July 22, 1920 – August 19, 2010
Denis will always be remembered by his wife Rita of 66 years, daughter Terry Thiessen (Jake), sons Michael (Linda) and Ray (Lynda), granddaughters Katrina and Whitney, brother Michael (JOanne), sisters Maureen G. Marshall and Paula Francis, and many dear friends.
His life was adventurous and his accomplishments many … World War II veteran, mechanical engineer for Alcan, and a man who could design and build many things. Problems or difficulties were simply challenges to be embraced and solved. He loved the sea, built numerous boats including a 40 ft sailboat (Intrepid), and enjoyed many years of kayaking right up to age 90. He ran his own diving company, flew his own plane, and did a lot of volunteer work including: search and rescue, Kitimat air chief, as well as 25 years withe the RCMP auxiliary.
After retirement at 62, he continued his thirst for knowledge, always motivated to stay ahead of the curve in matters of engineering and technology. He also continued his participation with many interesting activities, one of which included earning his black belt in karate.
Apart from accomplishments, he selflessly helped so many people in his life. We will never forget him. We would also like to thank the many wonderful people who looked after him in the Nanaimo hospital, Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria and the Victoria hospice.
No service by request.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice.