Suzanne Hartley – It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Suzanne Hartley in January. Suzanne was a cheerful traveller on many Guild Tours to New York and to Europe. Her most recent overseas tour was to Paris and London and she was registered to go to New York in April. Her ever present good humour and positive outlook made her a valued companion and tour member. Our condolences go to her family.
Alex Macleod died unexpectedly on December 30, 2016 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was born on January 5, 1935 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. He first taught high school in Vancouver before becoming a professor in the Music Education department at UBC, where he taught until his retirement 20 years ago. Alex was always very active in the local theatre and opera scenes and was a long-time member of the Vancouver Opera chorus. A born entertainer, he frequently performed with Dunbar Musical Theatre, MUSSOC (UBC Musical Theatre Society), Theatre Under the Stars, Metro Theatre, the North Shore Light Opera, and APPLAUSE! Musicals. He also served on the boards of the Vancouver Youth Symphony and Theatre Under the Stars and was active in the Vancouver Opera Guild. Many of his younger friends, students, and colleagues have benefited and flourished under his tutelage and encouragement. Though Vancouver was home, his heart was forever in Puerto Vallarta where, after his retirement, he would spend several months every winter hanging out with friends from around North America. Every day he would hold court under his palapa on the beach in front of the El Dorado restaurant. His friends fondly recall his annual Valentine’s Day beach party and how he loved to startle diners at Maximilian’s restaurant by breaking into some Mexican song with a local guitar trio. He is sorely missed by his friends in Vancouver and Puerto Vallarta.
Arline McFarlane – It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Arline McFarlane on Friday, February 12, 2016. Arline served as President of the VOG 1999 – 2001.
Anne Fleming Pearson died peacefully October 8, 2016 at Cottage Hospice surrounded by family. Being the woman she was, she died as she lived: on her own terms. Anne was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver to train as a nurse at Vancouver General Hospital. There she met and married Lawrence Pearson and adopted daughter Jane.
Anne was involved in many community organizations that actively helped others. She worked with the United Way, the YWCA, Crabtree Corner, the Elizabeth Fry Society, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Guild, Brock House, False Creek Residents Association and was a past member of the West Vancouver Police Board.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Lawrence Oscar Pearson and brother James Crawford, and will always be remembered by her daughter Jane (Jim Hirst), grandson Lincoln, nieces, nephews and many friends.