Angus Drysdale SPENCE

SPENCE, Angus Drysdale Angus passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 13, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his wife Gladwen, in 1983; great granddaughter Samantha, in 1997; and partner Jean Haggerty-Decker, in 1999. Angus is survived by his daughters Janet (Doug) Devitt, Sheila (Greg) Longman and Sandra (Simon) Arsenault; grandchildren Danielle Grace (Chuck Spooner) and Mitchell and Megan Arsenault; great grandchildren Brooke and Cody Grace; sister Sheila (Jimmy) Forsyth in Scotland; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives in Scotland, England and Wales. Angus was born on June 14, 1922 in Falkirk, Scotland. He met Gladwen while they were serving in the RAF; following their marriage in 1945 Angus served in India. They emigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Regina where Angus worked in radio repair at SaskTel before retiring in 1983. The bagpipes were Angus’ passion. He played them for close to 70 years and was fondly referred to as “the greatest piper west of the Great Lakes”. In 1947 he was a member of the Scottish pipe band that won the European championship. In Regina he joined the 2nd Independent Signal Corps, which later became known as the 10th Field Artillery Band. For a time he also played with the Wa-Wa Shrine Pipe Band. In retirement Angus played with the Kelowna Legion Pipe Band. Over the years Angus enjoyed playing for many Scottish dancers as well as instructing pipers in Regina and at the Summer School of the Arts in Fort San. When he moved back to Regina from Kelowna in 2005 Angus lived at the Bentley seniors’ residence for about two years then moved to the Silva Personal Care home where he was cared for with much love and compassion. The family would like to express our deep appreciation for the nurturing given to Dad at Silva as well as the excellent care provided by Dr. Moolla, and in the last few days, by the wonderful doctors and nurses in palliative care at the Pasqua Hospital. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at Regina Funeral Home. Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Friends wishing to make donations in Angus’ memory may give to Regina Palliative Care Inc., 4F – 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK S4T 1A5 or the War Amps, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4. Family and friends are invited to sign the online book of condolences at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.