Fondly referred to as ‘Grumps’, born August 12, 1927 in Ocean Falls, BC, passed away at the age of 83 on
February 3, 2011 at Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan, BC after a short battle with cancer.
Predeceased in 1998 by his loving wife of 47 years, Annie. Survived by sister Sadie (Jim) of Scotland, sons Don of London, Ian (Jacquie) of Port Alice, daughter Deb of Duncan, son Tom (Teresa) of Port Alice, grandchildren Sean (Kelly), Brad (Corrine), Erika, Heather
and many relatives and friends.
Grumps served as a steward for the Royal Navy posted in Portsmouth, England. As a young man he was an apprentice of the world renowned Loch Carron Weavers of Tartans. After 30 years as a paper maker in Ocean Falls, he finished his career as a paper making consultant overseas in Turkey, Egypt and Malaysia. He served as President of the Royal Canadian Legion of Branch 144, Ocean Falls, BC and was a dedicated member of
Branch 180, Port Alice, BC.
More than anything, Grumps loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed daily walks along Herd Rd., joining friends for coffee in Duncan, watching
Coronation Street and was an avid Dart player.
Many thanks to Dr.’s Harris, Pewarchuk, Rimmer, the nurses and staff of 2nd South at the Cowichan District Hospital. A very special thanks to Mary Skorupka for her loving support over the years and especially during this difficult time.
Grumps will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his family and many friends. A celebration of Grumps’ life will be held on February 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Maple Bay Rowing Club located at 6735 Beaumont Avenue. A memorial service will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Port Alice, BC, date to be announced.
For those who wish, donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 180, Port Alice or to the BC Children’s Hospital would be greatly appreciated.