Embert was born in 1922 in The Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada with his first wife, Judy, in 1953.   He had a remarkable career in health care, as a family physician, medical administrator and palliative care physician in Victoria, Vancouver and Montreal.  His life was centered on his love of his family and commitment to his catholic faith.  He was known for service to the sick and his community.

Embert was predeceased by Judy (1981) and second wife, Lies (2021), his son Embert Jr, and his daughter Anne Castner.  He is lovingly remembered and mourned by his daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Doug Storey of Calgary, grandchildren Nicola and Philip Storey, Emily Yakashiro (wife of Philip), Jennifer and Kathleen Castner, and their father, Paul. He is also mourned by Lies’ family, Kate, Ken, Seamus, Megan and Molly Ryan-Lloyd.  He will be fondly remembered by his extended family in the Netherlands, and many friends.

Embert died two days after his 100th birthday family celebration.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday October 15, 2022, at 11:00 am, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Oak Bay.  There will also be a Celebration of Life in 2023 (tba).  In lieu of flowers, we appreciate a donation in Embert’s name to Mount St Mary or to Doctors without Borders.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Mariette van Tilburg

    Dear Monica, Doug, Nicola, Philip and Emily,

    My thoughts have been with you all these days.
    with his 100 years Embert has had a rich life, a life with beauty and sadness.
    There have been so many memorable moments with Embert as my godfather. I cherish all of them. It was amazing to see him this June, still a spark in his eye and he made it to his party.
    Sending much love from Mariëtte in Holland and from Hannah and Annelie in Oregon, USA.

    My condolences snd best wishes to the family of Lies Ryan: Kate and Ken snd their children as well.

  • Mariette van Tilburg

    Dear Monica, Doug, Nicola, Philip and Emily,

    My thoughts have been with you all.
    I send my condolences in the knowledge that Embert has had a rich life, a life with beauty and sadness.
    There have been so many memorable moments in my life with Embert as my godfather. From visits to the Netherlands, to my time in Vancouver, visits to Montréal, and Victoria; the last visit in June.
    I cherish all of them and we will keep sharing them.
    Much love, Mariëtte, Hannah and Annelie
    My condolences snd best wishes to the family of Lies Ryan: Kate and Ken snd their children as well.

  • Letitia Portelance

    With fond memories we celebrate Embert long and beautiful life. Embert asked my husband, Dr. Jim Portelance to join him as his first partner in Langford in 1958.We are so thankful for that wonderful opportunity. He called Jim on his birthday, Sept. 8th and we had a delightful conversation. He mentioned he was 99 years, Wow.
    Our daughter,Jeanne wrote “I remember him well, all through life with Dad’s practice and dinners and visits.I also saw him at St. Paul’s in Vancouver when I worked for
    Amersham.I met with him when he was trying to fund a Catholic retreat. Late 90’s Talked about his work he did with grief counselling,etc., he was amazing, wonderful person.”

  • Sandra & Dale

    Monica & Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Sending our love.
    Dale & Sandra

  • Victoria and Paul Zwolsman - Mendes de Leon

    Dear Monica and Doug, Pillip and Nicola, Tomorrow my thoughts will be with you. It must be hard to realise that your (grand)father’s long life has come to an end. He was such a nice and gentle man. I have lots of good memories of him, which I always will cherish. And remember: wass einmal war wird immer sein (what once has been will never fully disappear. The memories live on) xxx Tola and Paul

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