WESTMACOTT, Richard Antony
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It is with great sadness that we announce that Tony died peacefully on November 6, 2012. Tony is survived by his loving wife, Magda, and daughters, Angela and Cheryl, and dear friend Cherry Mills who was like another daughter to him. Tony was born in London, England on September 28, 1919. He spent his early childhood in Mexico City where his father was a headmaster. His family later moved to Victoria where he attended St. Michael's University School. Tony went on to become a radio operator and worked for fisheries patrol on the west coast and for Trans-Canada Airlines in Winnipeg. He later joined the Department of Transport where he was involved in setting up airports across Canada. When the war broke out, Tony volunteered for the Ferry Command, a group of civilian pilots and navigators who courageously ferried bombers to Allied Forces around the world. He was one of the last surviving members. Following the war, Tony returned to work at the Dorval Airport as an Inspector of Licensing. He loved Montreal and it was there that he met Magda who was managing a book store. They were married in 1958. They were sad to leave Montreal when Tony accepted a promotion in Ottawa, where they stayed until his retirement. In 1974, Tony and Magda moved their family to Kelowna where they spent 15 years before finally settling in Victoria in 1989. Tony was well-travelled and had a keen interest in (and was often exasperated by) politics. He loved writing, music, and animals. Like his brother Ian, Tony was a talented musician, had a self-effacing, quiet charm, and a wonderful sense of humour. He will be greatly missed. Tony's family would like to thank Heather Fahr for her loving care and invaluable help over the years and all of the dedicated staff on A2 at Broadmead Lodge for their loving care and support. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, Tony would have appreciated donations to any animal welfare charity, but particularly the Victoria Cat Rescue Corps.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 9, 2012