Clifford Leslie Pattison
(The Woodman of Stories Beach)
October 16, 1911 – September 11, 2010
It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Cliff Pattison in his 98th year at the Evergreen Seniors Home, Campbell River. Cliff leaves to mourn his wife of 66 years Mary; daughters Maureen (Ken) Smith; Carol-Ann (Bram) van Reeuwyk; Darlene (Mel) Newfield; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Cliff was predeceased by his four brothers Robert, Kenneth, David, Eric Pattison; and his granddaughter Lisa van Reeuwyk.
Cliff was born in Calgary to Duncan and Elizabeth Pattison. The family moved to Merville in 1919 and subsequently settled in the Kitty Coleman area. Cliff began his life-long career in the logging industry at the age of 15 as a “whistle-punk”, and was employed in various capacities by Bloedel Stewart & Welch; Comox Logging; and Crown Zellerbach, prior to retiring from Elk River Timber in 1969.
Visits to his home by his family, friends and neighbours brought much pleasure and enjoyment to Cliff. He was always up-to- date and still had an opinion on most current event issues right until his passing. Toronto Bluejays were his favourite sports team and he watched most of their TV games with Mary. Cliff was always an “outdoors person” and in his retirement enjoyed gardening; and most of all enjoyed working with each logging truck load of wood in his front yard at Stories Beach. His meticulous rows of cut firewood became a landmark for the area.
The family extends their sincere gratitude to Dr. Stephen Lebeuf as well as Evergreen Seniors Home and staff for their care and compassion while providing comfort for Cliff. There will be a Celebration of Life for Cliff at Mountainview Condominiums, 280 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River on Saturday, October 23, from 1-3 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Cliff’s name to the Campbell River SPCA.