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Edward (Ted) IRVING

IRVING, Edward (Ted) May 27, 1927 - February 25, 2014 On a snowy night in late winter, at the ripe old age of 86 years, Ted died at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, near Victoria, BC, after living with cancer for 18 months. Born in Colne, Lancashire, UK, he was predeceased by his mother, Nellie Irving (nee Petty), his father George Irving and his sister Marion Little. Ted leaves behind his cherished wife of 56 years, Sheila (nee Irwin) and his four children Kate (Stephen Whipp), Susan (Cam Thomas), Martin (Michele) and George (Feo Jacobsen). Also seven grandchildren - Nathan, Nicholas, Christopher, Hannah, Sophie, Justin and Andrew; one great-grandchild - Odin; and his sister's children - Jennifer, Alastair (Sharon) and David (Charo) in the UK, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada. Ted was a well-loved son, brother, nephew, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and cousin. He was also a friend, neighbour, colleague, mentor, geologist, paleomagnetism guru, measurer of moving continents, alumnus of Cambridge University, author, editor, teacher, professor, walker, gardener, rhododendron buff, prize tomato grower, traveller, reader, volunteer, chorister, Anglican, tenor, lover of landscape, member of the Order of Canada and the (U.S.) National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Canada. A hero to many, he was a man of strong and interesting character - the kind of companion you would want if stuck in a storm in a Logan tent. He will be sorely missed. For care and support during his illness, many thanks to Dr. Richard Kennedy, the Peninsula Home & Community Care nurses, and the staff and volunteers at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Memorial service to be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday March 8, 2014, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1319 Mills Road, North Saanich. Reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Holy Trinity Anglican Church or the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Well done Ted. Rest in peace.


Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014
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