It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of a dear father and cherished husband whose love and spirit will forever live in our hearts. As was his final wish, he was surrounded by family and passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 peacefully at home in his 89th year. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Odella “Babe” (nee Ferguson), his wife and soul mate of 64 years; devoted and loving father of Charlene (George Nickels), Farley (Susan), Garth (Louise), and Heather (Joey Cairns). Vince’s legacy is his children. Cherished grandfather of 13; Warren, Jason, Kelly, Jeff, Tyler, James, Melissa, Amy, Cassidy, Colin, Brodie, Greg, Laura and 12 great-grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his surviving brother Ray (Dora), and sisters-in-law Marie Mahar, Hilda Szalay, Thelma Misener, and Florence McNichol. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Matilda Mahar, and brothers Bob, Reg, Lornie, Howard and Freeman.
Vince was a proud WWII veteran and served as an Able Seaman (Gunnery Rating) from June 1942 to the war’s end and post war as well as a period of time in the Reserve Navy. He was employed with Canada Packers for 31 years until their closing.
He will be forever remembered for his love and pride of his family and love of his home life and anything “Irish”. The humor, love and laughter he brought to our lives with his straight forwardness and quick wit, will be with us always. He nurtured his creative spirit throughout his life and took pleasure in being the family’s “Mr Fix-It”; expressing his love and talent through his many projects for family and friends. He could turn his hand to anything. He was our “walking dictionary” with the amazing ability to spell or know the meaning of any word presented to him. He loved to read and kept up with current events right up to the end. It is with great sadness that we bid him goodbye but he will forever be in our hearts and memories. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks fo the staff of Home Care and Palliative Care, Dr. Veer, and Dr. Don Clark, for providing such caring and compassionate support in his final days.
Resting at the Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home until Saturday morning, then transferred to St. Pius X Church for funeral mass at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Charlottetown.
Visiting hours on Friday 6 - 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Vince’s memory may be made to the Hospice Palliative Care Association of PEI or the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.
Branch #1 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a veteran’s tribute service at the funeral home on Friday evening at 5:45 p.m.
On-line condolences may be made at www.islandowned.ca