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In Memoriam
We will always remember these exceptional people who were our co-workers and friends.  A tribute to

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.

A tribute to the crew of the Pacific Western Airlines B707-321C Jan 2, 1973
Capt Arthur Jung (51)
F/O Lowell Doerksen (27)
F/E George Albert Dormer  (45)
Loadmaster Keith McMahon (30)
Project Manager Bill Vance (35)
A tribute to the the crew of the Pacific Western L100-30 CF-PWX that was lost on Nov 21, 1976
Capt Dean MacLagan
FO Dave Stronach
SO Rudy Svoboda
LM Ron Henderson
FE Ron Murray

April 24, 2024 Patrick Cameron Routledge
Patrick Cameron Routledge, affectionately known as Cam, passed away on April 24, 2024, with family by his side. In Cam's own words, "I have lived a great life". Cam worked in Marketing, Sales and Airports.

February 3, 2024 Dave Hood

Our esteemed colleague Dave Hood  passed February 3, 2024 in Calgary, AB. Dave worked in Standards and Procedures, Air Cargo Marketing and was an Air Cargo specialist. Very much liked and respected by all.

January 23, 2024 Capt. Rick Soley
It is with great sadness that I inform you that Capt. Rick Soley has passed away. He died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Just a few days after his 78th birthday. He truly loved his days with PWA and flying the C-130 with the rest of his Herc family. He will always be loved and remembered by me, his sons Michael and Steven the rest of his family and of course his many friends.
Added by S. Russell.  We received sad news from Terri Soley that Rick passed away in Mexico 23 Jan 2024, 3 days after his 78th birthday. Rick was born in Edmonton in 1946 and was an avid pilot from his first flight at age 16 at the YXD Flying Club and continued to accrue enough hours to be hired on by Pacific Western in 1968. He flew many aircraft during his career with PWA but always highlighted his adventures with the Hercules Operation, from the High Arctic to the African Sahara, as some of the most memorable flying he enjoyed, with some of the most memorable people in the industry. Rick completed his flying career on the 767 in 2000 after his back was injured in an unfortunate mishap, but he continued to stay active with his wood working, creating and building 1/8 th scale wooden stage coaches, Conestoga and Chuck wagons with his time. Rick will be sadly missed by Terri, sons Michael and Steven, their families and his many friends. Appreciate if you can add this message re Rick’s passing to the PWA website.

January 11, 2024 Captain Jack Johnson

December 12, 2023 - Sandy Taylor
We have been advised that Sandy Taylor passed last week. Sandy held many positions in Airport Services including Assistant Regional Manager Western Airports. She will be sadly missed.

December 9, 2023 - Ron Gelinas
Ron Gelinas who passed away 09 Dec in Redwater, Alberta at the age of 84.  Ron came from the Royal Canadian Air Force to Pacific Western in 1969 as a Hercules Loadmaster and later as a Project Manager with the Hercules Operation.

November 11, 2023 - Dennis Merrigan
Dennis began his career as an Agent in Fort Smith, then moved on to manage the large Float Base. He moved into Flight Dispatch and SOCC YXD, Aircraft Equipment Routing, Fleet Manager and later for many years the airline representative with Airbus in Toulouse. Another talented and nice guy. Sadly missed.

October 25, 2023 Len Jones
Len Jones,  Air Cargo Manager, Regional Manager and various airline management positions, passed this day.  Note the Service is Nov 1, 2023.

October 6, 2023 Albert Peter Lema

Peter Lema sadly passed this day in Oct.  Peter had a long career with the airline in ramp operations, Terminal Operations Manager, and Public Relations Edmonton.  We was a welll liked and respected gentleman.

October 3, 2023 P.J. Martin
Aircraft Engineering Maintenance - a character in the PW family - Sadly missed by so many.

September 27, 2023 Cliff Beck
Flight Technical Specialist and Flight Operations Navigator


September 10, 2023 Ellis Lambertson
It is with great sadness that the family of Ellis Lambertson announce his passing. Surrounded by his loving wife and 2 children, Ellis left this world on September 10, 2023. A COL will be announced at a later date.

August 4, 2023 - Raymond Chapman


July 3, 2023 - Capt (Martin) Joe Wood
Flown West - One of our finest.

May 3, 2023 - Capt Terry Champion
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of one our finest. RIP


Captain Edmond (Ed) George BRAY June 21, 1929 – April 30, 2023
Edmund George Bray: Seaman, Logger, Pilot, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Sailor, Explorer,Philosopher and above all, Captain, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 30, 2023 at age 93. Born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Ed was raised in Warspite, AB and spent much of his life in Langley and Surrey, BC, with brief stints in Alert Bay BC, Yellowknife NWT and Edmonton AB.
In 1953 Ed married his beloved wife Juliette, and from there a blessed life ensued with children Susan(predeceased in 2017), Patrick, Michael and Catherine, and grandchildren Christopher, Jennifer, Pamela and
Patricia. His sense of humour and warm heart will be sadly missed. Last year Ed was delighted to discover his half-brother Lyall, and half-sister Bonnie living nearby, and made up for lost time getting to know his newfound family. Most recently he and Julie lived in Chilliwack, and then Langley, BC, enjoying spending
time with their Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. Julie & all his family would like to thank the many medical staff who attended Ed this last year for their exceptional care and patience. The family also wish to extend special thanks to the nursing staff in the surgical care ward at Peace Arch Hospital for their
kindness and compassion in his final days. A service will be held on Monday May 29th, 2023 at 11:00am at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 20676 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC, with a Reception following.
The Burial will take place at 2:00 PM at Surrey Centre Cemetery, 16671 Old McLennan Road, Surrey, BC.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer Society.

April 5, 2024 Captain William (Bill) Giolma
Flown West - Sad News.  Bill made a great day even better when he operated the flight through your station. He will be sadly missed. RIP Captain Giolma.

March 19, 2023 - Gordon Petrie
Gordon Petrie passed in Edmonton after a lengthy illness. Gordon began his long airline career in 1959 and was one of the airline pioneers. He worked in many departments including the Training Department, In-flight Administration, Manager Passenger Safety, and In-Flight Technical.Gordon Petrie

February 3, 2023 - Eric Strand
Eric Strand, Hercules Operations specialist passed. Eric resided in 100 Mile House, BC.

February 1 , 2023    Douglas Shinnan
Customer Service Manager in Edmonton and Inuvik.  Celebration of life February 11, 2023.  Sadly missed.


January 29, 2023    Tish Sauvé (Bergasse
Tish Sauvé (Bergasse), Flight Attendant passed Jan 23, 2023.  She is survived by her husband Jerry and her two sons David and Patrick. 

January 19, 2023  - Mr. Rhys Eyton
We are terribly sad to advise that Rhys T Eyton died peacefully this morning with his wife Lynn by his side. In time, there will be a small Celebration of Life for family/close friends. For now, the family appreciates their privacy.

January 14, 2023 David Orange
David Orange passed this weekend in Richmond, BC. David enjoyed a long career in Sales and Contract and Charters.

Janurary 9, 2023 Donna Margaret Pashak
Donna Margaret Pashak, Edmonton based Flight Attendant passed

December 29, 2022 Capt. Rihard (Rick) Coulter
CAPTAIN Richard ("Rick") WELLINGTON COULTER (born October 14, 1942) announces his passing on December 29, 2022. Rick leaves behind his sons, T.J. (Andrea -- grandchildren Finleigh & Olsen) and Rhys (Jade), his daughter Diana (Tom), and his partner Priscilla, along with his sister Sandra (Andy), nieces Michelle, Terry, Kim, Lindsey and Deidre and nephew Ben.
Rick had a 43 year history in aviation, beginning with a summer job as a learner mechanic with Pacific Western Airlines in 1955 and accumulating over 18,000 hours flying time on numerous aircraft types before his early retirement from Canadian Airlines in 1998. The first plane he purchased and learned to fly was a De Havilland Tiger Moth DH82C, which he built with his father (Frank Coulter) and used to accumulate all of his required commercial flying hours. Although aviation was an important part of his life, Rick was able to enjoy many other activities, including RV'ing in Palm Springs, golf, travel and boating, all the while progressing with the restoration of his Tiger Moth CF-OQT.
Rick/Dad, you will be deeply missed by ALL your loving family.
No service by request. Obituary and Memoirs are handled online by Henderson's Langley Funeral Home

December 16, 2022 - Reg Layden
Reginald ( Reg ) Layden passed away on December 16th,2022 from complications with Cancer.
Reg began with PWA, in January of 1972 at the Edmonton Municipal Airport and worked  in cargo and ramp operations.  . He spent most of his career as a CSA at YEG until his retirement. He was great to work with ,a lot of fun and laughter.   At his request there will not be a celebration of life.

December 13, 2022 - Capt Wendell Clark
Capt. Wendell Clark passed age 90 in Parksville, BC

December 9, 2022 - Rob Shepherd

Rob Shepherd passed this day Dec 9, In Kelowna BC.  Rob worked in Crew Scheduling for PW, CDN and AC.

December 6, 2022 -Dale Vance
Dale Vance passed peacefully this day December 6.  Dale worked in Airport Services including YZF and YEV. Further information TBA

November 28, 2022 Capt. Rod Fawcett

November 20, 2022 Horst Parpatt  B 1929 - D 2022.
It is with a sad heart that we wish to pass on that our beloved dad, grandfather (Opa), great-grandfather passed away on Sunday, November 20th, 2022.    He worked at YVR Air Cargo from 1972 until 1991
He is missed by his wife of 66 years, his 3 kids, 8 grand children and 11 great grand children.

October 14, 2022 Tanis Vallevand
Tanis Vallevand passed away on Oct 14, 2022 with the funeral being held in Edmonton on November 5, 2022. Tanis was a popular and kind hearted flight attendant who was a based in YEG and YYC with PWA, Canadian and Air Canada

October 4, 2022   Capt. Matti R.I. Koivula (Tavela),  Born Aug. 12, 1944.
It is with great sadness to announce that Matti passed away on the evening of Tuesday, October 4th in Richmond Hospital at the age of 78 years

September 25, 2022 Carolyn Davis
Carolyn Davis, Flight Attendant based at Edmonton & Calgary passed on September 25, 2022 at her home in Beaver Lodge Alberta and surrounded by her family. Carolyn worked from 1975 to 2000 at both Pacific Western and Canadian Airlines.. She asked for no obituary or any kind of memorial. She was a great flight attendant and we all loved her. She was hard working and fun to fly with.

September 17, 2022 - Katharina Isaak-Graham

An incredible flight attendant and an amazing person.  Kathrina enjoyed  a long airline career and retired on Vancouver Island


September 10, 2022 - Marg Purdy
Remembering Marg Purdy, Supervisor of Expense Accounts for many years at PWA.

August 18, 2022 Terry Martin
On August 18, 2022, our colleague and friend Terry Martin passed. Terry worked for many years with the airline in severak roles including ramp services, Canadian North Sales and Marketing, Hercules loadmaster, Airport Load planning, and later on to another career at Weatherford. At Terry's request there will be no service.

July 20, 2022 Andrew (Andy) Snowie
Andrew (Andy) Snowie passed July 19, 2022 after a battle with cancer. Andy worked in Airport Services and we work together in Edmonton and Kamloops.  He later retired to San Diego and Lake Havasu City.  Always interesting and always thinking, he will be sadly missed.


May 20, 2022 Andrea Olsen (Karbonick)

Andrea Olsen (Karbonick), a career Airline Agent based in Calgary passed. She was one of those familiar friendly faces at the airport who helped all of us make our flights. She was also an active member  part of the airline curling group.

May 17, 2022
Patricia Mavis Swayne (Patty)  - December 2, 1949 - May 17, 202

Born December 2nd 1949, a true Sagittarius with a wanderlust and passion for adventure; Patty, Patsy, Patricia had an incredible gift of making everyone feel they were her best friend. With her ongoing mistrust of technology, she carried several years of calendars to ensure she never missed an event in anyone's life. She could be found combing the markets from Bargain Basements to Beijing in search of the perfect items for her notorious gift-bags. Party Patty was always dressed and ready to add sparkle (and confetti) to every event.
With her husband of nearly 35 years, Gary and Patsy RV'd, sailed, cruised, and flew all over the globe with salt, sea, and wind in their hair. The special retreats for these "foodies" were in Greece and Costa Rica. Of course, planning for these adventures required five pounds of Blistex, copious packages of sticky-notes, destination pamphlets, maps of every town to be visited, "dolly shoes" and a suitcase filled with black and white attire. Cruises always required an art-auction paddle (and Gary's wallet).
Patty, the Condiment Queen, enjoyed her kitchen where she created luscious and never-before-seen charcuterie boards. As the caterer on their yacht, Ceilidh Mara, Patty served a variety of local ethnic cuisine.
Patricia Mavis Noble Swayne loved flying for Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada; and hung up her wings in 2002. Survived by her adoring husband Gary and his children Siobhan and Michael, her favourite sister Sandy, her loving niece and nephew, Jeanette and Jamie; her great nieces and nephew and her myriad of lifelong faithful friends.
On May 17, 2022 Patty dusted off her wings to take her final flight.
At Patty's request please do not send flowers, and there will be no service. You may choose to send a donation to the Sunshine Coast SPCA

April 20, 2022 -  Capt Bob Heit passed at age 80. 

March 26, 2022 Diane Quinn (Schurman)
Diane worked as an Edmonton based flight attendant.


February 23, 2022   Mel Crothers
Our dear friend and colleague Mel Crothers passed February 23, 2022. Mel worked in Airports and Sales and went on to a second career in local politics. He will be missed!
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February **,  2022 Don Gray
Don Gray, Airports Supervisor Calgary Airport passed after a long disabilty. RIP Don.

December 16, 2021 Gerry Beaver
On December 16, 2021 Gerry Beaver passed in Halifax.  Gerry worked as a Project Manager in Contract and Charter, Hercules Dept. (HercOps)

December 11, 2021 Capt. JCS (Jack) Miles
Capt JCS Miles was born on March 6th, 1918 and passed on Dec. 11, 2021. He was 103 years.
Jack was in the Royal Air Force, as a pilot, from 1941/1946 and in Commercial Aviation from 1947 to 1986. He retired from PWA in 1978.
The Obit is here.

Download the Flown West for Capt Miles here

Photo Credit M. Crothers (2015)

October 31, 2021 Don Cameron

From the Desk of S. Russell.
Our neighbour of 30 plus years, Don Cameron passed away, on 31 October at the age of 83 years.
Don was not only a wonderful neighbour and was also a retired aircraft mechanic for Pacific Western and later Canadian Airlines. Don mentioned he was always impressed with Pacific Western and Jim Kulak, Director of Line Maintenance, especially when Jim told him that his experience with the RCAF was just what he needed to get hired on with the airline.
Don was always a jovial sort of gentleman who loved to pass the time of day and engage in airplane talk whenever the opportunity arose. He was an early bird who regularly shared the latest news while we shovelled snow at 0600. His collection of flags, that hung over the entrance to his garage, were regularly changed out over the course of the year, with special recognition of Remembrance Day and Canada Day celebrations. He was a veteran and proud of it.
He will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to his wife Audrey, daughter Joyce, son Ken and their families.
Click the link to view the Obit.

October  1, 2021 John Michael Harrowar
December 11, 1946 – Dingwall, Scotland   - Passed October 1, 2021 - Calgary, Alberta
John Harrowar of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the age of 74 years.
John worked in the airline industry for thirty years, starting with PWA then Canadian Airlines, retiring from Air Canada. John worked in the IT Services Department was was multi-talented specialist included a Senior Financial Analyst in many technical fields.
John is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lindsay and Andrew Clarkson.
There will not be a funeral service. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed here. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455
In living memory of John Harrowar, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY
FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

August 20, 2021 - James Robert Wilkinson
Jim worked in several departments including Manager, Reservations.
James Robert Wilkinson, age 74, of Kelowna, British Columbia passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021. James was born February 15, 1947 in Hanna, AB.

June 1, 2021 - Captain Dale Leschiutta


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May 28, 2021 - Captain Ed Carley

May 14, 2021  - Stephen  J. Bullock

Stephen J. Bullock passed away this evening. Steve had been battling Cancer and it recently had taken a turn for the worse. He decided to make the trip home to Calgary one final time but his health would not allow it. He passed away today May 14, 2021 at the Royal Inland Hospital.
Steve worked most of his career in Airport Services and Sales, Corporate Real Estate and Canadian Regional. His son Mathew returned with Steve and he is now in the care of Steve's daughter Amanda.

May 10, 2021  - Robert (Bob) Bond
Bob passed away May 10, 2021  Bob was a career aircraft engineer based out of Edmonton. He also was part of the HercOps Divisions.  No further details.

