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(I'll try to be truthful!)- I'm 88 now, in good health in Victoria, British Columbia, living in my own house. And I have some International students, who are attending university- with me, which brightens my days. Son Vern and daughter are in Victoria too, not far from me. I belong to a local amateur radio club which has breakfasts and luncheons several times a year and refurbish bicycles which are free to International Students.

This is Luan from Beijing
A visiting scholar at Uvic for a year.

I was born in Winnipeg in 1917, and lived in Brandon, where I went to school, including Brandon Collegiate. While still in school, I joined a local reserve artillery battery, took gunnery and signals schools and attended annual firing camps at Camp Hughes and Shilo. After graduation, I worked for Continental Auto Supply, wholesale, in Brandon, Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. When World War 11 came along I served in the Brandon army recruiting office in the local armouries, then in artillery units in Canada, England and Northwest Europe, ending up in Germany near Wilhelmshaven- the big naval base. Returning to Canada, I left the army in Vancouver, and settled in Victoria.


Taking a break from work

What a job!- I'm RETIRED! Mostly I spend time on the computers- I have several, adding to our Web Pages, the Family Tree. copying Old Family photos. And I recycle bicycles, which I get from friends and neigbors, spruce up like new, sometimes, and give, free, to International Students at UVIC or Camousan College here.

I have a Canadian and an American Pilot's licence, and still manage to pass the physicals each time they come up.


This is my yard in Victoria
In fall colours!

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:
Doctor Zhivago

Lawrence of Arabia

Private Benjamin

The Russians are Coming!

Far From the Madding Crowd- from the famous book by Thomas Hardy- who lived in the same area as my grandparents- Robert and Martha Walden, and wrote about locals, including the Waldens.

Being an "oldster", I have recorded semi- classics, by Tchaivosky -my favorite- the Strauses and Verdi. In Victoria we have The Turner Classic Movies on Channel 42- continuous 4-star movies without commercials. My favorite Channel!


For nine years I sponsored the Radio Activity at Lester Pearson College here, one of the United World Colleges, founded by Lord Louis Montbatten. Pearson College has Internationl Students, about 17 or 18 on entry, for two years, on scholarship. In Radio Activity we helped them obtain a Canadian amateur radio licence, and a couple times a week "talked home" to their countries on a powerful radio which was supplied by The Kiwanus Club in Victoria.

And each December we radio amateurs provide the communications for the Pacific Cup Hockey Meet- a hundred teams form Canada and Alaska playing in nine arenas- movements and scores flashed by local radio "hams."

The College radio on the air at VE7LPC
Roy (right) and International Students

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