ALEXANDER J. GRIMMER

Alexander J. Grimmer of Summerland, BC passed away peacefully in his 99th year at Westview Place, Penticton, BC on March 17th, 2016 with family by his side. Who was this wise and remarkable man? He was someone who taught us the true values of life – honesty, integrity and love. He was someone who taught by example and sage advice to inspire us to work hard – to be strong every day as we journeyed through our lives. He was someone who encouraged us to care for others – to be brave as we charted new waters. He was someone very special. He was a true gentleman. He was our dad. We will love him ‘til forever ends. God speed. Dad was pre-deceased by Coral, his wife of 60 years, on August 25th, 2004. He is survived by sons Ross (Monika) of Kelowna, BC and David (Janis) of Penticton, BC; grandson Shayne of New Westminster, BC; and daughter-in-law Linda of Kelowna, BC. Dad was born and raised in New Westminster, BC, the youngest of 4 siblings, from a 2nd generation pioneer family. After graduation from high school he attended university in Chicago, ILL where he obtained degrees in structural engineering and law. Upon returning home, Dad enjoyed a very successful career working primarily in the pulp and paper industry. He began his engineering career in 1939 with the Powell River Company. He moved to North Vancouver in 1944 where he worked for a number of consulting engineering firms before going to Alaska Pine and Cellulose in 1951 which became Rayonier Canada and finally Western Forest Products. He retired from Western Forest Products in 1982 where he held the position of Chief Engineer. Dad and our mother moved to Summerland, BC in 1984. He quickly became active and involved in the community as a member of the Summerland Lions Club, the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and the Summerland Advisory Planning Commission. Dad was one of the driving forces behind the creation and building of the Summerland Youth Centre. Dad was a ‘Lion’ for over 60 years and received a number of awards including the prestigious Judge Brian Stevenson Award. He was one of the founding members of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Dad moved to Angus Place, Summerland in 2005 and within a short period of time there was no question that he was again happy and content. Angus Place was his home. Sadly, in December 2015 he was stricken with a debilitating pneumonia. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all staff at Angus Place who on a daily basis go beyond expectations to ensure that all the residents enjoy a safe and happy home. We would also like to acknowledge Dad’s very special friend Mary Coates. They were inseparable and looked out for each other’s well-being every day. We would also like to extend our thanks to all the caregivers at Westview Place. There will be no service at Dad’s request. In Dad’s memory, donations can be made in his name to Parkdale Housing Society (Building Fund), 100-9302 Angus St., Summerland, BC V0H 1Z5. Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.


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