April 13, 2021  - Captain William George Pratt
April 30th 1949 – April 13th, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill Pratt on
April 13, 2021 at the Jubilee Lodge Nursing Home in Edmonton.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Rosella Bjornson, daughter Valerie (Connie), son Kenneth (Sarah), grandchildren Gryffyn, Liam, Oliver and Julia, siblings Larry (Norma) Pratt and Colleen Hay, and nieces and nephews.
Bill was pre-deceased by his parents George and Vivian Pratt, brother Bruce and brother-in-law Doug.
Bill was born April 30, 1949 in Grande Prairie, Alberta. His family moved to Peace River in 1950. He completed up to Grade 10 there and relocated to Grande Prairie for Grades 11 & 12. After graduating with honours, he was accepted into aircraft maintenance at SAIT in Calgary. He completed his Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license with Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) however soon decided that he would like to fly for a living. His first position as a pilot brought Bill to Winnipeg where he met and married his life partner, Rosella. After a stretch of flying a King Air B90 and a Learjet, Bill was hired on by the airlines where he flew for PWA, Canadian Airlines, ZIP, and Air Canada. He flew as a First Officer and Captain of the Boeing 737 and a Captain on the A320 to finish out his career.
Bill was a proud father and grandfather, a loving husband and an incredibly talented man who loved to lend a hand. When not flying, he could be found pursuing one of his many hobbies including fixing and flying aircraft, building hot rods, riding motorcycles, woodworking, or toolmaking. He took his grandkids on many tractor rides and this is one of the memories they cherish of him. Bill and his wife Rosella enjoyed travelling and had many adventures together.
He will be missed by the countless friends and acquaintances he made throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alberta Aviation Museum or the Dementia Association, heather@dementiaassociation.ca.
Internment of ashes and a celebration of life will take place when restrictions are lifted.

April 7, 2021 Jeff Hornsby
We are advised of the sad passing of Jeff Hornsby. Jeff began his career at Transair (Airports), then Pacific Western (SOCC Manager) , Canadian and Air Canada.  Jeffrey Lyal Hornsby was born April 15, 1959 and passed away in the loving embrace of his wife Sandy on April 7, 2021. He is predeceased by his father, Lyal Hornsby, and mother, Janet Devlin. He leaves behind his loving wife, Sandra Dee Hornsby and his canine companion, Marley; his daughter Kyla Victoria Thomson; his stepdaughter Heidi Walter (Craig Stogre), grandchildren Tyshawn Walter, Frankie Brielle Thomson, Van Clayton Thomson, and Remi Grace Thomson; brother Grant Hornsby (Shelley Hornsby); sister Nancy Campbell-Gillies.

Jeff was dearly loved and will be terribly missed. He is at peace now and free from the struggles life gave him. Wishing you calm seas and fair winds my love! May you rest in peace sweetheart!
Click below for the obituary.

March 12, 2021 Don Scott

Donald Neil Scott passed away in Didsbury, AB on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the age of 72 years. He was born in Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario on July 26, 1948 and was raised in Ontario until the age of 3. With his mom and new dad, they started to travel Canada as a Royal Canadian Airforce brat. He gained two sisters from mom and dad which he loved and enjoyed being around; as well helping with the care and well being of those sisters like a big brother would. He himself decided that at the age of 17 he would join the Royal Canadian Airforce. After boot camp he was sent out west to join the 407 Squadron in Comox, BC where he began his career as an aircraft engineer. After a year of being on the island he met my mom on a blind date in 1968 and married in 1970. From that moment on they were never apart until her untimely passing in April of 2019. From this union of love and friendship two children were born – daughter, Dawn Scott (grandson, Nate Scott; and granddaughter, Teanna Scott); and son, Daniel Scott (granddaughter, Yvonne Scott).
Dad left the military career behind in 1973 and joined Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) in Vancouver, BC; as an aircraft mechanic and then later as a Crew Chief. He watched the company grow from PWA to Canadian Airlines and then finally to Air Canada where he retired from in Calgary, AB. In his life time he met and became friends with numerous people with a smile and story. Some of those friends became so close that they were seen as family. Dad never lost the love of Vancouver Island or Shuswap Lake. He went home numerous time to visit, camp, go boating or just to get away. His love of the coast never left his heart. Don is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Dawn; son, Dan; grandchildren, Nate Scott, Teanna Scott and Yvonne Scott; as well as sister, Marlene (Dave) Evans of Red Deer Alberta and sister, Elaine (Don) Livingston of Cloverdale, BC; niece, Jody Ellis and family; and nephew, Greg Evans. He was predeceased by wife, Gwen Scott; mother and father, Margaret and George Scott; as well mother and father-in-law, Jack and Evelyn High; brothers-in-law, Arthur Meilke, Roger High, Andrew High and Robert “Bob” High. A small Memorial will be held in Carstairs, AB and if COVID permits a larger gathering in Sorrento, BC in July.

February 26, 2021 Captain William (Bill) Harkley

Captain Bill Harlkey passed away, peacefully, on his own terms at his home on Salt Spring Friday February 26, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Janice, his children Graham (Sharon) Harkley, his daughter Laureen Hooker, his son in law Ross Hooker, his stepson Pete ( Jamie) Shpak , 5 grandchildren Nick, Jenna, Grace, Evan, Kennedy, his sister Cathy (Les) Bayer and the mother of his children, Marilyn Harkley.

Bill was born in Vancouver August 31, 1940. Flying was his career and his life. He started flying in the bush in Northern Ontario and was eventually hired by Pacific Western Airlines May 1, 1969. He flew on all continents, except Antarctica. On March 27, 1980 Bill confirmed to YVR control that Mt. Saint Helens had, indeed, erupted as the plane he was flying was right there. By the time Bill retired fully from the airlines in 2010, he had flown through the mergers of Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Pacific Airlines, Wardair Canada, and Air Canada. He never thought of flying as work, it was such a joy for him to fly, to experience the world, and to spend time with his airline crews.

Bill was always and forever an adventurer...from sailing to Hawaii on a 8 meter sailboat with Charlie and Margo White (Charlies Chart’s), to cycling from Vancouver to San Francisco in 10 days, to circumnavigating Vancouver Island solo on his 22 foot NonSuch at age 68, to riding a motorcycle with his dear friend Steve Knight over the Altas Mountains into the Sahara at age 70. This amazing man never stopped exploring and continuously inspires those who knew him to do the same.

Bill and Janice were married in 1991. Together they created 3 businesses, River Run Cottages in Ladner, Salt Spring Winery on Salt Spring and Salt Spring Mercantile on Salt Spring. You can tell that Bill never sat still, we called him the “Energizer Bunny”. To be diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy made collective sense of the many symptoms he had experienced over the past several years. It is rare and untreatable. He spent his last months in Ladner, watching the river run.

Bill was a man filled with gratitude and kindness, a loving husband, father and grandfather. A celebration of his life will be held this summer, pandemic permitting, on the docks of his son’s home in Ladner.

Our special thanks to the medical community on Salt Spring that were so caring. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice in Bill’s memory would be lovely.

February 23, 2021   Tommy Standell
A sweet hearted man who always had a great smile and good sense of humour prayers to God for my friend
Tommy Standell may you rest in peace Amen praise God for wonderful blessings that you were.  Tom worked at YVR Cargo. RIP

February 13, 2021 Captain Harold (Hal) G. Lowe,  B-April 1, 1930
Just advised today that our dear friend and colleague Hal Lowe passed away peacefully at home in Tsawwassen, B.C. this past Saturday, Feb. 13th with his beloved Ingrid at his side. Hal was 90 years old. The next day, Valentine’s Day was the anniversary date of his retirement from a flying career he so loved, especially his time spent with PWA. 
As per Hal’s wishes, there will be no newspaper obituary and no funeral service. A “Flown West” announcement will be sent out soon.

November 25, 2020 Raymond Glen Harris

HARRIS, Raymond “Glen” – Passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 in his 84th year. Lovingly remembered by his “first mate”, Lilly Maille. Cherished father of Micheal Harris (Linda Harris), Shelley Harris, Patricia Harris, and Christine Billinger (Tristan Billinger). Dear grandfather of Angela Johnson, Amber Jury, Reilly Harris-Filipovic, James Billinger, and Ava Billinger and great-grandfather of Nathan Alfred and Ryan Alfred. Survived by his sister Faye Milburn (William Milburn) and sister-in-law Lois Harris. Predeceased by brothers Roger Harris and Daniel Harris, and sister Helen Reekie (Wally Reekie). Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews: Geoffry Reekie, Christine Reekie, Vincent Reekie, Barb Milburn-Clark, Robert Milburn, Valerie DeMarco, Todd Harris, Morgan Harris, Jason Harris, Matt Harris and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Glen loved the Parry Sound area and would bring his family and friends together to spend time enjoying his cottage on the beautiful Georgian Bay. He had a passion for the water and for fishing and spent many hours teaching his children and grandchildren to fish, to boat, to explore and to appreciate the nature that was “The Bay”. His friends and family will remember hot summer days on the dock where Glen would share with us his colourful life stories – always embellished for comedic effect. He will be dearly missed by his friends and acquaintances in Mount Forest as Glen often spoke of their regular meet-ups at the local “The Spot Restaurant”. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Glen had a special fondness for all “critters” great and small and leaves behind his own beloved canine companion Tango. Please consider a donation to your local SPCA/Animal Shelter or a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation on his behalf. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.

November 7, 2020 John Newton WILLIAMS Born May 8, 1932 – Llandovery, Wales
John Williams of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
John left Wales at age eighteen to join the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, sailing the next seven years to Cyprus, Malta, Greece, West Africa, Iraq, Turkey and beyond, learning his life’s vocation in avionics while adventuring. Immigrating to Canada in 1956, he was hired by Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton, soon meeting Elaine and making Canada home, retiring from Canadian Airlines thirty-five years later. Known as Taffy, he won at darts and golf, loved to swim, completing seventy-five lengths in his seventy-fifth year at the Canyon Meadows pool. Respected for his ingenuity, he repaired Hercules aircraft in Resolute Bay at minus fifty and survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle, working from Angola to Beirut.

Always learning, leading, and loving the outdoors, whether flying into a remote fishing shack in northern Alberta with Frank, hunting with Bill or George (rarely pulling a trigger), and road-tripping with Elaine and special friends the Becks. He orchestrated the best fun family summers at the Shuswap, and later, endless backyard adventures with grandkids, all while cultivating the finest Early Girls on the block. His list of interests and fixing skills were admirable, and his years of patience and artistry in woodworking culminated into a flock of exquisitely hand-carved and hand-painted birds.

John was a man with a story, a laugh, a whistle, with a flame for Elaine that never wavered. As a father he was generous, happy and wise, but he truly shone as a grandfather: patient, indulgent, and present. After Elaine’s death, he moved to supportive living at AgeCare Skypointe, and was popular for his fiercely independent yet congenial manner. We are deeply indebted to the caring staff who let him shine, and who made his last days comfortable. We are grateful to his many companions, notably Carole, Lisa Marie, and Nicky, who enthusiastically chatted with him about rugby, Wales, winter tires, chicken stock . . .

Never looking back from his decision to live in Canada, his stories of late were of his childhood and youth in Carmarthenshire, Wales – the family’s pub The White Hall, skipping school to fish, crashing his motorcycle into the side of a cow, enjoying a half-pint in each of Llandovery’s twenty-two pubs all in the same evening, winning a silver medal boxing for Wales at age sixteen. We know he is back there now, running through the hills.

John is survived by his children, Glyn (Kelly), Donna, and Diane (Jason Schaaf); siblings, Donna, Eric (Jill), June Anderson (Colin) and Michael (Wendy); sisters-in-law, Eleanor Anderson (Bob), and Pat; Yvonne, Janice, and the Welsh contingent of nieces and nephews, all who were special to him. He was adored by his grandchildren, Jon, Tim, Megan, Will, and great-granddaughter Emilee. He was predeceased by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Elaine, his parents, Howell Newton Williams and Annie Elizabeth (nee Theophilus), his brothers Roy and Neville Williams.

A private service will be held in John’s honour. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on John’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In memoriam, please consider a donation to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com

October 29, 2020 Captain John van der Ven
John van der Ven, 72, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Oct. 28 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Venezuela, and went to boarding school at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario. Following high school, he moved back to the Netherlands to attend flight school. While there he met his next-door neighbour and future wife of fifty years, Gerry van der Ven.

After obtaining his pilot’s license, he joined the Dutch Navy for a two-year tour of duty and immigrated back to Canada to pursue his flight career. John started by flying bush planes in Northern Ontario and was subsequently hired by Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) in 1974. He went on to serve as a captain with Canadian Airlines and subsequently Air Canada. His flight career took him from the Canadian arctic, to Africa, the far east, Europe, and back home to Vancouver again. He loved to fly and was disappointed when his career prematurely ended due to health concerns.

He was an avid sportsman and excelled at tennis, windsurfing, and skiing. He completed a pentathlon, a marathon, and a triathlon.

He is survived by his wife (Gerry), son (Hamish), daughter-in-law (Katy), and granddaughter (Ada) and friends and family in the Netherlands and Vancouver.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations may be made in his honour to BC Children’s Hospital. No flowers please.

October 14, 2020 SNOWDON, Barbara
Barbara Snowdon of Calgary, Alberta and Bedford, Nova Scotia passed away peacefully at home on October 14, 2020. She is the daughter of Bill and Marion Snowdon of Calgary. Barb followed her father into the practice of law and was the first woman in the first law class at the University of Calgary to be admitted to the Alberta Bar. Barb spent much of her career practicing aviation law. She loved the airline industry and all the great people she worked with. Barb received the General Counsel of the year award for her outstanding work. Barb was a hard working, fun loving, active, sincere and delightful lady. Barb is survived by her parents, her husband Bob Coyle of Bedford and her stepchildren Sean and Laura Coyle of Bedford. Her sister Susan Snowdon Gilchrist (Colin and Myah) of Kelowna and brother Bob Snowdon of Vancouver. Barb has many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family who love her and miss her dearly. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

May 26, 2020 SMIGEL, Nadia Nancy (Sharun)

Beloved mother and Baba, Nadia Smigel passed peacefully into the Lord's presence on May 26, 2020 at Burnaby General Hospital. She will be dearly missed by her children: Mark (Lori), Greg (Tanya), Leah; and grandchildren Joshua, Matthew, Sophia, Rebecca, Olivia, and Annalies. She is survived by her brother Victor and sister Marianne. Daughter of the late Henry and Ann Sharun, she was predeceased by her soul-mate William, and elder sister, Virginia. An active member of the St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church community, we look forward to celebrating her life with her friends and parishioners in the near future

Sep 28, 2020 Captain George Chivers:  B-August 5, 1940
Passed away suddenly in hospital Monday evening September 28, 2020 whilst undergoing routine dialysis treatment. George leaves behind his beloved wife Lesley, and the two children: Noel (Meronea) and Quinton (Renita) and Granddaughter: Gia Noelle. George was the son of George Frederick Chivers (Sr) and Florence Chivers of Toronto and brother of Tom Chivers.
George lived his early years in Toronto where he signed up for the RCAF. This was the start of his life long career in aviation. He retired in 2000 as a Captain for Air Canada. During this period George flew every aircraft in the RCAF inventory at that time, from the piston Tiger Moth to the jet-T 33. When he transitioned to civil aviation he flew the world in his PWA Hercules which took him from the cold and dark of the High Arctic to Europe and the sun and sands of Africa. He transitioned to the 737, his favourite plane and transpacific DC-10 which took him to the Far East. Lesley has even been heard to say that she felt most safe when George was Captain.
What George took most pride in was not however his accident free career but his two much loved doctor sons, Dr. Noel Chivers and Dr. Quinton Chivers.
In retirement, George continued his life long skill set of fixing and maintaining aircraft. He carried more endorsements and "tickets" related to aircraft maintenance than most engineers in Canada. When anyone in the Canadian aviation world had a question regarding vintage aircraft, George was the go to source.
Due to COVID restrictions , funeral services will be delayed. However, there will be a Memorial Service and Wake when it is safe to do so and further notice will be given for friends and family to attend.
In lieu of flowers please consider giving to the Dialysis Unit 5B1 at U of A Hospital.

