Cameron, Edmond (Ed, Eddy) Patrick
October 1st, 1920 – February 27th, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of dad who’s long and valiant fight with heart disease came peacefully to an end at Hospice House in Vernon, B.C. Ed will be lovingly remembered and forever cherished by his wife; Myrtle, who for 66 years was never very far from his side, his sons; Lawrence (Philippa), Ralph (Colleen), Gordon and Ronald, his grandchildren; Justin, Stephanie, Stewart, Ryan, Tara and Chad as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
Dad was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, the youngest of 8 children. His mother and father had both died by his 9th birthday. For a few years he had a number of different homes and would often relate many stories about this turbulent and often lonely time of his life. He would say, “as hard as it was, it served to toughen him for his future”. Eddy joined the Canadian Army around 1940 but did not see duty over seas as his battalion shipped out leaving him behind in a hospital with rheumatic fever. He later became a Dental Assistant and after leaving the Army, moved to Toronto where his two sisters lived. Ed met Myrtle at Connaught Laboratories and declared upon first seeing her that “he was going to marry that girl!” Mom and dad married on April 29th, 1944 having their first child on October 5th, 1945 and their last on September 9th, 1951; two others in between (September 20th, 1947 and April 27th, 1950) which blessed them with four boys in total! Mom and dad didn’t start with very much; $25.00, two small rooms and an icebox but it was a nice area near High Park. Relatives and friends helped where they could and within a few years a home was found on Dufferin Street where the family lived for 18 years. Ed started and kept a prosperous business and soon was able to buy land in Muskoka at Six Mile Lake. The cottage was the family get away for the next 35 years. It truly was one of the best things that dad provided for his family. Many adventures were had by all the family, relatives and friends. These were the growing up years of his sons and many lessons were taught. Dad now had the stability of home, business and recreation. During this time he started some of his life long interests and passions. A hunting cabin was started with a number of Toronto area men and many falls / winters the family ate venison. Dad loved the outdoors! He took up golfing; he became a lodge member and had over 40 years of Freemasonry at the time of his death and was active in the community, fundraising & helping others, and once ran for Municipal Office. After leaving his private business he worked as a Heating Inspector for the City of Toronto for almost 20 years. In retirement, dad worked as a salesman. A few of his happiest years for mom and himself were when they moved to Orillia, Ontario and were closer to the cottage. They eventually moved to Oliver, B.C. where they spent 9 years and then moved to Vernon where they have resided for the past 11 years. Dads health was not always the best but he had determination to carry on. Up until very recently, dad managed to play the odd 9 holes of golf or just enjoy himself out on the putting green. “Always put out”, he would often say. “Be prepared”, you have to do so in a tournament. “Finish well!” Ed always gave it his best! The family and many friends will miss his stories and wonderful personality. We loved him dearly.
The family would like to thank the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, North Okanagan Hospice Society, all doctors, nurses and volunteers who helped in making dads final days comfortable and peaceful. The care and compassion shown to dad and our family is greatly appreciated.
In respecting Ed’s wishes, he was cremated and no service will be held. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Ed to the charity of their choice.
Cremation arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5