Message from Bob Fiorillo, AMC President

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/27/2022 - 22:34

Greetings all,

The lower mainland Ancient Mariners have not met in over 2.5  years.

We will meet Wednesday Oct. 19th for the 1st time in 2022, at 11:30am

in Andreas Restaurant 20227 56 Avenue, Langley, BC 604 533-0111


Attendance in 2019 & early 2020 had dropped to about a dozen regulars from the highs of

the first 10 years of 2000 at the Sawmill Pub. Our web site was updated  recently & of late

the only postings have been obituaries.  Social media has changed the way people want to

communicate. Come and join us to socialize and discuss how do we move forward with the

mariners in the lower mainland.


Looking forward to seeing you,

Bob Fiorillo  (

Ancient Mariners Club

Lower Mainland BC







King, Albert Edward


Captain Albert Edward (Ted) King

December 14th, 1944 – August 14th, 2022

It comes with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Ted at home on August 14th, 2022. Ted was born in Moncton, NB., and grew up in Steveston, B.C.

Ted was predeceased by his parents Bert and Muriel. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Penny, Daughter Nicole, son Christopher, grandsons Aidan and Tristan. He is also survived by his eight siblings Gai, Jim (Sue), Dave (Carol), Peter (Doreen), Richard (Roxy), Shirley, Sherry (Glen), and Shelley (Gord), as well as a large extended family.

Ted spent his working life on the water, buying his first fish boat at 16 years old, becoming a tugboat skipper at 21 years old, and then joining the Pacific Pilotage as a Fraser River Pilot until his retirement. Ted and Penny enjoyed many wonderful years travelling abroad. His greatest enjoyment was being with family and friends, puttering in his yard, and relaxing in his pool with a cold beer.

A gathering to celebrate Ted’s life will be on October 8, 2022, at Murrayville Hall, 21667 48th Ave, Langley, B.C. 2-4 pm

“Goodbyes are not forever, and not the end, it simply means ‘we’ll miss you’ until we meet again”


Thomas, Frank William


THOMAS, Frank William December 28, 1939 - June 15, 2022

Frank's family is sad to announce his death at home on June 15, 2022. Born in Ocean Falls BC, he grew up in Vancouver. Beginning at age 16, he worked 43 years in the tugboat industry for Viking Tug and Riv-Tow Straits. What Frank enjoyed most was attending his grandchildren's sports, spending time with family and friends, playing card and board games, reading a good book, and working in his garden. He is survived by his wife, Carolyne, daughter, Christine, son Rob, and grandchildren - Jessica, Matthew, Steven and Emily. The twinkle in his eyes, the smile on his face and a joke at the ready, are sorely missed. A Life Celebration for Frank will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Valley View Arbor Reception Lounge, 14660 - 72 Ave, Surrey BC.
For online condolences,

McKee Robert Richard


Captain Robert Richard McKee, April 18, 1951 – April 4, 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Robert (Rick) McKee, on April 04, 2022.
Rick was a strong, quiet man with an engaging sense of humour and he made friends wherever he went. A devoted family man, he was predeceased by his son Jared; his mother Clare; his father Robert (Bob); his grandparents Charles and Margaret McKee; Halvor and Rose Knutson and nephew Danny Riopel.
Left with treasured memories are his loving wife of 47 years, Lorraine; their sons D’Arcy (Kim), Connell (Janice); grandchildren Lincoln and Lennin; sister Cheryl (John) Musselwhite; nephew Bob (Mardell) Riopel; sister-in-law Beverly (Jack) Wiggins; niece Nicole (Ian) Gibbons; along with many close cousins, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Rick grew up in the west end of Edmonton, where he met his future bride on a blind date, a match made by their sisters Cherie and Bev. Although they remained friends, Rick was pulled by the prospect of becoming a mariner when his high school counselor asked “have you ever thought of a career at sea?” The thought of leaving -32 degree temperatures of Alberta winters was so appealing that he joined NTCL in the NWT where he decked, until freeze up, on their supply boats on the Mackenzie River. Being able to spend winters in the Mexican sun was a bonus that placed his career counselor at the top of his list.  Later he served in the Canadian Coast Guard in the north and when an on-the-job eye injury had him flying back to Edmonton, he encountered Lorraine dispensing contact lenses, at the Optometrist Clinic. Happenstance or not, some things were just meant to be.