Sep 4, 2020 Captain Terje (Terry) Harvigsen, Born Sep 20, 1946
Anyone who had the chance to fly with Terje (Terry) would say the cockpit was a place with warm conversations, the occasional good laugh and a great flight. With sadness in our hearts we announce his passing just a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday.Born in the small hamlet town of Harstad, in northern Norway, Terje fought a 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer, a fight he seemed to be winning up until his unexpected passing due to related complications. The Hartvigsen name translates to “Son of the Valiant Fighter” which he was right until the end.....  Read the Flown West here

Sep 2, 2020 Captain Dennis Currie B- July 2, 1950
Dennis Currie was an airline Captain, a published poet, a commercial fisherman, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Dennis was born in 1950 in Vancouver BC to Betty and Art Currie. He is survived by his loving wife Joanne, his children Vanessa (Julien), Daniel (Lauren) and Jessica (Chewie), 5 little grandkids, and dearest sister Debra (Garth). Dennis always dreamed of being a pilot. After short but memorable stints as a waiter on the S.S. Prince George and a dock-boy in Tahsis,he began his flying career in 1972 in Tofino. He was an expert pilot, flying floats on the BC coast, Hercules in Africa and the Arctic, and various jetliners (A320, B737, 767, DC-9, DC-10, B747, B777) around the world. Dennis lived life to the fullest, always seeking out new adventures by float, tin boat, the Red Boat, dirt bike, or airplane. Telling stories from memory, so vivid and with such gusto that you couldn’t help but hang on every word –even the third time ‘round. Dennis celebrated every moment, reminding us how lucky we were with each new adventure. Whether it was gyoza in Honolulu, handmade noodles in Shanghai or an Irish pub in Sydney, he was a local in every town. People were always drawn to Dennis. He was funny, handsome and smart but it washis joy for life that drew you in. He always laughed the loudest and welcomed everyone to the party. He filled our lives with music. He rigged stereo systems in every garage, barn, car, or boat, his favourite songs playing on repeat as he sang along.
Page 2of 2Hislove of fun was only matched by his love of family. He was a father figure to many and friend to all. Together with his wife Joanne, they created a welcoming and nurturing home where everyone felt included and loved. Dennis encouraged everyone to live life to fullest, and take chances, because you only live once. His enthusiasm for life will live on in each of us who were lucky enough to know him. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charities run by his daughters: Central Westcoast Forest Society www.clayoquot.organd the International Institute for Child Rights and Development www.iicrd.org

August 23, 2020 Capt Barry Moffit
January 5, 1946 – Regina, Saskatchewan Passed August 23, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father Barry Moffitt, of Calgary, AB on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
Barry was born in Regina, SK, on January 5, 1946. He joined Transair as a pilot in 1969 and was affectionately known as Captain Barry. His flying career spanned over thirty years and took him all over the world. Among his favourite destinations were Hong Kong, Tokyo & Sydney. He moved to Calgary, AB in 1982. Barry was a proud Calgarian and volunteered with the Calgary Stampede Caravan Committee. He was known for his big smile and witty sense of humor. During his years on the committee he became a much-loved member of the Caravan family and made many life-long friends. Barry loved playing golf and cheering on the Flames and Stampeders. He also had a passion for thoroughbred horses and loved putting a bet (or seven) on the ponies. He thoroughly loved spoiling his poodles TJ and Squeak.
Barry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Stuart of Calgary, AB; son Richard (Stacey) of Airdrie, AB; and two grandchildren, Taylor and Evan, of Airdrie, AB. He is also survived by his sister Lorraine (Frank) of Regina, SK, niece Melissa, nephews, Mark and Trent; and many friends. Barry was predeceased by his parents, Theresa and Joseph; and sister and brother-in-law Elaine and William.
A Private Family Burial will take place and a Celebration of Barry’s Life will be held at a later date once gathering restrictions have been lifted. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Barry’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Animal Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 34160, RPO Westbrook, Calgary, AB, T3C 3W2, Telephone: (403) 243-1910, https://arf.ab.ca/donations/.

August 20, 2020 - JOYCE GOODALL BORN DECEMBER 13, 1937
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joyce Goodall on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, from heart complications. Joyce began her career with Pacific Western Airlines in 1959 at the Municipal Airport in Edmonton in the Flight Operations department. In 1973 she transferred to Vancouver with the Reservations Department, followed a few years later with a transfer to Crew Scheduling. After numerous airline mergers Joyce ended her career of over 40 years as a Customer Service agent at the Vancouver Airport.
Joyce was devoted to her family and will be greatly missed by her nephews Rick Yakabowich (Andrea), Jay (Amelia), Tim, and niece Suzanne Thompson, as well as her cousin, Graham Fuchs.
She had a warm, wonderful sense of humour and she cherished her many friends and co-workers. She was an avid sports fan … always following Hockey, Football, National/International Curling events, as well as her beloved Blue Jays. In her retirement she also enjoyed many cruises and was always game to go on another one.
A celebration of life is being postponed to a later date that is more appropriate given the challenges and risks associated with the COV19 virus. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Joyce’s name to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3N1.

July 11 ,2020 Captain Robin Mackie passed age 90.
here for the Flown West Obit.
Captain Mackie held various
flight operations positions at both  Pacific Western Airline and Canadian Airlines including Chief Pilot. He retired in 1990 after logging over 18,000 flying hours.

July 11, 2020  Jim PROCTOR  passed age 72  .
 A tribute to the man, wild child, legend, VP, Mr. Jamaica, mentor, athlete, track and soccer coach, gardener, motorcycle lover, husband, father, grandfather and brother. Jim grew up in Richmond, BC. Popular and well respected by his co-workers, associates and friends, Jim began what turned out to be a long and substantial travel career - at Pacific Western Airlines in 1970, working at Vancouver Airport in Customer Service and Airport Operations. He soon moved up the ladder, and was sales manager in the Charter Division when he left the airline in 1978. In Toronto, he joined Suntours, progressing through management positions until he went to Air Canada Vacations, where he remained for many years, choosing to retire some years ago. Jim was smart, interesting, always ready for a good time and definitely a bit of a character whose exploits could engender much amusement and laughter. "He always had a smile on his face and never had a bad word about anyone or anything. He truly was nature's gentleman and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him." Jim had the kindest soul, the hardest work ethic, the most discipline, the wittiest sense of humour and the greatest love for the people in his life. We'll kick it into high gear for you always. As one of his good friend's said in his last days: You were perfect. Mischievous. Entertaining. Loyal. Beautiful. I love you baby. Jim Proctor took his last flight on Saturday July 11th, surrounded by his wife Diane Tremblay, twin daughters Sarah and Michelle Proctor, son in law Mark Brown, brothers Gary and Brian Proctor and his sisters in law. He was 72 years old. You will forever be our sunshine, our north star and the wind in our sails. We love you.

June 29, 2020 Capt Bill Gray
Passed at age 78.

June 19, 2020 Mary Anne King
Sad to announce, Mary Anne King passed away on June 19, 2020 following a courageous fight with a serious illness. Mary Anne began her career as a flight attendant with Transair in Winnipeg and retired after 40 years with Air Canada. At this time, no service is scheduled. Rest In Peace, Mary Anne. Forwarded by P. Styan.

June 13, 2020 KULAK, James Louis  B August 8, 1931
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Kulak, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, in Calgary on June 13, 2020 at the age of 88 years. Jim will be remembered with love by his three daughters: Eyren, Barbara, and Lianne (Tyler); his three grandchildren: Connie, Cameron, and Annaliese; and his two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen (Duke) Kulak, his son-in-law Jim Semper, his parents Frank and Gladys Kulak, and his brothers Harold and Stanley Kulak. Jim was born in Lamont, Alberta. He had a lifelong love for his family and a passion for airplanes and automobiles. Jim started his career in aviation with the Air Force and then spent many years in the commercial airline industry. Jim also spent many hours volunteering with the Lions Club and various aviation museums. Jim was the recipient of many honours and awards during his career in aviation. Memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200, 119 14 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6
(www.heartandstroke.ca/). To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca

June 2, 2020  MARTIN, Mary Eleanor  - B  March 8, 1944

It is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of my beloved wife Mary.
Mary was born in North Vancouver to Douglas and Gladys Hole, and spent her early years in Coal Harbour and Royston, BC. She went to school as a boarder at Queen Margaret's in Duncan, BC, travelling by herself on the E&N Railway to go home for holidays. It was at school that she became the very independent, intelligent, and determined person she remained all her life. After graduation Mary worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia and then a recording company while going to BCIT. She then joined Count On Us Travel, which led her to join Pacific Western Airlines in 1971, working at the reservations office in Vancouver. Mary then went to work at the Port Hardy Airport, Cranbrook Airport, and finally Vancouver International Airport. During this time she met and married her life partner Ian Martin. Mary became involved in the union movement serving as a district chairperson, bargaining committee, and executive assistant to the union President. She was appointed by the BC Provincial Government to serve on the Motor Carrier Commission, and after the tragedy of 9/11, was appointed by the Federal Government as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, where she served for five years. Mary's airline career lasted 32 years with PWA, Canadian Airlines, and Air Canada, and we were able to travel to many wonderful places and experience different cultures.
After retirement she enjoyed her passion for gardening and travel, being with her friends, and became a Marriage Commissioner.
Mary was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease shortly after returning from her last trip to South Africa, to visit where her grandmother was born, a place she had always dreamed to see. Her journey with dementia was compounded by a diagnosis of Parkinson Disease, and her decline was extremely swift, and her life ended all too soon.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ian, niece Roxanne (Jim), great-niece Katy, great-nephew Will, and her many dear friends.
I would like to thank all of the nurses, care-aides, and staff at Minoru Residence, where Mary resided for the last 16 months, for their kindness, caring, and compassion. This appreciation is extended to the nurses and doctors at the Richmond Hospital Palliative Care Unit where she spent her final two weeks. Special thanks to our doctor, Dr. Robert Mckenzie for all his help during this difficult time. Caregivers Jennifer, Rosita, Judith, and Imelda, thank you very much for your loving care. To all of Mary's friends, I thank you for caring, and to Trisha, I cannot thank you enough.
Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held sometime in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer Society of BC (alzheimerbc.org) would be greatly appreciated.Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006

May 28, 2020   Sharon Crawford  Born  Oct 3, 1952
Sharon passed away May 28, 2020 at the age of 67 after a courageous battle against cancer. 
Sharon’s career as a flight attendant spanned 47 years beginning with PWA in 1972 (YEG). In 1982 she transferred to Toronto where she was based for 21 years. The last 16 years of her career were spent in Vancouver until her retirement from Air Canada in August 2019. An important and satisfying part of her life was the camaraderie and friendships she enjoyed with her fellow crew members.
Her sense of humour, kindness, generosity and love for family and friends were part of Sharon’s nature. Her mother Marjorie, brother Barry, sister Cindy ,and nieces Jenny, Sarah, and Katie will carry her in their hearts forever.

April 23, 2020 John Alexander Miles
Captain John Alexander (Alec) Miles born November 1, 1948 - passed April 23, 2020. Alec flew with Pacific Western on the Hercules, B707, and the B737. His father is JCS Miles, the VP of Flight Ops at PWA. At the family's request, there will be no service. Vancouver Sun Obit ..  https://vancouversunandprovince.remembering.ca/obituary/john-miles-1079097255

April 18, 2020 Dennis Nagy
Dennis was born Oct 2, 1944 and had a long career in the airline busyness.  He flew for Lambair, Transair, Pacific Western, Canadian and retired off the B767 with Air Canada   https://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/obituaries/dennis-joseph-nagy/

April 5, 2020 Elsa Milligan
Elsa Milligan lost her long, hard-fought battle with cancer.  She had many good friends from Transair, PWA, Canadian and, in her life after Canadian, at the Employers Advisory Council. We’ll all miss her special brand of straight forward pragmatism, compassion and integrity. Elsa worked in Airport Services and Administration.
Because of current social distancing restrictions, memorial arrangements are unknown.

February  21,2020 - Frank Haus
Frank started his career with Pacific Western Airlines in B.C. May of 1974 and worked in various ground agent positions, cargo and ticketing in several municipal and international airports across Western Canada. He stayed with the airline through transitions to Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada. Frank retired from Edmonton International Airport and Air Canada in 2002 after 27 1/2 years. https://www.mourningglory.ca/obituary/Frank-Hauser

January 11, 2020 Capt Ed Gray - Retired
Born April 16 1943 at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital – Passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 11th, 2020.  Edward Gray of Winnipeg Man and Jean Elizabeth McDonald of Solcouts SK. Grew up in Burnaby B.C attending Burnaby South High School. Since he was 16 he drove a truck for his father. Particularly during the summer months when he was out of school. In 1963-68 he drag raced and set 2 NHRA Class records in S/DA and S/FA. Ed took up flying in 1968 Married his dream wife Brenda in Feb 1971 and Joined Pacific Western Airlines in Jan 1972. He flew the DC6, L188 and 15,000 hrs on the B737. ED was blessed to have his three sons, Jeff, Jason and Brad. Ed and Brenda spent a great deal of time traveling and achieved 40 cruises, They also spent many days in their 5th wheel. Golfing at Win Chelsea view was Ed’s personal sport and man getaway. The greatest group of guys one could ever meet. The airlines were a wonderful experience. Ed sends his love and thanks to all his Friends.
Ed is survived by his wife Brenda, His 3 sons – Jeff, Jason, and Brad, his siblings – Fern, MaryAnn, Jim (Bev), Sister in Law Linda (Barry), and several nieces and nephews.
Ed will be sadly missed by his friends and family. There will be a celebration of life for Ed at 11am on Saturday, January 25th, at Sands Funeral Chapel in Nanaimo.
In Lieu of flowers we would request that donations be made to either Palliative care unit at NRGH, Vancouver Island Therapeutic Community (John Howard Society) – or to a charity of your choice. Thank you.

January 4, 2020 James “Jim” Glenfield Dobell  B-May 22, 1942
With sadness the family wishes to announce the passing of Jim Dobell, on January 4, 2020.

Jim was one of a kind, and always ready for a new adventure. He had many hobbies over the years including skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing and sailing. In his younger years (1961) Jim joined the Navy where he had many adventures and shenanigans. He moved from Nipawin to Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Penticton and finally settling in Marysville at Kokanee Cottage with his wife Carolyne. Together they enjoyed a bit of travelling and retirement. Jim lost his long-fought battle with lung cancer.

Jim is survived by his children Melanie Kirk and Michael Dobell (Shauna), Carolyne’s children Jay Beechinor (Judy Ohama) and Patrick Beechiner (Satoko), his six siblings Lynn Johnson, Grant Dobell, Wendy Lamb, Mark Dobell, Faye King and Bonnie Cardinal, seven grandchildren Mckenzie, Tanner (Melanie), Matthew, Tanner, Kylee (Michael), Jacob (Jay), Adam (Patrick) as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Ralf and Leona Dobell and his wife Carolyne Reed.

There will be no services at this time.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jim’s Honour to the Canadian Cancer Society https://www.cancer.ca/…/…/give-a-gift-in-memory-or-in-honour

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: 

December 13, 2019  Mharget Demers
Mharget was born on Apr 3 1936 and worked in Fort McMurray, Edmonton Muni and in the late 70's at Vancouver Airport. She was known for her great sense of humour, loved a good joke & was very good with our passengers.. (E. Malcolm) If you have more details of Mharget's life please pass them on.


December 10, 2019 Don Switzer - Flight Technical
We have received some sad news about the passing of our fellow Herc Rat, Don Switzer, the technical systems expert, trainer, mentor, tall tale teller, self professed part time comedian and all round airplane good guy. Don’s granddaughter, Denise Hunda, advised there would be no memorial service for him but donations in his memory to organizations supporting dementia and Alzheimer's research would be considered a very kind gesture.
As everyone who knew Don, aka PokChop, he was known for his sense of humour and his ability to take technical aircraft systems information from the text book to the trainee, whether that was a pilot new to the aircraft or a maintenance engineer who needed to understand how the aircraft systems worked. Don came to Pacific Western from the RCAF and used his skills and technical talents to influence the knowledge of every class he trained.
In the fall of 1978, a group of us went to Lockheed, in Marietta Georgia, to meet C-GHPW 387 for the first time , and learn all of the differences between the earlier L100-20-E models PWA flew and the new super stretched L100-30-H Hercules. Well it did not take long for Don to change from a mild mannered airplane enthusiast to a kid with a new toy and he was all over the airplane in no time flat. We were all impressed with this new aircraft with no paratroop doors and external ramp control, but none as enthusiastically as Don. He was proud of Pacific Western and his role in the company.
As you can see from the photo taken at the 2011 Hercules Reunion, Don always had a winning smile and a sparkle in his eye.
He will be missed by all who knew him, but his impression on all he trained, will never be forgotten.
Our condolences to June and his family.   Sincerely Stu and Knut

December 6, 2019  Ronnie Stenabaugh
Ron Stenabaugh who worked in  the PWA - CDN Airlines Stores Dept,  passed in his sleep in the hospital in Winnipeg on Dec 6, 2019. Ronnie was born in 1943 near Dauphin, Manitoba. He moved to Winnipeg and then to Edmonton in 1973 to work as a Stock keeper with PWA, Hangar 13. He moved to Calgary in 1983 when the new hangar there was built. Ron stayed in Calgary until 1996 and during that time became a lead stock keeper and PWA became Canadian Airlines International. Ron moved to Vancouver when the Calgary maintenance facility closed down in 1996. He finished his career at the Ops Centre in 1998 at the age of 55. He and his wife, Shirley, moved to Tyndall , Manitoba and later back to Winnipeg to enjoy retirement. He leaves behind his loving and caring wife , Shirley. They had just celebrated their 48th year of marriage.
Obituary: https://www.ethicaldeathcare.com/stenabaugh-ron

November 21, 2019 Dave Hanas
Terry Martin shared some sad news that our Hercules buddy Dave Hanas, ramp rat, Herc rat, Resupply LM, northern airport operations expert, farmer, father and all around happy go lucky guy has passed away in Edmonton. Dave was always full of life and had a big hearted spirit that filled a room or flight deck, moments after he opened the door and joined right into the next adventure. From the Central Western ramp at YXD in the late 1960's through the PWA Hercules and Resupply Operation in the High Arctic, to remote locations across the globe hauling outsized cargo to unique destinations and then to Canadian Airlines and Canadian North and his life after the airlines with his family, farm and friends.
" Baby Hughie " was well known and well liked by everyone.
As you can see in the attached 1994 photo with fellow Loadmasters Gary Horobin, PJ Wheeler, Dave, Stu Russell and Harry Beck he was larger than life and that smile of his was infectious. There is no doubt that everyone on our Hercules Reunion email list has shared an adventure with Dave anywhere from the frozen Arctic to the intensely hot African deserts. There was one cook in Dundo Angola " Big House " that found out his sense of haha was not always there, after Dave and crew went to Francistown, Botswana and brought home the first steaks, butter and beer anyone had seen in weeks and the cook tried to put the steaks on the grill that was covered with rancid olive oil while Dave was showering and was last seen flying over the kitchen hedge into the yard next door. Those butter cooked steaks and Carling Black Label beer went a long way to keep morale up and Dave's appetite happy.
Terry confirmed that a celebration of Dave's life will be held at the Calmar Legion, west of Leduc, at 1300 on Friday December 6th.
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Jane and Dave's entire family.
He has moved on to a more peaceful place but will certainly never be forgotten by all who knew him.
Rest easy old pal - clear blue skies and long white contrails - our thoughts are with you!


