Cover of the Classics West edition of the book, showing Eric, Lillian and Veasy Collier outside their home
Veasy Collier downplayed the remoteness of his upbringing. He recalled his education and his leave-taking when he joined the army during the Korean war.
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Veasy was mentioned in dispatches during his service in the Korean War. He spent his working life in the forestry industry. His wife, Judy, worked as the sole teacher at the elementary school in Riske Creek when they were first married. After raising a family, she returned to teaching in Williams Lake, where she and Veasy continued to live in retirement.
Veasy died on 11 November 2012. Judy died on 15 May 2013. Their deaths were reported in the Williams Lake Tribune.