Maurice Russell Thornton

1932 – 2010

Maurice (Maury) Thornton passed away on December 14, 2010 in Terrace, B.C.

Maury was born to parents, Russell and Constance Thornton, on September 13, 1932, in Langley, B.C. He was predeceased by his infant son, Lance, his parents and his sister, Valeda Mae.

He leaves to mourn: his friend, Diane Parnell, his children; son, Clayton Maurice, daughters, Charlene, Maurene and Hanna. His grandchildren; Fleita Rae and Shay, Dustin, Boby-Jo, Orri and Levi, Wade, Tyson and Cale, Meagan, Marlice and Sienna.

His siblings: brothers; Lorne (Vi), Ron, Doug, Tim (Marge), and his sister, Shirley (Ken) Dargatz – plus a myriad of nieces and nephews.

Maury spent his growing-up years on Promontory Heights, Chilliwack, B.C. The “Promontory Plateau” was his vast playground where he rode his horses, Gyp and Flicka, and explored the wooded areas that he loved. Close by, in the Chilliwack River Valley, he pursued his fondness for fishing and hunting. Flying also became a passsion of his.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he chose to go into the “logging business”. His work first took him to Port Douglas, on Harrison Lake, and then to logging shows and camps up and down the B.C. Coast, finally settling in Terrace, B.C. where he established Tri-Star Logging Co. which he operated for 30 years until his death. His friends and colleagues speak highly of him as a loyal friend, a gentleman, and a caring employer.

A “Celebration of Maury’s Life” will be held on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at the Elk’s Hall in Terrace, B.C. from 2 – 4 pm.

Special Thanks to: Dr. Fourie and the staff at Mills Memorial Hospital, Maury’s loyal friends and co-workers, and all who were such an important part of his life here in Terrace.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to MacKay’s Funeral Services Ltd.