March 19, 1934 – June 28, 2018
Richard Arundel Drew passed away peacefully at Jubilee Manor in Nelson, BC on June 28, 2018 at the age of 84.
Born in Exeter, England, Rich’s family immigrated to Canada in 1935 to Gray Creek, BC. Rich had many fond memories of the small community and starting school in the one room schoolhouse. During the war, when the school closed, the family moved to Nelson and then to West Vancouver for a short time before returning to Nelson in 1947. As one of the graduates of Nelson High School, class of ’52, he enjoyed the lifelong friendships formed there.
In 1957 Rich married his sweetheart, Sharon, and together they raised their five daughters. He had a 36-year career with B.C. Lands and Forests that had him stationed in numerous communities around B.C. including Rock Creek, Beaverdell, Greenwood, Grand Forks, Invermere, Cranbrook, Kaslo, Pouce Coupe, Creston and Nelson.
Rich is survived by his wife of 61 years,Sharon, and by his daughters, Barbara (Steve Millar, children Gavin, Susan), Heather (Tom McNown, children Melissa (Dennis Smith), Ashley), Jennifer (children Daphne, Scott, Jaron), Valerie (Brett Nichols, children Graham (Maria), Stephanie, Darren), April (Alan Fodor, children Jack, Piper) and three great grandchildren Tyler, Khloe and Julia. He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers, Brennan, Dinham (Cathy), Steve (Viola), brother-in-law Don Wilkins (Kathryn) and their families, as well as his cousins in the UK. Rich was predeceased by his parents Frank Drew and Betty Drew and his many beloved canine companions.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Jubilee Manor for the care and devotion given to Rich during the past two years.
A Memorial Tea will be held in the hall of the Nelson United Church, July 14 from 1:30 – 4:00. There will be an open mike available and friends are encouraged to come and join with the family to share their memories of Rich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation or Nelson United Church.