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Bertoli, Raymond Joseph

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016
Bertoli, Raymond Joseph

May 16, 1931 – June 22, 2016

On June 22, 2016 in the early morning hours at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice, Ray’s battle with cancer came to an end. Born May 16, 1931 at the C.N. Junction yard in Campbell Creek, he was delivered at home by his grandmother Adelaide Giacomuzi (Ida).

Born to proud parents (Achille) Pete Bertoli and Santa Sarah Bertoli, Ray joined his older brother Roy (1926) and older sisters Jean (1927) and Nora (1929). Ray was followed by Ross (1935) and Betty (1938).

Pete a C.N. Track section foreman, and Sarah a homemaker taught their children the value of hard work and the importance of family.

In his younger years Ray had a strong passion to be in the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his dad and brothers. Ray started his family in 1958 son John, daughter Teresa 1960, son Gary 1963 and son Robert 1968. As a young man Ray held jobs at the Campbell Creek Hop Farm, where he learned to drive a 3 in the tree. He then came to town and worked in construction helping build Kam-High and the Tranquille Sanitarium.

Ray’s future would forever change in 1953 when he was hired by Frank and John Turner who were the owners of Inland Building Supply, 742 Victoria Street. There, Ray would meet and work with Helen Saemerow (hired 1945). In 1969 with failing health and the death of Frank Turner, Ray and Helen approached John Turner of Inland Building Supplies to purchase the company. With all the new construction on the North Shore, they took a huge risk and started Inland Building Supply 1969 Ltd. at 660 Kingston Avenue.

With the help of family and friend they opened their doors in October 1969.

Blood, sweat, tears and determination were the ingredients to create a business that became a family operation that achieved incredible success for over 38 years. Ray and Helen were very proud that they supported the community that supported them, they generously donated to the Royal Inland Hospital, many charities and organizations as well as multiple sports team sponsorships. In 2013 Ray married Phyllis Guzzi and shortly after Ray was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma a form of Blood Cancer. In their retirement Ray and Phyllis traveled to Italy twice, where Ray was able to visit his father’s home town of Udine. They also made trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. Ray also loved spending time at the family farm in Rose Hill, cutting hay and chasing cattle.

Ray was predeceased by his infant sister Mary (SIDS) his father Pete, mother Sarah, brother Roy and sister Nora. Ray is survived by sisters Jean, Betty/Edson, brother Ross/Mairead, his loving wife Phyllis, her daughters Tona/Alfred and Cathy/Jack, Ray’s daughter Theresa/Doug, son’s John/Charleen, Gary/Corrine, Robert/Debbie, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cherished family.

The family would like to thank the following people for all their love, compassion and guidance in this difficult time, Mark & Donna Bertoli, Dr. Proctor, the staff at the 6th Floor of RIH, the wonderful guardian angels at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice and Dr. Holman who truly goes above and beyond and makes a difference every day.

Ray believed in people and he believed in Kamloops. His life shines as an example of compassion determination and kindness. Your many lifelong friends will miss you Ray, but we will never forget your example.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the BC Cancer Society or the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice.

Prayers are to be held Wednesday, June 29th at
7:00 pm at Holy Family Parish Church. The service will be held Thursday, June 30th at 11:00 am at Holy Family Parish. Ray’s family would like to invite you to a gathering of family and friends at the Colombo Lodge at 1:00 pm to follow.

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Dal Ponte, Mario

Monday, 20 Jun 2016
Dal Ponte, Mario

April 2, 1947 – June 20, 2016

On June 20, 2016 Mario passed away peacefully with his wife at his side, at the age of 69 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years Josie, his children Mark and Leah, his brother Gino and his sister Anna.

Mario was born in Ponte, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1957. He met the love of his life Josie in Vancouver in 1969. They married in 1970 and had first son Mark in 1973 and daughter Leah in 1976. In 1977 the family settled in Kamloops, BC. In 1981 Mario proudly became a Canadian citizen.

Mario had a strong work ethic which began with a pick and shovel and grew into building his own company. He was a loving husband and father and was rarely seen without a smile. Mario had a passion for life that was truly unparalleled and was always quick to share a joke. His rosy outlook and sense of humor brightened the faces and lives of all that knew him.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Overlander Extended Care and to Dr. Hamilton for the love and care that they gave to Mario the past 5 years.

A private gathering for Mario will be held at a later date.

