Monty Feazel, aged 66 years, passed away peacefully, Dec. 29, 2009 surrounded by his loving family overlooking the beautiful North Shore Mountains. He gave his all when facing the extreme challenges of Leukemia, reminding us of the importance of living each day to its fullest, by finding ways in the most difficult circumstances to enjoy the things he loved.
There are many things Monty’s family will remember including his humor, enjoyment of music, love of cycling and the outdoors, service to community and determination to face his disease on his own terms with courage and dignity. He was a constant friend and companion to Patricia. Cara, Jeremy and Celine are inspired in their own teaching by his 38 years as a respected educator. Monty loved travel, especially visits home to Ireland and trips to Taiwan where he was always welcomed by Billy and the Wangs. Even in his most difficult times, Monty’s face lit up at the sight of his beloved grandson Aedan. He has given us many gifts and we will miss him more than we can express.
Monty and family were truly appreciative of the care provided this past year by Dr. Tom Neville and his exceptional team in the Leukemia BMT Program and the Krall Center at Vancouver General. Their unfailing hope and compassion uplifted us. Also closer to home, many thanks to Dr. Francois Dippenaar, Dr. Ed Hardy and Loren Danbrook and the team at VJH who gave Monty the opportunity to enjoy summer with Patricia in their garden. Monty was a registered bone marrow donor, and donated blood over 40 times. During this past year we were truly thankful to those who also took the time to donate blood which helped Monty on numerous occasions.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Research at the BC Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Vancouver General. Monty could also be remembered by donating blood to Canadian Blood Services.
A celebration of Monty’s life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Armstrong, on Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 am. Father Tony Ackerman celebrant. Inurnment to follow in Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery.