Hubert “Carl” Steele

Jul 1, 1936 – Jan 30, 2018
Carl passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife Sharon, after his battle with cancer.

Carl is predeceased by his parents Hubert and Anne (Annabelle) Steele, his brother Clifton and his first wife, Patricia.

Carl is survived by his sister J.A. Penny Cullimore, sons John (Shirley) and Andy (Elise); two grandsons Jake and Matt; also two stepchildren Richard Rogers (Amy) and Stefanie Webb and two step granddaughters Jaclyn and Sydney, and many nieces and nephews.

Carl was born, raised and educated in Victoria (Oak Bay), as a child he enjoyed fishing, boxing, wrestling, gardening and raising rabbits. Carl married Patricia, moved to Port Alberni, worked at Woodward’s and his two sons were born. A change in employment took Carl to the pulp mill where he drove forklift for many years.

Carl will be remembered for a variety of reasons. Carl raised chickens of several breeds, and enjoyed giving the eggs to family, friends and neighbours. He raised bees for many years and took much pleasure in sharing honey with family and friends. He enjoyed gardening and became known as “The Garlic Man” encouraging several people to start their own garlic beds; again sharing the produce.

Another of Carl’s passions was orchids. He had a greenhouse full of different species and assorted colours and each one beautiful. Carl spent many hours on the lakes fishing and boating. He also enjoyed camping with friends and family. Carl could frequently be found sitting under the apple tree or at the picnic table having a beer with his buddies.

Special “Thanks” to Dr. John Meyer, Dr. Johnsen, Dr. J. Smit, Ambulance Service, nurses and staff at West Coast General Hospital, Home and Community Care, nurse Colleen, and the Chapel of Memories. Thank you, Rob. All were exceptional in their work and kindness. Many “thanks” to Jen, Marlene, Sue, my brother John & Vickie, Shawn, Brent, Rene, Jean, Shawna, Penny, Rachel and Carl’s Sister Penny for their support.

At Carl’s request there will be no service. “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carl’s memory to Ty Watson House or a charity of your choice.

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