Tis easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song
But the man worthwhile
Is the man with a smile
When everything goes dead wrong

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Smith, Mary Ellen

Monday, 20 Jun 2016
Smith, Mary Ellen

May 9, 1919 – June 20, 2016

Mary Ellen Smith passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the age of 97 years. Ellen was born on May 9, 1919 at North East Point in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia to Emma Mae and Charles Edgar Crowell. She was the oldest of three girls and grew up in a small fishing community called Port La Tour. The daughter of a fisherman, she spent many days and nights with her dad fishing on the ocean. At the age of 18, Ellen married Arthur Jackson having three children before sadly losing her husband in the war. Ellen valiantly took in boarders to help raise her children and it was during that time she was introduced to Frederick Allan Smith eventually marrying again and moving from Nova Scotia to Creston, BC. Ellen was very active in the community spending many years serving as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion. She loved to cook and one of her favorite joys was hosting dinners with all her family. Hobbies included knitting, crafting and gardening, where you could always find a jar of preserves to take home.

After raising their six children, Ellen and Fred moved to Kamloops in 1984 and started travelling by motorhome all over Canada and the US, many times taking some of their children and grandchildren with them. One of the highlights of their travels was a trip to Korea.

After her husband Fred passed away in 2004, Ellen lived on her own for many years where she focused her travels on her trips across the street to play Bingo. Ellen’s last 18 months were spent at Gemstone Care Centre where she received wonderful care from the staff. A special thank you to Colleen.

Ellen was predeceased by two of her children Bob Jackson and Jim Smith and a grandson Allan Ross. She will be greatly missed by her remaining children Sandra Rodgers, Barb Ross, Darlene (Lorne) Christianson and Len (Eva) Smith as well as her many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Flowers gratefully declined, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of your choice.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.

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Cahoon, Bill (Willard) Ferrington

Monday, 20 Jun 2016
Cahoon, Bill (Willard) Ferrington

Bill (Willard) Ferrington Cahoon passed away peacefully two months before his 90th birthday on June 20, 2016 with his youngest daughter holding his hand.

Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Cahoon and her family.

Lovingly remembered by his children Russ (P.D. Alexandra), Denise (Bob), Gerry, Sandy, Maggie (Keith) and his many granchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no service at this time.

Dad, I still get a lot of hugs but, none of them as warm as yours...

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Pedrotti, Richard Michael

Monday, 20 Jun 2016
Pedrotti, Richard Michael

April 17, 1962 – June 20, 2016

Mr. Richard Michael Pedrotti of Kamloops, BC passed away on June 20, 2016 at 54 years of age.

He will be lovingly remembered by his mother Petronilla and father James. He is survived by his brothers Gary and Tom, sister Marie Ellen, niece Sasha and Bernie. He was predeceased by brothers David and Joseph.

Richard was a loving and caring gentleman who always put others first. Richard enjoyed family get-togethers and motorcycles. Richard will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity and compassion for others. He was a very loyal son, brother, uncle and friend.

May Perpetual light shine upon him.
God Bless, you are loved and dearly missed.

Prayers will be recited on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. A Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at OLPH Church. Celebrant, Fr. Paul Simms. Following the service, Richard will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery .

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Watkinson (nee Campbell), Catherine “Edith”

Sunday, 19 Jun 2016
Watkinson (nee Campbell), Catherine “Edith”

January 1, 1921 - June 19, 2016

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, the matriarch of our family, passed peacefully from this earth plane into the arms of those who passed before her.

Edith was born in the family’s five room cottage on the RossShire Croft, located in the Scottish Highlands near Dingwall. ‘Dolly’ as she was affectionately known by her family was the sixth child of nine born to Mary and Donald Campbell. Her childhood was spent on the croft tending to the animals, doing chores, and playing in the nearby woods. When Edith turned fourteen she helped Grannie Campbell deliver babies for women in the area. The family often had music and dancing in their home. Her brothers played different instruments and mom loved the bag pipes.

Mom met her husband Tom Watkinson, who was with the Canadian Forestry Corps, Company 30, in Edinburgh in October 1942. They were engaged February 1943 and married August 21, 1943.

Edith served as a WRNS during the war. She worked in communications in a Naval Office in London, adjacent to Winston Churchill. After she was married, Edith was transferred to Inver Gordon where she received a ‘compassionate discharge suitable for re-engagement’ on December 31, 1944. Fred was born before Tom went overseas to Normandy, France. Dad and mom spent ten minutes together with Fred on June 21, 1944. When the war ended, Tom was shipped home arriving in Vancouver, January 9, 1946. Mom and Fred arrived in Lytton 6 months later after sailing across the Atlantic and traveling by train across Canada. Thus began her new adventure in Canada.

Edith loved her seven children: Fred (Barb), Rosslyn (Rolly), Mary (Paddy), Heather (Wayne), Tom Jr. (Anita), Harvey (Terry), and Lindy. We lived in Lillooet and then moved to the Fosters Bar Ranch where she taught us the value of hard work and creative play. We tended her gardens, did chores, and together we canned and stored food for the winter months. While Tom worked away, Edith ran the ranch.

