L. Rand Archibald
February 19, 1944 ~ July 14, 2013
Rand has passed from us after a sudden but short illness, in Vancouver, BC.
Rand was born in Ponoka, Alberta to Wallace (Bud) Archibald and Ruth Archibald (Madison). He spent his early years in Nanton, Alberta and high school in Kimberley, B.C.
Rand had a varied career spending over twenty-five years in Cranbrook in a variety of positions including being City Administrator. A huge part of his life was the Armand Theatre, where Cranbrook folks will remember him as the innovative and enthusiastic manager. In 1990 he moved to Creston as the Campus Manager of the College of the Rockies. Rand was instrumental in establishing the Horticultural Tech program, the many on-line programs and the Greenhouse program as well as establishing the building of the present campus.
Rand will be mostly remembered for his commitment to enriching the communities wherever he worked and lived.
He was the epitomy of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” An active member of Rotary for over forty years, he was named as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was particularly proud of his thirty year perfect attendance pin.
Five times elected to the board of the Creston and District Credit Union, he served as Chairman for the past five years. Long involved with the Handi Capable Housing Society, he actively participated as a member of the board. He served as a board member of the Creston Economic Development Committee and xKootenay Employment Services.
As the first GoGo Guy with the Creston GoGo Grannies, he was dedicated to the cause of supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Rand was not only generous with his time in the community but also with his family. He loved to cook for family and friends, puttered with woodworking and photography and was inspirational in Barbara’s quilting creations. To his grandchildren he was a hero.
Though his life may have ended too soon, it was a life complete in so many ways.
He is survived by his soul mate and love of his life Barbara (nee Holditch); his son Chris and daughter Kelly McLean (Brian) and their mother Gail Carey; and grandchildren Michel Hetu, Brooklyn and Brandon McLean. He was stepfather to Colin Sivorot (Michelle) and their children Jordan, Ryan and Daniel, and to Ron Sivorot (Kristy) and son Griffin; his sister Janet O’Brien (Frank) and children Lori (Lowell) and Todd(Cathy) and their children; his sister Karen (Sid) Barton and children Terri (Perry), Nancy and Jamie (Jill) and their children; sister-in-law Brenda Stewart (Allan) and children Allison and Lindsay; mother-in-law Helen Holditch.
Rand will be remembered by so many who called him a friend.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday July 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Creston Room of the Creston and District Community Complex with Pastor Harry Haberstock officiating.
A private family entombment will take place in the Bella Columbarium, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S., or to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to GoGo Grannies, c/o 1705 Scott Street, Creston BC, V0B 1G5