Sep 3, 2019 Guy Tougas - Crew Planning
It is with sadness that I advise of the passing of our friend and coworker Guy Tougas on September 3 in YYC from cancer.
Guy began his career with Transair in 1977 in YWG . With the PWA merger, he and his young family relocated to YXD in 1981 where he worked as a crew planner in Flight Operations. With the consolidation of the crew planning area in 1984 he moved to YYC. Guy held supervisory and management positions with Crew Scheduling and In Flight Services for PWA, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. Guy took retirement in May 2003.
Guy enjoyed his retirement and spent winters in Arizona with his wife Sylvia and enjoyed traveling with his many friends and family. He loved woodworking, making wine and just enjoying life. He had an amazing sense of humour and an acerbic wit. He was the proud owner of a “joke file” that would have you laughing from start to finish. He will truly be missed.
Guy is survived by his loving family; wife Sylvia, daughter Jennifer, son Nick, their spouses and 6 grandchildren that brought him joy every day.
A private cremation will be held and no service at his request. He would want you to raise a glass for him instead. Condolences can be sent to the family via e-mail GuyTougasFamily    (sent by J. Hantos)

Aug 19, 2019  John “Graham” Mann  B-June 13, 1936 - D-August 19, 2019

Graham was born in Vancouver, B.C. during its Golden Jubilee year to Ray & Dorothy Mann (McCowan) and passed away in Kimberley, B.C., 12 months to the day following a heart attack while travelling in Kalispell, MT.
Graham spent 36 years of his life in the airline business, allowing him the opportunity to travel to every province and territory in Canada, 27 U.S. states (including an 8-year stint living and working in New York City), plus countries in Europe, Asia and South America. If asked about his airline career, he used to say “I did everything except fix, fly or finance the planes.”
In August of 1994 Graham and Gerda retired to Kimberley and became part of this remarkable community, church and Rotary. In the ensuing 25 years they never questioned their choice of retirement location. The following April they welcomed Gerda’s mom, Alice, into their home where she and Graham developed a close, loving relationship.
Graham’s hobbies included golfing and curling, which he sorely missed in the last few years. He was an avid reader and travelled extensively with his wife Gerda and mother-in-law Alice.
Graham lived with enthusiasm, welcoming each new experience and adventure. He was an intelligent, curious man who absorbed information and was quick to offer comments on a wealth of topics. Graham embraced life, family and friends, and freely shared his talents, time and expertise. He truly lived the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

Graham was a dedicated Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Benefactor. He was a passionate ShelterBox Ambassador and in 2016 received an “All Star” award for his exceptional fund-raising.

Graham was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard (Dick) Mann, his nephew Ian Mann, and his son Steven Mann. He is lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Gerda, mother-in-law Alice Geisser, grandchildren Kenny Mann (Laura & daughter Madilyn), Jordan Coulter (Chelsie & daughter Violet), Alyssa Hewko (Aaron & daughter Eleanor), Nick Mann, nephew David Mann (Wendy & children Kyrie, Christopher & Peter), niece Jennifer Mann, Ian’s children Tyler and Lisa Mann, sister-in-law Bev Mann, along with numerous family and friends.

A celebration of Graham’s life will be held at the Kimberley United Church at 3 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, Graham would be delighted by any donation in his memory made to ShelterBox Canada or through our local Credit Union), Kimberley United Church or a charity of your choice

Aug 5, 2019  Marlene Buchanan (YXD Baggage Svcs, YXD Res and YXD Airport Counter)
Marlene started in Reservations in the old Muni in 1966/ 04/18. YXD. She then worked ticketing, cargo, lost and found, and the VIP lounge.  Marlene passed after a long airline career in Edmonton on 05Aug2019. At her request, there will be no obituary or service.

July 22, 2019 Katherine Chapman (Buchan); Ticketing & Reservations
Our dear friend and colleague, Kay Chapman passed away 4 days ago in a senior care home in Victoria with her niece Sharon at her side. Kay was 93 years young. She was the sweetest person with a loving, caring heart and soul and will be missed by us all. For many decades now, a group of we former PWA Reservations/Ticket Agent friends, which included Kay have gotten together for lunch once or twice a year and also for everyone’s special birthdays. (Lorna K.)


March 12, 2019 Captain  Neal Peterson
Passed away in Salmon Arm, BC.  No service information at this time.  RIP Neal.

July 16, 2019 Captain Gordon Moul
MOUL- Captain Gordon Robert, born October 1931, to Minnie Maria & A.J. (Jack) Moul in Vancouver, died peacefully on Tuesday July 16, 2019. Gordon came from a large family, raised and educated in Port Alberni. Gordon had a long aviation career spanning over 40 years, ending on the DC10 with Canadian Airlines. He was heavily involved with CALPA. He also developed and operated TeePee Trailer Park at Cultus Lake and Torwoodlee Farm in Sardis, retiring to Qualicum Beach in 1991.
Gordon was given the Citation for Bravery by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2014.
Gordon & Sybil married in 2000 and have had a very happy 20 years together, and are dearly loved by their blended family.
The funeral Service will be at St. Marks Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach on July 20/19 at 2:00 p.m.

April 14, 2019  Oscar Henaut

PWA Loadmaster Oscar Henaut passed away at home in Kingston yesterday with Yvonne at his side.   Oscar was a character second to none.  His good friend Gary Horobin mentioned he was born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia and lived there prior to joining the RCAF in 1963, where he served as a Traffic Tech and then a Hercules loadmaster with RCAF 435 squadron at Namao. Oscar joined PWA in 1974 and flew on the Hercules aircraft throughout the arctic, around the globe and into some amazing places. He was well known for his colourful writing skills and always smiled when the “ Voice of the Arctic “ shared some paragraphs discreetly over the aviation air waves in the middle of the arctic winter nights. Oscar was a good Loadmaster and proved that many times over, and also an expert at finding ways of getting into mischief when the opportunity presented itself.
Oscar may have left us, but his memory will always live on in Hercules folk lore.
Our thoughts go out to Yvonne, his family and friends, including long time pals Gary and Tannis Horobin
Sent by Stu & Knut

April 6, 2019 Lloyd William Tuckey 
February 16, 1929 - April 6, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lloyd W Tuckey, husband, father, Papa and Great-Papa on April 6, 2019. He was born February 16, 1929 in Chigwell Alberta, the second of 6 children. Lloyd was predeceased by his wife Patricia, brother Doug and sister Jean. He leaves behind his son Bob, daughter Linda, grandchildren Melissa (Vince), Sheri (Josh), and Jaclyn, and seven great-grandchildren. Lloyd was a thoughtful, caring, and supportive man who loved his family and had an unrivalled passion for flying. Lloyd flew all over the world with PWA, Ward Air, Canadian Airlines and Cargolux. Lloyd spent his last days surrounded by family until he took his final flight. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

March 30, 2019 Gary Acorn
August 19, 1947 – March 30, 2019
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Gary Raymond Acorn passed away. Gary was born on August 19, 1947 in Calgary, Alberta. He was owner/operator of Acorn Auto Centre and Minute Muffler in Whitehorse.

Gary had a passion for sports throughout his life including playing ball and numerous years of golf at Mountain View Golf Course. Gary had the gift of gab and enjoyed discussing his views of politics with his friends during his extended “coffee breaks” at his shop.

He leaves behind his partner in life, Jane Slager and daughter Kim Slager and grandsons, Brett and Tyler Briemon. His children Shawn, Blair, Renee and Pamela; grandkids, Makayla, Clark and Cameron, as well as his sister Sue (Shelly) and brothers Donny and Aaron.

.........Gary worked as a Station Attendant and Lead on YXD Ramp.

February 8, 2019 Bryan Benay
Dearest friends of Bryan.
We share with you that our father, father-in-law, grandfather and much loved patriarch of our family left us tonight. He was the beloved husband of our mother Maralyn for 52 years, Father of two, and grandfather to 5 plus 2 bonus granddaughters.
are eternally grateful for the opportunity to spend with him his last hours.
Please join us for a memorial service at
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 4416 50 Street, Leduc on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:00pm. Lunch to follow.
Please remember our father and grandfather with a funny story, a golf game memory or a bad joke.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
Maralyn Benay

Click below for the Obituary


Dec 12, 2018 Escott, Capt. Kenneth Gordon
May 24, 1936 – December 12, 2018 at the age of 82 years
After a long and difficult illness, Ken left us peacefully on December 12, 2018 in Salmon Arm, B.C. He leaves to mourn his brother Harry (Oresia) of Montreal, sister Kathleen Prince (Hayward) of Winnipeg, son Christopher (Lindsey) of Edmonton, daughter Laurie of Edmonton, grandsons Kyle and Owen, and granddaughter Justine. He is also survived by his sister-in-law France Brown and her husband Doug and sister in law Alice Hastings plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Iris, his first wife Joan and his second wife Marie-Paule.
Ken was born in Winnipeg to Fred and Agnes (Chambers) Escott. From his earliest years, he always knew what he wanted to do for a living – he wanted to fly.

He realized his dream. His first jobs were bush flying, where he had some hair-raising adventures. In time, as one of Canada’s earliest water bomber pilots, he progressed to water bombing, flying Canso’s. His career then took him to Midwest Airlines, Transair, and Canadian Airlines, from which he retired as Captain of Boeing 737s. He was proud of being a “by the book” pilot.
Ken was a kind, modest man. He didn’t often talk about his adventures, but when we could get him going he’d often laugh till the tears ran down his face. We urged him to write his memoirs, to no avail.
Ken loved being surrounded by family, so much so that, when he’d visit out-of-town relatives, rather than stay in a hotel, he preferred to cram his 6’4″ frame onto someone’s too-short sofa. His love of family was further evidenced by the generosity he showed in playing tour guide to multiple family members, young and old, in his favourite place, Hawaii. It was his happy place.
France and Doug, you are both so special. Whatever would we have done without you? Those innumerable trips, first to Kelowna, then to Salmon Arm in rain, shine, or snow; all those doctor visits; taking care of business affairs, plus a million so-called “little things” that made such a difference to Ken, and to us – you’ll never know how much they meant.  No service, by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada would be appreciated.

Nov 18, 2018 Captain John Web Marvin Barnes
October 26, 1931 - November 17, 2018
John was born in London, England on October 26, 1931, and passed away peacefully on a beautiful autumn evening on November 17, 2018, with his wife by his side.    Loved and mourned by his wife, Dororthy; son, John Robert;
daughter-in-law, Maria; and grandsons, Michael and Matthew.
John was employed as a pilot and check pilot with Transair of Winnipeg, Pacific Western Airlines, and Canadian Airlines, retiring in October 1991.   He also founded Phoenix Aviation in 1989 which continues on.
We wish to thank Doctor Robert Shaw and the doctors and nurses of Delta Hospital who oversaw his care over the last two years.  .

Nov 15, 2018 - Dale Moran Flight Operations

Nov 12, 2018 - Capt Richard Glenn Gray

December 28, 1941 - November 12, 2018
With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Richard at the age of 76 on Monday, November 12. Richard started his career as a pilot for B.C. Airlines in the Queen Charlotte Islands, now Haida Gwai, where he met his wife Regina, who he married in 1966. Many different postings with PWA, Air Algerie, Canadian and Air Canada took him all over the world. He loved flying but even more than that he loved and cherished his family and was proud of all they accomplished. After 36 years, he retired as captain on the 767 and then enjoyed travels with his wife and son’s family to Maui, cruises with friends to Europe and Asia. He also loved the outdoors —camping, hunting, fly fishing and golfing. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and friends with all his heart. He is survived by his loving wife Regina of 52 years, his son Roland (Andrea, Leah, Jordan), sisters Judy and Colleen (David). Many thanks to the nurses of White Rock Home Care as well as the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner for their compassionate and loving care. Donations may be made to the Delta Hospice Society or B.C. Cancer. A Celebration Of Life will be held on December 2 at Pasta Vino, (15355 - 24 Ave, Surrey) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Oct 20, 2018 - Walter Brown
Walter Brown passed this weekend Oct 21, 2018. Walter worked in the Insurance Dept and was an active member of the Pionairs.
Service Information
When:  Thursday, November 1st, 2018 11:00am
Location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Address: 600 Cambridge Street,  Winnipeg, MB R3M 3G9

Obituary: http://www.neilbardalfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3635832/Brown-Walter/obituary.php

Sep 3, 2018 - Robert (Bob) Sperling
On Monday September 3, 2018, Robert (Bob) Jacob Sperling, Father, Son and Brother passed away at the age of 65.
Bob will be forever remembered by his sons Ray (Jen) Sperling, Wayne (Katie) Sperling and Steve Sperling. His mother Theckla, brothers Tom (Inge) Sperling, Tim (Rema) Sperling, Darrell (Jan) Sperling, his sisters Geraldine (Ronnie) Mapp, Patricia (Rob) Gartner. He will be missed by his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends. Pre-deceased by his father Jacob (Jack) Sperling and niece Brandy Wright.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday September 10th at 1:30p.m. at the Heritage Park Community Center, Stony Plain, Alberta. A private family interment to follow at a later date in the Darwell Cemetery.
Bob worked with PWA in YXD and YEG and YEV in Ramp and Air Cargo

July 29, 2018 - Capt. R. Skermer
We were advised today by Richard Skermer Jr.  that his dad Captain Richard (Dick) Skermer passed away July 29, 2018. Please share your best Dick Skermer stories - some that come to mind involve Airbus flights and product marketing. My first colour TV came via Trader Dick. What a super guy and he will be sadly missed.
Celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 8, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm at Richards home, 771 Highway 97 South. Peachland, BC. From Richard, Mahola Nui Loa.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com
Photo credits - F/O R. Skermer HKG 1967-8 from S. Russell & B. Haudenschild then 3 by R. Reaville.

July 7, 2018 - Sylvia Wright
Worked at Pacific Western as an agent at Sandspit Airport and also in YVR Res. A young lady taken too soon: From the Victoria Times Colonist. 

WRIGHT, Sylvia Ann Daughter of Jack (Scotty) and Barbara Winifred Stewart, was born on March 7th, 1957, in Vancouver, BC. Sylvia passed on from this life, July 7th, 2018, at the young age of 61, surrounded by her loving family, after battling complications due to cancer. Sylvia is survived by her husband Burt (Jet Eagle Transfer), her two loving daughters, Trisha and Nicole, and her three sisters, Barbara, Dawn, and Heather. Sylvia was predeceased by her beloved big brother Johnny, and sister Shareen. Sylvia will be remembered for being a genuine, beautiful, and wholeheartedly loving woman. She left her mark on everyone who was lucky enough to have known her. She will live forever in our hearts. Her family would like to send a special thank you to the BC Cancer Agency, Dr. Livergant, and the amazing nursing staff in the oncology ward, at the Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria. Their dedication to providing outstanding care, will be forever remembered. A celebration of life for Sylvia, will be held on August 4th, 2018, 2 o'clock pm, in her garden at 260 Stratford Drive, Campbell River, BC


June 9, 2018 - Mel Semmler
Mel Semmler who worked in Aircraft Maintenance and was part of the Hercops team passed in Parksville BC.  Mel was always willing to lend a hand and certainly showed his love for the North and the aviation industry many times over the years.  He was known far and wide as an easy going guy who got along with everyone and truly enjoyed travelling the world with the Herc. He was always enthusiastic. Our sincerest condolences to his family and close friends. He will be missed by all.
from Dale Kennedy:  Everybody,  I am sending you thus email in regard to Mel Semmler’s Celebration of life. Mel’s celebration of life will be held at Yates Memorial Services in Parksville BC on Saturday July 7 at 1:00 pm.
Yates Memorial Services
1000 Allsbrook Road
Parksville BC
V9P 2A9 Phone (250) 248-5859
The family has asked that if you are planning to attend, to please reply to myself so I can let them know a rough number as they want to make sure the venue will be large enough to accommodate everybody. If you can please let me know by email, text or phone call as soon as possible that would be greatly appreciated. My contact information is as follows: Email: dfkennedy@shaw.ca

Obit:  https://www.pqbnews.com/obituaries/mel-semmler/

May 31, 2018 - Tom Rait
Tom Rait passed peacefully on  May 31st 2018 in Creston BC with of his friends and Rita's by his side. Rita predeceased Tom and as there were no family members we don't believe there is going to be a funeral.  Let's all take a moment to remember Tom and what he meant to us as our lives crossed paths.

May 12, 2018 - Kenneth Douglas Williams

After 86 wonderful years, a man with a heart of gold and a gentle soul passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

With that said, it is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Father, Grandfather, Uncle and friend to all, Kenneth Williams.

