May 24, 1928 – May 15, 2017
Al passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 15th. He was and has always been surrounded by his loving family and has left us with many wonderful memories. Al was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was the only boy of 5 children. His family homesteaded around Meadow Lake for 10 yrs before moving back to Saskatoon. He rode the freight to BC at the age of 22 and got jobs logging on Vancouver Island. He lived and worked at Nanaimo Lakes for 5 years until he and his family moved to Campbell River in 1956. He started work at the pulp mill and was a boom man and tug operator until his retirement in 1991. Al loved the outdoors fishing and hunting, especially moose. He would spend hours gardening when he wasn’t playing some kind of sport: softball, soccer, old-timers hockey, 10 pin bowling or golf. The family always camped and RV’ed and saw a lot of BC and island lakes. He loved the many beaches of Hawaii.
Al was predeceased by his 4 sisters and his daughter Diane. He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 66 years, Arlene; sons Terry and Ray; grandchildren Stephanie (Jason), Patricia (Paul), Jennifer, Teresa (Justin), Lucien (Julie), Steven (Caitlyn), Alison, Ben, Brianna and Stasia (Yoske) and 10 great-grandchildren.
He wanted no formal service, only a gathering of family and friends.
My thanks to Dr. Coetze, the nurses and staff on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Campbell River hospital, especially those who cared for Al during his last 10 days. Thank you to my wonderful granddaughters, my sons and grandsons who were by his side and gave him love and comfort all day and late into the night.
I will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.