January 20, 2007
Edwin passed away at Glacier View Lodge after a lengthy illness. Edwin is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marjorie of Black Creek; son Sam (Gloria), daughter Diane (Lorne Novlesky) all of Calgary, and daughter Lisa (Kevin Cunningham) of Courtenay, sister-in-law, Jessie Rougeau, Ottawa. Grandchildren Jamie & Alex Novlesky and Harris, James & Spence Stephenson, of Calgary. Edwin was predeceased by his brother Ron of Great Longstone, England, his sister Greta Harvey lately of Courtenay (Calgary), step-sister Sadie (Parkin) of Keady, England. Nieces & nephews: Janice Harvey, Courtenay; Graham & Neal Stephenson, England; Claire Court, Spain; Lynne Rougeau, Los Angeles,; Brent & Kevin Rougeau, Ottawa and Roland Parkin, England.
Edwin left England for Canada in 1953, arriving in Calgary in 1955 where he worked within the city and surrounding area until 1982. Ed performed heavy rigging and structural steel erection on gas plants, refineries, breweries, mines, office buildings and industrial warehousing. Eleveden House, Jumping Pound and Waterton Gas Plants, Shell Centre and the Foothills Industrial Park were a few of the notable jobs Ed worked on. He was a member of the Ironworkers Local 725 for many years. Ed & Marj ran a successful construction and rental company during the heady times of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s until retirement. Ed made many friends during his construction career and was generous to crew members when they were in need.
Edwin served in the British Navy as a Signalman 1943-46 on the Minesweeper “Serene”, Ed was part of the crew who travelled to Canada in 1944 to pick up this ship, constructed in Hamilton. As well as sweeping mines north of Scotland & Norway’s Arctic, Serene travelled through the Red Sea to Hong Kong and Japan at the end of war. Edwin is presently a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Courtenay Branch and the Serene Association, England.
In his retirement years Edwin enjoyed his boat, fishing and later golfing and travel. In Alberta he enjoyed bird shooting, camping and camaraderie of friends. Ed had a good sense of humour and this lasted during his stay at Glacier View.
We wish to thank all of the staff at Glacier View Lodge for their steadfast care and kindness to Edwin and his family. It is very much appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 26th at Halbe Hall, Black Creek from 2p.m. to 4p.m., friends and neighbours welcome,
In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin’s Memory to the Alzheimer Society of BC., Suite 300, 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC., V5Z 1E2 or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.