CHESTER, Howard Albert “Bert”
Born April 7, 1913 (Mission, B.C.)
Died December 17, 2010 (Comox, B.C.)
Howard Albert Chester died peacefully on December 17, 2010 at St. Joseph’s General Hospital at the age of 97.
Predeceased by his wife Doris and only child Kenneth Chester. Survived by Daughter in Law Pat Chester of Comox, Grandchildren Kim Luyten (Don) of Comox, Don Chester (Dawn) of Ontario and Sandra Wassbauer (Bill) of Qualicum Beach, 8 Great-grandchildren and 3 Great-great-grandchildren.
Bert will be missed by his dear friend of many years Nancy Malo of Summerland, B.C. and her family; his special crib playing friend Allan, many bowling and crib league friends and the residents and staff of Berwick Manor.
Bert served with the R.C.A.F. During WWII as a pilot on the Mitchell Bombers. After the war, Bert was the C.O. of the Air Cadets in Mission for many years; he taught and fostered a love of flying to a lot of cadets, including his son.
Bert was a bookkeeper for many years for the Department of Highways in Mission and Williams Lake, B.C. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Bert semi-retired to Comox, to build hs own home and gardens and worked as a nursery man for Butchard Road Nursery in Comox. Further moves found him in Abbotsford and finally back to Comox where he lived independently until his death. Bert lived in a quiet unassuming way but made a big impact on those who knew him. He kindness, humour and dignity are traits to emulate.
The family wish to extend thanks to Eve, Amy, Mick and other Comox Legion members for their friendship. Special thanks go out to the home support staff of Home and Community Care for supporting Bert’s senior years and to Dr. M. Neufeld for his kindness and wonderful care over the past 5 years, and finally many thanks to the caring staff on 3rd Floor and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
At his request there will be no service.