of Early Sechelt -- Interviews
by Rosella Leslie.
(Lee) Redman was born in Vancouver in 1912. Her father was a tug
boat operator and was often away. She and her mother lived in
Vancouver but spent the summers camping in West Vancouver near
Dundarave pier. She learned to swim there and twice won the B.C.
Championship and once the Pacific Northwest Championship. After
leaving school Lee worked for the B.C. Telephone Company and then
for the Vancouver Sun Newspaper Private Exchange until she married
John (Jack) Redman in 1937. After the war, Jack and his uncle,
Stuart Killick, went into business together. They bought a store
for sale in Sechelt in 1946 and ran their Sechelt Service Store,
later renamed The Red and White Grocery Store, on the north side
of Cowrie Street until 1962. They moved to a new location on the
south side of Cowrie Street until 1972, when the store changed
hands. Lee and baby Bruce moved up with Jack, first to a cabin
Jack's father had built on his property in West Sechelt, then
to the basement in their first store and finally to a house in
Selma Park. Lee regularly worked in the store until she and Jack
retired in 1972. She was president of the Sechelt Hospital Auxiliary,
started the May Day celebrations in Sechelt and was a founding
member of the Sunshine Coast Golf Club. She also helped start
Sechelt's first public library.
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