David Stuart Tait, born April 14, 1915 in Winnipeg, Man., died March 4, 2004 at Chilliwack.
Stuart was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Effie, on March 17, 1998; and by his brothers, Hugh and Lester; and sister Jean.
He is survived by his sister Mary; and brother Bob; as well as sons, Barry (Donna), Russ
(Kathy), and Wayne (Lynda); 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Stuart was a descendant of the Taits of Red River, Orkneymen, who came to what is now the Province of Manitoba, in the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the very early 1800s. He was raised and educated in Old Kildonan and West Kildonan and worked at logging in Ontario before moving to Canal Flats, B.C., where he owned a logging truck.
He married the love of his life, Effie, in Calgary, Alta. in 1938, and they returned to Canal Flats. He served five years during the War as an Asro Engine Mechanic in the RCAF. After the war the family moved to Golden where he took a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway as tie inspector in the Columbia Valley.
He subsequently served as Treating Plant Inspector at Transcons, Man., Chief Tie Inspector at Calgary, retiring as Asst. General Tie and Lumber Agent at Vancouver. Stuart and Effie retired to Harrison Hot Springs, and Agassiz, where they had many happy years golfing and enjoying life. They then moved to Sardis.
When Effie died in 1998, Stuart moved to Norman Manor, and when his health failed, to the Eden Rest Home, both in Chilliwack.
He was the Charter President of the Golden Kinsmen Club, a first class softball pitcher in the Air Force, and at Golden, was a curler and an avid golfer most of his life.
A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held in chilliwack on a date to be announced, and his remains will be buried in the Chilliwack Cemetery, together with those of his wife.