cooke
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a true aviation Pioneer and an AC Pionair member, Jack Cooke, who was very well known in the aviation community and in fact could have been considered to be one of the "icons".  Jack Cooke passed away in Peace Arch Hospital on June 28, 2008. Jack was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, in 2002.

 Jack will be dearly missed by his loving children - Penny (Tony) Dalton, Randy (Alix) Cooke, and their children Melinda (Neil), Dana (Wes), Jaimie (Chris), and Joanna (Graham); stepson Steve (Jennifer), their sons Adam and Matthew, and his favourite cousin, Patti Cooke.

Jack was born on September 18, 1922, in Edson, Alberta. He joined TCA (later Air Canada) in 1945 in Lethbridge, Alberta, and subsequently worked for TCA in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In 1956, Russ Baker, founder of Pacific Western Airlines, asked Jack to join his new company in Vancouver. Throughout his career, he served in many senior management positions and retired in 1987. Jack was defined by his outgoing personality and his high regard for his colleagues throughout his 42 years in the aviation industry.  

Jack's passion was golf and he enjoyed many years as a member of Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, and Willow Park Golf and Country Club in Calgary. He served as The Worshipful Master of Grandview Masonic Lodge in 1961 and was a proud member of the Shriners' Oriental Band, where he excelled at playing the tambourine.
 


June 5, 2008 BOND, Tom
With humour and wit, dad had us laughing until his passing June 5, 2008. At 79, with a full life contributing to his family, friends and community, a long determined battle with cancer ended. Tom is survived by his devoted wife Dorothy of 50 years, loving daughters Rosemary (Tony) and Debra, grandsons Stuart and Douglas. Dad started with PWA in 1959 and worked in North Battleford, Saskatoon, Powell River, Dawson Creek and Vancouver where he worked in Claims until 1982. He enjoyed the reunions with the old PWA gang and participated in the 25 year club.   

 

June 5, 2008 - Don Johnson, Finance 
I wish that I was writing with good news but sadly this will be the hardest update to write. My dad Donald Johnson passed away this morning at home just before 11am after a 7 year battle with colon cancer. Erik, Scotia and I were at his side to hold his hand. He did not suffer. The nurses say that he was aware of our presence and this was evident by the way he stopped (his trademark) snoring when Scotia squealed at him :) earlier in the morning. We are taking comfort in knowing that he put up a good fight and is now at peace.   My family wishes to thank everyone again for their kind words and prayers during this difficult time. My dad was blessed to have had so many dear people in his life and he spoke highly of all of you.       


June 4, 2008  KOPYN, Theodorus
On Monday, June 2, 2008 Ted Kopyn passed away at the age of 88 years. He will be  sadly missed by Conny; sons Rene (Juanita), Jeff (Sandra), daughters, Diane (Dennis), Linda (Andrew);  granddaughters, Amanda and Meagan. Predeceased by his son Ted Patrick. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Westlawn Chapel. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the chapel of Howard & McBride   Westlawn, 16310 Stony Plain Road. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Ted may be made to Capital Care Kipnes Centre for Veterans, 4470 McCrae Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5E 6M8. Howard & McBride Westlawn Chapel 484-5500 For those who didn't know him Ted Kopyn was a long time PWA Crew Chief and Maintenance Supervisor at YXD

 


April 14, 2008  Bob Risk
Risk, Bob -  Bob was an NDT 3 Technician for the Canadian Air Force, PWA and Canadian Airlines.  He was involved in the CGSB National NDT training program and taught many of Canada's past and current NDT personnel.  Bob was an excellent NDT Technician and more importantly a great friend, I will miss him. Regretfully Bob passed away Monday at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.    


 April 2, 2008 Alan Ainsley
AINSLEY - ALAN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the age of 76. He is survived by his loving family: daughter Suzanne Grimble (Randy) of Lacombe, AB; sons David (Carol-Ann) of White Rock, BC, Dennis (Sandra) of Kelowna; eight grandchildren: Angela (Jason) Houston, Melissa and Alan Ainsley, Jamie and Jesse Scarf, Nicholas and Mallory Ainsley, Sarah Ainsley, Karen and Julie Burke and Annie (Matt); three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly predeceased by his wife Joan and his son James in 2003. Alan's family will remember him for the love, trust and support he and Joan provided them and for their straight backs, due to his constant shoulder squeezing! A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 7th at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC with Father Wayne Pfliger officiating. Cremation. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Mainland Military Family Resource Centre, c/o 39CBG-Hotel Quebec, 4050 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1P6. A gift in living memory of Alan will be made to "Holding Hands for Hospice" by Springfield Funeral Home.


