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 Alexander Johnston Charles
1934 - 2021
With heavy hearts the family of Alexander Johnston Charles announce his passing on February 23, 2021.
Alex (Paddy) was born in 1934 at the Gammons, the family farm in Rothienorman, Scotland. Alex, Alice and Brenda immigrated to Canada in 1957. He was hired at Seal-Kap Dairy as a farm labourer, then managed Willows Poultry Farm. Alex and Alice rented a small farm, milking 10 cows while Dad worked as an AI Technician. They then realized their lifelong dream of owning theirowndairyfarmin1969andfarmed in Rosedale for the next 27 years. After their retirement, Alex and Alice moved to Agassiz on a hobby farm and in 2014 they moved to Qualicum Beach to be closer to family.
Proud of his Scottish Heritage, he was a member of the Caledonian Society. He organized Robbie Burns nights and gave an impressive Address to the Haggis. He played the bagpipes in the Chilliwack Pipe Band. Another passion of his was the Chilliwack Plowing Society. Plowing took him to places around the world and he was crowned BC Plowing Champion several times.
Alex had many interests and hobbies including golfing, cards, dancing, travelling and skiing. He was an avid
Walter Dahl
October 8, 1938 –
March 8, 2021
Walter Dahl passed away at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on March 8, 2021 due to complications after surgery for Cauda Equina Syndrome. Predeceased by his parents, brothers Alvin and Art and brother-in-law David, Walter is survived by his loving wife Alida of 58 years; children Sandra (Mark) Driediger, Jamie Dahl and Robert Dahl; grandsons Bradly (Kimberly), Brent (Olivia), Lucas (Raquel) and Jeffrey Driediger; nine great-grandchildren Jakob, Azlyn, Isaiah, Walter, Bowen, Ivy, Holland, Wyatt and Malcolm; brothers and sisters Lenora Redekop, David (Agnes), Peter (Heidi), Helen (Herman) Klatt, Ken (Janice), Karen (Len) Reddicopp, sisters-in-laws Edith Dahl and Margaret Dahl.
Walter was born in Yarrow to Jakob and Elizabeth Dahl, the third of nine children. He attended Upper Sumas Elementary and M.E.I. Secondary, graduating from Grade 13 in 1958. After high school, he spent a year at Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta. When school was complete, Walter worked at Surrey Co-op in Feed Sales where he enjoyed getting to know the farming community. Walter married Alida Ridder on September 27,1963 at First Christian Reformed Church, Abbotsford. They lived, worked and raised their family in Sumas Prairie on the dairy farm Walter grew up on. Walter loved farming and particularly loved nurturing a top producing dairy herd. He was active in the dairy industry,
hockey fan. He was proud to have donated 100 pints of blood to the Red Cross. He took up the ukulele at the age of 80. He enjoyed the works of Robbie Burns and Robert Service and had several poems memorized including a repertoireofamusingnonsenseverse!
Alex was a generous and genuine soul who was very social and made friends wherever he went. He loved his dogs and recently said goodbye to his friend, Angus, who loved riding in the ‘old truck.’
Alex was predeceased by his father George, mother Helen, brothers Hall, James, Ian and son-in-law Dwight. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Alice; daughters Brenda, Shirley (Blaine), Jane (Paul); grandchildren Harley, Barry, Raymond, Clayton, Ross and Megan; great-grandchildren Arianna, Danica, and Hannah; also by his brother and sister, William and Sheena in Scotland and many nephews and nieces in Scotland.
enjoying his involvement there.
The post dairy farm years were filled with times of traveling, RV trips, golf, grandparenting, maintaining their property and supporting his family. He took great joy in seeing the family continue to farm the family land. Walter’s family meant the world to him and he often expressed his thankfulness that everyone enjoyed each other and got along.
Walter faced life with a positive attitude and a smile even through the pain and suffering he endured in a deteriorating physical condition. His faith was central to his life which was evident to the very last difficult days.
Condolences can be left at Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home, https://www. wiebeandjeskefh.com/. Memorial donations can be made to Global Aid Network, https://give.globalaid.net/.