Ken was predeceased by his father Leonard in 1955, his mother Daisy followed by his brother Don in 1993. Daryl his wife of 39 years in 1998 and his beloved friend Wendy in 2017. Ken will be deeply and forever missed by his children Doug (Heather), Marnie (Dave) along with his beloved grandchildren Erin (Sam), Tyler and Meghan. He will also be dearly missed by his niece Lisa, nephew Greg along with their children as well as life long close friends Marilyn and Lynda.

At the early age of 10, Dad knew that his dream and ambition was to be a pilot. He achieved that success and had a long and wonderful career that spanned 40 years. His career path stared with Air Canada moving to CP Air and then Pacific Western Airlines. He flew his final flight with Canadian Airlines on May 21, 1991.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful staff that cared for our father during his very brief stay at Peace Arch Hospital and Peace Arch Hospice

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3 at 2pm at 2345 Cranley Drive, Surrey in the La Mesa Clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Ken's memory to one of the following charities; The Peace Arch Hospice Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the British Columbia Cancer Agency.

April 30, 2018 - Capt. Al Schmidt
SCHMIDT, (Alfred) Allen "Al"  February 24, 1943 - April 30, 2018
We are devastated to share with you the sudden passing of Al, beloved husband and best friend of Margie, his wife of 44 years. Al suffered an unexpected heart attack at his home with Margie by his side.
Al built their home on the acreage where they loved living together with their dogs, horses and nature.
He delighted in being active and outdoors - trail riding, camping, hiking, kayaking, sailing, skiing, flying and enjoying life to the full.
His love of flying began in Abbotsford with a Piper Cub which led to a 34 year airline career, earning his captaincy at a very young age, with Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. He flew Hercules, 737, DC10, 747 and 767 with the Herc and the 747 holding a special place in his heart. He had the honour of flying the Prime Minister and all the premiers on their South American Team Canada tour in 1998.
He became involved with the local Radio Control community with a particular passion for scale aircraft but enjoyed anything that flew and took particular delight in flying his turbo Beaver on floats on the many float fly camping trips with his great flying buddies.  Al was looked up to by his colleagues, friends and family for his integrity, decency, intelligence and genuine relationships. He was such a kind, caring, loving man.
He will be forever loved, missed and remembered by Margie, her brother Dick (in India) and all his close and very dear friends.
To celebrate Al's life please join us Friday, May 11, 2 - 5 p.m. at the Sturgeon Golf Club, 25114 Sturgeon Road, Sturgeon county. Please wear 'Al Attire' - very casual! In lieu of flowers if so desired a donation to Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (scarscare.ca); The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton - now known as WildNorth (wildnorth.ca) - 12515 - 128 St, Edmonton, T5L 1C9 or a charity of one's choice.

April 26, 2018 - Captain Murray Cliff  age 89.
Mach buster, bon vivant, atypical.
Murray Cliff was an excellent pilot, a loving father, and according to Oliver, “a really good Grandpa”- which is actually quite funny because those two spent a lot of time just eyeing each other up, both dubious about the circumstances that brought them together. For as long as I can remember, my Dad’s log book has been his steady companion, each moment in flight meticulously recorded in his copperplate script. He could have been anything- an architect, a designer, a Formula One driver, but being in the cockpit of a Sabre sealed the deal. An engaging raconteur, I could listen to accounts of his antics for hours. Whether it was painting his name with his best friend on a container ship in 20 foot letters, crop-dusting a motorcycle cop, or getting busted for low level acrobatics in a residential area, his non-conformist spirit always prevailed. He loved jazz, good design, and Bugattis with a ferocious dedication. He was passionate about world events, and we shared the notion that laughing in the face of adversity is really the only way to get through life. He was never stingy with expressing affection and admiration for those he loved.
His nieces and nephews adored him, his siblings looked up to him, and anyone who was lucky enough to be in his close circle of friends knows that though he preferred his own company to that of others, he was loyal, and he was good to have on your team. After 17,859 hours and 9 minutes in the air, and a life very well lived, his passing comes as a release for a brilliant mind trapped in an almost 90 year old body. He slipped away on April 26th during the blue hour, and we miss him dearly.
Please join us as we celebrate the unique journey of Captain Murray Cliff on Wednesday Jun. 20 @ Sawbucks Neighbourhood Pub 1626 152nd. Street, South Surrey Airborne @ 11:30 hrs. (Limited parking at rear of pub,ample parking at Semiahmoo mall across the street on the west side of 152st)

April 10, 2018 -Marie Paul Escott (Dick) b:April 7, 1941

Marie-Paule passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Marie-Paule is survived by her beloved husband Ken Gordon Escott, stepson Chris (Lindsay), grandsons Owen and Kyle, stepdaughter Laurie, granddaughter Justine, sister in law Kathleen Prince (Hayward) Winnipeg, brother in law Harry Escott (Oresia) Brossard, sisters France St Louis Brown (Doug) Blind Bay and Rachel Chevrier (Raymond) Ottawa and brother Regent St Louis (Julie )Brossard.
Marie-Paule had a great career as a Flight Attendant & Customer Service Director with Pacific Western and Canadian Airlines. Everyone loved flying with Marie-Paule, you were always in for a good day. Unfortunately ill health took her away from her passion. Even at the retirement home she would be gracious to other residents and offer help. The staff used to say you can always see the Flight Attendant in Marie-Paule. Marie & Ken retired to Kelowna and when it got too cold in December they would leave for Honolulu.
Marie-Paule requested no service and in lieu of flowers donations to the SPCA would be appreciated.

Mar 3, 2018 - Joan Mary Darling
Joan passed away peacefully at her home in Comox on March 3, 2018.

She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband Gordon Darling of 28 years, her sons Ian and Rob (Sharlene) as well as step-daughter Jennifer. Also mourning her loss are her many quilting friends, Pippa and Gladys to name a couple, and long-time dear friend, Cathy.

Born in Verdun Quebec in 1944 to John and Pauline McDerment, Joan was an only child. She moved to Whitehorse Yukon as a teenager and met and married her first husband and father of her sons, Robert Campbell. Joan earned a private pilot’s license and ham radio ticket in those early years.

Joan was a free spirit and fun-loving. She tried her hand at skydiving, travelled the world by sea and air and perfected her talents as a fibre artist (quilting, knitting, embroidery). She built a 20-year career with Canada’s major airlines doing jobs ranging from ticket sales to management. Her all time favourite places were Hawaii and Mexico.

About 20 years ago Joan sailed into the Comox harbour with Gord and Comox remained her home ever since. In later years she teamed up with quilting friends and used her skills as a fibre artist for humanitarian purposes to teach women to sew in countries such as Uganda and Kenya.

Joan was a member of the Comox Valley Schoolhouse Quilters Guild. She was a proud mother, loved her quilting ‘bees’ and was also passionate about football.

Joan suffered a deteriorating health condition related to her heart, but this did not get in the way of her adventures, fun-loving nature and infectious smile and laugh.

There will be no service at Joan’s request. Rest in peace Mom, ‘Pixie’ – forever in our hearts.

February 15, 2018 - Derek John Hicks  - b:May 6th, 1930

Derek Hicks passed away peacefully at Oakview Place on February 15, 2018 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren. Derek was born in Willesden, England and immigrated with his family to Gander, Newfoundland in 1963 to work for Eastern Provincial Airlines and then to Winnipeg in 1971 to work for Transair (the golden jets) and later Pacific Western Airlines (PWA). Derek was an engineer who worked in the airline industry for most of his life and loved his work. He resigned from PWA and worked as a consultant assisting airlines in South America and other countries around the world. He took our family all over the world, including visits to our family in England and Ireland every year while we were growing up. We thank dad’s sister, nieces, and nephew for their support. We would also like to thank the kind staff at Oakview Place (3rd floor). Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Derek’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Dad – you are my rock and I will miss you always. Love you forever!


February 13, 2018 - RENNIE, Ian Charles 1921 - 2018

Ian Rennie passed away February 13, 2018 and is survived by his wife Edna, of 65 years, two daughters Dianne (David), Marlene (Richard); four grandchildren: Carly, Amy, Megan, Ian; one great grandchild Willa, many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his mother and father and three sisters.
Ian was born in Edmonton, AB. At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and worked as a Radio Telegrapher and after WW2 graduated from Radio School. He joined Trans Canada Airlines in 1946, as a Radio Operator, and in 1957 Pacific Western Airlines working in various cities in Western Canada as Sales and Operations Manager. He was transferred to Kelowna in 1969 and retired in 1984 – an aviation career that spanned 40 years.
Ian’s passions aside from aviation was singing in quartets and choruses. He was an active member of the Barbershop Society (SPEBSQSA) for 60 years. He was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club and an avid Curler.
Ian served his community in a number of roles – Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, instrumental in promoting the Ambassador program at the Kelowna Airport and was a dedicated Ambassador for 16 years. He was a member of the Kelowna Naval Veteran’s Association, Ian always said – “Singing is Life the Rest is Just Details.”
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made a Charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com


January 16, 2018 - Charles Hugh (Charlie) STEWART

STEWART, Charles Hugh (Charlie) 1928 – 2018 When Charlie's long happy life peacefully closed on January 16, the world lost at great man. He will be deeply missed by his wife Phyllis; daughters Carol Persak (Peter) and Shirley Coulthard (John); granddaughters Nicole, Jennifer (Jon) and Abbey; plus countless nieces and nephews who adored "Uncle Charlie". He was a Proud Canadian, a throwback to a bygone era, living a life governed by Integrity, High Moral Standards, Hard Work and Family. Born December 3, 1928 in Mannville Alberta, he "knocked around" at various jobs before entering the Aviation Industry with companies such as the famous "Flying Tigers" which took him to work sites in Los Angeles, Whitehorse and Gander, Newfoundland. It was in Gander he met and married Phyllis in 1957 before heading back to Edmonton where he started a long career with Pacific Western Airlines - a career that saw him relocate his young family to Richmond in 1965, and ended with a coveted position of Vice President. After retirement in 1987, he became heavily involved with the Historical Arms Collector's Society of B.C. and also joined the Free Masons. Never content to sit still, he kept busy "puttering around" the family home on Fairdell doing odd jobs and projects, as well as taking frequent holiday trips. Nothing mattered more to Charlie than family and he took great pains to make sure they were always well looked after, even when they became adults. He considered himself very lucky his two kids and their families lived close by, and not a day went by when we would not visit or talk on the phone. Right up to the end, we constantly sought him out for guidance and support. Rarely does such an upstanding and caring individual pass this way, and for those of us who were lucky enough to have known him, his treasured memory will forever be in our hearts, and we shall always live by his shining example. The Family would like to thank all the staff at the Richmond General Hospital Palliative Care unit and The Salvation Army Rotary Hospice for their professionalism and kind support. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 10th at 2:00pm at Richmond Funeral Home.


December 26, 2017 - Captain Wilmer (Bud) Sawatzky
Wilmer was born the sixth of nine children to Ben and Mary Sawatzky. He was born in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan on December 21, 1937. When he was brought home from the hospital his three older sisters called him Buddy and he has been Bud ever since. At the age of five Bud lost his brother, Elmer who was just two years older than Bud. This loss has always been remembered. Bud attended the Whiteby, one room school, until he was 8 years old. In 1946 Bud's family left Saskatchewan by train and settled in Abbotsford. He grew up on a mixed farm with his seven siblings. He attended the Huntingdon Elementary School, Airport Middle School, and Phillip Sheffield High School where he graduated in 1955.

While living on the farm Bud observed C.P. Air piston airplanes and dreamed of someday becoming a pilot. During that time in his life, Bud with his cousin, Henry Krahn watched the movie, "The Missing Christian" after which he accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour. As a teenager Bud was baptized.

In Bud's last year of High School he met his wife to be, Sylvia. After Graduation, Bud went to Vancouver to work at B.A. Oil and went to night school at U.B.C. Working in a Service Station led to being an independent Service Station operator in several locations. It was during this time that Bud married his sweetheart, Sylvia in 1958. After two children were born (Mike and Paddi-Lou) Bud decided to pursue his dream of a flying career. It was at that time that their third child, Pamela was born. After three years Bud got his first flying job at Air West in Vancouver, B.C.

Two years later Bud joined Pacific Western Airlines out of Edmonton, Alberta as a first officer on a DC4 flying in the Arctic. The family moved to Edmonton and enjoyed the new friends there. With a promotion to fly a Boeing 707 out of Vancouver, moving back to Vancouver made the family very happy. After two years of flying internationally Bud was promoted to Captain of a Lougheed Electra flying into the Arctic. The family was moved to Edmonton permanently. Two years later, Bud was promoted to fly a Boeing 737 out of Edmonton. While living there, the family enjoyed going to Penticton, BC to camp and water ski for a month every summer; a very memorable time for all. They took several trips to Hawaii with the children and sometimes just Bud and Sylvia enjoyed those times too.

On February 14, 1978, while Bud was playing racquet ball, he suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, Bud had to give up his flying career. The family moved back to Vancouver where Bud recuperated and took the position as a simulator instructor in Vancouver. It was at this time that Bud and Sylvia bought a cabin cruiser and enjoyed charter salmon fishing as well as boating with family and friends. After 18 months, he was promoted to Director of Aircraft Sales and Leasing. Bud had a successful career in this position worldwide. He was then loaned to Guiness Peat Aviation and acted as Vice President of Americas based in Stamford, Connecticut for one year after which he again pursued his former position with P.W.A. in Vancouver. In 1995 Bud retired from Canadian Airlines.

In 1998 Bud had open heart surgery, after recovery, he purchased a Motor Home and he and Sylvia began to travel to many southern destinations. Spending most of the time in Mesa, AZ for eleven winters where he played tennis and enjoyed good health and many new friends. Bud's hobbies were gardening, tennis and travel. Bud and Sylvia went on many cruises and trips enjoying their travels together.

The family meant a lot to Bud; never missing a recital, ballgames and functions as these were joyful times for him. Children Mike (Joanne), Paddi-Lou (Allan Tieszen) and Pamela (Ken Cannon); grandchildren Paige, Kyle (Meagan), Tyler, Alanna, Esther (Taylor), Joshua (Rachel), Katelyn and Shaylene; great grandchildren River, Roger and Beth. Bud enjoyed being a friend, partner, husband and lover to his wife, Sylvia, of over 59 years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27B Avenue, Surrey, BC.

December 9, 2017 - Captain Don FIELDING
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, DONALD IMRIE ANDERSON FIELDING, at the Claresholm Health Centre, on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the age of 70 years.
Donald was born in Blackpool, England and spent most of his formative years in the Lake District. He immigrated to Canada in January of 1969, settling in the Toronto area. He met his wife Anne in November of that year, and they were married three months later. Their first son Chris was born in 1976, and their twin sons Michael and Andrew followed in 1979. Donald’s flying career spanned many decades and continents starting with P.W.A. as a Second Officer in 1973, then continuing on with Canadian Airlines and finally retiring as Captain on the 767 with Air Canada in 2007.
Donald’s quick, quirky humour was legendary and usually caught most people off guard. No matter how long he knew someone, he always seemed to make a lasting impression. His fun-loving ways will be missed by all his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anne, son Chris (Jackie) and their children Clara, Harrison and Hanna; and son Michael and his son Daniel. He will be especially missed by his daughter-in-love, Tina, and also by Carmen and Mel; nieces, nephews and numerous family relations.
Donald was predeceased by his parents, his sister Carole and son Andrew. Donald is now walking on streets of gold, glorifying the Lord and being repeatedly subjected to his mother-in-law’s poetry!!!
A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held at THIRD DAY CHURCH, #90, 550 WT Hill Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Dick Deweert officiating. A Private Family Interment at Mountain View Cemetery will precede the service.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Donald, donations may be made to Dominion Broadcasting Society, c/o Third Day Church, #90, 550 WT Hill Blvd. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4Z9

November 2017 - Bill Hodges
Flight Operations; began his flying career at BC Airlines

November 2017 - Ali El Zanaty

Flight Operations; passed recently in  Egypt

November 2017 - Peter Lawrence

Airport Services; began his career at Transair and worked on automation integration.

November 28, 2017 Shari MCCONKEY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom Shari Mcconkey (Mamoo). Shari and husband Richard raised their family in Richmond before settling into Tsawwassen. She started working for PWA and enjoyed a lengthy career with the airline, eventually retiring from Air Canada after 32 years. Shari is predeceased by her two grandsons Kyle Richard and Riley Clifford. She is lovingly remembered by husband Richard of 55 years, children; Lori (David), Lisa (Sandro), Ross (Joanne). Mamoo cherished her grandchildren; Jessica, Sara, Erin, Taylor, Sean, Camryn, Keegan and Kate (also her furry companion BO). There will be no service by request. Donations in mom's honour may be made to Canuck Place or the Alzheimer's society.

