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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

In Sympathy

I regret that I have just added the name of Bishan Singh Judge to our obituary page. Our sympathy to his family.

That makes 14 obituaries since starting this site which reminds me to try to pay more attention to the important things.


  1. my mother recently passed and was very active in View Royal Archives, Strawberry Vale School Alumni, and Friends of Knockan Hill. Please let people know her service is Sat Jan 24, 2015 (see end of obit for details). thank you, Cynthia Witwicki (daughter)
    Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Witwicki(June 24, 1927 - December 08, 2014)
    Mary ("Betty") passed away December 8th at the age of 87 in her home at Selkirk Place, Victoria. She
    was kindness personified, always ready with a smile and comforting words. She will be remembered for
    her positive, cheerful outlook. Betty was a lifelong learner, nourished in her last decades by weekly
    discussions at the Unity Church.
    Born in Victoria, the youngest of 5 children, Betty grew up next to Knockan Hill. She inherited her love of
    gardens from her father, Arthur Lahmer, a well-known Victoria landscaper. He created many showpiece
    gardens, honoured in Betty's 2010 book "From Farming in Ontario to Landscaping Victoria Gardens".
    Betty received her R. N. (1949) from Royal Jubilee (RJH), practiced at Toronto Western, at Victoria Public
    Health Dept and later at RJH. In 1953, she married Tony Witwicki (deceased), Chief P. O. RCN, and they
    raised 3 children, their pride and joy: Shirley, Cynthia, Michael. She obtained her B.A. (Psychology) and
    Teaching Certificate from UVIC, then founded Esquimalt's first licensed day care, Saxe Point Day Care
    (1971), which continues to serve as her legacy to the community. Betty was the family genealogist, and loved keeping history alive
    with View Royal Archives, Strawberry Vale School Alumni, Friends of Knockan Hill Park Society, and Horticulture Centre of the
    Pacific. Betty and her sister Jessica Anderton enjoyed an active retirement together for 21 years, visiting their children and
    grandchildren across Canada, aka "The Greyhound Grandmas". Together they were a powerful yet loving force, famously and
    frequently hilariously, bonding the family.
    When Betty was 12 years old, she began highland dance and playing the bagpipes, igniting a lifelong passion of award winning
    bagpipe performance. Betty played in many bands including the Highland Lassie's Pipe Band 1940-42, Victoria Girls Pipe Band,
    and the Sooke Highlanders (now Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band) until 2009. She was a well-respected member of the Scottish
    dancing community. Betty frequently won solo bagpipe performances in the 40's and 50's, often joined in the winner's circle by her
    sister Jessica (bagpipes/highland dance) and her brother Allan (drums). She was honoured to be "Sister Piper" for St. Andrews
    and Caledonian Society.
    Betty leaves her 3 children and their families: SHIRLEY (Larry)-Victoria, daughters Michelle Peach (children Emma and Kylan),
    Denise Peach (Justin), Laura Peach (Perry); CYNTHIA (Bruce)-San Francisco, children Kelly, Ryan; MICHAEL-Calgary, son
    Christopher (Shaunna), (children Emma and Ellie). She is survived by her sister Christina Taran, and pre-deceased by sister
    Jessie, brothers Chester and Allan. Betty leaves many friends and relatives who held a special place in her heart.
    Grateful thanks to the staff at Selkirk who gave our Mom love, comfort and kindness while Selkirk Place was her home.
    Celebration of Life Service to be held 1:45 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, Recreation Room, Selkirk Place, 385 Waterfront
    Crescent, Victoria. Enquiries: Cynthia Witwicki witwicki@sbcglobal.net. In lieu of flowers, please donate to "The Alzheimer Society
    of B.C."
    Published in The Times Colonist from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014

    1. Our condolences.
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      Daryl Foster.