Townsend, Harold (Hal)
Passed away suddenly in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with his son Bill by his side
Born one of nine children in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he married Edith (Edie) Nicholson in 1939 and served in the Canadian Army at Shilo as Troop Trainer before beginning to move west. In 1946 he, Edie and son Bill moved to Calgary where he became Plant Manager for Martin Paper Products. He facilitated their merger with Powell River Company and later, in Vancouver now, the merger with MacMillan Bloedel in 1960. As Group Vice President of Packaging for MacMillan Bloedel he opened over 25 corrugated, liner board, paper plants in the U.S.A, England and Canada. He took early retirement in 1975 and eventually moved to Parksville in 1991.
As in business he excelled in sports – a fierce lacrosse player and in basketball played against the Harlem Globe Trotters. He was an avid golfer (10 handicap) and a killer bridge and poker player. As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Qualicum Beach he made close friends over the pool table and in 2007 moved to The Gardens on Berwick, only a short step to the click of the snooker balls at The Legion.
Hal was predeceased by his wife Edie in 1997 and is survived by his son Harold William (Mavor Jacqui), his only grandchild David Warwick (Michelle) and their son, his only great grandchild Dalton Kennedy, an older sister Inez and brother George both of Winnipeg, numerous nieces and nephews, grand and great grand.
We thank the staff of The Gardens for their caring concern and friendship.
Father requested there be no service.