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Historian Update from Diane Brown:
Captain Rudi Vollmer, retired from Vancouver Tug has passed away Feb 03, 2019.
Rudi captained shift vessels in Vancouver Harbour.
Ron Skinner, retired Seaspan Victoria office employee passed away on Dec 03, 2018.
Ron was a former Island Tug  employee.
Captain Harold Bacon, retired Pilot #144 passed away December 21, 2018

Capt. Walter Gordey July 15, 1927 - January 26, 2019

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our treasured father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who passed away at Rosewood Manor in Richmond, after living courageously with Alzheimer's for many years.
Dad was born in Vegreville, Alberta, and lived on a small homestead with his older brother Peter, younger brother Harry, his father William and mother Pearl. When his mom contracted tuberculosis, the family moved to Vancouver, where he and his brothers signed up to work as deckhands on the tugboats. Although he had only completed Grade Nine, dad was clever and a hard worker. By the age of 24, he had become one of the youngest tugboat captains on the west coast. It was around this time that he met his love, Laura Scott (of Burnaby, B C). They married, and together raised two children, living first in Vancouver, then Richmond. Dad's extensive west coast towing experience later led to his acceptance as a British Columbia Coast Pilot. He went on to an illustrious 23 year career as a pilot until he retired in 1991. He and our mom travelled often, enjoying their retirement years with friends from Lodge and Grotto.
Dad was an exceptional person. He never lost his positive outlook, but faced hardship with acceptance, resolution and grace. Dad lived a life of integrity and tolerance. He did not judge or criticize others, and was unfailingly kind and courteous to all. He was truly a gentleman.. Dad found laughter often and the sparkle in his eye and sense of fun was something his grandchildren adored. He could fix anything, was always willing to lend a hand, and his work was meticulous. Dad was a wonderful father and grandfather, supportive, patient and encouraging, and a loyal and loving husband..
Dad was an inspiration to us all in the way he lived his life. His beautiful spirit will always be remembered and forever missed. We all feel so fortunate to have had him in our lives. He is survived by his children Steve (Brenda), Garnet (Reid) and grandchildren Andrew (Ayoko), Jennifer (Sean), Cristin (Stew), Taryn, Kelsey, and six great grandchildren. The family will hold a private Remembrance.
The family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood Manor in Richmond for their truly exceptional kindness and care of our dad. They brightened his last days, for which we are so grateful.
Published on March 23, 2019
Join us for our April 17th 2019 Meeting at Andrea's Restaurant 20227 - 56 Ave., Langley @ 11:00 AM
January 2019
Hope you all had a great and Happy New Year!  We have been enjoying very mild temperatures here on the South Coast throughout the fall and, to date,  despite wind storms and power outages it is a joy to take walks everyday, without ice!
As an update regarding the computer and Crossing of the Bar, fortunately for Hailee and unfortunately for us, she has declined to redo the website as she has so many consulting jobs that there is no time left for semi-volunteer work!
We are looking into other resources and wish Hailee the best of luck on her endeavors.
November 2018   Greetings Everyone.  
You are probably wondering what is going on with the website, as it has not changed for some time now and there are many explanations that would constitute "Life Happens" as we all experience, but especially at this age.   Sometimes they all happen at the same time which is what has transpired here.  
Long story short the website has come to end of its usability.  The software that was used to build the website has been obsolete for many years and at the time that Mona MacPherson took on this incredible challenge to build it from scratch it required a lot of dedication and time to create a frame to hold pages of information.  Unfortunately the pages could only hold so much information.  It was finite.  And we have lost way too many souls who have their names on Crossing of the Bar.  We just cannot add any more spaces with this format.  It also is a very 
user unfriendly format to update.  Every space must be moved down below the newest entry
in order to make room for the obituary which is a very time consuming cut and paste. 
I have been happy to keep things going and to have the responsibility of honoring Marine Transportation personnel  with the task of Website Manager although I am not able to spend
the time to create another website, which I have been told by professionals, will cost about $4,000 dollars.
Fortunately, there is a solution.   Websites can be built in templates or frames that already exist these day, which makes it much easier to click and drag segments of information over to a new more modern website.  It does take time of course, which I no longer am willing to volunteer.
Bob Fiorillo's granddaughter has offered to spend her Saturdays over the course of transferring the information from the old framework to a new template.  Haillee has finished her Engineering Degree and has found employment in her field so has time to spend on her sideline.  She has put together other websites in this fashion and we are very lucky to have her take this on. 
So bear with us as we work together to get a better website that is more user friendly, with Mona's blessing.  We hope to keep the feel of her creation with graphics etc. 
In the meantime please keep sending info to Diane Brown as all will be  taken care off in due course.
Bye for now,
Lorraine and Rick McKee


Bob Fiorillo, Vice President has arranged for members to try out a new venue for our monthly lunch meetings.   ANDREAS RESTAURANT is a very popular eating establishment, traditional, with a generous menu and caters to groups in a separate room from the main dining area. 
Please join us this month at 20227 - 56 Avenue, Langley, BC 604 533 0111 at 11:00 AM
It is located 2 Blocks East of 200th Street and 1 Block South of Fraser Highway
Please continue to contact Diane Brown, Historian regarding a B.C. mariner who has worked in the marine industry  and was not acknowledged on the AMC Crossing the Bar on the website.  dianebrown@telus.net
  The next get-together

will be held Wednesday, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2019 @ 11:00am at the ANDREAS RESTAURANT

The address is 20227 - 56 Avenue, Langley, BC

MENU: www.andreasrestaurant.ca Tel: 604 533 0111

(2 long blocks East of 200th St. & 1 block South of Fraser Hwy.)

 Rick McKee, President <info@ancientmarinersofbc.com>

Bob Fiorillo, Vice President <portkellstrading@telus.net>

Diane Brown, Secretary <dianebrown@telus.net>

Albert Gibson, Director

Russ Cooper, Director <russelcooper@rocketmail.com>

Rien Van Der Velden, Director <rienvdv50@gmail.ca>

Peter Bugden, Director

Website: info@ancientmarinersofbc.com


Ancient Mariner Clubs that hold meetings every month include:

Vancouver Island (Chemainus) Club

Located in the Horseshoe Bay Inn Chemainus  

1st Tues. of every Month @ 11:30 Hrs. 

Contact: Jim Goodwin 1-250-758-6727


Mid Island AMC Group Last Monday of Each Month @ 11:00 AM

FRENCH CREEK: Boar's Head Pub, #1, 1025 LEE ROAD, PARKSVILLE, BC (250-248-3713)Contact:  Earl Emery @ 250~591~0661 or MARK1157@shaw.ca  Ian MacPherson @ 250~334~0857

Mariners of the Okanagan


Contact:  Stan Marshall @ 250-498-4400 or stanmarshall@persona.ca