Born 25 May 1922 in London, ON, Jeff passed away suddenly and peacefully on 17 February 2010 in Nanaimo, BC. He grew up in Toronto and went to war for Canada in 1940, at the age of 18. He served with RCAF Headquarters in London, England, and with the Canadian Typhoon wing through the Normandy campaign, completing his wartime service in 1945 in the rank of Flying Officer. After becoming a Chartered Accountant, he re-enlisted in 1949 and served Canada faithfully – initially as an Accounts and Finance officer in the RCAF and later with the Logistics Branch of the Canadian Forces (though always true to the traditions of “Per Ardua Ad Astra”) – until his retirement in the rank of Colonel in 1976. Significant appointments included Director of Budget in NDHQ (1970-73) and Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics) in Training Systems Headquarters (1973-76). Always gracious and correct, he was admired and respected by superiors, peers and subordinates alike for his outstanding leadership. Principled, practical and caring, he was a sterling example of professionalism in an honourable profession.
Upon retirement, Jeff settled in idyllic Qualicum Beach, BC. An accomplished woodworker, pedestrian golfer, enthusiastic fisherman and willing gardener’s assistant, he was busy and happy until the end of his days. Jeff treasured and nurtured an extensive network of wonderful friends, some local and many distant, which was an enduring source of comfort and satisfaction to him. Those who predeceased him were sorely missed, as he will be missed in turn by the few who remain.
Jeff was blessed to share his life with two special, devoted and supportive partners, both of whom he met in London, England, during the war. He was predeceased in 1985 by his cherished wife of 40 years, Norah (ne Botterill of Rocanville, SK) and is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Norma Adelaide (ne Freeman of Walthamstow, London, UK). His large family was his pride and joy: children Bruce (Kathryn), Jean (Ron Roos), Judy (Andy Frost) and Kathy (John Tovee); grandchildren Christopher and Matthew Jeffries, Gillian, Rebecca and Paul Roos, Melissa (Bob Lawrence) and Michael Frost (Anne), and Brittany and Bruce Tovee; and great grandchildren Taryn, Riley, Abigail and Emily. His wise counsel, abiding interest, generosity and impeccable memory for a life well lived will be an irreplaceable loss to all.
Many thanks are owed to the remarkable and dedicated staff of the ICU Unit at the Nanaimo General Hospital for the compassion and care with which they treated Jeff and dealt with his family.
Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.