Byron K Doyle
It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of Major (Retired) Byron K Doyle, of Comox, B.C. He filed his final flight plan on June 15, 2022, and was cleared direct to escape the surly bonds of earth to join his beautiful bride Gerrie Doyle.
Lauris Gregory Guptill
Lauris Gregory Guptill – age 82, of New Minas, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 17, 2022 with his family and dearest friends by his side. Born in Grand Harbour, Grand Manan, NB on December 17, 1939, he was the second son of the late Winston and Marjorie (Ingersoll) Guptill.
Lauris enjoyed a number of careers - a commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator following graduation from High School, followed by two years as a commercial fisherman on Grand Manan Island, then as an Air Traffic Controller in Moncton and Fredericton, NB and St. John’s, NL. This was followed by 30 years in various financial and administrative positions with all three levels of government. After retirement Lauris operated his own businesses with his daughter Tara – the work and the people he enjoyed most – a business that is profitable and thriving today under the excellent management of Tara. A very special thank you to his friend Cody - who asked him to be a part of the development of his business at a time when he felt he had been "put out to pasture".
Lauris is survived by his best friend and wife of 58 years, Paula (Lucas); daughter and special friend, Tara (Don) Fowler and very special grand-daughter, Eva (I’ve loved you girls more than I can tell); brother, George (Rose), St. George, NB; and sister, Sherrill Perry, Saint John, NB; God daughter, Allison (Allie) MacFarlane; God son, Peter Sonnenberg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as chosen "family", Doris and Phil Ells and Melanie Sonnenberg of Grand Manan, NB; and chosen "family", Doug and Jill and Ashley and Cody Holland of Coldbrook, NS. He was predeceased by his father, Winston; mother, Marjorie; sister, Suzanne Delaney; brother, Michael; brother-in-law, Gilbert Perry; brother-in-law, Jack Delaney; sister-in-law, Cindy Guptill; and God son, Phillip Ells.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be arranged, including a service in St. John’s Anglican Church in Port Williams with a graveside committal following the service, at a later date to be decided. Donations should be made to the charity of your choice. At your convenience, please visit Paula, Tara and Eva and share your remembrances of your times with Lauris. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. Online condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.
As I move on to the next stage of my journey, I would like to
say "Thank You" to a number of people who made this part of
my earthly journey with me.
Thank you to those who loved me,
You made my heart grow fonder.
Thank you to those who cared,
You made me feel important.
Thank you to those who entered my life,
you made me who I was.
Thank you to those who left,
You showed me that nothing lasts forever.
Thank you to those who stayed.
You showed me true friendship.
Thank you to those who listened,
You made me feel like I was worth it. May God Bless you all.
Harry F. Kelly
November 16th 1936 – June 6th 2022
Karyn Sanders (daughter) and Judy Webber (wife) are sad to announce the passing of loving father and husband, Harry F. Kelly. Harry passed away on June 6th 2022 at his home in La Mesa, California with Judy by his side. Harry was 85 years old and had battled Parkinson’s for the past few years.
Harry did not want a Funeral or a Celebration of Life. He just wanted his family and friends to raise a glass and remember the good times they had all shared.
Gordon Brett Smith
It’s more about how he changed the world around him. Throughout his long, well lived life, he was a man of honour and service to his family, his community and his country.
Gordon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 9, 1923. His young man’s dream was to fly, so after high school graduation in 1941 he answered the call and enlisted in the RCAF. He earned his Pilots Wings the following year. In 1968 he retired as Flight Lieutenant/Captain, “Gord the Whip” from NORAD
Intelligence, Duluth, Minnesota.
In June of 1944 he swept a Scandinavian beauty, Sophie Severson from the Prairies into his arms and flew into the wild blue yonder to bless this country with three accomplished children, Gordon (Sheryn), Judith (Tim) and Gregory (Julie). Beginning their married life in Winnipeg, Gordon literally, built their first home. Sophie however, soon became a woman of the world as she packed up all of their earthly possessions, their children and enabled Gordon to pursue military postings across the globe. They lived in various cities in Canada and the US as well as Europe. The children enjoyed an enriched life touring castles and climbing fjords while developing worldwide friendships that would last a lifetime.
Gordon’s outgoing personality was the perfect balance to Sophie’s quiet demeanor and they too developed everlasting friendships across the continents.
One of the many positions Gordon held during his career with the RCAF was that of Flight Instructor during WW2. But Gordon was much more than an instructor, he was a teacher. He taught us all about courage, fortitude and making a positive difference in the world.
The most important thing he taught his children was how to think. It gave them the crucial tool with which to build and fashion their careers and their lives. Although a cliché, Gordon led by example. He involved himself in community and church everywhere he lived. He was gifted with golden hands that built
houses, fixed all things broken and encircled his family with love.
In 1992 Gordon lost his beloved Sophie to cancer. In 1994 he re-married into the Severson family and joined hearts with Evelyn (White) Severson. They enjoyed 11 years of marriage and Gordon was thrilled with two wonderful step children, Kenneth, who passed Dec 2021 (Shannon), and Linda (Joe) and a wonderful clan of step grand, great-grand and great-greatgrandchildren with whom he spent many, many memorable adventures.
Gordon is also survived by his brother Leonard, grandchildren Dylan Schultz (Marlies); Jennifer Boeda (Jeff), great grandchildren Sophie, Penny Boeda; Kyle (Teresinha) Smith; Rae-Jayne and Daniel Smith and sisters-in-law Janet Smith and Laura Leoppky, brothers-in-law David and Oliver Severson as
well as numerous, loving nephews, nieces and their families. He was predeceased by his brother Bernard Smith and sister Peggy Welham.
A Memorial Celebration is planned for Saturday, June 18th, 2022 beginning at 2 PM. All are welcome to attend. Address: 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
In lieu of flowers donations in Gordon's memory to CNIB would be appreciated.
Major (Ret’d) Lloyd Edward Graham, OMM, CD, 84, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2022 after a short but fierce battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise (Jarand), his sister Marilyn Morris, his two children, Gordon Graham and Karen Best and four grandchildren, Amanda & Mackenzie Graham and Adam & Ryan Best.
From Mountain Park, Alberta, Lloyd knew from childhood that he was destined for a career in aviation. He joined the military at 18 and married his sweetie, Mary-Lou, at 24. They raised their children in 5 provinces and settled in Nova Scotia after retirement.
Lloyd spent 39 ½ years serving Canada in the RCAF and dedicated an unimaginable number of hours to organizations close to his heart – Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, VP International, Lake George Property Owners Society, St. Mark’s Chapel and the Canadian Cancer Society. He considered it a privilege to be appointed the Honorary Colonel of 404 Sqn in 2008 for 4 ½ years. His awards include the Order of Military Merit, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Cancer Society and the Remarkable Seniors Award from the Province of Nova Scotia. He was a legendary crud player, a remarkable whistler, a novice ukulele enthusiast, and an epic storyteller. He will be missed immensely by all whose lives he touched.
Heartfelt thanks go to his team of doctors and nurses at the Valley Regional Hospital for the exceptional care he received.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, Valley Regional Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Friends and family are invited to “swap stories” of Lloyd at a celebration of his living on Tuesday, May 24, at the CFB Greenwood Annapolis Mess from 14:00 to 16:00 hrs. A private service will be held at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, ON at a later date.
Per Ardua Ad Astra