Dennis R. Binstead

February 12, 1933

July 8, 2023

We bid a heartfelt farewell to our beloved father, who has now been reunited with his cherished wife Norma after 64 years. Norma passed away in March 2021, and together, they will embark on their eternal adventures. Our father leaves behind his dear brother Bud and sister-in-law Joan, as well as his sons Mark and Ian, their respective wives Marcie and Cathy, granddaughters Chantal, Emma, and Lauren, and a multitude of caring nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

Our father’s connection to the waters of British Columbia ran deep within his veins, and he carried the coastal breeze in his lungs. Growing up in the Marpole area of Vancouver, he spent his teenage years working on tugboats in the Fraser River. Simultaneously, he pursued his studies to obtain his commercial pilot license and log scaling license while working as a lineman for BC Tel. These accomplishments paved the way for his employment in the forestry industry. When he wasn’t occupied with his downtown office responsibilities, he could be found soaring through the skies in his trusty Cessna or Beaver aircraft, inspecting log booms in the remote inlets of British Columbia. His sons, Mark and Ian, often joined him on these flights, occupying themselves on the log booms while their father diligently worked.

Our father was a true innovator and strategist, never content to simply sit idle. He designed and patented a cable clamp system that revolutionized the bundling of log booms, becoming widely utilized in the industry. Firmly believing in the value of hard work, our father also taught evening public speaking classes at UBC and spent his weekends as a pilot for West Coast Air Services.

In addition to his career achievements, our father created countless joyful memories for his loved ones through his passion for boating and the times spent in Osoyoos and at the family cabin in Point Roberts. A typical Sunday outing for our family could easily involve trout fishing from airplane floats on a picturesque mountain lake in British Columbia.

Later in life, our father embarked on a second career at Galleon Marine, where he worked alongside his sons for nearly 25 years. As a mentor to many, he was adored as a brother, uncle, husband, father, grandpa, and friend. The valuable lessons he imparted will forever resonate within each of us, ensuring that his memory will never fade away.

A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of our father later this summer.

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