November 28, 1913 – September 10, 2008
Eddie passed away quietly and peacefully after a brief stay at the Village of Smith Creek facility in Westbank, B.C.
Eddie was born on the family homestead near Main Centre, Sask. After completing his first seven years of schooling he entered the work force. This involved many different jobs over the years that ranged from being a farm hand, a cowboy, and an Air Force defence worker. After moving the family to Vancouver in 1942 he worked in the North Van Ship Yard, then worked with the original North Vancouver Ferry on what is now the “7 Seas Restaurant”. In 1947 he moved the family to Langley where he worked as an electrical contractor. Next he worked for the Langley School Board and then moved on to the School Board maintenance crew in Squamish where he worked until his retirement. He loved the variety of work this job provided, from basic repairs to the advanced electronic Honeywell furnace systems that he was responsible for maintaining in the schools.
Outside of work his greatest interest was in music. He played the banjo, piano, accordion and some violin. With Eddie on his instruments, his wife, Anne, on the drums they formed a band with another couple. They provided the music at the many Old Time dances that were held in local halls, at weddings, Hard Times dances as well as Benefit dances in the area.
Following his retirement and their move to Qualicum Beach, he spent much of his time playing with musical groups in the area. He became a life member of the BC Oldtime Fiddlers Association, Coombs Br. No. 11. The music group he played with entertained at the various retirement homes in Qualicum, at the Annual Bluegrass Festival, and for any other group that wanted musical entertainment. This group also produced a popular tape of their music in the early 1980’s.
He met his wife, Anne, in the mid 1930’s and they married in 1937. Their first son, Ron was born in 1939 and their second son, Roger, in 1943.
Eddie was predeceased by his wife, Anne, in 1985. His memory is cherished by his two sons, Ronald (Louise) and Roger (Judy) and his grandchildren, Christopher, Lincoln, Ruth-Ann, Jason and Aaron; great grandchildren, Tyler, Rylan & Calvin along with his numerous nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.
As Eddie requested, there will be no formal memorial
service, just personal remembrances.