Edith lost her husband Tom, the love of her life on August 3, 1978. She carried on living and working the ranch. Despite being devastated when Tom suddenly passed away, she stayed strong for the family through
her loss.

Over the years mom entertained many people at the ranch. In the book “Trails to Gold” the author stated, ‘No longer a roadhouse in the true sense of the word, the Watkinsons’ comfortable farmhouse receives many visitors each year, royally entertained by Mrs. Edith Watkinson, a Scottish War Bride’. Edith was a generous host, and enjoyed visiting with people over tea or a meal. She was able to make a meal stretch to accommodate the number of people at the table. She was kind and generous, and would never think to turn someone away.

Edith loved having each one of her grandchildren stay with her at the ranch. She was there for them all and she made each one feel special. Later she enjoyed the many great grandchildren who would visit her at Red Rock Manor. Mom had 14 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren. She truly was our anchor and matriarch of our large family.

Edith moved to Lillooet in 1998. She spent her time volunteering at Mountain View, the Legion and the United Church. She frequently travelled to Scotland and also visited Australia and Fiji with her dear friend Olive Swann. She loved her new found freedom away from the ranch. She spent her final months closer to her family in Kamloops at the Overlander Extended Care.

We will always remember her wise advice for a good life: “Be good and work hard. Help each other and help other people as much as you can”.

We would like to thank the many people who took special care of our mom, especially Dr. Miller, Dr. Pearlman, & Lindy Watkinson, RN of Lillooet and District Hospital, and the amazing, caring staff at the Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops.

In lieu of flowers, please live as Edith did, by affirming your love to one another each and every day. Those who wish to make donations in Edith’s memory may do so to the Lillooet Hospital Foundation. At Edith’s request, the family will hold a Celebration of Life on August 6, 2016 at the Lillooet Legion at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by interment at the Family Cemetery at Fosters Bar Ranch.

Rest in Peace our dear and much loved Mom, ‘little’ Gramma, and GG

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Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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Collett, Alan

Sunday, 19 Jun 2016
Collett, Alan

June 24, 1929 – June 19, 2016

Farmer, School bus driver, Trumpet player

On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Ridgeview Lodge, Kamloops, B.C. Alan Collett turned his trumpet toward the “wide blue yonder…”. Alan’s peaceful death was due to Alzheimer’s disease and in the end, cancer. Husband of 64 years to Dolores Collett, dad to Alana (Dan) Scott and Dallas Wanamaker, uncle – Alan, rest in peace!

Alan was born in Vancouver, BC on June 24, 1929. After graduating from Burnaby South High School, he tried his hand at cowboy life at ranches near Merritt, he returned back to Vancouver where he met Dolores in an operetta, married Dolores and had two daughters. In 1956 Alan and Dolores traded their Coquitlam home and city lot for a log house and 160 acres in Forest Grove, BC (near 100 Mile House). They moved Alana (2 years old) and Dallas (3 months old) to Forest Grove where they pioneered the land for the next 15 years. After tilling the clay soil to grow potatoes and vegetables, plowing 6 foot snow piles during the winter, chopping knotty green wood and losing rubber boots in clay soil, they turned in the keys to the next land owner. Part of the next adventure was to set up a home for the next 34 years in Westwold, BC. The final move was to Kamloops (8 years) and finally, settled in Ridgeview Lodge (3 years).

Alan’s work life included logging/sawmill and school bus driving in Forest Grove, school bus driving with Kamloops School District (from Westwold to Kamloops).

Alan’s hobbies were many. Alan started in Vancouver with trumpet (also trombone and coronet) as a soloist, the Kitsilano Boys Band, various regimental bands during World War II, Vernon military training grounds, Vancouver Junior Symphony, and in the Kamloops Rube Band (40 years). Alan filled his spare time with golfing, sailing and beekeeping.

There is to be no service held at Alan’s request. The family will be honouring his wishes. Special thanks and great appreciation to the caring staff at Ridgeview Lodge and Dr. Wynn.

In Alan’s words…”if there is something to be done, there is a way to do it. So don’t give up!”

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Sunday, 19 Jun 2016

1922 – 2016

Donald Clarence Hicks was born on April 4th, 1922 in Lewisville, New Brunswick. He died on Father’s Day, June 19th, 2016 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Growing up he excelled in sports and grew up speaking French as the only Protestant in Catholic Schools. He met Elizabeth Dobson in school while living in Dorchester for grades 11 and 12. They enjoyed competing for top marks in the class.

At 17, Don enrolled at Mount Allison University where he played hockey and loved it, but war broke out.