Upon arriving to the BC West Coast Rick worked to gain knowledge of local waters, with several tugboat companies including Seaspan International Ltd., while pursuing and receiving his Masters ticket. In the 80’s Rick made a lateral move that had him back to the Coast Guard at Vessel Traffic Services. The experience he gained as a part of coastal radar security and berthing deep sea ships in the Vancouver Harbour precipitated a return to Seaspan. For the next 28 years he enjoyed the challenges of marine dispatch in what he called a “three dimensional chess game.”

When not on the job Rick was involved with his sons in their sports activities. Whether travelling to BMX competitions around BC or in the USA, coaching ball hockey or making sure they were on the ice at 5AM, he was their biggest fan in all ways. He was particularly proud that both D’Arcy and Connell followed him into a career in the marine industry, where they gained their experience locally.

Alongside of his annual autumn hunting trips, Rick was passionate about motorcycling and owned a multitude of makes and models throughout his lifetime. They loved travelling in the U.S. and Western Canada, just the two of them. With Lorraine beside him or on the back, he also enjoyed weekends and day trips organized by the Langley Road Riders Motorcycle Club, of which they were members for 25 years.

A Celebration of Life is being held for Rick, on June 18, 2022 at Clayton Hills Golf & Banquet, 5640 – 188 St., Cloverdale, BC, between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, to express fond memories and remember his unique spirit.

A Special Thank You to his Doctors, Medical Team and especially the Nurses that cared for him in the Fraser Health Authority.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Diabetes and/or Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Bryce, Ted


Ted Bryce 1969 – July 24, 2021

Ted Bryce, dearly beloved by his family and friends, passed away on July 24, 2021, near Avola, British Columbia. Known for his warmth, cheer, and loving heart, he was the proud father of two children, Colin and Sophia, and is survived by his wife, Denise.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta on August 26, 1969, to Gary and Marilyn Bryce, he was the youngest of four children, survived by Vaughn, Jamie, and Tracy, and grew up in Biggar, Saskatchewan and later throughout the Fraser Valley in B.C., where he graduated high school.  Cherished father, husband, brother, son, uncle, and friend, Ted was greatly loved and will be missed by his family, including his siblings, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and cousins, as well as the many friends he made over the years from Vancouver to Clearwater and beyond, including his shipmates from his long career with Seaspan.
Ted made a loving and lasting impression on this world. May he rest in peace.
In accordance with the desires of the family, there will soon be a small family service, followed by a public celebration of life at a later date.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ted Bryce 1969 –July 24, 2021

Georgeson, Derrick


Derrick Georgeson of Lantzville, BC died peacefully at the age of 61.

Derrick is survived by his wife, Suzanne Turnbull; children, Savannah and Marcus; mother, Hilda Higgs; Sisters, Deanna, and Jodi (Bruce); niece, Sarah; nephews, Evan and Layne; stepmum, Earla; and dear stepsisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and other cherished relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Andrew Georgeson (2017); step father, Gerald Higgs (2004); and Grandmother, Katherine McNeil (2005).

Derrick was born in Nanaimo, BC. Always keen to build or figure out how things worked, the acreage he was raised on in Cedar and the surrounding woods were a perfect playland for him. He graduated from NDSS in 1978. He worked at the Chemainus sawmill for a few years before going to Camosun College and choosing Marine Engineering as his career. Joining the mariner tradition of his Gulf Island (Saturna/South Pender/Mayne) relatives. He started this life on the water in 1984 with Seaspan. Enjoying the comarderie of the various tugs’ crews, perks of the job such as whale watching, spectacular sunsets, along with the passion for ‘preventative maintenance’ and problem solving in a warm engine room. He and Suzanne married in Telkwa, BC on August 6th, 1993. They lived in Nanaimo and Lantzille with a special sabbatical to Cape Breton. Derrick was an ideal travel companion for their backpack and volunteer adventures in Canada and abroad. Always able to strike up a conversation with anyone, quickly finding ways to share a joke.

