Post, Johannes

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014
Post, Johannes

Life Celebration Memorial Service
July 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Civic Centre – Merritt BC

It is with immense sorrow we announce the passing of Johannes Post on July 22, 2014.
Born in Assen, Holland on October 10, 1935 Johannes, known by many as Joe, moved with his family to Merritt in June, 1950 where he later met and married the love of his life – Stella Mae Abel in 1955.
Johannes Post Trucking, Post Cattle Company and Electoral Area Director of the TNRD were just a few of Joe’s career accomplishments. His most important (and favourite) titles, though, were those of Husband, Dad, Grandpa/Papa, Great-Grandpa, Son, Brother and Uncle. Joe was a devoted, loyal husband and gentle, loving father and grandfather. Johannes is survived by his wife and lifelong partner Stella of 59 years, his three children Randy Post (Lori) of Strathmore, AB, Dianne Post (Polo) of Merritt and Lisa Eastwood of Strathmore, AB. He is also survived by his six grandchildren; Miranda (Steve), Jason, Chris (Kendra), Dustin (Megan) and Quinn; three great-grandchildren Jake, Johannes and Rhyan and siblings: Henny Stonehouse, Anne Hart and Dick Post.
Johannes leaves to his family and all who knew him a legacy of strength, determination, compassion, humour and a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-it-done work ethic. His wide smile, warm laugh and ability to make anyone feel welcome were qualities that made many call him a valued friend, co-worker and member of the community. Joe was an anchor to his family, a pioneer in the local logging industry, a great neighbour. He will be deeply missed.
The Post family would like to thank everyone for their support and love in the past couple of years, especially the staff of Coquihalla Gillis House, the Merritt Hospital and family GP Doctor Smit.

Almond, Edna

Monday, 21 Jul 2014
Almond, Edna

Edna Margaret Almond
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Edna Margaret Almond at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 91.
Edna was born in Souris, PEI, on May 30, 1923 and was the eldest child of St. Clair and Matilda Paquet. She was predeceased by her husband of over 54 years, Kenneth Alexander Almond, her son Douglas Stewart Almond at the age of 33 and her granddaughter, Kimberly Michelle Almond at the age of 20, as well as her parents and many other family members.
She is survived by son Ken, his wife Dana, his daughter Lisa (Xavier) and Lisa’s mother Dianne, daughter Claire, her husband John and children John, Jerry, Kerri (Ceri), Wayne and Daniel, daughter Catherine and children Ryan and Jennifer (Robert) and grandson Douglas Jr. as well as numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving siblings, Grace, Elinor, Claire and Alan (Maureen) and their families, all living in the Maritimes. Grandma loved all of her family but particularly took great joy in her grand and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of each and every one of them.
Edna, our dear mom and grandmother, was a true Prince Edward Island Spudder, and was so proud to be born and raised on the Island. Lobster and other seafood were always on the top of the list of her favorite foods. After graduating high school at the age of 16 and then business school, Mom moved to Halifax against her father’s wishes but ultimately with his blessings. It was here, during wartime, she met her blue-eyed musician husband, Ken, who was serving in the navy. They were married in 1944 and Ken Jr. arrived a year later. Mom and baby headed out west in the summer of 1945 to Ashcroft, BC, and lived there until Ken Sr. was discharged from the navy. The two easterners arrived in the dead heat of the night, pitch black, to their new home province. She thought she had gone to another planet. She missed her island and her family but was prepared to embark on a new adventure, starting her own family out west where she spent the rest of her life. Following Ashcroft, they moved first to Vancouver, then Penticton, where her three other children were born. The family then moved to Kamloops in 1963.
Mom was an avid card player, crib and bridge her favorites, and she was unbeatable even at age 90! She was such a good bowler she was given the nickname Fast Eddy and she represented Kamloops in many provincial tournaments. She also loved playing shuffleboard when she and Ken wintered in Palm Springs. She was an avid sports fan attending the Kamloops Blazers games for many years and cheering on the Expos and then the Blue Jays, and the Canucks. Her goal was to live to see the 2010 Winter Games when they were in Vancouver. She got her wish and a new goal was set to see the Sochi Olympics which she did. Mom was a proud member of The Catholic Women’s League for over 60 years, holding many executive positions. She volunteered for many years with the Cancer Society and Seniors Centre. Mom was a very social person, loved to talk and share stories and was very blessed to have many friends who supported her over the years and who didn’t mind getting beaten at cards.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Edna’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 255 Nicola Street, Kamloops on Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Father Paul Simms officiating.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers at this time and wish to thank Dr. Baker and the doctors and nurses at Royal Inland Hospital for their exceptional care. We also give thanks for the love and support given Mom by Fathers Simms and Kim and Sisters Marie and Annalisa of Sacred Heart Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society as Mom was a cancer survivor for many years.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Wong, Garry

