1927-2020 ~ Dad was born the “12th of 12th of 27” in County Durham, England to Thomas Whittle Makepeace and Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Makepeace.
The family emigrated to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, later moving to New Westminster, B.C. Dad loved to fish, hunt birds with his black lab, play and watch hockey and curling.
He was a good singer, loved to dance and his sense of humour was awesome. Dad loved to camp and, as children, we saw many parts of B.C. that way.
Dad worked as an electrician for Hume and Rumble in the lower mainland and later on in various parts of B.C. and the Yukon. Eventually, he worked for B.C. Hydro for 21 years prior to his retirement.
Dad was married to his second wife Florence for 39 years prior to her passing away in 2010. During those years, they enjoyed many trips to Mexico, Hawaii and snow-birding to Yuma, Arizona.
Dad helped to build family houses in Birch Bay and Blind Bay, B.C. Following Flo’s death, Dad moved to Nanaimo and was able to spend time with his adult children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially liked to take trips around Vancouver Island to learn about the history.
It was very interesting to learn that his father and two uncles had come from England in the early 1920’s to work in the coal mines but especially to play soccer. The Morden Colliery is an exact replica of Blackhall Colliery in England where Dad’s family lived and worked.
Survived by three daughters Anne (Jim), Maureen (Denis), and Dawn (Bill); four grandchildren Ken, Melissa (Trevor), Kristina (Lars) and Elizabeth (Travis); 7 great-grandchildren Shea, Kyra, Miguel, Aria, Georgia, Waylon, Ayla; three step-children Stuart, Lois and Gerald and their families as well as extended family in British Columbia and England.
A special thank you to Kay and to Dave for being such supportive friends in Dad’s later years. Thank you so much to the staff at Kiwanis assisted care and Kiwanis Lodge for all your care and support of our Dad.
There will be no service however, please consider donating to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
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