Keith Martin Birch, August 9 1948 – August 18, 2008

Keith passed away peacefully at St. Joe’s Hospital after long illness. He moved to the Comox Valley  in 1992  where he was known through his business Mountainaire Info X ( after graduating from North Island College with a Diploma in Computer Science in 1996.   Keith worked as manager of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, where he performed website management, fundraising, building construction & maintenance


Keith worked for Western Forest Products as a Heavy Duty Mechanic in Lake Cowichan and Sewell Inlet QCI.. Met Maj and worked briefly for Dupont Baker Mine near Smithers in 1981. They moved to Quintette Coal in Tumbler Ridge in 1985 where he became a Maintenance Planner.
He enjoyed a good life with his wife, Maj and the dogs. He is survived by his sisters Sheila in Los Angeles, CA and Leeta in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Keith loved loud music, fine food and good wine.  He was an audiophile, a (Grateful) Deadhead, becoming a grape groupie and a pretty good cook.   He was a member of the Planetary Society, a coin collector, BBS’er, scuba diver, sea kayaker and gardener
A Celebration of Keith’s life will be held August 25th from 3 :00 to 5:00 p.m. in the garden of MARS Wildbird Centre, 6817 Headquarters Rd in Merville, BC.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society. Donation cards and Funeral arrangements are in care of Piercy’s Mt. Washington Funeral Home Courtenay, BC V9N 2N1, 250-334-4464.
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
6817 Headquarters Rd
Courtenay BC V9J 1N2

Hi Maj:

First, my sorrows.  Second, since knowing Keith and the support he gave you over the past years I can appreciate your losses in both the personal side and his support for your life work at Mouintainaire Rehabilitation Center.  Finally, I also, having just gone through the loss of my mother (21 days short of her 100th birthday) can also appreciate the relief of his passing " quietly in the night".

Again my sorrows and best wishes. 

David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

The members of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Message Forum also extend sincere condolences to Keith's family and friends as well as his co-workers at Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

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