Obituaries in the Quesnel Community

Read obituaries and tributes to loved ones recently lost in the Quesnel area. If you have any questions about funeral services, please don’t hesitate to call Clayton’s Funeral Directors.

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Leonard Joseph Zywicki
Leonard Joseph Zywicki passed away peacefully in Quesnel B.C. on September 3, 2017 in his 69th year after an extended period of declining health. Loving father, grandfather, husband, uncle and brother, his wry sense of humour, endless curiosity, and desire to enlighten us all will be truly missed. Predeceased by his wife Kay (Martin), he leaves behind 2 beautiful daughters Nicole (Josh Pressey) and Kirsten (Jason Morrow), along with grandsons Jacob and Nathan, brother Eugene (Mary Lou), and numerous family members and friends.

There will not be an open service, but feel free to leave your memories on the funeral home website or Facebook page. Donations to either the Canadian Mental Health Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada are welcomed.

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W.A. (Bill) Clarke
With sadness, the family of W.A. (Bill) Clarke, announce his passing at Dunrovin Park Lodge on Monday July 24th, 2017 with his family at his side.

Bill was born August 26th, 1925 in Coombs, B.C. He served in the Canadian Army from January 1941 to 1945 in England, Italy, France and Holland. Bill worked in Victoria in the lumber industry and completed his trade as a finishing carpenter there.

In 1964, on a hunting trip to Quesnel with his father, he agreed to buy the Steve Johnson farm, near Bouchie Lake, on a handshake. He loved the Cariboo and the farming life. Of course, “training” five children to become expert rock pickers and haying hands was a big advantage as well!

Bill worked several years for Cariboo Homes, crafting pews for Clayton’s Funeral Chapel, windows and doors for the Billy Barker Hotel, Cariboo Jr. High School, etc.… He also bought his own logging truck in 1977 and hauled logs for West Fraser Mills for nearly 20 years.

Bill is survived by his sister, Joan Drysdale of Parksville, B.C., Son, Dan Clarke of North Vancouver, daughters, Linda Schwam in Alberta, and Andrea Todd (Doran) in Saskatchewan, Shannon Scott (Bob) of Quesnel, Judi McGee and Karen Clarke in Kelowna, 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 3 step-sons and 4 step-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill is predeceased by his parents, brother Don, son William and his wife Evelyn.

A memorial service was held at the Legion Hall, Saturday, August 19th from 2pm till 4pm.

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Fern Ruby Stewart
Fern Ruby Stewart, age 84, of Quesnel, BC passed away peacefully on July 25, 2017; she passed in the presence of loving friends and family.

There will be a Graveside Service at the Quesnel Cemetery on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., a Reception Tea will follow at St. Ann’s Hall at Noon.

Born January 8, 1933 in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, Fern was the youngest of 11 siblings. She was predeceased by her Husband Clarence, Son Brent and Great Grandson Brennon.

Survived by her children, Farley (Debra), Heather (Colin) and Susan (Brent), Grandchildren Sarah (Emile), Spencer (Courtney), Scott (Darcy), Evan (Jodi), Rowan and Brenna. Great Grandchildren Austin, Kendall, Tyler and Korben.

Fern will be greatly missed by all those who had the good fortune to know her.

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Jennifer Monica Moore
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Jennifer Monica Moore sadly announce her passing on the morning of July 18, 2017.

A Celebration of Jennifer's life will be held on Saturday, August 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Northstar Baptist Church with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Jennifer's memory by way of donation may do so the the GR Baker Hospital Auxiliary Cancer Care Unit.

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Carol Pitkin 

May 2, 1944 – July 11, 2017
Carol passed away at the Quesnel & District Hospice House after a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by her husband Ralph. 

She is survived by son Bryan (Tracy), daughter Terri, grandchildren Jessica, Lucas, Sierra, Davin and Ella, sister Bev and brother Don, nieces and great nieces and nephews, by her Quesnel family, and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Quesnel Community Foundation in Carol's name.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. She will be missed. Below is a letter from Carol to our Community.

Thank You Quesnel 

As I take this time to reflect I feel it is important for me to take a moment to say Thank You to Quesnel! Ralph and I moved to Quesnel in 1987. As newcomers needing to meet new friends we were amazed at how welcoming the community was and how fast we had a strong circle of friends. A beautiful little city where I was able to run businesses and most importantly it inspired me and allowed me opportunities to volunteer in many capacities. I have knocked on many doors and made many calls asking for money for a variety of projects and was always overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. Thank you for always continuing to take my calls.

Thank you to our staff who have ridden the waves of business with us for many years. Thank You for your loyalty and devotion to Carvers, Outlaw, Super Suds and both Vera and I. You have become special members of my family. Thank you to our customers who have supported us through the years. Your business is appreciated and your friendship is treasured.

Thank you to members of the many organizations and clubs I have had the pleasure to work and play with. Some of my best memories and proudest moments are of the accomplishments we have achieved, but the best part is the friendships that formed. So to the members of the Sunrise Rotary Club, Diamond Calcutta, the Quesnel Downtown Association, North Cariboo Liberal Party, Dragon Lake & Richbar Ladies Golf Clubs and Quesnel Ladies Curling Club thank you for the experiences, keep up the great work and BE HAPPY.
Carol Pitkin July 2, 2017

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Wilfred Charles Smith
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Wilfred Charles Smith announce his sudden passing on July 9, 2017.

A Memorial Service for Wilf will be held on Monday, July 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the Quesnel Senior’s Center.

Those wishing to honour Wilf’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Quesnel SPCA or to Crooked Leg Ranch.

Arlene and her family wish to thank all those who have supported them during this difficult time, your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.

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William Douglas (“Doug”) Jamieson 

July 28, 1942—May 27, 2017
It is with great apprehension and sorrow that we announce the passing of Doug Jamieson of Quesnel, BC. Born in Princeton, Doug spent his very early childhood in Comox where his Army dad was stationed, then grew up in Salmon Arm, BC, the oldest of 35 cousins. There he enjoyed an idyllic, adventurous youth filled with rock-hounding, fishing, and crow-taming, as well as many sports including lacrosse and basketball. Following high school, Doug spent one year employed as a plumber's helper under the tutelage of his dad Jack and uncle Roland Jamieson and also working at the Canoe sawmill. However, he soon decided that university might be a better trailhead for his life's path, and headed south to begin studies at UBC. His dad dropped off his country-boy son at his Vancouver boarding house with the concise parting words: "Write to your mother. I'll see you at Christmas.”

