In Memoriam

                      District Chief

            Tom Fleming

     Who died on February 22, 2003

                       Princeton, BC

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         Badge # 12

           Age 68

 District Chief Tom Fleming was born on November 2, 1934 in Burnaby, B.C. He received his education at Austin High in Coquitlam, B.C. After leaving school Tom joined the Princess Patricia Heavy Armor Infantry. Tom started with the West Vancouver Fire Department as a volunteer in 1959. He began as a career firefighter on December 16, 1963. Was promoted to Lieutenant on March 1, 1971 and Captain in Jan of 1973. He was appointed District Chief on August 29, 1989. Tom retired on December 31, 1992 after 33 years in the fire service. Tom died of cancer. He had two children Kevin and Garry. 

Tom Fleming inherited Dougf Clarkson No. (12). The one and only time a No. was used twice

                      District Chief

        William "Bill" Weeks

       Who died on February 07, 2021

                   North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 13

           Age 88

 District Chief Bill Weeks was born on July 30, 1933 in Vancouver. Bill went to school at Vancouver College, Vancouver. At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force for 3 years. Became a volunteer for West Vancouver Fire Department from 1960-64 and then joined the permanent force on July 16, 1964. He was promoted to Lieutenant on September March 1, 1972, Captain August 16, 1974 and District Chief on October 24, 1983. He retired on August 1, 1989. He died on February 7, 2021. He leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife Joanna and his children Marie, Bill, Anne, Alan.

                    Assistant Chief

               Grant Bott

       Who died on February 5, 2021

                   North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 14

           Age 80

 Assistant Chief Grant Bott was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba. At an early age moved to Vancouver, B.C. After high school he joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the HMCS Magnificent and the HMCS Ste. Therese. He joined the West Vancouver Fire Department on October 16, 1964 and was promoted to Lieutenant on May 1, 1972. Two Years later on October 16, 1974 he was promoted to Captain. He became Training Officer in 1977. On March 3, 1978 he was promoted to District Chief and became an Assistant Chief on March 1, 1985. He retired on January 19, 1989 and moved to Oliver, B.C. He died of heart failure.

                        District Chief

       Joseph "Joe" Chisholm

         Who died on December 30, 2018

                   North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 15

           Age 80

Joe was born December 27th 1938.

District Chief Joe Chisholm joined the West Vancouver Fire Department on June 16, 1964. He was promoted to Lieutenant in May 1972 and Captain in January 1976. He was elevated to District Chief on August 2, 1989. He retired on December 20, 1996 after 32 years of service.

He died on December 30, 2018 of cancer. He leaves behind his wife Barbara.

In retirement Joe worked for the be Federal 

Government as the Wharfinger at Horseshoe Bay

                      District Chief

          Glen Pedersen

     Who died on October 07, 2014

             North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 16

           Age 71

 District Chief Glen Pedersen was born on August 28, 1943 in North Vancouver. He received his education at Hollyburn Elementary School and West Van High School. Glen worked with his father in the family business 'TP Excavation'. Glen became a volunteer fire fighter in May 1964 and started with the permanent force on January 25, 1965. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 1, 1972 and Senior Captain on September 1, 1985. On August 28, 1989 he was promoted to District Chief. He retired on January 30, 1998. Glen died in Lions Gate Hospital on October 7, 2014 after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife Carol and daughter Lisa. 

                        Lieutenant

          Nigel Lancaster

        Who died on March 24, 1975

               West Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 17

           Age 37

 Lieutenant Nigel Lankester was born on November 4, 1937 in London, England. He graduated from West Van High in West Vancouver. Nigel first served as a volunteer and then joined the West Vancouver Fire Department as a career firefighter on February 6, 1967 after leaving his job as a truck driver. In 1972 he was promoted to Lieutenant. On February 3, 1975 Nigel left the department and a month and a half later died in a tree topping accident in West Vancouver. Nigel left behind his wife Lynette and four children, Tara, Aaron, Scott and Carmen.

                    Ambulance

            Bill Rickman

     Who died on September 3, 1985

             North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 18

           Age 51

Bill Rickman was born March 26, 1934 in Wimbleton, England. He received his education at Queens Road High in Wimbleton. Bill was active in the Medical Corp during the Suez Canal Crises.

On May 8, 1967 Bill started work with West Vancouver Fire Department as a ambulance attendant/Fire dispatcher. He was the first to introduce Life Support in West Van. Bill always kept a stiff upper lip when always getting the newest and most inexperienced fire fighter as his driver whilst on the ambulance. He retired on November 15, 1975. Bill died of cancer. Bill was survived by his wife Patricia and daughter Elisabeth.

                         F.D. Mechanic

        Harold 'Buck" Jonvick

        Who died on September 30, 2009

                  North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 19

           Age 88

Harold “Buck” Jonvik was born on March 12, 1920 in Vancouver, B.C. He attended Laura Secord Elementary in Vancouver and later West Van High School. He was a veteran of the World War 11 serving in Sicily, Italy, France and Holland with the 101 Division Heavy Tank Corp. He also served in 1st Division Royal Canadian Electrical Engineer and Canadian Army Service Corp. In 1948, Buck began working as a mechanic for West Vancouver Municipality at the works yard and then moved to the West Vancouver Fire Department on April 28, 1968. He retired on January 31, 1982 serving the municipality for 34 years. He died of natural causes. Buck is survived by wife Elizabeth their two children Robert and Kristian.

                         Captain

            Frank Holinaty

      Who died on October 19, 2017

                North Vancouver, BC

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         Badge # 23

           Age 87

Captain Frank Holinaty was born on March 30,1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he graduated from St John’s High School. He joined the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1953 and served for 15 years. He moved to North Vancouver, B.C and joined the West Vancouver Fire Department on May 1, 1968. He was promoted to Lieutenant on August 16, 1974 and Captain in January of 1976. He retired on March 29, 1990 with 37 years of service. He leaves behind is wife Gwendolyn and children Gordon and Sylvia. 

                            Captain

     Douglas (Doug) Beckley

         Who died on October 28, 2020

                            Sechelt, BC

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         Badge # 25

             Age 75

 Captain Doug Beckley was born on December 28, 1944, Red Deer, Alberta. He graduated from West Van High School. Doug joined the West Vancouver Fire Department as a volunteer in August 1966 and was accepted as a professional firefighter on May 16, 1969. He was promoted to Lieutenant on December 1, 1974 and to Captain January 1, 1976. He retired in July 18, 1997. He died of bowel cancer. He leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife Ellen and daughters Jeanette and Terry.