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June 27, 1957 - July 2, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
We are sad to announce the passing of Adrian after a lengthy struggle with COPD. He is survived by brother Bob (Margaret) and foster brother Scott (Darcy), nieces and nephews Laura, Tomas, Robert and Bethany, and cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Ada and Wilfrid, brother Don and foster brother Paul.
Adrian was adopted by Ada and Wilf Handfield at a very early age and welcomed into the family home in east Vancouver. Big brothers Bob and Don were in high school so Adrian was truly the baby in the family. Later the family moved to Surrey where Adrian was to spend most of his life except for a period in Williams Lake where he enjoyed many good days fishing with Don.
Adrian had a real talent for music - he played drums for brother Don's band. He also played guitar and could listen to a tune on the radio and then play it on the piano or organ that Ada and Wilf always had at home.
Adrian spent twenty years working for CN Railway but was forced into early retirement by disabilities. His favorite pastime was making dill pickles, faithfully following Ada's pickle recipe. When illness made it difficult for him, friend Debbie came to his assistance, once helping him make a record fifty-seven quarts of dills. In his difficult last years, friend Rob, who he had known since high school, was also there to help with grocery shopping and such.
The later years of Adrian's life were a struggle but his friends and family will remember his musical talent, his love of fishing and his joy at making and giving away really great dill pickles.
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