Eric YAXLEY

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YAXLEY, Eric
February 15, 1922 - February 24, 2014
Eric took his "final flight" in the early morning hours of February 24. Eric is greatly missed by all his family, sons Eric Lindsay and David Thomas, daughters-in-law Florence and Elois, grandchildren Gro, Gitta, Neo, Palesa, Carla and Meridy, grandsons-in-law Daren and Diego, great-grandsons Amari and Jalan, sister Glenys, brother-in-law Jim, nieces Marianne and Glenys and nephews Jamie and John Reid and numerous cousins and their families in Wales. Eric was predeceased by his second wife Edith in June 2010 and is also missed by his step family Sheila, Lauren, Michael and Annwyn. Eric was born in Montreal, and became the man of his family at age 12 during the Great Depression when his father and older brother drowned in a hunting accident. In World War II at age 19 he enlisted in the RAF as a pilot and was selected for a Pathfinder squadron. He flew 31 combat missions mostly in Lancasters over Europe and fearlessly returned to duty after his plane was three times badly shot up and crew including himself wounded. He was awarded operational wings, France and Germany Star, 1939-45 Star, Defense Medal, Pathfinders Badge and CVSM and Clasp. After the war, he attended McGill University and became a Chartered Accountant. He worked for CP Steamships, Hotels and Railway and Canada Post Corporation. In his early sixties, he accepted a position with CIDA as the comptroller of the Tanzanian Railway. He also worked in the far north of Canada and the Czech Republic before beginning an around the world adventure tour with his wife, Edith. Eric lived for ADVENTURE and completed many fascinating trips to remote locales. Eric was an avid sportsman who enjoyed rugby, fishing, hunting, camping, and kept skiing until age 80 on the slopes of Whistler. He was an avid canoeist and built two log cabins on his own and assisted each of his sons to build their log cabin. In 2003, while on a Mediterranean cruise visiting the sites of antiquity and visiting Mount Olympus, Eric suffered a major stroke. Initially the prognosis was death and that if he survived he would be completely hemiplegic. Typical to Eric's determined character after many months of rehabilitation, he learned against all odds to walk again and returned to living independently (with a lot of help from his devoted wife Edith). Our family extends heartfelt thanks to all of the medical, nursing, physio, art, recreational therapists, Comfort Keepers, and especially the amazing care aids at Brock Fahrni 4th floor for the tender care and love shown to Eric. All of Eric's family is extremely grateful to Carmelita Rempojo for her loving care of Grandpa Eric during the last years of his life. A memorial service will be held at the Brockton Cricket and Rugby Pavilion (1151 Stanley Park Drive) at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Poppy Fund or any other veteran's organization. For additional information contact Elois Yaxley at 778 679-0142.

Published in The Gazette from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2014
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