SAINSBURY, William Dick Passed over on November 3rd, 2012 surrounded by the love of his family. Born on April 16th, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, Dick was the only child of Sarah and Samuel Sainsbury. Dick graduated with a degree in Forestry Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1947. It was there that he met his wife, Muriel and their adventures and life began. Dick started his forestry career in the backwoods of Northern Ontario when logging was still done by horses. He worked and raised his family in Beardmore, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout and Atikokan. New opportunities meant a move to Quesnel where Dick became the manager of Weldwood of Canada from 1966-1974. Dick moved to Vancouver to take the position of Vice President of Weldwood of Canada as well as President of Caribou Pulp and Paper until his retirement. He was a man who met new challenges head on and always moved forward in all that he did. A devoted husband, father and friend, he was known for his great sense of all that was family. Affectionately known as Jaja or the Jaj to his grandchildren and great grandchildren he played a pivotal role in all their lives. A true patriarch, whose love of family was time-honoured, indisputable, and true. His large physical presence was always matched with an even bigger heart. Mourned by his daughters, Susan Sargent (Dennis) and Jan Sainsbury (Bob); grandsons, Michael, Dustin (Melissa), Derek and David Sargent along with great grandchildren, Max & Sophia Sainsbury/Henthorn and Sebastien & Shepherd Sargent. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Muriel in 2009 and his loving granddaughter, Pamela Elizabeth Sainsbury in 2004. His indomitable spirit was dampened late in life by COPD, but he never waivered in his determination to do everything his way. A private family graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 followed by a celebration of Dick's life at his daughter, Sue Sargent's home at 1986 St. Ann Street, Oak Bay from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." Theodore Hesburgh. We love you, Dad.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012