(July 27, 1921 – October 1, 2015)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Eric on October 1st at the age of 94 years. He spent his last five months in care at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Gateby’s Pathway to Home, and his final month at Hospice House. During this time he was very impressed by the care he received from compassionate staff and volunteers.
He was predeceased by his parents Winnifred and Thomas, brother Ray (Madge), wife Barbara (April 2015), and sister-in-law Jean Gill (June 2015). He leaves behind his daughters Kathy (Dennis) Cotter, Jean (Mike) Haug; grand daughters Shelly (Tyler) Cull, Janice (Ger) Larson, Corinne (Mike) Litchfield, and Karin Haug; Great grand children Karlee, Hailey, MacKenzie, and Tanner; niece Lynda (Brian) Jones and nephew Colin Robinson. He will be sadly missed by all.
Born in Armstrong BC, Eric had a wonderful childhood growing up in Britannia Beach where his father worked for Britannia Mining and Smelting Co. After his formal schooling he attended UBC (1939-44) and received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree followed by a Forestry Degree. He started his career with the BC Forest Service in Victoria and soon after transferred to Kamloops where he met Barb Harris and they were married and settled in Prince George in 1947. Of all his accomplishments he would say that marrying Barb (Mom) was the most important thing he ever did!
Eric spent 35 years with the BC Forest Service retiring in 1979 in Williams Lake where he was the District Forester. During his career he worked in Kamloops, Prince George, Nelson, the Forest Service Training School in Surrey, then to Victoria to be head of the Reforestation Division prior to his posting in Williams Lake.
In 2010 they moved to Vernon to be closer to family and their summer home “Barberic Beach” on Okanagan Lake. He felt very fortunate to have made many lasting friendships with Forestry staff and neighbours over the years.
Eric served as President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (RPF #40) in 1962 and served on the council for many years. He played basketball and softball in his younger days and was an avid curler and golfer. In his later years he enjoyed watching these sports on TV.
A private family internment of both Eric’s and Barb’s ashes will be held in the Spring. The family would like to thank the staffs of 3W at VJH, Gateby Pathways, and especially Hospice House for taking such wonderful care of our special Dad, Grampa, Uncle, and friend, as well as all of us.
Those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in Eric’s name to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to:
Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd. 5605 – 27 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187