IT is with sadness that his family announces the passing of
Archie was originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, resided for the past few years in the Oceanside area, and previously, was a resident of Ladysmith. He was born April 29, 1921 and died October 19, 2007, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
Archie was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Nancy, his sister Vera and his brother William. He is survived by his 5 children, Nancy, Philip, Heather, Andy and Mark, grandchildren Julie, Liberty, Leah, Jeremy, Erica, Kelly, Stephen, Ruth, Jessica, Tracy, Shannon, Michael and Jason, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Also survived by his beloved sister Elizabeth (husband Willie), his half brothers and sisters, Dorcas, Jerry, Chris, Jeannie, George, and Derek, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Archie was a veteran of WWII and served his country bravely in the Royal British Navy for 6 years, 1939 to 1945. He was one of only a few survivors of Dunkirk.
Archie made his living all his life as a carpenter, and passed on his love of working with wood to most of his children and some of his grandchildren. Archie enjoyed playing darts and bowling. In his later years, he spent many hours coaching bowling for the Special Olympics. His â€œSpecial O Kidsâ€, as he called, them were very important to him. He was well known in Ladysmith for all the time and energy he put into coaching youth bowling as well. He loved watching his hockey games, and he was an avid gardener for many years.
No service by request. Cremation by Cedar Valley Memorial. Archieâ€™s ashes will be taken back to Newfoundland by his family, at a later date, to be interred with his Mother.
The family requests no flowers, however donations, in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society, are appreciated.