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In Memoriam

NEWMAN, Clifford James (Jun.27, 1934- Jun.11, 2017)

NEWMAN, Clifford James Died peacefully on June 11, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. He was born on June 27, 1934 in Victoria, BC.

Cliff is survived by his wife Kathy; children Mike (Susan), Steve (Deana), Cathie (James), Cheryl, Geoff, Russell (Paris) and Bruce (Victoria), grandchildren: Emily and Sarah Newman, Riley and Mya Newman, Brandon, Nathan, Travis and Jennifer Clark (Newman), Adam and Justin Courtnall, Ally, Lawton and Brooklyn Courtnall and Cassie and Jackson Courtnall. Cliff grew up in Vic West and went to Vic High. He started playing soccer in high school and then with the Gorge Soccer Association as an adult and was still playing with some of the same players in 2017. He worked for The Ministry of Forests (then called BC Reforestation from 1952 until retirement. His greatest pleasures were being involved in all of his family's sporting events and golfing with his buddies.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gorge Soccer's Turf Replacement Fund


Ronald W. McClure (Jan.11, 1928 - Nov.17, 2015)

Following a long illness, Ron passed away peacefully on November 17, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 11, 1928 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Beverley; his children Karen (David) Barclay, Cameron (Lisa) McClure, and Susan (David) Brown; nine grandchildren (and spouses/partners); three great grandchildren; and extended family. Ron worked for the Government of BC for 40 years and was one of the original "T" (Typewriter) Boys. He was also a builder, alumni, former President and long-time supporter of the Gorge Soccer Association. Ron will be greatly missed by his family and so many friends. Special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at Victoria General Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care. A celebration of Ron's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Goldstream Food Bank or a charity of your choice.

Beverley J. McCLURE (Feb.26, 1932 - Jan.10, 2018)


On January 10, 2018, our beautiful mother, Beverley Jean McClure, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, and she has now been reunited with the love of her life Ronald William McClure. Mom was a wonderful lady who will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children Karen (David) Barclay, Cameron (Lisa) McClure, and Susan (David) Brown, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren - all of whom filled her life with joy and were her proudest accomplishments. We would like to thank the incredible staff at Douglas Care Community for the amazing care they provided to mom while she lived there and for always treating her with such compassion, dignity and respect. Mom - you will forever be in our hearts. No service by request. A celebration of mom's life may be held at a later date.
Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2018

WAKELYN, Donald William (Don) March 31, 1925 - September 04, 2015

donald wakelynIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather (Poppa) who passed peacefully into the sunset surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his beautiful wife and love of his life Jane, his son Daryl, sister Thelma Waddell and brother Walter and many very good friends. Survived by his loving daughter Dawn Jones, granddaughters Naomi (Nick) Poeschek, Chelsea Wakelyn (Kris), Jessica (Dallas) Steeves and grandson Brett (Melissa) Wakelyn. Six great grandchildren that he adored Ava, Aaron, Matthew, Amelia, Eli and Audrey and much to his pleasure a seventh on the way and many nieces and nephews.

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STRICKLAND, Lloyd Donald (Tiger) October 26, 1916 - June 10, 2015

lloyd stricklandLloyd passed away peacefully June 10, 2015 at the Heights at Mount View. He was born in Victoria at Montreal Street 98 years ago and lived a full and active life in the city he loved, marrying and raising a family. He was predeceased by his wife, Phoebe of 64 years. He leaves behind a daughter, Sandra Sims (Tom); sons, Peter (Lois) and Dean and seven grandchildren. He was the last surviving sibling of his family being Wes, Irving, Muriel and Alice. He served in the military (army) and was a member of the RCL Pro Patricia Branch No. 292. He worked at the Empress Hotel for 40 years until his retirement. He joined the Gorge Soccer Association in 1961 and was a long-time manager with both juvenile and senior Gorge Soccer teams. He was the oldest Gorge Old-timer. He was a true character and an entertainer at all times.

For Lloyd's past work with the club, Gorge had named a Youth Trophy after Lloyd - The Loyd Strickland Award for Outstanding Boys Junior (u12-U14) MVP.

McMILLAN, James Archibald "Archie" September 8, 1932 – February 11, 2015

James McMillanIt is with sadness that we announce Dad's passing on February 11, 2015. Born September 8, 1932, dad is survived by son, Wayne (Jean) and daughter, Chris; grandchildren, Sandra (Kevin), Colin (Katie); sister, Marg and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife, Marilyn; sisters, Helen and Agnes; nephew, Drew and brother, John. Born on James Island,

Dad moved to Vic West as a young child where sports became a big factor in his life. He was especially proud, along with his teammates, of being a founding member (goaltender) of the Gorge (Hotel) Soccer Association and going on to win a few Jackson Cups. He also spent time with Victoria United of the old Coast league. His work career started with a stereotyper apprenticeship at the Victoria Times newspaper, where he made many lasting friendships.

