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Longtime Guild member Moreen Thorp passed away on July 3 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She leaves behind her husband, Harold Thorp, and her daughter, Mary Spani, as well as many others who have sadly watched her slip away over the past few years. But prior to the sadness was a life filled with a passion for theatre so fierce that it inspired three subsequent generations of theatre-loving women. Moreen was a member of Vagabond Theatre for many years before joining the Guild when she and Harold moved to Chilliwack in 1995. She was a gifted costumer with a strong feel for fabric and its movement. As a costumer she obviously had an eye for colour, but she also had a knack for finding the telling detail that elevates a good costume. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to to Harold and Mary.
Her published obituary: April 27th, 1929 – July 3rd, 2016
Moreen M. Thorp (nee Hamar) died in Chilliwack on July 3, 2016, athe age of 87, following a long decline due to Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her husband, Harold Thorp, children Mary & Howard Spani, grandchildren Moreen Brooks & Daniel Goodrich, great-grandchildren Jonathon & Marissa Brooks, stepchildren Wendy Smith & Cindy Evans, Sharon Giesbrecht & Debbie Wooffinden, and their families. She was also
a favourite aunt – “Auntie Reeny” – to many nieces & nephews. A courageous traveller, Mom has left us with many stories and memories of her adventures. She was a very active supporter & participant in community theatre where ever she resided: in New Westminster with Vagabond Players, in Roslyn (Washington), in Hixon B.C. with Canyon Creek Players & in Chilliwack with the Chilliwack Players Guild. The family wishes to express deep thanks to the nursing and care-giving staff at Eden Care Centre, and especially to Dr. Ralph Jones. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish to honour Moreen, the family asks that you
support your local community theatre, however you can.
Bernie and Dalle joined the Guild in the late 1970’s and were involved in every aspect of work possible. Bernie’s time was a little more restricted as he was the General Manager of the (then) East Chilliwack Credit Union, which under his leadership, became one of the largest Credit Union organizations in Canada – Envision Financial.
Bernie was happiest building sets, having worked on nearly every production from the 70’s until he moved from Chilliwack to Langley as the Credit Union expanded in the late 1980s. He was always providing innovative solutions to the growing complexity of putting shows together in a variety of challenging venues. Despite his time commitments which limited his physical role, he always pledged the resources of the Credit Union to help in the success of productions. Photocopying was almost always donated by Bernie and the Credit Union was a constant sponsor of CPG shows. Even today, we maintain our bank accounts at Envision Financial as a result of a promise of free services in the early days.
Bernie’s one and only stage role came in the Guild’s first production of “Never Too Late” directed by Mel Stewart and featuring Dave Menzies and Dalle Proft in the leading roles. Bernie played a contractor helping Dalle’s character decide on home renovations – a role I am sure he duplicated many times in real life.
Bernie is survived by his wife Dalle, who continues as an active CPG member, and three children: Joanne, Roland and Norman.
His published obituary: March 26, 1933 – June 14, 2016
Bernhard Heinz (Bernie) passed away peacefully Tuesday June 14, 2016 in the company of his loving wife Dalle and daughter Joanne. Bernie is also survived by his sons, Roland and Norman, granddaughter Emmanuelle, daughter-in-law Julie, sister Suse and extended family in Germany. Bernie was born March 26, 1933 in Schoenbach, Germany, emigrated to Canada in 1953 and became a Canadian citizen in 1959. Bernie loved his new country and enjoyed all it had to offer – developing a career in finance and a passion for rally driving, camping and skiing. After marrying in 1962, and many moves, Bernie and family settled in Chilliwack when he became General Manager of East Chilliwack Credit Union, and then Chief Executive Officer of what is now Envision Credit Union, until retirement in 1998. During his time with the Credit Union, Bernie was very active at the board level of the Credit Union Members Insurance Societies group of companies including time as Chair. Bernie was a great supporter of education, community arts and sport and gave his time to many organizations in and around Chilliwack. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Chilliwack Players Guild and was a volunteer board member and past-President of the Cheam Figure Skating Club. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to staff at Menno Place in Abbotsford whose care and compassion during Bernies final days will always be remembered. Donations to the Alzhiemers Society of Canada would be an appreciated way of showing remembrance for Bernie.
Jim was a strong supporter of the Players Guild and the arts, primarily when his wife Freddie was active with the Guild in the 1980s.
