February 10, 1922- November 26 2015
Known to many as Manny, Art, Ace, Jake, passed away on Thursday at the “ripe old age” of 93, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his three children: Bev of New Westminster, Brenda (Dennis) Parkhill of Kelowna and Philip (Jacqui) of Vernon; his grandchildren: Kim, Amber, Paige, Mitchell, Neil and Kadison; great grandchildren: Liam, Quinn, Beckett, Carter, and Isaiah. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Biddy (Verna) in 1985; sisters, Doris, Gert and Babs; honorary grandson, Jimmy Parent;, and great granddaughter, Hollis.
Dad was born in Vernon. He served overseas in WW II as a Lancaster pilot in the R.C.A.F. He was shot down over Nazi occupied Holland where he was captured and taken prisoner. He returned to Vernon and civilian life into a career with the Motor Vehicle Branch as the area’s Drivers’ Examiner until he retired at age sixty-two. He enjoyed travelling, working with his family, bringing their many projects to life with his inspiration and formidable organizational skills. His park-like yard, which is situated on a corner of his family’s original dairy farm was his sanctuary. Mostly, he was “our rock”, strong and steady, quietly teaching masculine etiquette and practical skills. His legacy of unconditional support and acceptance will guide us as we go forward.
We have many people to thank for helping us with Dad’s recent care: all the kind and respectful care aides that visited his home, the staff at Carrington Short Stay, the loving doctors and nurses at VJH, Dr. Healy and Stacey,
We are very grateful for the support and love, so generously given, by our dear friends and extended family.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with a private family service to follow at a later date.
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME (250) 542-4333.
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com