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#741 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:19 PM

Dawn Thrasher, founded the New Dawn Modelling Agency in the 1970s.

 

https://www.legacy.c...r&pid=195004977

 

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 11:12 PM

Jacques Ponchet, aged 89. Emigrated to Canada from France. Started Le Coteau Farms and Nursery.

 

https://www.legacy.c...5082&fhid=12166

 

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Walter Cownden, Manager of easy-listening FM station CFMS and host of its popular "Candlelight and Wine" program. Also an executive at sister station CKDA. Also worked at CJVI and C-FAX.

 

https://www.legacy.c...n&pid=194874720

 

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Anthony de Goutiere, aged 92, founded de Goutière Jewellers in Oak Bay in 1960, now operated by his son, Paul.

 

https://www.legacy.c...e&pid=194900382

 

https://anthonydegoutiere.com/about/

 

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Walter was one of true giants of the local radio-media scene, a mentor to my dad and others who came up through the ranks in local radio and TV in the 50's and 60's. A real gentleman too. Very sorry to hear of his passing.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 11:09 AM

Marcia Williams, aged 95 was involved in developing community living programs in Montreal for people with mental health issues but as a young woman she was working at Bletchley Park on the top secret Enigma code-breaking team. It wasn't  until the 1980s when she was released from the War Secrets Act that she was allowed to talk about her work. Even her husband didn't know.

 

https://www.legacy.c...s&pid=195004967

 

You may recall another local woman, Margaret "Irene" McDonald, age 101 who was also an Enigma code-breaker.


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#744 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:31 AM

Victoria NASCAR racer Ross Surgenor has died aged 74. A member of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame, he competed locally and at prestigious US Winston Cup races in 1974.

 

http://www.wilrocrac...s-surgenor.html

 

https://www.legacy.c...r&pid=195071097


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#745 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 08:55 PM

Notable local deaths in 2019:

 

Len Chapple: Veteran radio/TV man, symphony philanthropist

Jeff Seabrook: Owner of Sooke's Westcoast Tire

Jim Taylor: Well-known newspaper sports columnist and author

John Wood: Rowing coach; given experimental cancer treatment

Sohan Jawl: Co-founder, Home Lumber, racehorse owner

David Becker: Owned Artworld Picture Framing and Art Supplies

Betty Chiswick: Brother and sister dance duo here in WWII

Gerry Furney: Mayor of Port McNeill for 39 years, retired 2014

Art Kool: Aral Construction, First Island Financial Services

Winnifred Connors: Of 1930s Heater's Hawaiian guitar group

Margaret McDonald: Teacher; WWII "Enigma" codebreaker

Patrick Lane: Award-winning author and poet

Andy Mulcahy: TC letter writer, D-Day vet, secular humanist

Leroy Williams: Respected car dealer, Williams Auto Sales

Marsha Hanen, CM:: Symphony Board Chair, Professor, Dean

Len Clarke: Long-time owner of Fort Street's Pacific Antiques

Dick Emery: Emery Electric; Colwood Fire Chief, CRD

Robert Garfat: activist, theatre supporter, Dark Horse Books

Carolyn Smyly: History curator, author, heritage activist

Ted Doman: Doman Industries, Cowichan Valley philanthropist

Irene McConnell: "Asmira", master instructor of belly dancing

John Mitchell: The grandfather of microbrewing in Canada

Joseph Egoyan: Interior designer; "Ego Interiors" home decor

Mel Smith: Much-loved equipment manager, Victoria Grizzlies

Buncy Sangha: Owner, OK Industries trucking and paving

Brenda Parkinson: Three-term Sooke Councillor, volunteer

Clarke Gourlay: Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Morningstar Farm

Paul Watson: Developer, Honeymoon Bay, Pioneer House restaurant

Margaret Todd: Age 101, Cdn. Hall of Fame golf pioneer and champ

Brian Lawless: Owner, Town and Country Realty & Insurance

Bruce Cooke: Award-winning modernist house designer/builder

Bill Konyk: PNE fixture, TV huckster ("Hunky Bill" perogies)

Thomas Richardson: Saanich police officer, "Wildflower" lyricist

John Ansell: Radio executive and chairman, CJVI president/GM

Tom Ferris: Restaurateur (Ferris' Grill, Perro Negro, Catalano)

David Flaig: Owner, Lumberworld; Park Pacific Development group

Stuart Dixon: Hall of Fame owner of the Victoria Squash Club

Leroy (Bus) Fuller: Founder, Earls and Joey restaurant chains

Muriel Overgaard: BC CUPE President, provincial NDP candidate

Ryan Nicholson: Hollywood makeup effects artist (Deadpool 2, Elf)

Tony Hoar: Tour de France cyclist, inventor and wheelchair tinkerer

Dr. George Puritch: Bug-killing expert (Safer Insecticidal Soap)

