September 27, 2019
It is with great sadness we share that Rae McCombs passed away at his home on September 27th, at the age of 78 years.
Rae was a man of many parts – he taught math and ESL and facilitated continuing education for many, built a micro-hydro dam, nurtured an organic garden, fed flickers and finches, baked a healthy but tasty chocolate chip cookie, constructed a log house, single fathered three accomplished kids – and sang a beautiful opera and entertaining show tune. Whether it was the local grocer, a neighbor or his grandchild, Rae’s genuine interest in people and the world meant he made warm connections with almost everyone he interacted. He saw the good in everyone, and took time to listen and learn about it.
Rae was a storyteller, and had a rich life to draw on. Rae was the third child of historic logger William (Buster) and Margaret McCombs of Harrison Hot Springs. Raised in Harrison, he spent summers at the logging camp at 10 Mile, napping under trees and riding his horse Buckshot. His studies brought him to Vancouver, Lansing Michigan, Crosslake MB, Valemount BC and Australia’s East Coast. He traveled the globe; Europe, Asia, Australia, North and Central America. Ultimately, he chose to settle in the community he loved – Harrison Hot Springs.
Rae was predeceased by his parents, his sister Marion and his loving wife Anne McCombs. He is survived by his second wife Lillian Martin and his children Brendan, Michelle and Damien and their families, his step- daughter Nicole and her family, his brother and his wife – Arnold and Cris, and brother-in-law, Ken.
Please join us to celebrate his life on November 23, 2019 at 1-4 pm at the Harrison Hotel. Please RVSP to attend by phone at 604-796-3474 or at: http://evite.me/kJ9WJ6BHbq. Please bring your stories.
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