Alexander John Gold
Born on Aug. 22, 1927 in North Vancouver, B.C., the son of William Gold and Madge McComb. He had an older brother, George, and a younger brother, Bill. Alex loved the water. He and his family spent summers canoeing and fishing around Nanaimo and Protection Island. When he was 25, he married Tanis Ellen Jane McKay, who’d remembered him as the postman when she was living with her grandmother. In 1957, they had their first child, Robert John, followed by the birth of Kerry Ellen in 1964 and Erin Maria in 1969. Alex launched his own successful electrical contracting company in the mid 1960s. He built boats and furniture, and he had a passion for playing cards. He enjoyed math and geometry, and an analytical mind for how things worked. When he retired with Tanis to Qualicum Beach, he loved going for long walks in the forest and observing wildlife. After Tanis passed away, he moved to Summerland in 2006 to live with his son Rob. He embraced the community, and was soon active at the Seniors Centre, and spent hours bowling, golfing, playing poker and snooker. Alex was a loyal, deeply compassionate man who believed in the love of family, giving to anyone in need, and embracing life fully. He passed away peacefully on Jan. 5 after a long battle with cancer. He will be deeply missed by son Rob, daughter Kerry, daughter Erin, son-in-law Ryan and grandchildren Benjamin, 7, and Jack, 5. The family would like to thank the staff at the Summerland Seniors Village for being so kind and helpful to Alex in his final year. A Celebration of Alex’s Life will be held on January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am from St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 9311 Prairie Valley Road in Summerland, BC with Reverend Rick Paulin officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association In Memory of Alex Gold, Box 364, 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC V0R 1V0.
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