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"Bill' "Waddy" Waddington
b- Feb 12, 1921 in Cumberland, BC
d- June 21, 1989, Cowichan Hospital, Duncan BC
son of John Waddington and Emily Mary Amelia Lyon
both born in England
married to Barbara
Waddy Waddington flew for BC Airlines,
and he was the Captain of a twin engine seaplane,
that flew The Queen and Prince Philip,
to a private fishing lodge in the Cascade Mountains,
at Pennask Lake, BC, 30 miles from Merritt,
for a 3 day holiday fishing trip,
during a 44 day trip to Canada, in July 1959.
I found a record back in the time that showed they had
at the lodge with Bats.
an exterminator made several attempts to remove them,
and just a day or so before the Royal Family visited,
they sprayed cyanide poison to get rid of them!
After they got rid of the bats, they had to spray for the mosquitoes.
The Queen might have been pregnant at the time as well.
One rumour stated Prince Charles was conceived there.
His co-pilot on that famous flight, was Johnny Boak
John Edward "Johnny" Boak
b- Jan 28, 1922 in Victoria BC
d- Apr 22, 1968 Richmond BC, age 46, in an airplane accident
former RCAF pilot, had flown 15,000 hrs.
son of Eric Wesly Boak and Dorothy Edsel
Family legend says "Waddy" was the first Civilian Pilot
to fly the Queen.
from his daughter-
"Waddy was also a RCAF pilot, but I believe somehow was flying for the RAF in
India and Burma during WWll. He was the Chief Pilot and Manager of Forest
Industries Flying Tankers (the Martin Mars) for many years. He picked up the
planes as Dan McIvor did not have his pilot's license at the time, but he went
back to BC Airlines until his buddies were killed and the program was going to
be lost, so Waddy took over in approx 1961, until his retirement. "
As an aside bit of trivia,
the Royal Family came to Terrace BC on this same trip.
The lodge was built in
1929 by James Drummond Dole
otherwise known as the Pineapple King.
today it is owned by Pennask Lake Fishing and Game Club