Harold (Hap) Elwood EDMONDSON

Harold (Hap) Elwood Edmondson passed away in Chilliwack hospital March 27, 2007. Born April 13th, 1920 in Chilliwack. Parents were Archie and Maude Edmondson. Hap graduated high school and joined the RCAF in 1940. He was stationed in Vancouver. He married Emily (louise) Ivett in 1944. After the war he worked for the Income Tax Department while studying for his CGA. Hap started his own accounting business in Chilliwack in 1947 with Len Galbraith from Vancouver. Over the years he had several partners including John Dries, Fred Robbins, Tony Roper, Rick Paulding & Ron Burr. He retired in 1982 and joined the Pemberton Investment firm where he worked until 1990.

Hap was concerned about his hometown and served Chilliwack in several ways over the years. He was appointed by the Federal Government to help organize the Canada Pension Plan. In 1951 he joined the local Rotary Club serving as its president in 1957/58. In 1958 he was the founding president of the Chilliwack Golf Course. He served as a member of the hospital board and accountant for the Medical Dental Building. Hap also served on the board of the Community Services. In 1968 Oliver Wells took Hap and Marg Evans on as partners to ensure the Wells Bird Sanctuary was maintained as a wildlife reserve in perpetuity. After Oliver’s death in 1972 his daughter Marie Weeden continued to support her father’s legacy and with Hap formed the current Sanctuary Society made up of all the people living on its banks.

Hap is survived by his wife Louise, sons Ross (Sharon), Greg (deceased) (Linda), Brad (Michele) and sister Eileen (Bert) Street. Grandchildren Rhonda (Glen), Sandra (Stephan), Angela, Amanda (Bill), Mike (Emily), Cody and Hayley. Great grandchildren Kirsten, Brendan, Erik, Trigg, Clark & Vaughn. Hap was predeceased by his mother, father, brothers Homer & Allan and his son Greg.

Special thanks to Dr. Esmail and the staff at Chilliwack Hospital. Funeral Services will be held as Chilliwack United Church, Wednesday April 4th/07 at 11 am.

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