Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: August 16th, 2012
Trevor Hancock passed away peacefully in Kamloops on August 16, 2012, at age 82.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Eleanor, his daughter Jennifer (Alex Zahara), Vancouver, sister-in-law Janet Witton (Chuck Syme), Gold River, brother-in-law Jim Witton, Port Hardy, Cathy Witton, Campbell River, nephew Michael Witton (Mimi Yoon), Edmonton, niece Natasha Witton (Daren Howich), Port Hardy, and cousins Thelma Malkin (Alex), Roma Welch and families, England, and many friends.
Trevor was a mining engineer and a provincial mine inspector. He joined the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in 1982. After two years in Prince Rupert he was transferred to Kamloops, responsible for Highland Valley Copper, areas north to Tete Jaune Cache, east to the Rockies, the Chilcotin and part of the Cariboo.
He worked with mining inspectors Ed Sadar, Jim MacCulloch and Ed Beswick, technical inspector Joe Seguin, geologists Rick Meyers and Gordon White, mechanical inspector Ray Heistad and reclamation inspector Art O'Brian. Lola MacCulloch was office manager and Joyce Worsfold office assistant. Trev also spent periods in Victoria assisting with the re-writing of the BC Mining Act, for which he received a citation.
He retired in 1995 and continued to enjoy hiking, travelling with Eleanor, spending time with family and friends, gardening, oil painting and studying photography; his photos of the Rockies were much admired.
Trevor was born in Kidderminster, Worcs. He graduated from Birmingham University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in mining engineering in 1951. His student mining days were spent at one of the old Cornish tin mines where hot pasties came down the shaft for lunch. Emigrating, he worked in Virginiatown, ON, Buchans, Nfld., Sudbury and the uranium mine at Elliott Lake, ON, where he was one of the three young "British gentlemen adventurers" on staff.
In B.C he worked for Falconbridge Minerals Ltd. as general superintendent at Zeballos Iron Mines Ltd., where he experienced the 1964 Good Friday Alaska tidal wave. In 1966 he and Eleanor, an elementary school teacher, were married in Zeballos. In 1971 Trev became the happy father of a baby daughter, Jennifer Adelaide. The family lived twice in Vancouver.
In 1972 Trevor, Eleanor and Jenny moved to snowy Stewart. Trev was superintendent of engineering and geology for Granduc Operating Company, a Newmont Mines (New York) operation, Canada's largest underground copper mine. At Stewart the family enjoyed a vibrant group that included people from Czechoslovakia, Zambia, Hungary and Croatia. After seven years, Trev was transferred to Similkameen Mining Corp. at Princeton for three years; he then joined the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
There will be no funeral service at this time.
Donations may be made in Trevor Hancock's name to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 150 - 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5G 1Z1. Telephone 604-877-6040, Toll free 1-888-906-2873.