Mr. Victor Mar
May 24, 1933- August 1, 2010
surrounded by his loving family when he passed peacefully in his sleep.
He was courageous and valiant in his long battle with COPD right to the
very end continuing to inspire and encourage everyone around him.
Victor was the recipient of the Centennial Medal July 1, 1967 for his
meritorious service to the nation as a Canadian customs officer. He
will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Pansy, daughters
Joni (Clint), Connie (Frank), Stacie, grandchildren Kira, Alex,
Brittany, Mikayla, mother Mabel, brothers Allan (Patricia), Andy (Sue),
sisters Verna (Laddie), Betty (Bill) and Sylvia (Ian). We are grateful
for the excellent care of Dr. Saberi and the compassionate nurses at the
Burnaby General Hospital Unit 2C. A celebration of his life will take
place on Thursday, August 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Chapel, 3789
Royal Oak Avenue in Burnaby, followed by light refreshments. In lieu of
flowers the family would appreciate donations to BGH Restorative Care
Unit or the Canadian Lung Association.
Vic was well-loved by his family, and he was generous of heart and
spirit. My mother's brother… I remember regular Friday Night visits
to play with my cousins when we were small, as our parents played
bridge. There were many family dinners at the M…ar
house. I can remember him showing me his body building pictures, the
pinball machine, and when he worked at Canada Customs, he gave us a tour
of the brand new luggage carousels. We will miss you! Glad you made
it to Granny's 100th Birthday.
My mother's brother, Uncle Vic, is really the first passing in our Mar
family since their father around 1954. I remember that he was sharing
cool things with us like furniture and records, as he worked in retail.
There were lots of family dinners at their house, and I remember the
pictures of him as a body builder. He had strong convictions and said
what he thought. He told me he liked my website after he discovered it
on the internet. I thought that was cool… 70-something uncle finding
my website on the internet.
I am now thinking about the relationships of Uncles and Nephews… As I honour
the memories at the passing of my mother's brother, what kind of uncle
will I be to my nephew and niece?
Recently, at my grandmother's 100th Birthday party, my nephew Cohen asked if that was my Uncle Vic, as he recognized the distinctive oxygen tank Uncle Vic had carried with him the past few years. I
asked him if he wanted to go up and say “Hello” – so we did! And said
hello to the other cousins too – remembering that last year my nephew played with Uncle Vic's grandson Alex! My nephew is learning about the family members
and family relationships.