Arie Teun Schaddelee: Dutch Bakery sibling

Wayne Kalnciems: Voice of Monty's Showroom Pub

Fernando Fernandez: Fernando's Music Service, Mariner's Pizza

Vern Michell: Iconic owner of peninsula's Michell Farms

Colin Jones: UVic Economics Professor Emeritus

Peter Smart: RRMC Math Professor Emeritus, NDP candidate

Lois Dutton: Founder, Dutton's Realty

Eli Pasquale: Canadian basketball legend

Keri Coles: Reporter and photographer for Black Press

Alfred "Borgy" Borgerson: Entertainer, Banjo Hall of Fame

Dave Cresswell: Organizer of legendary Kiwi barbecues

John Joe: Veteran, Chinatown elder, father of councillor Charlayne

Don Graham: Owner, North Isle Printers, Ladysmith Traveller's Inn

Joe Laturnus: Western Communities Cablevision pioneer

Brock Parrott: Sports fan, Canadian Rowing Team coxswain

Whaley Mar: Represented Canada, World Plowing Championships

Shirley Charman: Wife of Eric, generous Victoria philanthropists

Jacques Ponchet: Started Le Coteau Farms and Nursery

Walter Cownden: CJVI,C-FAX, CFMS ("Candlelight and Wine")

Anthony de Goutiere: Founded de Goutière Jewellers in Oak Bay

Dawn Thrasher: founded New Dawn Modelling Agency

Marcia Williams: mental-health worker; "Enigma" code-breaker


Edited by Rob Randall, 18 January 2020 - 08:59 PM.

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#746 AllseeingEye

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 09:01 PM

^ I either knew, worked or went to school with too many people on that list; you gotta get a new hobby Rob..... :(



#747 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 09:28 PM

Seems like an extra-long list this year. 

 

Some interesting highlights:

 

Two "Enigma" codebreakers: Margaret MacDonald and Marcia Williams.

 

Three giants from the Indo-Canadian community, Buncy Sangha, Ted Doman and Sohan Jawl. Their families built so much of what we see in Victoria: the roads, houses and buildings.

 

And three sports legends that were synonymous with their sport: Margaret Todd (Women's golf), Eli Pasquale (basketball), Stuart Dixon (Squash). 


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#748 rjag

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:59 PM

I heard Ted Hughes passed away today. A great loss for our Province. 



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:00 AM

^ I didn't know that he was one of the founding members of the Coalition to end Homelessness.

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#750 Rob Randall

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 01:01 PM

Talk on social media that former pro boxer Perry Evans has died.

 

https://boxrec.com/en/proboxer/75102


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#751 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 05:15 AM

Fred Severson dies at 91; ‘Gold Dust’ twin was a Shamrocks legend

 

https://www.timescol...gend-1.24063679



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Posted 29 January 2020 - 05:16 AM

Dawn Thrasher, founded the New Dawn Modelling Agency in the 1970s.

 

https://www.legacy.c...r&pid=195004977

 

 

 

the new dawn models used to be "trophy girls" at western speedway in the late 70's.  at the end of each big race they'd come out in high heels and a lovely evening gown and present the trophy to the race winner who of course would be a typical langford grease money - compete with greasy coveralls on.  they'd pose for a few photos with the race winner.

 

modern format continues today:

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 07:57 PM

Signmaker David Bayliss has died aged 89. He inherited Bayliss Neon from his father. In 1988 his 26 year old daughter Robin was murdered in Hawaii. Despite a large reward and years of investigation the case remains unsolved.

 

https://www.legacy.c...&pid=195242845 

 

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Dale Nigel Goble was a talented Duncan-based artist, designer and illustrator.

 

https://www.legacy.c...e&pid=195231007

 

https://dngstudio.com/

 

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#754 AllseeingEye

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:11 PM

You really need to stop - every time you update this thread I either know the person or someone close to them. Robin Bayliss was a junior and high school chum. She was a cool chick and a super nice person to boot. Lots of fun. I was not aware her murder was unsolved to this day. Very tragic. :(


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#755 Rob Randall

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 08:29 PM

^All I know is that several years later in 1993 the family gave up and donated the reward money to CrimeStoppers. 


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 07:54 AM

Robert F. Fisher, aged 86, better known as Bob, was the owner of View Royal's Bob's Burgers.

 

https://www.legacy.c...r&pid=195159587

 

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#757 Mike K.

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 02:22 PM

Always appreciate the updates here, Rob.
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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:08 PM

Brian Small has died. He was synonymous with our Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Chamber of Commerce from the late 50s until he retired from managing the Chamber in 1994.

 

He also founded the Victoria Film Commission in 1970 which, under his leadership attracted a series of projects that are now legendary in local lore: Five Easy Pieces, Harry in Your Pocket, The Glitter Dome, General Hospital and Bird on a Wire.

 

https://www.legacy.c...l&pid=195159588


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 12:01 PM

I always thought that this scene was shot in a greasy spoon on the TC Highway by Crofton, but if you look out of the window at the 1:31 mark the overpass seems out of place.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=6wtfNE4z6a8



#760 Mike K.

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:02 PM

That’s hilarious. I had a situation just like that in Saltair, lol, a stone’s throw from Crofton.

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