Andrew Chatwood

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Andrew Chatwood July 3, 1932 - August 3, 2014 "Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw."

Aged 83, passed away on August 3, 2014, after an eight week battle with heart failure at the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminister, BC. He passed peacefully with his beloved wife Leona (nee Butt) of 59 years by his side.

Andrew was born to the late Jessie (nee Wilson) and Albert Chatwood in St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, on July 3, 1932. He is predeceased by his siblings Philippa Chatwood, Ann Abraham, and Albert Chatwood. Andrew is survived by his wife Leona and children, Andrew Chatwood (Kendra Simmons) and their children Andrew, Lawrence and Edward of Cobourg, ON, Elizabeth Chatwood of Vancouver, BC, John Chatwood (Kim nee Thrush), and their children Emily, Daniel and Samuel of Smiths Falls, ON, and Susan Chatwood (Ewan Affleck) and their children Alexander and Anika of Yellowknife, NT. He also leaves with their memories of him, brother-in-law Sid Butt (Shirley nee Sheppard), their son Todd Butt (Lisa nee Peach), and their grandson Todd, of Corner Brook, NL, nephew Richard Abraham of London, England and niece Philippa Warren (nee Abraham) (Scott Warren) and their children Hilary, Peter and Harry.

Andrew lived and loved to travel from coast to coast to coast. His careers took him and his family to places where many dear friends were made, whom he cherished and continued to reach out to throughout his life. His thoughtfulness and genuine kindness never faltered. "Home" ranged from St. John's, NL, to Victoria, BC, Northwest River, NL, Ottawa, ON, Charlottetown, PEI, and Vancouver BC. He was a former naval cadet, Hudson's Bay Boy, parliamentarian, and long time civil servant with Transport Canada and Veterans Affairs. His service to Canada was ardent, and an integral part of who he was. He always inspired those around him with a story or a quote that would bring a smile.

At his request, and in his never ending spirit to be of assistance where he could, Andrew's body will rest with the body donation program at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Family and friends are invited to join in and remember Andrew at a reception being held in the Borden and Fleming suites at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON, on Friday October 10, 2014 from 5-8pm. He will also be commemorated by a bench plaque along the Fraser River in Burnaby, BC, where he loved to walk his dogs Chip and Molly. Donations in memory of Andrew may be sent to the BC SPCA Biscuit Fund for Medical Care, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to [email protected]

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 9, 2014
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