Drew, Arthur

Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Drew, Arthur

Arthur Edmund Drew of Kamloops BC passed away on May 6, 2009 at 77 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Elsie Jean Drew, daughter Laurie (Rollie) Poissant of Kamloops, and son Clayton Drew of Kamloops.
He will also be missed by his grandchildren Sean Poissant, Brianne Poissant and Heather Oleson; great-granddaughter Eva Poissant; brother Frank Drew; and nephew Johny (Norma) Hunter and niece Karen Hunter.
He was predeceased by his sister Alta (Walter) Sigfusson, sister Gereldene (Norm) Renstrom, sister Marion (Red) Hunter, and brother Mel Drew.
Art came to Kamloops and worked as a body shop apprentice and later owned a body shop in Vernon. He became an Insurance Adjuster for U.A.B. and I.A.C. Art started Yellowhead Used Car and Auto Parts and owned it for many years. He sold Yellowhead and then went back to U.A.B. as a manager until he retired in 1991. He and Elsie were then able to travel to Yuma Arizona for 14 years, enjoying happy hours on the deck, sunsets and golf.
The Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.
Donations in Art’s memory may be made to the Parkinson Society Canada, 316-4211 Yonge St., Toronto ON M2P 2A9.
Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family from
www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Gill, William G.

Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Gill, William G.

William G. Gill
passed away quietly Tuesday, May 6, 2009
at Kamloops Hospice after complications
with cancer. His passing was preceded by his wife Evelyn earlier this year in March 2009.
Born in York Township Ontario, September 16, 1933 and moved to BC later in the late 1940’s, where he lived in Vancouver and finally moved to the North Thompson in 1981, where he worked for Barriere Auto parts . He worked most of his life as a mechanic, always doing something with his hands, and also enjoyed his guitar and music. A generous quiet man who was always there to help others and will always be remembered by the wonderful things he built from scratch. He is survived by his three sons Ed, Rob and Dave, daughters-in-law Karen and Wanda, his grandchildren Ryan, Amanda, Nicole and Dustin, his recent great-grandchildren Nicolas and Katie, brother Burt and sisters Marlene and Shirley.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Gill’s home #68 2401 Ord Rd Kamloops BC, (Brock Estates) on May 23rd from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Family wishes to thank the nursing staff of 6 South, the wonderful staff at Kamloops Hospice, Dr. Maclaren and all the doctors and staff at the Kamloops Cancer Clinic who helped Dad during his illness, and
Schoening’s for their assistance.

Broder, Joseph

Monday, 04 May 2009
Broder, Joseph

Joseph Broder, of Kamloops BC, peacefully left us on Monday, May 4th, 2009 at Royal Inland Hospital.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Jean, daughter Terica (Larry) Hanna of Kamloops, son Thomas (Kristy) Broder of Harrogate BC, granddaughters Amber Black of Kamloops and Josephene Broder of Harrogate BC, brother Eugene (Sherann) Broder of Vancouver, niece Andrea Broder of Vancouver, nephew Darren (Mary) Broder and their children Linden, Conrad and Holland of Vancouver BC, as well as many relations in Central and Western Canada.
He was predeceased by his mother Anastasia “Nellie” Broder, and father Michael Joseph Broder.
Joseph was born on his father’s farm near Arran Saskatchewan on September 18, 1933. He helped his parents run the farm and attended school in Arran. He regularly attended Vesna Ukrainian Catholic Church, as Joseph’s family were dedicated to his Ukrainian heritage. His family moved to Little Fort BC in 1948. His father secured employment with CN Rail, as section foreman at McMurphy. His mother passed shortly thereafter, leaving Joseph and Eugene to be raised by their Aunt Mary and Uncle Steve Kurylowich, while the boys attended school. Being very musical, Joseph was well known throughout the North Thompson Valley for his group called Joe’s Trio, which consisted of Joseph on accordion, Harold Princehouse on guitar, Louis Latremouille on fiddle, and later, Jean on guitar/vocals. They performed for many weddings and special occasions. Joseph also participated on local hockey and baseball teams. On July 20th, 1957, Joseph and Jean (nee Miller) were joined in Holy Matrimony by Father Quigley in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Little Fort. In that same year, Joseph was hired by CN Rail as ballast inspector at Boulder BC. He and his new wife Jean resided in Little Fort until 1960 when they moved to Blue River where Joseph continued his railway career as car checker. In 1962, Joseph and Jean made a joyous trip to Vancouver to adopt a beautiful new daughter, Terica Lynn. That year they moved to Kamloops, where Joseph continued with CN Rail as a ticket agent. In 1966 Joseph and Jean were overjoyed with the birth of their son, Thomas Eugene. They also cared for several foster children for many years. During this time, they had many family outings at local area lakes, where they fished and camped. Joseph, having been raised on a farm, enjoyed cultivating a beautiful garden and giving care to several critters, which he loved. In 1991, after 34 years with CN Rail, Joseph retired. Shortly thereafter, Joseph was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, requiring him to become dependent on his close family for his activities of daily living. His mobility, though restricted, was still enjoyed by home entertainment and going on family outings. He remained in the loving care of his family until his journey was complete.
A Celebration of Life for Joseph will be held in September. In lieu of flowers, Joseph asked that donations in his memory be made to the Parkinson Society Canada, 316-4211 Yonge St., Toronto ON M2P 2A9.
Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577
Condolences may be emailed to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Rodrigue, Charles (Chuck)

