Obituaries Archive - Kamloops This Week

Yabuki, Hatsue

Monday, 23 Mar 2015
Yabuki, Hatsue

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of Hatsue Yabuki on March 23, 2015 at the age of 94.
She will be dearly missed by her children: Roy, Ed (Wendy), Kathy, and Jane (Kent); her grandchildren Tatia, Travis, Jodie, Jenny (Atlin) and Abby and her great-grandchidren: Ashley and Isaac, her brother: Mitch Nishimura. Predeceased by husband Takayoshi in 1980, brother Tad and sister Marge.
We will remember mom for her kindness of spirit, generosity and infectious smile. As well, she will be remembered for her love of family and her tenderness with her grandchildren.
Hatsue was born on October 10, 1920 in Vancouver, BC. She attended dressmaking school and started a dry cleaning and alteration business with her mother. During the evacuation of the Japanese Canadians from the BC coast, Hatsue and her family were relocated to Sandon Interment camp. There she met Takayoshi and married him in 1944. After the war the family moved to North Kamloops and were active members in the Buddhist Church.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Kamloops Buddhist Church, 361 Poplar Street, Kamloops, BC on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 am.
The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Ridgeview Lodge staff for their loving care and compassion.
If friends desire, in lieu of flowers or koden, please make a donation to the Kamloops Buddhist Temple, or the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association.
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Belbin, Patricia

Sunday, 22 Mar 2015
Belbin, Patricia

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Patricia (Patti) Belbin, of Kamloops, on March 22nd, 2015 at 66 years old; loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob Belbin, her children Peter (Nellie) Belbin, of Kamloops, Patrick (Suki) Belbin, of Penticton, and Chad (Julie) Belbin, of Kamloops. Also left to cherish her memory are Patti’s grandchildren: Santana Belbin, Nolan Belbin, and Finley Belbin; her brother Bil (Anne) French, and her mother-in-law, Mary Belbin. Patti is predeceased by her parents, Bob and Irene French, and her sister, Daphne Melien.
Patti was born August 10th, 1948, in Princeton, BC. She grew up in Penticton where she met and married her lifelong love, Bob, in 1966. Their three boys were born in Penticton, raised in Williams Lake, and spent a short time in Houston, BC, before finally settling in Kamloops.
Patti was employed with Cooper’s Foods from 1990 until the present, and they were an extended family she so warmly embraced. Patti also enjoyed her days on the River in Brock, surrounded by her family and friends who loved her dearly, and will miss her always.
A Celebration of Patti’s Life will take place between 2:00 and 4:00pm on Saturday, April 11th, 2015, at the Kamloops Golf & Country Club.
The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the staff at the Royal Inland Hospital, and ask that donations in Patti’s memory be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia St., Kamloops, BC, V2C 2T1.
Arrangements entrusted to
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services
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Tate, Brandon Charles

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015
Tate, Brandon Charles

Brandon was a young man filled with love and passion for life. He was a soft spoken and quiet person, but when he smiled and laughed, he filled the room with his energy. If he did anything, he did it with commitment and dedication. He worked for Appnovation in Vancouver as a lead developer.
Gone too soon on March 19th, 2015, Brandon died tragically doing what he loved best, riding his motorcycle. Survived by many of his loving family members, Brandon will be missed most by his daughter Asha. Father to his greatest love, Asha brought out the best in her dad.
His memories will be cherished and carried forward by his daughter Asha, his life partner Stephanie, his parents, Teresa and Charlie, his sister Michelle, grandmothers, aunts and uncles and cousins.
Funeral service will take place at 11:.00 am on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating on Brandon’s behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Weyhe, Wolfgang

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015
Weyhe, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Willi Weyhe, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 18, 2015 at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home with his loving wife of 48 years by his side. He is survived by his wife Christa, son Willy, daughter Tanya, son-in-law John, grandchildren Elizabeth and Amelia and sister Annemarie.
Wolfgang is certain to have been already greeted in Heaven by his Dad, Mom and brother, Manfred.
Wolfgang was born in Frankfurt Oder, Germany on January 27, 1945 and Clenze, became his hometown. He chose to become a master baker for his trade. He crossed the ocean on one of his Dad’s ships in 1964 and immigrated to Canada. He knew very little English at the time, but set his determination and skills aimed for success in anything he did in Canada. On one of his visits back to Germany, he met and became engaged to the woman who stole his heart (the sister of one of his baking friends, Horst). Wolfgang returned for only a short while to Canada, this time to prepare a home in Kamloops, BC, for his bride-to-be, Christa. Wolfgang and Christa arrived in Kamloops only one week after their wedding which was on January 21, 1967, in Neudarchau, Germany.
Wolfgang worked at Canada Safeway for a few years, then, Wolfgang and his family moved to Quesnel, BC in 1974, where he opened a bakery. It was sold to his brother-in-law, Horst, when there came an opportunity to become an owner and operator of another bakery back in Kamloops. The Wunderbar Delights of The Main Bakery were enjoyed by the Kamloops community for 12 years and then the family started a new adventure together in Abbotsford, BC in 1987. Wolfgang was a baker at the nearby Safeway until he retired.
Baking was definitely a passion for Wolfgang, but one did not only know him by his lovingly made delicious treats. He was always very energetic, helpful, loyal and joyful. Fishing, hiking, long bike trips, building a cabin and a house, gardening and traveling throughout Canada and Germany, were just a few of the experiences he loved to share with anyone who would join him. Unless he was enjoying a beer with the company of friends and family or sketching out his plans, Wolfgang was rarely just sitting. Even when Wolfgang and Christa retired to Magna Bay, he kept himself always on the go and then Wolfgang and Christa enjoyed happy hour with the neighbours as they watched the sunset over the beautiful, sunny Shuswap, together.
There will be a memorial service on March 28, 2015 at 3 PM at Schoening Funeral Service located at 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC with a reception to follow at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the SPCA would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be expressed at

Welsh, Lenora Mabel

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015
Welsh, Lenora Mabel

Nora Welsh, 70, of Kamloops, BC passed away peacefully March 18, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones. Husband Clifford, daughters Liana (Greg) and Christine (Dennis). Grandchildren Kassidy, Chace ,Tye and Kenedi.
In addition to her immediate family that was with her in passing, Nora left behind a sister Marjorie and a brother David along with numerous other family members and friends.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the nurses doctors and support staff at the intensive care unit of Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops who took exceptional care of her and made her final journey a comfortable one.
Nora worked for Art Knapps Plantland for 35 years so anyone who had a passion for gardening would have crossed paths with the “Rose Lady” as she was referred to most often.
Nora will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Please join us in saying our last goodbye to our special “Rose”. Services will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 2pm at Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour St., Kamloops BC.
Should friends desire donations may be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society on her behalf in lieu of flowers.
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Jackson, Judith Bernice

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015
Jackson, Judith Bernice

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our adored sister, ‘Judy’ Judith Bernice Jackson, age 64, at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. on March 17th, following a sudden illness. Predeceased by parents Peggy and Ford Jackson, Terrace, B.C. and survived by siblings Eveline Flint, John (Ethel) Jackson, Doreen Byng, Bob Jackson, Eva Stock, Bill Jackson (Karen Knox), and Donna (Tex Tessmer) Jackson, several nieces and nephews, and dear friends, Sharon and Eugene Leveque.
A remarkable life: Born with Down’s Syndrome, the family was advised survival would at most be a year, she would never walk (highly energetic by age 3), a life expectancy of 46. A shrewd observer and outspoken commentary, Judy (the Queen) amused us throughout her life –loved music (an ardent Elvis fan), dancing, Halloween, red shoes, presents and chocolate –‘family’ was her touch-word.
The family is deeply grateful to her physician, Dr. P. Sigalet, who guided us in her care for many years and was a comfort to Donna, who was with her throughout her final illness. Thank you to all who came into her life at her former residence, Oriole House; Vista Program, which she attended for years; former Zellers staff with whom she became friendly while Donna was on staff, and many others for their kindnesses. We are indebted to Ridgeview Lodge, where she was welcomed May 9th, 2013, for their ongoing attention to her comfort and needs and to Ponderosa, where she spent five months in recovery at an earlier date.
Thank you also to Gwen Miller-Watt, and Catherine Chisholm, Community Living BC ; Brad Orr,
Interior Health and to Royal Inland staff in Emergency and the ICU for their wonderful, professional and sympathetic care.
She will be missed daily and fondly remembered forever by family and friends, a life enjoyed with sparkle and exuberance despite challenges.
Private arrangements in the care of First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops, 8–177 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, B.C. V2B 3E8.
Tel. 250-554-2429
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Thompson, Muriel Edna

Monday, 16 Mar 2015
Thompson, Muriel Edna

Beloved wife, mother and friend, Muriel peacefully passed away in Victoria. Predeceased by her husband Grant, her daughter Claire, she is survived by her son Barry, son-in-law Trevor Williams, grandchildren Merlee, Weston, Kyla and Tory, and four great-grandchildren.
Born in Ashcroft to Walter and Clara Kipp, raised in Kamloops with four brothers, Bert, Wilf, Gordon and Bob, she graduated from the Royal Jubilee Nursing School in 1940, nursing in Victoria and later in Kamloops. Mom was a curler, a golfer and a lawn bowler in later years. She was an avid bridge player well into her early nineties. She loved a good party and dancing, and her sense of humour prevailed even into her final days. Thank you, Mom, for all the love and support you have given us.
No service by request.

