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Adams, Lily

Lily Adams born was born in September 1894 and died in September 1975 at the age of 81. She attended Royal Oak School.

Aitkens, Alice Maude

  • Person
  • 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.

Andrews, John Robb Tolmie

  • Person
  • 1923-2008

John Robb Tolmie Andrews was born on June 1, 1923 in Vancouver to Leonard Robb Andrews and Jane Florence Alison Tolmie (daughter of Simon Fraser Tolmie). As a child, he spent a number of years living at Cloverdale, home of the Tolmie family. Simon Fraser Tolmie was his grandfather. J.R.T. Andrews became a Forester, studying at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He married Helen Catherine Mary Holmes on June 11, 1949 in St. James United Church, Ottawa. They had one child, Jeanne Lou Andrews, born on July 25, 1950 in Ottawa. J.R.T. Andrews died on December 22, 2008 in Vancouver. Daughter Jeanne did not marry or have children. She died in Ottawa on August 5, 2017.

Archer, Eileen

  • 1934-2013

Eileen Archer was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 8, 1934 to Arthur and Anna Archer. She grew up at 2957 Orillia Street, where she lived for 72 years (1937-2010) until moving to a care facility. She did not marry and had no children. Eileen attended Tillicum Elementary School from 1941-1947; in 2016, framed copies of her photographs were put on display at the school as part of 100th anniversary celebrations. Eileen Archer died on July 8, 2013.

Armitage, Dave

  • Person
  • [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.

Ash, Arthur J.

Arthur James Richard Ash was born in 1906 in Brandon, Manitoba. He spent most of his life in Ottawa before moving to Saanich in 1946. Arthur Ash served as an army officer in World War II, and was stationed on the west coast from 1942 to 1943. He married Vera Maria Carnie at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria in 1943. They had two daughters, Cairine Jennifer and Christine Marie. Arthur Ash served as a BC MLA from 1948 to 1952. In 1956 he was elected Reeve of Saanich and was relected the following year. Arthur Ash resigned from office in 1958 and moved to Reno, Nevada for business, returning to Saanich in 1973. Arthur Ash died on January 15, 1988 at the age of 81.

Askey, Jim

Jim Askey has lived in Saanich since ca. 1940. He grew up in the Carey area and attended McKenzie Avenue School. Jim Askey’s mother, Doris Fieldhouse, was born and raised in Saanich. Jim Askey’s father, George Askey, was born in Nanaimo and raised in Saanich. George Askey was the Saanich Police Commissioner from 1949 to 1963.

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