May 28, 1928 – Jun 10, 2018
Born in Calgary the youngest child of Kingsmill Walter Manley Power and Sarah Maude Power. When he was 2 his parents moved to Burnaby where Hugh graduated from South Burnaby High School.
He attended UBC and upon graduation began a long teaching career. He taught at schools in Prince Rupert, Port Alberni, and Enderby. He then taught for 3 years in Ethiopia before finally going to Terrace, BC, to teach for 32 years at Skeena and Caledonia High Schools. Hugh was recognized by the Province for taking the initiative to incorporate VisiCalc (the first spreadsheet program on PCs) into an exercise each business accounting student took turns to complete.
After retirement, Hugh remained active in the community, acting in two productions with the Terrace Little Theatre. He took part in many Senior Games events playing bridge and enjoyed curling and golfing both in Terrace and Nanaimo.
He was a member of Terrace Kinsmen and held the position of Deputy Governor for the North Coast Zone. He was a Life Member of the Terrace club, member of the K40 both in Terrace and Nanaimo. Hugh was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13 in Terrace and lately Branch 257 Lantzville, BC.
Hugh married Olga Croot on April 11, 1966, in Terrace. They have 3 sons – George (Janet), David (Lan) and Allan (Michele). Six grandchildren: Claire, James, Abby, Graydon, Robert and Nathan. Hugh supported his boys’ many activities, including driving to early hockey practices and learning to golf with them.
In 2001 Hugh and Olga left Terrace and moved to Nanaimo where they spent many happy years travelling together, earning their Bronze Life masters in Bridge, and dancing every week. They took an active role in Deerwood Estates their home neighbourhood, and Bowen Seniors dance committee.
Hugh was predeceased by his parents and brothers Alun Power, John (Jack) Power, and sister Elizabeth (Betty) Murray.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 52 years, his 3 sons and their families, his sister Norma (May) McFarland, nephews Jack and John, nieces Lorraine, Janice and Debbie. His cousins Anne (Alan) and Margaret (Roger), cousin Poppy Webster and the Webster family in Wales, England and extended families in Canada and the UK and Australia.
Hugh died peacefully in Nanaimo surrounded by family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Palliative Care Unit in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for their care and support of Hugh and his family.
A gathering to celebrate Hugh’s life will be held on June 23, 2018 at 1-4 pm, at 3928 Valewood Drive, Nanaimo.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Hugh Power can be made to http://www.arthritisresearch.ca/donate
Condolences at firstmemorialnanaimo.com
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