With her adoring husband and children by her side, Gwendoline (Gwen) passed away on October 30th, 2018 in Victoria, BC at the age of 90 from Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Jack, of Victoria, BC, son Paul (Cindee), daughter Alison (Igor), son Sean (Doreen), sister Daphne Ivamy (Fred, deceased) of Gosport, England, granddaughters Nadine, Natasha and Nicole (Sean and Doreen) and Katia and Julia (Alison and Igor), nieces Marion and Jennifer, nephews Colin, Jonathan and Tim, sister-in-law Linda Duffy (Michael) and many, many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Born in Gosport, Hampshire, England on December 3rd, 1927, Gwen is preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. Rose and Emma R. Rose, her sister Mabel (Jeff), brothers Arthur (Brenda), Thomas (Joyce) and Sidney.

Gwen was the youngest in her family and an evacuee during The Blitz and the Battle of Britain. She completed her schooling at the age of 15 and later moved to London where she became a legal secretary. In 1958, at the invitation of her dear friends Basil & Leonore (Pete) Peyton, who had previously emigrated from London to Vancouver, BC after the war, Gwen immigrated to Vancouver with the intention of staying a year or two. Her first job in Vancouver was as a secretary at Riverview (Essondale) Hospital.

Later in 1958, she met her would-be husband, Jack Albhouse, the successful owner of Western Barber Supply. He said it was love at first sight. They were married on July 10th, 1959. Gwen joined the ad firm of Cockfield Brown, MacLaren and Hayhurst and would later move to a new firm, Jack Ferry & Associates, as Executive Secretary to Jack Ferry. She left the firm in 1963 to begin raising her family. In 1970, Gwen, Jack and their three young children moved from West Vancouver to Salt Spring Island. In the early 70’s, along with her friend, Sanchia Seward, Gwen was one of the founding members of the Ganges Farmer’s Market, originally located beside the Ganges Marina parking lot, before it became too large and moved to the Centennial Park location, where it thrives to this day.

Over the years, Gwen volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Girl Guides and Greenwoods Eldercare Society. She also worked part-time at the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper and, from 1981 to 1987, was the Executive Housekeeper at Hastings House. Jack and Gwen remained on Salt Spring Island for 45 years before moving to Victoria in 2015. Gwen lived a long, healthy and happy life. She loved theatre, literature, music, art, antiques, history, cooking, gardening and wildlife. All of these passions she passed on to her children. No wife or mother gave more love, more of herself, than Mum, and no wife or mother was ever loved more. While the pain of her loss is immeasurable, we will draw strength from some of the timely quotes she always seemed to have for the right occasion. So, we shall “Keep Smiling” and “Soldier On”, and take comfort in the endless happy memories she gave us. “We’ll meet again some sunny day.”

Where my caravan has rested

Flowers I leave you on the grass

All the flowers of love and memory

You will find them when you pass

The Albhouse family would like to thank all of the staff at The Heights at Mt. View, Dr. Herbert Domke and Dr. Ted Rosenberg for the dedication, love and compassion they extended to Gwen and the entire family from beginning to end. We shall be forever grateful.

Donations would be greatly appreciated to the Baptist Housing Society and The Heights at Mt. View.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
www.mccallgardens.com

 

  • Sarah Stark
    November 16, 2018

    Dear Mr. Albhouse, Paul, Allison, Sean and families,
    I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Albhouse. I first met Mrs. Albhouse when I joined Girl Guides in the early ’80’s. Having just moved from England to Saltspring and not knowing many people she befriended our family, made us feel so welcome and reminded us of home. In later years when my Mum was sick and unable to leave the house Mrs. Albhouse would visit. My Mum loved those visits and felt blessed to have her friendship. I know you will all miss her terribly. I hope all your wonderful memories will help you through this tough time.
    Take care
    Sarah xo

  • Sarah Stark
    November 16, 2018

    Dear Mr. Albhouse, Paul, Allison, Sean and families,
    I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Albhouse. I first met Mrs. Albhouse when I joined Girl Guides. Having just moved from England to Saltspring and not knowing many people she befriended our family, made us feel so welcome and reminded us of home. In later years when my Mum was sick and unable to leave the house Mrs. Albhouse would visit. My Mum loved those visits and felt blessed to have her friendship. I know you will all miss her terribly. I hope all your wonderful memories will help you through this tough time.
    Take care
    Sarah

  • Christine Ross ( Donnelly)
    November 16, 2018

    Dear Jack and Family I was shocked and saddened to read of Gwen’s death today.
    She will be a huge loss to you all.
    Know that I have you in my thoughts, and will remember her lovely smile and gentle warmth
    I will let Roger know and I am sure his message would be similar.
    love
    Christine Donnelly formerly Reynolds Road, Salt Spring Island.

  • John Moore
    November 15, 2018

    Dear Jack: I have such good memories of you and Gwen from your Salt Spring days and I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We miss you at Eggheads (and miss you both from the related social events)! My best wishes to you in mourning the loss of your lovely – and very accomplished – life mate.

  • Louise Nye
    November 15, 2018

    Dear Jack,
    I just read the Gulf Island’s Driftwood, and I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family…You and Gwen were one of the first couples that Brian and I met when we moved to Salt Spring nearly thirty years ago, immediately becoming good friends…I have wonderful memories of visiting your lovely art-filled home on Ganges Harbour, and at our parties in our Underground house in Maracaibo….The last time I saw Gwen was a few years back while we were shopping at the Ganges Village Market. We had a good catch-up chat, lots of laughs and parted with a warm hug…Can almost hear Gwen’s infectious laughter ringing out over the clouds now that her spirit is free to fly…I know for sure that ” We’ll meet again some sunny day”…..

  • Fiona Wolfe-Milner
    November 14, 2018

    Hello
    I read of your mum’s passing recently and it touched my sister and I that you mentioned our mum in the obituary. I remember your mother very well, she was always a cheerful lady with a smile for everyone -if we met in the village we’d stop and chat (about ‘old times’?) on the street. She and mum were good friends and had so many shared interests, especially in the 70s/80’s!

    the Seward ‘girls’

  • Jessica Lyth
    November 12, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to the Albhouse Family. Gwen, who we always called Rosie, was a very special friend to my Mother and Father, Basil and Pete Peyton. She was a link to their past in Britain and was a treasured friend. As children we knew how much our parents loved her and always understood why. Rosie was always so kind and gentle with us and made us feel special. My sister and I were her bridesmaids at her wedding to Jack and those pictures bring back treasured memories of that afternoon. As children and adults we were always in awe of Rosie’s and Jack’s immense knowledge of all things British as well as current events. Rosie always would put others needs before hers and strived to be the best possible friend, wife, mother that she could be. She really was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

  • MARGARET HUNT
    November 11, 2018

    GWEN ALBHOUSE WAS MY FAVORITE CLIENT. WE LOVED ONE ANOTHER, AND IT WAS A GIFT TO LOOK AFTER HER WHEN SHE WAS LIVING AT HOME.
    I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN WE HAD; REMINISCING, LAUGHING, GOING FOR WALKS.
    THE PICTURE OF HER AND I HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON MY FRIDGE.

  • Margaret Budgeon
    November 10, 2018

    Love to Jack and family. Gwen was a true lady, loved by all who had the wonderful opportunity to know her. Rest in peace Gwen.

  • Julie Micksch
    November 6, 2018

    A beautiful tribute to your Mom. To be honest it brought tears to my eyes as it was the way many young immigrants (including my parents) came to this country. They came for a visit and stayed for their lives. They brought us up in such a wonderful and beautiful country. We owe our folks a lot for that. Your Mom will be missed but not forgotten. Julie Micksch

  • Alan Bailey
    November 6, 2018

    My deepest sympathy to Jack and his family at the loss of a very dear person. May her soul rest in peace and you all find comfort in the love you shared. Alan

  • Jenny King
    November 6, 2018

    All my love to the family of my beloved Auntie Gwen. Irreplaceable, she has however left such wonderful memories that the legacy of her love to you and yours to her, will be a source of strength for you for ever. Jennyxx

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