ACKERMAN, Alphonse John (“A.J.”)
1918 – 2006
On October 9th, 2006, A.J. passed away. He is loved and cherished by his wife, Sheila and children Dianne, Norma (Yvon), Deborah, Bonnie and David (Teri), sons-in-law Bob, Bruce and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister and brothers. His family and many, many friends will remember A.J. as a man of great generosity and strength. He constantly taught us all the wonderful power of a positive outlook on life, mixed in with an ever-present sense of humour (and a steady supply of jokes). A.J. was born in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan into a very large family. He served in the Army during World War II and after many journeys found Saltspring Island to be one of his favourite places. He eventually settled in Beachcomber, Nanoose Bay where he and Sheila filled their busy home with the constant laughter of family and friends, superb gourmet meals cooked by the “Chef Extraordinaire”, with a warm and welcoming fire always burning. He was well known for his earlier days as logger and later for the years he spent enjoying many parts of Vancouver Island as a realtor. The friendships he made during those years are still strong and brought him continual joy.
In honour of A.J.’s wishes, there will be no service, however, a gathering will be planned in the future for family and friends to share memories and celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
“Papa Bear” – we will keep the woodpile high and the fire always burning for you.