Byrd Robert Carl Quist
23 July , 1934 – 16 June , 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Byrd Quist of Pitt Meadows. After a brief illness, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday June 16, 2018 at Surrey Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. Born in Duncan BC on July 23rd 1934, he grew up farming before heading to trade school to become a heavy-duty mechanic. His early career was spent working throughout all areas of the province. Never one to sit still, he loved fixing machines and always kept busy working on his projects at home. He met his soul mate at a community dance in Pitt Meadows in 1959. They married and lived happily in this community for 55 years. In recent years, they enjoyed travelling and loved the many road trips they took together exploring the far reaches of BC and the North. He is survived by his beloved wife Helen; children Brenda (Glenn), John (Dana), Robert (Debra); grandchildren Christy (Cam), Beth (Chris), Justin (Daria), Tara, Alicia, Virginia, Dustin and great grandchildren Tianna and Landon as well as siblings Mary and Norman plus many nieces, nephews and extended family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Lung Association at www.bc.lung.ca. No service by his request.
Byrd Robert Carl Quist
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24 July 2018
You were on my mind a lot today. I love you, miss you and cherish the memories I have of you.
2 July 2018
I met Byrd in Brisbane, where he and Helen were visiting Christy for her college graduation. He and I got to know each other further at the farm a short while later, where I got the grand tour and felt right at home. He welcomed me along with Helen, John and the rest of the family, and it soon became clear that Byrd had raised an honest, caring and intelligent family who now follow in his memory. Byrd was loved by every amazing person he surrounded himself with, and is dearly missed by them all. To Byrd.
28 June 2018
As I get older and begin to realize the importance of strong family bonds, I can't even begin to explain how much of that I have learned from you and Grandma. It is safe to say that I have the life I do because of the both of you.
Grandpa, you came into my life at a very young age. My Mom, Dana, moved across the country from Newfoundland when I was only 5 years old. Over here in BC I was very quickly accepted into the Quist household when my Mom met John. I grew up with you and Grandma as my grandparents ever since, giving me a life filled with nothing but love and support. The memories I hold dearest with the family all happen to be from your farm house, or from family get togethers usually organized by the two of you. Breakfast with Santa will be one of my favourite traditions.
Unfortunately I don't have access to a lot of childhood photos at the moment, but I do have a picture that means more to me today than ever before. As Alicia said, there really are no words. But this photo encompasses the impact both you and Grandma have had on me. The hard work and dedication that the both of you have put in over your lives is breathtaking. It is not every day that you see couples that have been together as long as you two have, and this alone gives me hope. Seeing how hard you worked over the years, never stopping, it is without question that you have instilled that work ethic into the man that I consider to be my father. I could not ask for two stronger male role models to have in this crazy life, and without the both of you I wouldn't be who I am today. Because of you Grandpa, I have an amazing family. I was able to obtain this degree you watched me walk across the stage to achieve. How anyone would volunteer to sit through that long ceremony for 1 minute of me on stage is beyond me. But you and Grandma did, because that is what you two do. You loved and supported those around you in ways I can only hope to mirror.
I love you, Grandpa.
Miss you deeply.
27 June 2018
Pictures speak louder than words, and since I am at a loss for them, I feel this is appropriate. Rest in peace Grandpa, we love you so much.
Marilyn & Ron Tschirhart
25 June 2018
Ron & I first met the Quist family in 1985 when we moved to Pitt Meadows and rented a house two farms down from the them. We soon became good friends with the whole family and shared many good times with them, which often included a game of horseshoes.
We could not have asked for kinder neighbours. Byrd was a wealth of knowledge and was always there to offer a helping hand.
We moved to Maple Ridge to our own home and unfortunately had a break-in. Ron was working out of town so when the police tried to contact me they called Helen as their phone number was on the fridge to see if she knew where I worked. By the time the police contacted me and I drove home Byrd was at our house securing the front door until it could be replaced.
We send our sincere condolences to Helen, Brenda, John, Robert and their families. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to you all.
Marilyn & Ron
24 June 2018
I understand you can’t live forever but I certainly thought I had more time with you then I did. I will always cherish being called ‘monkey’ and ‘chipmunk’ and will never forget your golden smile. I enjoyed our times on Mayne Island which included a very sketchy wooden raft as well as the many conversations we had over steak burgers at Hogs Breath.
I think you can tell a lot about a person with those that they surround themselves with. Your family was always by your side and I am very blessed to have so many cousins that I have literally grown up with. Our whole family is extremely close and you and Grandma are to thank for that. You have created very strong and independent children who have then instilled what they had learned from you to us. The two men I look up to the most are you and dad. Both of you are driven, strong, motivated, loyal and never stop working. Thank you for constantly showing me those qualities and traits.
I am extremely grateful that those closest to me (Cameron, Tiana & Landon) were all able to meet you and spend time with you. You have impacted my life more then you could ever know and I am so glad I have so many memories that I can share with my children about their great grandfather.
I love you, Grandpa.