March 16, 2008 Jean Bastain

SOC/Calgary - Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Airlines.  Jean was born in 1934 in High River, Alberta. Upon graduation from secretarial college in Calgary in her early 20s, she worked for MacCosham Van Lines before moving to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked for several years as a secretary with Lily Cups and later McCann-Erickson. Upon returning to Calgary in 1963, she was busy homemaking, caring for a husband, Stan, and raising three boys, Bill, Brad, and Craig. 
Jean was hired as a general secretary in August 1985, and eventually became executive secretary to Al Craig and subsequently, Jack Romanowski up until her retirement in August of 1999. Of all jobs, her career with PWA/Canadian was the closest to her heart.


Feb 25, 2008 Gail Philp
Gayle Philp (Little), flight attendant Edmonton base,  passed away this morning, after a long battle. The service is tentatively set  for Sat, March 1, 2008. 

PHILP, Gayle Marlene (Little) December 8, 1946 - February 25, 2008 It is with profound sadness that the family of Gayle Philp, announces her sudden passing on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the age of 61 years. Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are her husband, Robert; their children, Marie (Russell) Rudkowski, D'Arcy Philp (Ellen Wong), Elizabeth (Billy Wine); their grandchildren, Julie Rudkowski, Shay Rudkowski, Daniel Rudkowski, Zinnia Philp and Audrey Wine; and many cherished nieces and nephews. Gayle is survived by her brother Vernon (Charlene) Little. Gayle was predeceased by her parents, Dorland and Irene Little and her brother, Leonard. The family extends their thanks to the many kind and compassionate Health Care Professionals who attended Gayle. Gayle will be fondly remembered by her many, many friends. 


Jan 29, 2008 Ray Anaka

 Ray Anaka, Manager of Catering and Manager of In-flight at PWA and CDN passed away suddenly today.   This was sent to us by the family:

 It is with a very heavy heart and with the deepest sympathy to his loving  family that I have to inform you of the passing of our friend and  teammate Ray Anaka.  Ray passed away on Tuesday January 29th 2008.  Ray will be sorely missed by his grieving family and his legion of friends and workmates.  


Jan 11, 2008 Capt Mike Cwihun

 After a long struggle to recover from an illness Capt Mike Cwihun (Ret) passed away shortly after midnight Friday morning, 11 Jan 08. His obituary will be posted in the Edmonton Journal on Sunday, 13 Jan, and Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008


Dec 18, 2007  THOMAS JOSEPH SMITH
On Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the Deer Lodge Centre, with his family at his side, Tom's long struggle came to an end at the age of 83 years. Remaining to forever cherish Tom's memory are his loving wife Roxie, of 56 years of marriage and son Brian. He was predeceased by his beloved children Dan and Maureen; brother Glenn and sister Dorothy. Tom was born on March 22, 1924, and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. In 1943 he joined the R.C.A. and was part of the D-day invasion. Afterward he was employed with the C.P.R. until moving to Winnipeg in 1963. He then trained in avionics and worked at Transair and Pacific Western until retirement in 1985. Tom had a great love of motorcycles from 1944 in Belgium until his last ride at the age of 75 years. This love was passed on to his boys. He was a great neighbourhood helper too, but his first love was always home and family. He will be missed. In compliance with Tom's wishes no formal funeral service will be held. A private family service has taken place. He will be laid to rest later in Brandon beside Dan and Maureen. Our thanks and gratitude goes to all the staff on Tower 4 for their gentle care of Tom and support for us for the past two and a half years. In lieu of flowers donations in Tom's memory can be made to Deer Lodge Foundation, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3, or the Grace General Hospital Foundation, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7. I was that which others did not want to be, I went where others feared to go, And did what others failed to do. I have seen the face of terror, Felt the stinging cold of fear, And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment's love. But most of all, I have lived times others would say were lest forgotten. At least someday, I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was a soldier.   


