The funeral service for former Victoria fire chief Doug Angrove will be held Saturday at the Archie Browning Sports Centre curling rink in Esquimalt.
Angrove, 59, passed away in May in Kelowna after a battle with brain cancer.
He grew up in Esquimalt, where he played Junior and Senior A lacrosse at the Archie Browning Sports Centre and won the Mann Cup. When he was 22, Angrove moved to Nanaimo, where he spent 24 years with Nanaimo Fire Rescue. He was deputy fire chief of the Nanaimo Fire Department from 2000 to 2003.
On Oct. 27, 2003, Angrove started working with the Victoria Fire Department as the deputy fire chief and was promoted to Victoria Fire Chief in 2006. He retired in 2011 after spending a total of 34 years involved with fire service in British Columbia.
Angrove’s funeral procession will start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of Lyall Street and Canteen Road. The procession will go east on Lyall Street to the Archie Browning Sports Centre. It will include Victoria Fire Department’s uniformed personnel, Honour Guard and firefighting apparatus. Local and out-of-town emergency responders will also be in the procession.
The funeral service runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be officiated by Victoria Fire Department Chaplin Keith Nanninga and Rob Johns, manager of emergency planning at the University of Victoria, who previously worked with Angrove. Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce will speak, as will other fire chiefs, Angrove’s family and Angrove’s friends.
Public seating is available on a first-come basis at the curling rink. Doors open to the public at approximately at 1:30 p.m. Access to the curling rink will be at the back entrance off of the Lyall Street parking lot.
Parking at the Sports Centre is reserved for family members and others with mobility challenges. Public parking may be available at the parking lot at 10 Canteen Road or at the CFB Esquimalt parking lot located at the end of Esquimalt Road. Street parking may also be available but the city is asking individuals not to park at the adjacent shopping mall.
The Victoria Fire Department’s “Team Doug” will be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle in August. All of the money raised will go toward cancer research at the B.C. Cancer Foundation.