It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Percy Charles Sydney Briggs at the age of 85 on April 17, 2013. He was an amazing father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend, who will be truly missed.
Percy was born in Ledwyn, Manitoba on March 6th, 1928 to English immigrants, Leonard and Ada Brigg. He was predeceased by his parents and all five of his brothers and sisters.
He enjoyed a happy childhood and spoke fondly of his school days, milking the cows and trapping weasels with his brothers.
He met the love of his life, Phyllis Elaine (Baker), on a blind date and they were married January 20th, 1951. They had four children: Barry, Tracy, Glenna, and Lisa, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Phyllis passed away in 1993. Percy loved his family dearly and always talked about them with great pride. To his family, Percy was nicknamed “Mr. Fix-It”, as there wasn’t anything he couldn’t repair.
Percy wore many hats. He worked as a teacher, a logger, for Eatons, and eventually found his passion in telephones. In 1956, Percy moved his family from Winnipeg to Vernon to work for OK Tel (which later became BC Tel) wherein he retired in 1993 after 37 years of service. He was a true pioneer in the telephone industry. He was also an active member of the Army and Navy. To those close to him, Percy was known as “Mr. Werther” as his pockets were always filled with the golden candies. He also had a great love for gardening and loved to share his flowers and produce. Percy could often be found at “Diner on Six”, his favorite place to eat.
Percy loved sports. If he wasn’t playing a game, he was watching one. He was an active curler and baseball player who also enjoyed golfing and bowling. He found great joy in watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He attended so many soccer, basketball, volleyball, curling and lacrosse games that on two separate occasions he was recognized and awarded by the coaches as the most dedicated grandpa.
A special thank you to Dr. Perrier, his staff, and the doctors and nurses in the ER for the amazing care, support and kindness.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April, 29th, 2013, at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Percy’s name to the Parkinson’s Society.
A Letter From Heaven
When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too
When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.
Arrangements have been entrusted to
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME. (250) 542-4333
Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com