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February 3, 1928 - March 9, 2024

Richard (Neil) Grainger passed away peacefully on March 9, 2024, at the age of 96, with family at his side. Born February 3, 1928 in Chilliwack BC, Neil grew up on a farm in Rosedale and was deeply affected by the death of his older brother Frank in WWII.

He went on to open his own business and worked in the local automotive industry for most of his life. As well as running a business and raising a family Neil found time to volunteer in the community as a member of the Chilliwack SAR (Search and Rescue) for 30 years.

An avid curler, he served on the Chilliwack Curling Club executive, an honorary lifetime member of the Chilliwack Museum & Historical Society and lifetime member of the Chilliwack Outdoors Club where he was an active member.

Neil enjoyed time in the mountains which included taking the family skiing most weekends in the winter as well as water skiing in summer at Cultus Lake where he bought and renovated a cabin enjoyed by the family.

During the mid-1980's Neil spearheaded a local project to honour those who fought and died in WWII. Geographic features such as mountain peaks, lakes and streams were visited, crosses, many of which he made himself were placed and a story about the individual was written for the Chilliwack Progress on a bi-weekly basis.

This was the seed material for The Mountain Project, a book he later wrote and published; Neil wished to thank all those who assisted, you know who you are.

In retirement Neil continued to curl until he was 91, he discovered he had a talent for carving and enjoyed many hours in this pursuit.

Neil was predeceased by parents Herb and Amy Grainger of Rosedale, brother Frank and sister Chris.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years June (nee Nelson) Grainger, children Nancy (Chris), Brenda and Darcy (Sharon), grandchildren Andrew (Michelle), Simeon (Amanda), Mia (Andreas), Arienne and Celine as well as great grandchildren Kate, Malachi, Brooklyn and Caius.

A heartfelt thank you to all the health care professionals both seen and unseen, including Admin staff, Home Care Workers, Care Aides, Nurses and Doctors who have assisted in Neil's care over the last several years.

Thanks to the family, especially son in law Chris for his boundless creativity and expertise finding solutions for Neil's needs.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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