November 22, 2017 - Liam Hawkins
Liam Hawkins passed this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Liam worked for Pacific Western, Canadian and Canadian North and was based in Hay River - Fort Smith, Yellowknife, and Grand Prairie, He did relief work at numerous bases plus his company provided contract ground handling services. Our condolences to Cathy and the family. Service details for Liam will be on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm:
Five – 0 Club
2500 15 Ave
Didsbury, AB
In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to:
Valarosa Parks Association
P.O. Box 185, Didsbury, AB T0M0W0

November 17, 2017 - Capt Fred Traupe (Retired)
Fred Traupe - Retired Pacific Western, Canadian Airlines, and  Air Canada Captain at the age of 86  passed away peacefully in the presence of family at 9 pm following a short illness, on Friday, November 17, 2017 in Summerland, B.C.  He will be remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Rita-Anne Traupe, daughters Jennifer of Penticton, BC, Julie-Anne (Matt) of London, UK, Katie (Paul) of Perth, AUS, and Kimmi (Rick) of Edmonton, AB; and grandchildren Rhian, Chanelle, Tyler, Brandon, and Millie. He was predeceased by granddaughter Madison (2009) and brother Klaus (1997). Fred was well known for his friendly charm, sense of humor, and positive outlook on life. His passions were family and flying. His many years as an Airline Captain allowed him to see the world. He loved good food, great beer, hot sunshine, and anywhere he could be near water. After retirement, Fred volunteered much of his time with the local air cadets, passing on his love of flying and travel to many. He lived a full life and with that achieved everything he ever wanted to do. He leaves behind great wisdom. A private celebration of Fred’s life will be held next summer.

May 19, 2016 - Raymond Thorne: Belated obit
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Raymond (Ray) Thorne. He died on May 19, 2016, after a struggle with bowel obstruction and congestive heart failure, kidney failure, COPD, and diabetes. Although he was rallying in the last few months, he had been pining for his wife, Eunice Mary Thorne, of 58 years, who had only passed away two years ago, almost to the day.
Ray was a financial analyst for Canadian Airlines, formerly PWA. Previous to his immigration to Canada, Ray worked at the coal mines in Wales, starting out in the mines and quickly becoming an accountant for the mines and working above ground. He moved his wife and young son to Canada in 1969 when he realized the future in the valley would not provide enough opportunities for his son. He and Eunice left behind their families and life-long friends for the chance to live a bigger life in Canada. They joined their relatives in Vancouver region and formed a comfortable life here over the years.
Ray became an accomplished wood carver over the years, studying with great masters like Arnold Mikelson and winning several first place entries in shows. He has been carving at the Kennedy Senior Center for years now and has established long friendships. His art work is a reflection of his ability to focus on detail and his never-ending patience. Ray enjoyed carving animals and birds and leaves behind two beautiful carousels for his grandchildren. They will be on display at the Kennedy Centre in July.
Ray recently enjoyed a visit with his son, Michael Thorne and grandchildren, Anastasia Clement Thorne and Broderic Clement Thorne. Ray and Eunice were both excellent grandparents whose love for their grandchildren was evident in every interaction. He was also a loving and supportive father-in-law to Michael's wife, Suzanne Clement Thorne. Ray will be missed by his friends, his relatives, and his family.

October 13, 2017 David Heathcote B-January 31, 1950
On October 13, 2017, Dave Heathcote of St. Albert, Alberta passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 67 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Sue, and their children, Scott (Greta), Michael (Delta), Elianie (Kirk), Kimberly (Brian), Caleigh (Rob), Giselie, Erica, Vanessa, Nikki, Brandi, Devon and Kasen, as well as 13 grandchildren and numerous foster children. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick & Janet and his father and mother-in-law Peter & Ilene Spraakman.
Dave's career in aviation spanned nearly 50 years as head avionics technician at Pacific Western Airlines, contract pilot for the International Red Cross serving in Vietnam, Program Head of NAIT Aviation and Director of Education at the Alberta Aviation Museum.
Dave was a devoted husband and father, taking great pride in spending time with his wife and each of his children any way he could. The best part of his day was always with his family.
A private service will take place on Friday, October 20. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Dave's name to Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue at infinitewoofs.com.

October 9, 2017 William Neil Duff (Millarville) – B-September 10, 1948
It is with a heavy heart that the family of William “Neil” Duff announce his passing on October 9, 2017 at 69 years of age. Neil will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marlene; his sister Nancy; brother David (Elly); his children Shae (Paul), Scott and Brindy; his six grandchildren Scott, Chelsea, Danny, Kyle, Taygen and Nicholas as well as his father in law Nick (Eva); Sister and Brother-in-law Cheryl and Dave; Aunt Norma Duff and his beloved nieces and nephew Katherine (Dave), Megan (Scott),… Erin (Ryan), Rebecca, Tommy and Katie.
Neil was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Marion and William Duff on September 10, 1948. He graduated from Victoria Composite High School and attended the Alberta School of Fine Arts, later in his life he earned a diploma in Marketing from SAIT. Neil loved the aviation business and began his career with Pacific Western Airlines, followed by Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada where he retired with 33 years of service.
An avid fan of NASCAR and Rodeo, Neil volunteered for a number of years with the Calgary Stampede Royalty Trio, Millarville Rodeo, Ellensburg Rodeo and Baker City.
His cousin Rob wrote “Cowboy, rodeo rider, mountaineer, ski patrolman, sport fisherman, airline guy, hunter, rancher, leather artist, fence builder, NASCAR enthusiast, Dad and Husband. He was an unabashed red neck but secretly an artist with a poet’s soul. Loud, opinionated, openhearted, generous and garrulous. Interested in all life had to offer and tried much of it. One of a kind. Ride the Sky Neil “
In keeping with Neil’s wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.

Sep 20, 2017 Kym Camarta
Kym passed on Wednesday Sep 20 after suffering a stroke. A family service is planned but at this time there are no further details. Kym worked as both a CSA and Lead Agent in Edmonton (YXD) and moved on to become a Duty Manager.  He later joined the sales department in Winnipeg.  In the 1990's, Kym was the voice of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey hockey team. He had one of the greatest sense of humour and made any gathering fun and interesting. There are so many great stories and he will be sadly missed.
From the Winnipeg Free Press (thanks PS)
KYM CAMARTA July 3, 1948 - September 20, 2017 "Ladies and Gentleman yourrr Winnipeg Jets!!!!" It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Kym Camarta on September 20 at Victoria Hospital. You may not know Kym from his name or picture, but rather from his booming voice and huge personality as the old Winnipeg Jets PA announcer from 1989 until their departure in 1996. Kym, or as we all know him, Nonno, had a love of all sports but mostly hockey and golf, which he watched while yelling regularly at the TV. A proud grandparent who took any opportunity to boast of his grandkids, teaching and passing on his massive collection of Dad jokes he had amassed over the last four decades. Nonno will be lovingly remembered by his daughters: Jaime, Jocelyn (André Richard), Jillian (Duncan Bothwell) and his grandkids Xavier, Rielle and Dréa. Remembered as well by his ex-wife Valery; his siblings Brian, Larry (Monica), Ron (Johanna), Janine (Wayne Wetterberg), Chris (Lisa) and Bobby (Pat), all his nieces / nephews and their children and families. Much love and thanks to the Victoria Hospital ICU staff for their devotion and care for our loved father. A shout out also to our friends and family for all their love and support. In lieu of flowers, please hold on to your favourite memory, story or joke by Mr. C, or by taking the time to yell at the TV when your local teams take a "bonehead penalty".

Sep 11, 2017 Verne Cameron  (Maintenance - Technical Services)
Verne Cameron June 1, 1935 - September 11, 2017 Verne passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospice with his beloved Dixie by his side.Verne was born in Regina, SK and grew up in Edmonton where he joined the Air Force in 1951, and after five years became a mechanic with Pacific Western Airlines, later becoming a flight engineer and a crew chief. Verne was actively involved in the Union before his retirement in 1990. 
People would describe Verne as a soft spoken gentleman. He loved the sunshine and swimming so frequent trips to Hawaii with Dixie were highlights of the year. He found joy in music and created many friendships with his involvement in both the White Rock Karaoke and the Elks Club. Upon his retirement he became the founding Director of the Sponsoring Committee of the 907 Black Knights Air Cadets.
Verne is survived by his beloved partner Dixie Crossman, his four children; Karen (Gary) Booy, Kathy Cameron (John Griffith), Krista (Harold) Thibaudier and Keith (Kammy) Cameron. Grandchildren; Jesse Wierzbowski, Melissa, Ryan and Jenny Thibaudier, Riley and Reese Cameron. Verne is also survived by his one brother Gordon (Vera), the mother of his four children Ruth Cameron and many nieces and nephews. Verne was predeceased by his parents and his sister Gail and brother Kerry.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 1:00 pm at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 28th Avenue Surrey. In lieu of flowers donations would be gratefully accepted and can be made to '907 Squadron Sponsoring Committee' or '907 SSC' (Unit 71504-1463 Johnston Rd White Rock, BC V4B 535.
Life was meant for great friends and great adventures


July 25, 2017 Ron Forbes
Ron Forbes (Flight Ops) passed July 26, 2017, at Kelowna, BC. Ron and his friend George Chivers were famous for their pranks and many stories from the Arctic to the Middle East
Obit - Edmonton Journal Aug 22, 2017 - Ronald Wayne Forbes 1944 - 2017 After living a life rich with passion and adventure, Ronald Wayne Alan Forbes lost life's final challenge with courage, dignity and humor. Surrounded and wrapped in the love of family and friends, Ron passed away peacefully on July 25th at his home in Kelowna, BC. His love for flying led him to a 38 year career in aviation, as a naval pilot in the CAF and then as a 737, Hercules, DC10 and 747 Captain with Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian and finally Air Canada. He retired in Kelowna, where he was able to showcase his talent for landscape gardening and host his boisterous clan of 14 and childhood sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Beverley, in the beautiful backyard of his home. Illustrious as his flying career was, his proudest achievement was the raising of his 4 accomplished children and 10 grandchildren. To them he was "Big Bad Baba" and was a mentor, instigator, advisor, and a fitness coach, and will always be remembered for his huge radiant smile, his contagious enthusiasm, his legendary sense of humor, and engaging conversation. A special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and staff of the KGH and Cancer Center. 
 Thank you for being the Captain in our Lives

Flown West - A farewell.

July 17, 2017 Allan (Al) Albert Cyril Gee:  OCTOBER 1, 1939 - JULY 17, 2017
Allan (Al) Albert Cyril Gee passed away in Leduc, AB on July 17th, 2017 at the age of 77 after a lengthy battle with Congestive Heart Disease. Al was born in Cut Knife, SK on October 1, 1939. He was married to Marlene (Mardi) Gee and shared 47 years wonderful years together. After various jobs, he began his career with Pacific Western Airlines in 1969. He retired in 1993 as base manager in Yellowknife from what was then Canadian Airlines. At the age of 55, he returned to the University of Alberta to complete the Education degree he’d started 20 years earlier. He taught junior high and high school for 10 years; one year in Yellowknife and the remaining time in Grande Prairie. After retiring from teaching, Al and Mardi moved to Thorsby, AB where he built their beautiful home. Al was elected Mayor of Thorsby in 2007 for a 3-year term. He was passionate about his involvement in the community. Al loved scuba diving, camping, model airplanes, wood working and participating in the Grande Prairie Marching Band. Al is survived by his wife Mardi, sister Eleanor Campbell, daughters Kendra (Michael) Hand, Carrie (Jeremy) Bujold and Alana (Jeff) Morgan; grandchildren, Kylie, Annabelle, Lucas, Dylan, Alicia, and Ethan. He was predeceased by his parents Cyril and Maida Gee and his sister Elaine Evans. As per Al’s wishes, he will be cremated with no formal memorial service. We hope you will share your stories of Al as he loved to share his stories with you.
Al worked in Airport Services and was based in Edmonton, Brandon, Uranium City and Yellowknife. 

September 9, 2016 William Shufflebotham  B July 14, 1927
Bill passed into his Gods hands due to complications of congestive heart failure at the age of 89. Coming from a large family Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Catherine and several brothers and sisters and great grand daughter Faith Forrest.   Bill is greatly missed by his wife Lillian, his daughter Katherine, sons Glenn & John along with their spouses - Bill, Jeanette & Sharon, grandchildren - Trevor, Kyle, Ryan, Nicole, Michael, Steven and great grand children - Kaedn, Jacob, Zachary, Zoey and many friends and associates.

Bill was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and lived his young life in Lloydminster, Alberta and Sardis, BC. He joined the military at 16 and served for 6 years, mustering out in Victoria BC. After marriage, Bill joined Queen Charlotte Airlines and then spent the next 40+ years in the airline industry in various capacities. After retirement worked for the Commissionaires at Vancouver International Airport until finally retiring for good.

June 24, 2017 Ronald John Babiy
Ron worked in Customer Services and was a Passenger Sales Rep in Edmonton and Kamloops.
Born June 25, 1944 in Edmonton, Ron Babiy passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side at the Marjorie Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kamloops, BC on June 24, 2017. His passing was one day before his 73rd birthday. Ron leaves his loving wife Sue, daughter Amber (Patrick Rocque), granddaughters Sarah and Sabine, son James (Julie) and granddaughters Marley and Lucia and his dog Danny Boy. He also leaves behind his "adopted" son Scott and daughter Gayle. And we know he will surely be missed by his family in Alberta, brothers-in-law Bob (Sue) and Dave (Debra) and their families.
Bye for now Ronny - we love you; You will be deeply missed
An informal Celebration of Life will be held on July 8th between 6:30 and 9:30 PM at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club ... beside the airport.

June 24, 2017 - Captain Terry Lambourne.

Retired Captain Terry Lambourne passed away Saturday 24 June at the Peace Arch Hospital. His family is not planning a service.  Most of you knew Terry Lambourne as a gentleman, a superb airman and an all round great guy to work with. His knowledge of the Hercules went back many years. Prior to joining Pacific Western Terry flew the four L100-10 Hercules aircraft belonging to Zambian Air Cargoes, flying copper ingots, up until the time when two of the aircraft were destroyed in a ground incident in Ndola and then he ferried the other two aircraft back to Lockheed Burbank for overhaul and resale. One of these two aircraft MSN 4129 became PWN after they both joined the PWA family in 1969 and their impact on the Hercules Operation, and the airline over the years, was quite profound.
Terry will be missed by all who knew him.

May 13, 2017 - COLIN A. JARVIS
January 21, 1925 - May 13, 2017 Formerly of Lynden, WA, and greater Vancouver area. Born in Saskatoon, passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City, AZ. Survived by his wife, Meralon ("Nolli"), sister Muriel Jarvis of Saskatoon; daughters Karen Wiebe (Bruce), Catherine Ellison, Janice (Ross Davies), son Greg (Janice), all of whom will miss his wry humour, intellect and many stories. Predeceased by his childrens' mother, Marian, brothers Ralph and Berwyn ("Jerry"), sister Betty (Zielke). Memorial to be held at Victory Memorial Park,  14831 28th Ave, Surrey, BC V4P 1P3 | 604-536-6522 October 21 at 1:00 PM

May 4, 2017 Rob Pilling - Loadmaster
PWA Hercules Loadmaster Rod Pilling passed away this morning (May 4) at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. He was 64 years young and with his daughter Karly when he slipped into his final sleep.
Rod flew as a PWA Loadmaster in the mid 1970s for a number of years and later went on to work for NWT Air, Worldways, ICC, Cancom, BBE/Aurora Expediting and other aviation related companies.
Details of a memorial gathering in Calgary in the near future are being reviewed and information will be shared when available.
The attached photo of Rod was taken at the PWA Hercules Reunion in Edmonton in June 2016. Less red hair than he had his Herc days but still smiling. (from S. Russell)

April 20, 2017 Capt ROBERT BRUCE TAYLOR - Transair, Pacific Western, Canadi>n.
ROBERT BRUCE TAYLOR passed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Grace Hospital at the age of 73 years. Bob’s Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue with Rev. Raymond Knight, presiding. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg,

November 20, 2016 Captain Henry Schindler
30th July 1925 - 20th November 2016.  Henry Schindler passed suddenly but peacefully at St. Mary's hospital in Sechelt with his wife Liz by his side. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Hedda and his daughter Karin and is sorely missed by his son Ruffo, Liz, and many friends who touched his life. Henry’s wife Liz recalls some history of Henry's career:
At age approx 17 -18 he flew with the Luftwaffe during WW2 on Junkers and Messerschmitts
Post WW2 Henry was employed with Pan American Airways until arriving in Canada 1953, where he was a pilot with Queen Charlotte Airlines and Pacific Western Airlines.  Henry served as Pacific Western B707 Chief Pilot, passenger and freight (worldwide). After the B707 was retired from the fleet Henry Captained Boeing 737’s on domestic operations including some charters to sunshine destinations. When PWA aquired B767’s Henry transitioned to a “glass cockpit” Captain until
retiring August 1st 1985. Captain Schindler retired with 32,000 hours in his log book.
A private ceremony was held by his family.

March 19,2017 CROSSON, Waldo George (Wally)
Waldo peacefully passed away with family at bedside on March 19, 2017 at the age of 94.
He is survived by his daughter Shannon Taylor (Rick), grandsons Jason (Kaley), Brandon and Travis (Paige), and great- grandchildren Toren, Isabelle, Camryn and Cohen. Wally was predeceased by his wife, Moira and son Greg.
Wally was a pilot during World War ll, followed by a successful career with Pacific Western Airlines.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palliative Care at the Devon Hospital.

March 4, 2017 - George C. Chiasson
With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, George C. Chiasson on March 4, 2017.  Memorial Mass Friday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Matthew’s Parish, 13131 – 86 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, 11220 - 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, Suite 144, 5241 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8.   George worked in Technical Services Maintenance in Edmonton for many years.

