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BRYANT, James Edward

August 21, 1938 - August 10, 2017

After a courageous battle against several maladies, James Edward Bryant died in hospital at Comox, BC, in the morning of August 10, 2017 – one day prior to his 79th birthday. Jim was born in Calgary and raised in Jumping Pound, Lethbridge, Diamond City, and a farm at Bingley – near Rocky Mountain House. After graduating from high school, Jim wanted to explore new horizons, so after brief stints with highways and oil exploration, he decided to enlist with the RCAF in 1958. Over his career with the Armed Forces, Jim was stationed at St. Jean, PQ, Gimli, MB, Alymer, Winnipeg, Trenton, ON, 2F-Wing (Grostenquin), France (421 Sqn), Cold Lake, AB, and Comox, BC (442 Sqn). He was also deployed on a UNEF peace-keeping mission in Egypt (116 ATU). The aircraft he worked on included the: Sabre, Shooting Star, Starfighter, Hornet, Voodoo, Dakota, Labrador, and Buffalo. After 24 years, Jim retired as sergeant and safety systems technician. While stationed in France overseas, Jim found and married his love, Antoinette, in 1963. Last March, they celebrated their 54th anniversary. Many folks will remember Jim doing yard maintenance and home renovations with his little dog Scamp or serving ice cream at RJ’s in the Comox Mall. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling, baseball, golfing, and hockey. Later, his interests focused more on gardening, woodworking and collecting coins and stamps. Jim played darts and crib at the Royal Canadian Legion and was a congregant of Christ the King Church. Jim had a very kind heart, quick wit, and contagious laugh; and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

“The birds that used to torment the sky

The birds that we so enjoyed to fly…

…may they rest in peace.”

(421 Sqn’s “An Ode to the Sabre”)

THOMPSON, Gary Durant

January 31, 1939 - July 20, 2017

Gary, age 78, passed away peacefully at his home with wife Monique and daughters Diana & Claudine by his side. Born in Ottawa on January 31st, 1939, Gary was the youngest of 6 children. He joined the RCAF on February 9th, 1956 following in the footsteps of his father and brothers Walton & Dalton. During his long career Gary was stationed in many bases including 2 Wing - Grostenquin, France (were he met the love of his life, Monique), Namao, 412 Sqn Ottawa, Lahr, Esquimalt, Toronto, Bagotville and Portage La Prairie. He also found time to serve with the RCN aboard the Gatineau & Kootenay. Gary settled in Comox on Sep 9th, 1989 where he taught cooking to the Quadra Navy Cadet Camp. He became members of both the 888 Wing RCAFA and of Br #160 Comox Legion. As well as Monique, Diana & Claudine, Gary leaves 8 grandsons and 7 great grandchildren.

ELSON, Ron

March 26, 1944 - July 14, 2017

It is with immense sadness we say goodbye to a wonderful husband, father & granddad. Ron passed peacefully with his loving family at his bedside in Hospice after a long and difficult journey with Parkinson’s & Lewy Body Dementia. Ron was born and raised in Calgary and after graduating from RMC in 1966 he enjoyed a successful 35 year flying career in the Air Force, Alberta Government & STARS (Air Ambulance) before retiring in Comox in 2004. Married to his wife Margaret for 51 years they raised 2 daughters; Jennifer Calow (Dave) & Heather Goertzen (Dave) who blessed them with 5 grandchildren. Ron’s amazing life was filled with love, loyalty, kindness, integrity and an endearing sense of humour. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

NEWBOLT, Barbara (nee Higgins)

– June 29, 2017

In life as in death. Barb went out with grace and style. After a short but hard fought battle with cancer she passed away gracefully on the 29th June, 2017 under a beautiful starlit sky. Her children by her side. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Alan Newbold and then her life partner Hans Kroemer. Barbara is survived by her children: Graham Newbold, Katherine Zwarich and Patricia Newbold as well as her 20 grandchildren and great grandchildren. The clan includes grandchildren Shanna Morrow, Samantha Berner, Robert Grenier, Charity Chwok, Kaitlyn Zwarich, Chelsea Zwarich, Alana Newbold and Saxon Newbold followed by the great grandchildren Brady Newbold, Madason. Brian and, Mathew Morrow, Mya Berner, Ethan, Kendra, Joel and Nolan Grenier, Emily and Logan Chwok with one more bundle of joy (Alana) expected in September.

CASEY, John (Jack)

February 19, 1936 – March 11, 2017

The family of Jack Casey are sad to announce his passing at his home in Courtenay. Jack is predeceased by his brothers Fred, Kevin, Bill, and Edward and his sisters Mary and Betty. He leaves behind to mourn his loving wife Barbara; brothers, Mike, Herbert; sons Robert (Mary), Peter (Tina), daughter Susan (Gaby); grandchildren Jon, Michael, Maggie, Nadia, Lily, Liam, Casey, Lauren. Jack was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and although he left the “rock” at age 21 he was always a proud Newfoundlander. He served for 33 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired to the Comox Valley in 1992. In his leisure, he enjoyed salmon fishing, bowling, playing cards and camping with his many friends along the coast of Vancouver Island. Jack was a loving husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather who was adored by his family. His sense of humour, gracious disposition and devotion to his family and friends made "Jackie" a man loved by all. A true gentleman who will be dearly missed.

LIVING, Stuart (Stu)

July 22, 1932 – December 4th, 2016

Stu was born in Buckingham Quebec and passed away at his home in Comox, with his wife Barbara at his side. He will be remembered for his pleasant personality and great, dry sense of humour.

