NORTH, William “Lance” passed away on January 22nd, 2008 in Surrey Memorial Hospital. Lance was born in Wells, B.C. on September 26, 1941, baptized in Barkerville, and spent much of his youth in Quesnel. He then moved with his parents to Ladner, B.C. where he graduated from high school and went on to U.B.C. Much of his career was in publishing and sales but his career was cut short when a brain tumor was discovered at the age of 50. Lance was predeceased by his mother Lalia, father Gerry and brother Derek.
Lance loved to travel; he loved Peru, Costa Rica and the Caribbean but had a special place in his heart for Mexico and its’ beautiful people. In 1984 he spent a year living in Ajijic, Mexico with his wife Donna and children where he made many treasured friends with locals and “snowbirds” alike.
Lance was the husband, sweetheart and best friend of his wife Donna and will be lovingly remembered and so sadly missed. He leaves behind four step-children Jennifer Penrose (Dan) of Powell River, Justine Powell (Dave) also of Powell River, Justin Powell (Jodi) of Delta, and Jacqueline Powell of Surrey. His grandchildren Dylan, Tristan, Colton, Jaiden, Brooklyn and Madison will greatly miss their “Grumpy” and “Cappy” as they called him.
His passing has deeply grieved his stepmother Margaret North Mainwaring of White Rock, his sister Moira North Colton (Jay) of New York, and brother Roger North (Linda) of Quesnel, B.C. along with nephews Shawn, Trent, Christopher and niece Tanya. There are numerous other relatives on Vancouver Island who will also find sorrow in his passing away. Lance put up a great fight against cancer for 16 years and we all pray that Lance’s suffering is over now and he is finally at peace. A celebration of life will he held later this Spring. Contact family members regarding as yet undecided date. Donations to B.C. Cancer Society would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.