Skip passed away November 10th, 1:30 am at home with loved ones by his side after a brief battle with cancer.
Dad was a man true to his nature. Kind and understanding with all and especially to those in need. He often saw where need was required way ahead of others and made whatever was needed to be done happen. He did not mind getting his hands dirty.
Predeceased by his parents and thirteen siblings he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hermie; four children Maurice (Karen) of Spruce Grove, Alta., Karla of Courtenay, Lionel (Brenda) of Chestermere Lake, Alta., and Grant of Drumheller, Alta; his grandchildren Nina (Blaine), Aaron, Sue (Mike), Pamela (Robert), Ryan (Colleen), and Christopher; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Callie, Tristan, Cambria, Karis and the triplets Reesa, Prentiss and Scarlett. He made many friends and acquaintances in the Valley that he both relished and respected.
Skip was born on July 13, 1923 in Prud’homme Sask. He was the baby of fourteen children. He met and married his wife Hermie in Sask. and had their four children there. They moved to Courtenay in July 1970 and Skip then started getting involved in the community. There were not many areas within the community that he did not involve himself with. He was on City Council for 16 years, served on the Child Development Society and worked for many years fundraising for the Telethon. He looked after the creation of Tunner Park for the Knights of Columbus in which he was a Fourth Degree Knight. Served as chairman of the city’s Board of Variance. Served on the RCMP committee and is a founding member of the COPS. Served as a member of July 1st committee and had been parade marshal for many years. He also shared his parade expertise with Comox Nautical Days and co-ordinated the popular Snow to Surf parade. He is a member of the Elks Lodge and Kinsmen K-40 Club. Served as a Director for both the summer and Senior BC games and did security for the winter games. Served as co-ordinator and liaison for Katimavic. Also served on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board and the Courtenay’s Protection Committee. After his bout with heart trouble he started up a service for picking up heart patients in Victoria and bringing them home.
He was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce in 1996 and named a “Freeman” of the City in July 1999. In his free-time he enjoyed curling, sports, singing with the North Island Choral Society, slashing ski-runs and putting around on Forbidden Plateau. In his later years when his body started giving up, his latest volunteer work was informing the public about organ donor registration, weeding Simms and Tunner Park where a bench was dedicated to him, volunteering with WestJet right from the start of the airline using Comox and of course his coffee at Tim Horton’s.
The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to all who helped Dad through his rough time. Special thanks go out to John and Marge for always being there for Dad, Mom and Karla. Dr. McFadden for all her compassion and knowledge. All Community Health and Hospice nurses for their unfaltering compassion and knowledge, as well as Home Support.
Dad is back with his old buddies probably scheming some way to take control of the hereafter. God speed to you Dad, you will be profoundly missed by your family and friends. You can now rest in peace and don’t worry we will look after Mom.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, November 16th at 11:00 am from Christ The King Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Marek Paczka celebrant. Reception following mass will be held at the Florence Filberg Centre at 1:00pm.
For those wishing, donations may be made in Skip’s memory to a charity of your choice.