Wilson, Doug James


WILSON, Captain Douglas James
December 30, 1937 - June 11, 2016
With grievous thoughts and blessings - Captain Douglas James Wilson has finally sailed forth on his eternal bon-voyage...a retired member of Master Mariners of Canada and Safety Inspector of Transport Canada. A dedicated career specialist, a generous loving soul with extensive friendships at home and abroad. His sudden peaceful departure leaves happy memories and deeply saddened hearts - especially for his devoted wife Viola, sons James, Ian and Derek, grandchildren and so many friends. A cremation will precede oceanic sprinkled ashes. May he rest in divine loving peace - 'til we meet again Jim.

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Published on June 15, 2016

Waters, David


Captain David Waters January 19, 1922 - April 03, 2016 British Merchant Marine & BC Marine Pilot

On the 3rd of April, in his 94th year, David's life journey ended peacefully in Victoria, but he lives on in the hearts of his beloved family and friends. Beloved husband of Margaret, loving father to daughters Susan (Kostya), Ann (Musgrove) and Colleen (Rounds), caring brother to Stan Waters and the late Douglas Waters, cherished grandfather to Ross, Sándor, Heather, Anton, Tammera, and Brandon, Great-grandfather to Tyler, Owen, Talia, Zachary, Ronan and Toby. He will be dearly missed by all family near and far and fondly remembered by his son-in-laws, Attila and Karl, and all his nieces and nephews.

Funeral details will be announced at a later date. No flowers please, but for those who wish, donations may be made to "Victoria Hospice" or "Primate's World Relief" or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through - dgwaters22@xplornet.com

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Published on April 23, 2016

McRae, George


McRAE, George
Big. That's a word we all seem to be saying as we remember George McRae… big laugh, big heart, and a gigantic presence amongst family, friends and neighbours. The void that George leaves as a result of his passing on January 13, 2015 due to a short bout with cancer will be very hard to overcome for all who knew him. He may be best remembered for his big, booming laugh, which echoed far and wide –across work sites and campsites, hockey rinks and boat docks. It was the final note on so many conversations and stories, and made him the ideal Santa Claus – a role he dearly loved to play. George also loved to be involved in a project or making improvements of any kind, many of which took place in his beloved waterfront community of Belcarra, where he became well known as a man you could count on. As someone who put his shoulder into every job, George was the commander of many a Reid Island work detail, happily teaching kids the finer points of stacking wood. His skills as a canoeist and camp cook made him a perfect fit for the volunteer group "Pulling Together", an organization working to build partnerships amongst First Nations Communities and the public service along BC's coast. It was a project he was extremely proud to be a part of. "Gramps" to Geordana, Tyler and Dawson, George was also particularly proud of his grandkids, and was a fixture at many of their events, where he was a very effective one-man cheering section, his big voice easily heard above the crowd. Born and raised in Port Alberni along with his sister Diane and brother Ken, George moved to Vancouver as a young man where he met his wife Pat. They were married 52 years, most of which were spent at their home in Belcarra. There, they raised daughters Carey and Tracey as George skippered tugboats for many years on the Fraser River and later dedicated his time and considerable energy to his work with the IWA. This past month, George met with as many of his wide circle of friends and family as he could, shaking hands, swapping old stories and showing all of us what true bravery looks like. He loved fishing and golfing with friends including Rob, his favourite son-in-law. He loved bucking up firewood, wearing bad hats, flipping pancakes and shooting the breeze with his car club over his perfectly restored 1930 Model A on Saturday mornings. He loved his wife, he loved his family, he loved his friends, and he loved his community. He left this world a better place for having been a part of it. He was a very big man indeed. Donations to Pulling Together Canoe Society or to Port Moody Heritage Society (Ioco Ghost Town Days).

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Published on January 17, 2015

MacDonald, Robert D.


Robert D. MacDonald, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on June 11th, 2016 from an infection while battling liver cancer.

Bob was born on May 1st, 1934 in Stellarton, NS. He left home at age 16 and came to Victoria, quickly embarking on a career at sea spending 42 years on Towboats with Island Tug and Barge and Seaspan International retiring as Captain in 1999. Bob had many great adventures at sea and was one of the last surviving crew members of the famous Sudbury sailings across the Pacific.

Bob loved his family dearly and was very giving, patient, hard-working and selfless. He was a devoted husband and father.

Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Shelly in 2014. He is survived by his 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the nurses, attendants and Doctors at VGH, your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

We will miss you Dad.

Here he lies where he longed to be;

Home is the sailor, home from sea,

Private Service by request

Published by The Times Colonist from Jul. 16 to Jul. 18, 2016.

Langdale, Robert J.


Bob was born June 28, 1934 and passed away of terminal cancer in a Kelowna  Hospice on November 02, 2013.

Bob worked at Vancouver Tug/Seaspan on the vessels and then transferred into the office working in Dispatch and the Port Captain's departments.

Bob retired in 1994 and in 2002 he and his wife Gloria moved to Kelowna.


Hamilton, Randy


Randy Hamilton September 30, 1950 - May 12, 2014

His unexpected passing is deeply felt by his family; his wife Ellen, daughters Alissa, Amanda and Camile, son-in-law Mike, and grandchildren Josh and Logan.

A celebration of life will be held at Whonnock Lake Centre at 1pm on Thursday, May 22nd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Published on May 17, 2014

Davie, Robert Hugh


DAVIE, Robert Hugh, Captain July 29, 1934 - November 5, 2013 .

Robert passed away peacefully and with dignity after a short illness at the North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver right across from where he was born. Being raised in West Vancouver along with his eight siblings, there were many hours spent exploring mountain trails and back down to the beautiful north shore beaches. One of Robert's first jobs was with Woodward's food floor at Park Royal while still in high school. He then went on to enjoy a healthy career on the tug boats up and down the B.C. Coast. After acquiring his own boats, he became one of the most sought after in the High Line log salvaging business. Robert next ventured on to dry land as he entered into the real estate business with Marine Realty where he specialized in water front properties and coastal islands, then on to his work "Downtown" where he held an office in The Sinclair Building. His fascination and interest in geology alongside many years of experience in the mining industry brought Robert to his last venture. Even in his final days he was always interested and involved in having many conversations with family and friends and making plans for the future. Robert was a hardworking and honest man, a caring father and loyal friend. He leaves behind two daughters, Kathie (Kevin) and Norma (Mike), his three grandchildren, Tara, Kyle and Kelsey; and great-grandson, Oliver. In lieu of flowers, if you wish a donation may be made in Robert's name to the Dr. Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation or to the North Shore Hospice Society. No service by request. Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221