September 1, 1935 – October 11, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband and Father, Herb Veasey, after a long and difficult fight with dementia. Born in Harmon Valley, Alberta to Herbert and Katarina Veasey, Herb was the eldest son of 7 children. The family moved to Nanaimo in 1942 where Herb graduated from John Shaw High School in 1954. His career in the heavy construction industry for all of his working life took him all over British Columbia. In 1973 Herb started his own construction business, operating primarily in the central Vancouver Island area for over 25 years. “Purple Herb” employed 100’s of people over the course of his career and was a well-respected individual known for his honesty and work ethics. Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Herb was as happy in ‘the ditch’ as he was out.

Herb grew up with a love for hunting and fishing but was most passionate about his volunteer fire fighting position. For over 40 years Herb was an active and committed member of the Wellington Volunteer Fire Department. Years of services with the fire department saw Herb win numerous Vancouver Island Fire Fighter’s Association awards and events.

Herb leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Lucille, and his two children Herb Jr. (Alexandra) and Janelle (Patrick). His adored grandchildren Stephanie, Ryan, Kyle and Emily will forever be in his heart.

Predeceased by his mother, father and 2 sisters, he leaves behind his siblings Margaret, Charles and Harvey (Diane) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Family was everything to Herb!

Our heartfelt thanks and deepest respect and gratitude goes out to the compassionate and wonderful caregivers of Malaspina Gardens who helped make Herb’s final years as peaceful as possible.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Herb’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Heart and Stroke Society of BC.

A celebration of life is planned for 3:00 pm on Sunday October 26th, 2014 at the Wellington Community Hall, located at 3922 Corunna Avenue, Nanaimo.

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