Hector Peters Aby Vedan

    • Hector Aby Vedan
    • RCE Badge circa 1937-52
    • Hector Aby Vedan

    We regret to advise of the death of Hector Peters Aby Vedan peacefully on 4 March 2008 after a lengthy illness.

    A member of the Williams Lake Indian Band, Hector was born in Clinton, British Columbia in 1923. He attended the Cariboo Indian Residential School at St. Joseph's Mission, worked in the Williams Lake area and played junior and senior hockey in Clinton and Williams Lake. In 1940, at the age of seventeen, Hector enlisted in the Canadian Army serving with the Rocky Mountain Rangers, the Westminster Regiment and the Royal Canadian Engineers from 1940 to 1946. He saw action in North Africa, Italy and Holland.

    Following his discharge in 1946, Hector remained in England until 1952 where he played professional ice hockey for teams in Brighton, Glasgow, Perth, Belgium and Switzerland from 1947-1952. In 1952 he returned to Canada and settled in Stoney Creek, ON. Hector worked for the Lawson Lumber Company in Hamilton from 1952 to 1987 and on retirement moved to Burnaby, BC.

    Hector's funeral service will be held on 10 March 2008 at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in Burnaby, BC. Burial will take place at the North Vancouver Cemetery North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Hector to the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association, 3460 Kalyk Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 3B2.