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Tapping (Boucher nee Pritchard), Helen Kathleen

Monday, 18 Jul 2016
Tapping (Boucher nee Pritchard), Helen Kathleen

February 21, 1922 - July 18, 2016

It is with great sorrow that the family of Helen Tapping announce her passing at Kamloops Seniors Village at the age of 94. Helen’s body and mind just grew too tired to continue and she is now in the hands of her Lord.

She will be forever remembered by her daughter Sharon (Ron) Pirart and her son Brian (Petie) Boucher and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Kevin (Janeen) Danica, Rhett Pirart, Cory (Carla) Livia Pirart, Loren (Brian) Braat, Kim (Kelly) Carly, Paige Geoghegan, Brandee (Glenn) Jenna, Abby Engel and her great niece Linda.

Helen was predeceased by her mother and father, her husbands Lorne Boucher (1979) and Alf Tapping (1997) and her brother Raymond (Pat) Pritchard.

Helen was born in Edmonton and moved to Winnipeg to spend most of her life. In 2010 she moved to Kamloops to be closer to her family.

Thanks goes out to Dr. Eccleston and the people at Kamloops Seniors Village who lovingly cared for her.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice with our thanks.

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Screpnek (nee Holgate), Ethel Lee

Monday, 18 Jul 2016
Screpnek (nee Holgate), Ethel Lee

On Monday, July 18th, 2016, Mrs. Ethel Lee Screpnek passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her loving husband Steve, her daughters Brenda Crawford of Langley, BC and Hazel Reader of Sedgwick, Alberta. She also leaves her grandchildren Guy Reader, Charlene Probst, Karen MacDougall, Deborah Jackson and Pamela Philip, her great-grandchildren Austin Reader, Colton Reader, Natalee Huddlestone, Brittany Oracheski, Megan MacDougall, Brandon MacDougall, Mallory MacDougall, Andrea Lefenko, Mark Jackson, Bradley Philip and Jason Philip and her great-great-grandchildren Baylee Huddlestone, Masyn Huddlestone, Sienna Oracheski, Tyson Oracheski, Emily Oracheski, Bennet Lefenko, Madden Lafenko, Jason (JJ) Philip and Danika Philip, her brother Gibb Holgate and sister Francis Pedersen.

Ethel was predeceased by her brother Dennis Holgate and sisters June Jensen and Hazel Walters.

A Celebration of Ethel’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in The Hamlets in Westsyde, 3255 Overlander Drive, Kamloops.

The interment will take place in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Kelowna, on Monday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Should friends desire, donations to the charity of one’s choice would be appreciated in her memory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Horn (nee Staples), Audrey Eleanor

Sunday, 17 Jul 2016
Horn (nee Staples), Audrey Eleanor

1919 – 2016

Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2016.

Audrey was born in Rosetown, SK to William Henry Staples and Mary Staples (nee Middleton). She has out lived her parents, one brother, two sisters and seven cousins who all lived on the family homestead in Rosetown. She was the last of her immediate family.

Audrey met and married William Charles Horn while he was taking Para Rescue in Toronto. Mary Luella, her daughter was born in St. Thomas, Ontario before dad was transferred to the Vancouver area. Son Bill was born at VGH. The family lived in Port Coquitlam and Kamloops. Audrey worked for Woolworths in Vancouver and New Westminster. When the family moved to Po Co she worked in the kitchen in Essondale Riverview Mental Hospital. In Kamloops she worked at Woodwords before she moved to Aberdeen. When she finally retired she volunteered at the Hospice Thrift Store.

Both mom and dad were avid gardeners and their tomatoes were over six feet tall.

Mom, Dad and Bill have all been cremated and will be scattered at an undisclosed destination at a later date.

No formal service by request.

Mom will be sadly missed by her daughter, grandsons, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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Koopmans (nee Heggelund), Sharon

Thursday, 14 Jul 2016
Koopmans (nee Heggelund), Sharon

Sharon Koopmans (nee Heggelund) went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2016 at the age of 62. Survived by her loving husband John Koopmans, daughters Charlotte Defehr (Darren Olsen) and Brandie Koopmans, son Kornel (Ainslie), grandchildren Noah, Taylor, Connor, Bailey, Whyatt, Lain, Justin, Holden and Maximilian, sister Veronica Brown (Gary), brothers Lionel (Colleen) Heggelund, Aubrey (Esther) Heggelund, Ashley (Dorothy) Heggelund and her father Lavern Heggelund.

Sharon was predeceased by her mother Mona Heggelund.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC with Malcolm and Donna Petch officiating.

In Sharon’s delightful memory, please come to her Celebration of Life dressed in
bright colors!

Sharon was born in Hythe, Alberta. Her family moved to Smithers in 1968 where she met John at a High School Dance and he swept her off her feet. They married in 1971 and have been dancing and laughing together ever since. They raised a family in Kamloops, BC for 16 years finally settling in Kelowna for the last 26 years. During her 26 years in Kelowna Sharon excelled in the retail industry including owning two businesses: Maid in the Okanagan and iHem (clothing alteration). The last 8 years of her battle with Cancer was spent travelling, reconnecting with old friends, enjoying a glass of wine or two with John on the shores of Okanagan Lake and taking every opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren.

