Walter Desmond Corry was born in 1929, on September the 13th, his father's birthday, and died in 2019, on February 10, his son's birthday. He was 89 years old.
Des was born in Victoria and lived in Fairfield. He attended Sir James Douglas school, then Victoria High School. His first years of university were in Victoria, at Victoria College. Because the college did not grant degrees, he continued his studies in Vancouver, at UBC, where he received his BA in English. When he was 50, he went back to University, in Bellingham, and received his Masters in English. After he retired, he enjoyed riding his bike up to UVic to audit courses, most often, Philosophy.
Through his life, he taught English, German, and Physical Education. His first job was in Nelson. From there, he taught in Boundary Bay, Jericho Hill School in Vancouver, North Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Merritt, and back to Surrey. Des was a loved and respected teacher, as evidenced by tributes from his former students.
While he was teaching in Surrey, he met and married Patricia King. They had a son, Sean.
In Port Moody, Des met and married Monica Flach. They had two children, Traviss and Shivaun.
Throughout his life, academics and sports were very important to him. He described himself as being not naturally athletic or academic, so he had to work hard to achieve his goals. In grade school, he swam competitively and played basketball and soccer. He joined the lacrosse team in high school, and boxed in University. In the years after his formal education, he played basketball, lacrosse, then, when he could no longer see the lacrosse ball, rugby. Later in life, he took up tennis and golf. He was a good basketball coach and wrestling coach and was very proud of his team's successes. Near the end of his life, he completed a book about his boxing hero, Jimmy McLarnin, "Fighters Should Be Gentlemen".
The book was one of four things of which he was most proud. The second was his physical fitness; he exercised every day without fail. He prided himself on swimming in the ocean every month of the year. He continued his after-dinner run until he fractured his hips, regressing from a run to a jog to the eventual shuffle. The third – a worn piece of paper with his GRE marks on it. In a multiple choice literature exam answered when he was 50, he scored 350 out of 350. The fourth, and most important, were his children. With every degree his daughter, Shivaun earned, he became more and more proud, but still chastised her for not continuing to play soccer. He was always proud of Traviss' artistic abilities and his entrepreneurial skills, even if he didn't always understand them.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, Ernie and Coral, and his son, Traviss. He will be remembered by Monica, his wife of 50 years, his son Sean and daughter Shivaun (Aksel) and their daughter, Roshan. Also left behind are his brother, Michael, his sister-in-law, Barbara, and their children, David (Ellian) and Elizabeth (Craig) and their children. Des will be missed by his many cousins and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a charity of your choice. Des was especially interested in helping the street people of Victoria, with whom he worked for many years, and we both very much appreciated the exemplary care he received at Luther Court.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Luther Court 1525 Cedar Hill X Road Victoria. Please RSVP monica at email@example.com or call/text 250-886-3553.
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