SAWCHUCK, Edward Edwin
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Ed Sawchuck who died peacefully with family by his side on July 13, 2012 at Eagleview, Comox. B.C.
His loving wife, Audrey predeceased him in 2009. Ed will be missed dearly by his children, Afona Peters (Dave); Greg Sawchuck (Marlene); Cathy Lambert; 7grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Ed was born in the Ukrainian settlement of Mundare, Alberta on Feb. 22, 1921 and moved to Buckley Bay in 1938 to work in the logging industry. In February 1942, he volunteered to join the Canadian Army and trained in Valcartier, Quebec. He was posted to the Forestry Corps in Scotland and Southern England where the army was constructing floating docks for the D-Day invasion. While in Cardiff, Wales he met and married Audrey. After the war, Ed and Audrey settled in Buckley Bay where he worked in the logging and construction industry, raised their family and lived for 59 years. Ed was benevolent with his time and efforts in his many interests and organizations – Royal Canadian Legion, Union Bay and Fanny Bay Community Associations, Courtenay Fish & Game Protective Association and the Valley Vintage Wheels. Ed enjoyed working on vintage cars, proudly refurbishing 10 different antique vehicles. He also spent many days fishing, moose hunting and enjoying the outdoors.
In later years, Ed and Audrey moved to Berwick and for the last 2½ years, Ed has resided at Eagleview. The family wishes to extend our gratitude to the Eagleview staff and Dr. Howard and for spiritual support from Rev. Ray Brandon and Dr. David Bowler.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at the Union Bay Community Hall on Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow. This is a very fitting venue as Ed moved the Union Bay Hall across the Island Highway 50 years ago!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, Parkinson’s Society or charity of your choice.