Dec 16, 2007 Ken Ofstie
Ken Oftsie, Flight Operations: 


Nov 30, 2007 Denny Ranson
Our pal, the historian and world class movie maker, Denny Ranson. He departed us this morning. There will be a memorial service on Weds 05 Dec  at 1:00 pm at the St Albert Funeral Home. View the obituary here


 Nov 15, 2007 Capt Robin Bridgman
It is with sadness that we report the passing of retired Captain Robin Bridgman ex-PWA/CDN/AC. He died at home with his family, after battling a health issue for 4 years.  He was a passionate outdoor adventurer and lover of Canada 's north. He was our friend for many years and will be missed.


Nov 12, 2007 - Willy Laserich
LASERICH, A. William (Willie) Per Ardua Ad Astra (Through Struggles to the Stars) On November 12th, 2007, William passed away at the age of 75. He is survived by Margaret Rose, his wife of almost 50 years, his sons; Paul and Rene, his daughters; Bessie and Joann  Willie was a northern bush pilot who operated a DC4 out of Pelly Bay.  He was an aviation pioneer and many of our crews and staff knew him well.  He had an interesting
 life story


Nov 11, 2007 Capt Art Ralphs (Ret)
RALPHS, Arthur Henry Born March 18, 1922 November 6, 2007 Arthur passed away peacefully in his sleep at Victoria General Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 4729 Falaise Drive on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow in the Garden Room. 423450. Capt Ralph's service dates are March 1955 - March 1982.
 


July 31, 2007 Richard A. "Rick" Bauer 
Rick in Tariffs at head office in YVR. His wife was an F/A with Wardair. He went on to Texas International where he invented the "Peanuts Fare" where you flew for peanuts, then American Airlines and finally IATA in Geneva. Smart dude. He'll be missed.

Rick was born in Britton, South Dakota in 1949 to Richard and Dolores Bauer, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Anadarko High School in Anadarko, OK, where he excelled at basketball and track, setting numerous school records where he made All-State in both sports. He accepted a basketball scholarship to attend St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK, where he received his Engineering degree. Rick spent his entire career in the airline industry, working for many of the major airlines, including ten years for IATA in Switzerland. He was the president of AirCap Partners, LLC, a consulting firm he helped start in 2000. He enjoyed gardening, loved to play golf and was an avid computer geek.

Survivors: wife, Carol Ann Bauer of Midland; sons, Russell, Robert, Richard, and Randall Bauer, all of Los Angeles, CA; Ryan Bauer of Baltimore, MD; step-son, David Ozbolt and six year old grandson Cody Ozbolt, both of Conroe, TX; brothers, Philip G. Bauer of Houston and Dan Bauer of Deerfield Beach, FL; sisters, Terry Tully of Anna, Ohio and Ellen Zevely of Columbus, OH; step-brothers, Jeff Camlin of Carrollton, and David Camlin of Boston, MA; and "The Truck", his prized 2007 Dodge Ram 3500


April 13, 2006  Duncan D. McLaren   July 16, 1917 - April 13, 2006       
Career at  PWA 1953-1961 One of the Founders  In April 1953 Duncan joined Central British Columbia Airways  to work with Russ Baker. He had previously had past experiences as an aircraft mechanic, bush pilot, test pilot, HBC pilot and came to Central British Columbia Airways ( soon to be renamed Pacific Western Airlines) from Queen Charlotte Airlines where he had been employed as Executive Assistant to the General Manager. During his time with PWA he held various senior management positions and was directly involved in development of the company during a time of growth in the airline industry in Canada. After Russ Baker's passing he was acting President and ended his time with PWA as Managing Director. After leaving PWA he subsequently moved to the US to work for an International Aircraft Maintenance and Leasing Company. Three years later found himself selling and leasing aircraft to PWA and working with new and old PWA staff.   In November 1992 he authored "Bush to Boardroom" which was his personal view of Five Decades of Aviation History in which PWA played a prominent role.


Jack Moul
A great article on Jack Moul, former Vice President.  


Sep 2, 1999 Shirley Kent B-Sep 15 1933 D-Sep 2 1999
Shirley worked in the secretary pool then the until the pass beareu in 1972 and retired in 1987. She was well known and respected by all. Submitted by her grandson Ryan Wittenberg.


JACOX _ David R, AFC At age 84 and following a long and challenging battle with heart disease, David has taken flight from this earth, making his final log book entry on February 28th, 2004 following a highly active life and career dedicated to his family and aviation. At 14 years old, David became the youngest pilot in Canada, going on to instruct others entering air combat during the Second World War. Following the great conflict, he became the first Commander of the 418 Squadron in Edmonton and subsequently Manager of the Edmonton Municipal Airport, President of BC Airlines, Corporate Vice President of Pacific Western Airlines and Vice President of Canadian Airlines
International, earning the admiration and respect of all those who had the opportunity to work with him. David was a key influence in the creation of Edmonton's Alberta Aviation Museum which stands as a world-class celebration of aviation in Western Canada.
Steadfastly and lovingly supported by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Jacox, David demonstrated his values by example to the two sons David and Terry and daughter Penny (Al) they bore together and the ten grandchildren; Todd, Jill, Jodi, Robin, David, Tracy, Cale, Mike, Sam and Travis and pets Paddington, Bambi, Gus and Sunshine, who survive him and who will always miss and never forget him and who are determined to carry forward his example and spirit. "May you forever fly clear skies with a courageous crew, David." At his request there will be no service.


DS Robertson
Flew for QCA and when PWA bought QCA transferred to PWA and flew from Nov 06 1955 to July 29 1958. Crashed Norseman CF-OBM  July 29 1958 at Bamfield B.C.  (Submitted by Greg Robertson)
CF-OBM   Registered to Ontario Provincial Air Service July 11, 1946 as CF-OBM.  Registered to Central BC Airways, Kamloops, BC. on June 29, 1951.  Re-registered to Pacific Western Airlines, Vancouver, BC., on July 9, 1953 when PWA was formed from Central BC Airways.  Destroyed at Bamfield, BC. on July 29, 1958.  Aircraft stalled and crashed into water while making a turn at low altitude.  Floats broke off and the aircraft sank.  One passenger injured.  As of March 25, 1958 total time was 9,735 hours.
 


Sep 1976 - Glen Garvin
Glen born and educated in Winnipeg, was an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company and saw service with the RCAF. On demobilization he returned to HBC. After a 10-month service at Port Alberni, Glen was transferred to Kamloops with that employer in 1948. He then joined Barton & Hay, in the general insurance field. On October 1, 1951, he took the position of manager of the Tourist Information Bureau, which was sponsored by the Board of Trade and tourist & resort operators of the area. In June 1955, Glen attended a 10-day course at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, where, it was stated he had a perfect paper, in the examination of the Canadian Institute for Board and Chamber secretaries. He was presented the Certificate of Merit, for that achievement, in Winnipeg, in October 1955. He resigned, as manager of the Kamloops and District Board of Trade and tourist bureau, to join Inland Natural Gas Co. Ltd., at Vancouver, in 1956. At Inland Natural Gas he held positions of advertising manager and sales promotion manager. R.H. “Dick” Laidman, then president of PWA, appointed Glen as manager of marketing in May 1968. In 1969, Glen was concentrating on developing inclusive tours and international operations. He retired from PWA in 1975, for health reasons. He died in September 1976.


Bill Bougie  1981
I had a f
riend that worked at YVR for Pacific Western Airlines back around 1981 and before. He  passed away in 1981 in a motorcycle accident.....but I met some very cool people that he worked with, and always wondered where they are now.  His name was Bill Bougie. He worked on the ramp... Diana Gledhill

