July 10, 1930 – December 29, 2012
Dennis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce, of 62 years, daughter Susan (Stuart), sons Robert and Richard (Trish), grandchildren David, Brent, Stefanie (Jason), Russell, Angela and numerous great grandchildren plus a larger extended family including Kassandra, Sarah, Meaghan and Rachel. Dennis was pre-deceased by his sister Beverley and grandson James.
Dennis was a well-known local athlete in his early years playing soccer, rugby and competing in track and field events. He graduated from Oak Bay High School in 1948 playing sports for his school as well as for and against several other teams including the YMCA, local First Nations groups and the Armed Forces.
He worked for 36 years for the Province of BC and made many good friends during those years. Dennis was active with the boating community in Victoria. He had a great love for woodwork, gardening and the Gulf Islands, and was happiest at the family cabin or any marina. Family members fondly remember summers full of fishing, camping and road trips. He taught us how to get along with others and how to complete our projects with care, patience and precision.
A special thanks to staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital and to Dr. Merali for their care and compassion.
A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday January 12 at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patient Care Center at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (1952 Bay Street Victoria, BC V8R 1J8, Tel: 250.370.8000).