It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the sudden passing of retired Warrant Officer Garvin (aka George) Wayne Yee.
WO Yee was a signalman and veteran of the Reserve Army Signal Regiment, 39 Signal Regiment, A Squadron, garrisoned out of Jericho in Vancouver, British Columbia. He joined the unit in July 1974 when it was known as 744 Communication Squadron, and retired in December 1994 after his unit had grown into a Regiment. WO Yee was extremely proud of his service to his country and the signal corps, and will be remembered for his devotion to duty. During his 20 years of service, he instructed on two basic training courses, served with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regiment and worked meticulously within 744’s unit lines, serving in many different capacities during his tenure. His career advanced accordingly, but Garvin always held that ‘MCpl was the best rank’. No matter the position or title though, hard work and dedication were always accompanied by an infectious smile and wonderful sense of humour.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Garvin loved to travel, play softball and golf, ski, and read. He also loved watching his favourite team on TV and did everything in his power not to miss a Dallas Cowboys game. Being a communicator at heart, Garvin dabbled with ‘ham’ radios for a long time and held the Federal Licence Call-Sign VA7YEE. As a member of the Surrey Amateur Radio Club, he managed their emergency communications network check-ins. In his civilian career, he worked for ACME Security for many years, retiring as a supervisor only when declining health required his full attention. Recovery allowed him to continue to enjoy life with his dad, sisters, two children and eventually, four beautiful grandchildren. They, along with many, many friends will miss Garvin deeply.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 29th 2016, 1200 – 1500 hrs, at the Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club (18150 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC)