George Bernard DAOUST

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our father, George Bernard (Tweed) Daoust on July 9th. Our mother, Barbara Ellen Daoust, predeceased him on March 11, 2014.

His six children, Darcelle Cottons (Stan) Cottons, Kate (Tim Christian) Dykstra, Brenda (Vern) Byberg, Richard (Mary) Daoust, Grant (Heather) Daoust and Carolyn (Steven) Tuai will miss him terribly.

He was delighted by his many grandchildren: Darcelle and Stan’s children: Jesi Russell, Brent Cottons and Graham Cottons; Brenda and Vern’s children: Katelyn Byberg and Kaj Byberg; Richard’s children: Christina Daoust and Jennifer Daoust; Grant’s children: Sean Daoust, Brandon Daoust (deceased) andhis daughter with Heather, Lauren Daoust; Carolyn and Steven’s children: Madeline Tuai and Clarice Tuai; and by his great-grandchildren, Fairen Russell, Hudson Russell and Lilyanna Cottons. Trail held great memories for Tweed: it’s where he met and married Barb, and they had five of their six children. They had their roots in Trail, but finding enough work to support his quickly growing family was difficult, so in 1960 they packed up the kids and moved to Calgary. Fifteen years later, Tweed had a dream to ‘be his own boss’ and opened a Kelly’s stereo store in Trail. During that time he was happy to work with his boys, Richard and Grant, and to keep pace with them on the cross country ski trails around Rossland. Barb and Tweed made close friends in Trail, including George and Joan (deceased) Menelaws, Selma and Buzz Nutini, Don and Lorna Nutini, Dave and Marlene Rusnell and Ted and Georgina (deceased) Heslop. In 1986 Barb and Tweed moved to Vancouver but they returned to Trail often to see their friends.

Tweed always took great pleasure in keeping fit, an endeavour he usually pursued alone until later in life when he started cycling with a group of like-minded men along the trails and roadways in Vancouver. Nothing made him happier than to cycle with his ‘buddies’ and to socialize with them over coffee en route, except possibly to compete against them in cycling races. We were so proud when he competed in the BC Senior Games and took home the silver medal.

Unfortunately, Tweed fell from his bike a few years ago, broke his pelvis, and never recovered enough to ride again. He was very unhappy he had to put away his road bike, Despite the pain from his injury and resulting surgery, Tweed continued in his role as primary care giver for Barbara during her final years. When she died he couldn’t get over how much he missed her.

His children and grandchildren loved him very much and rallied around to make his last years as happy as they possibly could. Tweed led a very full life.

His time had come.

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