George Neville "Baha" Munro
A Vancouver, British Columbia native, our grandfather Nev "Baha" Munro has a unbelievably long list of accomplishments that we would never be able to do justice on this website. A successful lawyer, Olympian, University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame member, humanitarian, published author, father of 5, grandfather of 15. We remember Baha as our inspiring hero who always lent us his wisdom, fought through any type of pain to watch us participate in sports, was a ruthless competitor at the board game Clue, loved his family regardless of anything, had a brilliant mischievous sense of humor and genuinely tried to help everyone he ever came across. We really cannot describe how much he meant to us growing up and how much he has shaped the people we wish to become.
As our brother Ross recalls some of our best memories are running down our street a hundred miles per hour as kids to be the first to wave and greet our grandparents. We absolutely adored both of them!
Baha was and still is our hero and role model. His unselfish nature, perseverance, leadership and spirit were something we all looked up to as kids. He was the toughest, most stubborn, loyal and inspirational man we have ever met. If any of us can become half the man our grandfather was, we will have truly accomplished something. We really feel so lucky and blessed to have had him in our lives.
Grandmom Mary still is the backbone of our family today. A avid field hockey player, tennis star, golfer, mother of five children, grandmother of 15, Grandmom Mary Louise has always been able to cope with multiple activities. Grandmom Mary served many years on Vancouver's Junior league board as project chairman and on the Executive as Corresponding Secretary, her endless service and charitable acts are still something we want to emulate today. Grandmom Mary will always be known in our family as the sports enthusiast who could have a conversation with you about who was a better defender Scottie Pippen or Michael Jordan and then quickly switch into who is going to win the Masters Tiger or Lefty.
The grandchildren loved her sun-roofed aggressive city driving ways, something that was a rarity in our small town of Comox, and remember scrambling to fight our way into the three highly coveted seats in her car. A professional referee critic, a grandchild's sporting event was not complete without Grandmom Mary sending the crowd into hysterics with one of her witty and fun-loving joking comments aimed towards the referees.
Grandmom Mary and Baha were married for over 50 years. As the primary caregiver for Baha in his Parkinson's years, We truly believe that one of the top reasons he never gave up on life was because our Grandmom Mary would never let him. Her strength was evident in the way he kept fighting.The awe inspiring moments when we would watch her pick Baha's 6'5 lanky frame up from a fall, brush him off, give him a fierce look of perseverance, a gentle smile and a nod of reassurance to help Baha keep going were truly special. we think my Baha explains her meaning to him perfectly in this exert from his book (Exiled to Parkinson's Domain), " Mary saved my life by being herself; consistently happy despite my frequent bouts of melancholy, always smiling in her contagious way, and strong enough to persuade me to do everything within my power to fend for myself"