Alec Davyduke

Alec Davyduke

Alec “Duke” Davyduke

October 5th, 1929 – March 18, 2013

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of long time Enderby resident Alec “Duke” Davyduke.

Born to John and Anne Davyduke in Smeaton, Saskatchewan, Duke was the eldest son of seven children. Along with his family, he moved from Smeaton to the lower mainland area of BC in 1948 before eventually settling in the Enderby area.

Duke spent his many working years in the forest industry. In his early working career he worked in logging, but the majority of his career was spend working as a head sawyer in local area sawmills.

In 1952, while working at a logging camp in Pincher Creek, Duke met his bride-to-be, Ruby Sanderson. The two were married in 1953 in Enderby, where they settled and raised their two sons, Gerald and Roland.

Duke was always active in the community. In its formative years, he held a number of positions with local minor hockey, eventually settling into a long-time role as a referee. Along with Gerry and Al, he refereed countless minor hockey, Monashee League, and recreational hockey games. After he put away his whistle he remained active in Enderby, volunteering to Citizens On Patrol in the evenings and serving as a school crossing guard in the days. For many years there was seldom a volunteer work party in the area that Duke didn’t gladly donate his time and energy to.

He especially enjoyed to forty-seven years he was able to serve on the local fire department. While only slightly less active in his later years, he greatly enjoyed seeing the many young faces that he was able to tour through the local fire hall. Though greatly honoured recently by the City of Enderby and the Fire Department for his many years of service, Duke normally preferred to work quietly in the background.

In recent years he became well known for his gardening, usually being seen tending to his lovely flower beds, particularly his dahlias.

Duke is survived by his loving wife Ruby; two sons: Gerald (Gloria), Roland (Sonja); five grandchildren: Corey (Vigi), Curtis (Taryn), Clarke (Penny), Courtney and Brittany; three great-grandchildren: Mya, Chase and Brayden; siblings: Mary Kneale of Surrey, BC and Walter Davyduke of Delta, BC. Duke was predeceased by his parents: John and Anne; siblings: Liz, Helen, Bill, and Elmer.

We would like to thank the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the kindness and respect they showed to Duke over the past months.

At Duke’s request, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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