October 15, 1929 – September 8, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Roger Edgar Drew announce his passing on September 8, 2017 at the age of 87 years.
Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Allison Drew. Edgar will be lovingly remembered by his companion Sylvia Varaleau; sons, Richard (Fern), David (Cindy), John (Cherilyn) and Michael (Heike); daughters, Wendy (Sue) and Susan; Grandchildren, Jenni, Jon, Brian, Robbie (Tina), Heather (Jani), Matt (Angela), Tasha (Robert), Jason (Robyn), Carleigh, Bryn, Tiana, Stefan, Conrad (Carrie), Pamela, Kaelyn and Alex. Great grandchildren; Robert, Aiden, Koen, Aria, Pyper, Hudson, Elliott, Jessica, Coen and Charlotte.
Edgar was born October 15, 1929 in Kamloops Jubilee Hospital and grew up on the family ranch south of Kamloops. In 1951, Edgar began his foray in to sawmilling cutting timber on the ranch and adjacent areas. Edgar and Pat were married in 1953 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops. They lived on the ranch until they moved with Rick, Wendy and Dave to Kamloops in 1959. In 1970, Edgar and Pat moved the family to Salmon Arm to bring the family closer to his Sawmill Operations that were located in Malakwa.
He was a big part of the sawmilling industry in BC and served as President of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association from 1974-1976.
Shortly after moving to Salmon Arm, Edgar became an active member of Rotary and was instrumental in setting up the Shuswap Rotary Club in 1985. Edgar was dedicated to his community especially the United Church and served on the Board up to his passing.
Following the loss of the sawmill operations in 1985, Edgar continued to be active in the forest industry until his retirement in 2005.
Edgar was a man with a big heart and a huge love for his family and friends. He loved the outdoors especially the next fishing or hunting adventure. He will be missed by so many.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1:30 pm on September 16th at the Salmon Arm First United Church. Condolences may be sent to Edgar’s family through his obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com . In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Salmon Arm First United Church or Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
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