It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Malcolm Person, husband, father, grandfather, at the Chilliwack General Hospital on November 22, 2006.
Malcolm was born in Kamloops, June 8, 1930, the fifth of six sons of Agnes and Harold Person. In 1945 he moved to Vancouver to work for his stepfather, Bert Barley, who was employed with Columbia Bitulithic Ltd. Bert was a good teacher as Malcolm continued to work for Columbia for 45 years, retiring December 31, 1990. Driveways, tennis courts, highways, eight airports, and the WAC Bennett Dam at Hudson Hope kept him busy from Vancouver Island to Fort St John. After 20 years of paving province wide, he accepted a position as Superintendent in the Fraser Valley thankful that he could be home. He enjoyed his work and had so much fun at the company fishing derbies, and Christmas parties, winning many trophies and making sure there were enough gifts for everyone.
He was a member of Mt Zion Lodge #19, The Order of the Eastern Star, a Shriner, and proudly served as Worshipful Master in 1985. Upon retirement he missed the companionship of his colleagues, but kept busy with woodworking projects, keeping the lawn and garden in trim condition, bird watching, and spending time at the cabin at Allison Lake fishing for hours trying to catch the big one.
He was a very cheerful and generous man, full of compassion for his employees, and so very proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mary, daughters Lynda (Gary Pope), Hawkins Lake; Cheryl (Gordon) Wiles, Vernon; and son Ken (Kathy) of Popcum; grandchildren Ian Wiles RPF, Dawson Creek, and Charlene Wiles, an SFU student working in Ottawa. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald and Ronald Person, four sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, mother, stepfather, his three older brothers, Chuck, Harold, Gordon, and sister-in-law, Bernice.
Following a private family graveside service on December 1st, a memorial tea will be held on Saturday, December 2, at the Masonic Hall, Hocking Avenue, from 2:00-4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chilliwack Chapter No. 49, O.E.S. Cancer Fund would be greatly appreciated.