Maurice FELLIS

Maurice Fellis, born on October 3, 1932, peacefully passed away on July 19, 2023, at the North Shore Hospice after battling illness for eight months. Despite his declining health, Maurice was able to stay in his beloved home until the last two days, a source of immense gratitude for his family. Maurice was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia, as well as his parents, John and Jenny, and his sister, Wendy. Surviving him are his son, Marc, his nephews, Gary and Darren, and his niece, Lesley.

Following his education at York University Entrance Nautical College in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Maurice embarked on a six-year career as a Cadet and Navigating Officer aboard dry cargo and tanker vessels. In 1955, he arrived in Canada, where he would meet Amelia Zavaglia in North Vancouver. The couple married in 1957 and welcomed their only son, Marc, in 1961. After the passing of his wife, Maurice found companionship in Elizabeth Sewell, a family friend. Together, they traveled the world, frequently visiting Maurice’s home in West Vancouver and Elizabeth’s residence in Victoria.

Throughout his working life, Maurice held various executive positions at Westward Shipping Ltd. until his retirement as Chairman in 1994. He also served as Director of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, assuming the role of Chairman from 1999 to 2005. In addition to his involvement in the shipping industry, Maurice actively contributed to his community. He served as Chairman of the BC Maritime Employers Association, President of the Chamber of Shipping of BC, and Vancouver Merchants’ Exchange. Maurice’s dedicated service earned him the prestigious Award of Excellence from the National Transportation BC Division.

Maurice will always be remembered as a true gentleman and a loyal friend to many. His commitment to serving his community was exemplary. He served on various boards, including the Mission to Seafarers, Canada-Japan Society of BC, Bill Reid Foundation Trust Board, and notably as President of the North and West Vancouver Hospital Society and Chairman of the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. A celebration of Maurice’s life will be held at a later date, and in lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in his memory to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, Mission to Seafarers, or a charity of choice.

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