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Harry Evans

April 25, 1920 - April 21, 2014


Harry Evans, much-loved Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, teacher, and friend, passed away peacefully at Cowichan District Hospital on April 21st, 2014. He was 93.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1920, Harry was the third of four sons and was raised to highly value music and a good education. 

Harry served in the British Army in Africa during WW2. After the war, Harry attended Glasgow University, later becoming a teacher. He married Barbara, and in 1960 immigrated to Canada. In 1964 he found his permanent home in Lake Cowichan. In 1961 daughter Fiona was born, and his son Ian followed in 1965. Although they parted ways, Barbara and Harry remained friends.

After he met Helen in 1971, they married in 1981 and then became the heads of one great big happy combined family, welcoming more and more into the fold over the years. Their house on the Lake became the setting for many happy events and gatherings of the clan.  Harry adored his family, and living by the Lake.  

Harry had many interests, playing piano was one of the big ones. He also liked chess, cryptic crosswords, politics, their boat Salaambo, being a member at the Legion and Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre.

Perhaps most of all, Harry will be remembered for his extraordinary sense of humour.  Although we are not sure if he knew every joke that was ever told, we are quite sure that he knew some that shouldn’t have been!  He was so full of charm and mischief and had something witty to say on every occasion.

Harry was pre-deceased by his parents, his brothers Willie and David, son David, grandson Chris and former wife Barbara. Harry is survived by his loving wife Helen, brother Duncan, children Ian (Claudine) and Fiona Evans; Don Smillie (Lorette); Ron Hamilton (Sandra); Joan Hyatt (Dick); grandchildren William (Amanda)  and Matthew (Amy); Michael (Ashley), Megan, Nicole and Josselyn, Kristin, Robert (Sarah); Steve (Michelle) and Bryan; Great-grandchildren Quinn, Aiden, Aliya and Miya, and many  relatives in Scotland.

The family would like to thank the Nurses at CDH who cared for Harry in his last days: Janice, Kristi, Arnie, Christina, and Dr Postuk.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Tuesday April 29th, at the Youbou Hall, 8550 Hemlock Street, Youbou. Flowers gratefully declined.


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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: Steve and Michelle Hyatt
Relation: grandchild

It deeply saddens us at the loss of Harry. Although we lived provinces apart it was like we never missed a beat when we got to visit, and you were always a great host. You taught me to play chess, and I looked forward to our matches when we visited. We enjoyed listening when you played the piano, you were always an entertainer. In our hearts forever…..love Steve and Michelle

From: Tom Callahan and Corrine Brevik
Relation: friends

Dear Helen and family, we are very sad to hear of Harry’s passing. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been his friends and over the years there have been so many experiences and memories for us to cherish. We hope that in the near future there will be the opportunity to gather with many of his friends, drink a toast to a great guy and tell some Harry stories. I know that I have more than a few.
Tom and Corrine

From: Danette Schutte
Relation: She was my teacher MANY years ago

Mrs. Evans, I knew you when you were Mrs. Hamilton. You were one of my favourite teachers and I just wanted you to know how profoundly sorry I am about the loss of Harry. As I am in constant contact with Stephen Watson, who was my grade 7 teacher, he informed me today of your loss. I read the obituary and it sounds that being married to Harry was the joy of your life. I will be thinking of you tomorrow on the day of his funeral (I live in Saskatchewan). I don’t know if you will remember me (my dad had Danny’s Taxi), but I wanted to acknowledge Harry’s passing and wish you and your family all the best. With my most deepest sympathies,
Danette Schutte
Dalmeny, Saskatchewan

From: Rob Wilson
Relation: friend and former colleague

Our regrets and apologies that we will be unable to attend the service this afternoon.

Harry warmth and wit wit will be missed by all who knew him.

from Rob and Doris Wilson

From: Elvin Hedden
Relation: friend

I was saddened to hear that Harry passed away. As a teaching colleague, friend and musician Harry has always been a bright light in my time in Lake Cowichan. Our band will miss he and Helen joining us on Thursday’s at the Senior Centre for pie Day, music and dance. This Thursday we will play two songs they asked us to play; The Blue Bells of Scotland and Mull of Kintyre. I am picking up my wife at the airport so cannot make the memorial, however, my thoughts will be with you.

From: Joni Johal
Relation: Friend

Helen, I just heard of Harry’s passing this evening so sorry to hear this, please forward our condolences to the rest of the family. Harry certainly had plenty of jokes and laughter, we have great memories of working together, he will be missed.

From: Rebecca Fothergill (Kellerman)
Relation: former student

So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing (or as i was accustomed to addressing him-Mr. Evans). I had the privilege to have been one of Harry’s students at LCSS in the ’70’s and have many fond memories of his “larger than life” personality. He instilled more than just an education in his students–he instilled a love of life as well! My condolences go out to you all.

From: Linda, Anne and Jim Chapman
Relation: Family friend

Harry was so full of life. He made everyone comfortable. A wonderful man.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 29, 2014
Beginning at 2:00pm

YouBou Hall
8550 Hemlock Street
Youbou, BC Canada

8550 Hemlock Street
Youbou, BC Canada

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