Edwin Lee

Edwin George "Ed" Lee

Sunday, January 1st, 1928 - Saturday, April 13th, 2019
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Edwin George Lee

January 1, 1928 – April 13, 2019

Peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his son Ted. Survived by his wife of 66 years Grace, children Dave (Laurence), Barb (Ron), Nancy (Tom), and Carole (Rod), and grandchildren Brett, Laura, Cole, Carson, and Joffrey. Remembered with love by a nephew and niece in Australia, and many more from Ontario.

Born in London, Ontario, Ed spent his working life in the automotive industry, starting with the Ford Motor Company in Windsor, Ontario during WWII. Ed came west in 1961 with Willard Battery, covering BC and Alberta. His career culminated in the building of his own Big O Tire store in Dundarave, West Vancouver.

In addition to his family, Ed was proud to leave as his legacy Dundarave Tire, his term as the Treasurer of the Lions Gate Hospital Auxiliary, and the Memorial Garden at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in West Vancouver.

An avid boater since Sea Cadets and his days as Sub-Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, he served as Commander of the Capilano Power Squadron, and Commodore of the Thunderbird Yacht Club, instrumental in acquiring the Ekins Point outstation on Gambier Island. Ed was always active in the community, working with many organizations including the British Properties Homeowners Association, the Dundarave Merchants Association, the Council of BC Yacht Clubs, and the Gambier Conservancy. Ed was a long time volunteer with the LGH Auxiliary, and had a term on the Board of the LGH Foundation. He was a Church Warden and Rector’s Warden at St. Christopher’s. He will be greatly missed at Fit Fellas, where he loved the fitness and fellowship. In his retirement Ed enjoyed RVing, and gardening, being famous for his tomatoes.

A memorial service for Ed will be held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church in West Vancouver at 2pm on Friday May 3.

The family is grateful to the staff at LGH Palliative Care, and the North Shore Hospice.

Donations to LGH Foundation appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    1068 Inglewood Avenue
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  • Reception

    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, May 3rd, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    1068 Inglewood Avenue
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Dwight Maher

Posted at 01:06pm
Dear Grace and all of your children and family members: we were so sorry when we read of Ed's passing in the paper. Dwight and I (Ann) were on a 3 week cruise and were unable to attend Ed's service. Ed has been such a huge part of our lives. Dwight worked for Ed for many years and then for Ted and then we purchased the business ourselves. Ed would come in to see Dwight at the shop and discuss how it was going and give little bits of advice and encouragement. Those were very special times. We kept in touch for all these years. Ed will be greatly missed. He was a very beloved part of our lives. Rest in peace dear Ed.
Ann and Dwight Maher

Judy Hird

Posted at 04:27am
Dear Lee family,
I was sorry to hear of Ed's passing from Mark Naylor. I remember him taking us boating when we visited fifty(!) years ago. Wishing you the comfort of happy memories.
With sympathy,
Judy Hird

Bob Minions

Posted at 01:30pm
Mrs lee and family I’m sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband father grandfather.i will miss Ed’s and his stories and jokes very much. From a neighbor back in the early 1960s a friend and the guy who repaired your broken boat propellers Eye. Eye captain. Bob Minions currently in Texas.

Doug Butterworth

Posted at 02:25pm
I'm deeply saddened to lose such a good friend from Fit Fellas as Ed, who when I joined immediately befriended me and introduced me around the room. He was always up and never down and usually got each session going with a yell of "Let's go", We often talked about the "tire business" as my uncles had the first tire shop in Kelowna, and also boating as I had similar executive positions with WVYC.
He was just one heck of a guy and will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him
Doug B

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