TOPP Herbert William. “Herb” left us peacefully, at the grand age of 99, on the evening of August 5 in the Al Hogg Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock BC. He was born in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, the middle of seven children. The family moved to Montreal and as a child Herb showed an early talent for business, earning money by selling cakes door-to-door and polishing brass hardware in his neighborhood. He trained as a bookkeeper and joined Lowney’s chocolate firm. Soon after the outbreak of the second world war he enlisted with the RCAF, and served as a tail gunner on a Lancaster bomber, based in England. At the end of the war he returned to his previous job in Montreal, and later as a bookkeeper with Dallards, the chain of women’s clothing stores based in eastern Canada. He was soon promoted to store manager, and when the firm decided to open a branch in Vancouver in the 1950s he was dispatched to manage it. It was while working at the store that he met his wife Marie. They shared many adventures and good times during their 47 years together. After they settled in White Rock, Herb became involved in Kiwanis, the community service club, where his early talent as a cake salesman was once again displayed. He was also an avid swimmer at the South Surrey pool. With his infectious laugh and ability to tell a good story or joke he brought joy to many. Herb is survived by his loving wife Marie, who supported him tirelessly through his final years, and by his daughter Frances and sons Mike and Shawn. Special thanks to the caring and hard working staff at Peace Arch Hospital and Al Hogg Pavilion. Thanks for all the good times Herb, we love you.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 1480 George St., White Rock on Wednesday September 5th at 2pm.