BIRD, Edward George Edward George Bird passed away suddenly on the morning of April 22, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sharon, his two sons Steve and Chris, his sister Diane (Lorne) Laughlin, and many special aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ed was born in 1942 in Victoria, BC into the same home which he now leaves. Following his father's sudden death in 1958, Ed cared for his ailing mother until her passing in 1965. He would go on to graduate from the University of Manitoba, and joined the physiotherapy department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital where he would remain for thirty years before medical problems forced him into early retirement. During that time he became known throughout the hospital system for his dedicated work with patients and his patient teaching of numerous young nurses, paramedics, and therapists. Ed was also a founding member of the West Gorge and District Ratepayers Association, serving as its president for 15 years, as well as a vocal advocate for local residents. In his nine years of retirement, he came to enjoy walking around the neighbourhood he had spent his entire life in, and was often seen chatting with people on the street or enjoying a lunch at the local restaurants. In the months before his death he would spend many hours sitting in his yard, listening to nature, and admiring his beloved gardens. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St, on Tuesday, May 1, at 10:00AM, followed by interment at the Royal Oak Burial Park. 363688
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Published in The Times Colonist from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2007.