Edward Robert Godberson
April 5, 1938 ~ January 25, 2016
Edward Robert Godberson, a resident of Boswell, B.C. passed away unexpectedly at the age of 77 years.
Edward was born on April 5, 1938 in the northern frontier town of High Prairie, Alberta. He married his sweetheart Lorraine Fournier on July 27, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta.
Edward served as a naval cadet in the Canadian Navy and sailed on the H.M.C.S. Ontario, touring Hawaii, Hong Kong, and other far east ports. On returning, Edward enrolled at SAIT for Radio Operating Technology. With graduation, Edward and Lorraine moved to Ottawa for further training with the Dept. of Transport (Airports). The first posting was in Fort Smith NWT, and was followed by a growing family living in Teslin YT, Cambridge Bay NWT, Yellowknife NWT, Thunder Bay Ontario, Prince Rupert BC and finally in St. Albert, Alberta. Edward’s frequent promotions and experience allowed him to successfully apply for a coveted job at ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) in Montreal. This job at the United Nations organization was very special to Edward, and he was always proud of the accomplishment and was thankful for the many friendships he made with his peers from all over the world.
The first visit to Kootenay Lake cast a spell on Edward and Lorraine, and was followed by many more summer vacations to the Kootenays. A house was built and the couple fulfilled their dream and started their retirement at the lake in 1997. Edwards favorite pastimes were wine and beer making, gardening and finishing multiple projects on the property.
Edward was an active member of the Boswell Vintners, and he reveled in the camaraderie of crushing grapes, testing wine and exchanging skills with other members.
Edward was an accomplished hunter and loved to fish, explore and learn about each location the family lived. For anyone that knew Edward, he was always a great storyteller and loved to get animated and worked up as he relayed the story to his audience!
Edward always had a zest for life, kindness for all, and was an exceptional husband, father and friend to many. He was an inspiration to us all.
Edward is survived by his wife Lorraine; son Gary; daughters Celine and Michelle; brother Charles and grandchildren Chantal, Saige, Ava-Jean, Rhys and Luke.
A service celebrating Edward’s life was held on Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m. at Boswell Community Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Boswell Community Hall, 12374 Boswell Rd, Boswell, BC V0B 1A4.