January 1, 1925 – May 23, 2012
Dad spent the last year of his life at “The Gardens” in Qualicum Beach, BC and died peacefully on Wednesday, May 23rd at the age of 87. He was born in Innisfail, AB and lived his early life in central Alberta with his brother Quentin (Marion) and sister Corrine. At a young age he enlisted in the Navy and became a Military Police stationed in Halifax. After the war he attended university and graduated BCom’49 from UBC. He was an avid runner and a member of the UBC Track & Field team.
Dad came into our lives when we were very young and his large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins soon “adopted” us as well and we have many fond memories of camping week-ends, football games attended, bar-be-ques, and visits to family farms enjoying ice cream made with fresh farm cream and eggs.
He was a quite, sweet soft spoken man with a fabulous smile and enjoyed telling us all stories of his boyhood days, life in the Navy, and trips hitching rides on trains across Canada. His first love was his family and his second love was golf. Dad was a member of the “Elks Golf and Country Club” in Calgary, spend many winters in Indio, California golfing and marshalling at the Bob Hope Classic, and when mom and dad moved to Qualicum Beach, joined Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club.
He was pre-deceased by our mom Jeanne in 2008 and is survived by his daughters Linda Vause, Lesley Leinweber (John) and Pat Dicken (Peter). He will be forever missed and loved by all of his family and friends but especially by his grandchildren Caroll (Trent), Glen, Allan (Carina), Kevin (Lindsay), Keith (Bevin), Kelly (Nim), Sarah (Ian), Christina, Rebecca, Lisa (Murray) and great-grandchildren Matthew, Kyrsten, Nicholas, Hannah, Emylia, Josh, Owen, Kyle, Trevor and Kailash.
Our family wish to thank ALL staff on the third floor of The Gardens for the care and respect they extended to “our father” through his entire stay and especially during his last few weeks of his life.
The interment of dad’s ashes will be held at the “Garden of Remembrance” at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 11:30 – Father’s Day and fittingly the same day as one of his favorite golf events, the US Open. We extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to say “Farewell”.