August 23, 1924 – January 21, 2016
Angus passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in the Penticton Regional Hospital. He was the loving father of Heather, Robert (Linda), Duncan (Jackie), and Donald (Janet). He was the loving grandfather of Cameron (Leigha), Jonathan (Colleen), Rebecca, Duncan, Ryan, Megan, and great-grandfather to Liam. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce, his sister Diane, and survived by his brother Tom (Fran). Angus was born in Scott, Saskatchewan. When he was nineteen he joined the RCAF, in November 1942. After flight training, he took a Commando course in Nova Scotia. He volunteered to serve in England where he was with 61 Squadron OTU, flying Spitfire 5’s, but was transferred to Typhoons in February 1945. He joined 440 Squadron at Eindhoven, Holland, flying 30 operational sorties. He made a wheels-up landing in a Typhoon after flak damage to the tail. He went on to take the fight against the enemy from numerous bases until the war’s end. Postwar, Angus graduated from UBC as a Professional Mining Engineer. He worked across Canada and the Far East. He was well liked and respected by those who knew him. When he retired, he worked on wooden boats in Cowichen Bay as well as working on wooden toys in his workshop, which delighted his grandchildren and amused all who saw them. Angus filled all those who knew him with happiness. He was quick to laugh, quicker to forgive, and lived life with a joy seen mostly in children. He loved his dog Max, who was his best friend and occasionally his “ears” as Angus grew deafer. Max made sure he got out for his daily walks and Angus looked the other way when his family fed Max far too many cookies. His passing has made the world a little sadder but if he taught his family only one lesson, it was to laugh and enjoy life, (as well as eat chocolate cake and watch James Bond). The family would like to thank the nurses and other staff on SP3 at the Penticton Regional Hospital as well as Dr. David Paisley and Pauline for the excellent care they provided for Angus. A Celebration of Angus’ life will be held at a later date.