October 10, 1933 – December 2, 2011
It is with great sadness, that the family of Russell Tinkler, announce his sudden passing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox at the age of 78.
Russ is survived by his son Robert (Lori), daughter Carol (Terry), grandchildren Lindsay (mother Laurie), Ryan, Casey, Brandi, Tia and Bailey, step-granddaughter Angelique, sister Patricia, brother Bruce (Deana) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce, son Steven, parents Thomas and Georgina.
Russ was born in Saskatoon, Sask. and moved to Vancouver as a young boy. He married Joyce in 1954 and in 1957 moved to Alert Bay to drive water taxi as owner/operator. Their three children were born in Alert Bay and in 1961, they moved to Port McNeill where he was co-owner/manager of Shop-Rite Store. Russ was a highly active member of the Chamber of Commerce and instrumental in the village/town’s development. In 1976, the family moved to Courtenay where Russ operated his boat-building shop, Surfer Marine. He later worked for Comox Valley Insurance, retiring in 1996. While boating, fishing and curling were his interests on the North Island, Russ enjoyed skiing in the Comox Valley and became an avid golfer (member of Sunnydale Golf Club and the “Friday Nite Flite”). He also had a love for horse-racing, from a young man working the stables to later in life being a part owner in the horse-race circuit. Russ always did everything to the best of his ability and was admired for his honesty and integrity.
Together again, forever. We miss you both dearly.
There will be no service. Cremation is entrusted to Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home.