February 8, 2017 - Robert Bardua
Bob "Bandit" Bardua (pictured centre standing) passed Feb 8, 2017 at age 76 Agassiz BC.  Bob worked in Airport Services in Kamloops and at Vancouver Air Cargo.  If you know of the service details please pass any info to the webmaster

(picture credit A. Snowie)

January 2, 2017 DAVID ANDREW SUL
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of David (Dave) Andrew Sul at the age of 64. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Longer obituary notice to follow. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550

December 16, 2016 Susan Raye Savage (née Hamilton) b-April 5, 1945

Susan passed away peacefully at the Delta Hospice, with her loving family by her side following a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Susan was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Oda Hamilton. She is survived and forever missed by her husband Ken, brother John Hamilton (Nancy), sister Vicki Cullis (Ron), niece Dana Huff (Brenda), nephew Jeff Hamilton, niece Kristy Sumner (Stu), great-nieces Abby and Jacie Sumner, and the extended Hamilton and Savage families.  Susan travelled the world as a flight attendant for 30 years. She began her career with Pacific Western Airlines and retired from Canadian Airlines in 1995.

Susan always put her concern for others ahead of her own. Possessed of a sharp wit and a generous spirit, she was forthright, loyal and loving and enjoyed good company, playing cards and entertaining. She had a passion for decorating and crafts, creating beautiful jewellery, flower arrangements and personalized cards. In recent years, she took up golf and enjoyed playing with Kenny and their friends and family, locally and in Palm Springs.  In accordance with Susan's wishes, no service will be held. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at the Delta Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care. Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Varughese. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Susan to the Delta Hospice Society.


December 8, 2016:  Ron Moore Sales Manager
November 21, 1933 – December 8, 2016.  It is with great sadness that I have to advise of the passing of another one of our members, Ron Moore. In declining health for the past couple of years, Ron passed away last Thursday in Vancouver, at the age of 83. Ron started his airline career with Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1959, in Calgary. He then joined Pacific Western Airlines as an Customer Service Agent in Fort McMurray, and from there, moved to Fort Smith. Later, he moved to Edmonton, and then on to Vancouver as a Sales Representative. He transferred back to Edmonton as Sales Manager, and then returned to Vancouver as Director of Inflight Services. He also worked as Director of Sales for Air BC. After Air BC, he worked for Vacation.com and finally with Western Vacations. He worked until age 80. A celebration of his life will be held on December 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Delta Town and Country Inn, 6005 Hwy 17 at Hwy 99.

October 29, 2016 James Harman, Capt (retired)
Jim Harman b-March 1938 : d-Oct 2016 of natural causes at age 78 in Burnaby BC. A celebration of life will be held on November 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Firefighters Public House, 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, BC. 
Captain Jimmy Harman Funeral information: The funeral burial will be at 1PM January 12th (Thursday) at the Port Coquitlam Cemetery, located on Oxford St. 2 km North of the Lougheed Highway on the east side of town. It will be just the Burial without a service. Following the burial, there will be a Celebration of life Memorial at Sams Pub located West off Shaugnesy in the center of Port Coguitlam in the Patio room.

October 21, 2016 - Mike Crawford
Sad News - Michael ( Mike ) Crawford  March 17, 1954 – October 21, 2016
In 1974, Mike started his career with P.W.A. in Air Cargo YXD.
He was also stationed in Inuvik, Dawson Creek, Vancouver and Toronto. Shortly after the merger with AC, Mike and his wife Deb, retired to Kincardine, Ontario. Mike was an avid golfer, Blue Jays fan and an excellent cook. His sense of humour, kindness, loyalty and love for his wife, family and friends were part of Mike’s warm and cheerful character. His wife Deb, mother Marjorie, brother Barry, sisters Sharon and Cindy ,and nieces Jenny, Sarah, and Katie will carry him in their hearts forever. There will be a private memorial service to celebrate Mike’s life in the coming spring.

September 9, 2016 William Shufflebotham  B July 14, 1927
Bill passed into his Gods hands due to complications of congestive heart failure at the age of 89. Coming from a large family Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Catherine and several brothers and sisters and great grand daughter Faith Forrest.   Bill is greatly missed by his wife Lillian, his daughter Katherine, sons Glenn & John along with their spouses - Bill, Jeanette & Sharon, grandchildren - Trevor, Kyle, Ryan, Nicole, Michael, Steven and great grand children - Kaedn, Jacob, Zachary, Zoey and many friends and associates.

Bill was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and lived his young life in Lloydminster, Alberta and Sardis, BC. He joined the military at 16 and served for 6 years, mustering out in Victoria BC. After marriage, Bill joined Queen Charlotte Airlines and then spent the next 40+ years in the airline industry in various capacities. After retirement worked for the Commissionaires at Vancouver International Airport until finally retiring for good.

August 9, 2016 Curt Alden - Airport Services YVR
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father, Curt Alden, on the 9th of August.  A Celebration of Life for Curt Alden will be held on August 21st from 4 to 6pm at the Sandpiper Beach picnic area:  Delta. This is just an informal gathering for those of you who would like to share their memories of Curt.  We will be at the Sandpiper picnic shelter. The shelter is in Boundary Bay Regional Park (Centennial Beach) which is accessed directly from Boundary Bay Road and there is ample free parking near the shelter. Since this is a public beach, it would be best to bring your own chairs or blankets. Coffee, tea & water will be served. Please no balloons as they are strictly prohibited. In lieu of flowers, Curt would've appreciated a donation to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation @ bcchf.ca

July 18, 2016 -  Ed Krott
It is with great sadness that we announce that loving husband, father and Grandfather Ed Krott passed away July 18th after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer.  Ed joined the German Luftwaffe and worked as a crew chief on the F104 fighter jets. In order to perform cold weather tests on F104 aircraft, he was stationed in Cold Lake, Alberta, which is where he met his bride-to-be, Velma Anderson.
Ed and Velma lived in Germany until he completed his 4 years of service, at which time he was able to immigrate to Canada. In 1964, Ed and Velma returned to Canada with their baby daughter Kim. Ed's time in the Luftwaffe increased his love of aviation, so he decided to obtain his private pilot's license "just for fun." However, he had been bitten by the flying bug, so he decided to pursue it as a career. In 1966, he began his commercial flying career with BC Airlines and remained with the organization through all the transitions as it became Pacific Western Airlines, then Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada. Ed retired on January 1st 2001, after a storied 34 year aviation career. His logbook contains an entire fleet of aircraft types: In the early part of his career Ed worked as a bush pilot in often harsh conditions, piloting rugged aircraft such as Super Cubs, Cessnas, Beavers and Twin Otters. He advanced to many different aircraft including C130 Hercules and Boeing jets including the 707, 737 and completed his career on the 747. He often said that his joy of flying made him feel as though he never worked a day in his life.
If Ed had a call sign, it would have been "the Candy Man" since he always carried candies to give to the many people he befriended as he traveled the world. These were a small token that symbolized his boundless kindness and generosity. The Candy Man is now "wheels up" for his final flight, and will be dearly missed.
He leaves to mourn immediate family: Velma Krott (wife), Kim Huizenga (daughter) & Ron Huizenga (son-in-law), two Granddaughters Amanda Huizenga (+ friend Sean), Melissa Huizenga (+ friend Bryce), along with many others who will also mourn the loss of a great friend.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church - 338th Ave and 32nd St, E Okotoks, Alberta on July 25, 2016 at 11:00.

July 11, 2016  Albert Callbeck (Capt. retired)
On July 11, 2016 Al Callbeck of Parkville, B.C. passed away peacefully at the age of 88.

He was born in St. Walburg Saskatchewan and lived in British Columbia for the last 34 years. Al is survived by his wife of 30 years, Joy Callbeck also of Parksville, his sons Barry (Darlene) of Stony Plain AB., Ted (Sharon) of Onoway AB., his step children Jullie Desmarais and Bob Dykes both of British Columbia, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many extended family members in Saskatchewan. Al was predeceased by his daughter Verna Schaffrick in 1992.

Al had a 40 year career in aviation starting in Hay River NWT as a bush pilot and advancing to a Senior Captain when he retired from Canadian Airlines.

July 9, 2016 Fred Jennex
Information just in with the news of Fred Jennex' passing. His son Kyle sent the following email this afternoon.
All of you who knew Fred, will miss his charm and wit. Fred joined Pacific Western Airlines from the RCAF and worked as a Loadmaster, Project Manager and Airport Manager during his tenure with the airline. He was always an adventurer. Fred mentioned earlier this year that the PWA Hercules Operation made characters and also defined their character as well. He was one of those characters and will be missed but not forgotten. Our sincerest condolences to The Jennex family.
Any news on the service will be shared as it becomes available.

Apr 3, 2016 David Kask - Airport Services YVR
October 1, 1948 - April 3, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Dave Kask announces his unexpected passing on April 3, 2016. Beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend, Dave was loved and admired by all who were lucky enough to know him. He was the definition of a gentleman. Dave's integrity, dignity, kindness, and intelligence made him a success at everything he did. Of all his notable accomplishments however, the one that gave him his greatest pride, and deepest joy, was his devoted family. He is survived by his wife Sharon, the love of his life for over 50 years, and his three daughters: Andrea (Tony),Tiffany (Mike) and Ashley (Mike). He was devoted to, and deeply loved by, his eight grandchildren: Brayden, Bronson, Beckham, Rob, Eric, Natalie, Mitchell and Brooklyn. Dave will also be greatly missed by his younger brother Don (Wendy), nieces Chrissy and Luci, and nephew Dan. A successful executive, entrepreneur and mentor, he gathered lifelong friends at every step. His passing leaves a hole, too big to fill, in the lives of each of us. We will miss his calm, straightforward decency and his mischievous sense of humour. Dave and Sharon loved to travel, and their many adventures included rounding Cape Horn, swimming with sharks in Africa, golfing in Dubai and (most importantly), regular family vacations in Maui. He also loved to meet his friends for Thursday night golf, and his golf career included at least one certified hole-in-one, despite a swing that defied logic. Over the last few days, Dave's family has heard many stories from those he went out of his way to help. In honour of Dave's unwavering commitment to helping others, his family has established a charitable fund in his memory. The Dave Kask Legacy Fund will support charitable endeavours for those in need. Donations can be made via the Peninsula Community Foundation at peninsulafoundation.ca. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

March 2, 2016 Eric Ostrowercha

Eric Michael Ostrowercha B June 17, 1942
73, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre on March 2, 2016. Eric was born in Calgary, Alberta to the late Andrew and Eva (Kumka) Ostrowercha. Eric received his early education and attended the University of Calgary and later the University of Notre Dame in Nelson, BC where he studied botany. Eric enjoyed fishing expeditions for salmon in BC and trout in Yellowknife. Eric enjoyed his cooking, so salmon and trout was a good catch. Deciding to leave university he joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1974 and began his travels, working in several cities including Yellowknife, NWT where he met his wife Helen. They continued married life in Calgary and Nova Scotia from where Eric retired after PWA was purchased by Canadian Airlines and subsequently Air Canada. An avid reader and loved his crossword puzzles and his gardening. Eric is survived by his wife of 32 years, Helen (Shrum); sisters Marianne (Bob Dulepka), Ottawa, ON, Andrea (Lazaruk), Sydney, BC, Alice (Derek Finall) Sydney, BC; brother Orrest (Dorothy), Calgary, AB and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 11th at 11am in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St, Dartmouth. Burial to take place in Alberta at a later date. A special thank you to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their exceptional care of Eric during his stay. Donations may be made to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation. Online condolences may be viewed or sent to:

Feb 14, 2016 - Syl Kalyn - Flight Technical Services, Navigator
Sylvester Kalyn (Syl) of Ladner, B.C. passed away on February 14, 2016.
Syl is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Maureen. They were married in White Rock, B.C. on July 1, 1974. Over 42 years of marriage, they had many fun adventures together including building a family home, travelling the world and spending time with family and friends.  Syl will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter Marlee Cartwright (Todd), son Brett Borrie (Kathy), and son Greg Borrie (Ronaye). Syl leaves behind seven wonderful grandchildren, who he adored with all his heart. Syl was born in Grodin, Saskatchewan on September 1, 1938. He graduated from Vancouver's Lord Byng high school and attended the University of British Columbia before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. Syl enjoyed a rewarding career in the airline industry as a Senior Engineer Analyst, specializing in weight and balance flight operations. He retired from Air Canada after a long and successful career. Syl was friendly and loved to socialize. He enjoyed gardening and playing cards with friends. He was an avid stamp collector and loved astronomy. But most of all, Syl loved talking about the many accomplishments of his beloved grandchildren. A memorial reception will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Oct 26, 2015 - Barry Mindus - Airports, Aircargo
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Oct 20, 2015 - Bob Brown

Born - October 9, 1937. With profound sadness, we, the family of RJ, (Bob, Bobby) Brown tearfully announce his passing on the morning of Tuesday October 20, 2015, with us at his side, after a very brief illness. He was courageous, kind, caring, full of humour and welcoming to all, until his final breath.

Born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba to Morley and Ethel Brown, he was proud to be a big brother to Florence and Warren. He couldn't wait to get out of school and join the working world. His keen sense of humour started young, he was full of mischief and tricks and he loved playing! He played hockey, baseball, bowling, curling, and he liked going out to dance! Through his sister Florence's friendship, he met his wife Merlyne and they wed in 1958, raised two children, Warren and Lisa, were married for 36 years, and remained friends to this day.

There isn't a person involved in the airline business, doubtfully anywhere in North America, who didn't know who Bob Brown was. He was affable, he was knowledgeable and he was a dutiful employee in an industry he loved which started in 1958 with Trans Air in Waboden, Manitoba. After numerous postings, the family landed in Thunder Bay in 1979, and stayed! He loved the airline business so much, he retired twice from it! He often said, “Why would I retire when I get to travel somewhere warm and still work?”- two things that he adored! But in 2012 he finally decided, time to relax and he retired from Bearskin Airlines.

He loved to socialize, spending time with co-workers and friends, be it around the horseshoe at the Neebing Roadhouse or at the West Fort Prosvita, and probably a few more watering holes in between!

He was an avid sports fan; all sports! He even watched golf! He liked to have a few side bets now and again to make the games interesting; but never more than a couple of loonies! He was a loyal Montreal Canadians fan, Green Bay Packers fan, Cleveland Indians and of course the Cleveland Browns. He had weekly picks in NASCAR and the football pools.

This remarkable man, loved to travel somewhere warm but he also loved to come home; which he built with his family and friends, he loved his garden; his impeccable lawn, his beautiful flowers, his giant tomatoes! And he loved his cats – Ozzy and Harry.

He was a proud father to Warren and Lisa; adored being grandpa to Matthew and father-in-law to Debbie. He couldn't wait to give Matthew his Mixed Fish Club prize of a fishing rod!

How do we put into words his selfless nature; putting the needs of others ahead his own; believing that when you help others; good things will come back your way.

Oct 20, 2015 - Dennis Kennedy -

Oct 19, 2015 Bev May - Dispatch
Passed away peacefully.  Service info TBA

Sep 26, 2015 - Capt Ron Jones
Passed away in Comox BC.

Sep 11, 2015 - Bob Lozinski - Maintenance - Avionics YXD
He was living in the Kipnes Care Centre in Edmonton.  The funeral will be held at:
Place: Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home
10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5K 1R5
Date :  17 Sep 2015  Time: 11:00

Aug 31, 2015 - COGILL, Michael Glen
It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of our brother, uncle, godfather and friend, Michael Glen Cogill. He left this world peacefully on August 31, 2015 at 60 years of age, in the comforting presence of a lifelong friend.
Michael grew up on Edmonton's south side, playing sports, exploring the outdoors and spending family time as the 7th of 8 children of Harold and Dolly Cogill. Michael had a long career with the airlines, most recently with Air Canada. Over the last several years, Michael enjoyed the fellowship of St. Agnes Catholic Parish and the Knights of Columbus, meals with family and friends, and walking his favourite dog, Boogie.
We will cherish memories of Michael's quick wit, sense of humour, stubborn nature, fearlessness and adventuresome spirit. He was artistic, creative and a hard worker. Michael travelled extensively and never forgot the glorious details of his adventures. He was a master storyteller, entertainer and a fantastic cook. Michael's gentleness and devotion brought comfort to his parents when he assisted with care giving in their last years. His kindness and generosity will be remembered. Our family will always be grateful that Michael lived with our mother, providing companionship and exceptional care until her passing last year at the age of 94.
Celebrating Michael's life are his siblings Harry and Betty Cogill of Blue Mountains, ON; Margie Cogill and Jaan Scheel of Victoria, B.C.; Carolyn and Bob Clarke of Lake Country, B.C.; Bobby Cogill of Edmonton; Barb and Roy Rolheiser of Edmonton; Chera and Glenn McMeckan of Victoria, B.C.; and Basil and Becky Cogill of Summerland, B.C. Mike was so proud of his 11 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Dolly, and Aunty Margaret Cogill.
Michael will be missed by his dear and long-time friends, Jackie Rowe, David Gangl, Wil Magnan, Michael Tessier, Keith Thomas, and Jeremy Willis. Michael faced complex health challenges and we greatly appreciate those involved in his care, especially the compassionate work of Dr. Allison Theman and Chris Sidders, RN.
Memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton People-In-Need Shelter Society, 9536 - 103 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 2H3.
Journey well, our beloved Michael. You're on to your next great adventure!

