Some were young, some were old, some had seen and done more than we’ll ever know, and some, we all thought, had so much life left to live.
This is not comprehensive by any means but it’s a list of some of the good ones we lost in 2017.
Lucile Palsson, 99. Palsson was an integral part of the Lake Cowichan community for decades. She was a longtime teacher and librarian at Lake Cowichan Secondary School. Palsson Elementary school was named after her and her late husband Oscar in 1977.
Darreld Rayner, 52. Rayner went missing in May of 2007. His remains were located and then identified on Feb. 6.
Thomas Garth Harvey, 97. A founder of the Shawnigan Lake Historical society and tireless community-minded activist, Harvey was awarded a Canadian Care Award from the Governor General of Canada in 2006.
Graham Holmes, 31. An avid outdoorsman, Holmes grew up in Shawnigan Lake but was stationed at the RCMP detachment in Nunavut. He died in an accident while snowmobiling with a fellow officer and friend.
Wilma Rowbottom, 77. Rowbottom worked relentlessly for her community, as a school trustee for three decades, and a member of the Legion’s Branch #210.
John Horgan, 71. Horgan, who was serving his first term on Duncan council, was a respected businessman who owned and managed Discovery Honda for more than 20 years.
Rosalie Power, 70. A proud member of the Cobble Hill Farmers Institute and Queens Golden Jubilee Medal winner in 2002, Power also was a proud member of the Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers’ Institute and Agricultural Society, Cowichan Green Community and more.
Tony Jackson. Jackson was a beloved Sahtlam volunteer firefighter.
David Boyd, 80. Boyd owned and operated the market part of Russel Farms Market for many years alongside his cousin, Russell Stewart.
Nels Olson, 94. Mr. Lake Cowichan, as he was known. A believer in volunteerism, he was known to drive cancer patients to Victoria for treatment, deliver Meals on Wheels, rescue stranded boaters on the lake, and more.
Denis Martel, 67. A non-stop booster for his town, and its wildlife, Martel was a much-loved part his community, well-known and respected for his work as a conservationist and his work with Wilderness Watch.
Margot Izard, 74. Well known around Duncan as “the face behind the camera”, as Duncan city council’s official council meeting videographer.