Sunday, 03 May 2009
Rodrigue, Charles (Chuck)

Rodrigue
On May 3, 2009 in Edmonton Mr. Charles (Chuck) Rodrigue of Barriere passed away at the age of 75 years. He is survived by his best friend and wife Lillian, sons Mark (Jenny) of Edmonton, Chris (Cheryel) and Mike both of Kamloops and his daughters Colette (Rene) of Vancouver and Marilyn (Stan) of Kamloops, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves to cherish his memory, brother Lory (Jeanne) of Kamloops, sister Virginia Neish of Abbotsford, brother-in-law Harold (Marilyn) Oliver and family of Vinsula and Jeanette Wilson.
Chuck worked for Balco for 33 years then Tolko at Louis Creek for 12 years. He took great pride in the achievements of his children and grandchildren. Chuck loved the great outdoors.
A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held in the Schoening Funeral Chapel on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. If friends desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation: 203-635 Victoria Street, Kamloops B.C. V2C 2B3 in memory of Chuck would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Schoening Funeral Service, 513 Seymour Street in care of arrangements.

Peel, Liam

Friday, 01 May 2009

I am free on the wind
catching a ride
to the other side of the mountain

Do not weep for me
I am on fresh lines
eternal shredding
to the other side of the mountain

Do not weep for me
I am free in God’s great place
doing flips
to the other side of the mountain.

Liam was born in Kamloops, BC, on February 14, 1990. He is survived by his loving parents, Kim and Phyllis Peel, his sister Madeline, his grandparents, Fern Simonson and Bill and Joan Peel, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and his friends.
A Prayer service will be held for Liam at 4:00 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 at Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Dr.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the SPCA as Liam loved all God’s critters.

Personal Alternative Funeral Service
(250) 554-2324

Ziebart, Isadore (Ike)

Friday, 01 May 2009
Ziebart, Isadore (Ike)

On Friday May 1, 2009, Mr. Isadore “Ike” Ziebart of Kamloops, B.C passed away peacefully at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his loving partner Ruth, daughter Georgia, 2 sons; Leonard (Leslie) and Greg (Janet) and his 3 grandchildren; Colin, Sean and Landis as well as 2 step- grandchildren; Sheena and Brandie. Ike was predeceased by his wife Alex in 1995 and all of his siblings.
Ike was born in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan and moved to Kamloops in the 50’s. He started in the restaurant business and then moved into the excavating industry before finally settling into electronics. He enjoyed woodworking, dancing and socializing with friends. Over the years Ike fought numerous battles with cancer.
Prayers will be recited at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ike’s memory may be made to the Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Cres. South, Kamloops, B.C V2E 2S9, RIH Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, B.C V2C 2T1 or the Canadian Cancer Society, Unit 111, 450 Lansdowne St., Kamloops, B.C. V2C1Y3.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
www.schoenings.com
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the kindness and compassionate care extended to Ike and his family by the staff of 3 West and 7 North at Royal Inland Hospital as well as the staff at Hospice.
Service arrangements entrusted to
Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454

Harrison, Richard (Dick) Montague

Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009
Harrison, Richard (Dick) Montague