Monday, 21 Jul 2014
Wong, Garry

Garry Wong
Garry Wong went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife Shelbi and their two children Gabriel and Solomon. Also left to mourn are 3 brothers and 3 sisters of Hong Kong. Garry also leaves numerous extended family in Canada.
Garry was born October 16, 1965 in Hong Kong, where he spent much of his early life. Garry did everything. He both modelled and taught modelling. He sold multi-million dollar real estate, worked at several production agencies, tried his hand at professional gambling among many other things before coming to Canada. Garry also learned to cook at a young age and was passionate about it.
Garry came to Canada in 1997. There he met his wife and they married in 2000. Garry was determined to succeed at everything he did and rarely turned down an opportunity to try something new. Hard work was ingrained in Garry and whatever he did; it was done fast and furiously. Garry’s proudest moments were when his 2 sons were born. He loved to teach them Kung Fu and about cooking. His biggest sadness was of not being able to watch them grow into men. Garry was a character with a mischievous glint in his eyes. When he walked in the room, the entertainment started.
Garry loved travelling and camping with his family. He continued to do these things until he physically wasn’t able. He passed away peacefully with his wife, his sisters Carol and Karen, and niece Pinki by his side. Psalm 73.26 my flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Memorial Service will take place at 1 pm on Friday, July 25. 2014 at Calvary Community Church with Pastor Darren Jones officiating. 
Special Thanks to April at the Kamloops Cancer Agency,
Dr. Bachand in Kelowna, and the staff and volunteers at the Kamloops Hospice.
In place of flowers, donations may be made to the Kamloops Hospice in Garry’s name.
Till we meet again G
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Hay, Mary

Sunday, 20 Jul 2014
Hay, Mary

Mary Elizabeth Hay
(nee Manson)
May 25, 1931 - July 20, 2014

It is with great sadness that the family announces Mary’s passing at home at the age of 83.
She was predeceased by her parents Thomas Sinclair and Mabel Manson as well as brothers James and Thomas.
Mary will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband of over 60 years, Ken, her children Debbie (Doug), Alan (Margo) and Cathy Courneyea (Dan), grandchildren Kyle, Kristian, Mariah, Taylor and Connor. She will also be missed by her cousin Bill Manson, his wife Rick and their children and grandchildren.
Mary was born and raised in Kamloops. Upon graduating from Kamloops Secondary, she worked as a steno and bookkeeper for Buckerfields. In 1952 she moved to Nicola to work as a bookkeeper for the Nicola Stock Farm. It was here, at a square dance, that she met Ken and they were married in 1954. They later moved to Merritt and then Kamloops where Ken was employed by Buckerfields. In 1956 they moved to Lumby and lived there until 1966, when they once again moved back to Kamloops.
While in Lumby, Mary became an avid curler and continued to curl when she moved back to Kamloops. Mary loved fishing and spent many a day camping at Birch Lake with her family. Mary was totally devoted to her family and will be deeply missed by us all.
Special thanks to Dr. Malan and his receptionist Judy, Dr. Farmer of the ER and Dr. Proctor of the Cancer Clinic, for their help and understanding. 
By her request, there will be no service. Cremation entrusted to Schoening Cremation Center
( ph. 250-554-2429). In lieu of flowers a donation to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation in Mary’s name would be appreciated.

Carter, Jerome

Sunday, 20 Jul 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jerome James Carter of Kamloops, BC, on July 20, 2014 at 100 years of age. Jerome is survived by his nephews Keith and Kenny of Vancouver, and various family members. Also left to cherish Jerome’s memory are good friends Ernie & Donalda Jamrich, Roche Lake friends John Funk and Marlin Swan, and Don Herman and the Maurer family, as well as numerous friends at the Northills Mall and McDonald’s.
Jerome was born in Enderby in 1914,
and spent many years working at the Tranquille Farm and various other jobs in and around Kamloops. Nicknamed Romeo by his friends, Jerome always
had a smile and a quip
for the ladies.
There will be no service
by request.

