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Marback, Emil


After a 6 month battle with cancer, Curly passed away peacefully with family by his side on October 3, 2010 at the age of 86 years. He is predeceased by his wife Marita. Left to cherish his memory are his four children; Debbie (Doug) Narver, Mark (Patty) Marback, Randy (Ronni) Marback, and Karen (Wes) Perry; grandchildren Mitchell Narver, Bryan and Hannah Marback, Evan and Alex Marback, Mallorie and Michael (Shelby) Puckett, great grandchild Jackson Walter Emil Puckett, and his extended family at Berwick.

Curly was born on December 24, 1923 in Allen, Saskatchewan and was one of eight children. He left the family farm to explore work throughout BC and the Yukon as a fisherman, logger and miner. He had many tales of wilderness adventures and travel on his motorcycle and overseas. Marita and Curly met at Torbrit Silver Mines in B.C., married on May 8, 1958 and moved to Nanaimo.

Curly will be remembered for the years that he owned and operated the local Dairy Queens, his love of hunting and fishing, his creative making of crafts with his great friends at the Jonanco hobby club, and his love and dedication to his family. The grandchildren remember him as the candy man for his ever present mints and for the fishing trips to local lakes. Friends appreciated his playful teasing, charming banter and resourcefulness as Mr. Fix it at Berwick. His retirement years saw him and Marita develop a great interest in arts and crafts and he became prolific at jewelry making, carving and woodwork. He shared these with great generosity with family, friends and strangers. The proud patriarch of our family, he was pleased to leave a legacy of strength of character, family values and lasting memories to 3 generations.

Thank you to everyone who supported Curly over the past years. We are most grateful for the love and support offered by the Berwick care unit and the outstanding care provided by staff at the Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit and Dr Andrew Baird.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 1 pm - 4 pm at the First Memorial Chapel 1720 Bowen Road

First Memorial Funeral Services


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