Wallace Edward Compeau

Wallace Edward Compeau was born on January 31, 1925 in Tillsonburg, Ontario to Lloyd James and Margaret Leona (Aspden) Compeau. As a young man, Wally worked in the tobacco fields of Ontario until joining the army on February 14, 1943. He was stationed in Camp Burdon, Ontario and it was there that he met Joyce Jackson who worked in the post office. When the war was over, Wally was transferred to the Nanaimo BC army base. Wally and Joyce married in 1946 and the couple returned to Tillsonburg and the tobacco fields. Later they returned to Vancouver BC where Wally worked in a macaroni factory, before moving to Kamloops to manage the BCAA office there. He and a friend started the idea of roadside service by traveling the highway on their motorcycles in search of stranded motorists and offering assistance. Wally and Joyce adopted two children, John Wallace in 1964 & Sharon Louise in 1965. When the Kamloops BCAA office closed, Wally accepted a position in sales at Eaton’s. In 1967 he transferred to the Quesnel store as manager. It was there that he met Lila Marlene Kazimirchuk, they were married on August 20, 1981. With this marriage came the addition of two more children Linda Gay & Trevor James. Together they had two more children, first Robert Edward was born on November 1975 & Lloyd James in 1978. In 1976 the Eaton’s store closed and Wally then became the manager of the Co-op in Quesnel. After many successful years there, Wally completed his career with the Quesnel RCMP as a guard. He retired at the age of 75. Wally was initiated to the Elks Lodge on November 4, 1968. He was elected to exalted ruler in 1971, 72 & 73. In 1973 Wally was elected district deputy and remained in this position until 1975. Wally became an honorary life member in 1993 to present. Wally was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 45 years. On February 27, 1964 Wally joined the Provincial Emergency Program as an auxiliary constable police officer. He retired from this position after 20 years on February 28, 1984. Wally was an excellent bowler & golfer, winning many trophies, he also played darts, baseball & loved hunting and fishing. Wally was a great lover of country music. In particular he enjoyed Charlie Pride and was always singing along with Charlie. He was also known to sing Charlie’s songs on his own, and he was pretty good with that baritone voice. Wally passed away peacefully in Quesnel Baker Memorial Hospital. Wally is predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Margaret & his brother Robert. Wally will be sadly missed by his wife Lila Marlene, sons John (Caron), Robert (Sue), Lloyd (Vanessa), Trevor (Sheila), his daughters Sharon (Gerry), Linda (Larry) and his grandchildren Lance (Britanie), Alysha, Amanda, Rebecca, Brandon, Montana, Alex, Shanice, Brook. Also his sisters Florence, Glena (Jack) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


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