Thomas Jeffrey “Jeff” Lord, late of Abbotsford, BC, passed away on January 7, 2016 at the age of 90 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by 2 daughters, Marge (Derek), and Tracy Moorhouse (Gordon); 2 sons, Steve (Kari) and Greg (Lisa); 22 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 2 infant sons and wife, Jennifer. Following his teachers training Jeff taught shop classes for a few years in the coal mining community of Natal near Sparwood, BC. In 1952 he arrived in Abbotsford as a charter member of the teaching staff at the new Abbotsford Junior High School. Jeff and Jennifer soon met at various teaching and community events and later were married in the spring of 1955. Jeff was one of the first shop teachers at Abbotsford Junior and went on teaching woodwork and drafting inspiring many young men some of them would become accomplished craftsmen in these fields. Jennifer and Jeff enjoyed family life on a hobby farm raising livestock, Christmas trees and their four children. After retiring from teaching in 1981 Jeff joined colleagues Jack Cook and Gordon Reimer, together they created Valley Woodworking Center where they shared their skills to anyone that wanted to create wooden furniture. In 1989 Jeff and Jennifer moved to Vancouver Island on the ocean in Nanoose Bay to live out their retirement dream building a beautiful log home to share with friends and family. In 2004 they moved back to Abbotsford to be closer to their children and grandchildren, spending their final years together with loved ones. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Grace Church, 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, BC (Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church).
Tributes and condolences may be left at:
Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-854-5534