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815 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C5
Phone: 604-936-9987
Fax: 604-468-2575


Office Location

815 Brunette Avenue

Coquitlam, BC V3K 1C5

Phone: 604-936-9987

Fax: 604-468-2575


Terence Navin

Terence Navin

Monday, February 25th, 1946 Thursday, June 11th, 2020

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Obituary for Terence Daniel "Terry" Navin

Terry was born on February 25 1946 in Newry, Northern Ireland to parents Rose and Edmund Navin. He was the second of 4 children. Older brother Paul, and two sisters Mary and Shiela. When he finished school he started working for Newry Mineral delivering and selling “refreshments” to pubs all around Ireland. Likely this is where Terry honed his legendary wit and personality. His first of two sons, Leo, was born in 1971, followed by Stephen in 1972. Not quite Irish twins but within a couple of months of it. It was around this time Terry started the first Auto-glym franchise in Northern Ireland, and his first taste of small business ownership began. He ran the company until 1974, and then Canada started calling. The tales of natural beauty and high paying work were too much to resist. With little money in his pocket, he found himself in Winnipeg Manitoba. He quickly found a job in Northern Manitoba. Having saved up some money he decided it might be time to go back home to his young family, but decided to drive out to Vancouver to see the Rockies before heading home. When he arrived in Vancouver he was awestruck by the natural beauty of the place and the opportunities it provided. He brought his young family over in 1976 and there they remained. 

Terry became a fixture at The Blarney Stone in Gastown, rarely missing a Saturday night. It was there that he met many of his lifelong friends, including the Love of his life Marian. He started Naburn Auto Body in Surrey in 1978, where he worked tirelessly to support his family. In 1985, he along with Marian and the two boys moved to Warrick Street in Coquitlam. The Warrick street gang was born. They became lifelong friends having countless parties, going on trips and sharing many late nights and happy memories! 

In 1995, at the age of 49, Terry decided he needed a change of career. He put everything he had on the line to purchase a new and entirely different business. He purchased Can Craft Steering, a struggling steering gear company and then along with his son Stephen spent the next 25 years building it into the largest and most respected company of its kind in British Columbia. 

Terry loved many things in life. He had many boats over the years, and enjoyed fishing, photography and travel. He has literally seen the world in his 74 short years. It’s fair to say however, that there is nothing he loved more than spending time with friends and family. He had a wit and personality that will never be matched or forgotten. He made everyone around him laugh, and brought happiness to the lives of everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife Marian, sons Leo and Stephen, their wives Ida and Christina, along with 3 grandchildren Justin, Brandon and Kayleigh. 

Rest in peace Granda, you are forever loved and will never be forgotten.

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    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 |
    Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
    3141 Shaughnessy Street
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    Thursday, June 18th, 2020
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Funeral Mass will be private and limited to family and close friends. It is hoped that a Celebration of Terry's Life will be held at a later date when restrictions have been eased.

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Deborah Camara

Deepest condolences from all of us at the Maple Ridge Golf Course. I Always enjoyed seeing you two every Monday afternoon at the course, chatting about life and getting to know each other.
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Ciara Marley

Even though Uncle Terry lived in Canada throughout our lifetimes he still played a big part in all our lives. The boys came over for most of the summers of our early childhood and we had many great adventures. We have so many fond memories of us all crammed into the back of Mum and Dad’s Volvo with Leo and Stephen and our other cousins Lisa and Claire, heading off around Ireland and causing plenty of mischief along the way. In those times we felt like one big family, not separated by any distance at all. Our childhood was made all the richer by these visits and we so looked forward to them.

Over the years, before the internet, and the connected world we now live in, there were many knocks on the door by people Terry sent over to Ireland to stay with our parents. Some he told us about, some he didn’t! All welcome nevertheless and all regaling stories of far flung places and Terry’s misdemeanours! In hindsight maybe it was all this exposure to these wonderful people introduced by our Uncle Terry where some of our own wanderlust began. (Mainly Ciara!)

In later years we all had amazing trips together, like the time we all went to New York and stayed with our Auntie Eithne (Dad’s sister). Eithne and Terry couldn’t be more different but they got on like a house on fire and honestly it was one of the funniest trips we have ever had. A true testament to Terry’s wit and generosity, even in his own words his wit was legendary! There was a road trip (no bathroom stops allowed Marian!), and talk of throwing Neil over Niagara Falls in a barrel. We laughed so much in the haunted house that a queue formed outside to see what was happening as we spilled into the street falling over each other in hysterics.

