Robert “Hugh” Daly
June 15, 1918-November 24, 2006
Devoted, Honest, Hard-working… Those were only a few ways one could describe our beloved
father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. A man from the ever fading generation of humble, courageous, loyal citizens who gave without being asked and asked for nothing in return.
After 88 happy, fulfilling years Hugh passed away November 24th surrounded by those he loved. Hugh was born June 15th, 1918 in Fallas, Alberta, the third oldest of a family of and 3 sisters. His family eventually settled in Powell River, BC, when Hugh was 11. In 1941 Hugh married Violet, whom he remained staunchly devoted to for over 63 years. Not long after the wedding Hugh was drafted into the army, serving in the Canadian Scottish Regiment for 3 years. One can never know the lives that Hugh saved as a stretcher bearer; being wounded his self in the process. On returning home Hugh met his daughter Marlene for the first time. The family soon expanded to include Beverly, and Patricia. Hugh worked for the M&B pulp mill in Powell River for 44 accident-free years. His conscientiousness and work ethic were applauded by all.
Upon retiring Hugh and Violet settled into the life of snowbirds, spending 15 years wintering in Mexico and Palm Springs. They moved to Nanaimo in 1988, to be more central to the children and grandchildren whom they would be ever available to assist. The couple moved to the North Island in 2000, when Violet developed Alzheimer’s. Hugh was forever grateful to the communities of the North Island as he spent his final years devoted to Violet. To most locals Hugh was known as that lovely man that visits his wife at Eagleridge every day. Following Violets death in 2004, Hugh moved to Woodgrove Manor in Nanaimo to fight his own battle with Alzheimer’s. His gentle nature and affinity for hard work remained to the end.
Thankful to love this wonderful man are his children Pat & Glen of Port McNeill, Marlene of Victoria; Grandchildren Brian, Bradley, Robert, Paula, Graham, Cameron, & Jessica; as well as his 13 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Hugh has gone to join his wife Violet, daughter Beverly, son-in-law Hal, and brothers,
Earl and Doug.
The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Shirley Ackland for her unending generousity and friendship to “Mr. D”.
A tribute was held in Powell River on December 9th. Think of Hugh and drop a bit extra in the Salvation Army tin this Christmas.