We regretfully announce that Eddie passed away peacefully on Sept. 4, in the Shuswap Lake General Hospital at the age of 98.
He is survived by his loving wife Zoe; two stepsons Robert (Annie) of St Petersburg Florida and Bruce (Carol) of Surrey BC; 8 grandchildren Sean (Nicole) of Prince Rupert BC, Suzanne of Vancouver BC, Roy, Mitchell of Rossland BC, Jacqueline (Kyle) of Cumberland BC, Danielle of Chilliwack BC, Carrie (Doug) of Sardis BC and Paige of Vancouver BC; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild, nieces Betty (Loyal) and family of Arnprior, ON and Sharon and family of Edmonton, AB. He is predeceased by his parents August and Amelia, brother Dan, two sisters Elsie and Sarah his daughter Barbara and two nephews David and Don Wolfe.
Eddie was born in Ellerslie (Edmonton) AB on a homestead. He spent his younger years in Edmonton, playing hockey and lacrosse, and falling out of trees. His family moved to Vancouver when he entered grade 10 but he dropped out shortly after, looking for more excitement which entailed riding the rails, picking berries in the Okanagan and making money wherever he could. When war broke out, he hopped the first freight back to the coast to enlist with his buddies. This got him into the dental core with the Army where he was attached to the Air Force and served out the war on the west coast. His training led to him working in the dental lab business and he ended up as a partner in Fine Arts Dental Lab. He studied gold work in Washington to perfect his trade and was later indicted into the BC Dental Hall of Fame.
In his 40’s he tired of the long hours and started a new business in wholesale gifts, traveling across Canada twice a year to develop the E.R. Albert Co. Ltd. It turned out to be very successful and they left Burnaby when he was 52 to retire in the Shuswap. He and Zoe found a lovely spot on the lake and built their home in 1975; golf was his passion in retirement.
Service clubs included the Vancouver Kinsman Club and Fraternal Order of the Masons and Gizeh Shriners Club of BC.
Eddie must have left an impression on people as they never forgot him no matter how long since they last saw him. May he rest in peace.
The family thanks the caring staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital with a special thanks to Kristie. We would also like to thank Dr Redel, Dr Bernard and caring staff at the Medical Clinic as well as the D&T Centre in Chase. Many thanks also to Fischer’s Funeral Services.
There will be no service by request. Donations in Eddie’s memory, if desired, can be made to Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3, www.shuswaphospitalfoundation.org