September 2, 1933 – February 6, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father. Dad passed away peacefully at home with his daughters Kathlene and Christene by his side.
Pop will be deeply missed by his children Kathlene (Greg) Beebe, Christene (Brian) Mackay, Steven Cook, Bruce (Melanie) Cook and by grandchildren Ellen, Wilson, Evan, Claire, Amanda, Montel, Amber and Emily.
Dad was born in Nanaimo, BC growing up there and on the family Farm in Deep Bay where his love and respect for the woods grew. As a young man he moved to Campbell River to work on the water pipeline and then as a papermaker. Becoming a well-respected tour boss at Catalyst Paper. He raised four children as a single father, guiding us throughout our lives with wisdom, respect, fairness and great love. He was a man above all others and we will deeply miss his presence in our lives.
After a heart attack in 1991 dad decided to retire to Deep Bay, his heart’s desire, and filled his days doing what he loved most, working the beach growing and harvesting oysters or in the bush restoring the forest and streams on his property.
Dad received several awards for his stewardship of the environment, the Governor Generals Award of Canada, Private Forest Stewardship Award, awards from Ducks Unlimited among others.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the team that made it possible for dad to spend his final days at home.
In accordance with Dad’s wishes there will be no service, but a private family interment will take place at a later date.
If desired donations may be made in Dad’s name to
Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society
8425 Berray Rd.
Fanny Bay, BC V0R 1W0
or to the
BC Heart and Stroke Foundation
200 – 1212 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2