1923 – 2016
In 1923, Andrew and Jeanie Aitchison emigrated from Paisley, Scotland to join their extended family in Didsbury, Alberta. They brought with them their two year old son Hugh Aitchison. Later they moved from the farm to Calgary, where Hugh received his education. Hugh was a cadet for the RCN. When he reached age of acceptance he became an active member of the RCN. He became a Petty Officer. When re-entering civilian life, he worked for Dominion Bridge. The workers went on strike and Hugh needed a job and found one in Trail, BC. He signed up as a worker for CM & S Company. The company expanded and built a fertilizer and steel plant in Kimberley, BC. Hugh was transferred by the company to Kimberley, where he worked as a shift boss, first aid attendant. And, upon retirement he was the Assistant to the Fire Chief of Cominco.
When he was in Trail he met Betty and this is where they began a long life together. Hugh and Betty were married in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Hugh was the father to two sons; Laurie (Anne) and Lennie (deceased), he also had a daughter; Vicki (Peter). He also was a proud ‘papa Hughie’ to Cassie (Rory), Lucy and Isabel, and two little g.g.’s; Elora and Ewen. Hughie’s family loved him and thank him for a life long-lived. It is fitting to quote Rabbi Burns; A Man’s a Man for a’ that.
Hughie enjoyed his many years of retirement, his family, friends and his home. He also enjoyed playing golf, and gardening. Hugh was able to see many places by plane, car and train. Hughie also supported Betty in her many endeavours.
With the comforting support of Home Care, Hugh died quietly in his home on March 1st, 2016.
There will be a celebration for Hugh’s life sometime later in the summer. Donations in honour of Hugh can be made to the: East Kootenay S.P.C.A., PO Box 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4H6.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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