Dean- Alexander Boswell, passed away peacefully on Monday January 27, 2020 at the Shorncliffe Care Home in Sechelt, B.C. He was 94 years old.
Alex was born on August 22, 1925 in Rama, S.K. to parents George Stringer Dean and Jessie Dean (nee Rattray). He was one of nine children. His family relocated to Melfort and Prince Albert S.K.. He later joined the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier during WW2. Upon returning from the war he settled in Vancouver, B.C. He attended the University of B.C. to study Engineering. He joined his brother Rollie in a new business venture called Dean Bros. Collision and Repair in 1946. In time Alex met Patricia Anne Riddell and later were united in marriage on Sept. 21, 1956. The two welcomed a son, Brian Murray on Sept. 20, 1964. Alex worked at Dean Bros until he took an early retirement. He and Patsy moved up to Halfmoon Bay B.C. on the Sunshine Coast. There, Alex enjoyed the ocean and taking his boat out to fish. He took up gardening with prize looking geraniums. Each September, as he had done for several years, he would travel to the Elk Valley and set up his huge hunting camp. He would even bake his famous bread for all of the crew. He loved to hunt the deer, elk and moose. This was his happy place.
On May 13, 1994 Alex and Patsy welcomed their first and only granddaughter Linzi Rae. They were both excited and proud to be grandparents. They enjoyed spending time with her.
Patsy passed away on Oct. 8, 2001. Alex remained on his waterfront property for several years before buying a little rancher house in Sechelt, B.C. There he continued to meet his coffee group for breakfasts. Still he would bake bread and give every last loaf away. When his health began to decline, he moved in with his son Brian. His final home became Shorncliffe Care Home.
Alex leaves to mourn and celebrate his life his son Brian Murray Dean of Sechelt, B.C., his granddaughter Linzi Rae Dean of North Vancouver, B.C., brother Harry Dean of Parksville, B.C., sister Donna Russell of Burnaby, B.C. and many nieces and nephews.
Alex was predeceased by wife Patricia Anne Dean, parents George and Jessie Dean, brothers George, Rollie (Charles) and Donn, and sisters Mary, Doris and Georgina.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Bishop and all the staff at Shorncliffe Care Home for all of the wonderful care they provided. A special Thank you to Sonny for all the times he visited.
Cremation provided by Devlin Funeral Home in Gibsons, B.C. No funeral service per Alex wishes.
The family would ask that you light a candle and raise your glass and make a toast ton Alex for all of the wonderful ways that he has touched your life. You will be forever in our hearts Alex.
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