Submission by Michael & Kristiina Vuorensivu - November 13, 2021


Lyla Jean Coombes
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend.

July 1, 1941 - April 10, 2021

Lyla Jean was born and raised in southern Minnesota.  She graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul and soon after married Arthur Coombes.

Lyla Jean and Art raised 4 children in Surrey BC.  She worked for Vancouver Bible College and then Cedar Grove Baptist Church.   Lyla Jean’s family extended far beyond her blood relatives.  She had a special gift of turning friends into family.

 

Submission by Brian and Anne Burkholder - November 10, 2021


Joan Spencer 
1956 - 2021

Joan is lovingly remembered by her family and many friends. She saw strangers as friends she hadn't met yet. She was always ready for adventure! 

 

 


Submission by Liz Engler - November 12, 2021

 
My son Bradley was living in Kelowna.
  He had a huge hernia and was waiting to be operated on before he returned home to Surrey.  But due to covid his operation was put on hold much to our dismay.  With my talks with him on the phone he gave his life to Jesus six months before he passed away.  He died in his sleep with a heart attack which we were not aware of.  The night he died was Bill’s and my wedding anniversary, July 11, 2020.. But God has been so gracious to me, he left me with this precious remembrance from my dear son.  Brad sent me this precious note, “There is nothing more precious than a mother’s prayers, the tender way she shares, the heart of God in all.”  God took the pain of my loss and turned it to peace.  Only a gracious and loving God knows what a mother’s heart needs in such a deep time of sorrow.
Love and blessings
Liz Engler


Ps  If any of your dear ones have loved ones outside the fold, keep on praying, God is faithful.

Submission by Marittes Ramos-Rarama - November 11, 2021

 
Picture of my Dad Dionisio Ramos -
he passed away in Winnipeg on October 4, 2020 at the age of 91.  Also pictured is my Dad and my Mom (Dad loved to tease my Mom) and a pillow that my niece made for my Mom from my Dad's shirt (with grandkid hearts). 


 







Submission by Philip and Lourdes Taylor - November 11, 2021

 
Picture of Philip's Mom Helen Weir Taylor -
she was 89 years old when she passed away on March 29, 2020.
 









Submission by Lourdes Taylor - November 11, 2021

 
Picture of my Mom Rosalia Costales Abat -
she was 88 years old when she passed away on December 8, 2020.
 









Submission by Lori Fuller - November 11, 2021

 
Eulogy written by daughter Lori Fuller:

Judy Anne was born on November 25, 1944, in Vancouver, BC.  Judy married Glen Fuller on January 20th, 1967.   They had 2 children, Lori and Carl. 

Judy was also known for her baking, especially her chocolate chip cookies.  Neighbors would often just happen to stop by when they were fresh out of the oven.  Her dad was also a baker and I’m told that was a huge inspiration to her.

In her spare time, Judy like doing knitting and crocheting.  Judy was proud of everything that she made and blessed to be able to share her talent with others.  She especially liked making baby clothes as she loved babies.  We have several pictures of the items she made as well as her birds.  You won’t see any of the cookies though, they never lasted long enough for pictures to be taken.

Judy loved dealing with people.  She handed out the 24-hour paper for quite a few years at the Skytrain stations, then went on to be a dishwasher at a few restaurants until she decided it was time to retire. 

Judy passed away on Friday, April 16th.  She made a lasting impression on anyone who came into her life.  It is a great privilege to write this eulogy to express the sadness that we share over her loss.  Mom, thank you for everything you’ve done for us and the warmth we shared during your precious time on earth.  We love you.  God bless you, always.  

Submission by Olive Ramsey - November 10, 2021

 

Jack Ramsey was born on July 10, 1934 and passed on September 28, 2021 at the age of 87 Years.  His favorite Psalm was Psalm 23.









Submission by the Festejo family - November 10, 2021


Teresita Tessa Festejo passed away on September 25, 2021 
(1961 - 2021).  The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support and condolences throughout this time.   










Submission by Maribel's daughter Geraldine and husband Faizel - November 10, 2021


Maribel Munar passed away at the age of 65
on September 19, 2021 at Royal Columbian Hospital.  (December 1, 1955 to September 19, 2021)










Submission by Daryl and Gloria Taylor - November 10, 2021

Michael Taylor (August 24, 1980 - December 25, 2020) was a loving and respectful son - he is greatly missed.  Michael, a world traveller, passed away on December 25, 2020 in Bali, Indonesia at the age of 40.  

Pictured also is Michael's memorial bench at Sendall Gardens in Langely. It reads "Loved son & friends, it broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone - part of us went with you, the day the Lord took you home."