After marrying his university sweetheart Helen in Vancouver in 1966, the lovebird teachers moved to Quesnel in 1967 supposedly for one or two years! In 1973, they became parents to Paula, Colin in 1975, Lana in 1978. Helen was a stay-at-home mom for 8 years, while Doug dedicated his 35-year career to teaching Social Studies and coaching girls basketball, first at Cariboo Junior School, then at Maple Drive Junior Secondary. Over the years, Doug earned the reputation for being a generous, fair and humorous educator. He was the attested mentor to many basketball players on the Maple Drive Raiders team. He also returned to 'school' to complete his Master of Education degree at Gonzaga University while still involved with teaching, coaching and parenting. Life was very busy.

Doug and Helen both retired from full-time teaching in 2002, and soon began dividing their time between volunteering for the Quesnel-Shiraoi Twinning Society, travelling around the world, and fawning over their growing collection of grandchildren. Wherever they were, Doug could almost always be seen with a map or a Lonely Planet book in his hands.

In January 2017, Doug and Helen were in a motor vehicle collision that would result in Doug requiring a lengthy hospital stay. In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 27, Doug passed away in hospice with Helen at his side. Doug was predeceased by his parents Jack (1994) and Eveline (1985), his beloved sister Carolyn (2016); and his closest friends Ted Thompson and Case deVries. He will be missed by his wife Helen; children: Paula (Chris Cunin), Colin (lane Spalding), Lana (Karl Lerbscher); grandchildren: Jack (18), Charlotte (13), Ashton (8), Etienne (5), Jules (3); also by his brother Ken (Pamela), nieces, nephews, many cousins, and friends... especially childhood friends Nick Barillaro, Bernie Kahlert, Ken Dahl, and Charlie McCarthy.

A Celebration of life will be held at Correlieu Secondary Gymnasium on Saturday, lune 17th at 2:00 pm. Interment will be held in Salmon Arm on July 28, 2017, returning Doug to his parents on what would be his 75th birthday.

To honour Doug's legacy, a special fund is being established to mentor and inspire basketball players and coaches and support a female athlete. Details will be shared soon.

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Leslie Arthur McEachen
Leslie Arthur McEachen, a loved Husband/Father /Grandfather /Great Grandfather passed peacefully in his sleep the morning of May 15, 2017 in Prince George, B.C. at a family home. He had a zest for life and all it had to offer no matter where he lived across Western Canada. Les was born March 3, 1928 in Arcola Saskatchewan. He married Joan Flora Roberts in Regina on August 29, 1953 who predeceased him in 2004; also predeceased by sister Ethel and brothers Ken and Cecil. He is survived and will be greatly missed by wife Shirley (Reitzel), sons Reg (Janet), Terry (Sandi), Greg (Linda) and Randy and step children Brenda (Richard), Frank, Michael (Lori), Marina and George (Julie), and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, step children nieces, nephews, extended family and their puppies Missy and Trixie. Les was a member of St. Andrews United Church (Quesnel), Quesnel Lawn Bowling Club and Senior's Centre and longtime member of the Kiwanis.

There is to be a memorial service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 in Clayton's Funeral Home located at 582 Front Street , Quesnel, BC. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Les to St. Andrews United Church (Quesnel) or charity of your choice.

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Beverly Anne Stewart
January 9, 1940 - April 8, 2017
Bev passed away in her home suddenly on April 8th. She is survived by her husband Allan Stewart, son James Stewart and daughter Dawn Bueckert. There are also three grandchildren and three great grandchildren, including a brand new baby boy that arrived two weeks ago.

The following was composed by family and truly describes who we have lost. Not only her family but all those that have known and loved her over the years.

"I asked myself…. how would I describe Bev?

Bev was a complex and compassionate person.

She was smart… in worldly knowledge, in life and people skills. All this without having a college or university degree but learned through the life challenges and the school of hard knocks.

Bev’s eyes…..we have seen them sparkle with mischievous and twinkle with laughter, sad with tears and sorrow but most of all those eyes shined with LOVE.

She spoke volumes when she spoke. Bev knew when to listen and when to put you in your place if you needed. And sometimes we all need to be put in our place and who better of a person to do that than Bev. “ Fight F**k or hold the Light”!

Bev had big ears too….not in size but in all that she heard. It was easy to talk to Bev and so many shared their joys, sorrows, struggles and pretty much anything with her. I’m thinking if she had only charged five cents for each time like Lucy off Peanuts she would have been rich…..but Bev didn’t need a mountain of money to feel rich she got her wealth from caring and doing for others so she really was a millionaire!

Bev was this tiny little person but she had the biggest shoulders I know. Many people have laughed, cried, and leaned on those shoulders whether it was from life struggles or to be held up from a wee bit to much drink! Those shoulders carried many a load.

Her hands were strong enough to guide and discipline yet soft and tender to care and to love.

Bev had the biggest heart and it overflowed with so much love and compassion. She was so strong…. and along with her grit and determination she fought through the many curve balls and steep hills that life through at her. She has climbed her last hill…she has fought her last fight….it is time for her to rest. She will live on…as she has been etched into our hearts."

At Bev's request there will be no funeral or memorial service. Following cremation her ashes will be taken home to the family farm in Saskatchewan later this summer. In lieu of flowers Bev had asked for donations to spinal cord injury research.

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Marian Irene Morton

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Marian Irene Morton (Reum) announce her passing on Saturday April 8, 2017.

Marian grew up on the prairies but spent the past 55 years in Quesnel.

Her home, near Baker Creek, meant everything to her and holds many fond memories for her four children; Valerie (John), Wayne, Rick (Carla), and Leslie (Don).

Marian is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

By Marian’s request, there will be no formal service.

The family asks, that in lieu of flowers, donations made to the Quesnel Hospice Society would be greatly appreciated.

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Gary Herbert Seale

Gary Seale passed away March 20, 2017 at Quesnel, B.C. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald (1999), Mother, Evelyn (1997) and Father, Gordon (1998).

Gary is survived by his wife, Eileen, of Quesnel, son, Andrew, (Alia), and grandchildren, Zoey and Riley of Prince George, step-son, Mark Gilbert, (Katayoun), and grandchildren, Tatiana and Colin of Kamloops, stepdaughter, Dolly Robertson (Philip), of Whitehorse, Yukon, Aunt Donna Harrison, and Uncle Keith Kaiser (Mary), Ontario, and cousin, Lorne Bradley (Gloria), Edmonton.

