April 6, 1934 – September 9, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Perry Neil Conlin on September 9th, 2022 in Richmond BC at the age of 88 years old.
Perry was born April 6, 1934 in Rosetown Sask. He was the 3rd child of Leslie & Iona. His siblings were Pat, George, Glenna and Grant. Perry’s younger years was spent in the area around Loon Lake. Perry had a big entrepreneurial spirit. During his lifetime he worked at driving fuel trucks, worked in a mine, sawmill, and then in the early 50’s he moved to the Peace River Country where he started his farming adventures.
In 1970/71 Perry wasn’t busy enough, so he pooled his resources to go into the hog raising business which turned out around 2400 hogs a year. With farming, haying, raising cattle and the pigs, days were long but very fulfilling. After dealing with health issues, Perry sold the farm and moved south to start his semi-retirement in Greenwood, BC. They moved equipment, the cows and their horses. Gone were the 40 below winters and piles of snow; now days were spent moving irrigation pipes, haying and taking care of the gophers.
Perry always dreamed of owning a commercial fishing boat and in 1987 he purchased his first boat, the Ocean Prince. Perry came out of semiretirement, now juggling taking care of the cattle and fishing Sockeye Salmon from June to Aug. He also purchased a Gillnet Boat and made many trips up to Prince Rupert. He loved to share his fishing passion with his family. Shiz, Darren, Merna, Joe, Cassie and Brad were able to join him and enjoy catching and eating the fish they caught.
In the late 90’s the lifetime farmer moved on up, moving to the deluxe condo in the sky with an amazing view. He was close to his boats, which he checked at least twice a week and hung out, sharing many a cup of coffee and stories with the fellow fisherman down by the dock.
Perry’s journey was filled with many joys and battles especially with his health, but he never let it slow him down from doing what he wanted. His whole fishing career came after he had his leg amputated. “Quit” was not in his vocabulary.
After a brief illness with pneumonia and being diagnosed with lung cancer, Perry passed away at the Richmond General Hospital with his family by his side.
A Celebration of his life was held on Sept. 24, 2022 in Delta BC.
He is predeceased by his parents, sisters Pat & Glenna, brothers Elwood & George and sister-in-law Sheila. He leaves to mourn his loving wife and soulmate Shiz, children Linda (Rick) Gies, Merna (Joe) Boltz, Darren (Lita) Conlin, Wendy (John) Pierce & honourary daughter Ruth Peirce. Grandchildren Jason (Merina), Devon, Colton (Tanaya), Cassie (Dayton), Brad (Kielee), Lindsey & Brett. Great-Grandchildren Tolor and Kalla-Rae. Brother Grant (Alvina), Brother-in-law Angus and numerous nieces and nephews.
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