Quinn, Edward (Ted)

Monday, 16 Mar 2015
Quinn, Edward (Ted)

February 11, 1925 ~ March 16, 2015
In memory of our “Beloved” husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Edward (Ted) at the age of 90 years.
He is lovingly remembered by his loving wife Dolores of 66 years, son Terry, daughter Shaun, son Dennis (Lynne), granddaughter Michelle, grandson Mathew, grandson Daniel (Mindy), granddaughter Shelagh (Brian) and great-grandchildren Julian, Aidan, Jacob, Mya and Mackenzie. Also left to cherish his memory are his brother Terry, sister Lillius and brother-in-law Vaughan (Lillian).
Edward served his country, in the RCAF, during WWII, and continued to do so, as a Warrant Officer, until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman, a great golfer, and excelled in both baseball and hockey. His legacy and zest for life live on through all of his loved ones.
I remember the day I met you,
And the day you became mine.
I remember the day I lost you,
And will til the end of time.
But through the tears,
loneliness and heartaches
There is one thing that
makes me glad.
That you chose me to
share with you
The wonderful years we had.

Goodbye my family,
My life has passed.
I loved you all to the very last.
Weep not for me but courage take,
Love each other for my sake.
For those you love don’t go away,
They walk beside you everyday.

There will be no service, by request of our Beloved.

McWilliam, Allan Woodman

Sunday, 15 Mar 2015
McWilliam, Allan Woodman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan Woodman McWilliam, BCLS #302 and Life Member #42. Allan fought a short courageous battle with cancer however on March 15, 2015 surrounded by loving family and staff of the Kamloops Hospice Allan passed away peacefully and comfortably.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Dorothy Grace; his son Kevin Scott McWilliam; daughter Cheryl Anne Johnson (Wayne); grandchildren Kerri and Kurtis Golka; great grandchildren Kayden and Kooper Golka; sister June Roberts; brothers-in-law Melvin Rudd and Don Kortgaard; sister-in-law Thelma Kortgaard and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Allan was born on August 11, 1926 to Edith Irene and Charles Allan McWilliam. He spent his childhood growing up and attending primary and secondary schools in North Vancouver.
In 1946 Allan took a summer job performing federal topographic work with the Dominion Government Survey party in Grand Cache, Alberta, thus began his interest in a career as a Land Surveyor.
Allan articled to J.T. Underhill, BCLS #146 and Life Member #15 from 1947 to 1950 prior to being commissioned in Vancouver in 1951. Allan began his career with Underhill & Underhill in Vancouver doing mineral claim surveys with H. McNaughton Fraser, BCLS #228. Allan met the love of his life, Dorothy, in 1949 and were married in 1950 in South Burnaby. Allan and Dorothy moved to Kamloops in 1952 where he opened his own practice. He entered his first partnership in 1953 and the firm of McWilliam, Whyte and Goble grew to a partnership of 10 land surveyors over the years with offices in Kamloops, Prince George, Smithers, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake. Allan articled Jim Howett, BCLS #406, Reinhold Dominik, BCLS #422, Dick Bartell, BCLS #516 and Garry Howarth, BCLS #561. In 1983 Allan was the President for the Association of Land Surveyors of British Columbia.
Allan was very involved in the community and he took pride in taking an active role in his city. Allan was a councilor for the City of Kamloops from 1975-76. He was a director for the TNRD, the Chamber of Commerce, Royal Inland Hospital, Community Futures, numerous other boards, committees and the Kamloops Rotary Club receiving the Paul Harris Fellow award. Allan was also involved in the start up of both the Kamloops NL and the River Radio stations.
At home he enjoyed time with his wife and two children and often could be found outside spending endless hours in his garden.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the Kamloops Hospice for their extreme care and compassion in making Allan’s final hours calm and peaceful.
Allan requested no service. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Kamloops Hospice.

Cahoon, Sandra

Sunday, 15 Mar 2015
Cahoon, Sandra

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Sandra at RIH with her daughter DelRae by her side. Sandra was a stay at home wife and mom. This was a full time job as she had adopted many friends Mike or DelRae brought home. She was known as “Mrs.C” . Sandra more often than none told you exactly what she had to say. Sandra was a great wife, mother and sister. She was predeceased by her mother (Dorothy) and father (Art). Sandra is survived by her husband Russ, son Mike (Michele), daughter DelRae (Trish), (Sarah), brother Ron (Heather), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Sandra will also be missed greatly by her great friend Helen. Sandra was born and raised in Kamloops. Although she had the Cahoon last name she was an Osborne through and through and very proud of it. Sandra may be gone but she will always and forever be in our hearts. A great big THANK YOU to Dr. Prasad, Dr. Varma, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Conley and all the amazing nurses at RIH who looked after Sandra with compassion and exceptional care. We are forever grateful. There will be no funeral as per Sandra’s wishes but we will have a celebration of life at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to your charity of choice.

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