Nov. 19, 1938 – Feb. 22, 2012
Alfred passed away peacefully on February 22, 2012.
Alfie grew up in Vancouver and attended Kitsilano High School. It was there he discovered his passion for stage lighting. After studying lighting design in Toronto, he returned to Vancouver where he met up with his childhood friend, Lucille Jardine. She captured his heart and they were married on Oct. 23, 1959. Through his father-in-law, Alfie found work in the vending machine industry. The job became a career and he eventually became the sales manager for a large company. After leaving the corporate world, Alfie became an entrepreneur and was self-employed for many years. He was at heart an innovator and an inventor. He was innately curious and always wanted to know how things worked. Alfie loved “tinkering” and there was nothing he couldn’t create or build. He was the person you called if you needed something fixed and he always showed up, toolbox in hand. Alfie was also incredibly generous. He invested his time and his interest in the people around him. Actively involved in his church, he also sat on his apartment’s strata council. He was never more than a phone call away to anyone who needed his help. Alfie was an amazing husband, father, friend and mentor.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Lucille and his sister Joyce Hauptfleisch.
He will be greatly missed by his children Deborah Wilson (Robert), Brenda Radstaak (Steve), Lee-Anne Betts and Don Betts (Shelley); and grandchildren Joshua and Molly Wilson, James and Izabella Betts-McAuley and Thomas Betts. Alfie is survived by his brother Nelson Betts.
A memorial service celebrating Alfie’s life was held at Chilliwack Alliance Church on Feb. 28, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chilliwack General Hospital.