Chester Alfred Samson,

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Chester Alfred

Age 77, passed away peacefully, August 15th, after a very short illness. Chester lived a full and vibrant life right up to the end. Raised on a farm in Prince Albert, Sask., Chester brought his 19 year old wife, Doris, to Courtenay to visit her parents in the winter of 1947 and they never went back. He was well known for his successful businesses. Lightview Esso and Plateau Truck & Camper. Not content with retirement, Chester went back into the business world helping his sons with Willow Point Appliances for a number of years. When that was sold he looked around for something else to do and Grampa’s Wheels came into being which he operated until his recent illness. All his life he demonstrated that kindness, hardwork and the ability to fix anything would bring success.

He was as successful in family life as he was in business with he and Doris having 6 children starting with Dan in 1948, followed by Susan a year later. After a slight hiatus Larry, Dave, and Ken, followed in three quick years, and finally 8 years later by the baby, and the joy of the family, Lynn. Sadly, Lynn predeceased Chester in 1997 when breast cancer took her much too early. The family takes comfort in knowing that they are reunited again, and Tunie has her Papa to herself.

Chester was loved by all and leaves numerous friends to mourn his passing. He is especially going to be missed by his life partner of 56 years, Doris, his children, Dan and Leslee, Susan and Walt, Larry and Shawn, Dave and Vicki, Ken, and by his son-in-law, Brent Maranduk. He supported and loved his 13 grandchildren, Josh, Leslyann and Jessalyn, Brent and Alanna, Rebecca, Melissa, Allie and Joe, Patrick and Danielle, and the two youngest, Courtnay and Alix, all of whom will miss him greatly.

The family is having a private family service but invite Chesters’ and Doris’ friends to attend an Open House to be held at their home, 201-539 Island Highway between the hours of 1 and 4, Wednesday, August 21st. Flowers are gratefully declined but if so inclined a contribution to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation in Chester’s name would be appreciated.

Sadly, Grampa’s Wheels is now closed due to the lack of skilled help.