July 2, 1931 – July 16, 2023
Our dad Alex passed away peacefully at the legendary age of 92 at home, in the home he built, surrounded by the love of his wife and children on Sunday, July 16, 2023 in Comox, BC.
Alex led a nomadic life in his childhood living in various cities across Canada including Edmonton, Sudbury, Toronto, Port Hope and Chatham. Alex joined the Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) in 1950 and enjoyed a successful 36-year career retiring as a Warrant Officer with 407 Squadron, CFB Comox in 1986. While enlisted, his nomadic lifestyle continued across the world taking him to many interesting cities including Adelaide, Athens, Belfast, Brisbane, Cairo, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, London, Honolulu, Nadi Fiji, Pisa, San Francisco, Trondheim and everywhere in between in Canada. Despite all his travels, Alex professed the most beautiful place on earth was the Comox Valley therefore always kept his home and his bank account in Comox. Comox and in particular the Lorne Hotel, held a special place in Alex’s heart as this is where he met the love of his life Rosemary, a visiting ski instructor / registered nurse from Sydney, Australia during a Christmas party in 1969.
Affectionately known as “Big Al” by his children and all their many friends; our dad truly was “The World’s Greatest Dad”! Alex was famous for Saturday night pizza, homemade bread and cookies as well as enjoying a cold Kokanee Light each evening. Our dad was a proud and humble man of few words. We all knew how much he loved us deeply and unconditionally though he might not say it out loud. We treasure our memories of growing up with him and surrounding him with love and affection during his passing. This was an incredible gift for our family.
Alex is survived by his loving wife Rosemary of 53 years and their five children: Elizabeth, James, Laura (Dean), Mary (Jonathan) and William (Christal) along with 9 very loved grandchildren (Jack, Zoey, Claire, Elise, Eric, Adam, Cameron, Olivia, and Isla).
With sincere gratitude our family wishes to thank Dr. Itta Winter and staff at Wavecrest Medical Clinic for providing our whole family with such kindness and compassion during our dad’s palliation at home. Itta you are such a special doctor. Thank you to The Medicine Shoppe Comox too for always going above and beyond for our family.
To honor our dad’s wishes, there will be no service but rather a private family gathering. If you are as fortunate as us to have a “World’s Greatest Dad” in your life too, please make sure you love on them to the end even when times are difficult. The gift of being present for your dad at the end of his life is immeasurable and worth all the struggles.
Rest easy Big Al, we got it from here.
With all our love, Rosemary and the kids.
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