The Golden Golf Club lost one of its founding members and the Royal Canadian Legion one of its most dedicated volunteers when Eleanor Dewar passed away on April 26 at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer.
Dewar, who was best known as Lil to her friends and family, moved with her husband John to Golden in 1975. The couple operated the Husky Service Centre up until 1984 and the A&W Restaurant from 1982 to 1992, but it was Dewar’s involvement in the community for which she will be best remembered.
Dewar, an avid golfer, was heavily involved in the establishment of the Golden Golf Club from the very beginning.
“She had no children but the golf course basically became her baby in my opinion,” said Julia Cundliffe, one of Dewar’s longtime friends and frequent playing partners.
Over the years Dewar served as Director and Vice-President of the club, and as President in 1987.
“That was her passion, to work with this club and make it successful,” Cundliffe said.
The game remained a passion of hers up until her passing and she won the Ladies Club Championship six times and the Senior Club Championship nine times.
“She was always extremely competitive. She had her way of standing at the tee and taking a deep breath (before her shot),” Cundliffe laughed. “It was just one of her habits.”
In between rounds of golf, Dewar found time to volunteer at the Legion and earned Life Membership honours in 2002. She became a member in 1988 and served in the positions of Secretary, Vice-President and President over the years.
“(Her and her husband) were very community oriented,” said Kathy Anderson, a former Legion president and longtime friend of Dewar’s.
Dewar spearheaded the Legion’s cemetery revitalization project and frequently organized special events and music nights.
“She did all kinds of things and she loved to cook,” Anderson said.
Helping Dewar in the kitchen, however, was often a struggle.
“When working with Lil in the kitchen, you’d have to have lots of patience,” Anderson said, smiling.
“She wanted everything done in a particular way and with a particular style. I’ve walked out of that kitchen and counted to 10 and then walked back in to help her…She was very particular and I understood that about her.”
Her attention for detail often came in handy while Anderson was serving as president, she knew she could count on Dewar anytime she had any questions or concerns.
“I used to call her up if I wasn’t sure about the protocols of the Legion, what has to be done and how it has to be done,” Anderson said. “She was always there with advice and she was always right, too.”
Whether it’s on the golf course or at the Legion, it is clear that Dewar will be greatly missed.
“I’m going to miss her like crazy,” Anderson said. “She was a really good person with a good, beautiful heart.”