November 8, 1932 – August 24, 2020
After 87 years of a life well-lived, Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Grand Forks, BC due to a massive cardiac event.
Born in Carman, MB to Rose and Ernest Last, he worked on the family farm and eventually met his sweetheart, Bernice Alice Mutcher. They married in 1953 while Dad worked in Winnipeg with Red River Co-op.
Daughter Diane and son Ron quickly came along, and we moved to southern Alberta in 1961. Dad was instrumental in introducing and growing the Southern Alberta Cooperative Association to Vauxhall and Taber.
His successes led us to Mission, BC where he was the General Manager, later Branch Manager of Metro Co-op in Ruskin and Burnaby, BC. Although he achieved sales awards and important industry recognition of his work, he was lured to Imperial Oil as a Sales Manager, and eventually leased and operated a very busy Esso gas station in Langley, BC.
He left his working life to pursue more time doing what he loved most: being close to Mom and his family, golfing, curling, being surrounded by friends, and his woodworking shop. He had just finished building their beautiful dream-home in Deka Lake when Mom passed away from cancer in 1998. His heart was truly broken.
He eventually settled in Grand Forks, BC. His ever-active social life led him to meet Sophie Lowe, and they remained close, warm companions to the end.
Surviving is Diane (Mark) Peters and Ron (Pearl) Last. Grandchildren Monique, Ernest (Maggie) and Grace (Donel); great grandchildren: Elijah, Liberty, Tuelo and Adelyn.
Also, sisters Roseanne (Walter) Aleksiuk and Francis (Grant) Stambuski. Sister in-law Gwen Last, and from the Mutcher side of the family: Freda, Ruth, Albert, Wilfred (Deanna) and Marilee.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Rose and Ernest Last, wife Bernice (nee Mutcher), sister Bernice Baker and her husband Donald, brother Reginald. Also in-law family Raymond Mutcher, Stan Dunlop, Elwyn Collins, Donna Mutcher.
Throughout his life, Dad was surrounded by a community of good friends and cherished family members, too many to mention. You know who you are, and we are grateful to each of you for bringing out the best of Dad.
We are comforted to know that Dad has finally rejoined with Mom in God’s perfect place.
Due to COVID restrictions, a small celebration of Dad’s life is planned in Grand Forks Wednesday, September 2nd. Internment of Dad’s ashes will take place in Carman, MB at a later date when we can gather, share our remembrances, and have a toast or two. If considering donations, please think of a charity meaningful to you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baker Family of Grand Forks Funeral Home email@example.com.
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