Albert Thomas Cessford

Cessford, Albert Thomas

(Ab)

Jan 27, 1926 – Jan 22, 2007

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of Ab, our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed away at home on Monday, January 22, just five days short of his 81st birthday.

Ab was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox on January 27, 1926, the youngest of five children. He was predeceased by his parents Rob and Margaret Cessford, his sister Nona Fletcher and brothers Oral McNeil and Don Cessford. He is survived by his loving wife, Kassy, of 58 years; three children Sandra (Robin), Bill (Karen) and Susan; grandchildren Linda (Grant), Rick, Albert (Marcie), Jacquelyn, Michelle, Tom, Maggie, Robert and Madelyn; great-grandchildren Sydney, Lea, Alexander and Matthew, sister Kay Leyland, brother-in-law Alec (Rene), sisters-in-law Maudy, Ev, Bev (Ken), Marie (Don) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Ab’s early years were spent in the Comox Valley. At the age of 17 (1944), he joined the Navy and went to war. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to the Comox Valley. He married Kathleen Urquhart (Kassy) in 1949 and went to work for Comox Logging. Throughout his working career he was a butcher, a hardware clerk and finished his working years with the City of Courtenay. In his leisure hours, he enjoyed skiing, golfing, and playing fastball with his son Bill and the Leakey Loggers. He retired in 1991 and loved to spend time puttering in his yard and playing golf. He especially loved our many family gatherings and the interaction with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he was so proud of.

We are all very blessed to have had such a kind and gentle man in our lives. We will lovingly remember you forever.

A Celebration of Ab’s life will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2007 from 2:00 – 4:00 upstairs at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Donations in Ab’s memory, to the Canadian Cancer Society, 750 Hillside Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4 or Canadian Diabetes Comox Valley Branch, PO Box 3256, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N4, would be appreciated.