Born in Bromley, Kent, England, our wonderful father passed away peacefully in Victoria, B.C. Left to mourn his passing are his family: wife Barbara, daughters Andrea Telford (Dan) Allison and Christine Clay, Devon and Patrick Telford, Bobbi Turner (Bruce) James and Ashley Turner, Kate Chipperfield, Paul Mason, and Julie Gibson (Don) Jeremy and Samantha, Tony. He also leaves family in England, sister Elizabeth and nephews Richard and Christopher Leonard and his two beautiful great-granddaughters Marley and Emmy.
Tony lived a long and adventurous life. He grew up in a small English town near London with his brother Brian and sister Liz. Visits to his mother’s family farm in Kent were a childhood highlight! At age 16, he joined the British Merchant Navy and went to war. He travelled over the world on various ships and had many exciting stories to tell. After the war, he came to Canada, joined the Canadian Navy as an officer, and met Barbara. Tony and Barbara married in 1952, travelled across the country from Halifax to Kingston and finally, Victoria, BC In the 1960’s, Tony left the Navy to become a businessman, running dry cleaning outlets and Post Offices until he was in his early 90’s. Barbara and Tony made many trips back to England as well as to Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe with family and friends.
Their last four years were spent enjoying life at Berwick Royal Oak, many thanks to the wonderful staff there.
Dad’s kind manner, thoughtfulness towards others, wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Rest in peace Dad, we love you and will always remember your funny stories and positive nature.
A family Celebration of Tony’s Life will be held at a later date.
Many thanks to the staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital 5th floor North for their compassionate care of Dad at the end of his life.
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ElspethFebruary 6, 2018