Obituaries: Ferguson; Hrynyk; Lynn; Mason; Poole; Stevenson; Tipton

Steuart Dunipace Ferguson
October 23, 1927 - September 13, 2016

It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Steuart, with family by his side.

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Dad is survived by his children Judith (John) Langham, Doug Ferguson, Susan (Dan) Stoltz, Drew (Brenda) Ferguson and John (Kimberley) Ferguson, his sister Bernice Desaulniers, sister-in-law Louise Ferguson, stepchildren Don, Jan and David Bowes and their families and Kathy (John) Tait.

He is also survived by grandchildren Allison and Mike (Karen) Ellerby; Shane, Robert (Sarah) and Drew Stoltz; Cailan, Craig (Andrea) and Arran Ferguson; Jessica (Tomislav), Katelin (Phil) and Charlotte Bowes and great-grandchildren Kaci, Austin and Bryce Ellerby; Gordon and Jack Stoltz; Max and Ben Lavoie and many nieces and nephews.

Steuart was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2014, first wife Beatrice, siblings David, Rod and Beverly, parents John and Annie Ferguson and grandson Steuart Ellerby.

Steuart was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the oldest of five, and was 13 when his mother passed away. He left school at an early age to help his father with his younger siblings. Later, he worked for Canadian National Railway. Starting as a cadet in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, he enjoyed his time as a drummer and went on to be a champion bass drummer.

Dad married Beatrice and had three children, Judy, Doug and Susan, born in Winnipeg. Powell River Company mill needed a bass drummer and it was decided he would move his family to Powell River in 1956. Dad and Beatrice had two more children, Drew and John, born in Powell River.

Dad was involved in many activities over the years, especially soccer and track and field. He coached children, including his own, in soccer and refereed for many years. Later he enjoyed Villa games and his time in the “Zoo.” Dad and his brother David coached track and field for years and had many top athletes in BC.

In 1975, Dad married Margaret Bowes. They had a wonderful life for 40 years. They loved to go fishing and boating in his boat the Dunipace with family and friends and loved to entertain at their house. With Margaret's encouragement, Dad got back into singing and joined Chor Musica and Powell River Chorus. Dad was involved in Kathaumixw and loved being a host family. They enjoyed going out and staying at the cabin at Canoe Bay and swimming in the ocean. Dad and Margaret also loved to go camping and took their trailer down to Arizona.

He was a loving husband and spent time with Maggie every day when she was at Olive Devaud Residence and Evergreen Care Unit. Dad was very involved in his grandchildren's lives and made every one of them feel special.

Family meant everything to Dad: family dinners, Christmas dinners, Easter egg hunts and Boxing Day with his sons hitting golf balls into the ocean.

Dad had a great sense of humour, loved to sing his silly songs and tell his stories. He had a twinkle in his eye, a great laugh and a beautiful voice when he sang. He was always whistling a tune and drumming his fingers on the kitchen table, which will not be forgotten.

Dad belonged to Royal Canadian Legion, Moose Lodge, Carlson Community Club, Myrtle Point Golf Club, soccer clubs and the pipeband, and he enjoyed singing O Canada at Powell River Kings games.

Many thanks to Dr. Bruce Hobson, Dr. Charles Van Zyl and staff at Willingdon Creek Village, with special thanks to house number five for dad's care.

The bowl of peppermints are on the table, Dad. Love ya and leave ya.

A church service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church at 1 pm on Saturday, October 15. A celebration of life will follow at 2:30 pm at Carlson Community Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Powell River Academy of Music is our dad’s wish.


Eugene "Gene" Hrynyk
April 18, 1935 - September 18, 2016

Gene passed away peacefully in Powell River on Sunday, September 18, at the age of 81, with family and friends at his side.

Gene will be lovingly remembered by his son Duane (Debi), daughter Rhonda, grandchildren Chad (Alex), Rob (Ashley), Tyler, Terra and Kyle, great-grandchildren Vincent, Addingtyn and Lachlan, brother Ernie and close friends Hilary and Don.

Gene was predeceased by his partner Connie Knight.

Gene was born in Myrnam, Alberta, and moved with his family to Powell River at the age of six. He worked on the paper machines at the Powell River mill for 45 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, going out in his boat and fishing. He loved to make people laugh and enjoyed working around his home, yard and garden. Baseball was also a big part of Gene’s life.

