MR. DENNIS BIRCH, beloved husband of Shirley Birch, of Lethbridge, passed away at Edith Cavell Care Centre on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the age of 91 years.
Besides his loving wife Shirley, Dennis is survived by his son William Birch, of Red Deer; his daughter Patricia (Bernard) Paranych, of Wetaskiwin; his five grandchildren: Matthew, Justin and Ryan, of Red Deer; and Travis and Denise Peeples of Arkansas, and his five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his mother, his father, his sister and his former wife Margaret, of Watrous, Saskatchewan.
Dennis was born December 8, 1926 in Waterloo, Ontario and attended school in Kitchener and Waterloo. He joined the Canadian Army in 1944 and then the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946. During his time with the Armed Forces, he served at various bases in Canada and with N.A.T.O. in England and France. Upon leaving the Armed Forces in 1968, he was employed by the Alberta Government at Alberta Hospital Ponoka as Fire & Safety Officer, then as Building Superintendent at Coronation, as well as Raymond Home and the Lethbridge Correctional Institute.
Dennis retired in January 1986 and enjoyed retirement by doing lots of golfing, curling, fishing, camping and traveling. He loved to make winter getaways to Arizona, Mexico and Cuba and also embarked on various cruises. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Miner’s Club, The Eagles Aerie 2100, the Norbridge Senior Centre, the Coaldale Curling Club and the Federal Superannuates of Canada. Dennis also took active interest and participation in the Humane Society and Paws in Lethbridge.
A Funeral Service will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Erin Phillips officiating. Dennis will be laid to rest in the Field of Honour at a Private Graveside Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lethbridge & District Humane Society, 2920 – 16 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5E9 or to the Lethbridge PAW Society, P.O. Box 255, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Y5.
To send a condolence, please visit www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com
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