Oswald BLORE

BLORE Oswald "Keith" Keith never liked the name Oswald and like most of his brothers went by his second name. It is believed that Keith was born on the homestead near Craigmyle, Alberta. His parents were Josiah Edward Blore and Helen Massey both of the Midlands of England. He was born the day after Christmas on December 26, 1920. He attended the local school only a mile or so from the farm. He graduated from grade eight, in July of 1935. In 1936 he completed Literature, Composition, History, Algebra and General Science at Surprise School and received a certificate from the Deputy Minister of Education. In 1939 he completed a course in Diesel Engineering. In 1942 he became an apprentice mechanic. He worked in garages in Barhead and Red Deer in the late 1930’s then continued to gain a certificate as a welder in 1946. During the Second World War he worked at Bowden Airport fixing damaged aircraft for the Commonwealth Training School. After the war he became a mechanic again in Red Deer. He moved to Victoria in 1967 and joined the staffs of Ensign Motors and Saunders and Hitchman. For a short time he operated his own service station in Victoria. His final job was as a parts jockey for Metro-Toyota. Keith was truly a "Mr. Fix It" he could work on any piece of machinery, or do any electrical, plumbing or carpenter work. Keith loved volunteering at the British Columbia Aviation Museum. He really enjoyed the comradeship of the men he worked with. He was predeceased by his loving wife Ellen on November 23, 1998 after 56 years of marriage. They were wed in a small ceremony in Red Deer on February 6, 1942. Their reception was held at his eldest brother’s home in Red Deer, with only six people in attendance and a nephew with the measles. His passing is mourned by his nephews, Bill, Dave, Alan, Cassey, a niece, Audrey and Bill’s and Alan’s wives, Clare and Jean. Keith will be missed by his many friends and relatives. He is survived by three sisters-in-law, Ethel, Emily and Lora as well as Ellen’s many nephews and nieces. He was a wonderful person to have as a friend and a very concerned uncle. Memorial Service will be held at the British Columbia Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman, Sidney, B.C. on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 2:30p.m. Instead of flowers Keith’s family suggests donations could be made to the British Columbia Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman, Sidney, B.C. V8L 5V5. SANDS FUNERAL CHAPEL VICTORIA (250)388-5155


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