My run of 22 years of working downtown Vancouver will end at the conclusion of February, as the JP II Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Vancouver will move to its new location at 33rd and Willow in central Vancouver. As I will be out of town next week, for all intents and purposes this week is actually my last week downtown.
I worked at CIBC Mortgage Corporation (at the corner of West Hastings and Burrard) for the summers of 1993 and 1994. It was a great summer job for me as I got my initiation into working downtown and in a corporate environment. Needless to say, it was a far cry from serving as a busboy at La Pergola Italian Restaurant in Richmond. Continue reading Farewell, Downtown Vancouver→
Today was an eventful day for me. At lunch, my friend Phyllis called to tell me the sad news that her father passed away last week. We enjoyed a nice 20-minute chat (including me giving some song suggestions for the funeral mass) and I assured her that my family and I would pray for the repose of her father’s soul and for her entire family.
Ironically, I talked to Phyllis while I was on my way to a “Celebration of Life” for Peter Swinton, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers – where I worked from 1995 to 2002. Peter tragically passed away earlier this month from a biking accident. St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church was jam-packed, a wonderful testament to just how well-loved and respected he was.
Although I never got to work with Peter directly, all of the speakers at the service reinforced what I knew of him: he was kind, fun, humble, intelligent, playful, and loyal. He was an outstanding leader and devoted husband and father.