Eduardo “Eddie” Mendoza died peacefully at the Fraser Hope Lodge, on January 13th, 2016, in Hope, BC at the age of 77.
Eddie is survived by Aurora and their 5 children: Ederlaine Peterson (Chad), Charles Mendoza (Carol), Grace Bergen (Terry), Heidi Rattay (Dean), Lisa Mendoza-Hulka (Peter), and 8 much-loved grandchildren. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother Narciso (coincidentally the day before on January 12th, 2016 in Seattle).
Eddie was born on October 14, 1938 in Bocaue Bulacan, Philippines. He studied agriculture, and became an Agricultural Teacher. He came to Canada in 1966 and worked at the BC Teacher’s Federation. Aurora came to Canada in 1967 and went to teach at Atlin, Cassiar, and eventually the Alkali Lake Reserve outside of Williams Lake. Eddie moved out of Vancouver and up to Williams Lake to join her. They married in 1970, and all of their children were born and raised in Williams Lake.
Eddie did not teach in Williams Lake, but instead purchased properties as rental investments. Eventually, he and Aurora bought and ran the Mt. View Store before selling it to Jack Leong (his best friend).
Living in the Frost Creek area, Eddie enjoyed raising chickens, ducks, turkeys and other assorted animals on their acreage which also had fishing ponds. He had rental properties that kept him busy as well. He was always on the go, and very active, so it was difficult for him after he suffered a stroke in 2007, and was confined to a wheelchair.
A private funeral was held on January 18th, 2016 in Williams Lake.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.
The family would also like to thank the caregivers and staff at the Fraser Hope Lodge for the professional and compassionate care they provided.