BRYDGES, Vilma (Val) (nee Forssi)

August 28, 1944 – November 18, 2016

It is with great sadness we announce that Val passed away suddenly while resting in her Courtenay home at the age of 72. Val was born in Port Arthur, ON to Ruth (Luoma) Myllyniemi, and Edvard Forssi. Val's stepfather Arvo Myllyniemi, from Finland, was prominent throughout her childhood and Val considered him with fond affection. A graduate of King's Business College in Thunder Bay, Val found her calling as a secretary and civil servant for the Government of Canada in North Bay (ON), Lahr (Germany), CFB Borden (ON), 429 Sqn. Winnipeg (MB), 435 Sqn. Edmonton (AB) and Health Services Unit Victoria (BC). She celebrated her retirement in 2002 after 32 years of service. Val is survived by her children Jeffrey (Korea), Jason (Vancouver), Jennifer Kingston (Ryan), and Granddaughter Eeva Kingston (Victoria). She is remembered by sister Aili Manych (Don) of The Pas, Manitoba and was predeceased by sister Gladys Nummikoski (Waino), brother Leo Myllyniemi (Bernice) and brother Edward in infancy.

BATE, Robert James (Bob)

March 7, 1963 – November 28th, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and dad. Bob passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer; their two daughters, Sarah and Meaghan, his father William; brother, Bill (Hallmuth); sisters, Susan, Sandra (Connie), and Anne (Reg); and his large extended family. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ann and sister, Janet. Bob was born in Arvida, Quebec and settled with his wife Jennifer, in Qualicum Beach in 1988. Bob worked as a teacher and coach for many years at Kwalikum Secondary School and abroad at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. As a coach and mentor, Bob is remembered by his many students and close friends as a charismatic, deeply caring and loving person. He was an avid athlete and loved to play golf, hockey, baseball and tennis. Most of all, Bob loved to cycle throughout Oceanside and up to Comox to visit his family. Bob lived his life to the fullest; he loved to laugh and enjoyed every second spent with friends and family. He will be sorely missed.

DAVIES (McArthur), Mildred "Milly"

January 16th, 1943 – November 16th, 2016

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Milly Davies, a much-loved wife and mother who passed from this world at her home in Comox, BC. She leaves her husband, Allan Davies; daughter Melanie and husband Dion Cormier; son Everett Davies and wife Kim; son Nelson Davies and wife Shannon; daughter Lori Roudez and husband Craig McDonald; grandsons Morgan, Devon and Ronin. Milly was born in Carlyle, Saskatchewan where she stayed until 1963 when she relocated to Gimli, Manitoba. She then met Allan, who was stationed there with the RCAF and started her new life as a military wife and mother; which afforded her the opportunity to live and travel across Canada, and Germany. She was an avid athlete who played many sports, but particularly excelled in competitive fast ball as a pitcher, and then later as a much-loved coach of the sport. When not playing sports she could be found proudly managing her successful car detailing business in Courtenay with her son Everett. Most importantly, Milly will be remembered as the heart and soul of her family. Although small in stature she was gifted with a larger than life spirit and warmth, and a sense of humor which she used to bring joy to her family and many friends. Milly was a proud member of RCAF 888 Wing.

LIGHTFOOT, Herbert Russel (Herb)

January 23rd, 1936 - November 8th, 2016

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Herbert Russel Lightfoot. Herb passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family and in the presence of Mavis, his loving wife of 56 years.

GAGNON, Leonce Bernard (Bernie)

- October 22nd, 2016

Predeceased by parents Cecile and Philippe and brothers Jacques and Bertrand, sisters Lucille and Marthe. Survived by loving wife Mabel. Daughters Lisa, Francine, Rosemary and Joanne. Grandchildren Azaia, Kory, Sean and Nicole. Sisters Noemie, Christaine, Noelline, Marjolaine and many other extended family members especially nieces Michele and Diane. Bernie served in the military for 21 years, which included Egypt, 3 tours in Alert and many bases throughout Canada. He also continued to work as a civilian at CFB Comox another 10 years. He was loved by many and well known in the community for his work at the Wing and the Legion, also for public speaking at Remembrance Day memorials at a variety of schools in the Comox Valley and all the kindness he extended to everyone he met.

WREGGITT, Margaret (Marg)

June 16th, 1930 - October 14th, 2016

Marg was born in Weyburn SK but raised in Vancouver, our precious wife and mother passed away in St. Joseph’s ER from sudden heart failure with her husband of 63 years, Russ, at her side. Marg was a wonderful person, kind, loving, with a vibrant personality who made friends wherever she went. She had the best traits of her Irish and Danish heritage. She leaves to mourn her husband, Russ, loving daughter Linda (Cheryl) and many many friends. She was predeceased by our daughter Karen just five months ago and by four newborn sons in earlier years. She served in the RCAF, Women’s Division, enlisting in 1951 and was proud to be on Course # 1. She met and married Russ at Sea Island, the best thing that ever happened to him! During their time together they traveled across Canada, to Europe, the UK, and spent many winters in California and Arizona plus took a significant number of cruises. She was always athletic, a fine ballplayer and a steady and fun golfer at Glacier Greens for many years. She was a stay at home mom when the girls were young but later worked at the Empress, Royal Jubilee, and many years at the Lab at St. Joseph’s. Family was her priority and she gave us her love without any hesitation. She was my “social butterfly” and we will forever be “ dancing cheek to cheek”.