April 1, 1924 – December 5, 2019
Our family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our Father, Husband, Grandpa, Great Grandpa on December 5, 2019 at the age of 95 at Trail, BC, with family and friends at his side.
Dad was predeceased by his parents James and Rose Muir, first wife Nora Anne, siblings Mel, Don, Bob, & Marjorie; step-daughter Karen Black and step-son-in-law Rod Black.
Dad was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan April 1, 1924 and later moved with his family to Flin Flon, Manitoba in his early teens. He began a Boiler Maker Apprenticeship at Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. With his two older brothers, he enlisted in the Canadian Forces during WWII. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engine Room Artificer on the Frigate, HMCS Stettler in the North Atlantic.
After the war he completed his apprenticeship and accepted a job offer at CM&S in Trail, BC. Here he met and married, Nora Anne Sewell in 1949. They raised 5 children whom he loved dearly. He was a strong and kind family man who led by example and we all looked up to.
Dad found his calling during his final years at Cominco teaching layout and drafting to apprentices. Many previous students, now approaching or already retired still comment on his excellent teaching skills. He took genuine interest in and remained friends with most of his former students who remain in the area. He retired in 1983.
In 1975 Dad extended his family when he married Dorothy Robinson.
Dad loved to fish and golf at Kootenay Lake where he and Dorothy acquired a site at Woodbury Resort. Here you would find them there all spring, summer and fall in the boat fishing in the morning, then off to the golf course after lunch, then back in the boat. In the evenings, you’d find them around their fire with a glass of wine laughing and telling stories with family and friends.
Dad loved wood working and could be found during the winter months in his basement working on various projects, including, furniture, planters, and puzzles. He loved to give away his many projects. He also was very passionate in photography, gardening and wine making.
He took a keen interest in modern technology on his computer, laptop, I-Pad and cell phone. He could operate them with ease; just ask any of his Facebook followers!
Left to mourn him are his loving wife Dorothy, daughter Janet Barney, 4 sons, Brian (Deborah), Gordon (Olga), Glenn (Elaine), Douglas (Diane) and step-son Rob (Rona) Robinson. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Stringer; many grandchildren & great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, whom he loved all so dearly.
The family wishes to thank all the staff on 3rd Floor of KBRH for their wonderful and compassionate care.
Family will be having a celebration of life at a later date in 2020. Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the KBRH/Trail Hospital Foundation.
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services
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