Terry had such a way with him to make people feel at ease, and you could love him even if he was giving you what could be considered an insult if it came from anyone else other than Terry. I know David will now need someone to call him “The Head” now that Terry has passed! However, he was always kind, but not afraid to give out “tough love”. He never took himself too seriously and had at times such self-depreciating humour. Whether it be laughing about stubbing his toe or walking into the glass on the conservatory door. He gave as good as he got and was all too ready to laugh at himself too.

In the years that followed it was great to see Mum reconnecting with Terry, on the many trips they went on. We know that both Mum and Dad really enjoyed the time on holiday with Terry and Marian, and they always came home with a story or two! The one that we thought epitomised the persona of Terry, was in Vienna at an extremely upper-class soiree (one where Terry felt most at home) Terry whilst sitting watching the opera, noticed a lady close by gesturing over to him. Now Terry, being Terry obviously thought that this charm and electrifying personality could draw in strangers at 20 yards. It wasn’t until he looked down and saw some underwear at this feet that he thought that it was even less appropriate for this lady to throw her underwear at him, after all it wasn’t that type of show! However, as time slowly passed by, Terry realised that the underwear was his, and that the lady was very kindly pointing out that Terry, had somehow manged to leave his room in such haste that yesterday’s underwear had never made it to laundry! Needless to say, Joe didn’t let Terry forget that one!

We were lucky enough to visit him in Vancouver many times. He always looked after us all and made our trips magical. I know he loved it when he took us out on his boat and as Ciara said to him with glee “this is class” (a very Newry phrase), as we sailed around the harbour, and it really was. I can still remember that day, sun shining, Terry in his element, making sure we all had a good time.
Most notably we visited for both of the boy’s weddings. Terry was unbelievably proud of both of them. He really did live for the two of them, and as we watched him brimming with pride at their weddings that was clear to see. A lot of the good in Terry lives on in Leo and Stephen and they will continue his legacy. It’s a testament to Terry and Marian, how the boys have turned out, and they are a credit to them both.

Although we have been separated by distance we have always felt close. He was always so good to us and we loved him dearly. We know that not being able to rally around him and the rest of the family due to the pandemic has been particularly difficult. Especially for our Mum Mary, and she is totally heartbroken she was unable to get to him. It is usually at this time where people can pull together, but we will be able to do that again soon. At that time there will be many laughs and great tales of Terry as we relive all our great memories of him over a glass of whiskey (or Vodka) or even just a cup of tea! We all love you Terry and thank you for being the best Uncle we could have wished for x

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David, Ciara, and Neil
Comment | Posted at 11:05am via Condolence

Mary Marley

Can’t believe I won’t see you again but you will always be in my head. I have so many happy memories of all the good times we had together. Big brother I will miss you for ever. All my love Mary
Comment | Posted at 09:23am via Condolence

Maria Crozier

With heartfelt condolences at this very sad time Marian and family. Terry will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Bruce MacCormack

A personal tribute to Terry Navin….

In the words of Patrick O’Brian, Terry was my “particular friend”. That is to say, among a small coterie, I cherished his company, sought his wise counsel about lifestyle changing considerations and shared many mutual fundamental beliefs and opinions.
Because we were somewhat geographically distant with a border between us, we did not get together as frequently as did his family, the Warrick Street Gang or other friends. However, when we were able to spend weekends together, either at Citadel Drive or Sudden Valley, there was immediately a sense of familiarity and continuity as if it were just the day before when we last met. Favorite drinks would be waiting at both homes along with the latest news. Invariably, these visits would not be complete without a game of golf followed by lunch.
It was Terry who, in his purposeful style, finally broke down my procrastination about taking up the game of golf by unceremoniously announcing one Friday evening that he and Marian would be coming down the next day and he had already booked a tee time at Avondale Golf Course, so I had better be ready! I had just retired, some twenty years ago, so he timed it perfectly and I never looked back which also pleased Patricia who had been trying to get me to join her on the golf course for quite some time. That was to be the first of numerous golf outings for the four of us from then on.
We were especially glad that Marian and Terry were able to spend time with us at our home on The Big Island of Hawaii and share that lifestyle with them both. What is sadly ironic however, since I am eight years older than Terry, I had already made certain provisions in my will for him with his agreement and encouragement. Alas these have now become ineffective as has the opportunity for me to have shown that subsequent tangible and high regard for him. And now, even today because of the border closure we are not permitted to be personally present and make this final gesture for our friend. We will instead hold him close in our thoughts and hearts as we will for the rest of our lives. Farewell, my friend.
Bruce and Patricia MacCormack
Comment | Posted at 10:57pm via Condolence

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