With great sadness we announce the passing of Colin on April 5, 2011 in Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital following a short illness.
Colin was born in Rossland on March 5, 1938. He is survived by his loving wife Helen of 52 years, their sons Colin and Robert, his brother Jim (Shirley), his sister-in-law Madie (Al) and several nieces and nephews.
Colin was raised in Trail. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in March of 1957 and was stationed in Victoria for 10 years. In 1967 he moved his family to Castlegar where he worked for the sawmill for 37 years. He was involved with the IWA executive for 15 years and was on the mill’s safety committee for 20 years.
Colin loved his Church and held many positions in Grace Presbyterian Church in Castlegar until it closed. He loved gardening, especially his roses. It was a treat for all his friends and neighbours to receive beautiful little bouquets. He loved decorating for Christmas and spent many hours stringing lights, not just on his own home, he decorated throughout Stellar Place. Colin enjoyed young people and was involved in many youth activities as a coach, a director and a supporting spectator. In the summer time you could find him on a lake or river fishing – as he said it was “just for the halibut.” When their boys were young they spent many summers camping and have beautiful memories from that time.
Colin’s funeral service will be held in First Presbyterian Church on Pine Street in Trail at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12th. Reverends Gavin and Meridyth Robertson will be officiating. Attention Veterans and Legion members – please attend.
We would like to thank Drs. Streich and Ankenbauer in Castlegar and Drs. Dalla Lana and Sibbald in KBRH and the wonderful nursing staff who took care of him during his illness. Al Grywacheski with Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Fund can be sent to 200-1212 West Broadway Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2 or donations to a charity of your own choice would be greatly appreciated.