William Patrick “Pat” Carleton passed away peacefully at home on November 29, 2004 at the age of 84 years. He was born March 25, 1920 in Langley, BC.
Pat is survived by his loving wife Kay, of 63 years; son, Gordon (Robyn); daughter, Patricia (Maurice) Conway; grandchildren, Sean, Kelly, Kimberley, Tracey and Todd, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Edna and sisters, Audrey, Olive and Dorothy.
He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends.
Pat’s early years were spent growing up in the Vancouver area where his family had strong ties with the Salvation Army. Pat played trombone in the Salvation Army Youth Band and during the war years, was a bandsman in the RCAF and the Irish Fusiliers Reserve bands. He worked in the coffee industry for 25 years, 15 with F. J. Neate and Co. and 10 with Dickson’s Coffee.
Pat retired in 1971 to his summer home at Alta Lake, (Whistler) BC. In September 6, 1975, Pat was elected Whistler’s first Mayor, holding that honour until December 6, 1982. During that time, he and his many council members laid the foundation and started the construction of the Village of Whistler. In 1991, Pat and Kay left their beloved Whistler and moved to Sardis, BC. However, his heart and legacy will always be at Whistler.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 6, 2004 at 1:30 pm at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave Chilliwack, BC. Major Angus Haggarty will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.