PURKISS, John Albert "Albert" . 89, of Duncan, BC passed away on September 12, 2013 with family at his side. Albert was born in New Westminster, BC on January 24, 1924. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served on a British Destroyer in the North Atlantic. Upon returning from active duty he met and married Margaret Jean Biggs "Jean", his loving wife of 57 years. Albert and Jean moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1960 earning a living commercial fishing and raising their family. In 1974, moving to Bella Coola, as an avid conservationist, Albert enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and many valued friends. Albert is predeceased by his wife, Jean, and sons David and Lee. Albert is survived by his loving daughter Laura, son Stephen, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and his best friend Shelby. Albert always said that he was born under a lucky star because he was able to pursue his passion to go fishing. Sincere appreciation and thanks to all, including the staff at the Cobblestone Inn, for their assistance and support.
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2013