Percy DeWolfe Jr
November 1, 1915 – March 29, 2017
Percy was born in Dawson City, Yukon. His father, Percy Sr was “The Iron Man of the North” who delivered mail by dogteams and horses. Young Percy worked with these dogs from an early age. Every March Dawson City hosts dogsled races called The Percy and The Percy Jr in their honour. He left working the gold dredges to enlist in the army in 1943, eventually serving overseas as a Platoon Sergeant with the Calgary Highlanders. While fighting in Europe, Percy fought in heavy combat, was Injured three times and carried shrapnel until the day he died. Recently he was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour, the highest honour conferred by the government of France. He truly was a WWII hero.
Percy worked as a plumber in Whitehorse for many years, starting the Plumbers and Pipefitters union in 1955, before retiring to Qualicum in 1976. He enjoyed curling, his garden, but especially his grandchildren.
Percy passed away peacefully at Qualicum Gardens in his 102 year. He was predeceased by Ruth, his wife of 53 years. He is survived by daughters Donna (Paul McGrath), Rose (Geno Sort), grandchildren Kelsey, Patrick, Ben, Michelle and Daniel, and greatgrandsons Bentley and Myles.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Legion in
Qualicum Beach on April 29 at 2:00 pm.