The family would like to thank the many staff on the ACE Unit at ARH who lovingly cared for Walter during the month he spent there.
Adriana “Jane”
Johanna Tap
January 14, 1932 – February 2, 2021
Beloved Wife, Mother, Oma, Aunt and much loved friend
It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Jane at her home surrounded by family.
Jane was born in The Hague, Netherlands. She is predeceased by her parents and all eight siblings. Jane will be sadly missed by her loving husband Henk of 62 years and children John (Debbie), Diane (Mick), MaryAnn, Bernice (Kevin), and Coreen (Dave), as wellasfifteengrandchildren,twogreat grandchildren, extended family and longtime dear friends.
Jane started her life as a city girl. She trained and worked as a Registered Nurse in the maternity ward in the Netherlands. She married Henk in 1958 before they immigrated to Canada, eventually settling on a dairy farm in Chilliwack. In 1990, Jane and Henk moved to their retirement home on Fairfield Island to enjoy their golden years.
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Jane appreciated her great sense of humor, her wit, her loyalty and her deep love of family. She had a passion for learning and travelled extensively with Henk. She was an avid reader, an accomplished seamstress, and she loved nothing better than to spoil her grandchildren with knitted
Bryan Alexander Arthur
August 18, 1937 –
January 31, 2021
Bryan Arthur passed away peacefully at home with family close by after a long and arduous battle with many medical challenges.
Born in Elgin, MB, Bryan grew up dairy farming with his family south of Brandon. During his youth, he became a proficient piper with the 26th Field Regiment as well as developing a passion for Jersey cattle. He moved to BC in the late ‘50’s where he married, started a family and began working on a Delta dairy farm before moving on to sales. Bryan returned to Brandon in 1968, established his own hay business and in 1971, married Diane. After Portage la Prairie, the family ran Edenderry Jerseys in Edwin. A highlight for Bryan was raising GRAFTON LUCY’S BELL who received a 96.8 classification, the highest a Jersey cow in Canada had ever received to that point. He developed a lifelong relationship with 4-H. The family moved back to BC in 1981 where he re-connected with the farming families in Delta, and over the next 40 years, Bryan worked as a herdsman on both the W.H. Savage and the Hendrickson farms, delivered and sold hay for Vanderveen Hay Sales, and began two agricultural businesses: Pacific Forage Bag Supply (initially
outfits and homemade baking. Jane loved to surround herself with music, whether it be singing, dancing, or listening to her favorite conductor, Andre Rieu.
In the last years, Jane’s health declined and it was time for her family to now care for her. This was accomplished through Henk’s strength and commitment as well as the support of the family. Although at times challenging, it was the family’s privilege to walk with Jane through this journey.
The family wishes to thank Dr. A. Quayle and Laura Clarke (geriatric nurse) for their continued care and support as well as caregivers Courtney and Mikaela for their boundless kindness and patience. The family also wishes to extend a special thank you to friends and neighbors of Henk and Jane and the outpouring of love and kind words for the entire family will always be treasured.
Due to restrictions, a private Mass was held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, February 12, 2021. Jane’s godson and longtime family friend, Very Rev. Gary Franken, officiated.
with John Poelman) and Prairie Pacific Seeds (with nephew Kim Warburton). Bryan’s drive and passion led to the development of a new silage bagger – which became the JBS Track-Pack.
When asked why he never retired, Bryan always said, “Because I love what I do!”
Quick to laugh with an open heart, Bryan loved growing roses, his veggie garden, salmon fishing, curling with the farmers, the cabin in Parksville, the Three Tenors, the VSO, running the Sun Run until he was 70, BBQing, Greek baking, being with family and friends. And of course, drinking Scotch. Even as his health deteriorated, he was happiest in his red truck driving with Andy, Alexis or on his own to a farm to check out corn fields, cattle or gossip.
Bryan’s charm, wit, intelligence and gentle grace will live on with those he touched. A Celebration of Life will follow in the future.
         Parm Kooner
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Quincy North
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