In Memory of Terry Tobin

 

TERRY TOBIN- Lead Guide, Naturalist, Teacher and Friend

Terry died suddenly, on March 24th 2008. He left us far too early. Terry was a true "Deep Cove-r" - having been raised in the Deep Cove - Dollarton area since the 1930's when he first moved here. He was such an old-timer around these parts that he could recount days and stories about the 'old days' when there was horses and stables down in the Cove. He was truly a local lad and took much pride in sharing and showing it. He was probably one of Seycove Secondary School's most famous teachers for this.

These were his humble 'outdoorsman' roots. Through his story-telling people realized how much Terry loved the land and the forests - the environment. No doubt, that explains why he taught High School Sciences for over 30 years with such zest and creativity.

Doing what he does best, Terry could literally captivate campfire audiences and or classrooms with animated stories about the wilderness, geology and / or the biology of the oceans. He was fond of telling stories about his younger days - working as a frontiersman in BC's remote forestry camps. He was a logger for a time in his 20's. Most days, in his 60's, he still dressed like he worked in the the bush. Nothing fancy or new, just plain, blue workman shirts and those big glasses.

Terry has passed the torch. He showed us how to share wilderness knowledge in a humble way. He embodied the spirit of a BC outdoorsman. We will always try to carry forward his enthusiasm and knowledge. Our efforts to do so will be our testament to his memories.

Thanks Terry for all that you taught us.

 

 

Terry teaching on the water Terry Tobin on the water in Princess Louisa Inlet Terry and Genevieve on the water
Terry packs his boat in Clayoquot

"This is what a forest is... this is our cultural heritage.

As Canadians we don't have great cathedrals or stained glass windows.

We don't have a long history of writings, of poetry, of folk songs.

What we have is a very recent history and it is based in the wilderness.

We need to keep this culture strong for without it we are a people without basis."

-on the Clayoquot wilderness

Teaching by the fire
Terry Tobin in Princess Louisa Inlet Teaching outside the classroom In Princess Louisa Inlet