Albert Reed served for many years as a trustee for the Gabriola Fire Protection District. His contributions to the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department have been extraordinary, and we miss him very much. We asked Albert’s family to allow us to print his obituary. This is what they submitted.
Albert James Reed
February 11, 1942 – June 1, 2015
Albert Reed of Gabriola Island, B.C., passed away on June 1, 2015.
Albert was born in New Westminster B.C. on February 11, 1942.
He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of 50 years, son Eric and his family, Angela, Hailey, Jaycie, and Holley, daughter Lee Anne and her family Rich, Abbey, and Zach, brother Dave and sister in law Paula. His nieces Elizabeth, April and Sarah, nephew Mike, his cousins, and his many friends on Gabriola Island, Deep Cove, the Lower Mainland and across Canada, will also deeply miss him.
Albert was a brilliant engineer and scientist, a great teacher and mentor, a loving husband, father, gramps and uncle. His life was defined by his intellect, wisdom, humour, his outreach to others and his gift to develop strong lasting relationships both professionally and personally.
He loved working for the Gabriola community through dedicated service with the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department.
Albert was passionate about The United Church of Canada. He saw no contradiction between being a scientist and a person of faith. He lived his faith and spoke up for justice.
For his entire life, he always role modeled the following wisdom:
When you encounter difficulties, go ahead.
When there is merit, give it to others.
Learn from those who know more and
Help those who know less.
Celebration of Albert’s life… Saturday, June 20, 1:00 pm at Gabriola United Church. Reception will follow at Gabriola Fire Hall.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to…The United Church of Canada, Mission and Service Fund. https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1955&AID=1531
Thank you to the Gabriola First Responders and Ambulance crew and to the nurses at Nanaimo Regional Hospital whose compassionate care provided a gentle cocoon for our family.