His published obituary: Friday, 27 May 2016
After his valiant battle with cancer, the Latham family announces the passing of James Ernest Latham. The web of support and love for Jim during the final stages of his life was truly remarkable. He was never alone in the process and even during the most difficult times he somehow managed to take care of those who took care of him. Jim felt that he was “lucky in life” beyond his wildest dreams, and because he believed it, he truly was. He will be forever loved by his wife Freddy (nee Lowe), daughter Megan, and son Steven. They will always be the 4 Jolly Lathams. He will also be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his brothers Bob (Linda) and Bernie, sister Joan (Bob), brother-in-law Ron, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his Cultus Lake family Elaine, Minda, Michael, Cedar, and Kasey Chittenden, as well as his feline friend, Murray. Jim was predeceased by his parents Ernie (Papa) and Marg (Gramma), and many great friends including Harold (Oscar to his Felix). He was a consummate educator whose passion for learning led him to a distinguished career in Public Education (Trail, Abbotsford, Hope-Agassiz, and Chilliwack). He was a treasured colleague and valued mentor who treated everyone he encountered with dignity and respect. Jim’s positive energy and upbeat attitude remain a part of his legacy.
Verna passed away just months after her husband, Keith. She had been a member for twenty years. She often did make-up and helped with set painting, and she rarely missed a meeting or social event. Verna had a lifelong love of live theatre, and she was always an enthusiastic ambassador for the Guild.
We regret to announce the passing of Rolly Fox. He is, of course, well known to Canadians for his life in the public eye as the father of Terry Fox. But on the private side, he was also Guild member Janet Fox’s husband, and her biggest fan.
Our deepest sympathy to Janet, and to the rest of the Fox family.
Diane passed away on December 4, 2016, after fighting cancer for some time. She was a very active member of the Guild for several years. Some of her onstage credits include Steel Magnolias (1993), Lend Me a Tenor, California Suite, Do Not Go Gentle, Seduced by Moonlight, Friends and Neighbours, and British Nights. She also worked behind the scenes, and was assistant director for Talking Heads. The Guild extends its sympathy to her son Ryland, her husband Greg Davis, as well as to her family and friends.
Her published obituary:
The World lost a shining light on December 4th when Diane Davis passed away after a courageous fight with cancer.
So many positive adjectives could be applied to Diane: artistic; humble; sensual; strong; fun; compassionate; dedicated; determined; hilarious; adventurous. She filled her life with beautiful music, books, art and living things, and while she was very comfortable in solitude she was also a loving and fiercely loyal friend and partner. Those who knew Diane will remember her radiant smile, so natural and genuine, and the laughter that came so easily to her lips.
Diane spent most of her professional career in educational media, working for over two decades at what would eventually become the University of the Fraser Valley, where she retired as a graphic designer, producer and photographer in 2012.
Late in her life she was able to indulge her spirit of adventure and love of travel with journeys in Cuba, Mexico, England, Scotland, America and Western Canada. When she learned that she had late-stage cancer in 2013, she faced her disease with optimism and bravery that both comforted and awed those who loved and supported her.
She is cherished and sadly missed by her best friend and husband Greg; son Ryland Sweeney; Mother Olive Nosaty; Sister Loretta Latta; brothers Henry, Randy and Terry Nosaty; and devoted dog Chloe.
Players Guild members were saddened to hear that Keith Clarke had passed away on Ocotober 27, 2015. He and his wife Verna had been Guild members for nearly twenty years, and there are very few shows in that time that Keith wasn’t involved with behind the scenes. He produced, helped build many sets, served on the executive, and could always be counted on to help wherever it was required. His enthusiasm for theatre and its participants shone in everything he undertook.
Hazel and her husband Dave were founding members of the Players Guild, with their involvement going back to the Chilliwack Little Theatre days in the 1950s. She played the piano for some early British Nights.