 Maintenance 

Charlie Aldridge

Jim Anderson

Bill Armitt

Jim Brown

Bert Billings

Al Border

Jim Byers

Bert Bolt

Les Basnett

Wes Bunt

Kelly Bryan

Barry Bernard

Roy Berryman

William H Bromley

Gordon Cannam

Dave Coombs

Paul Chaisson

Ted Cheetham

Tom Carey

Doug Campbell

Wasie (Ewasiuk) Campbell

Jack Chambers

Bob Dobson

Andy Donald

Harry Dubeta

Wally Detroy

Bud Dinney

George Dormer

Douglas, Keith - 1957

Harold Egar

George Frinske

Michael Fennell

George Ferguson

Olga Fedishen

Adam Gajb

Ralph Harr

Cy Harrington

Ernie Heard

Ed Hennig

Gerry Hall

Gerhardt (Shorty) Juengal

Mary Judge

Al Johnson

Norm Krish

Erik Koskela

Art Kalinchuk

Bill Koedam

Ron Knight

Leon Krawchuk

Colin LaBelle

Peter Lam 

Joe Lazar

Harlen Lyseng

Harold Little

Frank Labreque

Ron Murray

Don Moyle

Archie Martin

Tom McLaughlin

Pam Morecroft

Art Mielke

Ron Menter

Harry Martin

Ted Nice

Eric Nitschmann

Paul Mathieu

Joe O'Neil

Harvey Oulton

Bill Oakes

Bob Otto

Adolf Prantner

John Parker

Pat Prior

Ted Puchala

Colin Parker

Arne Paulsen

Harry Powell

Hugh Porter

George Ropcean

Bob Rogers

Bob Rogers

Walter Rokovetsky

Fred Reitze

Metro Stacknik

Les Smith

Ed Shore

George Strandlie

Doug Stewart

Ron Skamers 

Keith Steer

Godfrey (Scotty) Schira

Moe Sangster

Henry Schuler

Joe Smith

John Tansey

George Taylor

Bruce Thompson

John Witt

Gary Wilson 

Martin Wetzstein

Gil Young

Art Yeates

Tom Yorke

Air Cargo

Ron Raiwet

M Summers

Dennis Ewanciw

 

Airports

L. Diamond

Dennis Ewanciw

A Evans

W. Forbes

Carl Fowler

Eric  Hawksworth

D Johnson (YKA)

P Koch

G. Meredith

G. Ohrn

W Park

Bob Retty

Wally Sutherland

J Wyse

A Coburn

D Delhaye

Lorraine Payne

Gunnard Radford

Henry De Sa

Lorraine Diamond
Linda Simonson

 

 

Management

Harry Herbert

Jack Moul Sr.

T. Ranson.

Bruce McWhirter 

A Craig

T Barford

D Toy

Shirley Kent

Len Sambell

Des Delahye

 

Crew Scheduling

R. Jaksa

W. Svenkeson

Trevor Lavery

J. Scholtz

 

Reservations

Mhari Garlick

Irene Koonce

Michael Kelly

Irene Lambton

Dorothy  Newington

 

Communications

Ted Toy

Shirley Stevens

Raye Pascoe

 

Flight Dispatch / SOC

Gerald Baisch

Brian James

Lori Howard

Val Campbell

 

Grooming 

Victor Barnaby 

Joffres Kremer 

Mary Judge 

 

 

Loadmasters
Ron Henderson
Ed Hunka
Gilles Lefebreve
Keith McMahon
Don Moore
Bill Vance

 

Flight Operations

Clare Agar

Andy Anderson

G Allen

Art Bell - 1920-1991

Capt B.Bourne

Gavin Brown

H Bray 1921 - 2003

Larry Colins

W. Cooper - 1957

Bill Campbell

Doug Catrano

John Clarke

Colin Dobbin

Lowell Doerksen

Jim Dunbar

Tony Gauthier (with Dad)

Tom Glaister

Jock Gourlay

G Gauthier (With Tony)

W Gilbert

Cole Harvey

R Henderson

V Hennell

Art Jung

Bob Kellaway

Jerry Kish

Fred Lasby

Jim Lightbown

Jerry Lozie

James Lougheed

R Laidman

Jack Magel

Dean MacLagan

K McMahon

Hugh Mann

Page MacPhee

Joe McGoldrick

Dan McIvor

Chris Miles

Dave Mill

Bob MacPherson

Bob McBride

Rick McIntosh

Bill Milne

Capt Jack Moul

Capt Karl Mueller (B747)

William D. McMillan (YKA)

J Marshall

Jerome Nagy

Bill Park

Gerald Parker

Sy Payge 

H Quinn

Capt Art Ralphs

Capt Gary Russell

F/O Stewart Russell - 1957

Capt Al Reece

Russ Revel

Bob Rowe

L Roland

Rick Simons

Dave Stronach

Rudy Svoboda

Dan Sherwood

Vern Simmonds

Peter Van Oort

Henry Vasselin

Ray Veosovich

Capt Ian Watt - 1957

Walter Winberg

Capt Jimmy Siddle

Capt J Robert

Al Smuland 1954-1960

 


 
In Memoriam:  George Dormer  -  Jan 2, 1973
Always remembered by his loving wife and 7 daughters.  (Submitted by Theresa Giroux)

In Memoriam:  Bill Vance - Project Manager / Loadmaster  -  Jan 2, 1973

In our thoughts and all of the great memories - (Submitted by Tracey Vance and Patricia, Maria, Lori, Sheri, and Bill)