Elmer Russell Harper passed away peacefully at Eden Intermediate Care Centre, with his four daughters by his side, on June 11, 2003. He was born on February 26, 1923 in Prince George.
His family moved to the Chilliwack area in the early 1930s, where his father started Harper Sheet Metal on Young St. Elmer graduated from Chilliwack Junior-Senior High School in 1940. During the Second World War he worked at Vicker’s Aircraft in Montreal, Que. along with brothers, Bert and Jack, building harvard Mk11B trainers for the RCAF, RAF, and USAAF. He returned to Chilliwack to work in the family business with his father and brother Howard.
In 1951, he was married to Dulce Roberta Garnett, whom he met on a blind date. A long time member of the Chilliwack Curling Club and an avid golfer, he also enjoyed driving, playing cards, playing pool, watching baseball and hockey, and taking camping trips with his family. Elmer was also a faithful blood donor. He retired from sheet metal work in 1982, and took up the hobby of woodworking, producing many beautiful and intricate pieces.
Elmer was predeceased by his parents, William Gawn Davison Harper and Margaret McClure Harper; brothers, Lloyd, Bert, Howard, Len, and Jack; infant sister Dorothy; wife Dulce; and granddaughter Seraphina Hames.
He is survived by daughters, Anne (Allan) Stewart of Chilliwack, Judy (Ray) Foucher of Greenwood, Lynn Harper of Chilliwack, and Gail (Norm) Hames of Chilliwack; grandchildren, Amanda and Alanna Stewart, Cheryl and Greg Foucher, and Bret, Bill and Shannon Hames.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Elmer’s Life will be held at the Tea Room of Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave. on Monday, June 16, 2003 from 1-3 p.m. Cremation at Valley Crematorium.