DESJARDINS, Armand Jean Charles June 29, 1932 - Sept. 16, 2013 Survived by Wife: Norma. Sons: Guy (Anne) and Grant (Megan). Grandchildren: Carl, Laura, Christopher and Charissa. Brothers: Edmond and Rene. Sister: Theresa. Armand was born in Climax Saskatchewan, where he lived with 8 siblings in a two bedroom farm house. He moved to the West coast of BC at the age of 15. After moving to BC, Armand met Norma (an exceptionally attractive couple) and they married in 1953. Armand eventually found his way into logging and took great pride in being a faller. His uncompromising work habits were noticed by many and Armand became a well respected foreman devotedly looking out for his men. Armand was a man of honor and pride. Many of Armand's fondest memories were of his time spent on the Queen Charlotte Islands. Armand loved to fish and on many of his Sundays, he could be found along the Copper River, casting a line or bobbing near a log jam with his "pocket fisherman". After leaving the Charlottes, he would find comfort passing the hours making furniture and clocks. Armand appreciated fine workmanship and often spent days working on the smallest of details, perfecting his work, which he often gave away as gifts to family and friends. Armand, a man of quick wit and dry humor, often spoke of his Mother and Father; inspired by their vigour in raising a large family in the lean and harsh years of the depression. His mother was a great inspiration to Armand, always admiring her tenacity and perfectionism. As well, Armand would spend many hours in his Fathers Blacksmith shop learning to work with his hands. He saw his Father as an unfaltering man of intelligence and humor. Armand loved dogs and had a very special bond with them throughout his life. His most recent companion Bandit was inseparable from Armand. Bandit was a true comfort to Armand and as Armand's health deteriorated, Bandit played a large role in keeping Armand motivated to the end. Armand; a caring Father and devoted husband passed peacefully with his son at his side, under the compassionate hearts of the Transitional Care Unit staff, in St Joseph's Hospital. Peace for eternity Armand... No service will be held at Armand request, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2013