Vincent Henry Hugh
June 22, 1920 – December 8, 2007
Vince was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox, the youngest of four brothers. Growing up on the banks of the Courtenay River, he enjoyed the best of the Comox Valley – boating, fishing, hunting, baseball and skiing Mt. Becher. After High School Vince worked at Cyril Burns Garage, until enlisting in the RCAF. He spent five years as a Flight Instructor on the prairies in the British Commonwealth Air Training Program flying Tiger Moths, Harvards, and Ansons, and with Coastal Command (Atlantic).
In 1947 Vince met Kathleen Pickering, RN and on May 23, 1949 they were married in St. Peter’s, Comox. They built their 17th Street home on the Courtenay River downstream of the Everett family home. In 1946 Vince partnered with Jack Dingwall in the Courtenay Machine Shop on 8th St. Over the next thirty years they designed and built “A” frames, spar trees, EE-ZEE self loading trucks, trailer bunks, boom boats, and equipment for logging companies big and small throughout the BC Coast and Queen Charlotte Islands. They also operated Wolf Lake Logging and Wolf Lake Salvage Ltd.
Retirement allowed for more time boating and traveling with Kay and their many friends. A patient, considerate man always looking on the bright side, Vince provided a wonderful home life for his family. He was devoted to Kay and they enjoyed 55 treasured years of marriage in the Valley. Vince was well respected and his word was his bond. Dad was polite to a fault and ever a Gentleman, tipping his hat to the ladies.
For close to 65 years a member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #14, Courtenay, serving as Past Master of Hiram and District Deputy Grand Master for District #22 of the Grand Lodge of BC and Yukon, and was a member of Branch 17, Royal Canadian Legion, Courtenay.
Vince enjoyed his daily bike ride but recent surgery was followed by major heart problems and he passed away in St. Joseph’s with his family at his side. Predeceased by his beloved wife Kay (2004) and brothers Frank (Muriel), Edwin (Laura), and Stan. Left to remember him are his son Len (Pat), daughters Kathy Everett and Joan (Kevin) Dryden, five grandchildren (of whom he was extremely proud) James, Thomas, Joanna, Daniel and Richard, and many relatives. Dad we know you are with Mom, the love of your life.
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. J. Reggler, the 3rd Floor and ICU Nurses for your professional and compassionate care and support.
The family invites you to join with them and share memories of Vince at Crown Isle on Sunday, December 16th at 1:00 pm
No flowers please, donations to the charity of your choice.
Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home in care of arrangements.