Duke (Ieft) and Melba Warren both developed Alzheimer’s disease in their 80s. This year’s Walk for Memories is being done in honour of Duke on Jan. 27.

Walk Jan. 27 for Duke Warren

Duke and his wife, Melba, both developed Alzheimer’s disease in their 80s

Get walking North Island for Duke Warren and the more than 70,000 individuals and families in B.C. who are living with dementia.

Duke and his wife, Melba, both developed Alzheimer’s disease in their 80s. Melba passed away in 2010 and Duke in 2011. They had two children, Bruce and Wendy.

Duke Warren was a Spitfire pilot during World War II and continued his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force until he retired in 1973. His last posting was to Canadian Forces Base Comox.

After retirement, Duke gave himself freely as a volunteer. For example, he served on the founding Board of Directors of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park and was involved with the Comox Museum and Archives, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. He supported the Cadet movement and spoke at local schools on Remembrance Day.

Duke was recognized for his contributions to the community through many awards including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Duke would say his volunteer work would not have been possible without the support of Melba.

She was a wonderful partner to him and often by his side volunteering. They spent a very happy retirement together in the Valley.

Duke Warren is the honoree at the North Island Investors Group Walk for Memories on Sunday, January 27.

Join in supporting the Alzheimer Society of B.C. by attending the Walk at the Courtenay Lewis Park Centre at 489 Old Island Highway.

Registration begins at noon and the Walk begins at 1 p.m. You can register at the door or pre-register online at www.walkformemories.com.