In loving Memory
Albert Benjamin “Bert” Heywood
October 13, 1912 – April 27 2007
On April 27, 2007 Bert Heywood passed away peacefully at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater BC. He was 94 years of age.
He is survived by Edith, his loving wife of 58 years; daughter Rose Traub and her children Allan (Barb) Traub, Marlene (Mike) Woodman, Debby Carr, Jeanie (Allen) Weatherbee, Shelly (Dennis) Redman; son Floyd (Jean) Haller and their children Tanya Haller, Sherrie (Mike) Arnott, Barry (Jeanette) Haller; daughter Mary (Lorne) Stewart and their children Rick Stewart, Al Stewart, Barb Mckenna and Ron Stewart; daughter Marg (Chuck) Emery and their children Sumner (Don) Brooks, Wendy (Jay) Pickering; plus thirty great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Albert Heywood was born in Ebor Manitoba and moved to Clearwater in 1928; the rest of the family arrived in 1933.
During Clearwater’s early days, Bert played a large part in helping to build the community.
He helped build the first bridge across the North Thompson River, connecting Clearwater with the C.N. Station.
He cut and hauled logs from Cranberry Marsh to help build the Clearwater Women’s Institute Hall located at the bottom of Steegs Hill.
During his working career, Bert was also a hi-rigger, a logger, a bus driver, a farmer, and, during the war years, a ranger with the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
Bert was also actively involved in civic life in the Clearwater area.
He was a member of the Lions’ Club for many years. He was a founding member of the Yellowhead Ecological Association, and he helped to establish the credit union in Clearwater.
Bert enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially hunting. He would tell terrific stories about his experiences to his children. These are stories they have never forgotten.
Following cremation, a Celebration of Life Service for Albert Heywood took place on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Legion building in Clearwater, BC.
Donations in Bert’s memory to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital or to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Fund would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Box 2404 RR2, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0, Ph. 250-674-3030.