George Albert Rhoades

George Albert Rhoades

Albert passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short illness. The last of a generation, he was predeceased by Beulah, his wife of 60 years, and his six siblings. Left to cherish his memory are his children Elizabeth (Bob), Barb (Yves) and Doug on Vancouver Island, six granddaughters and two great grandsons. Albert was a man of integrity and a devoted and steadfast husband, father and friend.

He was born at home in a snowstorm in northern Alberta. He attended school in Manning and Red Deer before attending UBC to obtain his degree in Agriculture in 1954. He went east to work in Ottawa where he met Beulah and it was love at first sight. They returned to Alberta to be married. He then began work throughout Northern BC as a land inspector with Crown Lands. In 1968 he moved to Victoria and became a Regional Director. He transferred to Burnaby in 1980 to become the Regional Director of Major Projects for the Ministry of Lands and played a key role in the development of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Village, Hemlock Ski Hill and Roberts Bank.

Dad retired with Mum to White Rock in 1991 where he enjoyed gardening, wood working and travel from Tuktoyaktuk to Tasmania. He went back to the farm every fall for many years to help bring in the crops. Friends and family living in the lower mainland were the lucky recipients of frequent deliveries of fresh produce from his numerous garden plots and our homes are filled with his homemade furniture. In 2011 he moved with Mum to the Berwick Royal Oak retirement home in Victoria where he happily spent his last years close to his children. He was active on Facebook and email joke chains until a couple of weeks prior to his death. He had a full life and saw so many changes in our world!

A memorial service will be held June 16 at 1:30 PM at Central Saanich United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road, followed by a tea.

Dad always gave a donation to any charity that asked him for one.

In lieu of flowers, please put a donation in the next charity envelope that arrives in your mail.

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