Submission by Melodie Bautista - November 10, 2021


This is a picture of my Father-in-law, Angelito Bautista (painted by my husband Marcus). Angelito passed away on July 23rd of this year. 










Submission by Phaik Teh - November 10, 2021


Phaik's sister-in-law, Geok Teh (Tan) who passed away on 8th September 2021. She died of a heart attack.










Submission by Peter and Phaik Tan - November 10, 2021


Photo of Peter's father. He went home to the Lord on 8th April 2020.  He died of pneumonia. Following is a poem written in memory of him. God bless and comfort all who lost family members, friends and neighbours.  May God's light shine through and bring comfort and draw many towards His amazing love.

Prayer in Memory of My Dad

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us a wonderful dad who was so blessed by you
The greatest of all was knowing and receiving you as his Savior and Lord
Dad showed us true riches come from living a life with you and your glory
With a generous heart, he loved, cared and gave to others with joy and happiness.
Thank you for pouring such wealth into dad’s life -
a pretty wife, 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
May we cherish the wonderful memories he sowed into our lives
For they are invaluable treasures which you had put into his life for our benefits
Dad had such a cheerful, generous personality plus a booming laughter,
which will be greatly missed by all who knew him
In life, he trusted you and shared testimonies of your protection over him
May the work you started with dad carries on with us and others till we meet again
He left us a legacy of Christian living of love, forgiveness, and grace
Holy Spirit, strengthen us to go out to fulfill your commission as dad did
Comfort us Lord during this time of our loss as we lift our thoughts to you in prayers
Thank you for watching over dad in his last days esp. opening doors for Andrew’s visit
Saying a final farewell conveying our family love and you are with him too
So thank you once again, Lord, for dad who touched our lives in big ways and small.
They will be held close to our hearts to cherish and remember with love.
With all these treasured memories, we give you the highest praise.

In Jesus Name. Amen

With love to dad
Peter & Family
22nd April 2020

Submission by Phaik Teh - November 10, 2021


Phaik's brother Michael Teh passed away on the 22nd of August 2021 from cancer.  He accepted the Lord a week before going home.










Submission by Lynne Poquiz - November 9, 2021


My dear husband of 36 years, Jose Poquiz who went home to be with the Lord on September 20, 2019.










Submission by Sonya Strating - November 9, 2021


Ben Strating July 1, 1950 - December 11, 2020. Ben is remembered as a man whose journey led to restoration from brokenness by Gods Amazing Grace.  To family and friends that knew him, he was fun loving, adventurous, humorous, loving husband, son , brother and proud Uncle.









Submission by Kristiina Vuorensivu - November 7, 2021


Jari Pekka Vuorensivu was born on October 21, 1950
 in Kauhava, Finland to Vilho & Terttu. On July 16, 2020, Jari passed away, due to medical complications brought on by a sudden stroke. 

In 1965, then a teenager, Jari moved to Canada with his immigrant family, mom, dad and brothers Raimo, Markku and Marianne. In 1969, youngest sister Kristiina was born in Vancouver, where the family had settled, after living in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.  

Jari was the kind of person who worked tirelessly to help people, particularly his family members. He was the kind of brother that showed up to do whatever was needed & to figure out any problem together, and the kind of uncle that made his nieces and nephews feel special; always listening to whatever they were excited to talk about.  He has left a big hole in our hearts. Jari was a dutiful son to his aging father and a loving husband and father to his wife Seija and daughter Mira.

Jari went to BCIT and became an expert at drafting. He drew up blueprints for many Vuorensivu family homes over the years, still standing in Burnaby.

Jari was a driven entrepeneur who worked most of his life carving his path in design, construction and related fields, including running his own construction company, "Mountainside" Construction. Jari was also the local Eco-Block distributor, working for a greener tomorrow in building materials. He was very involved in the Finnish Canadian community, as a former board member of the Emmaus Lutheran Church, and serving as president of the board of directors of the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association for 9 years (FCRHA). Following his official tenure at the FCRHA, he upgraded many seniors residences.  His last major project was actualized in 2020, after years of hard work & challenges; the "Koskela project", which provided 67 units of affordable seniors housing in Coquitlam. 

Jari enjoyed working on cars, action movies, listening to music and spending time with his family and friends. He relished travelling, and got to see many parts of the world. Recently, he had the opportunity to travel to Africa twice with friends, and being a Finn at heart, he spent many summers in Finland visiting family and enjoying saunas by the lake. 




