It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Victor Thomas Kellerman at Cairnsmore Place on July 27, 2016. He is survived by his daughters Rebecca Fothergill (Wayne) and Lindy Holman (Doug), grandchildren Dustin, Dane, Sadie (Jesse), Luke (Brie), Frank, Caitlin (James), Rachael and 3 great grandchildren Austin, Kayge and Ellie.
Dad was born on February 26, 1929 on the family farm in Bruno, Saskatchewan at the beginning of the Great Depression, into a family that would grow to consist of 9 children (5 girls and 4 boys). The early years for Dad were very desperate, hard times but the family persevered and after the war moved to BC and Dad eventually came to the island where he met his wife, Iris. They had 2 children – Rebecca and Lindy-Lou and Dad was so proud of his girls. Dad passed his steam ticket and landed a job at the mill in Youbou. He and Mom bought a house there and remained there for 60 years. Dad was a hard worker, an avid fisherman and a formidable crib player. His family was everything to him and he always vowed that they would never do without – as he had done. He was always there to give advice (whether you wanted it or not) or to lend a helping hand. He could fix anything and never forgot the value of a dollar.
Dad had a great sense of humour and a catch-phrase for everything. If you were restless or fidgety, he would tell you “you’re like a fart in a bottle” – we never did find out exactly what that meant. When saying good-bye, Dad would always tell you to “keep clam”. So, “keep clam” Dad until we meet again. We miss you terribly.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Dad’s memory.
A Celebration of Vic’s Life will be held on October 2, 2016. There will be a private family gathering in the morning for the spreading of his ashes on Cowichan Lake, where he will be reunited with his beloved wife, Iris. This will be followed by a luncheon at 1:00 pm at 9559 Saunders Road, off Gordon Road, off Bare Point Road in Chemainus. For further directions please call Rebecca at 250-246-9496. Please join us and share your memories of this wonderful man.
Condolences may be made at www.hwwallacecbc.com