1950 – 2022
Friend. Neighbour. Cousin. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. Brenda Elizabeth Janzen was all of these and much more to those who were lucky enough to know her.
Born on September 14, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario and a Vancouverite since 1973, Brenda sadly lost her courageous fight with cancer on January 7, 2022.
Tanis Kimberley Marshall
Sunrise July 1, 1979 – Sunset December 18, 2021
It is with our deepest sympathies and profound sadness that we share the tragic and accidental passing of our Earth Angel, Tanis Kimberley Marshall. Tanis resided with the love of her life , fiancé, Jay Jacobson. They were both looking forward to their upcoming marriage in the New Year. Tanis was the most beautiful soul, with a huge loving heart, that showered kindness to everyone she met. She always had a compliment or a positive word to say to everyone.
Kumru Seljuk Apak Caron, daughter of Turgut Aytug and Gul Apak, wife of Joseph Caron, mother of Jules Kurt, André Yasuhiro and Yasemin Naomi, sister of Hatun Aytug and Peter Aytug (both of NY), and grandmother of Maya and Mia Fonseca Caron, passed away in great dignity, on October 6, at her home in West Vancouver, surrounded by her immediate family, and following a lengthy illness. She was 69 years old.
Kumru Seljuk Apak Caron, fille de Turgut Aytug et Gul Apak, épouse de Joseph Caron, mère de Jules Kurt, André Yasuhiro et Yasemin Naomi, soeur de Hatun Aytug et Peter Aytug (les deux de New York), et grand-mère de Maya et Mia Fonseca Caron, est décédée en toute dignité le 6 octobre, au domicile, à West Vancouver, entourée de sa famille immédiate, et à la suite d’une longue maladie. Elle avait 69 ans.
Born in Sheffield, Terry was predeceased by his wife Margaret, and his son Fred. He was an RAF paramedic, a custodian and a firefighter. Terry moved to West Vancouver in 1959. The most important thing to Terry was his family. At Dad’s request, there will be no service.
In loving and grateful memory of Dr. Kathleen Perry who devoted 40+ years of her life to the North Shore community through her medical practice in West Van as well as the Lions Gate Maternity Clinic. Kath was honoured to be entrusted with the care of her patients and loved the camaraderie of fellow physicians as a staff member at Lions Gate Hospital. To honour the profession she loved, thank you for your donation to the LGH Maternity Ward.
Jason passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 43 at Lions Gate Hospital in July 2021. He was a loving husband, a caring son, and a loyal friend. He had the sweetest soul with the kindest heart. He always contributed silently without hope of praise or reward. Jason’s legacy will live on as an organ donor, helping out 5 individuals and giving hope to their families.
Dr. Barbara Cynthia Ng passed away on June 20, 2021 in North Vancouver at 42 years of age. As an Internist at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health, and to all who knew her, she was known for her sincerity, compassion and empathy.
Victor Adolfo Colotla passed away suddenly this week due to a brain aneurysm. Victor was an accomplished psychologist, dedicated researcher, aspiring polyglot, tai-chi enthusiast and constant jokester. He loved his family with all his heart and was loved by all of them and everyone he met.
His family wishes to thank the exemplary staff at Lions Gate Hospital: the social workers, neurosurgeons and ICU nurses and doctors who looked after our beloved Victor in his final hours. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we encourage donations to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation ICU fund in his memory.
This tribute is in loving memory of Roy Balluff, who passed away peacefully on March 15, 2021. Roy was so thoughtful and touched the hearts of many – he didn’t just have a large group of friends, he had an extended family. The breadth and abundance of all the wonderful memories of Roy are a blessing to the world. He will be missed.
Ib passed suddenly at home on February 20, 2021. He worked construction all his life with Gallagher Bros and Celtic Contractors. Some of his more than 100 builds include Vancouver City Library, Terminal City Club, Vancouver Convention Center, East and West expansion at YVR and the Rimrock Hotel in Banff.
Jakub Wilczynski passed away on Saturday, February 6th 2021 after a prolonged illness. He benefited greatly from the care of the professionals at Lions Gate Hospital. The family would like to encourage friends and family to donate to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers, gifts or donations of food.
After an astonishing and courageous six-year battle with breast and lymph node cancer, followed by melanoma and brain cancer, Kathleen passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at home in Vancouver, B.C., on January 11th, 2021.
Dr. Les Janz, MD joined LGH in July 1959 and continued in general practice until his retirement in 2007. During his 48-years of service at LGH, Dr. Janz served on the Committee for the Division of General Practice, President of the Medical Staff, and Chairman of the BCMA hospital committee. From 1992-1997 he served as Chief of Staff. Dr. Janz was born in 1933 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 1958 followed by a 1-year internship at Vancouver General Hospital.
In loving memory of Dr. Kitt Turney. A North Vancouver native, Dr. Turney worked as an anesthesiologist at Lion’s Gate Hospital. Easily recognizable with her sequined hip bag and wide smile, she made a great impact during her short time here. Dr. Turney is deeply missed by all who were lucky to have met and known her.
