Lloyd Albert PURDY


Lloyd Albert

Deceased December 19, 2004, at age 81, with pneumonia; in Penticton General Hospital. Lloyd was born in Vancouver, May 25, 1923. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty, nee Winstanley. Lloyd was predeceased a year ago by his son, Jeff; and is leaving behind his daughter Lesley, beloved member of the family, Allen, daughter-in-law, Loreen; and grandchildren: Carter, Katherine, Ryan, and Ryley.

Lloyd was a WO1 wireless airgunner in World War Two. After the war, Lloyd was employed by then North West Telephone Company, and retired thirty-two years later when it was called the B.C. Telephone Company. Lloyd applied to work in the northern thriving community of Ocean Falls in 1954, and, it was there that the doors opened for the two city raised newly weds to a world which would enchant them, until Lloyd was hospitalized three weeks ago. Often only armed with a can of sardines and an adventurous spirit, Lloyd and Betty began their exploration of hundreds of B.C.’s backwoods roads, trails, rivers, and inlets together; by boat, truck, and on foot. Lloyd developed more innate knowledge of the species and habits of B.C.’s wildlife than can be found in many published books, and took part in many wildlife rescue operations throughout his life. To the end, he and Betty have been proud stewards and trustees of their beloved mountain retirement home of Twin Lakes. This naturalism legacy is what Lloyd would have been so proud and pleased to be remembered by.

Lloyd’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt expression of gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Penticton General Hospital. We felt they extended themselves well beyond duty to: calling us at home alerting us to changes in Lloyd’s illness, interrupting their breaks, and taking the time to explain and clarify issues for our family, as Lloyd’s illness became increasingly more complicated to diagnose and explain.


Hopefully Lloyd, you are in the great wilderness in the sky reunited with your son.

In accordance with Lloyd’s wishes, his ashes will be scattered from Purdy’s Peak on a lovely spring day, and there will not be a funeral commemoration. If you wish to make a donation, Lloyd would approve any donation to a worthy wildlife conservation trust.

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