It was a month ago that I saw Paul's name mentioned in his Mom's obituary but not until the reunion was it confirmed. I met Paul in grade 8 at Sutherland Jr Sec playing in the band. Miss Segar headed up the department, Paul played percusion, mainly the drums and more than once they had words. Paul had a very strong personality, I only ran into him twice after grade 12, the last time was on the news when his triplets were born.....
As a'74 grad I did not know Jeff but encountered him many times through the years. I got to know him first when we worked on the port's dock cranes in 2000. He seemed ill at ease working at the 200 foot height of this machinery but clearly enjoyed the social aspect of working with many others. He enjoyed socializing far above working to the point that we nicknamed him "four day Jeff". He liked his extra long weekends and the type of employment we had accomodated this with no problems. Within eighteen months he withdrew however and I only very occasionally encountered him. I suspected he was not well and knew he was dealing with sick and elderly parents. He had a son as well from a relationship but know little else. In this short time I knew him i considered him a friend.
I was so sorry to read about Cathy's passing in the North Shore News. I was looking forward to her again after so many years. I have such fond memories of her smiling face and laughing eyes. Cathy and I met at Hamilton in Grade 8 and we immediately liked each other. What was not to like? Such a disposition made it easy to be her friend. Sweet dreams, dear girl I'll be thinking of you especiallly tonight.
We had a great time together in Band at Carson.
We were also the best of friends away from school too though!
A champion at ping-pong and aficionado at making ice-tea for our long ping-pong tournaments!
Jeff was a wonderful travel companion when we drove there and back to California and Mexico in 1974.
He was from a fantastic family and I miss him ... we all miss you Jeff!
It is with great sadness that we announce Ken’s unexpected passing. Born in Vancouver, Ken grew up and lived in North and West Vancouver during his early life, then resided for the last 25+ years in Pitt Meadows, B.C. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Predeceased by Roy Douglas McLennan 1962 (birth father). Survived by his wife Penny, his parents John and Shirley Pearson, brothers Mike (Maria), Mark (Val), sisters Heather (David), Marie (Jim), Anne (Gary), uncles, nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, cousins, his best friend forever, Catherine, friends and many others from the large extended family at BCAA.
I had the good fortune of having John as my friend. We started to hang out in those ackward early teens when your peers were your surrogate family. Adults in general had no conept of the complexity of our hormone fueled brains and bodies'. We were busting out, but stuck in that void beofre adulthood.
John was a rare find. Living on the edge. Inviting moi to tag along on his adventures letting me get close to that edge but protecting me from harms way, watching my back. Thanks Stub! John was a jokester who made me a little nervous, hell he made a lot of people nervous because of his reputation as a bit of a scoundrel. Oh, the stories I could tell.....
Most of all I miss John's laughter, his outlook of the world was refreshingly funny. Ever since, I have never met a person who made me laugh so much and often. Oh, and John is the only person I know to have a 29 hand in crib, right Randy.
A few years after john passed, I built a mountain bike trail sequence called circuit 8 in the Demonstration Forest. A sign hangs at the trail head which reads 'The John Thompson Loop' in memory of my good friend.
A very sad day has arrived for the Family and Friends of Helen Whitlock.
March 28, 1957-May 20, 2012
To all who had the opportunity of knowing Helen throughout her school years in the North Vancouver School System, we sadly inform you that Helen past away in the early afternoon of May 20th after 6 years of fighting Brain Cancer.Helen attended Westview, Hamilton and Carson Graham. She will be very much missed by anyone who knew her.
If you would like to share stories or say a few words, there is a Memorial Page for Helen on Facebook; we would love to hear about them.