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ARVE NILSEN 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 30, 2017
surrounded by close family at the Normanna Care Home in Burnaby.
He is survived by daughters, Veronica and Michelle, grandchildren Hudson and Logan, brother Trond (Carmen), nephew Ivar and niece Karina.
Arve was born on October 7, 1948 in A i Lofoten, Moskenes, Norway to Otto and Svandhild (Mathissen) Nilsen.  He was the youngest of 5 brothers, Ingolf, Nils - Erik (Anne -Mari), Arnt (Ranghild), Trond (Carmen), and 2 younger sisters Ranghild (Yngve) and Wenche (Kjell).
He was an uncle to many nieces and nephews residing in Norway.
He served 35 years as a deckhand for Seaspan. He always had a passion for the sea life and truly enjoyed his work.  Arve was always up to date with current world events and loved sharing stories with friends and family.  Arve will be lovingly remembered and forever missed
by family and friends.
Visitation will be on Monday, December 11, 6 - 8 p.m., and his memorial will follow on
December 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 14660 - 72nd. Avenue, Surrey, BC.
   William (Bill) Laurence Cotton September 23, 1943 - November 24, 2017
Bill passed away peacefully in Merritt BC after a battle with dementia.
He is survived by his partner Britt, daughter Kim (Steve), son Bill Jr. (Emer), sister Denise, niece Mellissa,
four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bill worked as a tugboat captain and crab boat captain most of his life on the coast of BC and in the Fraser River. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved reading, playing crib and of course always loved a good debate (heated argument). He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Special thanks to the staff at Gillis house who took special care of Bill during his last year of life.
No service as requested. Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops, BC


Captain Shepherd, Lancelot Herbert. June 1, 1941 – November 25, 2017

Lance passed away peacefully with a heart filled with love.

Lance is survived by the true love of his life of 56 years, Eleanor, children Mike and Laurie, their spouses Stacey and Mike, and his four "Luvs", grandchildren Riley, Megan, Nova and Ava. Lance was a wonderful father, Papa, husband and loyal friend, who touched the lives of so many people around him. Lance will be truly missed, but his spirit and his memories will live on beyond lifetimes.
Lance dedicated his life to providing for his family. He was a skilled Master Mariner who was greatly respected amongst his peers. His career spanned six decades and took him all over the Pacific Coastal waters of Canada and the United States. Lance treasured the ocean and his career, but his true passions in life were his family, his four "Luvs", and riding his Harley. He was always there to help his friends when they needed him and always took an interest in their lives. Lance was a tough man with a gentle heart, who was cherished so very much by his family and friends, and returned that love exponentially.

Our family is forever grateful to the amazing staff and volunteers at Royal Jubilee Hospital (Floor 8) and Nanaimo General Hospital (Palliative Care Unit) for the wonderful care he was given during his end of life.

At Lance's request there will be no formal service. Instead his ashes will be spread at sea. If inclined, raise a glass to him with a smile. He loved you all, and would want the happy memories of him and his love to be in your hearts.


Penned by Ian MacPherson:

Captain Lance Shepherd has crossed the Bar.

(June 1, 1941 ~ November 25, 2017)

He has gone to join many of his Generation that have passed over before him. When I think about the others that have graced my life, it gives me pause to remember all of them.

Periodically, I read through the “Crossing the Bar” section of the web site, there I lose myself in past memories, just seeing a name will bring that person to mind and, truthfully as I age, I seem to spend more and more time in my own head, remembering not only the good but also the not so good.

Happy to say, Lance was one of the good ones. I first met him in the late 60’s when he was running the Squamish Chief dredging First Narrows and I was decking on the La Bette. He impressed me as the kind of boat operator that I would  one day like to become. He was competent, confident and all round a pleasant guy to deal with. He, even then, had some pretty good stories.

Like my friend Harry used to say, he never let the facts get in the way of a good yarn.

As I progressed with my own career over the years, we would sometimes cross paths. Mostly assisting him into one ramp or another with a gravel barge for La Farge and I was on the assist tug. Always the job went smooth and the radio chatter would probably make it onto any Comedy show. Damn, I miss those days.

Lance was the push behind starting a mid Island branch of the Ancient Mariners at the Fanny Bay Inn, (appropriate name for a bunch of old Towboaters re~towing anything that ever floated on the BC coast) and believe me, we retowed a lot.

He was also a good friend of Al Stanley and when Lance refered to Al as a “living Legend”, Al was quick to point out, “right back at’cha”, you’re one too. Coming from Al, that was probably the best compliment I’ve ever heard.

Lance used to tell my son that he was named after him. When we were at an Ancient Mariner get together in Sorrento, my son came to me with Shep and asked me to set “the old guy straight”. The truth. I always liked the name Lance and since my wife was about to deliver, we did the “name the baby” thing and I suggested Lance. We both liked it so it was chosen. Was it due to Shepherd ? Hell, I don’t know but when (my son) Lance sailed with Shep as his Engineer, it made for some pretty good kibitzing. Shep always found a way to make things interesting, from the “pants down Polka” to some other antics I’ll not mention here.

We’re all going to miss you Cap, but just know that when I get to Cross the Bar, it’s gonna be one Hell of a Party.

Smooth Sailing, Cap.

You have always been an inspiration to me and so many others.

Your friend, iGor


Hi Rick & Lorraine,

It was nice to see you yesterday at Peter Young’s Celebration of Life.   The Towboat Industry employees did themselves proud with the amount of people there. 

I saw so many mariners I knew and hadn’t seen in years – and got a lot of hugs too.  I kept trying to convince some to come to Ancient Mariners but don’t know whether I convinced anyone or not, the future will tell.  I said to Rien that I was appointing him the ‘new recruiter’ and I expected him to talk some guys into coming.  

Ciao for now, Diane  

Hi Diane.  Without a doubt we were all there to celebrate Pete and show our support to his family.
He was a good man taken much too soon.  The marine industry came out in the hundreds to pay tribute
to his zest for life, keen sense of humour and contribution as a respected Captain.
Yes, it was good to see many faces and talk to old friends from the past.  Pete wasn't able to attend any of our Ancient Mariners meetings this last year although I'm sure he would have enjoyed the stories of career days and present interests that our members share with each other on a monthly basis.  I hope to see many more of our marine industry friends take the opportunity to do the same, working and retired. 
See you December 20th God Willing!  Rick & Lorraine
Captain Peter Brian Young, November 2, 1967 to November 13, 2017.
Our beloved Pete is finally at peace after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Monique, son Jack, brother Mike (Margo), sister Lynda, father Don
(Anne), nieces Beth and Allie and many friends and family.
Captain Pete worked at Seaspan for 25 years where he made friendships that lasted him
a lifetime. At 18:00 on the day of his passing, the Vancouver Harbour was alive with the sound of ship whistles in loving memory of Pete and ships near and far flew their flags at half mast.
Our family is deeply grateful for all the health care providers
who cared for Pete during his 10-year journey with cancer.
The compassion and care they showed Pete and our family was truly remarkable.
A celebration of Pete's life will be held on Sunday November 26 at 14:00
at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Shore Hospice or the Paul Sugar
Palliative Foundation.
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, December 20th, 2017 @ 11:00am at the WALNUT GROVE PUB & BISTRO in Walnut Grove, Langley, BC . he address is 20470 - 88 Avenue, just past 204th Street on 88th heading east.

Rick McKee, President <info@ancientmarinersofbc.com>

Diane Brown, Secretary <dianebrown@telus.net>

Albert Gibson, Director

Russ Cooper, Director <russelcooper@rocketmail.com>

Bob Fiorillo, Director <portkellstrading@telus.net>


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