Marvin Lloyd Thornley

Marvin Lloyd Thornley

Born March 12, 1930 in Vancouver BC passed away courageously with family by his side from his 2nd battle of Prostate cancer December 6, 2012.

Marvin grew up on a farm in Heffley Creek BC where he also met his future wife Merlyn Case as a young girl. They married in June of 1954 in Kamloops and were married a few months short of 50 years. Dad as a teenager he started working for the Dept of Highways in Kamloops driving Cat and gravel trucks. In the early 50s he started working for Kamloops Radiator for a more full time job because Mom and Dad were going to start raising a family. In 1959 Marvin moved the family to Nelson BC to work at Nelson Radiator and became a member of the Fraternal order of Eagles. In 1973 he moved the family to the Comox Valley where he worked for Island Radiator and became partners in ownership in 1985 until retiring in 1992. Marvin was also a Native Sons member in Courtenay for many years as Merlyn was a Canadian Daughter here as well.

Marvin is predeceased by his wife, Merlyn Thornley (Case) b. Kamloops (1937 – 2003); daughter Lanora Ann, b. Kamloops (1955 – 1955); son Stanley Mark, b. Kamloops (1958 – 1997); Parents Stanley, b. Lancashire England (1900 – 1979); Elva Lanora, b. Weyburn Saskatchewan (1908 – 1973); brother Ronald, b. Vancouver (1929 – 2009).

Survived by son Russell (Jenny); granddaughter Tamara (Cory); Son Jim (Debbie); grandchildren Robbie (Devon), Desiree, Cheryl (Darrell); daughter Judy (Bruce) Nichol; grandsons Kennith (Julie), Derek (Deana).

Also a proud Great Papa of 8 beautiful great grandchildren.

“You will forever be missed Dad. You are in the stars above dancing and shining brightly over us keeping watch. We love you and will see you again one day. Love and hugs all around!”

We would like to thank the LPN’s and Care Aids from the second floor at Comox Hospital for their help and compassion, there was a special few that really made a difference in our father’s stay there over the last couple months, thank you for that.

There will be a service held at Piercy’s Mt. Washington Funeral Home on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm located at 440 England Ave. Courtenay BC (250) 334-4464. In lieu of flowers please donate under Dad’s name to Prostate Cancer


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