Colin Frank Grist


Aug. 28, 2019 — Colin Frank Grist, 87, of Florence, passed away Aug. 14, 2019.

Colin was born on April 16, 1932, in England to Nancy (Beadel) and Guy Grist. In 1936 he moved with his mother to Vancouver B.C., Canada.  They traveled on a ship, the Pacific President, through the Panama Canal.

His mother had planned to join her uncle, who had a fruit ranch in the B.C. interior. However, the uncle had gone bankrupt and returned to England. Colin and his mother moved to a small cottage in West Vancouver, which subsequently burned down.

Colin’s mother built a house in West Bay and later met, and married, his step-father, David Ricardo. They had two daughters, Valerie and Sheila Ricardo, who survive him. 

In 1950, Colin joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served until 1958 as an aircrew radio officer.  In that capacity, he visited many parts of the world, including the Arctic, Far East, Europe and Australia.

As a civilian, Colin was employed by financial companies in Canada and California. After a long career in banking, he spent the last 10 years of his working life in Santa Rosa, Calif., with an investment company.

In 1974, he married Karylyn Von Moren and they had one son, Gregory, both of whom preceded him in death.

In retirement, Colin lived in Ashland and Florence, Ore. He was employed for a short time for the Ashland Police Department and was active in Kiwanis both in Ashland and Florence.

He is survived by his granddaughter, Tonya; and his great-grandson, Landon, of  Alaska.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home and Pacific Sunset Cemetery are in charge of arrangements.

A private burial was held at Colin’s request.

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