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General News · 10th May 2020
Nicola Piggott
Ed Piggott January 15, 1941 - May, 8, 2020

We are sad to announce the death of our father, Ed Piggott. He died peacefully on May 8th from end stage dementia at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria in the presence of his daughters Nina and Nicola and to a soundtrack of birdsong with the occasional crow of a rooster. He was very much loved and will be missed by his children Nicola, Nina, Duncan, Jay and step daughter Nina as well as their partners and his grandchildren Julia, James and Arden. He will also be remembered by his sister Betty’s family in England, his life long friend Dennis in North Wales, long time friend David in Vancouver as well as many other friends and acquaintances on Cortes and around the world.

Ed was born in the outskirts of Manchester during the blitz in January 1941 (probably why he hated sudden loud noises). After the war, his family moved to North Wales where his father had a butcher shop in Llanbedrog and raised animals in their adjoining pastures. It was in North Wales where his love of the sea, animals and birds began. Originally wanting to be a vet, he instead went into teaching as there was a need for teachers at that time in Britain and he could incorporate his love of sport into that occupation.

He talked about his college days as being fun, a bit wild and of seeing the Beatles in their early days in Liverpool on the weekends. He married Helen who lived in a neighbouring village and they found themselves heading to Africa where he taught at a teacher training college in Zambia. It was here that he met Dave from Canada and his Canadian chapter began.

Ed, Helen and 3 year old Nicola came to Canada in 1969 where he taught school in Prince George - Nina and Duncan were born there in the next few years. Ed and family moved to Cortes in 1974 where he became the principal at Cortes School or Manson’s Landing Elementary Junior Secondary School as it was then known. Ed taught on Cortes and in Campbell River over the following years. Once he found Cortes, he never wanted to leave - it was here where his love of country life, self-reliance, animals, tinkering with cars and boats and living by the sea could really take shape in amongst the enjoyment he had in teaching, not only kids, but also with the Rod and Gun Club.

A second marriage to Lorraine brought stepdaughter Nina and son Jay into the family. In later years, he and June lived together at his home on the end of Potlatch Road. He loved showing his grandchildren and June's as well as other visiting kids around his farm to see various chickens, ducks, cows, pigs and cats. Many delighted in seeing newly hatched chicks and helping grandpa Ed collect eggs. There were many neighbours and folks on the Island who sought Dad out for help or advice with raising animals or rehabilitating birds of prey and it wasn’t unusual for people to bring various dead wildlife to dad for identification, which led to surprising discoveries at times when opening the freezer. When dementia made it difficult for him to continue raising animals, having Anne’s horses pastured in the field made him feel as though things were still as they should be.

Ed was a character and will be very missed - “everyone has an Ed story”.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date, post social-distancing, travel restrictions, etc.

Nicola, Nina, Duncan, Nina & Jay