It is with immeasurable sorrow that we announce the passing of our father on October 5th, 2015 at Vernon Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Eddie was born November 12, 1937 in Clitheroe England to Edwin and Joyce. As a young adventurous man, he travelled Canada by motorcycle in 1959, and promised himself to one day move to this beautiful country.
That promise came to fruition in 1973 when he immigrated to Vernon, B.C., calling for his young wife Elaine and two daughters within the year.
Commercial painting was Eddie’s trade, he became a Lifetime Member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades after retirement in 2000.
Eddie met his beloved Patricia in 1985, his life changed forever. A dedicated and caring partner to Patricia, who had Multiple Sclerosis, came with many challenges, but Eddie faced those challenges head on no matter how big or small.
Raising sled dogs on 20 acres in Tappen, BC, building a dog sled to assist in Pat’s mobility, and numerous outings to scout out new fishing holes and camping spots. He did it all, wheelchair or not, it was an adventure, a 28 year adventure.
To Pat, he was simply “EDWARDO”.
Volunteering at the Iditarod sled dog race, and travelling to see the Alaskan Frontier, was another highlight of Eddie’s life. The stories he told, the endless poems he recited by heart, Eddie truly was one of a kind. His friends often called him an “ANGEL” from Heaven.
The love of motorcycles, his dogs and the great Canadian outdoors, clearly was his passion.
Eddie was predeceased by Patricia 2013, father Edwin 1992, mother Joyce 1937, stepmother Florance 1975, brothers John in 1969 and Jeff in 1974.
Eddie will be dearly missed by his daughters Donna Kuyper (Tom Smyth) of Vernon, BC, Tracy Hamm (Bruce) of Calgary, AB; 3 grandchildren Amanda,
Adrianna and Austin; brother Bernard, sisters Marie and Christine of England, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, lads from the BMOC (British Motorcycle Owners Club) and friends near and far.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Deetlefs, the nurses and doctors at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and the caring staff at the Hospice House for taking exceptional care of our Dad.
A Celebration of Life will be announced for Spring 2016.
Donations in memory of Albert (Eddie) may be made to the Vernon Hospice House or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.