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Vern, a longtime member of Strive's Community Leisure Program has passed away. To Vern’s family and friends, we were shocked and deeply saddened by the news of his passing and we would like to pass on our sincerest condolences.
Vern was a member of our Tuesday group for many years and even though he wasn’t able to join us for quite some time, we were able to keep in touch with him and hear about how he was doing. It seemed that no matter what he was going through he was taking it in stride and always had a positive outlook.
We will miss listening to his opinions about politics, religion, race, gender and just about everything else you’re not supposed talk about, all the while trying to get everyone else to join in!
We will also miss having our own personal encyclopedia. I don’t think there was anything Vern wasn’t an expert on, especially history. Vern is the first person many of us would go to if there was something we wanted to know about almost anything. If he didn’t know the answer on the spot he would go home, research it and come back with a prepared lecture the next week.
Mostly we will miss his friendship, because there is no question that Vern was everyone’s friend, whether they wanted to be or not. Yes, he could ruffle feathers and say the most outrageous things (our favourite was his desire to be dictator for a day on his Birthday), but underneath it all he was the kindest, gentlest, friendliest, smartest and most memorable person that many of us will ever meet.
We visited Fort Langley as a group on several occasions; it was one of Vern’s favourite places. We would meet at the Fort Langley Hall then go for lunch at the Fort Pub. The whole day Vern would tell us stories about growing up in Langley, about his friends and all his sisters. Many of us wish we could be there in person to celebrate Vern’s life, but having been there with him so many times before makes it feel like we are. We have many great memories of Vern and we will continue to remember and talk about him for as long as we meet and we will miss him.
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#500 - 4370 Dominion Street
Burnaby, BC V5G 4L7
4746 Joyce Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 3B6
#100 – 5055 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
(below the Joyce Skytrain Station)