Frasca, Perry

Saturday, 19 Jul 2014
Frasca, Perry

Paris (Perry) Frasca
1933 - 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, husband and papa Paris (Perry) Frasca. Perry succumbed after a courageous battle on July 19, 2014.
Perry leaves to mourn his loving wife of 56 years Mary, brother in law Tony, siblings Antionetta (Tonino), Livia (Santino), cousins Bob (Judy), Joanne (Pete) Francine (Bob), daughters Terri (Dave), Diane (Charlie), Sue (Kevin), son Paul (Kathy), grandchildren Jay, Melissa, Brandon, Michelle, Cole, Joey, Carley, Jared, Kyle and great-grandsons Parker and Bentley. Perry was predeceased by his sister Cesira.
Dad was born in Manoppello, Pescara, Italy and immigrated to Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) Ontario in 1949. There he met and married Maria Garofalo May 27, 1958 and soon began their family. In 1964 he moved the family to BC and settled in Kamloops. Perry built a successful contracting business where he prided himself in the perfection of his work. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and spending time in his garden trying to perfect an already perfect garden. He loved the company of his many friends and family where he would enjoy a glass or two of his homemade wine.
Prayers will be held at OLPH Catholic Church Wednesday July 23 at 7:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at OLPH Catholic Church on Thursday July 24 at 11:30.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Hollman for the many years of care.
Donations can be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent, Kamloops BC. V2E 2S9.

Carmichael, Mary

Friday, 18 Jul 2014
Carmichael, Mary

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mary Louise Carmichael (nee Gordon) on Friday, July 18, 2014. Mary died peacefully, surrounded by her family at Royal Inland Hospital. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband of 45 years, Brian, and her children Colin (Heather) and Mathew.
Mary was born in Cranbrook, BC in 1944, to James and Ann Gordon. Along with five brothers (Dennis, Jack, Alan, Ian, Jim) and one sister (Noreen), Mary was raised in a loving family full of faith, friendship, and support. She leaves her sister, Noreen Kennedy, brothers Dennis (Mary Anne), Jack (Beth), and Alan (Karen), and sisters-in-law Catherine Gordon and Sandi Gordon. She also leaves behind beloved nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends.
Mary met Brian while working in Prince Rupert. They married in 1969 and travelled the world together for four years, living in Europe and South Africa, which was an incredibly special time that provided them with countless memories of their adventures as well as lifelong friends. Returning to Cranbrook, Mary and Brian welcomed Colin in 1976 and Mathew in 1978. In 1987 the family moved to Kamloops, where they made their home. A lifelong lover of crafts and arts, Mary worked at Impressions Stamp Gallery in Kamloops, where she made friends and acquaintances running card-making and stamping workshops. She then owned the shop until it closed, happy to be part of the Kamloops business community and proud to have her own business.
Nothing made Mary happier than spending time with her family. She both loved to hear a good story and to spin one herself. She will always be remembered for her generosity, her warmth, her wonderful sense of humour, and her fantastic laugh. A celebration of Mary’s life will take place Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Schoening Funeral Home at 2 p.m., followed by a reception.
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Grant, Patricia

Friday, 18 Jul 2014
Grant, Patricia

Patricia Laura Grant

After her courageous battle with cancer,
Patricia Laura Grant
passed away peacefully with her family
by her side on July 18, 2014.
She will be forever loved and remembered by her husband Gord, her daughters and sons, her grandchildren and beloved dog ‘Peanut’. Pat will be greatly missed by
all of her loving family, friends
and the friends she chose to call family.
May you rest in peace, we will meet you again in your eternal garden.
A celebration of life will be held on
July 27 at 3:00 pm at the home of
Pat and Gord,
2425 Glenview Avenue, Kamloops.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Kamloops Hospice would be appreciated.

