Merle Eugene Houseman

August 7, 1941 – December 6, 2015

Merle was unexpectedly taken from us in the evening at home with his best friend, Margaret, by his side. Although it is a difficult time for those of us he left behind, it is a blessing that he went painlessly and without suffering, as was his wish.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret, daughter Pamela (Jacob and Chantel) of Victoria, son Robert (Jan, Erin, and Lauren) of Halifax, and siblings Kathryn, Derek, Bob, Gary, Howard, Brian, June, Lorraine, Debbie and Melanie. He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Henry. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Merle was born in Edmonton and shortly thereafter became the chosen son of Dorothy and Henry in Brooks, where he received his schooling. In 1967 he met Margaret and they were married in Brooks in 1971. They moved to Sicamous in July 1971. He worked at Drews Sawmill and other logging companies through the 1970’s. In 1984, he began working at Rogers Pass for Parks Canada as a heavy equipment operator. In 1986, Merle and Margaret moved to Revelstoke where they stayed until shortly after Merle’s retirement. In 2005, they relocated to Vancouver Island, first settling in Courtenay and then to Campbell River in 2009. They met many people and made numerous long lasting friends along the way.

Merle’s favourite hobbies were fishing and tinkering on his beloved 1976 MG. He made many friends through the British Car Club of Campbell River. He enjoyed going for coffee with his pals a few times a week, and was often seen cycling or walking the seawalk in Willow Point. Merle and Margaret often spent time travelling to Victoria, and made several trips to Halifax to visit their family.

For a quiet man, Merle has left a big hole in many people’s hearts. His many kindnesses and words of wisdom will live on in all of our memories and hearts forever.

No service will be held at his request. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon, or the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society in Merle’s memory would be appreciated.

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