Maurice, eldest son of a family of 11 children, was raised on a farm and was very attached to the land.
His schooling was brief; his childhood was short. At 14, he worked at his dad’s lumber camp in Connell Creek felling trees with a crosscut and skidding logs. At 16, he became the family breadwinner.
Over all, he spent 24 consecutive years in the bush working at a number of local sawmills and in camps in Prince George, B.C.
In the summer of 1945 he started farming on his own on two quarters in the Treasure School District where the family had moved. Between seeding and harvesting, he drove a cat for road construction and brush-cutting, then apprenticed as a mechanic at John Livingstone’s garage.
In 1968, with his brother, Jack, he started working at Parkland Alfalfa Processing Plant as a machinist. The two acquired more land and began farming full time. They were more than brothers and partners; over the years they met every morning to play a game of crib and plan the day’s work together. Maurice supported his mother and shared his home with her till she moved to the Arborfield Special Care Lodge in 1992.
An active supporter of St. Lucy’s Parish, he helped with maintenance, was a reader for a time, loved to sing at church and led the rosary before Sunday mass. In 1977, he was named to the provincial council of the Charismatic Movement, a ministry he enjoyed over many years. Attending prayer meetings and exercising his gift of healing brought him joy and fulfilment.
In his quiet, discreet way, Maurice leaves the mark as a man of prayer, integrity and high moral values. In the last months of his life he was lovingly and generously supported by his niece, Mary Ann, and his nephew, James.