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Edwin Vallis
August 30, 1926 - November 2, 2015
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<div itemprop="description">Vallis &ndash; Edwin George <br />Born August 30, 1926, in Coombs Cove, Newfoundland, Edwin was the son of Manuel Vallis and Blanche (Bartlett) Vallis. Growing up in Coombs Cove during the depression years, Edwin learned to fish and support the family along with sister Tryphena (Vallis) Smith and his bother Benjamin Vallis (deceased). As a citizen of Newfoundland, Edwin joined the Canadian Army in Halifax on July 4, 1945. He joined many thousands of Canadians who were sent to Vernon, British Columbia, for his basic infantry army training for overseas service. He completed his basic infantry training, but the Second World War came to an end before he was sent overseas. <br />After his discharge from the Canadian Army, Edwin worked with the Imperial Oil Company on its tanker fleet from 1950 to 1955. Between his seagoing voyages, he returned to Newfoundland and married the love of his life, Hannah Jane (Strowbridge) Vallis in 1951. Back at sea, he served as a fireman and oiler in the engine room onboard several Imperial Oil tankers that travelled around the world as part of the post-war reconstruction of Europe following the Second World War. Edwin later worked in the Goose Bay Strategic Air Command base as an apprentice painter where he acquired his qualification as a painter, the profession he worked at to perfection most of his life. <br />Together, Edwin and Hannah moved to Nova Scotia and settled in the Dartmouth in 1955. As a professional painter with Parker Brothers Inc., Edwin worked all over Atlantic Canada and was well known for his honesty and dedication to his profession and the fine work that he produced throughout his years. In 1965, Edwin and Hannah adopted a little boy and named him Derek Edwin. He is eternally grateful to be able to call them his parents and feels blessed to have had such wonderful life mentors. <br />Edwin was a faithful member and volunteer with Emanuel Anglican Church and was often busy painting and doing repair work for the congregation. He was surrounded by many friends and enjoyed spending time at the Newfoundland Club dances or having &ldquo;a time&rdquo; playing cards. Never happier than when he was in a boat fishing or cod jigging in Newfoundland, Edwin enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. Like most parents, he particularly enjoyed taking his son to 6 am hockey practices on weekends in the middle of winter! <br />Edwin was a soft-spoken man who was always very kind and generous. He was a good friend and welcome neighbour who gave his time and offered his skills selflessly to his family and friends. He quite literally would take the shirt off his back for those of his family and friends who were in need. <br />Always in a rush and on to the next job, his family and co-workers lovingly referred to him as the &ldquo;roadrunner&rdquo; and in the winter, &ldquo;Frosty&rdquo; because he would be the first one up and out to shovel everyone&rsquo;s driveway in his neighbourhood. <br />Edwin and Hannah were very proud of their only son, Derek Vallis, daughter-in-law, Beth (Cameron) Vallis and their three Grandsons, Cameron, Aaron and Christian. His Grandsons called him &ldquo;Poppy&rdquo; and they always looked forward to their many visits where they could play with Derek&rsquo;s old toys and where they might score some sweets (mostly lemon tarts ) and cheesies that they couldn&rsquo;t find at home. <br />Visitation will be at the Atlantic Funeral Home, Main Street Dartmouth, Sunday, Nov 8 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Church Service will be at Christ Church, Ochterlonery Street, Dartmouth, Monday, Nov 9 at 11am, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment will be following the reception for those who wish to attend at the Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Main Street, Dartmouth. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />A very special thank you goes out to all the exceptional staff at the Ivy Meadows in Beaverbank. Their dedication to Edwin&rsquo;s well-being and their compassion and kindness was simply overwhelming. He was truly in the arms of wonderful people and I am certain their loving care made his last difficult days much easier. I would hope that everyone could be as fortunate to have received such care from so many magnificent people. Thank you so very much. <br /> <br />In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Edwin&rsquo;s name to the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society or a charity of choice. <br /> <br />I'se The B'y that builds the boat and <br />I'se The B'y that sails her and <br />I'se The B'y that catches the fish and <br />Brings 'em home to Liza <br />Hip your partner Sally Tibo <br />Hip your partner Sally Brown <br />Fogo, Twillinggate, Morgan&rsquo;s Harbour <br />All around the circle <br /></div>