Percy passed away in Victoria on June 9, 2013. He had celebrated his 96th birthday at a reunion in Courtenay the month before. Born in Kamloops, his early life and education took place in Vancouver. His long‑term teaching career commenced in one‑room schools in the Interior.
Following graduation in 1944, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and in due course was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant. Following VE‑Day, he volunteered to serve in the war and was posted to Canada’s Pacific Brigade. Subsequently, he attended the University of Toronto, receiving his Bachelor of Pedagogy degree in 1947 and resuming his vocation as a teacher, teaching in high schools in Grand Forks and Victoria. Along the way he obtained his MBA from the University of Washington in 1961, and was co‑author of a mathematics textbook that was included in the BC school curriculum for many years. He was seconded to the Ministry of Education, 1966‑1968, after which he was appointed principal of the new Reynolds Secondary School. He next served as assistant superintendent of the Greater Victoria School Board for four years and then as secretary‑treasurer of the South Cariboo School District. Following his retirement in 1980, he studied music at the Victoria Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and obtained his ARCT in piano in 1990. His service as a volunteer included a long‑time membership in Gyro International and a 20‑year stint as auditor of the Scholarship Foundation of the Greater Victoria Retired Teachers Association.
He and his wife, Shannon, took part in many cruises throughout the world. An avid golfer and dahlia grower, he kept in good physical shape with weekly workouts and daily walks. He is also survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and other members of his extended family.