James Earl Elliot Moffat

James Earl Elliot Moffat

Earl Moffat was born in the family farmhouse near Saltcoats Sask. on August 16, 1924, the 8th child and seventh son of Andrew and Mary Anne (MacDonald) Moffat.

He enlisted early in 1942 and served with the Sherbrooke Fusiliers as supply truck driver and then tank instructor. His Regiment was involved in the D-Day landing as well as the capture and clearing of the city of Falaise and the Liberation of Holland. Earl met Jean Cahoon of Melville, Sask., on a training leave, and they corresponded for years until marrying in April 1946. The happy couple tried farming on the homestead before moving to Fort Qu’Appelle and then Yorkton. The family then moved to Kamloops BC in 1958 with their 5 children. Earl sold Real Estate in Kamloops for J.R. Pyper Ltd. and was the first President of the Multiple Listings Bureau for his area. He was hired as a BC Hydro Land Agent in 1965 and the family moved to Revelstoke. Earl was responsible for relocating families in anticipation of the Columbia River flooding which happened in 1967-68. The family moved to Nakusp in 1969 where Earl took on the job as Land Reservoir Manager working with Hydro until his retirement in 1985. Earl was very active in his communities. He coached baseball, worked in the Boys and Girls club, promoted youth curling, supported the Nakusp Arrowtarian expansion in his later years and was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion acting as president and Zone Commander over his years. Earl was predeceased by his parents, sister, brothers, and by Jean, his loving wife of 63 years. He is survived by his five children: Valerie (Guy) Drebet, Eileen (Wayne) Letourneau, Andrew (Bev Sinclair) Moffat, Susan (Robert) Paterson, and Corinne (Roman) Stasiewicz. He is also survived by his 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on July 16, 2016 in the Legion Branch 20 Hall in Nakusp, BC.


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