Maxwell Blake Lodge
On March 10, 2013 at the age of 88, my father died in the Vernon Hospital as a result of a stroke. He was born May 16, 1924 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. When he was a child, the family moved to Faust, Alberta to try farming.
When he was around 15, he traveled to BC to start his construction career. His new career was interrupted while he served in World War II. He served with the Regina Rifle Regt., fighting at Normandy and on to final victory over Germany.
He came back to Canada after the war and continued his career, working various positions, including a heavy equipment operator and welder.
Dad was a member of the Operating Engineer’s Union Local 115 for 62 years, working all over BC, including the Mica and Revelstoke Dams.
He married my mom, Barbara, in 1959 and helped raise four step-children. I arrived in 1960. Mom passed away in 1993 of cancer.
A year later, he married Rose and moved to Vernon to start a new life with his new love. Unfortunately, Rose also died in 2004 from cancer.
During his retirement of around 30 years, Blake became heavily involved in the Vernon Legion, where he served on the Executive Board. He enjoyed many hours there, at the meat draws and visiting his many friends.
He also spent a lot of time playing cards, especially poker and crib. He made many friends who will truly miss his.
Dad was also predeceased by his parents William and Alice Lodge, his brother Quentin Lodge in Fort St. James and his daughter Veronica Miner from Oliver, BC.
He is survived by his brother Garth Lodge and his sister Marilyn Plante both in Alberta; his children, Jeff (Tracey) Lodge, Pat (Tony) Evans, Allan (Martha) Geernaert, Heather (Rudy) Klassen; many grandchildren, nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces.
He is survived by Rose’s children Eileen Hopkins, Wayne MacDougall and Allyson MacDougall and their children.
I take great comfort in knowing that my father was loved by many, many friends. He managed to live a long, fulfilling life and had a great retirement. In the end, his death was quick and free of pain.
Thank you to all of his friends in Kamloops, Vernon and all over the province who knew my dad as the great man he was.
A gathering will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Vernon Branch on April 17, 2013 between noon and 4:30 pm
Dad would have wanted everyone to send a donation to the local legion or any charity that supports service veterans.
“Good bye, Dad.”