Her published obituary: December 1, 1928 – September 1, 2015
Hazel Louise Menzies (née Freeman) passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on the evening of September 1, 2015 at Menno Home in Abbotsford. She was able to continue living in her own home until two years ago, thanks to the commitment of her son George, who lived with her since the passing of her beloved husband, David Menzies, in 2001. Hazel lived, worked, raised her family and volunteered extensively in the Fraser Valley for her whole life. Born December 1st, 1928 in her home on Topham Road in Milner (Langley), Hazel was the youngest of seven in a religious farming family. She played the piano in the local Sunday school and received the Citizenship Award at Langley High School in grade 10, 11 and 12. Tragedy struck her family at this time during WWII, when she lost her brother Flight Sergeant William Freeman, December 9, 1944, in a training accident in the Royal Canadian Air force. However, Hazel carried on, enrolling in Normal School to become a teacher, where her future husband David was drawn to her while playing the piano. They married October 16, 1948 and started raising their family in Columbia Valley, Cultus Lake and Sardis, where David taught school and Hazel taught piano lessons at home. Hazel played the organ and sang in the Cultus Lake Church Choir, at Coqualeetza Hospital Chapel services and later at the Carman United Church Services in Sardis, BC for almost 50 years. She accompanied instrumental and vocal soloists at all levels, and played for musicals, choir festivals, and led the Carman Junior choir for a few years. She also played for many years in the recorder group led by Mr. Dale Warr. Hazel and David shared a passion for education, music, community service and social justice. They were avid and well-informed community activists who worked together to protect farmland and foster community well-being in the Fraser Valley. They volunteered with the local school PTA, Meals on Wheels for seniors, and gave many donations to local, national and international aid and human rights organizations. Hazel served as a regional fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society during her service with them for over 20 years, and was present when Terry Fox first proposed his dream for the Marathon of Hope. Hazel also volunteered for over two decades at the Mountain Institution of the Correctional Service of Canada, spending most of her Saturday evenings helping prepare inmates for their release into the community. Hazel and Dave were members of the NDP for 45 years and Hazel supported Dave in running as a candidate in the federal election in 1974. Hazel is survived by her all six of her children: Ray, Bob, Barbara, George, John and Janet, as well as her twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, who live throughout North America, from Santa Barbara to Kitimat. She supported and encouraged her children and grandchildren to excel in music, athletics, academics and outdoor skills such as camping and fishing. Hazel was a true communitarian and will live on in the thoughts and actions of those who knew her.
Jamie was a talented child when he lit up the Guild’s stage in The Music Man, Oliver, and A Christmas Carol in the 1980s.
His published obituary:
James (Jamie) Warren MacDonald January 22, 1970 ~ August 31, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Jamie, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his family and his many, many friends. Jamie was born and raised in Chilliwack, where we attended Bernard Elementary, A.D. Rundle Middle School and graduated from Chilliwack Senior Secondary. He had many interests, which he pursued with extreme vigor and passion. He was an amazing self-taught artist, and also had a fondness for acting. He was part of the Chilliwack Players Guild for many years and from a young age he acted in such plays as Oliver, The Music Man and The Christmas Carol. Jamie was always very passionate about BMX racing and over the years he won many trophies. That passion developed into a love of motors and speed, owning a 65 Pontiac MR2, street bikes and racing motorcycles. Jamie also loved the many family camping trips down the Oregon coast and up to the Okanagan. As far back as anyone can remember, Jamie had a smile that lit up any room he walked into and his laugh could brighten anyones day. He always had an easy time making friends; making and maintaining friendships from every walk of life. For many years he worked at Safeway and came to have many wonderful friends there. He will be greatly missed by his mom and dad, Eileen and Walter, sister Kathy (Barey), brother Rod (Sandy), his niece Mikayla and nephews, Mitchell, Michael, Cris, Jason, Kris, Trevor (Kristalyn) and Jeremy, as well as many cousins.
