Stanley Thomas Elliott of Qualicum Beach, BC, passed away Friday, May 1, 2009 at Nanaimo General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Dad was born in Moose Jaw, SK, August 18, 1927 to George and Ruby Elliott. He attended Central Collegiate where he was an accomplished athlete. He excelled in most sports, but was known best for basketball and football, which he played as well as coached.
He married Brita Elizabeth Brown, (born in Fairy Glen, SK, in 1928) while she was training to be a registered nurse and flight attendant for Trans Canada Airlines. We moved to Regina in 1960 where Dad worked for Child & Gower Furniture and Appliances and Mom nursed at Regina General Hospital.
Ten years later we moved to Coquitlam, BC. Dad was a salesman for Woodward’s Department Store in Vancouver and later New Westminster. In 1988, Dad and Mom retired to Qualicum Beach where they kept busy until his passing.
Dad is survived by his loving wife, Brita, of nearly 57 years and their children, Grant (Susan) of Courtenay, BC; Gary (Debra) of Chilliwack, BC; Kirk, of Vancouver, BC; and Kelly (Jan Lovekin), of Toronto, ON. He is also survived by his older brother Gordon (Audrey) of Duncan, BC and their children, Brock (Carolyn) of Surrey, BC and Dawn, of Lloydminster, SK.
Dad will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. His passion was sports, and in his adult life was a competitive curler and golfer. He was a self-taught handyman who could fix virtually anything. Until recent years, Dad was also a voracious reader.
There will be no formal service at Dad’s request. A celebration of his life will take place in mid August at the Qualicum Curling Rink for family and friends.
The family wishes to thank Drs. Bigelow, Winkler and Denegri and their office staff for their years of care and compassion. Mom also wishes to thank all of their friends and neighbours who provided her with much appreciated support in her times of need.
Lastly, a heartfelt thank- you to the doctors and staff at Nanaimo General Hospital (where he was known affectionately as a “frequent flyer”). Dad will be missed by all of us.