UNWIN, Denis James passed away peacefully on May 17, 2004 in Duncan at the age of 92 years. Born December 2, 1911 in Yellowgrass, Saskatchewan, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mabel, in 1992 and his brother Bob in 1997.
Denis is survived by his nieces Shirley Silvaggio (Roger), Sharon Unwin, Joan Robinson (Phillip), many great nieces and nephews and friends both in Canada and England and his friend Ora Hayhoe.
In his younger years, Denis was in the Calvary and was a welterweight boxer. He moved to the Cowichan Valley from Saskatchewan in 1938 with his parents, Edward and Ada Unwin and settled in “picket camp” in Lake Cowichan. He served with the 62 Battalion in World War II and returned to Canada from England with his wife Mabel. They lived in both Lake Cowichan and Duncan, enjoying the outdoors, gardening and going dancing every Saturday night for many years. Denis worked at Honeymoon Bay Sawmill where he retired from in 1976. He was a lifetime member of the IWA Union and the Royal Canadian Legion. Denis was loved by his family and friends for his wonderful sense of humour, his many stories and a great game of snooker. A Memorial Service was held in the Chapel of First Memorial Funeral Services, 375 Brae Road Duncan, B.C. on Friday May 21, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, tributes to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Special thanks to the staff at Cairnsmore Place and the Duncan Hospital for their care of Denis and to Debbie and Mike Hayhoe for all their care and attention.
FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES