Born February 19, 1921. Crossed over suddenly on June 7, 2006 at home with his wife and best friend Joni of 61 years, at his side.
His son Bill predeceased Dixie in March of 2004. Dixie is survived by his loving and devoted wife Joni, daughter Dianne, son Terry (Diana) both of Qualicum Beach, his grandchildren Trevor (Nichole), Nathan (Rachel), Joel, Bradford, Jillian (Uldis) and his sister Beth Shaw and family.
Dixie was a distinguished veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. Dixie retired from the Alberta Government as Deputy Fire Commissioner in 1979. Dixie and Joni moved to Vancouver Island in 1980 to pursue the fair weather and gentle climate and the many golf courses. Dixie was a kind, generous and honest person with a wicked sense of humour, he was well respected by all and greatly loved by his family. Dixie’s love of animals is well known, referred to as “the cookie man” to numerous dog owners in his neighborhood. He always left on his daily walks laden with treats and took great delight in feeding his many four footed friends.
Dixie will be sadly missed by his family and friends but will be forever in our hearts. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Qualicum Beach firefighters, all the paramedics, Dr. Marwood and the medical personnel at Nanaimo Regional Hospital who cared for Dixie in such a compassionate and diligent manner.
There will be no service at Dixie’s request. A celebration of life will be held in September.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center would be greatly appreciated.