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard (Dick) Montague Harrison on April 29, 2009 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C. Dick was born on August 4, 1926 in Sudbury, West Suffolk, England. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy of 48 years, his children Rosalee (Glenn) Johnson, Donna Fraser, Edward (Patty) Smith of Big Lake, BC and Jim (Brenda) Harrison, his grandchildren; Brent Fraser, Russ (Jaime) Salonen of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Jennifer (Scott) Macfarlane, Tara-Jean (Bill) Dick, Spencer and Bradley Harrison and Dallas, Eric and Stephanie Smith as well as his great granddaughter Reese Salonen; and also his brother John Harrison of Enderby, BC. Dick was a loving father and grandfather to all of us and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Dick was predeceased by his parents Montague and Audrey Harrison.
Dick came to Canada as an 11 month old baby and grew up on a ranch on the One Mile Valley near Princeton, BC. He went to Chesterfield School for boys in North Vancouver, BC, and then joined the army in January of 1945; being the end of the war he never went overseas. Dick sold the ranch on the One Mile and moved to Louis Creek, BC in 1950 where he ranched until 1965 and then moved to Westsyde with a young family. He worked in laying pipe for a large area of North Kamloops and went on to run various heavy equipment while road building and dam building at Red Pass on the Yellowhead Highway, Mica Dam at Revelstoke, Fleur Utah at Port Hardy, Highland Valley, Brenda Mines and also worked on crusher jobs for the railway on various job sites throughout the province. Upon his retirement Dick was an avid photographer, and fisherman and enjoyed his many friends whether he was out having coffee, walking and or riding his bike. Dick was an active member of the Union of Operating Engineers Local 115, he was on the Barriere School Board and was a Charter member of the Barriere Legion Branch 242.
From cowboy to road builder.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 364 Fortune Drive, Kamloops BC. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Suite 201 – 635 Victoria Street, Kamloops BC V2C 2B3; 250-372-3938.

Croucher, Gordon

Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009
Croucher, Gordon

Gordon Croucher passed away at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC on April 28, 2009.
He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey, daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Dennis Hall, grandson Bryce Hall and brother Syd. He is survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and Kimberley Hall and Bridget Croucher, niece Murielle Simpson (daughter, Sharlene (Darren) Mcllwain and special great, great nephew Kyle), nephews David Simpson, Allan Oram and their families.
A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday May 30th at 1:00 pm at the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive.
Kamloops Funeral Home
(250) 554-2257

Fontana, Francesco (Frank)

Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009
Fontana, Francesco (Frank)

With great sadness we announce the passing of Francesco “Frank” Fontana on April 28, 2009. He leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Leela; sons Pasquale (Karen), Angelo (Donnie), Sandro (Karen) and daughter Rose (Wayne) Mercer; grandchildren Marco (Jen), Riis, Kenny, Frankie, Brylee, Dante; sister Carmela (Fortunato) Vetere; sisters in law Usha (K. Munusamy), Leta (Arthur) Betts and in Singapore, Geeta (S. Sudhakaran); nephews Joe, Prasad; nieces Josey (Paul) Fischer, Lucy, Vathsala; grand nephew Noah and other extended family members in Ontario and Italy and numerous friends everywhere.
Francesco was predeceased by his parents Pasquale and Rosa Fontana.
Francesco was born on August 7, 1936 in Grimaldi, Cosenza, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1966 with his family, settling down in Kamloops. He first worked at Balco Sawmill in Louis Creek, and later at Canadian Forces Base locations in Mt. Lolo and Chilliwack, retiring in 1995. Frank had a great connection with people and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Prayers will be recited at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. The Reverend Father Vernantius Ononiwu will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the cathedral on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the family plot, Hillside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Francesco’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5V7 or any other charity.
On-line condolences may be expressed at
www.schoenings.com.
Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, 250–374–1454.

Croucher, Gordon Leslie

Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009
Croucher, Gordon Leslie

Gordon Croucher passed away at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC on April 28, 2009.
He was predeceased by his wife, Audrey, daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Dennis Hall, grandson Bryce Hall and brother Syd. He is survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and Kimberley Hall and Bridget Croucher, niece Murielle Simpson (daughter, Sharlene [Darren] McIlwain and special great, great nephew Kyle), nephews David Simpson, Allan Oram and their families.
Gordon was born May 19, 1930 in Windsor, Ont. and grew up in the Chatham, Ont. area. He joined the Army Reserves in 1945, the regular Army in 1948 and saw action in Korea with the PPCLI and Cyprus with the RCE. In later years, he became a newspaper photographer. He married Audrey on January 11, 1952 and after living in different parts of the country with the Services, they retired to Knouff Lake and later to Kamloops. Gordon was a long time member of the Anavets, Legion and Korea Veterans Association.  He loved dogs and cats and took care of many SPCA animals. He also belonged to the Heffley Creek Gun Club.
The family wishes to sincerely thank his Cumberland Avenue neighbours for all of their help over the years, Martin and his care workers at “Nurse Next Door” for their assistance over the past six months and the Doctors and Hospital staff at R.I.H. 3 West for the care and compassion Gordon received while hospitalized.
Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Kamloops Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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