A big thank-you to caregivers at Willingdon Creek Village for taking great care of our dad for the last few years.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to Parkinson Canada.


Robert Lynn (Bob/Bobby)
July 30,1931 - September 15, 2016

At 85 years young and full of life, Bob passed peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was well known as “Taxi Bob” for 26 years.

Bob retired from the mill in 1996. Life was a fascination for him and he collected many curious things. He was a family man, storyteller, dreamer and craftsman.

Bob will be greatly missed by his wife Almeda of 61 years, children Christine (Terry), Ron and Rick (Tammy), grandchildren Jennifer, Andrea (Michael), Daniel (Jen) and Kelly (Christopher) and great-grandsons Logan and Tyler.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, October 3, at 11:30 am at Carlson Community Club.


John Rodrick “Rod” Mason

On September 14, Rod passed away at the age of 68 while vacationing in Edmonton, AB. He was born January 22, 1948, in New Westminster, BC, to the late Jack and Jessie Mason.

Rod is survived by his loving wife Mary, children Jennifer and Richard (Jona), brother Kelly (Natalie), stepchildren Tim, Ryan and Ashley (Steve), grandson Jack, nieces Sheri and Tanya (Nick) and their children and his loyal, four-pawed companion Mariner.

Rod enjoyed a lengthy career with the federal government, including RCMP, Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard captains. His love of the water continued into his retirement working as captain of the Swan Spirit, Lund Water Taxi and various tugs.

A service was held September 20 at Stubberfield Funeral Home.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Salvation Army.


Daryl William Poole

Daryl left us suddenly for his next adventure on September 18, 2016, at the young age of 68.

He was born and raised in Powell River, a town he loved, and worked all of his adult life at the mill. His dedication advanced him to purchasing manager, the job of his dreams. Daryl lived by his own rules. He was a man of integrity, fierce loyalty and honesty. He believed in hard work and good fun. He always had a healthy dose of both in his life and did his best to do things right.

Daryl’s ultimate passion was fishing and he excelled at it! He was also a boater, a “boat mechanic,” an outstanding chef, a scotch connoisseur and the best martini maker ever.

Daryl was a loving husband to Glynis Romanica, a dad to Tania (Wes) Brown and Jason (Angela) Poole, stepdad to Amber (Clemens) Riedl and Chelsea (Chris) Burwash, Kookpa to Rhys Poole and Tai Brown, Gramps to Abby and Olivia Poole, Paul and Elias Riedl, ‘Ampa to Alyssa Burwash, brother to Michael (Sandra) Poole, uncle to Nicholas and Naomi and families and doggy dad to Rico. 

Daryl was predeceased by his parents Cecil and Vera Poole and his canine fishing buddies Scooter and Karma. He was a good friend to many and his leaving has created a void impossible to fill.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Pow Wow room at the Beach Gardens Resort from 4-7 pm on Saturday, September 24.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA.


Sharon Isabella Stevenson
February 26, 1941 - September 1, 2016

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Sharon. There will be a memorial service held for her on Thursday, September 22, at 1:30 pm at Stubberfield Funeral Home.


Carol May Tipton

May 21, 1954 - September 19, 2016

Carol was welcomed into the world in Enderby, BC, the daughter of Grace and Edgar

Tipton. She passed away peacefully in a loving group home in Powell River at age 62 with her family around her.

In 1954, children born with Down syndrome generally lived their lives in an institution, however, Carol was brought home to live with her family. Grace and Edgar could not imagine letting go of their special little girl and never regretted that decision for a minute.

Carol brought love and joy to all who knew her. She was the youngest of five siblings and was predeceased by her parents and her eldest brother Nelson Tipton. Left to remember her with great love are her brother Brian Tipton and sisters Coranne Anderson and Lilla Tipton, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Special thanks to the staff at Crofton House, nieces Tannis and Tyra Thulin and Dawn Scheves and sisters-in-law Joke Polman Tuin and Eileen Brown for all the love and attention you gave to Carol in her final years.

Friends are invited to Jean Pike Centre for Inclusion, 7055 Alberni Street, in the ARC Theatre at 11 am on Saturday, October 1, to help Carol’s family celebrate her life. We will share some memories and remember Carol, followed by a party with lots of food and music; Carol loved a party. Take note that singing and dancing will take place. We will dance with Carol to the end of love.

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