(Oct. 19, 1922 – Oct. 18, 2011)
Val passed away peacefully on October 18, 2011 at Chilliwack General Hospital at the age of 88 years.
He was born in Kamloops to a family who lived in various railroad communities. At an early age Val joined the Yukon Southern Airlines as a radio operator and entered the RCAF serving in WWII as a radar technician. Following the war, Val rejoined the airline which had now become Canadian Pacific Airlines, working as an executive until 1977 when he became part owner in Simpson Air (Ft. Nelson).
In 1981 he took up a new challenge and moved to Oliver as part owner of the Chevron Station. He was an active member with Fairview Mountain Golf Club including a term as President. He was a HAM operator (VE7BCK) and a charter and life member of the Oliver Amateur Radio Club. Moving to Chilliwack in 2002, Val finally retired.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Shirley; daughter Lynn (Richard); and son, Lance (Jeanette); stepchildren: Carol (Rob), Douglas (Carol), Steven (Pauline), and Patrick; grandchildren: Soren, Wade (Jessica), Rhea (Michael), Adam, Amanda (Todd), Amy (Jason), Noah (Erin), Melisa (Jake), Andrew, Dallas, and Isaac; seven great-grandchildren; niece, Trudi Barlow and family; life-long friend Willa Tweed and family; and many other good friends.
Val was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Moore) and sister Phylis Barlow.
A Celebration of Life Tea will be held at 1:30 pm on
Friday, November 4, 2011 at Halcyon Meadows Clubhouse, 46000 Thomas Rd., Chilliwack (Sardis).
Online condolences can be left at www.Woodlawn-MtCheam.ca