January 26, 1926 – May 6, 2019
It is with a deep sense of loss that we say goodbye to our wonderful dad. Being fiercely independent to the end, he wanted to remain at home and was able to do that with help from his family. He was a constant force in his family and was loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.
He was predeceased by his wife Madelene, mom Jesse and dad Syd, his sisters Doris, Dorothy, Violet, Marjorie, Norma and Daphne, as well as sons-in-law, Roger Gionet and Mel Smith.
For the first three years of his life Dad lived at the lighthouse on Kains Island until his father, (the lighthouse keeper), drowned and his mother moved the family to Quatsino. Being the youngest and the only boy, he had six sisters who from all accounts adored him.
After serving in the army Dad worked in Port Alice, where he met and later married Madelene in 1948. He became a mill wright and worked in Tahsis, Ocean Falls, Port Mellon and Campbell River.
He was an amazing fisherman, hunter and an avid gardener, so much so that he was often delivering fish and vegetables to his neighbours. He had a curious mind and we thought our dad could fix just about anything. Up until two weeks before he died, he was working on his model boat. He just never gave up. At the end of his journey we hope when looking in his rear-view mirror, he saw how many lives he touched, the goodness he brought to the world and how much he was cherished by his family.
He leaves behind his loving family; daughters Heather (Brian) Whitfield and Evelyn (Doug) Campbell; grandchildren Nikki (Andy) Stewart, Matt (Markella) Gionet and Emerson Smith all of whom say he was like a second father to them and great-grandchildren Dakota, Bethany and Kate.
We would like to thank Dr. Farias for her care of Dad, home care nurses and for his kind neighbours who enjoyed visiting him and hearing interesting stories.
We will be having a celebration of Dad’s life in the summer at our parent’s favourite fishing spot at Buttle Lake.
You were always loved, and we miss you already.
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