Tait, Earl Wilson
November 22,1931 – July 17, 2014
Earl passed away peacefully with his family by his side at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox after a very short illness. He was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan, and left at an early age to join the military and later serve in the Korean War with the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. After many postings; BC, Ontario, the Yukon, Germany and Moose Jaw, Earl’s last posting brought him here to the Comox Valley. He retired from the Air Force in 1972, and soon began his career managing the Courtenay Legion, finally retiring in 1985. Earl had been a Legion member with service over 50 years and also a member of the Korean Veterans Association. Earl had a great love for all animals, and was a volunteer for over 30 years with the Comox Valley SPCA. His passions were shared with his soul-mate and love of his life, Patricia Hurdle (predeceased 1999) of twenty-four years. They both enjoyed fishing, gardening, and caring for their wonderful dogs over the years (Lady, Duchess, Princess, Nona, Buddy, and most recently, Teddy).
Earl is survived by his son, Stuart Tait (Theresa); Cathy Fowler (Ron Morfitt); Karen Eigler (John); the Hurdle stepchildren; Rob (Debra); Rick (Peggy) and John (Trudy); and his many grandchildren (11), and great-grandchildren (14). Earl was also predeceased by his first wife, Wynne Tait-Rasmussen, their infant son, Bruce, and a stepson, Paul Hurdle. The family would like to thank the staff on the first floor at St. Joseph’s, and especially Dr’s Stock and Dr. Ostry, nurses Laura (a.k.a. Spike) and Janice. The funeral and Poppy Service will be held July 29th, 2014 at the Courtenay Legion, Br. 17 at 2:00 p.m. (1400 hrs.). Following the service a tea will be held at the upper lounge in the Courtenay Legion (provided by the Women’s Auxiliary). Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Earl’s memory may be made to the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society (www.cvtrs.com) or any Legion Poppy Fund. An interment of ashes will take place in Wadena at a later date in September for the family.