His published obituary: September 5, 2014
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kevan Maxwell at the age of 90 years. Kevan was surrounded by the love of his family in his final days. Predeceased by his parents Walter and Emily Mullins, brother and sister-in-law Benjamin and Hilda Mullins and younger brother John Mullins. Missed by wife Ella Maxwell of 49 years, daughter Rosemary Brown (Tormay), son Colin Maxwell (Joanne), granddaughters Melissa (Dave), Jennifer (Bryan) and Amanda, great-grandchildren, Julia and Isaiah, sister-in-law Aino Mullins, and many nieces and nephews. Kevan was born in Poole, Dorset, England and was raised in a small modest house in Hinton, Wiltshire. During WWII, he landed in Normandy at Gold Beach. As a young soldier and radio operator for the British Royal Artillery Tank Division, some shrapnel exploded near him and he had a small piece on the top of his head until it was removed in 2001. He moved to Canada in 1951, taking the boat from SouthHampton to New York with his younger brother John; the rest of the family came over the following year. Even in older age, Kevan was an adventurous world traveler and once hiked Machu Picchu in Peru in a pair of dress shoes. He was very active until just before he passed away, and his granddaughters have memories of swimming in the pool and jumping on the trampoline with him. For over 75 years, Kevan loved his work as a landscape gardener. He began his career in England at the young age of 15, working alongside his father and brother. In the late 1970s Kevan helped to plan and landscape Minter Gardens, building the stone walls with son Colin and building an authentic thatched-roof cottage. In the 1990s he built a self-sufficient log house in the interior by falling and hauling the logs himself as well as building a stone fireplace. He had incredible work ethic, probably in part due to his extreme athleticism! He was a boxer in his younger years and even won a few trophies. Kevan was very fond of history and liked to learn new things. He was always paying attention to the world around him and looking for different explanations for the mystery of life. He had many opinions that did not match his generation and he liked to go against the grain of popular thinking. He was a vegetarian for 50 years. Kevan like memorizing and reciting long poems, such as If, The Man in the Mirror, and The Shooting of Dan McGrew. From 1947 – 1950 he was a member of the Salisbury Amateur Dramatic Society. He belonged to Toastmasters for many years and was even in a few British Nights put on by the Chilliwack Players Guild. Kevan performed in several channel 8 TV series. People in Conflict and Magistrates Court in the 60s and 70s. He was also a talented writer and published some of his memories from the war. He enjoyed the occasional trip to the casino with whoever would go with him, as well as playing pool at the Seniors Centre with his son. Kevan was faced with many difficult decisions throughout his life and always tried to do the right thing for his family. We will miss his sparkle and sense of humour. Kevan has chosen to donate his remains to the UBC School of Medicine for scientific research. We are proud of him for making such an important contribution to academic research. The family would like to thank the staff of CGH ICU and to Dr. Alex Bartel for his care and compassion. Private family gathering on September 21, 2014. Papa, we love you very much and will miss you forever. Right-O.
Win Gladman was one of the pioneers of the Chilliwack Players Guild. She acted, directed, and did just about everything else. Her involvement spanned the years when the Guild was known as Chilliwack Little Theatre, through the early days of the Players Guild, and in the brief period when the Guild had its own theatre: the Charles Laughton Theatre, whose sign hangs in the Guildhall today.
Her published obituary:
GLADMAN, Winifred E. (nee Clapton) Passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the age of 94. Wyn will be lovingly missed and remembered by her son Ian (Jane); grandsons Samuel and Caelum; her sister Iris; and many nieces and nephews.
Her published obituary: August 19, 1907-March 1, 2010
Yes, that’s 102 1/2. Betty was born on August 19, 1907 in Liverpool, England. In 1926, she decided to follow her brother Eric Dick and move to Saskatchewan. Three years later she moved to Victoria where she met and married Nathaniel Stevens in 1932. After becoming a widow, Betty trained as a Dental Hygienist, and was posted overseas in 1942. After the war Betty returned to live in Vancouver and began working with the local Girl Guide movement. She eventually became a commissionaire for the organization. In 1952 she moved to Port Alberni where she met and married Tom Rannie, the local radio announcer. They were transferred to Chilliwack when Tom got a job working for the radio, CHWK. Both of them became involved with the local theatre community and helped form the Chilliwack Little Theatre which ran for a few years out of the Charles Laughton Theatre. This group later became known as the current Chilliwack Players Guild. Betty became a life member of the Guild and, until she retired, was one of its eldest members. Betty served on the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary for 35 years, renowned for the many baby outfits she knitted. For a number of years she worked for the Cultus Lake Laboratory of the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission. Betty passed away quietly on March 1, 2010 after spending the last 2 years at the Bradley Centre. She will be missed by her loving family, niece Barbara [Dave] Flewelling and their children, Stephen [Marcie], Susan [Mike] all of Ontario, and her nephew, John [Patsy] Dick and their children, Allan, Matthew and Andrew all living in Nova Scotia. Her cousin, Betty Green and her other family, David [Hanne] Glyn-Jones and his sons, Eric [Eleanor] and Chris and her dear friend, Lorraine Mullin and her two daughters, Jane and Sarah. Opinionated, sometimes blunt, but never unkind, Betty would sometimes shake her head at the behaviors of these modern days, saying, in the words of her beloved William Shakespeare, Oh, what fools these mortals be! We love you Betty, and we will miss you! Forthright as ever, Betty commanded there be no funeral service. For those of us remaining, we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Vera first set foot on a stage when she joined the Chilliwack Players Guild in 1965. She was 17 and she was bitten. She was a member of the Junior Guild and even when she wasn’t actively involved in a production, there was always something about being in that space that drew her back – to pitch in wherever she was needed, watch as a play came together in rehearsal or just hang out amongst so much talent. She loved to feel the suspense of waiting for the show to begin and then feel the power and pleasure of reaching out to an audience, and absorb that creative energy that surely only theatre people bleed out of their pores.
She loved every minute. The Guild was a family and she was home. There was friendship, there was mentorship and there was the seed of what she would become: a storyteller with her own production company, a writer, an acclaimed poet, a playwright and a healer. She used her gifts, honed through her theatre experiences with the Guild, to spend over 20 years touring North America with her own special theatrical brand of counseling. She used drama and poetry to help those silenced by trauma to recover their voices, to tell their stories, and to return any “secrets” they had gathered into the common pool of shared knowledge and memory, so that the burdens of history could be shared by the community and the individual’s heart lighter and more free. She touched so many with her humbleness, her joy of life, her love for her family and friends, and her spiritual clarity: her wisdom was there whenever it was needed.She will be missed but Vera (Kulilu Palki – Butterfly Woman) Manuel will be held in the hearts of so many for so long.
Her published obituary: January 22, 2010
Secwepemc-Ktunaxa writer Vera Manuel dies at 61
By Stephen Hui, Georgia Straight
Family and friends of Vera Manuel are mourning the death of the Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller. On January 22, she died in Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 61. Manuel’s many works include The Strength of Indian Women, a play about residential-school life. She was the eldest daughter of Grand Chief George Manuel, the first president of the National Indian Brotherhood.
Her family sent the following statement to the Straight:
Vera Manuel passed away last week, leaving an important legacy as writer, poet, playwright, storyteller and as someone dedicated to using her cultural knowledge in the healing of Aboriginal people.Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged through-out North American and published as in the anthology Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, most recently in ROCKSALT: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry. She was given a Life-time Achievement Award by the World Poetry organization here in Vancouver and the Aboriginal Writer’s Collective will be arranging the publication of her work in the near future. She was most recently Poet-in-Resident with the Aboriginal Media Lab.
She was the daughter of cultural leader Marceline Paul and political leader George Manuel Sr. She is survived by her loving dog U’tspo and 4 loving brothers; Arthur, Richard, George Jr., and Ara; her 4 loving sisters; Emaline, Doreen, Martha and Ida; and her numerous loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her Mother, Marceline Paul, Father, George Manuel Sr, and Brother Robert (Bobby) Manuel.
On Feb 3rd, 2009, we were sad to note the passing of valued, long-time Guild member, Stan Dahl.
Stan joined the Guild in 1977, and provided us with some incredible photos. He had such a sense of just the right moment to snap the picture – not just because of his intuitive timing, but because he sat there for rehearsal after rehearsal, getting the essence of the scenes and then finally at dress rehearsal preserving the moments perfectly. (For some wonderful examples of both comedy & drama shots, check out the web pages for Fiddler on the Roof, with the immortal shot of Bob Forsythe as Tevye; Agnes of God; zany comedy like Not Now, Darling, Noises Off; and so on.)
Stan’s 100% commitment to whatever he was involved with is well known, particularly in the Arts community. He was on the Chilliwack Cultural Strategy Committee in its initial research into the current Cultural Centre, & above all, he was passionate about the Players Guild. He helped with sets, painting, PR, etc., whenever possible, and finally appeared onstage in 2005’s You Can’t Take it With You.
April l18, 1924-September 14, 2004
On Sunday, September 26, the Arts Centre theatre was filled to capacity for a celebration of the life of one of the Guild’s most beloved and talented members. Few have touched the hearts and imaginations of so many people. Anyone who knew Bob Forsythe has a story to tell — of his stagecraft, his sense of humour, his kindness, his generosity. Our hearts go out to Audrey Neufeld, his wife of twenty years.
From his first involvement with the Guild in the mid-1970’s he was a driving force and inspirational influence for all of us. Chilliwack audiences will never forget his Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Fagin in Oliver, and his A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was the high point of many British Night productions. His legendary scene-stealing was hilarious, but it was never at the expense of a fellow actor. He sometimes quoted Claude Jutra (one of the directors he worked with professionally), who said, “Don’t just do something – stand there.” He welcomed and appreciated the creativity of others, and his discipline was uncompromising. He never gave less than everything he had, whether onstage or behind the scenes.