Gary was born in Edmonton in 1945, attending school and university there until 1964, when he moved to Yukon to work in the geological drafting division of United Keno Hill Mines, Elsa/Calumet. Later, he moved to Vancouver, working for MacDonald’s Consulting, prior to returning to Whitehorse in 1970 to again work for U.K.H.M. as a draftsman/expeditor, with a side job as writer/editor of The Yukon News.

In the early ‘70’s, Gary worked as manager of Yukon House in Vancouver. Then in 1974, returned to newspaper work as editor of the Agassiz Harrison Advance. He married his beloved wife, Eileen, in 1977, residing in Agassiz until 1979, when he, Eileen and Dolly moved to Quesnel (Eileen’s hometown). Gary then worked at Spartan Printing from 1979-2014, also beginning The Quesnel Leader newspaper as editor/publisher.

Gary was actively involved in the Quesnel community and area in such organizations as Quesnel Live Arts, Mackenzie Bicentennial, Quesnel Parents for French, Toastmasters, Dene Voyageur Heritage Society, the Blackwater Paddlers and Bowron Lake Enhancement Society.

All who knew him will remember his love of family, friends, and, of course, food, music, photography and just a bit of jocularity. On that note, bring a fovourite story or memory, as the family welcomes you to attend a gathering for Gary, Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Quesnel and District Senior’s Centre (461 Carson Ave) at 1pm.
Gary’s wishes were to “Accentuate the Positive.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Better At Home Quesnel, PH 250-992-9156 or to the: BC Cancer Foundation.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health professionals involved in Gary’s care, during his and the family’s time of need.

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Judith Johnson

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Judith Louellen Johnson passed away at the age of 68; with her family by her side. Judi was born in Vancouver on March 13, 1949 and was raised in Ocean Park before moving to Williams Lake and eventually to Quesnel. Her parents Josephine Estelle Weetman and Walter David Johnson predeceased her. She will be forever missed by her Sisters, Karen (Jerry) Pinchbeck and Sandy (Hubie) Comeau and Brother Wade (Kathy) Weetman. 

Judi is also survived by one son Cory Cooper and many loving Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Judi's family wish to thank all the caring nurses on the 3rd floor of GR Baker and the nurses at Dunrovin Palliative Care who all gave Judi such tender loving care, as well as all of her friends at Maeford Place and a special thank you to Dr. Martins.

There will be no service at Judi's request. Judi will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and loving heart. Gone, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace, our dear Judi.

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Brenda Chouinard

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Brenda Leone Chouinard announce her passing on March 11, 2017 at GR Baker Hospital.

A Service for Brenda will take place at a later date.

Her family wishes to thank all those who have supported them during this difficult time. Your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.

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Gloria Robinson

The family of Gloria Robinson sadly announce her passing on March 8, 2017.

A Memorial Service for Gloria was held on Saturday, April 1st at 1:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. Those wishing to honour Gloria’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Quesnel SPCA or to the charity of your choice.

Gloria’s family wish to thank all those who have supported them during this time, your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.

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Gail MacIntyre

A Nurse Who Touched Many Lives

It is with terrible sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Maryanne Gail MacIntyre on March 5th, 2017 at the young age of 63.

Gail split her time between Sioux Lookout, ON and Quesnel BC, working as a nurse and caring for her family and community. She was a smart, compassionate, and loving person with a great sense of humour and a mischievous smile. She enjoyed spending time outdoors and with her friends and family.

Gail will forever be remembered by her children, Terry (Brenda), Mike (Christina), and Dan; her brothers, Ken (Cristina) and Terry (Cindy); and her sister Patty (Danny); her beloved grandchildren Madison and Jacob; her numerous nieces and nephews; and her extended family and friends. She is predeceased by her mother, Gloria.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at GR Baker Memorial Hospital for taking care of Gail, as well as the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital.

A Tea will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Clayton’s Funeral Chapel at 5:00 pm.

A Ceremony of Life will be held in Sioux Lookout, ON at the Legion, April 15th at 6:00 pm.

A Tea for Gail will be held in Toronto as well, date and time to be announced at a later date.

Donations in the memory of Gail can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Kevin Gordon Durrell

Kevin Gordon Durrell passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of Wednesday March 1, 2017 at the age of 58.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pam, his son Jeremy (Maegan), grandchildren Brooklyn and Colter, his daughter Kristin (Kevin), grandchildren Julia and Tanner, his sister Denise (John Trueman) and family.

Born May 16, 1958 in Kamloops BC, Kevin was adopted by Gordon and Vi Durrell who brought him home to Quesnel where he grew up with his sister Denise, and lived his whole life. Kevin grew up on Dragon Lake where he enjoyed swimming, fishing, playing hockey and hanging out with friends.

Kevin was a prominent fixture in the logging industry during his whole working life. He began in the early 70’s when he went to work for Morris Landry doing high-lead logging. He eventually bought Morris’s logging company where he continued high-lead logging until 2006. From there he took on various jobs from driving chip truck to dump truck. He eventually settled in working for Inwood Trucking driving logging truck, where he remained for the last 6 years.

Kevin enjoyed spending time with his family, his wife Pam, traveling to Mexico, snowmobiling and quading in his younger years and drinking Budweiser.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1pm at the Quesnel Seniors’ Centre – 461 Carson Avenue.

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Ron Silver

Our hearts are sad to announce the passing of a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and valuable member of his community. Ron Silver served in each of these roles wholeheartedly and with selfless dedication.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ginny (Virginia Kraft). His five children Lynne (Jack) McFarland, James (Elizabeth) Silver, Laurie (Rick) Thompson, Catherine (Dwayne) Webster and Carolyn (Pat) Webster. As well as his 12 Grandchildren and seven Great Grandchildren. Ron was predeceased by his Grandchild, Gregory Webster and Great Grandchild Kevin Petkau.

If you wish to join us in celebrating and paying respect to a life beautifully and richly lived, join us on Friday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Senior’s Center on Carson Ave. in Quesnel.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Quesnel Lion’s Housing Society would be greatly appreciated…a project which Ron heartily dedicated much time and energy.

Quesnel Lion's Housing Society Box 4535
Quesnel, BC V2J 3J8

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Josephine Missana

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Josephine (Guissepa) Missana on February 18, 2017. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m.

Josephine was born in Bivongi, Reggio Calabria, Italy on January 8, 1936 and was one of four children born to Guiesspe and Teresina Melia. She moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1965 to be with her sister, Nazarena. In 1968, Josephine met and later married Italo, and moved to British Columbia. Within a few years, Italo and Josephine settled in Bouchie Lake with their two children, Gino and Anita.

