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Clifford Dyson Perry

February 23, 1919 ~ July 8, 2021 (age 102)

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The four children of Clifford Dyson Perry, Brenda (Lorne) Harris, Lyn (Ted Kozub), Trevor (Sandy) Perry, and Nora wish to announce his passing on July 8,2021. Mom, Madeline, his wife of 52 years, predeceased him in 1999. For the past ten years, Dad has lived at Summerland Seniors Village where so many of the staff treated him as he treated them, with love, care and respect.

Dad was born on the family orchard to Harold and Nina Perry of East Kelowna, he was the third eldest of
their eleven children. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Bernard and two sisters Monica
Tallman and Nora Gunning. His surviving siblings are Len (Sheila), Arthur, Dorothy Baker, Margery
Stephens, June Toms and Tony (Jolene).

Dad spent five years in the Canadian Army, training in England, then landing at Juno Beach, Normandy in
June 1944. He and his regiment, the 3'd Scottish, lived in slit trenches across Europe, through Holland
and at WWll's end, in Germany.

When Dad returned from the war he met our Mother at a box social at the East Kelowna Hall; they
married August 1.,L947. The East Kelowna Halland Church were an integral part of Perry life, the "boys"
helped build the hall and church where the family attended regularly.

After the war, Dad received a VLA loan and purchased a farm at Stoddard Creek in northern BC near Fort
St John. He broke the land and built a home for our family. Mom taught school at the two-room
schoolhouse in Montney . ln L962 Dad moved our family to Kelowna where he sold real estate and
ended up owning his own real estate agency. Farm life called him again in 1969 and Dad moved our
family to a farm in Kersley, south of Quesnel. Dad retired from farming at age fifty-five, Mom retired
from teaching and together they spent many years camping with friends, riding together on his
motorcycle until age 67, playing golf, volunteering at the Legion and the Oliver Seniors Centre.

Dad had a life well lived. The world changed dramatically during his 102 years. He experienced riding his
horse from the orchard to downtown Kelowna tying it up at the hitching post in front of the Royal Anne
Hotel, WWll and the computer age. He was grateful for all life offered him and was a positive inspiration
and mentor to all that knew him. His love of the outdoors and inquisitive nature provided the family
with many experiences, teaching us all to have confidence in ourselves. He will be truly missed.

A heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff, nurses and care aids at Summerland Seniors Village who took
such great care of Dad, making his final journey peaceful and comfortable. Thanks also for sharing your
stories and love for him with us during his last days.

A private family service will be held in Kelowna.

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