Albert Norman (Bert) Janes passed away peacefully on August 31, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Bert’s gentle spirit and quiet ways will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Darlene.
Bert was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital (Comox) on August 8, 1929. As a child, he lived in Camp 3, spent summers at Williams Beach, then moved to the family farm on Headquarters Road. Bert graduated from Tsolum School in 1947. He began his work life at age 18 at the Comox Logging Headquarters Commissary then went on to study accounting. In 1954, Bert transferred to Ocean Falls to take a position as an accountant in the logging office.
After 13 years and the birth of his 4 children, Bert moved his family to Richmond in 1967. He continued his employment with Crown Zellerbach, working in New Westminster and Richmond until his retirement in 1985. Bert and Darlene returned to the Island in 1986, building a new home on the family property.
Bert filled his 33 years of retirement with reading, gardening, playing cards, fishing and camping. He loved his homestead and spent many hours with his friendly fowl, pet sheep and feline companions. Bert was a founding and active member of the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church.
Family was always at the forefront of Bert’s life. He was blessed with three daughters, Leslie (Neil Antymis) of Calgary, Lori (Norm Stewart) of Parksville, Louise (Jeff Grognet) of Parksville and son Lee (Carolyn) of Courtenay. He loved his six grandchildren Nathan, Alysse and Rhys (Mansueto), Stephen and Shelby (Anytmis) and Dayna (Janes).
Bert leaves behind his sisters Lois Shopland (Courtenay), Phyllis Hatfield (Comox), Doris Valdivia (Baltimore), Margaret Smith (Calgary) and his brother Earl (Duncan) as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Throughout the progression of his physical incapacity, Bert’s only desire was to remain at home on the farm. His wish was fulfilled with the nurturing love of his wife, Darlene, the comforting care from VIHA workers and the support of Dr. Peter Gee.
Bert’s life will be celebrated Saturday, September 9th, 2:00 p.m. at the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church (725 Aspen Road, Comox). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Cross or the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church.