With deep sadness, we make known that on Saturday July 16, 2011, Ernie Leik passed away peacefully at his home in Parksville at age 79 after a lengthy illness with cancer. Ernie was born in Southey, Saskatchewan on January 6, 1932. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph (1933) and Veronica (1983), and his sister Rita Hunt (1999). Ernie will be remembed with love by his devoted wife Vera of 47 years; three loving children, Janet (John) Wilson, Derek (Dana) Leik, and Vivian Leik; four caring grandchildren, Ashley, Jeremy, Abigail, and Isaac; his Aunt Anne Boychuk, Aunt Elsie Leik, and numerous cousins in Saskatchewan.
Ernie joined the army on his 18th birthday and spent six years in the Artillery and Paratroopers; two years in Germany and one year in Korea. After returning from overseas he spent time in Kitimat before moving to Powell River for six years. He moved to Calgary in 1962 where he met his wife to be, Vera. They spent eight years in Calgary, where their three children were born.
In 1972, Ernie and his family moved to Vancouver Island where they owned and operated the Riverbend Resort for 17 years. Upon retirement, Ernie and Vera moved to Nanoose Bay and enjoyed many winters in Arizona and Mexico. After 21 years, they moved to Parksville in 2010. Ernie enjoyed fishing, camping, curling, and was an avid gardener. He was a quiet, humble and reflective man who loved his family.
We would like to thank Dr. Desai for his ongoing care and support and all the Community Care Nurses and Workers who assisted him in the last weeks of his life.
There will be a celebration of Ernie’s life held on Saturday July 23rd at 11am at the
Church of the Ascension (877 Wembley Road).
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre (2410 Lee Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 6V5) or the charity of your choice.