Vernon SCOTT

Vernon (Vern) Scott left us on Saturday, November 1, 2008 in his Sardis home with his family by his side.

Vern was born on August 10, 1931 at Provost, Alberta. He spent the first 15 years of his life growing up on the family homestead just east of Chauvin, Alberta.

In 1946 the family sold the farm and rode the train west with the intention of joining other family members in Portland, Oregon but instead settled in Chilliwack. Although Vern stayed in Chilliwack for the rest of his life, his heart stayed true to the prairie and he returned to Chauvin to visit “back home” many times.

Over the years his family was enthralled with countless yarns of joyful times spent riding horses, rounding up cattle, and attending old-time dances. One of Vern’s greatest attributes was his colourful sense of humour and hilarious “Vernisms”.

In his early years, Vern worked at various jobs around Chilliwack (in sawmills, logging, beach combing on the Fraser River and Harrison Lake) until he joined Dairyland in 1952. He worked there for 40 years in the capacity of sales/delivery man, eventually becoming route foreman in 1970, and retiring in 1991.

In 1955 Vern married Aileen (Demerse), the love of his life. The consummate couple; you seldom saw one without the other, Vern and Aileen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005. They resided in Sardis for most of their married life and raised 3 children: Peter, Colin, and Janet.

A dedicated family man, Vern was a devoted husband and a loyal and patient father who always put the needs of his family before himself. He loved hockey, music, dancing, animals (except moles!), camping, reading, astronomy, and working in his yard, but mostly, he loved spending time with his family and his friends. He was the best friend a person could have.

Vern was predeceased by his brother Lorne in 1983, and niece Faye Hansen in September, 2008. He is survived by Aileen, his wife of 53 years; sons Peter (Lori), Colin (Sonja), and daughter Janet; grandchildren Brandon, Loren, Carson, and Caelan; sister Helen Cromarty; sister-in-law Jessie Scott, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Fraser Health Home Care Nurses, and especially to our dear friend Carrie Denyer for providing the support that made it possible for us to care for and keep Dad at home during his final months.

A Memorial Tea will be held at Vern’s home in Sardis at 7445 Crestwood Drive, Sardis, on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fraser Health Home Care.

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