On opening nights at the Arts Centre when he wasn’t performing, he could be found charming theatre-goers at the door — hoisting an umbrella if it was raining, and making each audience member feel just a little bit special. That was one of his greatest gifts: he made everyone feel that way.
August 8, 1934 to June 24, 2003
A name many Theatre BC veterans will be familiar with has made her final exit. Jane Logie passed away on June 24, 2003 at the age of 68 in Chilliwack after a long, courageous battle with a painful arthritic condition. Jane was well known throughout British Columbia for her involvement in community and professional theatre as a director, actor, singer, choreographer and drama teacher.
Born on August 8, 1934 in Leeds, England, Jane emigrated to Courtenay with her family when she was in her early teens. As an adult, Jane’s adventurous spirit saw her live New Zealand, Australia, and Rhodesia, but always coming back to Canada. She spent a number of years teaching in various schools in Courtenay, Kelowna, and Chilliwack. She also became heavily involved in theatre, initially in Courtenay where she honed her acting, singing and dancing abilities
In the mid 70’s Jane decided to pursue a lifelong dream: to become a professional actor. To achieve this goal, she obtained more formal theatre education at the University of Victoria. As a professional actor, she worked in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and even New Zealand, and it was in this period she became known in the community theatre world in BC, leading workshops and adjudicating for Theatre BC.
She retired to Chilliwack in 1994. In her later years she continued to give of herself and her talent, volunteering with a local senior citizen’s program. She will always be remembered for her energy, her talent, and her creative ways of loving her family and friends. Jane is survived by her brother, Michael Parrish, sister-in-law, Cathy Parrish, son, Kevin Ault, daughter-in-law, Carol Ault, daughter, Kerry Cooper, granddaughter, Jennifer Ault and grandson, Trevor Cooper and a host of loving friends and family. A memorial service for Jane Logie was held July 2, 2003 in Chilliwack. As a last request, Jane asked that instead of flowers, donations could be made to The Actor’s Fund of Canada, 260 Richmond Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1P4.
On October 15, 1998, Mona died peacefully at home after fighting cancer for two years.
She joined the Players Guild shortly after moving to Chilliwack in 1983, to live near her daughter, Judy Hill. Although Mona was basically a shy person, she was lively and vivacious once she got to know people. She liked nothing better than to have a good time, if that could be combined with music in some way, so much the better. She greatly enjoyed British Night rehearsals — sometimes attending every one. She was a great laugher, and her smile lit up the room.
When Mona had been in Chilliwack for a couple of years, she and her husband Terry organized the food for several British Nights, making sure it was well presented, tasty, and economical.
After Terry’s death, Mona became the “chip lady” for several more British Night productions, and she enjoyed watching performance after performance.
Her humour and sparkle were cherished, and she will always be missed by anyone who knew her.
Pat, born in Texas, came to Toronto in 1968 and met Virginia O’Brien. They married in 1969 and moved to Chilliwack in 1975, where they opened O’Brien’s Bookshop on Wellington Ave. (A few years later Pat worked as the Program Manager of the local cable TV station.) There was a bulletin board by the front door of the bookstore and it wasn’t long before a CPG member (Clint?) came by asking to hang a poster. Pat had been involved backstage in theatre with Virginia when she was the President of her College Drama Club at the University of Toronto. So in 1976 Pat and Virginia became official CPG members. Pat was involved in set building, as backstage crew, and as a lighting/sound operator.
Always interested in politics,he was elected twice to City Council in the late 70’s/early 80’s and was a strong voice for arts and culture. He was also President of the Community Arts Council.
Pat died suddenly of a heart attack on Mar 6, 1991. He had just celebrated his 46th birthday on Feb. 7th.
Terry was an amazing individual who had led a very distinguished and fascinating life before coming to Chilliwack from Montreal in 1983 to be with the love of his love, Mona Beaton. He had been Chief of Protocol for Via Rail, and brought his expertise and organizational skills to the kitchens of Evergreen Hall.
He and Mona provided food for the masses for several British Nights, and Terry was meticulous about every detail. He made sure the food was on time and on budget.
He spoke and read English, French, and German. He loved Chilliwack, music, literature, lively political discussion, and above all, family. His quiet generosity was immeasurable, and many instances of his kindness came to light only after he had passed away. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1990.
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