July 2015 - Isabelle Lamb - Reservations and Training Department
Isabelle Lamb passed away suddenly this month.  Service will be MOUNT PLEASANT FUNERAL HOME
306 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver, B. C.  ON: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

June  10, 2015  Sandra "Sandy" Gladys Stirling
Sandy worked in Maintenance as an Administrator and Records Control Clerk at Transair in Winnipeg, PWA in Calgary and Canadian Airlines in Vancouver prior to retiring in Calgary.

STIRLING, Sandra "Sandy" Gladys - (nee Davidson) December 1, 1945 - Winnipeg, Manitoba June 10, 2015 - Calgary, Alberta It is with extreme sadness the family of Sandra "Sandy" Gladys Stirling announces her passing on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in the presence of her family, after a lengthy yet courageous battle with COPD and emphysema at the age of 69 years. Leaving many cherished memories are her three children, Sonny, John and Corry; four grandchildren, Justin, Melissa, Hailey, and Kaila; as well as one great-grandson Noah; son-in-law Shane; daughter-in-law Alanna;. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law Faye Davidson; niece Karen; and nephews, Keith and Brent; as well as her beloved dog Pebbles. A Celebration of Sandy's Life and Farewell will be held at the Marlborough Community Centre (636 Marlborough Way N.E.) on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. All friends and family are welcome. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thanks to all our family, her loving friends, doctors and caregivers who supported us during this time. I

May 15, 2015 Thomas James Bruce Apps
Passed at Kamloops, B.C.   Trained in Vancouver and was an engineer with Pacific Western (February 1955 to July 1959) at Sprout Lake (Port Alberni) and Prince Rupert.  Then served as base engineer with Canadian Pacific Air Lines, at Fulton Field (Kamloops) – July 1959 to March 1969, when Canadian Pacific ceased
serving Kamloops. Bruce and his wife Grace were at the Canadian Airlines International base-closing party held at Kamloops – April 15, 1989. Full obituary – Kamloops This Week – 19 May 2015.

16 Apr 2015 - JONES, MICHAEL "MIC" Thursday, b1935
Mic was born in London, England and joined the RAF at the age of 14 and became an aircraft mechanic. In 1972, at the age of 36 he came to Vancouver where he met Lynda and married within months. He worked as an aircraft mechanic (Pacific Western) and as a heavy-duty mechanic until he retired officially in 2000. Mic fought several medical challenges in his later years but beat or managed them all and continued his active life of sailing, camping and playing his bagpipes. An unfortunate accident with his backhoe on his Falkland acreage took the last of his nine lives and he died “with his boots on” as he wanted. He played the pipes first with the Shuswap Pipe Band and for the last 11 years with the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band. He was loved for his humour, wit, creativity, awesome friendship and advice. He was always first in line to help anyone and although he could fix just about anything he was also good at teaching others how to do it themselves. Mic will be missed by his wife Lynda, brother-in-law Don McGregor (Sandra), brother-in-law Bob Cook (Dianne) and many friends. He lost one brother Robert in 2014 but is survived by brother Victor, a son Craig and daughter Lyn, all in England. No service.

May 14, 2015 - Barry Pearce - TZ - PW - CDN
Barry Pearce was well liked and respected by so many around the world and in the industry.  Barry leaves this world with no regrets to start his eternal life with those that have passed before him. We will all see Barry again someday and hold him in our hearts and memories till we meet again. Barry worked in YWG for TZ and PW, transferred to YYC in 1983 and remained in Calgary until he retired. He moved to Bunker Hill, Il, USA after he retired and that is where he passed away after a short battle with cancer. No service details available.

March 6, 2015 - Gerry Dempsey - YVR Materials Management
B-June 16, 1949 - With sad hearts, we announce Gerry's death following a sudden illness. He died peacefully in the arms of his wife and soulmate Laura Moore-Dempsey, daughters Erin (Grant Streeter) and Kiley (Paul Coyle) Moore-Dempsey and sister Anne Dempsey. His cherished granddaughter Emily Streeter, son-in-law Grant, Paul, brother Frank Dempsey, niece Lauren Dempsey and dog Harley were close by. Also left to grieve are his mother, Jean Dempsey, sister-in-law Sheila Dempsey, niece Eileen Sutherland, mother and father-in-law Anne and Paul Moore, brother-in-law Paul James, and many other relatives, friends and coworkers. His father Frank and sister-in-law Mary Moore predeceased him. Gerry was respected in business for his negotiation skills and was a mentor to many. He was a loyal Edmonton Oilers fan, a former competitive hockey player, and golfer. He enjoyed photography, was a sports fan and an avid boater. Thank you for all the prayers and support during his devastating illness. Special appreciation goes to Richmond General Hospital Emergency, ICU and St. Paul's ICU staff. A remembrance and memorial for Gerry will be held Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., at Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey, BC. No flowers please. Gerry may your spirit soar with the eagles forever.

Feb 23, 2015 - JARAIZ, Leoncio de le Vega "Chito" 

B February 19, 1948 - Leoncio "Chito" Jaraiz of Calgary, passed away on February 23, 2015 at the age of 67 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and many friends. Chito was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church ( 1307- 14 Street SW) on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.evanjstrong.com

Feb 21, 2015 - RONNING, Bonnie - Flight Attendant
B-August 1940 – February 21, 2015

Bonnie Mary Stuart Ronning died peacefully in her sleep on February 21, 2015. She passed away from natural causes at her home in Langley. Bonnie had a great life, complimented by an exciting and adventurous career as a flight attendant with Air Canada (formerly Pacific Western Airlines) that spanned over 37.5 years. She had an unconditional love for horses that started as a young child and continued throughout her entire life. Bonnie is survived by her sister Ann, many nieces and nephews and her dear friends. She will be put to rest beside her mother Grace, stepfather Jotty, brother Bill, sisters Gail and Patricia at the Savona Cemetery on April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m

Feb 12, 2015 Jessie champion, Reservations

Jessie Champion passed Feb 12, 2015 (b June 26, 1921). Jesse worked in YXD Res from 1969-1973 then YVR Res 1973-1980.  She had 12 siblings and is survived by 1 sister (Chris) from Calgary. Jesse is also survived by her only child, Warren & one grandson Cameron both living in Edmonton.....She was a very classy lady!  No service details have been announced.

STANNARD, Norm - Chief Loadmaster PWA & NWT
July 30, 1944 – February 8, 2015.   It is with heavy hearts that the family of Norm Stannard announces his peaceful passing on February 8, 2015 at the age of 70, following a brief illness.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Nancy, his sons Jason (Tara) in Calgary, Kevin (Leslie) in Yellowknife, brother Glen, sister Janice both in Winnipeg, and much loved grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Montana, Kyle, Alexa, and Ben. He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and Gilbert, and sister Leigh (Arlene).
Norm was born and grew up in Winnipeg. He spent 8 years in the Air Force, over 30 years working in the airline industry in Edmonton and Yellowknife, and the last few years before retirement at Northwest Transport in Edmonton.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Norm will be missed for his kind hearted, quick witted, and hard working nature. Norm had an amazing love of animals and took great pleasure in his dogs and birds.
A Celebration of Life for Norm will be held at a later date.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. J. Wismark and the staff at the Grey Nuns hospital for their kindness, support and care shown to Norm during his stay there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Norm's honor to the Hope for Wildlife Society (hopeforwildlife.net), the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.

Feb 3, 2015 R. Ian Clifford - B January 4, 1952 Vancouver Ramp Maintenance

The family is saddened to announce the passing of R. Ian Clifford on February 3, 2015 with his family by his side. He fought a courageous battle against Cancer until the very end. Ian is survived by his wife Gerda, his sons Shane (Emma) and Chad (Shandyce), 3 grandchildren James, Jacob and Summer as well as his sister Sandra (Tony) and Nana (Joan) Clifford, nieces nephews and extended family. Ian is predeceased by his parents Robert and Martha Clifford.
Ian immigrated to Canada in 1974. He worked initially for PWA and most recently Cascade Aerospace. Ian has made White Rock his home for the past 37 years. He was an important member of the community working with youth through Scouts Canada. All those who knew him will miss his kindness and sense of humor. He was an outstanding husband, father, Papa and friend and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank Dr. Grant Gibbings, Dr. Alan Pretty, the nurses on 3rd floor medical at PAH, Dr. Minhas and her Palliative team of nurses at SMH during Ian’s very difficult struggle against cancer. A special thanks to all blood donors.  In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation, the Red Cross or consider a donation of blood.
A celebration of his life will take place at Valley View Funeral home (14644 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E7) on February 13th at 2pm.

Jan 31, 2015 - OXLEY, David William
July 26, 1932 – January 31, 2015
It is with great sadness and grieving hearts, we announce the passing of my darling Husband, David, our beloved Father, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa, at the age of 82 years.
David and Joyce were married 53 years ago on May 20, 1961. They had two beautiful children, the light of their lives, Cheryl Dawn (Clay Lloyd) and Kevin David (Lara Wells); surrogate children, Ruby and Alan Lund; seven precious grandchildren, Andrew, Cody, Shayla (Corrigan), Kaitlin, Rychelle, Cheryce and Colton; and two dear great-grandchildren, Rhylan and Adalyne; also survived by many loving family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence; his mother, Marjorie; and sister, Barbara; also by his mother and father-in-law, Mabel and Gunard Barlund; three brothers-in-law, Len, Wilfred and Esten; two sisters-in-law, Adeline and Ilene; and two nephews, Mervyn and Barry.
David came to Edmonton from his birthplace, Vancouver, BC, in 1959, transferring from CP Airlines to PWA, here in Edmonton. His love of airplanes was so great, having worked for PWA, Canadian, Air Canada and Northwest Territorial over a period of close to 30 years. Many stories he would love to tell us all, about his many interesting years in the airline industry.
A Celebration of David's Life will be held Thursday, February 5 at 3:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton with Pastor Doug Hale officiating

Jan 29, 2015 - Tom Hamilton
CSA Edmonton passed Jan 29, 2015. Service will be Feb 05 at 1400 . Glenwood Funeral Home Sherwood Park. AB.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tom Hamilton on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the age of 75 years.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Grace, sons Glenn (Cindy) and Jeff (Donna); grandchildren Katherine, Jennifer, Kelsey and Kinsey; brothers Nick, Brian (Sue), and Bruce (Lynn); other relatives and dear friends.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Allan and Doris, brothers Lloyd and Allan.
He resided in Sherwood Park for the past 42 years and was actively involved with the Rotarians, 55 Plus Club, Strathcona Raptor Shelter, and many other volunteer activities.

Jan 25, 2015 - DR Fischer - Vice President and President Canadian Regional
We are saddened to announce the passing of Duncan Robert Fischer on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in his 70th year. He is survived by his loving wife Bernadette of Picton, his four children, David (Jennifer), Catherine (Blair), Maureen (Dan) and Jeffrey (Jenny) and his four grandchildren Cole, Alora, Ava and Molly, all of Calgary.

Duncan was born to parents George and Pauline Fischer, in Redcliff, AB, the youngest of the family of five children. Duncan's greatest joy was spending time with both his immediate and his extended family, taking great pride in organizing Fischer Family reunions every five years.

Duncan joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1964 as a station agent and rose through various positions in the company over the next 30 years. He finished his career as President of Canadian Regional Airlines in 1996, maintaining close relationships with the many friends and colleagues he worked with throughout the years.

Following his retirement, Duncan and Bernadette moved to Picton, ON where they enjoyed cottage life, fishing, golfing and restoring classic furniture and their character home. They also became actively involved in community activities concerning local politics and the environment. Duncan was never one to back down from a challenge.

Following a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December 2014, Duncan spent his final days at home, and then at a caring hospice with his family by his side. A heartfelt thank you from the family goes out to the staff at Hospice Prince Edward for their care, kindness and support. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Duncan's name may be forwarded to Hospice Prince Edward, Tel: (613) 645-4040, www.hospiceprinceedward.ca
Webmaster Note: Maureen Fischer asked if anyone wishes to contact her or has information on her Dad's career to drop her an email

Jan 9, 2015 - Robert (Robb) Marsden

Robb passed away peacefully after a long but hard-fought battle with cancer. He will be missed by his loving wife Marlene, children Michael (Miho; Emi, Tyler),Crystal (Cory; Austin, Brandon, Kira, Amy), Shaun (Julia) and Trevor. Sister Sharon (Jim) and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Robb had a passion for classic cars and enjoyed a long career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. His warm smile, kind spirit and humour rewarded him with many wonderful friendships. Robb took great pride in his family, work and his cars. He was a caring husband, son, brother, father and set an amazing example for his children, and family, his courage and strength will not be forgotten. A celebration of life will be held on Sat Jan 17, 2015 at 4333 Ledger Ave in Burnaby, BC at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation in Robb's name

Jan 6, 2015 DYER, Dan
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dan Dyer, January 6, 2015. Dan is survived by his loving wife Diane; sons Rick and Todd (Janice); daughter Tamara; grandchildren Robbie, Macallum, Madison and Kyle and extended family Kathy Mahood and Michael Ernest. Also survived by Mom-in-law Elva Ward and numerous relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, sister, brother and daughter-in-law Judy. Thank you to Dr. Wickstrom and the Palliative care staff. A celebration of life will take place in the spring. Individual donations can be made in Dan’s memory to Central Okanagan Hospice, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6 or Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.

Dec 19, 2014 - HALISCHUCK, Al ,
Retired Pacific Western Airline / Air Canada Radio Shop Technician, passed away at the Surrey Memorial Hospital 19 Dec 2014. He Joined PWA with the Trans Air Merger and Transferred to Vancouver until PWA Moved to Calgary, he moved to Calgary with the Radio Shop and moved back to Vancouver with the C.P. merger.
Al, a 4 time survivor of Cancer and diabetic had a fight on for the last 10 years of his life.

Nov 29, 2014 - Capt. Gord MacKenzie 

Aged 81. It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our good friend Capt. Gordon Mackenzie, also known to his friends as C.C.  Gord passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 29th at his home in Maple Bay, BC with his son Steve present. Gordon was predeceased by his wife Betty and is survived by his special friend and sweetheart Sharleen Stoney, his two sons Rod and Steve, his daughter-in-law Melissa, grandchildren Alexis, Colin and Katalina and great grandchild Mackenzie. Gordie's 31 year career included TCA, BC Airlines, PWA and Canadian. He flew aircraft such as the De Havilland Beaver, Grumman Goose and Mallard, Nord, Lockheed Hercules and Boeing 737. Gordon was well known for his caustic wit, fake curmudgeonly attitude and his heart of gold. On the Herc Gordie's occasional habit of reading adult magazine letters to the editor over the radio during the 24 hour black polar nights forever earned him the title "Voice Of The Arctic". After 31 years of airline flying Gord retired in 1993. He showed just how much of a people person he was by organizing the BC Airline Reunions for the last 14 years, attending the monthly RAPCAN meetings in both Nanaimo and Victoria as well as the local PROBUS chapter in Duncan. Gord also enjoyed roaring around Maple Bay and surrounding waters in his boat the Pink Panther. He also enjoyed deep sea fishing, working out with the Ladies local aquacise group and just hanging out with friends and family. Gordy old buddy, we don't know where you are right now but I am sure by the time we catch up you will have scoped out the cheapest place for beer and chicken wings. A Celebration of Life is planned for some time in the New Year and will be announced a
future date. 
view Dedication link
 Capt. John Gibbs [ret.]

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.


HILL, Alice Marie March 26, 1923 - August 18, 2014
Alice was a remarkable person - kind, generous, fun-loving, with an incomparable openness. Her family, friends, co-workers, all enjoyed and benefitted from her love and warmth.
Three sisters, Betty Worthington, Meryle Nerland, Jean McConnell and brother, Harry Hill predeceased Alice. Seven nephews and three nieces with their families will miss Aunt Alice but continue to keep her close in their hearts.
Alice held an executive position with PWA - was active in her church and a life member of Beta Sigma Phi.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 AT 1:30 p.m. at Garneau United Church, 11148 - 84 Avenue, Edmonton.

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, 2014 - 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 .

January 22, 2014 Leland (Joe) Tessmer
Leland (Joe) Tessmer passed in Salmon Arm Jan 22, 2014. There were no details on the obituary. Joe worked in Airports as the Western Regional Manager based out of Vancouver. If anyone can share more details of Joe's career, please contact the webmaster.

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.
Saturday, August 31st, 2013    2pm – 4pm
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:
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

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

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
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  Jack Palomb

Born  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
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 - Arthur (Ted) Hinton
Ted served in YVR head office for many years, starting as a payroll clerk and then working his way up to Personnel Manager. He tried to retire to England in 1970, but the company wouldn't let him, instead posting him to Stansted airport in the UK as European Charter Manager and Head of Operations. He finally retired some years later, but not before retraining as a watch and clock technician. During that career he repaired Princess Margaret's long case clock! He took a second retirement in 2000, due to ill health. He was predeceased by his wife, Pat, and is survived by his son, 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

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.  

September 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.

February 24, 2004 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


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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



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




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



Mhari Garlick

Irene Koonce

Michael Kelly

Irene Lambton

Dorothy  Newington



Ted Toy

Shirley Stevens

Raye Pascoe


Flight Dispatch / SOC

Gerald Baisch

Brian James

Lori Howard

Val Campbell



Victor Barnaby 

Joffres Kremer 

Mary Judge 



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 

Tom Glaister

Jock Gourlay

G Gauthier 

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)