Josephine worked as a seamstress for many years and well known in the community for her bright and cheerful personality. She was an avid gardener, loved to cook and enjoyed time with friends and family.

Josephine is survived by her husband, Italo, and children, Gino and Anita, as well as her sister, Caterina, and brother, Antonio, in Italy. She will be missed and always remembered fondly but is now in the loving embrace of Jesus Christ, the saviour.

Donations in Josephine’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of B.C.

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Ronald Aitken

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ron Aitken on February 4th, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia; his children Jeremy (Jenny) and Kelly (Jarett); his grandchildren, Brett (Tristina), Andrew, Cali, Zaidee, and Kohen; and his many siblings, cousins, and friends.

Ronnie had a love for his family, music, and guitars that were never comparable. He loved to sit for hours strumming the guitar or recording music, and sharing it with the select few he trusted. His wife and children usually the first to hear what he was playing. All of which took delight in his talents.

A service will be held at Clayton's Funeral Chapel on Saturday February 25th at 1pm, followed by a Celebration at 4pm in his name at The Lodge at 1262.

All are welcome to join us for both, and share in our love for Ronnie. He touched so many with his generosity and genuine caring. He would love for us to come together.

"I love you from above." 

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A. Russ Graham

It is with great sadness that the family of A. Russ Graham announce his passing on March 4, 2017, at the age of 85.

A Memorial Service for Russ was held at Clayton’s Funeral Chapel on Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.

“Rest in Peace, Dad.”

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Amelia Ross

Amelia Ross, 73, of Quesnel, BC, passed away suddenly on January 29, 2017. She was born in McBride, BC, to the late Frank & Isabel Savoyard on July 12, 1943, the eldest of two daughters.

She married James Ross in 1962 and had 5 children. After secondary school, she got her hairdressing license in the Vancouver area, and went to L.A. for advanced training. Her father bought her a beauty salon, which her sister, Frances, later took over when Amy became pregnant with her second child. Amy worked for Dunkley Lumber starting in 1978 and retired in 2008, having worked various positions, including machinery maintenance.

Apart from her expertise at Dunkley’s, she had many talents and hobbies. She was an artist by nature. Her talents ranged from hair stylist, sewing and clothing design, jewelry design, knitting, crocheting and arts and crafts. Her designs and creations were exquisite. She was a perfectionist and put 100% into everything she did.

She was an animal lover. She was an amazing, incredibly strong and resilient woman; and a beautiful, kind and humble soul. She loved God.

Amy will be incredibly, deeply missed by her family and friends. Amy is survived by her children: Kerry, Corinne (Les), Janet (Louis), Rob (Maria); her grandchildren: Rebekah and Zachary; her sister Frances (Bill) Illett; her niece, Karen, and nephew, Kevin. Amy was predeceased by her daughter, Debbie on August 25, 1985, and her spouse, Fred Blake on June 19, 2015.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Northstar Church, 301 Northstar road in Quesnel, BC.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Amy’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Quesnel Senior’s Advocacy Service, 250‑992‑9330

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Albert Walter Stone

November 19, 1927 - February 5, 2017.

Albert passed away peacefully after a short illness, with family by his side.

Born in Islay, AB to Edward & Ida Stone, Albert was predeceased by daughter Vera (age 16) and wife Mary (Bueckert) who had been married to him for 61 years. He was a father of 5, grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of 16.

Albert loved the beauty of the outdoors and worked as a logger for most of his life. He competed and won the Quesnel Loggers Sports Day Grand Aggregate trophy from J. Ernst Lumber Company in 1969 & 1970. Albert never missed a chance to drive to the Yanks Peak and Barkerville area and made numerous boat trips up the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers. He and his young family enjoyed many evenings and weekends waterskiing followed by wiener roasts at all the local lakes. Dad loved to travel with Mom all over western Canada visiting family and friends taking photographs wherever he went. He loved his family embracing his grandchildren and great grandchildren, taking every opportunity to attend any and all family gatherings. Albert was energetic about teaching his grandkids how to ride a bike, how to drive a standard and the importance of saying yes with patience and kindness in your heart. He worked on many building projects, repaired many engines and helped with odd jobs to help out his families and friends.

He also visited and helped numerous elderly friends and neighbours who suffered with disabilities. He touched the lives of so many and will be missed.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Albert on Saturday at 3:00 pm, February 11, 2017 at St Johns Hall, 465 Kinchant St. Quesnel BC

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Margaret Anna Steines

February 13, 1936 - February 1, 2017

Margaret was laid to rest in the Quesnel Cemetery on February 8, 2017 with her Husband Willy and son, Rudy.

Margaret will be lovingly remembered by her:

Son: Ulrich (Deb)

Daughter-in-law: Mariana Potrie (Steines)

Brother: Hans Peter Hardt (Caroline)

Grandchildren: Christina, Odessa, Gina, Melissa, David, Janine, Adam, Kali

Great Grandchildren: Chyanne, Katrina, Natasha, Ethan, Savannah, Tristen, Colin, Chase, Aurora, Demitrie, Shelby & James

Nieces & Nephews: Bernhart, Bogart, Beatrix, Anja, Ester, Timo, Nicole, Marco

As well as numerous Great Nieces and Nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

Margaret is predeceased by her:

Husband: Willhelm Adam Steines

Son: Rudolph

Grandson: Dillon


There is faith that is among us

That life does carry on

In a place that is above us

Where the angels sing their songs

That is where you are now

Watching down from up above

A place of peace and happiness

A place that’s filled with love

Even though we know you’re resting now

Your life on earth is done

Still our hearts are filled with sorrow

For we’ll miss you, everyone

You made the world a better place

With your never ceasing smile

You always tried to cheer us up

That was just your style

You gave to those around you

With a tender loving heart

Your sweaters, toques and mittens

Baby things and even scarfs.

You are with our loving father now

With whom you always knew

And those who went before you

And one day we’ll be there too

Rest awhile, you have earned it

Love Always

A Wife, Sister, Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt & Friend

- By Mariana Potrie (Steines)

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Eldon Clarence Berglind

March 23, 1947 - January 21, 2017

Eldon grew up in the small town of Waldeck, Sask., and as an adult worked as a trade electrician. While working in Golden, BC he met his soulmate, and future wife, Gloria, whom is from Theodore, Sask. They were married in 1976.

Together they moved to Kimberley, BC and started their family when Crystal and Blayne were born. From Kimberley they moved to Mackenzie, and eventually Quesnel where they have resided for the past 20 years.

