We are sad to announce that Moe passed away peacefully at the Summit on Tuesday evening.  The family is grateful that they were able to be at his bedside.  Since the spring of 2019 he resided at Oak Bay Lodge before moving to the Summit.  After enduring nearly eight years on dialysis, he chose to suspend treatment.  Maurice was born in 1934 in Vonda, SK and the family relocated to Victoria, BC in 1939.  He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Emilia Vaesen and brothers Marcel and Camille.  He is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 51 years, Jane (nee McKeachie) and sons Kent (grandson Kesler, Burnaby, BC), Mark and Craig.  Also survived by his brother Ray (Donna) Vaesen, in-laws John (Sandi) McKeachie, Anne McKeachie, Cathy (Jeff) Sinclair, and Bob (Sue) McKeachie and numerous nieces and nephews.

After attending St Louis College, Maurice worked for decades in the transportation industry.  Many will remember him at Bray’s, Heaney’s and Johnston Terminals/Allied Van Lines.  In retirement, he enjoyed his cats, neighbourhood dogs and other wildlife.  He also rekindled a love of building balsa wood model aircraft.

Words cannot express our gratitude and admiration for the loving care Moe received from Dr John Antonsen and the entire team at the Renal Unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Oak Bay Lodge and the Summit at Quadra Village.

No service by request.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association www.vikpa.org, the Eldercare Foundation www.gvef.org or a charity of your choice that helps animals.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com

  • Malca Eve Casiro

    Mo, ” the candy man” brought humour into the unit and showed so much resilience through many difficult health challenges. He taught me what courage means when faced with pain, life style changes and disappointments. He was grateful even when we weren’t able to help alleviate his suffering. I knew how much Jane gave to try and be strong beside him and her strength taught me a lot. Thank you for the privilege of having served you for so many years and hope you felt your specialness whenever you were in my care and those of my colleagues in the Renal Unit. Sending caring warm thoughts for all your family.
    Malca Casiro RN

  • Susan Morriss

    Sincere condolences to Jane, the Vaesen family and relatives. May you cherish the memories forever.

  • Diane Crowther

    Dear Jane and family,
    I was so sorry to read in the Times Colonist today of Maurice’s passing. Please know that I will always admire your dedication to and love of family — I look up to your strong qualities even now, though we haven’t worked together for over 6 years. Where does the time go?
    My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you and yours at this difficult time.
    Diane Crowther

  • Gail Fattore

    Jane, Mark and family:

    I am sending condolences on behalf of Shane, Miranda and myself. We are wishing you good memories for you
    to recall and enjoy in the years to come. With much sympathy, Gail

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