Owen William Landry

LANDRY Owen Wiliam

November 27, 1943 ~ August 5, 2007

How does one describe a man like Owen Landry? There is not just one, there are many and I have been privileged and honoured to know them all.

Owen was a loving husband for 33 years, a wonderful father for 26, brother-in-law to my siblings and their spouses, uncle to our niece and nephew, great uncle, mentor to fellow co-workers, loving son, nephew and cousin, neighbour and life-long friend to many – far too many to comprehend.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman — both saltwater and freshwater, fly-tying fiend, camping enthusiast, boater, trap shooter, gardener, champion for the declining salmon and herring population, member of the volunteer organization Oyster River Enhancement Society, UBC Farm Park Chairman, joke-teller extraordinaire, WWII junkie, excellent cook, practical joker, one of the most generous persons I have ever known, and the list goes on.

At a fairly recent “debauchery” he won the title for telling jokes long after everyone had run out of ideas. Nobody could believe the variety of subjects that this many could come up with a joke for.

Owen could give a huge. No, not just any hug. He would envelope you and almost squeeze the breath out of you. If you were ever given the opportunity to be hugged by him you know what I mean.

It is with supreme sadness that I must put these words together. Owen has lost his battle with cancer – a scourge on our society.

Remember him fondly and with a smile. He would want it that way.

As a footnote, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our family doctor John Fitzpatrick, and the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, in the Emergency Room and in particular the third floor nursing staff – Mandy, Heather, Valerie, Paula and Lori who treated him with respect and compassion in his final hours.

His loving wife Sue.

Private family arrangements entrusted to COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 1101 RYAN ROAD, Courtenay.

For those wishing, donations in Owen’s memory to a charity of choice would be appreciated.