Her loving heart, bright spirit and beautiful smile will be missed by her many family members and friends whom were just like family to her.

Special thanks to Dr. Derek Adam as well as the nurses and staff at the Central Okanagan Hospice House for taking such amazing care of Sharon these last few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House at 2035 Ethel St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6.

For those wishing to watch the live streaming of the service or condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.

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Becker, Henry William

Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016
Becker, Henry William

March 01, 1942 – July 13, 2016

Mr. Henry William Becker entered into Rest in Kamloops, BC on July 13, 2016 at the age of 74 years.

Henry will be lovingly remembered by his dear wife Patricia, daughters Tammy (Blair) Ulrich of Calgary, Sharlene Becker of Edmonton, grandson Jason (Stephanie) Ulrich, great-grandson Dreyken, brothers Harold, Richard and sister Audrey.

He will be sadly missed by nieces and nephews and his adoptive family the “Calon’s”, as well as many friends and relatives. Henry’s “precious little girl” MISTY will miss him dearly…..

Henry was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Violet, brothers Grant and Ronald and sisters Elizabeth and Gladys.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 815 Renfrew Avenue, Kamloops, BC., Rev. David Schumacher officiating.

Should friend desire, donations may be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Cresent South, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9.

Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Service (250) 554-2429

Condolences may be left for Henry’s Family at www.firstmemorialkamloops.com

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Earl Lionel Durant

Sunday, 10 Jul 2016
Earl Lionel Durant

1929 - 2016

Earl Lionel Durant of Kamloops, BC passed away quietly on July 10, 2016 at 86 years of age. Earl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gertrude, his sons Earl (Ann) and Dale (Brenda), daughter Diana and foster son Shannon (Toonie), twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Earl is also survived by his brother Calvin and sisters Babe and Geneva.

Earl was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Skyler and Raymond and his sister Lila. He was also predeceased by his daughter Gloria and his son Larry (Debbie). He has missed both of them for such a long time and they are now reunited and catching up.

He will be missed more than he would ever have known or realized.

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Tarp, Peter

Saturday, 09 Jul 2016

Peter Tarp was born in Gesten, Denmark, passed away July 9, 2016 in Kamloops, BC at the age of 88 years old.

He is survived by his widow Evelyn.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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Cameron Thomas Gordon

Saturday, 09 Jul 2016
Cameron Thomas Gordon

August 13, 1967 – July 9, 2016

During the wee hours of July 9, 2016, Cam Gordon quietly and peacefully slipped away from us. His last days, reminiscent of his life, were spent surrounded by family and friends. Adored by all who knew him, Cam leaves behind a legacy of relationships. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, coach and comedian. His devoted wife Carla, whom he considered his best friend, together with his treasured sons Luke and Keaton, were the epicenter of his universe and everything he did. Cam lived in simple ways, always acutely in tune with politics and world news, he was ever the advocate for the underdog. Cam loved soccer, hockey and all other sports; beer, his dogs, fishing, buddies, making others laugh and above all, he loved people. With the support and love of many, he endured ten years of cancer with remarkable courage, grace and dignity. Cam was an unwaveringly loyal, humble and kind person, he’s left his corner of the world and all who dwell within it, a little better for having spent time here. Though his memory brings with it laughter and joy, the void of his departure leaves us all bereft. Where once the remarkable, gentle, funny, sweet soul of Cam Gordon lived, there now exists an un-fillable space. We bid you farewell, adventure on dear friend.

The Gordon family extend their most heartfelt gratitude to all who comforted, supported and stood by them over the course of Cam’s illness. You have made the unendurable, durable.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the BC Cancer Agency or the Kamloops Hospice Association.

Celebration of Life for Cam will be held on Sunday August 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the South Thompson Inn, 3438 Shuswap Rd. E. Kamloops, B.C.

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Kunz, Richard “Dick” Steve

Saturday, 09 Jul 2016
Kunz, Richard “Dick” Steve

Richard “Dick” Steve Kunz

It is with great sadness the family of Richard “Dick” Steve Kunz announces his sudden passing at home on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Dick was born on February 19th, 1943 in Lethbridge, AB.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Paulette, his son Dwayne (Williams Lake), his daughter Kathy (Nico) Bakker and his granddaughters Natasha, Kristen, their dad Rick Phripp and Nico’s daughter Evie.

Dick spent his younger years in Scandia, AB. The family then moved to Leroy, SK. Dick decided at the young age of 16 to venture out and moved to Dawson Creek, BC. Shortly after his family decided to move to Dawson Creek too. Dick’s trade was a heavy duty mechanic; he worked at the WAC Bennett Dam in Hudson Hope. He then worked at McCoy Bros. in Dawson Creek. On July 2nd, 1966 Dick married Paulette Diane Harrick in Plainsview, SK; they made their home in Dawson Creek for a number of years. In 1967, son, Dwayne was born and daughter Kathy followed in 1974. In 1975 they moved to Kamloops where Dick worked at Koroll Frame & Steering. Dick then decided to venture out on his own and purchased Kamloops Frame and Steering. Dick also worked in various mines throughout BC until he retired.

