March 22, 1930 – January 26, 2021
We sadly announce the passing of our father, Keith Roland Neil Aldous.
He is predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Louise and his close companion in later life, Noella and a son-in-law, Dennis.
He is survived by his 4 children, Linda (Randy) Bell, Neil (Jennifer) Aldous, Sherrie (Joe) Iverson, Tammy (Hugh) Phye, 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren (with the 7th on her way), and 7 step-great-grandchildren as well as Noella’s daughter Heather, who was a great joy in dad’s life.
Born in Calgary and raise on the lower mainland he had quite an array of interests. He was a phenomenal swimmer and with that became an avid scuba diver dating back to the 50’s when it was still a relatively new sport and taught many others how to dive. He even taught himself how to make his own wet suits.
He also loved water and snow skiing, boating, fishing, camping, travelling and pretty much any other outdoor activity as well as dancing. These are things that he and our mother enjoyed to do together during their marriage.
In later life he used to go travelling to Mexico and Vegas and ultra light flying with a friend who owned a plane. He was also an accomplished violinist when he was younger playing in an orchestra on the mainland. His love of music continued throughout his life. We even found out along the way that he was quite the amateur cartoonist.
He also had a great love and respect for animals and had many pets throughout his life. His main interest, which also provided us with food on the table, was as a talented woodworker. A shipwright by trade working for Yarrows/ Versatile Pacific in Victoria for 33 years (1962-1995) he built two of his own homes, a fishing boat and converted an old bread van into a motorhome.
He used his diving experience commercially at Yarrows examining hull damage and setting blocks in the Government graving dock.
He was a very social guy who ended up living in Duncan.
He spent a lot of time with his friends at the Valley Senior Center socializing and going on bus trips, going out weekly for dinner with different friends, enjoying the casino and going country dancing with Noella. He was a guy who did not waste time. He lived a full and enriched life. Rest in peace dad.
We would also like to thank Dr. Tsang and the staff at the Cowichan District Hospital for the wonderful care they gave our father. As per our dad’s wishes there will be no service.
Online Condolences may be made at www.hwwallacecbc.com
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