Alfred (Al) Comeau
October 22, 1926 – February 2, 2010
We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Friend, and Neighbour. Alfred passed away at the age of 83, after a courageous battle in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C.
Alfred was born on October 22, 1926 to Alphee and Lucy Comeau in Meteghan, Digby Co., Nova Scotia. Alfred was the youngest child of six, he had four brothers and one sister, now all deceased.
Alfred dropped out of school at an early age to help run the family homestead, as his father had passed away, and some of his older brothers had gone off to war and the others had to work. Alfred worked at many different jobs, one being in a gold mine in Quebec, another at a logging company in Prince Edward Island. Then onto working for a lumber/construction company driving Cat, and heavy duty machinery in Nova Scotia. He then took a job driving a milk truck, delivering milk to the homes around his community.
Alfred met his first wife, Odessa Hicks, and was married on November 5, 1952, in Sauinierville, Nova Scotia. They had two sons, first Pierre and then Bernard.
In the summer of 1972, Alfred, Odessa and youngest son Bernard moved to Williams Lake to join their oldest son, Pierre. Alfred got a job working at the mill formerly known as Lignum, after a short time he got a new job as a custodian for School District #27. Alfred worked at different schools in the district for approximately 19 years. Alfred warmed the hearts of the many students and teachers who had the pleasure of meeting him. He always had a funny joke to tell, and a sympathetic ear to lend.
Alfred lost his first wife, Odessa to cancer in 1982.
Alfred retired from School District #27 at the age of 65 in 1991. He decided to move his trailer from town out to his son, Pierre’s hobby farm at Rose Lake. Alfred thoroughly enjoyed his time on the farm, painting and mending fences, mowing lawns, keeping the wood stoves going, and the many more duties involved in running a hobby farm.
Alfred then met his current best friend and wife, Sonia Woodcock. Sonia decided to make the move to the country to be with Alfred. They enjoyed their days at Rose Lake immensely. Alfred and Sonia enjoyed their daily walks, and cruising around Rose Lake in their little boat. They added on an addition to their trailer and made a lovely home for themselves. Many fond memories were shared together living at Rose Lake.
Alfred and Sonia were married in Williams Lake on October 31, 1997. In the summer of 1998, Alfred and Sonia moved back to town and set up their new home. They continued to enjoy their many walks in the open fields of the Old Dairy Fields. Alfred especially enjoyed the many wildlife that he encountered on his daily walks, such as deer, fox and rabbits. As a rule they walked daily, rain or shine, hardly ever missing a day.
Alfred’s warm heart, and wickedly funny sense of humor, will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife Sonia, sons Pierre (Lynne) and Bernard (Cathy), granddaughter Lauren Gomes (Nathan), great grandsons Lucas and Jacob, nieces, nephews, Sonia’s son John (Linda), daughter Judy (Ed), granddaughters Jane (Bryan), Kriss (Blair), and their children, grandsons Justin and Jackson, and Sonia’s niece Wanda (George).
There will be no funeral service as per Alfred’s wishes.
We the family, and Sonia, Alfred’s loving wife, would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who touched his life in some way, and would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who made Alfred’s last days as comfortable as possible.