Bernard “Bunny” Coolen passed away suddenly at Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia on September 17, 2006 at the age of 86 years.
Born in Fox Point, Nova Scotia, Bunny served with the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas for five years during World War II as a heavy equipment operator which he turned into his first career, post WWII, building highways, clearing orchards and digging many building foundations. Following a career as a high-pressure welder, he spent many years as a boilermaker with HMC Dockyard in Halifax.
Living and raising his family in the community where he was raised, Bunny was well known and would lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He was very close with his family, enjoyed the outdoors and had a desire to always improve things.
In 1988, after retirement, Bunny and his wife Kate relocated to the Comox Valley, British Columbia where he enjoyed gardening and visiting with friends and family. Bunny was a member of the D’Esterre House and a 60-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Bunny is survived by his loving wife, Kate, of Comox, BC; one son, Tremaine (Lynn) of Langley, BC; two daughters, Marlane (Ken) Mann of Edmonton, AB and Jennifer of Campbell River, BC; three grandchildren Kelly-Lyn (Gethin) Evans; Jeffrey (Becky); and Ashlee all of Langley, BC, sister, Faye (Joe) McGinn of Hantsport, NS, and a brother, Douglas (Betty), living in Dartmouth, NS. He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at Piercy’s Funeral Home, 440 England Avenue, Courtenay, BC on Friday September 22, 2006 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the “Make a Wish Foundation” or to a charity of your choice.