Eldon enjoyed many activities such as camping, golfing, fishing, motor biking, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, archery, going to the rifle range and playing cribbage. One of his obsessions was to have an immaculately manicured lawn, which he managed to perfect.

He will be fondly remembered as kind, generous, compassionate, supportive, neighbourly, loving and conservative man. Except when it came to butter tarts, he was a little possessive, if you didn’t get one when they were first put out, too bad for you! Dad’s sweet tooth did not discriminate, however, jujubes hovered in a close second to the tarts.

As you reflect on your memories of Eldon, consider that he would like you to have a drink, enjoy those around you and be kind to others.

Celebrate today, for tomorrow is full of unknowns.

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Robert Dewain Anderson

March 22, 1931 - January 17, 2017

Robert is lovingly remembered by his:

Wife of 61 years: Shirley

Sons: Dewain (Sonya) & Darrell (Debbie)

Daughter: Linda

Grandchildren: Derek, Stewart, Kirsten, Kenneth, Jessica, Natasha, Corrina & Darren (Jessica)

Great Grandchildren: Ashlynn, Ayla & Aniyah

Sister: Marilyn (Steve)

As well as many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

Robert’s family wishes to thank all those who have supported them during this difficult time, your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.

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Donald Arthur George

Don George passed away unexpectedly at Dunrovin Park Lodge in the early morning of December 26th, 2016 at the age of 87. Don joins his loving wife Jean, who passed away in November 2013. He is dearly loved and missed by his sons Richard (Judy) of Quesnel and Mark in Sparwood; his sister Eileen Graham, brothers Chris Martin (Lyn) and Tim Martin (Janice), sister-in-law Pam Sleep (Reg), brother-in-law Bob Farmer (Jean) and many nieces and nephews all of whom reside in the U.K.

Don was born December 15, 1929 in London, England to Arthur and Margaret George and was predeceased by both, along with his brother-in-law, John Graham. He grew up the oldest of 4 children and was evacuated from London with his sister Eileen during WWII from 1939-1943. From 1948-1950 he served with the Royal Air Force in Egypt. Upon his return, he worked for Foxboro Controls.

In the early 1950s he met Jean, the love of his life, while working in a factory in England. They married in 1954 in Eltham, England and soon after moved clear across the globe to New Zealand to pursue Don’s expansive career in pulp and paper, originally with Tasman Pulp and Paper Company. As an Instrumentation Mechanic, he was recruited to Celgar Pulp in Castlegar in 1964, which brought them to Canada – the first time. Much too cold, they returned to New Zealand until 1967, when he was once again recruited by Skookumchuck Pulp, which is near Cranbrook. They finally settled in Quesnel in 1972, working at Cariboo Pulp and Paper as an Instrumentation Foreman and eventually Instrumentation Superintendent until his retirement at the age of 65. They loved Quesnel, raised their two boys here and made many friends through Don’s career, the neighbourhood, and their passion for woodworking and crafts in their later years.

His eye for detail and meticulous nature made him create very clever and practical items made of wood, whether it be rocking horses for children, candle holders, or intricate pieces for weaving looms. There was nothing too small or too difficult for him to construct.

We offer our sincere appreciation to Dr. Van Dyk, the nursing staff at Dunrovin Park Lodge as well as Stan and Gloria at Abbott Heights Supportive Living for their special care and compassion.

It is the wish of Don’s family that his remains be cremated and returned to England, where he will join Jean and many members of their family at a later date. There will be a memorial service in England at that time.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of condolences can be made to the Don and Jean George Family endowment fund set up with the Quesnel Community Foundation, PO Box 4158, Quesnel, BC Canada V2J 3J2, phone 250‑983‑9295; email, website: Proceeds from this fund are distributed to groups in the community to encourage and benefit interest in Arts and Culture.


Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid

April 3, 1951 – January 13, 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform everyone of the passing of Gordon Reid on January 13, 2017.

Born April 3, 1951 to J.A. (Jim) and Eleanor Reid in Saskatoon, Sask., Gordon is survived by his loving wife Barbara, his Sons Michael (Ashley) and Gregory (Janice). He is also survived by his beautiful twin Granddaughters Journey and Jazmyn and a wonderful Grandson Grayson. Gordon is survived by his sister, Barbara Stolz and predeceased by his best friend and Brother-in-law Dennis Stolz. He is survived by Dennis and Barb’s children Ben (JR), Jennifer (Shane Sayers) and their children Jackson, Avery and Hadley.

Gordon grew up and lived in most parts of Saskatchewan before moving to Quesnel in February, 1978. He joined School District 28 in November, 1981 and had a very successful career managing the Payroll Department and retired in December, 2006.

During his retirement, Gordon kept busy by doing all kinds of things that he never had a chance to do while working, from small renovations to houses, surveying land, and lastly as consultant for Barkerville.

Barkerville became almost a second home to Gordon in his last years and he thoroughly enjoyed helping to make Barkerville a great experience for all visitors.

Gordon was also on the executive of the Curling Center during his retirement and his passion was teaching people how to improve their curling, whether it was kids or adults. Gordon worked hard for the Curling Center and obtained many grants to improve the Center.

Gordon will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

There will be no funeral per Gordon’s wishes.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Gordon’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Dunrovin Comfort Fund.


Sharon Doerksen

Sharon Doerksen

Sharon Doerksen passed away peacefully on December 15, 2016. A Celebration of her Life was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the New Life Church in Quesnel, BC. Sharon will be lovingly remembered by her dear Husband, Lenard Doerksen, her Son Scott (Darlene), Daughter Kaylyn (Larry), Grandchildren Melissa (Brodie), Jordy (Shalane), Wyatt and Levi, and her Siblings Gerry (Karen), Rob, Larry (Sharon), Tony and Laurie (Lloyd). As well as many Nieces, Nephews, extended family members and dear friends.

Sharon’s family wish to extend their deepest thanks to all those who have supported them during this difficult time, your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.


George Richardson Cooper

George Richardson Cooper

July 6, 1923 - December 29, 2016

George passed away peacefully on December 29, 2016 at GR Baker Hospital in Quesnel, at the age of 93. He was laid to rest in the Quesnel Cemetery with his beloved wife, Marion, who predeceased him in 2013.

George will be lovingly remembered by his Son, Reagh (Terry) Cooper, Daughter Helen McNamara and his Sister May Eyford, as well as his many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, extended family members and dear Friends.


