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Albert Mcpetrie

May 13, 1927 - November 25, 2013


Passed away peacefully on November 25th. At CDH after a lengthy illness.  Albert was born on May 13, 1927 in Birse, Scotland, he was the last surviving of 6 children born to James and Isabelle McPetrie, who lived and worked on “The Mains of Balfour” a dairy farm just outside of Aboyne. Albert took great pride in the dairy and it was delivering milk one day he met his future bride Helen. They married on April 26th 1952 in Aboyne, and shortly afterwards emigrated to the Cowichan Valley. They settled into the “Cooks Cottage” at Fairbridge farm for $14 a month.  Albert and Helen welcomed their daughter Wendy in May of 1956 and their son Kevin two years later.  Albert spent the first summer working on the Fairbridge farm before he got a job at the original MacMillan Bloedel sawmill in Chemainus. There he spent most of his career working as a millwright until the mill was closed in 1983, afterwards, he worked part time millwrighting at various mills until he retired in 1987.

Albert and Helen enjoyed a long and colorful retirement, they traveled annually back to Scotland and took many trips and cruises to exotic locations. Between their adventures Albert would usually be found working on various projects for many of their retired friends and acquaintances, he was happiest getting his hands dirty.   Albert will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, silly Scottish sayings and always wanting to lend a hand.  Albert was sadly predeceased by his daughter Wendy in 2000 and is survived by his wife Helen, son Kevin (Darlene)  grandchildren, Randy (Rachel) Steven (Erin) Nathan (Heidi) Michelle (Randy) Rachel (Brian) and eight great grandchildren.  We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful caring staff at CDH.

A celebration of life will be held at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Center,  5285 Polkey Rd. in Duncan on Saturday Dec. 14th at 2pm.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marguerite Lawson
Relation: His daughter Wendy and my daughter Cathy, were great friends.

My family and I wish to send Helen and Kevin and family, our heartfelt sympathy. We have many happy memories from the days when our children were growing up. Cathy and Wendy were great pals, until Wendy passed away tragically.

From: Teri and Jerry Mattu
Relation: Friend

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Al. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. Al had a wonderful sense of humour and I always loved the way he made me laugh when we spoke. Helen, take good care and love to you and your family!

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 14, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada v9l 6w3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada v9l 6w3

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