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Robert Forrest

January 27, 1944 - December 10, 2017


With great sadness, the Forrest family announces the passing of a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Cliff passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Cliff is predeceased by his parents Robert and Evelyn Forrest. Cliff always welcomed everyone into our home, and he dedicated his life to his family and his community. Cliff was a third-generation pioneer of Hillbank Farms in Cowichan Station and the owner/operator of Hillbank Gravel Supplies. He was a volunteer fire fighter and Fire Chief of the Cowichan Bay Fire Rescue and was a board member of the Cowichan Bay Fire Board. Cliff was also on the Elks Board of Directors and volunteered for numerous events and fundraising activities. As well, Cliff was actively involved in Duncan Junior Baseball as a coach and umpire and in bowling, hockey, and soccer with his three sons.

Cliff is survived by his loving wife Joyce of 52 years, three sons Rob (Teresa), Tom (Lisa), and Darin (Jennie), as well as 6 grandchildren Dustin, Cory (Corissa), Dylan, Connor, Logan, and Jade and 3 great grandchildren Kaleb, Keyden, and Blakely, and his walking partner (Sammy the dog). Cliff was a generous man to his entire family, including his nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw, and cousins. Joyce and the family would like to thank Cowichan Valley Home Support and Care and Dr. Andrea Wilhelm for the exceptional kindness and care provided to Cliff.

A celebration of life is being held at the Cowichan Bay Fire and Rescue Hall (4461 Trans Canada Highway) on January 6th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Victoria’s Quilts Canada (http://www.victoriaquiltscanada. com) would be generously accepted.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

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

From: Cathy King
Relation: Firehall Family

Sending my heartfelt love to all of the family & friends who were touched by Cliff. Cliff gave me my very first job at Hillbank Gravel supplies. I was 13 & though I only worked Saturdays I bet that office never smelled so good as he’d supply me with lemon fresh pledge to “clean”. Every time I smell that it brings back good memories. I have many memories of the firehall picnics at the Forrest house, parties, and more. I have & will cherish all the memories. Hugging the hearts of your family Cliff.

From: Ed & Joanne Nelson
Relation: Friend

Joyce and family. We are heartbroken to hear of Cliff’s passing. He was such a kind & gentle man. He touched so many who will share treasured memories. Sincere condolences to you and yours.

From: Sheri and Lawrence Taylor
Relation: Freiend

Tom Lisa and family. Our thoughts are with you.

From: Sandra Fitzsimmins
Relation: Friend

Always loved this man.His friendship meant a lot to me.He always had a smile for me.He looked after me in Rincon when I stayed with him and Joyce.He will be greatly missed.

From: Albert and Barbara Scholtens
Relation: Friend.

It is with sadness to hear of cliffs passing our condolences
are with you Joyce and the family.

From: Carole Gill
Relation: Friend of 55 years

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Joyce and family. Cliff will be missed by all of us at the Elks. His generosity in volunteering will be felt by the whole community. May you find peace and comfort knowing many people are praying for you.

From: Al Cormons
Relation: Good Friend from the Elks Lodge

Joyce and Family, My Sincere Condolences to you on the passing of Cliff. He was a very special friend whose company I always enjoyed. Peace be with Cliff. Al Cormons

From: Barbara & Ralph Williams
Relation: family

Sending condolences to the entire Forrest family. Its so true that Cliff and Joyce welcomed us into their home over many years. Cliff was a gentle giant in stature and in heart.

From: Trish Kolk and Bill Bellvau
Relation: Trish school friend, Bill Business friend

I went to school with Cliff Bill was a truck driver. He was a kind young man in those days. Even though we have not seen Cliff for many many years, our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and friends who will sorely miss him. Trish Kolk and Bill Bellvau

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
January 6, 2018
Beginning at 1:00pm

Cowichan Bay Fire Hall
4461 Trans Canada Highway
Cowichan Bay, BC Canada

4461 Trans Canada Highway
Cowichan Bay, BC Canada

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