Edward George Joslin
May 15, 1920 – June 24, 2018
Ted died peacefully in the company of family on June 24th, 2018 at the age of 98.
Born in London, England to George Alfred and Violet Beatrice Joslin on May 15th, 1920, Ted was predeceased by his sister Mollie. He is survived by his former wife and friend Patricia (Sally) Tupholme and their four children, Dominic (Mary) of Southport, Australia, Simon (Dalyce) of Victoria, BC, Jolyon and Nicolette Eadie (Vic Hamm) both of Kamloops, BC, together with their respective children and grandchildren: Noel, Jessica, Joel, Dustin, Simon, Marianna, Gabrielle, Katherine, Jakob, Madison, Joe and Edward.
Ted grew up in London, England where he left school at age 15 to join his father’s estate and property management firm as, in his words, “a stamp licking errand runner at a pittance wage.” He quickly earned a Certificate of Membership in the Auctioneers and Estate Agent’s Institute laying the foundation for his future real estate career in Canada.
Serving with the British forces in WWII, initially with the Royal Armoured (tank) Corps and later with the Allied forces in Egypt negotiating and securing use of lands and buildings for the war effort, Ted returned to London from his final posting in the Suez to once again take up civilian life. In 1948, he met and married Sally with whom he celebrated the birth of four children in the short span of 5 years, purchased and struggled to salvage a rundown hotel in London’s post-war economy, and ultimately made the courageous and fortuitous decision to emigrate to Canada in search of adventure and a better life.
The family arrived by boat in Montreal in 1956 and immediately boarded a train for Vancouver, BC. After a brief stay in the lower mainland, Ted found steady employment in Kamloops, first as the Deputy City Assessor and then as City Assessor. Always a risk taker, Ted soon found himself yearning to be his own boss and left municipal employment to start up Wescan (Real Estate) Appraisals. He later partnered with business colleagues to start up Dome Developments Ltd. His final business venture was Project Development Services. Ted worked into his early 80’s before becoming a reluctant retiree.
Ted invariably treated life as a grand adventure. Whether purchasing and moving onto a rustic old ranch on Barnhartvale Road, fly fishing for rainbow trout on local lakes or participating in the now defunct annual Clearwater to Kamloops Overlander Raft Race, Ted was nothing if not endlessly enthusiastic. Over the years, he was an active member in a variety of organizations including Rotary International, the Kamloops Players, the Appraisal Institute of Canada, the Kamloops Tennis Club, the Interior Authors’ Group and more recently the Thompson Valley Community Orchestral Society. Ted had an abiding passion for politics and was an early supporter of Preston Manning’s Reform Party. If you wanted to know his politics, you only had to follow his many letters to the editor in both local and national newspapers.
Ted expressed his artistic side in numerous ways. He created a lovely garden of roses and whimsy, and enjoyed watercolour and oil painting. After retirement, he wrote and self-published a memoir, a novel, a children’s story and a book of poetry. Ted also took great pleasure in golf, his “cottage” on Arbutus Street, the friendship of a loyal group of bridge players, and a renewal of his faith through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Throughout his life, Ted was ever the restless soul, always searching. Whether or not his move from staid old England to Canada satisfied his quest or fulfilled his inner hunger, only Ted would know. What is certain, however, is that his leap of faith in uprooting his young family and moving to Canada afforded his four children an immensely rich life changing opportunity. Ted’s willingness to brace the unknown is a gift for which his family will forever be grateful.
An oft’ heard refrain from those who met him was, “Ted is ever so charming.” And indeed he relished the opportunity to engage others during his every adventure, be it a creative endeavor or a calamity. Sometimes it was hard to keep up as he lived by the motto ‘out with the old and in with the new’ but, regardless of his choices, he always embraced life with unbounded optimism and enthusiasm.
Above all, Ted lived his life according to his own agenda, sometimes for the better and occasionally not so much, but always on his own terms.
Ted’s family thank the staff and residents of Kamloops Seniors’ Village for welcoming Ted into their community in his years, and Dr. Harold Stefanyk and the Village staff for the outstanding care Ted received at the end of his life.
A Celebration of Ted’s life will be held on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 1:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2165 Parkcrest Ave, Kamloops. Family and friends are welcome.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Edward George Joslin 2018.source