August 03, 1927 – December 26, 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of George Victor Duerden (Vic) on the 26th day of December, 2013 at Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, BC where he was a resident. He was 86. Vic was born on August, 03, 1927 in Vancouver, BC to George Duerden and Sylvia (Fletcher) Duerden both of whom later settled in the Comox Valley.
Vic grew up in Vancouver, but moved with his family to Vancouver Island more than 60 years earlier, where he married Hilda George . He spent his
early years working in the logging industry and operated his own loghauling company in the Comox Valley area.
In his later years the call of the ocean won him over and he spent the remainder of his working years as a Commercial Fisher, fishing up and down the coasts of Vancouver Island and the main coast of BC. His greatest love was the smaller Islands surrounding Vancouver Island. He spent his time residing on Galiano, Hornby, and settling for over 40 years on Malcolm Island and living in the small Finnish town of Sointula.
His next great passion was his gardening. If he wasn’t out on his fishing boat you would find him working the soil of his large vegetable gardens.
George Victor Duerden was predeceased by both of his parents and infant daughter Catherine. Vic is survived by Hilda Duerden (George), brother Derek Duerden (Susan), sons Richard, Mike, Tim, Karl and Matthew, and daughters Valerie, Shirlee, Sharon, Judy and Alisa as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Vic’s wishes were to have no funeral. He will be missed.