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Eric Denny

April 24, 1923 - January 17, 2017

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ERIC W. DENNY

Eric was born in Nelson BC on April 24, 1923 to Norman and Mary Denny of Willow Point and passed away peacefully at Summerland BC on January 17, 2017.  He married Peggy MacLeod of Proctor on May 4, 1951 celebrating their 65th anniversary during 2016.

Eric joined the Air Force immediately on turning 18 in 1941, serving overseas as an airframe mechanic on Lancaster Bombers. After returning at the end of the war he was a self employed logger owning his own sawmill, plus in later years he became well known for danger tree falling. His passion was always prospecting and he took every opportunity to head for the hills, eventually turning it into the only thing he did. A few of his part time jobs were working on wharves and the pile driver on Kootenay and Arrow Lakes plus he was the guide for the Columbia River survey when they periodically measured the glaciers in Kokanee Park. He became a life member of the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC in recognition of his volunteering, advocating for mining and always helping anyone who was interested. He was considered by all to be a reliable source of historical information on mining related subjects in the Kootenays. He was an instructor for the prospecting class for several years and often hosted school classes at the chamber. In 1993 he became a life member of the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines, now AME, and he was recognized by winning the H. H. “Spud” Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration in British Columbia. Eric wrote a small book called West Arm Echoes, a history of Willow Point based on a series of interviews with all the local oldtimers, which became the 1967 Willow Point Centennial project.

Eric was predeceased by his sister Joyce Woods and son-in-law Blair Donaldson and is survived by his wife Peggy, his daughter Heather Donaldson and son Jack (Linda) Denny with grandchildren Murray, Rhonda, Bob and Brandy. He also leaves six great-grandchildren and several other extended family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Krabbe and the Summerland Seniors Village for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to any organization or charity of your choice in Eric’s memory. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM February 11, 2017 at the Thompson Funeral home in Nelson.

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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynds Iwanik
Relation: Famiky friend

Condolences to Peggy, Heather, Jack Denny & families.

From: Lynda Iwanik
Relation: Family friend.

Condolences to Eric’s family.

From: Lynda Iwanik
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Condolences to Eric’s family.

From: Terry and Sharon Turner
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to the family. Eric had a positive influence on the BC mining industry. There should be a mountain peak in south central BC named after him where he spent so many years prospecting.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 11, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to any organization or charity of your choice in Eric’s memory.

Thank You Notice

The family would like to thank Dr. Krabbe and the Summerland Seniors Village for their compassionate care.

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