In the early evening of Friday February 26th, Lawrence Edward Aston (Ted) passed away peacefully at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island. Six days short of his 93rd birthday. Ted was the youngest of 5 children of Lawrence Hubert Aston (Norwegian) and Jessie O’Brien (Irish). His 4 sisters, Joan, Jessie, Doreen and Betty all predeceased him. Ted was born in London on March 4th 1928 within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church making him a true Cockney.
He first moved to Salt Spring in early 2011. After living here for 1 ½ years he had to leave while awaiting his immigration application. In July 2016 he returned as a Permanent Resident to live again with his son Mark, daughter in law, Holly, and granddaughters Raven (Jenna) and Carlie. In January 2020 he moved to Braehaven Assisted Living.
As a teenager he enlisted in the British Army Medical Corps and after completing his training in Ireland he was sent to serve in northern Germany at the end of World War II. Ted was an avid painter and sketch artist and had several of his oil paintings on display at the Chelsea Art Gallery. He met and married June Christine Aston (nee Penzer), settling in Birmingham England. In retirement Ted took up golf and in the mid 90’s Ted and June moved to the Costa Del Sol in Spain where they lived until 2011. During his time on Salt Spring Ted would regale anyone who would listen with stories of Spain, and his cycling tour of France and Spain in his 20’s. And while watching football at Moby’s Pub he’d tell you how much better Arsenal were than Spurs.
If he could he would say a big thank you to the staff and residents at Braehaven Assisted Living. And to the doctors and nurses at Lady Minto Hospital who made his last few weeks as comfortable as possible.