Sep 21, 1923 – May 28, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sydney Robert Munson. Syd was born on September 21, 1923 to Charlotte and Curtis Munson in Cold Lake, Alberta and passed away peacefully on May 28, 2018 in Salmon Arm, BC.
On November 23, 1942, at only 19 years of age, Syd enlisted in the Canadian Army in Edmonton, Alberta where he served with the Edmonton Wing #13 District Depot CA, 11th Field Artillery in Italy, Holland and Germany during WWII. He was discharged March 1946 at the armoury in Calgary, Alberta. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Italian Star, the France Germany Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.
Once Syd returned from the war, he and Emmy Pearson married in Cold Lake, Alberta on June 22, 1943. Syd and Emmy lived a happy life pioneering in various parts of Alberta and British Columbia while raising their six children. Syd and Emmy eventually settled in Terrace, BC. In 1976, they moved to Salmon Arm, BC to further his logging career and then started his flying career. He continued his flying career ending up back in Terrace, BC until he decided to retire. During this time Syd and Emmy divorced in 1991. After Syd retired from his flying career, he moved back to the Okanagan where he enjoyed his retirement years
Syd was a loving father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him, especially his many dogs. He loved to fish, tell stories of days gone by, take his family flying, sharing a meal of fresh crabs and strawberries ‘n cream, going for walks with his friends and playing a good game of crib and golf. Syd was truly a remarkable man who will be missed by all.
Syd was predeceased by his parents Charlotte & Curtis Munson, step-father John Johnson, son Tom, wife Emmy, sister Ada, brothers George and Frank. Syd leaves behind his five children, Grant (Marilyn) Munson, Grace (Robert) Hoffman, Fred Munson, Faye (Robert) Leclerc and Ada (Gary) Charneski, siblings Kay (Lorne) McKinnon, Jack (Leona) Johnson, 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at the Terrace Cemetery on Friday June 8 at 10 am with a celebration of life to follow at the Elks Hall.