FERNE, Harry Curtis Colonel CD (Ret'd) Born January 26, 1918 in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, passed away on May 17, 2003 at Victoria General Hospital with his loving family by his side. Predeceased by his parents Ernest and Doris, his twin brother Ernest and his beloved wife Jessie. Harry is survived by his devoted children, Ernie (Jill), Don (Judi), Doug (Ruth), Barbara (Chris) Valentine; his grandchildren Sandra, Tracy, Andrew, Jessie, Jillian, Kim (Peter), Katie (Dave), Mark (Tammie), Kevin (Darcie), Mandy, Curtis and great-grandson Owen. Also survived by his brother Dave (Joy) and their families. Harry received his teacher's certificate in 1940. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in September 1940 and served at sea for the duration of the Second World War. Harry received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1950 and was accepted to the Law Society of British Columbia. In 1952 he returned to the Armed Forces as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Branch, retiring from the Armed Forces in 1972. He became a Commissioner with the Canadian Pension Commission in Ottawa until 1974. Harry then returned to British Columbia as a solicitor with the Attorney General's Department, until 1982. During his retirement years, Harry served on the Board of the Victoria College Craigdarroch Alumni Association as Vice-President. He began writing poetry and has been published by the International Poet's Society. The cornerstone of Harry's life was his family. He embraced the concept of family and the strength of the family unit. In his words "the family is my joy forever". Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, 1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria, B.C. A memorial service will be held in Ottawa at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in memory of Harry Ferne to the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Society, 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, B.C. V8S 3L5 McCall Bros. of Victoria 250-385-4465
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Published in Ottawa Citizen on May 21, 2003.