Dick always loved a good party with his family and his many friends. He loved to play his guitar and his fiddle. A favorite pastime after his retirement was helping his son with his catering business and going over to his daughter’s home to sit back have a glass of wine with Kathy and listen to all his old time records. Another pastime he loved was playing Keno.

Dick is also survived by his brother Larry (Johanna), Rolla, BC, his sisters Denice (Reg) Gudlaugson, Prince George, Audrey (Lyle) Dennis, Prince George, Marlene (Norm), Aldergrove, Cheryl (Tim), Victoria and by his sister-in-law Debbie Kunz, Vernon, BC and brother-in-law Ken Ollenberger, Grand Forks, BC. His brothers-in-law Mervin (Lucille) Harrick, Regina, SK, Jerry (Beryl), Ituna, SK, Wayne (Cathy) Willowbrook, SK, Ivan, Lacombe, AB, Jeff (Shelley), Ituna, SK, Miles (Lisa), Innisfail, AB, sisters-in-law Cindy (Norm) Konechny, Melville, SK, Leona (Paul) Molnar, Melville, SK. His memory is cherished in gold by his many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by Kenny Chesney’s namesake “Ches”, his four legged buddy.

Dick was predeceased by his dad Leo, 1990, his mom Johanna, 2013, sisters Brenda, 1973, Loretta, 1999 and his brother George in 2010. His father-in-law Paul, 1990, mother-in-law Mary, 2013, brothers-in-law David, 2002, Randy, 2007 and Warren, 2009.

A “Celebration of Dick’s Life” will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 12th at 2686 Thompson Drive, Kamloops, BC. In lieu of flowers, please play a few games of Keno in Dick’s memory.

Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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Frank “Red” Murton McRae

Saturday, 09 Jul 2016
Frank “Red” Murton McRae

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Husband, Dad & Papa, Frank “Red” McRae. Red passed away on July 9, 2016 with Barb and family by his side at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home.

Red was born September 29, 1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Frank Sr. and Dorothy McRae (both deceased). He was the youngest of 4 children, Jim, Betty (deceased) and Fran.

Red is survived by his large family. Children: Carrie (Brent Hamilton), Barbi (Terry Yakubowich), Frank, Rusty (Jenny), Misti Rode, Dori (Eron Wright) & Jodi Foss. Grandchildren: Dustin (Chrissy), Halina (Dainen) & Danica, Payden (Taylor), Wyatt & Kealee, Brianna & Kaylin, Alexandra, Kody & Katelyn, Jessica & Chelsea, Scarlett & Lilliana, Carter & Liam. Great Grandchild: Thea.

Red was working at CN Railway in the 1960’s when he met colleague Colin Stewart, who became his best friend. Red and Colin left their jobs at CN and ended up at Colin’s parents home where Red met Colin’s little sister Barb. The boys joined the Canadian Navy from there and were joined by the Stewart family in Victoria where they were stationed. It was at that time, Red began dating Barb and their lives began together. Red and Barb were married on September 1, 1962. While Red was in the navy they had 6 children from 1963 to 1971. Years later they made their way to Kamloops which become their final home and where they raised their children. Red spent years employed by Weyerhaeuser which ended as a result of a serious work accident in October 1996. He was just 57 years old at the time of the accident and never returned to work after. His final and favorite “job” became Papa Daycare and taxi to his grandchildren.

Red was first and foremost a family man. He worked hard to care for his family. Barb was his life and he loved her with everything he had. He devoted his life to Barb and their 6 children, later adding a “keeper” daughter in Jodi, making it 7 children in total. Although Jodi was not their biological daughter, she was theirs to keep. Him and Barb always included the neighbourhood children and everyone always had a safe place to go. Their door was always open for those in need. Today, several of those children are grown with families of their own and still call him Dad. Red always knew when someone was in need, even when they didn’t realize it themselves. He was always there to pick up the pieces for others and make everything better.

Red will be missed. His family will always remember his beautiful voice singing in the kitchen while he made breakfast and coffee. His goofy sense of humor and relentless tickles until you said “oogy googy goo, I love you” to make him stop. His big hands which he would place on your head to rub when you had a headache, or that shoulder to cry on when you needed. You never had to ask, he just knew. Red was one of the most compassionate people you could ever meet. He left a mark on the path of everyone he met. He was a protector, a teacher and most of all, the strongest man anyone who met him ever knew. He volunteered his time with Kamloops Minor Hockey, the Kamloops Blazers and with the Norkam Music Department.

Memorial Services to be held at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Barb and the family are requesting in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in his honor. Thank you to the staff for their amazing care and compassion on his last few days. You were the strength we all needed. We would also like to thank his family doctor, Dr. Brenda Laupland for such amazing care over these past few years.

Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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