July 12, 1921 ~
December 20, 2009
Cliff (“Red”) Hazlett, born in Little Woody Saskatchewan July 12, 1921 and who has lived in Comox for the past 41 years, passed away on December 20, 2009, 12 days after the passing of his beloved wife of 59 years, Ruth Mary Hazlett. Youngest in a family of 11 children, Cliff was predeceased by 4 sisters and 6 brothers who lived in Western Canada and the United States. He is survived by 4 nieces and 12 nephews and numerous more great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Cliff had a distinguished military career (the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) was among his nine awarded military medals), was a loving husband, a favorite uncle, and a cherished colleague as well as friend to many. Cliff joined the RCAF in 1940, serving as a Radar Officer in WW2 and later as a navigator in the 422 Squadron with postings overseas and across Canada. After his retirement in 1968 at the rank of Major, Cliff became an avid fisherman, becoming well known throughout inlets of the Georgia Strait for his prowess in catching and preparing prawns. He always shared his catches with friends in the Comox Valley.
In the words of the citation for his DFC “…at all times this officer displayed courage, determination and great devotion to duty.” His family and friends would only add to these words that his infectious smile, ever-present humor and continuing thoughtfulness and care for all who he knew, made him indeed a great man who will be deeply missed. May you rest in peace our beloved Uncle and friend.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 am with prayers the evening before on December 28, 2009 at 7:00pm from Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay.