Tudor John Rutherglen

Tudor John Rutherglen

August 14, 1916 ~ June 23, 2014

Tudor was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba too parents, Jack Randall, and Edith Dulcibel Rutherglen.

Two years later they moved to England, when father Jack, was sent with the Canadian Army for WW1, where his brother Conway was born. The family returned to Canada in 1920, settling in the Sunny Brae area of Shuswap Lake. Tudor, his mother Edith, brothers Conway, Ted, and Bill resettled in the Longbeach area of Kootenay Lake in 1924, where he lived out the rest of his life.

The boys grew up hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring their wilderness area. Life wasn’t easy for a single parent in those days so the boys had lots of chores to do, picking fruit, cutting wood, and looking after animals. As a young boy along with an old game warden, he helped stock most of the mountain lakes in the area, which meant carrying a heavy can of water and fish on his back. Tudor was always very physically active from growing huge gardens in Longbeach, to hiking the high country, fishing the streams, to slashing out trails. As anyone who knew him, will attest to, huckleberry picking was a favorite.

He had a great passion for hockey playing during the war while stationed in England, and on through the years in Nelson, and finishing up in Kaslo for the old timers. He played in various old timer tournaments throughout BC and Spokane and played right through the years past retirement. Not hanging up his skates until a hockey injury at the age of 78 which finished his career. Badminton was also one of his retirement activities.

He went to war in 1940 with two of his brothers and saw action in Normandy, France, Holland, and Belgium. He represented his regiment the Duke of Connaught own Rifles, at the 60th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. After the war, he worked for the Land Registry office, then the Department of Highways, where he ran the Nelson Ferry, then on to the toll gate of the Nelson Bridge. He worked in construction as a carpenter up to his retirement.

Music was a very big part of his life having taught himself to play the accordion. His brothers and he played together as a band on occasion. He played with various dance bands throughout the years and was able to play up to the time of his passing.

He was predeceased by his younger brothers Conway, Ted, Bill, and his little great grandson Issac. He is survived by his children: Robert (Linda), of Nelson, Elaine (Bob) of Mission, Dulcie (Dave) of Ymir, Anne (Mike) of Surrey, sister-in-law Pauline Rutherglen of Nelson, as well as 5 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 3 great granddaughters, 2 great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews throughout BC and various parts of the world.

A memorial service will be held Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 11 am at the Balfour Evangelical Covenant Church on Upper Balfour Road.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that any donations be made to the:

Kaslo Minor Hockey Association,

In memory of Tudor Rutherglen

Box 1064, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0

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