Phipps, Kathy

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014
Phipps, Kathy

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Phipps passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on July 17th, 2014 surrounded by her loving daughters; Raylene, Connie, Stacy and Angela.
Kathy was 78 years old, and is predeceased by her husband Frank; they were married for 39 years. Mom’s spirit lives on through her family: Raylene and Bruce Handysides, their children, Jason, and his son Isaac, and Michelle and her husband Ben; Connie and Ivan Hazelwood, their children Curtis, Trenton, Justin and Shyla, and Curtis’ children Liam and Keira; Stacy and her husband Pierre and their daughters, Chantale and Dreanna; and Angela and her son Brandon. Kathy was known as the FUN goofy Gramma, all her grandchildren have many happy memories of her. Mom was also a great baker and everyone loved her pies, buns and perogies. We all have lots of great memories of a houseful of company with lots of fun and games. Mom loved cards and was an avid crib player.
Her sisters Mary, Netha, Helen, and brothers Elmer and Gilbert also survive Kathy; she is predeceased by her brothers Ed, and Irvin, and her sister Betty. 
Those wishing to pay their respects by viewing, may do so on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street.
The Memorial Service is Friday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. in St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136-6th Avenue (6th Avenue & Douglas Street), with Reverend Harold Wiest officiating.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers at this time and wish to thank Dr. Campsil and the staff of the ICU at the Royal Inland Hospital, Karri and Dan. 
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations can be made in honor of Kathy under Frank Phipps to the UBC Hospital Alzheimer’s Research Centre. 
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Taylor, Ted

Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014
Taylor, Ted

November 26, 1923 – July 16, 2014
It is with sadness that we go forward into a world of which Theodore (Ted) Calder Taylor is no longer a part, but with great joy that we possess the memory of him and the knowledge that he is happily reunited with long-missed family and friends. Ted became a certified watchmaker and opened Taylor’s Jewellery upon moving to Merritt in 1957 where he enjoyed serving Merritt and outlying areas until his retirement in 1988. An integral member of his community, Ted was active in the Lion’s Club and Legion and sat as chairman of the hospital board when the new facility was built. Selling poppies, flipping pancakes, calling bingo on Merritt’s local station (“clickity-click sixty-six”) and picking up garbage in the downtown core – all in a day’s work for a gentle, happy soul who loved his town.
Ted is survived by his wife Lonie, his children Wendy (Darcy) and Jay (Debra), his grandchildren Jamie (Jason), Dylan (Megan), Carly (Gage), Ashlee and Dallas, his sister Louise, his nieces Margaret, Elaine (Rob), Barb (Vic) and Diane, and nephews Brian (Phyllis) and Bobby.
Ted has been known by a few different titles in Merritt due to his involvement in organizations and community events, but none are dearer to his family than the following: Dad, Grandad, Grandpa, Teddy, Ted C. Taylor and Yes Ted. The first three are self-explanatory, of course, but the latter three should be defined.
“Teddy”: A name he was often called by close friends, especially if they were telling humorous stories about the past. As his family it brings to mind Ted’s playfulness. The stories were never as entertaining as the teller when Ted would get the giggles while trying to get something out to everyone. Tears would stream down his reddened face while he gasped at air attempting to finish the story.
”Ted C. Taylor”: Usually the name on mail. Prior to her passing, Ted’s sister Lorraine recounted how excited she would get as a little girl when mail showed up with that name on it after Ted left home to find work in the Interior because it meant a little extra money for the family. Lorraine held a special place in Ted’s heart and he lit up watching her enjoy telling the story over 50 years later. He lit up because his sister was having fun and it brought Ted great pleasure to witness others bask in the light. He also lit up because Ted felt a great sense of duty to his family, friends and community, so the confirmation that he helped lighten the load of others was appreciated.
“Yes Ted”: Ted’s wife, Lonie, surprised him with a personalized license plate that read “Yes Ted” because it was joked that she thought that was his name. But while Lonie supported and stood by Ted for 64 years, “Yes Ted” did not emerge due to her obediently taking orders as the name could imply. Lonie spent the better part of a century saying “Yes Ted” because while at home working on a task Ted would frequently stop what he was doing to make the rounds of the house to check on everyone and see if anything was needed, so several times a day one would hear Ted say, “You OK Shoog?” (short for “sugar”) to which Lonie would reply, “Yes Ted.” Never could a man genuinely make people feel so cherished.
Thank you Merritt for filling Ted’s heart with purpose since he moved here in 1957. Many dinners went cold but he was always happy to lend his time to make a positive impact on his community and help a friend. He was an amazing role model to his children and grandchildren, a wise word to his siblings,
and a loving husband to his “Shoog.”

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