Keith Cyril Hubbard
1946 – 2017
We are heartbroken to announce the peaceful passing of Keith in Chilliwack after losing his courageous battle with cancer. The love of his life for 32 years, his best friend Janie, was by his side. Keith will be cherished and lovingly remembered by Janie, by his stepson Scott and granddaughters Autumn and Kayla here in BC, sister Muriel and nieces and nephews in New Brunswick, also his newly found family – Uncle John (Joan), Aunts Kay, Connie and Gladys in Ontario and New Brunswick. Keith left the family farm and began his 23 year army career at the age of 16. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He was stationed at a number of bases in Canada and had an overseas posting at SHAPE in Belgium. He also had two tours in Egypt and Israel attached to the UN Forces. After retiring from the military, he worked as a civilian Heavy Equipment Operator at CFB Chilliwack for 9 years. When the Base closed he drove city and charter bus for a number of companies, and in semiretirement he drove buses for Senior Resources and Senior Homes. This August Keith would have celebrated being a friend of Bill W for 30 years. Music was a passion in his life, and he was always happy to lend a hand and share his knowledge and many talents. Entertaining at Senior Homes with his musician friends was something he particularly enjoyed. Keith will be missed by many dear friends throughout Canada and around the world acquired through his careers, his personality and, later, thanks to the travelling that he and Janie enjoyed together. A tribute to Keith and A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Vedder Legion on Friday, July 28th at 1:00p.m. It was Keith’s wish to have Janie take his ashes to be scattered in Waggoners Park, CFB Borden, Ontario, where he joined the army as a boy soldier. This will be done in September. We are grateful for the dedicated care Keith received from Dr. Hirst over many years, and from Dr. Zulfiqar and staff at the Cancer Centre in recent years. Thanks also go to Dr. Chris and the staff for the care and comfort they provided at Cascade Hospice during Keith’s final days. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in Keith’s name would be appreciated by the family. For those who knew Keith, with his kind heart and quiet spirit, words cannot express the loss we feel.