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Frederick (Vince) Massey

November 9, 1941 - January 8, 2014


Vince passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  He was born on November 9, 1941.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Diana; children, Raymond (Pam) and their son Samuel; Michael (Deidre) and their children Kyle and Jade; Tanya (Chris) Albury, as well as his brother Melvin Massey (Peggy) of Parksville, brother-in-law Jim Wright (Laurie) of Surrey and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Vince joined the Army at age 17 in 1959-1962 and served overseas.  He then met his beautiful bride, Diana in Honeymoon Bay.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past October 12th, 2013. 

Vince worked as a truck driver for 43 years starting with CPR, Domans and retired from Trans Isle Freightways in 2007 (14,220 days to be exact).

During his working career he was also a volunteer ambulance driver for 9 years.  Vince loved fishing and years of camping trips as well as hunting.  He is well known for his “famous” smoked salmon.  He will be missed by his friends and family and many other “Lucky” associates.

There will be a celebration of life at the Duncan Eagles Hall on Saturday, January 18 from 1-3pm.  Please stop by to share a story and enjoy some refreshments. Also, a sincere thank you to the emergency responders who attended our home.


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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: Betty and David McIlroy
Relation: Friend

Diana and family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Vince. We knew he was not feeling well, however this is a total shock. We got to know Vince very well through the Eagles, and we enjoyed his stories. He was very proud of his family and you Diana. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Are hearts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Dave and Betty

From: Mike Caljouw
Relation: Friend of the family

Goodbye Mr Massey
He will be missed by the many people he touched in his travel through life. I am one of them. I all ways enjoyed talking to Mr Massey. He lived life his way and we can all respect that. I will remember the nights that i watched the Sat. night hockey game with Mr Massey and Ray sharing a brew and many stories. He will be missed.

From: Brian and Tracey Hughes
Relation: Friend

Dear Diana and family. Vince will be truly missed and remembered. We had wonderful times with him at the Eagles and It was very hard saying goodbye to him when we moved away. Now it is heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to him this last time. god bless you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you … cheers my friend till we meet again ….

From: Lorraine Lawrence
Relation: friend

Dear Diana and family
Sincere condolances to you and your family

From: Padre Arthur E. Gans, 8th Cdn Recce Regt
Relation: Honorary Padre, 8th Cdn Recce Regt

To the Family of the late Tpr Frederick V. Massey
Dear Friends,
I apologize for the lateness of this. As the Honorary Padre of the 8th Cdn Recce Regt, one of my duties it to write a letter of condolence to the families of deceased members of the regiment.
Please accept our sympathy and condolences on the death of our wartime comrade.
As a longtime active duty chaplain I am well aware of the bonds that soldiers who have been in battle together form. They become as family in the time of battle and sacrifice. As the Padre for several of the last reunions of the regiment, I met many of thesurvivors of the 8th Recce’s campaigns. And because I was their chaplain, they told me stories of their war which they may not have shared with anyone else. There are very few of those veterans left now and with their passing we lose an important part of Canada’s story.
In a few weeks we will again celebrate Remembrance Day and a grateful country will again remember the sacrifices made on its behalf. A wreath will be laid in Vernon on behalf of the 8th Cdn Recce Regiment to honor all its members who have passed on. I will be laying that wreath and in my prayers at it is laid, I will remember Frederick (Vince) Massey.
Arthur E. Gans+

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