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May 5, 1920 – April 24, 2013
It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of our wonderful husband and father, who passed away on April 24, 2013 at the age of 92 years after a brave courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Dad was born and grew up on the banks of the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta and was a "cowboy at heart" whose love of cowboy poetry and songs he lovingly shared with his children and grandchildren at family events. He was proud of his origins in Calgary and was the son of Calgary's first motorcycle police officer, and followed in his father's footsteps and pursued a long and distinguished career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner. In spite of a very demanding and rewarding career as a Police officer, Dad, was first and foremost a dedicated husband of sixty-six years to his devoted wife Eira, and a loving father to Rick, Glen and Barbara. His top priority in his life was to provide a good quality life to his family and made the sacrifices to ensure that this occurred. He was a role model in all aspects of a life well-lived. He made time to be a hockey and baseball coach and was always available to provide advice, guidance, support and counsel to his family members when required.
Dad had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren including, Christopher, Tyler, Bradley, Julie, Amanda, Ryan, Scott and Jeff. They all share enduring memories of times together on vacations and family get-togethers, where dad was never reluctant to share his playful sense of humour, often at the expense of his grandchildren. He was a great-grandfather to Caimbree and Meira and cherished his relationships with Rick Michaels, Shauna Williamson (nee Coffey), Joan Williamson (nee LeBreton) and Jodi Williamson. Dad will live in our memories forever for being a person of immense personal integrity whose dedication and love of family will endure and remain as his legacy. A special thank you is extended to all of the staff at the Pinegrove Care Home in Richmond, British Columbia for the loving care and attention which they extended to our husband and father during the final years of his life. A private Memorial Service is being arranged for the family members.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 27, 2013