Born in Vancouver, BC, Blake Dickens passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on August 14.
He died at home in Duncan, and is survived by his loving wife Bridget, son Mark and daughter Lynn, as well as grandchildren Jeremy, Daniel, Yaqub and Talitha. Blake had a lifelong love of the outdoors, expressed through his involvement in Scouting, life as a professional forester and love of hiking. He graduated from UBC with his BSc in Forestry (1952) and worked initially on Vancouver Island for Crown Zellerbach, in Ladysmith and later Comox (1952-1961). During his university years and after, he was very involved in the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. Blake met Bridget while mountaineering near Lake O’Hara in 1958; they were married in 1959.
After moving to the Prince George area, Blake worked as a forester for Northwood Pulp & Paper (1962-1972) and then a Forest Technology instructor for the College of New Caledonia (1972-1991). Retiring in 1991, Blake and Bridget settled in Duncan, where they enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing and camping in their VW van.
Well loved by their community of faith, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Blake will be remembered as a man of integrity and faith who loved God, his family, friends and the beauties of creation.
Thanks to VIHA Home & Community Care, Harmony Health Care and We Care for the in-home care provided. Memorial service: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 531 Herbert Street, Duncan, BC, followed by inurnment in the Memorial Garden Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a reputable charity related to cancer research/treatment, the outdoors/environmental issues or the developing world.