Warner Elton Hockin

September 17, 1924 – October 30, 2021
t is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Warner Elton Hockin, our father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and neighbour.
Warner passed on Saturday, October 30, surrounded by his family, at 97 years old.
Predeceased by his loving wife of 74 years, Mary (on October 3), and his twin sister, Mildred (2016), he leaves behind his sons, Lloyd, Gary (Sharon), Tim (Lori), Ken (Christina), daughter Lorraine (Marty). He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Warner was born September 17, 1924 in Chilliwack and grew up in Rosedale. When World War II broke out, he was just 18 and enlisted with the RCAF and served overseas with the 419 Salvage and Repair Unit of the RAF Second Tactical Air Force.
Shortly after his return, he met the love of his life, Mary. They married on February 27, 1947 at the Rosedale United Church.
Warner worked for the Gulf Oil (previously BA Oil) bulk plant for approximately 35 years. He was a proud life-time member of the Royal Canadian Chilliwack Legion Branch No. 4. At 94 years of age, he was one of the Canadian delegates that returned to Normandy beach to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
He was also a longstanding member with 879 Earl MacLeod Wing Air Force Association of Chilliwack. He was made a knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
Warner was a passionate license plate collector as a member of ALPCA. He was an avid gardener, a skillful home carpenter, generous with his time working on projects for others. He was loved by many for his sense of humour and generosity, receiving numerous recognitions for his contributions.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scott Markey, Dr. Andreas Wolff, Dr. Carter Smith of the Young Clinic; Lisa, Lara, and the nursing team at Chilliwack Primary & Community Care; and to all Dad’s neighbors, especially Coletta Holmes and her family, the best neighbours Dad could have.
There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m. for both Mary and Warner, whereupon Warner will be given the distinction of an honour guard.
A celebration of life follows for both at The Legion, 295 Vedder Road at 2 pm. Covid regulations apply.
Mom and Dad, you will be forever in our hearts. We love and miss everything about you both.

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