Victor Newman

Victor Newman (Derkatch)

March 24, 1935 - December 11, 2016

Victor Newman (Derkatch passed away peacefully on December 11, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Victor will be lovingly remembered by his:

Children: Vicki (Terry), Mark, Lori (Mike), Trish (James), Shemai, Troy, Alita (Kenny), Tanaisa (Rondy)

Sisters: Minnie, Jenny, Mary, Linda

Brothers: Walter, Mike, Gordon

As well as his dear Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and many other extended Family members and dear Friends.


Paula Ann Braem

Paula Ann Braem

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Paula Ann Braem announce her passing on January 2, 2017. Paula will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jim, son Kelly, Daughter Nadine Edwards, Granddaughter Lola, and her Siblings, Mary Cross (Byron Connell), Dawn (Peter) Westhaver, Sandra (Brent) McLaren and Darren Monych (Jeff Warren).

Paula was predeceased by her Daughter Deena Lyn Braem, Parents Betty & Wasyl Monych, Father-in-law James Braem, Mother-in-law Olga Braem, Brother Martin Monych , Nephew Jody Ricahrd and Brother-in-law Trevor Braem.

“The lights in our hearts went out today, the second of January, as she slipped away. When she drew her last breath, we were all near. She’s gone to join Deena, but will always be here.”

Love always, Miss you forever,

Jim, Kelly & Lola


Heather Mattilla

Heather Mattilla

Heather Elaine Mattila, aged 75, passed away December 18th at G.R Baker Memorial Hospital.

Heather worked for many years in the payroll department of the hospital. Heather loved getting her nails done and spending time with her grandchildren.

We miss you and love you so very much.

Heather will be lovingly remembered by her children Don (Dana) and James, Grandchildren Kendra, Kayleigh (Rick), Myles, Wiennamay (Caleb) and Christopher, Sisters Diane and Leah and her Brother Peter. Heather’s family wishes to thank all those who have supported them during this difficult time. Your many acts of kindness and sympathy continue to be a great comfort.


Benno William Hohmann

Benno William Hohmann

July 29, 1941 - December 13, 2016

It is with great sadness the family of Ben Hohmann announce his passing on December 13th at Dunrovin Park Lodge.

Prayer service, Visitation and Funeral Mass were held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where Ben and his wife Cathy have been long time members.

Ben will be lovingly remembered by his wife Cathy, Children Bill (Cathy), Steve (Jen), Angela Howe, Barb Yendrys, Lisa (Sean) O’Flynn, Pam (Mike) Swoboda, Sylvia (Shawn) Kennedy, Anna (Rob) Lowe as well as his 42 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, surviving siblings George, Joe, Ron and Josephine, many other extended family members and dear friends.


Christian Peterson

Christian “Bud” Peterson

November 20, 1940 - December 4, 2016

C.J. “Bud” Peterson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on December 4, 2016.

Bud’s spouse, Darlene, along with the rest of his family wish to extended thanks to everyone for their continued support as well as a special thanks to Dr. Van Dyk.


Beverly Anne Pontius

Beverly Anne Pontius

March 10, 1948 - November 10, 2016

The rose, queen of flowers,

Crowned with every royal gift,

Reigns in the gardens of the world ~

Fragrant, fresh and sweet.

Roses in all varieties of colour and bloom

Grow together.

Each is lovely, yet who daresay

Which is the most beautiful?

There is a symbolism between the rose and me ~

We are both creations of our Heavenly Father.

Each has a mission to perform;

Each can bring joy and happiness

Into the lives of others.

The rose protected by thorns

against the whims of passersby,

Opens new petals day by day

And raises thirsting leaves

To receive Heaven’s refreshing dews.

I have the whispering of a still, small voice within

To guide and protect me.

Day by day I shall walk in grace and beauty,

Until I am grown.

I shall strive to preserve the purity

Of my heart and soul;

I shall thirst after love, humility,

charity and self respect;

I will ask my Father in Heaven to help me;

I seek eternal life.

Love, your Husband Eugene


Anna Zalm Wittebrood

Anna Zalm Wittebrood

August 7, 1928 - November 28, 2016

Anna was born in Alkmaar, North Holland. Anna’s father died when she was only 2 years old. Her mother, having just given birth to a brother for Anna, sold her house and the family moved in with the Zalm grandparents to help out with the family window washing business.

At the age of 17, Anna’s mother remarried and at the age of 19, Anna went to work in Bergen, another city in North Holland, 7 km. away. It was there she met her future husband, Jan.

They married on October 21, 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. The exact voyage she traveled to Canada can be searched on the internet as “The one way voyage on the Castel Bianco” from April 26 to May 6, 1951.

On May 18, 1951, Anna’s stepfather died, so an invitation was made to her mother and brother to come to Canada. In the Spring of 1952 the family moved from Abbottsford to Dale Lake Road in Quesnel.

Life, on what was to become known as the Banana Belt Ranch, began in a two room house with her husband, daughter, mother, brother and a baby on the way. Anna was a very strong woman, with a very positive attitude and a pioneering spirit. No running water, no electricity, but with very good neighbours, they prospered. Anna worked alongside her husband operating Banana Belt Rentals for 20 years and Dale Lake Propane for 5 years.

Anna enjoyed curling at the Dragon Lake curling club, bus trips to Reno, and fishing at local lakes. After the death of her husband, Anna enjoyed volunteering to visit patients in the hospital. Anna sold the farm in September 2009 and enjoyed living in Maeford Place for 3 years, and at Dunrovin since January, 2013.


Janet Sipprell

Janet (Jeanette) Sipprell

November 25, 1938 – November 2, 2016

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Janet Sipprell, who passed away peacefully at GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel BC, on November 2, surrounded by family.

Janet was born on November 25, 1938 in Englehart, Ontario.

She is survived by her second husband, Alfred Sipprell and predeceased by her first husband, Rolland Boulley, parents Ann and Enar Sauriol and siblings; Pearl, Grace, Irene, Rita, Art and Maurice.

Janet is survived by her brothers; Armand, Rene, and Albert, as well as 6 children; Dennis, Annette, Monica, Rolland (Sonny), Tim & Jody. She had 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Elk’s Hall, Saturday, November 5, 2016.

God saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb

So He closed your weary eyelids

And whispered, ‘Peace be Thine.’

“Love you”


Allen Fichter

Allen Fichter

1955 – 2016

Allan passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 in Quesnel, BC at the age of 60 years.

Allan's memory will be cherished by his mom Hannah; siblings, Marvin (Angie) Fichter, Joanne (Don) Tonn, Ron (Susan) Fichter, Sharon (Randy) Miller and Mary Ann (Vaughn) Biberdorf; nieces and nephews, Darren, Leanne, Jason, Kevin, Lisa, Tammy, Amanda, Amy, Aaron and Landon as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Allan was predeceased by his dad Anton; grandparents and nephew Sean Biberdorf.

