Desmond A. Warner
1930 - 2021
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Des was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England, into a British Army family, to Sergeant Major Ret.- Alfred Warner, and Kathleen Warner (nee: Kavanagh). The family moved to the town of Porton, outside of Salisbury, before the Second World War. His older brothers, Alfred and Arthur, served in the RAF, and The 2nd Royal Dragoons - Queen's Bays (later - 8th Army), with their Sister, Joan, in the WRNS. Growing up during the Second World War in the English countryside, Des developed a fondness for nature, which later developed into a love of camping and salmon fishing. In 1948 Des was conscripted to do his 2 years service, and was sent to the REME Corp on the Rhine Training Centre near Frankfurt Germany. Afterwards, Des's career came with travel and adventure, which he loved to share. On a trip home to England, he met an Irish Nurse named Patricia. They had a short time together before Des went back to Canada, and for six months corresponded regularly. Shortly after his return to England, Des and Pat married. They immigrated to Canada in 1962, moving to Vancouver, where Des had previously worked, and his sister, Joan, recently settled. Later, many more relatives would follow. Des had three children, Terri (Husband Steve), Peter, and Michael (wife Louise); 10 grandchildren (Derek, Siobhan, Kurt, Megan, Keara, Katrina, Erin, Charlotte, Gabriella, and Lily); one great-grandson, Eli; 21 brothers and sisters-in-law; and 49 nieces and nephews. Uncle Des was popular at family gatherings and camping trips. He will always be remembered for his sense of humour, tremendous drive, ability to fix absolutely anything, strong work ethic, and his willingness to help family, no matter the situation. He was a huge, loving presence, that leaves a hole in all our hearts.<br>Rest In Peace, Des, dad, Grandpa Des, Dan Dan, Uncle Des, and Bez. Love you always and forever. Until we meet again...

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Published in New Westminster Record from May 12 to Jun. 11, 2021.
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May 18, 2021
I’ll give it to you now Cuz. “I have very fond memories of the times when we lived in Oldham, England Uncle Des and Aunty Pat would look after me, my brothers (Vince and Kenny)and our sister (Caroline)when they would let our Mum (Maureen) and our Dad (James) have time off. Uncle Des was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. RIP Uncle Des”
Terry O’Connor
May 13, 2021
Terry so very sorry to hear about your dad , what a beautiful tribute and lovely to read about his life .
Thinking of you and all the family at this time ❤
Jo Watt
May 13, 2021
This is so lovely. I absolutely love the time Doug and I had with uncle Des at family BBQs.
Brenda and Doug
May 12, 2021
My favorite part of family gathering was sitting down and listening to grandpa Dez' stories. He truly was an inspiration , the true definition of a man's man. As tough as they come, but with a big loving heart. RIP Dez, you will be missed by everyone and never forgotten.
daniel obeydi
May 12, 2021
So many memories will remain with me in regards to Uncle Des. All the family camping trips we went on throughout the years growing up. Always being greeted with a big smile and hug, his never ending jokes and stories. RIP Uncle Des, My Godfather, you will be sorely missed by so many. ❤
Coleen Johnson
May 12, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the family on your loss.
May 12, 2021
I first met Desmond when I visited Terri’s home in Vancouver in August 2016, after discovering our family ties through a genealogy site when I found that Desmond’s Father was my Father’s youngest Brother. I bonded immediately with Des and found him to be a warm, friendly, and loving cousin. My life has been enriched since adding his entire family and I thank Terri for making it all happen and I love her and her family dearly, I am so saddened that I will never have another chance in this life to feel his warm embrace. Till we meet again
Mary Hogan (née Warner)
May 12, 2021
I first met Des when I visited Terri in Vancouver in Aug 2016 after discovering they were close family as Des’s Father was my Father’s Brother making Des my first cousin. I immediately bonded with him as if I had known him all my life. It has made my life richer by knowing him and all of his family. I will be forever grateful to Terri for uniting our families.
Mary Hogan (née Warner)
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