Edward John Bolton of Chilliwack, died on Monday, January 5th 2009 at the age of 93 years. He passed away quietly in Chilliwack General Hospital after a long illness.
Ted was born in Vancouver on June 16th 1915, the eldest of three boys born to John and Edith Bolton, who immigrated from England in 1912. In 1927 his father was transferred to the Creamery at Sardis, and Ted, along with his brothers, attended the local schools.
When WWII broke out, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an air crew trainee, but did not pass the eye tests. He spent most of the war in England as sergeant in the R.C.A.F.: three postings as such were in St. Eval, Cornwall, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and Loughborough. Ted saw service in 1944 after the invasion in France. He returned to Canada when the war ended in 1945. Ted worked for the BC Rail Company for many years until his retirement in 1980.
Left to mourn are his loving wife, Phyllis, brother G. Dennis (Iris) Bolton of Albany, Oregon, nieces Rev. Mrs. Catherine Dowdle (Timothy) of Chula Vista, California, and Dianne Lewis (Scott) of Sun River, Oregon, and numerous family friends and connections. He will be missed by all.
He was predeceased by his middle brother Douglas in 1986.
Ted was an active member in St. Thomas Church, being authorized to take regular services at the Waverly and Valley Haven Guest Home, to take Holy Communion to the homes of those in the church unable to get to the services, as well as organizing the Servers Guild for the Holy Communion at the Church. He was always willing to lend a hand in any way he could. It was a great sorrow to him when his illness cut short his participation in these activities.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 16th 2009 at 1:00 p.m. from the St. Thomas Anglican Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s Memory to the St. Thomas Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice.