Born June 26, 1927 in Senlac, Saskatchewan. Dad was one of ten children growing up on the family farm. Dad passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on September 20, 2015 at Wexford Creek Seniors Complex.
Dad always had a smile and a joke to share. Anyone who knew him would say he was always such a gentleman, a kind and generous man who always had a twinkle in his blue eyes. Dad enjoyed life to the fullest and held many interests and hobbies over the years. He was a skilled carpenter; he built the family home on Stirling Avenue. In his early years he loved to hunt and fish; he was a member of the Fish & Game club for years and made many bow and arrow sets. He loved swimming, curling and golfing. He enjoyed woodcarving and making wooden toys and games for the kids and grandkids on his wood lathe. In his later years he was active with gardening, wine making, stained glass, reading and loved doing his crossword puzzles. He was on the BC Seniors Lawn Bowling team several years in a row and was active in the grounds keeping of the Bowen Park lawn bowling greens. Through his younger years he held many jobs in the forest industry. He worked on the construction of the Harmac Pulp Mill and retired from Harmac in 1988.
His wife Berta predeceased dad in 2010. His granddaughter Jennifer also predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by his daughters Dora (Brian Dishkin, predeceased) and Karen (Steve Stupich); sons Duane (Christina) and Dan. Also survived by grandchildren Aaron and Craig Dishkin; Amber Cornish, and Mary Stead; great grandchildren Abby, Zoe, Ethan, Nathan, Victoria, Haily and Kayla. He also leaves behind his sister Mary Gooden of Langley.
The family would like to thank Marilyn Aman for her many years of care and companionship with Dad and with Mom, Dr. Van Rensburg and to the exceptional staff at Wexford Creek Seniors Complex. The staff went above and beyond with their care for Dad and for taking care of us when the time came.
There will be Celebration of Life on October 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 at 13040 Cameron Road, Cassidy.