Anxious to do his part, he joined the Air Force in 1941. At age 19, he was a Pilot in the RCAF and was posted out West. On a period of leave, he returned home to the Maritimes to marry his sweetheart Elizabeth in November of 1943. He brought her back to Tofino where he was stationed. Beautiful British Columbia won his heart.

Feeling lucky to survive the war, Don returned to school. With his strong love of the outdoors, he first went into Forestry at the University of New Brunswick (Fredricton). Being a great athlete, he played Professional Baseball during these years. His dentist suggested Dentistry as a preferable career choice, and he pursued this at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

After graduating, Don started a practice in the lovely south-shore town of Shelburne, NS where Dan and Laura were born. The call of the West was strong for Don however, and in 1956 he left the Maritimes for the “tumbleweed” town of Kamloops, where Lynda was born in 1958.

That same year, the property at Shuswap Lake came into the picture. It was the most wonderful place to be.
Shortly afterwards, 111 Clarke Street was purchased. It became the perfect place to raise children and grandchildren, host parties, relax and cohabit with the well loved family dogs and cats.

With a satisfying dentistry career and activities such as down hill and cross country skiing, golfing, water skiing, boating, playing ice hockey on the frozen lakes, team curling, hunting ducks with his beloved black labradors, West Coast salmon fishing, bridge games, partying with their many friends and harmonizing in sing-a-longs at Shuswap campfires and Christmas carolling Don made many rich memories.

He aged well and kept up his physical activities right into his 90’s. His travels (sailing, bus tour to Alaska, cruising around the Horn, flying to Newfoundland, driving across the country) were big highlights after the difficult task of selling the lake property and 111 Clarke Street.

Don lived his life with a brave and pioneering attitude. He cherished his many dear friends. Supporting his grandchildren occupied much of his later years; bringing him great satisfaction, as well as things to worry about.

We will miss his enthusiasm for life and his indomitable spirit.

Unfortunately, Don’s daughter Lynda (Steve Hamilton) Vogel predeceased him in 2011. Don leaves behind his loving wife of 73 years Elizabeth Hicks, children Dan Hicks, Laura (Mik) Madsen, grandchildren Jyelle Vogel, Hunter Vogel, Solenn Vogel, Jay Madsen, Christian Madsen and Keira Madsen, nieces Ann Curry, Maureen Curry and great niece Andrea Kuch.

A Service will be held to Celebrate Don’s Life at the Kamloops United Church, 421 St Paul Street at 2:00 pm
on Saturday, July 16th, 2016. Reception to follow at the home of Bob and Brenda Smillie.

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Dennis, Brian Edward

Friday, 17 Jun 2016
Dennis, Brian Edward

April 17, 1947 - June 17, 2016

We always joked that if the world was ending we wanted to be on Team Brian...there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do...and do well. Whether it was building a cabin, hunting, fishing, golfing or playing bridge he embraced the challenge and didn’t let up until it was perfect...and we do mean perfect.

So we are all still in shock that after a brief time in the hospital he lost his biggest challenge and left us so quickly—as always, on his own terms.

The family will gather at the place he loved most to share memories and have a wee dram of scotch in his honour.

Brian is survived by his wife Katherine; daughter Trine Dennis (Chuck); daughter Kristina Gifford (Steve); step-daughter Alexis Jensen (Philip); step-son Braden Jensen (Jen); grandchildren Gage, Anja and Destyn Aird and Kassia and Shayla Gifford.

We’d like to thank the nurses and doctors in the ICU who made Brian’s time there comfortable and exhibited such compassion to our family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s name to the BC Lung Association are greatly appreciated.

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Elke, Ursula Elisabeth

Friday, 17 Jun 2016
Elke, Ursula Elisabeth

September 30, 1932 – June 17, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ursula on June 17, 2016 in Kamloops, BC at the age of 83.

Ursula Elisabeth Elke (Kahnert) was born in Germany on September 30, 1932. She immigrated to Canada in 1952 landing in Winnipeg. In 1959 she married Milbert Elke and moved to Swan River, Manitoba. In 1966 they moved to Kamloops with their two sons Gordon and Wayne where she resided until her passing.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons Gordon Elke of Kamloops and Wayne (Cheryl) Elke of Kamloops and her grandchildren Alaina, Courtney and Daniel. She was anxiously awaiting the wedding of her granddaughter Courtney to Jared Radmore in July. She will also be deeply missed by her sister Hildegard Dahms of Germany. She will be remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Predeceased by her husband Milbert in 2002 and by her parents a brother and a sister in Germany.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Thursday, June 23 at 11:00 am at the Kamloops Alliance Church with Pastor Larry Boss officiating.

Special thanks to the nurses of 5 North at RIH who treated her with dignity and respect in the last few weeks of her life.

Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated.

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