Submission by Steve and Judy Lingenfelter - November 5, 2021


Picture of Judy's Mom, Elaine Lemire
- March 16, 1927 - July 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother Elaine Lemire. She went home peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Saviour Jesus on Tuesday, July 6th. She will always be remembered for her great attitude, big smile and her love of Jesus. She loved music, dancing and having her many family and friends around her. She never hesitated to talk to strangers and strike up a conversation with them as she loved people. She worked at the The Bay for 30 years before she retired. She was predeceased by her husband Buddy, daughter Linda and her brother Don. She is survived by her daughter Judy (Steve), five grandchildren: Tammy (Bryan), Michelle (Dennis), Nicole, Breana and Chad along with six great grandchildren: Nikolas, Zachary, Wesley, Aaron, Dawson and Dario. Her siblings Joyce, Marjoe and Jim (Irene).

Submission by Robert Brown - November 5, 2021


Picture of our friend and neighbour Keith Bigham
(61 years old) - passed away in September 2021











Submission by Lynn Dubinsky - November 3, 2021


Picture of my husband William (Bill) Dubinsky  (1939 - 2020)  - passed away March 6, 2020










Submission by Don Holt - November 3 2021


Picture of my mother Verna Diana Holt  (1935 - 2021)  - passed away July 10, 2021

Poem by Diana 

Please do not be sad today.
I have not gone, I am just away.
Do not weep.
But close to your heart my presence keep.
Think of me as you go life's way.
Beside you I will always stay.
Do not forget me day by day.
I have not gone I am just away.
I will wait for you in that place called Heaven.
In the meantime live your life like there is no tomorrow!!
I am safe in Jesus' arms,
So do not weep, and do not sorrow!!

Submission by Cedar Grove Staff - November 2, 2021


Picture of Co-Worker and Friend to Cedar Grove Staff and Leadership - John R. Powell
 (1950 - 2020) - passed away April 9, 2020.  Survived by son John Powell Jr. and daughter.  Lived in Surrey, British Columbia










Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021


Adult son of Cousin to Robert Brown
 (1992 - 2020) - passed away July 27, 2020.  Lived in Barrie, Ontario










Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021

Family Friend of Robert & Jennifer Brown - passed away in 2021.  Lived in Coquitlam, British Columbia










Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021

Father of Robert & Jennifer Brown's neighbour Rick Maricle - passed away November 24, 2020.



Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021

Neighbour of Robert & Jennifer Brown - passed away February 2021.



Submission by Greg Booker - November 1, 2021


These are dear friends from my former church.
They were very involved in my life. They passed hours apart from COVID.

It is with great sadness that the family of Stanley Alfred Clifford announce his passing on December 8, 2020, at the age of 91 due to COVID-19. Stanley was born in Vancouver August 15, 1929 and was predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis (Shippam) Clifford in 1958. Stanley married Leona (Pankratz) Clifford 49 years ago on November 5, 1971. Leona passed away a mere 9 hours later, also due to COVID-19. Stanley was a beloved and faithful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a dedicated Canadian Postal employee for 40+ years and a devoted lifetime member of Collingwood Baptist Church. He is survived by his son, Stephen, his stepdaughters, Donna (Maxwell) and Beverly (Hamel), 7 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed but we know he is rejoicing in heaven with his Saviour.


Submission by Greg Booker - November 1, 2021

Picture of my Dad, Ron Booker - passed away September 25, 2021 from cancer.

Ron went to be with his Lord and Saviour on September 25, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his devoted loving wife Agnes (Aggie), daughter Carol (Paul), son Gregory (Diana), daughter Shelley (Steve), grandchildren Tara (Adam), Jeffrey (Tobey), Nicole (Michael), Ashlee (Simon), 10 great-grandchildren Paxton, Lana, Olive, Sawyer, Kaia, Mackenzie, Piper, Harper, Quinn and Fin. Ron retired early after 40 years in the Food Service Industry with Kraft/Heinz to relax and enjoy his home, family, travel and video taking - making memories for family and friends. Ron and Aggie celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on August 18, surrounded by their wonderful loving family. Ron was a man of deep faith that was evident by his commitment, love and devotion to his wife and family. He will be greatly missed, but we have that blessed assurance that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021


Picture of my Uncle, Duncan Brown (1934 - 2020) - passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Lived in Port Carling, Ontario










Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021



Picture of my brother Greg & his wife Connie Brown  - Connie's brother and niece both passed away during Covid.







Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021


Picture of my Uncle, James "Jim" Joseph Brown (1954 - 2021) - passed away April 29, 2021.  Lived in Port Carling, Ontario









Submission by Robert Brown - October 30, 2021


Picture of my Uncle, John William Bould (1930 - 2021) - passed away June 1, 2021.  Lived in Orilla, Ontario











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604.581.8933 
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