Derrick constructed many things over the years and had a vision for his role in self-sufficiency. Most notably were his projects on Saturna: extensive renos and re-design of his homes, forts, half pipe, water collection system and functional and bountiful landscaping. Derrick embraced community and quietly delighted in adding flavour to the rules of games played at the many gatherings at his home. Fun to Derrick encompassed many things: time with his children in silliness, rowing, water play or working alongside; hiking/snowshoeing - the steeper the better - or using his wheelbarrow.

A private Celebration of Life will be held. The family would like to thank the staff of the Vancouver and Nanaimo Cancer agency, NRGH ER and palliative/hospice care, Nanaimo Health Care Services and Home Support; as well as Sows Ear Medical clinic. And the surgical team of Dr. Gul at Lions Gate hospital. Your expertise, caring and positivity helped Derrick achieve living his life to the fullest in the last 3 years despite his brain cancer diagnosis.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to the BC Cancer Agency, Cancer Research, Nanaimo Hospice, or the Nanaimo Palliative care unit.

Stewart, Robert Carlile


STEWART -Robert Carlile, aged 84 years, passed away in Powell River on November 15, 2021. He is survived by his wife Michael, his daughter Meghan (William) and his son Cameron, and his grandchildren Osa, Raven, Kyra, Cedar, James, and Devon, who knew him as Bampa.

As a young man, Rob attended University Hill School. During his teenage years he worked as a Deckhand and Shipwrights Helper at Vancouver Tug and Vancouver Shipyards where he accumulated 18 months of sea time. Rob attended the University of British Columbia where he was in the Alpha Delta Pi Fraternity. He spent a term in Amsterdam, Holland working in the Marine Division of Export Research Department of Stork Werkspoor. inheriting his forefathers’ love for boats, he left UBC to become a Marine Superintendent/Barge Loader for Ideal Cement on Texada Island.

Rob worked as an Apprentice Shipbroker/Chartering Clerk for Tatham Bromage in England. He came away from this overseas experience with lifelong friends, scars from the rugby field (some of which cannot be discussed publicly), and many stories that captivated entire dinner tables. Returning to Canada, he began his work at Westward Shipping in Vancouver as a Ship’s Agent, Charting Agent and a Ship's Husband (SOBC Tanker Fleet) and then in Montreal he worked as a Manager of Marine Sales for Stork Werkspoor. Back in Vancouver, Rob worked his way through the ranks of Vancouver Tug and Seaspan International, ending his career as Vice President of Marine Operations at Seaspan.

Rob played rugby for UBC, The Vancouver Rowing Club and London Scottish. He continued to support rugby in Vancouver in retirement and was proud to see two of his grandsons playing for the Capilano Rugby Football Club.

Rob was a longtime member at the RVYC, where he raced boats big and small. Whether it was sailing Bung, taking trips with the Imperial Coal Harbour Yacht Squadron (ICHYS) or boating with his family on the John Antle, Burst or Sonsy, Rob was in his element on the water.

Rob valued his friends and family, near and far. He loved to discuss life and tugboats. Rob was always ready to pour a dram for company out on the porch or with his good friends at Boys’ Club. He kept in touch with distant friends and colleagues by phone, sharing his humour and life’s philosophies. He took pride in his grandchildren as they grew and found their own passions in sailing, music, art, writing, rugby, woodworking, and metal art.

Rob retired to Lang Bay, Powell River in 2001. He became active in the community, volunteering with the Powell River Economic Development Society, Powell River Community Futures, and Powell River Community Forest.