In loving memory of Antony John Mountstevens. John was born on July 22, 1938 and passed away peacefully at Evergreen House on July 24, 2020 with his daughter, Allison, at his side. A loving husband, devoted father and wonderful grandfather, never forgotten and forever in our hearts. Due to current world events, a celebration of life was not held. Thank you to Dr. Corey and the entire staff at Evergreen House where John truly found a second family.
|Born on March 4, 1944, the youngest of six children, Brenda made her home in West Vancouver when she and her husband, John, moved there in 1972. From that point forward, Brenda became a fixture in the Gleneagles neighbourhood, chatting easily with anyone who crossed her path. Brenda’s strength, loyalty and determination were the cornerstones of her personality. Her wit and way with words her often carrying forward in her sing-song way.Brenda will be missed by all the people she touched, as demonstrated by the outpouring of affection and love received by her family at her passing.|
This tribute is in the memory of my loving mother, Hourieh Akhgari. I am grateful to the Lions Gate Hospital Chemotherapy and Intervention Radiology team for providing excellent care to her and making her battle with cancer easier during the last few years of her life.
In honour of the one-year anniversary of Carol Hird’s passing and International Day of the Midwife, her husband, Brian Burtch is matching donations up to $5,000 until May 31st, 2021. If you would like to make a donation in Carol’s memory, please donate on the next page.
Carol worked at Lions Gate for many years along with her work in England and Canada as a nurse and midwife. Carol and I (Brian Burtch) supported the Foundation’s work and I am continuing to donate monthly to support the North Shore Hospice and the Dr. Klimo oncology clinic. Carol had multiple treatments in LGH and VGH including surgeries, chemotherapy, immunotherapy. passed in the hospice on April 29, 2020. More details in the obituary link in the “full tribute” field below.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Michael Robert Watler. Born in London, England on May 15, 1957. He passed away after a lengthy illness on December 2, 2019. Predeceased by his parents Robert & Beth Watler. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Louise, sisters Karole Doucette (Maurice), Janet Blair (Bruce). Mother-in-law Kathleen Matheson (Jim), father-in-law Malcolm Matheson (Beverly), sister-in-law Cynthia Matheson, brother-in-law John Matheson (Marianne). Nieces & Nephews: Ryan, Chelsea (Nick) , Chris (Rosie), Nick, Megan, Elizabeth, Malcolm and great nephew Thomas. Extended family throughout England.
Nena Hansen passed away peacefully on October 22, 2019 at 99 years old. Nena led a full life of adventure, pushing the boundaries for women of her day, sometimes resulted in mishap and visits to LGH for repair. LGH staff cared well for Nena through many other visits over the years. Friends and family are welcomed to donate to the LGH Foundation in Nena’s memory.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chuck- a loving husband and father who touched many, many hearts.
December 21, 1933 – August 15, 2019
Eugene will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Donna (nee Yee) of 57 years and their children Sharon (Greg Knight), Shannon (Lori and children Colby & Alyssa), Damon, Leanne (Darren Pedersen and son K.J.) and three Grandogs, Tazzy, Carly & Davos.
Eileen, our loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Sister, passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2019. She was courageous, loving and fiercely protective of her family. She shared laughter, encouragement and wisdom with all who knew her and will be so greatly missed. She will live on in our hearts, especially through her wise counsel, which we pray will continue to guide us.
March 27, 1939 – April 10, 2019
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Barb. She was born near Kennedy, Saskatchewan, to Forrest and Irene Miller. Along with her four siblings, she lived a typical prairie life. The family moved to North Vancouver in 1957, where she found love and adventure.
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to an angel. Kaveh will be greatly missed.
Friends and family are welcomed to donate to the LGH Foundation in Kaveh’s memory and to support the LGH staff in their caring for patients.
Parvaneh passed away on Feb 24th, 2018 after a painful three-year long journey with cancer. On her final moments, she was surrounded with her loving family and friends in the comfort of the Palliative Care unit at LGH. All along her journey, she was in great support of the caring staff of LGH, including the Oncology Clinic, the Palliative Unit, and the Ostomy clinic.
On January 25th 2021, 17 year old Grace Haines was struck by a car while out for a run. It was a hit and run, so thanks to an incredible Good Samaritan who found her, she was rushed to Lion’s Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, where she underwent emergency surgery for brain trauma. Grace is now in intensive care at LGH, in an induced coma. We are praying for her to wake up and start the road to a full recovery.
After experiencing a medical mystery at birth in November of 2019, baby Holland along with mom and dad are healthy and celebrating the couple’s marriage in Australia.
Touched by the quality of care they received at Lions Gate Hospital, they made a donation in Holland’s name on the A Star is Born commemorative wall at the entrance to the labour/delivery and special care units at the hospital. Learn more about their story, and donate in their name today.
In the spirit of advocating for increasing civic engagement within the North Shore, and with particular emphasis on increasing youth/young participation – we are honoured to celebrate and mark our participation in the ‘North Shore Young Citizens Forum (NSYCF)’ 2019 cohort, by donating to The Foundry North Shore. On behalf of the NSYCF, this initial donation is to symbolize our diverse group of 30 (19-39), from across the North Shore (the District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and City of North Vancouver), who live, work and study on the North Shore – and in gratitude to the 3 remarkable and inspiring key organizers, without which this would not have been possible, thank you for bringing us together, ‘your legacy is every life you have touched’. Readers and NSYCF cohort 2020 – please consider donating to The Foundry North Shore, for all the help and support they provide young people in our community.
This year, I wouldn’t like to receive birthday presents. Instead, I wanted to go a step further and help those who need the donations. And who needs the money more than the hospitals right now? Please consider donating, because it’s not for me, it’s for us. It’s for the doctors and nurses, for the COVID-19 patients, and for Canada.