Ainscough, Grant Lee, age 86 years, passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital on July 15, 2012.
He is survived by his children; Tom (Heather), Chris (Nicole), Kathy (Steve), Louise (Scott), and Grandchildren: Jaki, William, Grady, Maximilian, and Josephine and predeceased by his wife, Jacquie.
A man's man, capable of surviving in the bush or the boardroom, he loved his wife and family, his friends, his garden, his cats, and the great outdoors. He was a generous mentor and a loyal friend.
After graduating from UBC Forestry, Class of '51, he had a long career; first with the BC Forest Service and then MacMillan Bloedel. Grant retired as the Vice President of Forestry, with an Arboretum named in his honour. He was a passionate forester and directly and indirectly helped plant millions of trees with MB and the Tree Canada Foundation.
He served on numerous boards such as Flying Tankers, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, & Variety Children's Charity.
His sense of humour and sharp wit was there to the end with stories retold and enhanced with more detail each time. His deep baritone singing voice graced many ears over the years (with favorite songs embellished sometimes with his own wording.)
Ready to be reunited with Jacquie, his wife of 57 years, he dreamed of going swimming with her in the ocean, taking her dancing, and riding off in a Cadillac.
Thank you to the staff at the O'Keefe where Grant lived and the medical team who cared for him at VGH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=3433861&
;langPref=en-CA , Lions Gate Hospital Foundation https://www.lghfoundation.com/tribute/tribute-webpage.aspx?tid=67.
or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of his life will be held at the Vancouver Terminal City Club on August 30, 2012, 4 – 7pm. 604-681-4121
For those wishing to share a memory of Grant, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com
Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221