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Shield, Herbert

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Heather Greenhill Shield and Herbert Shield lived in England and were married ca. 1945. They moved to Canada ca. 1957, first to Vancouver and then to the Victoria area where they lived in various homes on the Saanich Peninsula (Lands End Road, North Saanich; Brentwood Bay; and Wain Road, North Saanich). During this time, they travelled extensively and took numerous photographs. Herbert Shield died in 2003.

Estlin, Charles Prior

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  • 1894-1913

Charles Prior Estlin was Mayor of Melita, Manitoba in 1905. He was involved in the lumber business with this brother Alfred, and was also a grain broker.

Rice, Richard Grenville

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  • 1888-1941

Richard Grenville Rice was born on August 10, 1888 in Derby, England to George Rice and Constance Hardwick. He was already married to wife Gladys E. Evans when he enlisted at age 28 in the Engineer Training Depot of the C.E.F. at Victoria on December 4, 1916. On his Attestation Papers he listed his occupation as draughtsman, living at 2559 Vancouver Street in Victoria. Rice served in France with the 1st Bn. C.E. and was discharged on April 16, 1919. He was a draftsman for the E&N Railway and then for the BC Department of Public Works. He was co-architect (with Karl Spurgin) of the Saanich War Memorial Health Centre (4353 West Saanich Road) built in 1920 and was the artist of the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. After the war, Rice lived with his wife and children Hilda and Richard H. at 1325 Finlayson Street in Victoria until moving to Seattle ca. 1923 in order to pursue architectural work. Richard Grenville Rice died on June 7, 1941 in Seattle.

Levings, Stephen Herbert O’dell

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Stephen Levings emigrated from England with his family in 1905. His father purchased land north of the Observatory on Old West Saanich Road, and Stephen attended the Prospect Lake School in 1908. In 1909 the family purchased property on Gorge Road. Stephen attended Tolmie School and Victoria High School. Between 1926 and 1936 Stephen Levings and his brother Cyril operated the "Auto Camp Garage" service station at 76 Gorge West. In 1927, he married Muriel Leech, and they had a daughter named Marion. He joined the Navy in 1940 as a volunteer reserve, and was discharged in 1945. He then joined the Department of National Defense, where he held various positions until his retirement in 1965. Stephen Levings died in 1993.

Aitkens, Alice Maude

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  • 1907-1983

Alice Maude Aitkens was born in 1907. In 1911, she came to Gordon Head with her parents, Mary Katharine and Francis Edwin Aitkens, and her brother Francis Charles, (sister Lorna Aitkens was born later). Maude attended Gordon Head School on Tyndall Avenue, near the family home. Maude spent the winter of 1931-32 at Estevan on the west coast of Vancouver Island helping to keep the married quarter house for Charles, her brother, then a young wireless operator, because he planned to be married the next summer. Just prior to that time she visited the McNabbs on Lennard Island on the west coast and kept up a correspondence with the couple for many years. Later she attended Sprott Shaw College and became a freelance stenographer in Victoria's downtown core for approximately 10 years, renting office space in a variety of locations including the Yarrow building. At the last location she met Henry Theodore Samuel Hope, then a real estate agent who had the office next door. They were married in March 1943; they had one child, Sharon, in 1944. In addition to her business ventures, Alice Maude was involved with fundraising for the Red Cross. She died in 1983. Alice Maude, with the help of family members, ran a series of businesses during her lifetime. On the family farm in Gordon Head, she had a wholesale bulb business called Victoria Bulb Growers Ltd., which sold daffodils, hyacinths, and gladiolas. After World War II, the family ran Hilltop Bulb Farm on approximately 5 acres on Del Monte Avenue for a number of years (ca. 1944-1949). The Hope family lived in a tent on the property from 1945 to 1948 because there was no housing after WWII. The business and land was sold in 1953. From 1950-1978, Alice Maude operated a bridal flower business called Country Gardens from the Aitkens family property in Gordon Head, in partnership with Marjorie Watson Goodwin.

Armitage, Dave

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  • [1959]-2017

Dave Armitage grew up in the Gorge area. At one point he worked as a commercial fisherman in Uclulet. In 2001 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to struggle with mental illness and became homeless, living in a tent in Cuthbert Holmes park. In his latter years he was frequently seen at Fairway Plaza and was well-known in the area. He was found deceased on December 28, 2016 near the intersection of Tillicum Road and Gorge Road. He was 58 years old. Members of the community left tributes to him outside the plaza, and these were collected by members of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association. A memorial service was held at Trinity Presbyterian Church on January 15, 2017.

Sewell, Richard Redwell Fenn

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  • 1883-1961

Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell was born in 1883 in Yarmouth, England. He came to Canada in 1889 with his father, E.B. Sewell, a sail maker. They initially rented a home on Catherine Street until E.B. Sewell built a house at 3236 Alder Street in 1900. R.R.F. Sewell married Harriett Eva Towne in 1913 at the First Congregational Church in Victoria. They lived on Alder Street until ca. 1920 when they moved to Obed Avenue where they would stay for the remainder of their lives. At the time of marriage R.R.F. Sewell was a bookkeeper; he began to work as Assessor for the District of Saanich in 1917. After leaving Saanich he held a number of roles including Secretary of the Union of BC Municipalities. Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell died on September 10, 1961 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Victoria. He and his wife Harriett had three children: Richard Benjamin Hollis, Ernest Howard Lyle, and Vincent Norman Rockwell. The Sewell home at 576 Obed would remain in the family until approximately 1991.

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