The Celebration of Life for Allan will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan with Mr. Doug Third officiating.

In memory of Allan, memorial donations may be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada 350 ‑ 1101 Kingston Rd, Pickering ON L1V 1B5.


Richard LeMoine

Richard (Dick) LeMoine

Passed away at R Ranch, his home and favourite place to be, surrounded by his family on October 18, 2016.

This special man will be forever missed by his wife, best friend and soul mate, Susan; their son Casey (Tina), daughter Molly, beloved grandchildren Colby, Maya & Daxon, sisters Becky and Bunty, in-laws Carole, Maureen, Vince and Kathy, many nieces & nephews and numerous friends who all adored him.

Dick was a hardworking man who took great pride in his children and grandchildren. We will all miss his wonderful sense of humour and especially those big bear hugs.


Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy Anderson passed away peacefully on October 17th at the age of 93.

A Memorial Service for Dorothy will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall

at 1:00 p.m.

Her family would like to thank everyone who has supported them during this difficult time.Your many acts of kindness, sympathy and support continue to be a great comfort.


Hilda Murray

Hilda Irene Murray

It is with great sadness that the family of Hilda Irene Murray announce her passing on September 25, 2016 at Dunrovin Park Lodge.

A Memorial Service for Hilda will be held on Saturday October 1st at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

A reception tea will be held following the service at the Quesnel Senior’s Center.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Hilda’s memory by way of donation may do so to the Child Development Center.


Helen Lattman

Helen Elizabeth Lattman

It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Elizabeth Lattman announce her passing on Sept. 16th at GR Baker Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

A Memorial Service will take place at a later date.

Helen’s family wish to give thanks to Dr. Furstenberg and the nursing staff at GR Baker for their care and kindness, as well as all those who have supported them during this difficult time.


Dave Barrett

John David (Dave) Barrett

December 26, 1956 – September 3, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Dave Barrett announce his sudden passing on Saturday September 3, 2016.

Dave is predeceased by his Father Fred, Mother Lily and sister Penny. Dave will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Karen, his children Shannon (Rob) and Zach (Caity), his sisters, Susan and Deba, his grandchildren Levi, Josh and Nora and his many other family members and friends.

Dave was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved those dearest to him. He was a true family man who valued hard work, honesty and loyalty and lived by these qualities daily. Dave had a great sense of humour and loved to joke and laugh. He will be dearly missed by those with whom he shared his love of golf, fishing and sports.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00pm at Clayton's Funeral Home - 582 Front St, Quesnel, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


Joan Huxley

Joan Huxley

The family of Joan Huxley are deeply saddened to announce her passing on July 2nd at GR Baker Hospital.

Joan was a pioneer in this community, and we will be celebrating her life on Tuesday, July 19th at 1 pm at Clayton’s Funeral Chapel, followed by a reception tea at the Senior’s Center.

Donations in her memory be made to the Quesnel and District Senior's Society.


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John Nechvolodoff

John was born on July 22, 1939 to parents John and Mary Nechvolodoff in the town of Canora Saskatchewan. In 1948, his family, including older sister Ellen and younger brother Billy, made the trek to Queensborough BC where they resided for many years. As a young boy, “Johnny” learned to play the accordian, and there began his love for music. After graduation in 1959, he studied to become a machinist and that became his career path for the next 40+ years. If he wasn’t fishing or camping, weekends were often filled with band practices and gigs, as John formed several bands over the years. While still in the Lower Mainland, John played with members of the Doerksen family, which is how he met Margaret. They married on June 20, 1964 and were together until 1988. John and Margaret started their family very quickly and in the winter of 1972, they moved 400 miles north with their 4 children (soon to be 5!) to Quesnel, where he got a job with Weldwood, then Quesnel Machinery, finally settling at Linden Welding, where he worked until he retired. In 1989, John met Nellie Henry, who has been by his side ever since.

John loved people! He would remember everyone’s names, their kids’ names, their grandchildren’s names...He really enjoyed getting to know people and he was very loved and respected. He was very proud of his 5 girls and would often brag and show pictures to all who would listen. He especially loved that each of them followed in his footsteps and also developed a love for music. The apples didn’t fall far from the tree, and his legacy will surely continue for generations to come... John leaves behind his partner, Nellie Henry; his daughters, Linda (Sante), Sandra (Geraldo), Brenda, Debbie (Roger), and Wanda (Doug); his 11 grandchildren; his sister Ellen; and his brother Billy. He is pre-deceased by his father and mother, John and Mary.


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Norma Colleen Morrow (Lacey)

April 2, 1937 – March 15, 2016

The sudden passing of Norma on March 15, 2016 brings grief to the family. She is survived by her husband of over 59 years, Gordon; daughters Colleen (Albert) Schiller, and Tracey (Jason) Hackler; sons Bradley (Valri) Morrow and Geoffrey (Olga) Morrow; grandchildren Steven, Heather, Nance, Brandon, Chance, Alexander, Jonathan and Rachel; great grandchildren Madelynn, Zakk, Isabella and Martin; brothers Douglas, Graham, Gordon, Roderick and Donald; sister Donna; sister-in-law Barbara Scaife; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Norma was predeceased by her parents Muriel & Philip Lacey; sister Phyllis Green and sister-in-law Roberta Lacey.

Norma was a caring Wife, Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother and Great Grandmother to her family.

The first part of her life she was raised in Vancouver and moved to Agassiz where she met Gordon. They were married on August 3, 1956 and went to Ucluelet then to Chilliwack and on to Quesnel in 1959. They moved to Hudson Hope in 1962 for 10 years and then back to Quesnel in 1971, where they lived until present.

Norma was first and foremost a wife and homemaker, though she also worked for BC Tel as a switch board operator in Agassiz and in Vancouer. She also worked as a clerk at the CO-OP in Ucluelet. Norma then took on the Girl Guides in Hudson Hope and Quesnel. She also spent 22 years working at the local Home Hardware business.

She enjoyed gardening, both floral and vegetable, and she had some really good ones. She enjoyed her stained glass and quilting classes, and she knit many scarves.

Norma and Gordon traveled to many countries in the later years.

Norma’s Celebration of Life was held March 19, 2016 at the Northstar Baptist Church with Will Ruller officiating. The 23rd Psalm was given by her grandchildren Alex, Jonathan and Rachel. Eulogy was given by Geoffrey Morrow and the Video Presentation was done by her daughers. Tea was served by the Church Ladies.