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BARNSWELL, Earl D. “Barney” January 6, 1915 - July 29, 2014

earl barnswellBARNSWELL, Earl "Barney" Passed away peacefully late last month in White Rock at the age of 99. Barney spent his first 50 years in Victoria working as a welder for Yarrows, Dockyard, VMD and Island Tug. Barney was very much involved in the Victoria sports scene; as a young man he played soccer for Vic West and baseball for Victoria Eagles. He later went on to be one of the founding fathers of Gorge Soccer, as well as helping to establish Esquimalt Little League. Barney is survived by his partner, Lorraine Smith; sons, Rick and Lorne, daughter, Cherrie and numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at White Rock Curling Club, 1475 Anderson St. White Rock.

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SONGHURST, Peter Charles April 9, 1948 - July 29, 2014

peter songhurstIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Songhurst on Tuesday July 29th, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Clare Songhurst; brother, David Songhurst; sister, Eileen Dalman and father-in-law, Ralph Wills. Peter is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; daughter, Jennifer (Ryan) Hill; grandchildren, Jackson and April Hill. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret (Steve) Trottier; sister, Maureen (Derek) James; his mother-in-law, Susette Wills and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews, Julie, Michael, Halle and Brian Alton; Michael, Trudy, William, Therron, Lucas and Camilla Trottier; Cheryl, Ryan, Owen and Lachlan Haight. Daniel Trottier and Keryl Gardner; Matthew, Joshua and Allison James. Peter would also like to acknowledge his many dear friends ... we had quite a ride! "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good bye so hard" A.A. Milne.

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MARSHALL, Dorothy Anne "Dot" July 18,1923 - August 31, 2013

gorge 2011Published in the Times Colonist from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2013:

Surrounded by her family, Dot passed away peacefully at the James Bay Lodge, comfortable and well loved. The eldest of 4 children, Dot was born in Lloydminster Sask. to Dr. A. B. and Myrtle Cooke. She is survived by younger siblings Joe, Jean and Jack. Predeceased by her husband Larry ("Deacon") in 1985, Dot leaves her children Bobbi (Steve) Renton, Wendy, Doug (Lisa), Dale (Julia) and Don (Nancy), 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and countless friends through her involvement with Eastern Star, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Lambrick Park Church, Gorge Soccer Association, Hampton Little League and many days in the rinks and at the playing fields of Victoria.

HUGHES, Richard John July 3, 1965 – March 27, 2013

richard hughesHUGHES, John Richard December 5, 1947 - March 27, 2013 John passed peacefully at Hospice from Amyloidosis.  He surpassed doctors' expectations due to his strong heart and strong will to survive.  Departed on his terms supported by his loving family, wife Terry and children Jason (Sheri), Lisa (Evan), Tyler and Jordan (Nicole).  His grandchildren will miss him dearly and will talk to him as they need. John was born a 4th generation son survived by a wonderful mother Lillian and older sister Doreen. He was employed with Saanich for 30 years to retire early as he could enjoy his love for golf.  You could always find John at Hampton Park on the soccer field as a proud member of Gorge Soccer Association.  He thoroughly enjoyed his role on the Disciplinary Board - many a referee will miss his constructive criticism. John loved many and was loved by many.

CORDICK, Roy Frederick December 17, 1942 - May 25, 2010

roy federickPassed away after a brief bout with cancer. Roy was very involved with the Gorge Soccer Association for over 25 years and was associated with Brown Bros. Real Estate for 20 years.

Predeceased by his parents William and Blanche Cordick, brother Tim and sisters Ramona and Leona. Survived by his daughters Deanna (Doug) and Christa (Todd), granddaughter Meghan, siblings Floyd (Dorothy), Lorraine, Clayton (Bea), Keith (Denise), Ann (Ivan) and Denisse (Paul) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jones, Lorne April 1, 1932 - May 11, 2005

gorge 2011Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist:

JONES, Lorne Darryl Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, loving wife Vicky, sons Leonard (Carmen), Barry (Linda). Missed and loved by grandchildren Jeffrey, Alicia, Brandon & Kevin. Predeceased by father Wilfred, step-father Fred Magee, mother Lillian Magee and brother Bud. Lorne had a wonderful life filled with experiences of love, sentiment and value. He served his country and was a Korean Veteran, joining up with HQ25 Canadian Infantry Brigade. Vicky and Lorne lived throughout Europe and North America. He cherished family life and especially his grandchildren. His commitment to Gorge Soccer was integral to his being and spanned four decades yet he still found time to head to Lake Cowichan and fish.

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