August 27, 1939 – July 4, 2020
Al left us in Royal Jubilee Hospital on July 4, 2020, after a long battle with several ongoing conditions.
He was born in Port Alberni on August 27, 1939, and lived there until he was ten, when the family moved to Black Creek, north of Courtenay, where his father, Jack had bought the Midway Garage.
Al helped to run the garage until he left to attend Technical School in Nanaimo. He attended Tsolum School with students who became lifelong friends, and stayed in touch with many of them right into his senior years
After Al left the garage to attend Technical School in Nanaimo, he lived in Vancouver, where he worked for General Contracting at job sites in various locales. In 1962, he started work as a mechanic in MacMillan Bloedel’s Kelsey Bay Division.
He spent his working career with MB, transferring to Squamish and then to Port Alberni, where he worked Shop Foreman and later, Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 1998.
In 1965, Al married Edna Rainbow and spent 55 years raising a family and taking long road trips in various trailers and motor homes. His favourite activity while camping was having and tending a campfire while the rest of the family did all the leg-work of hiking and swimming. He was very disappointed when campfire bans arrived.
In 2016, he and Edna moved from Port Alberni to Nanaimo to be closer to medical specialists, who became a part of his life as his conditions became more severe.
He leaves behind his wife, Edna, daughter Christine, and sons Matthew and Douglas, who will miss his support, steadiness, and dry sense of humour. He will be interred in Courtenay’s Mission Hill Cemetery at a later date.
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