The family would like to thank the EMS attendants, the Emergency Room staff and the staff of the 2nd floor of GR Baker. Those who blessed them with gifts of food and flowers delivered to the house, and to Dr. Derksen for her love and care for Mom.

Norma will rest in Tranquility Gardens.


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TAKAHASHI, Heather Louise

November 29, 1958 - March 16, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Heather Takahashi on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Heather will be deeply missed by her husband Ted, daughter Kimiko (Will Harrower), son Derek (Nicole Russell), mother Jean Kodiak, father Leon Kodiak, sisters Sally Buller, Susan Vachon (Brian), Cindy Amos (John), brothers Melvin Coldwell (Janet) and Ben Coldwell (Sharon), in-laws, aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Heather was pre-deceased by her brother Mike Kodiak (Lori Sutherland).

Heather was a caring, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She loved playing softball, fishing, gardening, vacations and motherhood - arts and crafts with her children and attending their sports and cultural events. Heather had the best sense of humour and could make us all laugh with her ability to see the funny side and joy in everyday life.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th at Clayton's Funeral Chapel, 582 Front St, Quesnel, BC, followed by a reception. A service was also held earlier in Langley which would have reflected Heather's concern for friends and family not having to drive so far.

Those wishing to make a donation in Heather's memory may do so to Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter (C.A.R.E.S.) at as this will honour her love of pets, especially her rescue cat.


John Gordon Smith

John Gordon Smith

December 4, 1965 - October 22, 2015

Beloved son of Margaret & Angus Smith. Survived by his loving Mother, Margaret, Sister Marion (Mark) Vennard of Penticton, Grandmother June Ferguson, Nephew Geoffrey, and Aunts and Uncles.

Predeceased by his Father, Angus, in 2011.

John was born in Quesnel, spent several years at Tranquille Kamloops, and returned home to Quesnel. He lived in a home share with his friend, Clayton. Over the years, he had many wonderful caregivers, among them, Dennis Beeman, Linda & Ray Wesselink, and currently Nenita & Darwin.

John had a happy disposition. A gentle giant, he loved people, time outdoors, swimming, food....especially Mom's baking...and working at Prima.

John passed away following cancer surgery.

A Visitation for John will take place on Thursday, October 29th at Clayton's Funeral Chapel from 6-8pm.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 31st at 4pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1490 Beryl St.

A reception tea will follow the service at the Church Hall.

Condolences to John's family may be directed to:


Lois Winders

Lois Winders

June 17, 1929 – August 28, 2015

The family of Lois Winders sadly announce her passing on August 28th at Dunrovin Park Lodge.

A Memorial Service for Lois will be held on Saturday, September 12th at Northstar Church with Pastor Norm Botterill officiating at 10am.

A reception tea will follow at the Church.

Lois will then be inured with her Husband, Lyman, in Tranquility Gardens at Noon.

Those wishing to honour Lois' memory by way of donation may do so to the Dunrovin Comfort Fund.


Irene Frances Miller

Irene Frances Miller

March 13, 1922 – August 12, 2015

It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Irene Frances Miller (nee Schmidt) on August 12, 2015 at GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel, BC, at the age of 93.

Irene was born and raised in Salmon Arm, BC where she met and married Benjamin Burton Miller in 1942.

Together they raised Douglas B. Miller (b. 1942), and Sharon I. Jarvis (nee Miller) (b. 1945).

After working a Dairy Farm in Tappen, BC; to forestry camps in Houston, BC, and Swift River BC, they finally settled in Quesnel, BC in 1958.

Sometimes called "Skinner Miller", she braved the elements for her family, in order to get her children to work and school, no matter the weather or road conditions.

Irene was an amazing Mother and Grandmother, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Survived by her son Doug Miller, her daughter Shraon Jarvis and granddaughter Kirstin Jarvis, sister Edith Cameron and many Nieces and Nephews.

Predeceased by her Husband Burt Miller and brother Melvin Schmidt.

Rest Well Beloved One.

As per Irene's wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene's name may be made to CHAAPS, Animal Assisted Therapy Program, Box 4311, Quesnel, BC V2J 3J3

"Irene, Good Night Irene...... We'll see you in our dreams"


Harold Clayton Gillin

Harold Clayton Gillin

December 17, 1935 – July 14, 2015

Harold Clayton Gillin passed away peacefully at home on July 14th, 2015, with his family by his side.

A Memorial Tea was held on July 20th at the Kersely Hall.

Those wishing to honour Harold's memory by way of donation may do so to the BC Cancer Society, or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Alvine Douglas Anthony Paul

Alvine Douglas Anthony Paul

December 29, 1948 – August 10, 2015

Alvine's family are deeply saddened to announce his passing on August 10th, 2015. He was laid to rest in the Quesnel and District Cemetery on August 17th.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Larine, Bryant, Walter, Millie, Sandra and Terrance Paul Sr.

Thank you to everyone that has supported them during this difficult time.


Mabel Hamilton

Mabel Hamilton

November 25, 1930 – July 30, 2015

The family of Mabel Z. Hamilton sadly announce her passing on July 30th, 2015.

Mabel was predeceased by her Husband of 64 years, Johnny E. Hamilton, on March 22nd, 2014.

They are survived by their four Children: Linda (Harold) Edgett Of Arizona, Lona (Norman) Saunders Of Quesnel, Lanna Sherrie (Lloyd) Saunders Of Quesnel AND Johnny (Lucy) Hamilton Of Idaho.; Also Their 12 Grandchildren, 23 Great Grandchildren, And 7 Great Great Grandchildren.


A Graveside Prayer service was held at TRANQUILITY GARDENS on AUGUST 15TH, 2015 AT 2PM.



George Magnuson

George Magnuson

November 27, 1933 – August 8, 2015

George’s family announces his sudden unexpected passing on August 8, 2015. His passing came suddenly after a very short stay in Baker Memorial Hospital.

George was a spry young 81 years old who loved gardening, fishing and hunting. He was a devoted husband, great dad and grandpa, not only to his kids but to many others as well. His door was always open to whoever needed him no matter what it was for or what time it was.

George will be lovingly missed by his family, his wife of 53 years Gwendolyn, his children Clayton (Vicki), Cassandra (Conrad) and his Grandchildren Samantha, Braeden, Tayler, Haley, Danny and Chris along with many friends and self-adopted children.

There will be a viewing on August 14, 2015 between 5-8pm and Service held at 1:00 O’clock on August 15, 2015 both will be held at Clayton’s Funeral Chapel. For those wishing to make donations on behalf of George please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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