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Trelawny Passes

Posted: Dec. 1, 2006

            It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on Dec. 1 of  John G. Trelawny, author of Wild Flowers of the Yukon, Alaska & Northwestern Canada and editor of Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest, Wild Flowers of Field and Slope  Wild Flowers of Forest & Woodland, Wild Flowers of the Mountains and Wild Flowers of the Sea Coast. From his birth in Roorkee, in 1919 to his final resting place at Deep Cove, Sidney , John enthusiastically pursued adventure throughout his life. Raised in Devon, the Isle of Jura, Scotland and Phillimore Gardens, London, educated at Bradfield School and Sandhurst College, John served with the British Eighth Army in the Second World War in Iraq, leading Assyrian levy troops, before entering the Italian campaign where he was seriously wounded and spent two years as a prisoner of war.  Never one to avoid a challenge, he assumed many roles throughout his life including Master of the Hounds, Sandhurst; Captain in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry; farm hand at Oyster River; bulb farmer at Cobble Hill; lighthouse keeper at Race Rocks; author; botanist; tour guide and gardener.  John was an instructor in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Victoria for 18 years where he thrived on sharing his life-long love of plants before retiring to develop, with his wife Ruth, his garden at Deep Cove. John was happiest showing friends and visitors his beautiful and ever-expanding garden.  He also enjoyed participating in the development of the Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria and his commitment to learning culminated in the award of an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria in 1992.