GREEN, Edmund Anthony (Tony), 78, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Saanichton BC following an extended battle with Alzheimer’s and complications from pneumonia.
Tony was born January 6, 1931 in Oldham England, the only child of Thomas Green and Beatrice Green (nee Ingram). He attended premier and grammar school near Manchester England where he enjoyed soccer, track and field, and bike riding.
In August 1940, Tony was evacuated to Canada to live with his Aunt and Uncle, Frances and Charles Singleton. During the voyage, Tony’s ship (Volendam I) was torpedoed by a German submarine. Everyone but one crew member survived the attack and Tony was eventually returned to England to live with his parents until after the war. On September 19, 1947, Tony and his parents set off for the west coast of Canada by airline and train. They planned to live on Vancouver Island near Tony’s Aunt and Uncle and eventually settled in Port Alberni BC.
Tony completed high school in Port Alberni. After graduating, he worked for a summer as a land surveyor. In 1950, he started his 35 year career in municipal administration by securing a junior position with the City. In 1956, Tony became the Clerk/Treasurer for the Okanagan community of Armstrong BC, and in 1962, the Clerk/Administrator for the City of Quesnel BC where he stayed for 17 years. In October 1981, Tony became the Municipal Administrator/Clerk of North Saanich, BC. He retired from municipal administration in January 1986 at the age of 55, but did some short-term contract work during the next few years for several communities (e.g. Castlegar, View Royal, and Central Saanich).
Tony was a life member and former President of the Municipal Officer’s Association, an active member and former president of the Rotary Club of Quesnel, a certified patroller for the Quesnel Ski Patrol, and a long-standing member and executive officer (Secretary, Treasurer, and President) for the Glen Meadows Golf Members Association.
Tony was an avid golfer who loved to drive, fly airplanes, sail, water ski, down-hill ski, play card/board games, make (and drink) wine, and maintain his yard and home. After retirement, he and his wife Gayle travelled extensively. He especially liked living at his cottage on Dragon Lake (near Quesnel), and taking long golf vacations to Ontario and the United States towing his RV trailer.
Tony is survived by his loving wife Gayle (nee Schelling); his son Michael (Susan), granddaughters Alex, Jessie & Pam and step grandson Chevy; his daughter Francine (Larry) and grandson Lance; Gayle’s daughter Debbie (Jamie), grandson Jeff and granddaughter Shaunna (Andrew); Gayle’s son Doug and granddaughter Makaila, grandson Bryan; and Gayle’s daughter Dianne (Kurt). He will be missed by many relatives, friends and former colleagues including the Schelling family, Dorothy and Harry Tildsley in England, and the surviving members of his long-standing golf “fivesome” (Pat Cooper, Brian Wright, Muzz Robertson, and Ted Winston).
The family wishes to thank the nursing/support staff and volunteers within the Acute and Palliative Care Units at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for their compassion.
A Celebration of Tony Green’s Life will be held at the Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, 1050 McTavish Road, North Saanich BC, on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer Society of BC or to a charity of your choice.