May 22, 1919 – April 16, 2016
Eric Mansfield Cargill of Sidney passed away on April 16, shortly before his 97th birthday. Eric was born in Derbyshire and grew up in Leicester, England. He served in the British Army during World War II, and emigrated to Canada after the war. In Vancouver he met and fell in love with a fellow British expatriate, Marjorie Clarke and they were married in 1953. Eric joined the RCAF and was posted to Europe, where he and Marjorie traveled extensively in their Volkswagen Beetle. In 1965 they returned to Canada with their family, which by then included three daughters. After leaving the Air Force, Eric worked for many years as a writer and editor for the federal government in Ottawa. Once the girls were grown, Eric and Marjorie took to traveling again, and enjoyed many trips together to destinations including Britain, Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. When Eric retired, they returned to the West Coast and settled in Sidney, a decision they never regretted.
Eric is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 63 years, their daughters Sue (Dan) Bishop, Pam (Charlie) Schrama, and Louise (Hermann) Bruns, and grandchildren Kyle, Hilary, Will, Martin, Andrew, Ari, and Elena.
Eric’s family is grateful to former caregiver and family friend Roy Neville, longtime friend Shirley Fisher, and the staff of Sidney All Care Residence for their kindness and support. In accordance with his wishes there will be no service; a private family gathering is planned for a later date.
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