Morris McKenzie Barrington Woodland

Born July 27th,1928 in Revelstoke, B.C.; died June 9th,2016 in Comox, B.C. at the age of 87.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, “Moe” Woodland was the youngest of seven children, all raised in Revelstoke. Moe was six months old when his father was killed in a CPR bridge collapse at Surprise Creek in January,1929. The family struggled through the depression years, but Moe worked hard to become a pharmacist, graduating from UBC in 1953. He was a man who smiled easily, laughed much and was possessed of great wit. He loved the outdoors, working in the garden, creekside fishing for trout and camping with friends and family. He worked several years in New Westminster, Richmond and Surrey before building Eagle Valley Pharmacy in Sicamous in 1971. Here he settled for 44 years with his wife, Madeleine(Maggie) and their four children. Moe retired in the early ‘90s and enjoyed golfing, gardening, travelling and generally having fun. While in Sicamous, he was on the Eagle River Housing Society Board, instigating the very successful meals program, as well as raising funds to build the Lodge. He was a recipient of the Sicamous Citizen of the Year award. Moe was an accomplished but modest carver, creating beautiful sculptures in wood, soapstone and bone. He was a passionate reader, enjoying history, biographies, humour and the classic spy novel. In November,2015, Moe and Maggie moved to Comox, B.C. to be close to family. Unfortunately, Moe was recovering from a bout with pneumonia when a second bout hospitalized him in April. He returned home in May and died surrounded by the love of family on the night of June 9th. Moe was sharp of mind and strong of spirit until the end. His family is forever grateful for his presence. A noble soul, he has taken the hand of the Great Friend and is off on his final adventure-May the Blessings Be!! Morris was predeceased by his beloved son, Christopher. He is survived by his wife, Madeleine; daughter Catherine (Brian); sons James(Lisa) and Patrick(Katherine); grandchildren Rachel(Marcos), Patrick, Emma, Oliver and Ethan; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Moe’s life will be held in Sicamous, B.C. at a later date.

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