December 28, 2018
Wilfred Jack Maze our loving father passed away December 28, 2018, gently and in his sleep. We, his daughters Nina (Trudeau), Mary Lou (Darrell Deugau) and Terry (Allan Llewellyn) will miss him greatly, as will his sister Carol (Clyde Ortner), his nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Our father treasured his friends and we are grateful to all those who gave him comfort and support. We want to thank the physicians, nurses, home support workers and volunteers, who attended to him during his final days.
He was predeceased by our beautiful mother Ella May (Johnson). He took comfort in the belief that one day they be together again. We believe he is now in the loving company of his mother Ruth, (Stenson) his father Raymond, his brother Bob and sister Lilian (Bill Green), as well as many friends and in-laws, who have passed before.
Dad was born in Trail in 1929. He left school early to worked as a fireman and signalman on the railroad, then at the ‘Smelter’, as a ‘Rigger Boss’.
He was a gifted singer, performing on CBC radio where he was offered his own program. He declined because he didn’t want to be away from his new family. He performed repeatedly on the March of Dimes Telethons and even cut three records.
In 1967, we moved to Nakusp. Mom and Dad bought “Wilf’s Red and White.” There he became known as the “singing butcher” entertaining shoppers with a song. Dad was active with Rotary and remained a faithful member of the Masonic Lodge.
When the store closed he became a travelling meat salesman, making new friends and winning awards for his sales ability.
Two of his greatest passions were camping and fishing. He and Mom did a lot of it, travelling all over Canada and especially up into Northern BC and the Yukon.
After Mom’s passing he continued to camp and fish. As the years took their toll, he fished less but still camped and was always hoping for one more venture into the wilderness.
His sense of humour never failed. He loved to make people laugh. Like his father before him, he was known for always having a joke.
Dad wanted a service at a later date, when travel was safe and we could all do some camping together.
There will be Celebration of Life, Saturday, June 22, 11 am at the Nakusp Legion with a luncheon to follow. Family and friends will be spending the weekend at Nakusp Hot Springs, feel free to join us around the campfire or in the pools for fellowship, stories & songs.