Born 1927 Sept. 18 • Died 2011 April 19
Reg passed away in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Palliative care unit after a very short stay in hospital.
Reg as he was referred to, was married to Dora Nell (nee PAYNE) the love of his life. They had just celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Reg leaves wife Dora, three children; Charles (Kim), Bruce (Edmonton) and Susan KOOLMAN (Russ), and three grand children; Tiffany (Ottawa Ont./London England), Nicholas (Maple Ridge) and Christopher (Victoria)
Reg was born on Lulu Island (Richmond) on Sept 18 1927 and moved to North Vancouver at an early age. He attended Capilano Elementary school, and then North Vancouver High school. Upon leaving high school, he joined the Canadian Merchant Navy, in which he served four (04) years. The first year and a half in the North Atlantic until the end of World War Two, after the war the balance of his service out of Vancouver. He joined as a cadet officer and serving his last trip on the Harmac-Crofton as third mate (03rd officer). During his WWII service he earned Canadian Victory at Sea Medal (C.V.S.M.) & Clasp medal, War Medal 1939-1945, and the Convoy Cup medallion from the Government of Norway. In his later retirement years Reg rejoined the other veterans that served in the Merchant Navy being an active member at his passing.
After leaving the Merchant Navy Reg went to Duncan then moved to Nanaimo where he and Dora raised their family. He was employed in a number of jobs, becoming a retail sales person for the next 36 years in the paint and flooring business. He was the owner and operator of Nanaimo House of Colour, and then worked for Inlaid Floors and Wingren Floors. He retired in 1995.
Reg enjoyed competitive and team bowling, along with gardening. After retirement in his later years Reg and Dora travelled to several points around the world.
Reg was part of the Kinsmen club years ago, assisting with the building the first outdoor pool in Nanaimo and was the Kinsmen Club President for the National Convention held in Nanaimo in 1961.
Reg cherished the times he could spend with his grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments. He beamed with pride at their graduations from high school and university, and was quick to all that would listen what all his grandchildren were up to.
Reg is predeceased by three brothers and one sister, Gordon, Jack, Alvin and Edith, along with his parents Charles and Elizabeth.
A Celebration of life will take place on Thursday April 28th at 130 PM at Memorial Funeral Home, 1720 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.