ALFRED EDWARD AUTHUR GLEAVE
Born In: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Born: April 22nd, 1921
Passed on: October 20th, 2012
Alfred Edward Authur Gleave began his life story on April 22, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec. As a young boy Alfred (Fred) lived on a farm with his grandparents in Grand Ligne, Quebec, as well he had the priviledge of living with his favourite Aunt and Uncle Ellen and George Harvey. They lived in a small village where he attended a one room school house and then eventually on to Boarding school. (Feller Institute).
On September 9th, 1939 Alfred joined the Essex Scottish Regiment and was sent overseas to England. In 1942 he was deployed to the beaches of Dieppe, France where he endured the ravages of that horrific battle and where he was captured and spent two years, nine months as a POW in Germany.
Alfred made his living working with the Canadian National Railway. He started as a brakeman and then onto Conductor. He enjoyed his work and the comraderie of his fellow co-workers and enjoyed life long friendships with these same men.
In 1946 in Kamloops, B.C., he met a young vibrant Margaret Flann and on January 3, 1948 they tied the knot. Fred and Margaret raised six beautiful children, (Fred, Theresa, Kathryne, Karen, Bonnie & Ronald). Alfred enjoyed his 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Unfortunately Alfred was predeceased by his beautiful daughter Theresa Lynn, grandson Christopher Ross, as well as his sisters Bernise and Jone.
In his eighties, Alfred learned and enjoyed new technology of the computer and he continued his life long endeaure always trying to improve his french. He enjoyed lawn bowling, curling, card games and was forever reading. One of his greatest passions throughout his life and to the end was gardening. Alfred grew wonderful fruits and vegetables for his family over the years, and although he was unable to garden in his later years he maintained his house plants, collected seeds and gave good advice to anyone who would listen.
On October 20, 2012 Alfred Edward Authur Gleave passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was a wonderful, noble, dignified and courageous man who will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him and loved him.
The Gleave family would like to thank everyone who cared for Alfred. Special thanks to the nurses who advocated for comfort and good care, Dr. Langford for all his years of service and genuine caring, Alfred thought the world of you. Special thanks to Dr. Yanko (doctor on call) for his professional manner and human decency for prescribing comfort measures, showing empathy to the family and acknowledging their request.