July 8, 1924 to June 29, 2015
On Monday Morning, after an amazing journey of nearly 91 years, Pat passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side.
Born in Princeton, BC to Charles(Charley) and Hilda, their second son, Pat spent his early years in that area, then finished his school years at Trail- Tadanac High School in June 1942. He worked at the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada as a helper in the Hydrogen Plant, at Warfield BC.
Following his proud service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the second world war, he decided to take up accounting which led to a career in business. He came to Campbell River in 1952 after accepting an offer to work with the Baikie Brothers as their Office Manager. In spite of his plans to stay in Campbell River for only a couple of years, Pat fell in love with the community and realized that Campbell River was where he wanted to stay. He purchased the Baikies sawmill in 1962 and along with his partner Jim Luckhurst operated Raven Lumber Ltd. For the next 26 years.
He spent many successful years in the Forest Industries as well as acquiring many acres of timbered land which they still own today. They also purchased and developed many tracts of land in the Campbell River area such as the Merecroft Village Development and many subdivisions in both Campbell River and the Comox Valley.
Personally he invested in many properties in the area, well known as a successful entrepreneur in the Central and North Vancouver Island.
Pat’s vision of our community was an ongoing endeavor. His participation in many organizations such as:
The C.R. Hospital Board for 25 years
The Museum at Campbell River
The C.R. Rotary Clubs
The Shrine Club #22
The Truck Loggers Association of BC
Pat remained involved in business and the volunteer sector until he turned 85 at which time he appointed his son-in-law Jim MacDougall to manage all his business entities.
Pat was predeceased by his parents , brothers Robert and Les , His Daughters Jo-Ann Gordon and Donna Sharkey and his grandson Christopher Marshall.
He will be sadly missed by his dear wife Elfreda, sister-in-law June,
Lynn (Doug) Temoin, Carol Marshall, Janis (Jim) MacDougall, and David Williams.
Marla, Jill, Robert, Kara, Scott, Natalie, Sara, Brian, Jamie and Joanna
Joani, Colby, Jacob, Jenelle, Tyrone, Ashlynn, Brendon, Jason, Elissa, Meadow, Daniel, Jake, Madison, Kade, Logan, Gavin, Willam, Kayden, Layla, Cohen and Mayson. As well as one on the way (.8).
Nieces: Beth and Laural.
Pat’s love of family and community will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 8th. Anchor Inn Ballroom 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Flowers are gratefully declined, the family requests that donations be made to C.R. Hospital Foundation, C.R. Family Services or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to extend our most sincere thanks to Dr. Val Veerapen, the C.R. Hospital and Evergreen Seniors Home for the tender and loving care he received.