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"ACT" 2003 Obituary


ACTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-27 published
ACTON, Colin
Peacefully, at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario on Monday, December 8, 2003. Born in Brighton, England, in 1925, Colin was in active service with the British Army in France and Germany in World War 2. After the war he went to sea with Cunard Lines. He worked his way up to Staff Purser on the Queen Elizabeth and, in that role, met his future wife, Cathie WEBB, a Toronto-born Canadian traveling to Europe on Cunard Lines. After the birth of their first child they emigrated to Canada where Colin started at the bottom again as a clerk at Canada Life. He retired in 1989 as a Vice-President; quite an accomplishment on a Grade 8 education. Throughout his life, Colin was an avid reader and a prolific writer, earning extra money for his short stories and articles published in newspapers and magazines. He fully embraced the computer age, acquiring one of the first 10 Macintosh computers in Canada. Prior to retirement, Colin moved to St. Catharines where he was active in the community until disabled by Alzheimer's. He lived most recently at Leisureworld in Elmira, Ontario. Colin will be missed by his children: Janet and her husband Neil KENNEDY of Elmira, Lee ACTON and his wife Cindy of Seattle, Craig ACTON of Toronto and Maria POWERS, also of Seattle, Washington. He leaves grandchildren Kate, Thomas, Colin, Julia and Brittany. His wife, Cathie, died on June 30, 2003. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and interment will be held in May 2004 at Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Alzheimer Society of Canada ( or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ( would be greatly appreciated by the family. Stories and memories about Colin may be shared with his family by email at

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