April 10th, 1931 – June 15th, 2015
It is with great sadness, that our family must announce the sudden passing of our loving husband, dad and poppa Neil after a brief illness. Neil was predeceased by his two brothers Lloyd and Ab. He is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Bernice, his son David (Johanna), daughter Karen (Richard) and his four beloved grandchildren, Jacob, Hanna, Amy and Kylee.
Neil was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to BC with his family at age five. The family soon moved to Wall Beach, Nanoose Bay, where Neil’s dad ran an Auto Court. Neil spent his early years as a logger, and then moved on to work at BC Telephone Company for 35 years. Even before his retirement from BC Tel, Neil was moving on to bigger and more exciting projects! Neil and his partners formed Arbutus Park Estates, which subdivided and developed Madrona Point, where Neil and Bernice eventually built their home and have resided for the past 36 years. After Madrona Point was complete, Neil had an even more elaborate vision for his next project, and decided Nanoose Bay wouldn’t be complete without an 18 hole championship golf course. Fairwinds was born and Neil and his partners set off building their dream of a golf course and surrounding subdivision. This project eventually included Schooner Cove Marina and Hotel.
Neil was also involved in the early development of Dolphin Beach Estates, he and Bernice built a cabin where the family spent every summer when the kids were young. Neil loved being on the water and was an avid fisherman. In his later years Neil, Bernice and the family spent many summer days cruising the waters aboard his Tollycraft “Thunderbird”. Neil and Bernice loved to travel, and had the opportunity to visit many different destinations with family and friends. Neil was always busy either in his garden, woodworking in his garage, golfing, taking pictures, or just having a drink with friends. Neil achieved so much in his lifetime, but to him there were still so many things left to do.
Rest in Peace Dad (Poppa), life won’t be the same without you……
A celebration of life for Neil will be held Friday, June 26th, 2015, at 2:00 pm at Fairwinds Clubhouse, 3730 Fairwinds Drive, Nanoose Bay, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, or the Canadian Cancer Society.