Mr. Edward Drews — late of Eden Home — passed away peacefully on March 4th, 2004, at the age of 102 years. He had lived in the Chilliwack area since 1946, the last seven years in Eden Intermediate Care Center, and prior to that on Margaret Avenue.
He was born on February 25, 1902, at Siarrzewo, Poland. He married Lydia Peter in 1930 and came to Canada in the same year. Upon arrival in Canada, the couple settled in Bloomsbury, Alta., where they farmed for 16 years. They moved to Chilliwack in 1946, where they dairy farmed until their retirement in 1957. For a number of years, Mr. Drews was involved in home construction in the Chilliwack area.
His loving wife, Lydia, passed away in January, 1980. He married Agatha Dalkeith in 1981.
He was an active member of the Evangelical Missionary Church throughout his period of residence in Chilliwack.
He is survived by his second wife, Agatha, children – Reinhold (Barbara) Drews, of Rochester, New York, Margaret Drews of Chilliwack, Herbert (Marian) Drews, of Port Coquitlam, and Mary (Clarence) Bodener of Chilliwack. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren – Nancy (Brian) Otto, Wayne (Carolyn) Drews, Robert (Jane) Sonntag, Carol (Bill) Craig, Tracy (Kevin) Maher, and Tanya Drews. Eight great-grandchildren — Haley Otto, Alyssa Otto, Gregory Drews, Michael Sonntag, Carol Sonntag, Fiona Craig, Billy Craig, and Derek Craig. His brother Gus Drews of Kitchener, Ont., also survives him.
His first wife, Lydia in 1980, five brothers and two sisters predeceased him.
Memorial service will be held at the Evangelical Missionary Church at 1 P.M. on Saturday, Mar. 20, 2004, Pastor Glenn Fretz officiating. Interment will follow the memorial service and social hour at Chilliwack Cemetery — leaving the Church at 3:30 P.M. Viewing will be available at Henderson’s Funeral Home between 9 A.M. and 1 P.M. Saturday, Mar. 20, 2004.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Eden Intermediate Care Center and also to Dr. R.B. MacLeod.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Charis Camp or a charity of their choice.