John Paul Munsie - September 2014
Stan Gamlin - April 2012
George Bennett - March 22, 2009
The forest industry truly lost one of its unique characters on Sunday, with the passing of customs broker with a difference, George Bennett of Norman G. Jensen fame. George was born 1929 a Canadian in Wishart, Saskatchewan before moving to the United States where he joined the U.S. Army at age 18 serving both at home (Fort Lewis, WA) and abroad (Italy). Following an honorable discharge in 1952 George and new wife Elide Anna Christante (married in Trieste, Italy) settled down in Blaine, Washington where George eventually became sales manager of Norman G. Jensen Custom Brokers Inc. traveling the length and breadth of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest building the business. Truly a wonderful character, George was a firm believer that life was to be lived to the fullest. He will be missed in so many ways. In the words of his children: “Dad, our journey together was eventful and fun and we knew that you were with us every step of the way. We will all miss you so much, thank you.”
God’s speed, George.
Laurie Brealey - February 9, 2008
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of one of our number on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Laurie Brealey, one of the true characters of our industry: a consummate professional, and true gentleman, succumbed to the illness he had been battling so gallantly
Bill Barnett of Marathon F.P. said it best: “Laurie was a true Lumberman and he will be missed greatly.” Further information will be forwarded as it is made available.
God’s speed, Laurie.
George Floyd Cruickshank - December 27, 2007
The wholesale lumber industry truly lost one of its own on December 27, 2007 with the passing of George Cruickshank. Born in 1928, the venerable lumberman graduated from UBC Forestry in 1953, joined Cooper-Widman in 1954 before forming a wholesale lumber company for Balfour Guthrie in 1959. Then, along with partner Len Mayes, he formed Pacific Overland Timber in 1967 which he operated until 1992. He was always a supporter of the BCWLA. Many of today’s lumbermen learned and worked alongside the master. He later turned his hand to writing, contributing to industry publications right up until the time he recently entered hospital.
God’s speed, George.
Dr. William L. (Bill) Sauder - December 21, 2007
On behalf of all members of the BCWLA, their staff and families may I extend our deepest
sympathies on the passing of Dr. William L. (Bill) Sauder, a true pillar of all things good in our
Nation. Canada has indeed lost a true Son.
May I also extend our deep sense of joy that we have had the incredible good fortune, directly and indirectly, to have been associated with a man who epitomized all that is good in the forest industry – an industry that counts him as a legend royal – and a giant of the community. We are all the better for having had him walk among us.