July 27, 1921 – April 29, 2013

Philip Hill & Alison Amendt (nee) Fleming are very sad to announce that our lovely step dad: Earl Bray passed away in Nanaimo hospital at the age of 91 and a half after a short illness.

What a sweetheart of a man that came into our family 20+ years ago and gave our mum: Joyce Fleming reason to dream again. Even a month ago, Earl’s sharp wit and humour were evident. Though a quiet thinker and an extreme do it yourselfer he made friends easily & everywhere he went. Earl never swore, didn’t drink and had never smoked and was a true man of reason, logic & science. He in general refused to wear a tie and called ‘religion’ the human tragedy. Earl recently made a homemade banner and posted: “Jesus saves but I score on the rebound” on his motor wheelchair along with a Toronto Maple leafs logo and drove many times to the beach at Parksville igniting conversation and remarks. Earl was a lifelong ham radio operator and his career was an avionics technician in the cockpit of planes for Air Canada.

He had put up with chronic arthritis since he was in his teens but that still didn’t stop him from shoveling snow off his Huntsville home well into his late 70’s. His parents: Allum & Ethel and sister: Iris were long time settlers in Huntsville and Earl met our Mum there before they moved to Vancouver Island to be with my sister Alison and her 2 children Daniel & Grace. Missed also by Kelly and Mac, Noah & Lynne Butler and The Dorricott Family. He will be missed for his funny one liners, his indomitable spirit and ability to soldier on through decades of pain with mere coffee and a sweet tooth.

We love you Earl to VE3- EBO.

Join us on Saturday, May 25 at the Brimm for a coffee and tea and chat – 10am

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