Dan passed away peacefully at his home in Port Kells on Tuesday, April 10. He is survived by his wife, Mary, his children, Denise, Jack, and Clark, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also fondly remembered by Mary’s children, Blaine, and Jennifer. Dan was predeceased by his first wife, Florence, who passed away in 1994. Dan was a true Surrey citizen. Although he was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, his family moved to Surrey when was an infant. Dan went to school in Surrey at Port Kells Elementary and Tweedsmuir High School. After a sojourn in Alberta he returned to Surrey where he spent the rest of his life.
In 1953, after working at a variety of jobs as a young man, Dan joined the Municipality of Surrey where he served for over thirty years. He worked as a building inspector and held the position of Chief Building Inspector for some years. In 1972, he was appointed City Manager and held this position until his retirement in 1984. He was very successful and well respected in that position and Surrey benefited greatly from his “foresight and forcefulness.” Until recent ill-health, Dan enjoyed a productive retirement. He served on the Surrey Hospital Board, and a number of boards of inquiry including heading up the investigation into the roof collapse at Burnaby’s Save-On-Food and Drugs in 1988. He also took great pleasure in hunting and fishing.
In memory of Dan, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday April 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in a reception room of the Cascades Casino/Hotel at 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Dan Closkey Trust Fund, Scotia Bank, 5782 175 St, Surrey, B.C. V3S 4T7. The purpose of the fund is to install benches in parks in the Port Kells area, as a memorial to Dan.