GEORGE ASHWORTH WARDLE

Wardle, George Ashworth

Survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey Joyce Wardle (nee Davis), his children Susan Wickert (William), Aileen Wardle (Hugh Brock), Nancy Ferris (Robert) and granddaughter Kristin Ferris, Douglas Wardle (Sheila) and granddaughters Lindsay and Allison Wardle, and David Wardle (Tanya).

Predeceased by his dad George Edward Wardle (1932), his mom Margaret Grace Williams (Wardle)(nee Lyall)(1977), his stepdad Ira Williams, his sisters Gwendolyn, Emily, Jacqueline and Bernice, and his step-brothers Mahlon and Harry.

Dad was a quiet man with a dry sense of humour, who observed and experienced many things in his long life. Born in Princeton, raised there and in Vancouver, he worked in the Princeton Post Office, and as a welder in Allenby near Princeton before joining the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1942. He served in England, Normandy and other areas in northern France, Belgium, and Holland. When he talked to us about his service, he told us about the funny times, but never shared the bad.

Following the war he was an assayer at the Reeves-MacDonald Mine near Salmo, BC. He and Mom moved to Summerland in early 1954 where they raised us kids and Dad worked in the Entomology Lab and then the Chemistry Lab at the Agriculture Canada Research Station until his retirement in 1986.

Avid gardener (best corn and tomatoes), voracious reader, history buff and follower of politics, current affairs, hockey, CFL football, and British soccer, Dad enjoyed being outdoors doing chores on the family “estate” in Trout Creek, starting seeds for his garden each spring, watching a good British mystery or comedy on TV, or talking to you about the latest good book he’d read.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Burgoyne for his attentive and respectful care of Dad, to Dr. Broder, and to all the staff in the Rehab and Acute Care wards at Penticton Hospital.

In keeping with family wishes, cremation has occurred and will be followed by a private gathering at a time to be determined. In Dad’s memory, please consider a donation to the Summerland Food Bank or to the South Okanagan Medical Foundation’s new hospital tower fund.

“We miss you Dad.”


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