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    Ford, John Hector

    Friday, 22 Aug 2014

    It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Hector Ford. John passed away peacefully on August 22nd, 2014 in Ashcroft at the age of 82 years.
    John was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth in 1992, and his brother Don several years ago. He is survived by his one daughter and five sons, and their families.
    John moved to Ashcroft from Northern Alberta in 2010 to be closer to his family. He was a rancher for most of his life, having farmed over the years in the Armstrong area, Merritt, and in Alberta. He was a longtime member and supporter of the CSSM Churches, and had also participated in many local farm fairs and 4H events over the years. He had a great love of horses, especially Clydesdales, and enjoyed all aspects or caring for them. He had a great enthusiasm for riding.
    The last few years had been difficult for John as he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease. He went into care in Kamloops in August 2013, and was then moved to Jackson House in Ashcroft in May of 2014. The care he received during this time has been exceptional. The family would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff who have been involved this last while in assisting John.
    Visitation for John will be held from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 27th from the chapel of Thompson Valley Funeral Home Ltd. In Ashcroft.
    Funeral Services will follow at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 28th from the Sage Hills Evangelical Free Church in Ashcroft with a reception after in the church lower auditorium. Burial will take place that afternoon at the Hullcar Cemetery in Enderby.
    Donations in memory of John may be made to the CSSM “One Hope” Bible Camps – General Camps
    189 Henderson Hwy. Winnipeg MB R2L 1L7 Online condolences may be left at www.tvfh.ca

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    Patrick King

    Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patrick King in Kelowna BC on August 12,2014 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Pat was born to William & Gertrude King in Southeast Placentia, Newfoundland on August 2,1942. He married the love
    of his life Geraldine on
    October 5, 1964 and
    raised two wonderful sons. He spent his lifetime Mining, working in both Labrador and B.C., retiring from Highland Valley Copper in April 2004 after 30 years. In the early years, he spent his spare time coaching minor hockey and softball. Pat’s zest for life and his sense of humor will be dearly missed.
    He touched the hearts and lives of all who knew him. Pat was an avid golfer and spent many happy hours on the golf course.
    Left to mourn his passing, wife Geraldine of 49 years, sons John (Leslie) and Randy (Connie); his brothers William (Jean), Joe (Theresa), Don (Theresa), Mark (Mary), Gerry (Paula); his sisters Maureen (Gerald), Anne Marie (Ernie), Claire (Phil) and Kelly (Dave), sister in laws Shirley, Kathy, Ursula (Allan), Anne Marie (Al) and Stella (Tommy) and numerous nieces , nephews and friends.
    Pat was predeceased by his parents William and Gertrude King, his sister Rose, his brothers Rick and Dan, father and mother in law John and Mary Anne Cochrane and bother in laws Thomas and Gerard Cochrane.
    The Reverend Father Kenneth Anoruo will Celebrate Pat’s Life on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Saint Michael’s Church, Logan Lake.
    Should friends desire, donations to the Canada Cancer Society in memory of Pat would be appreciated.
    Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 250-374-1454.

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    Grenville Lewis (LOU) Budd “The Candy Man”

    Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014

    Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Dec 11th 1926.
    Looking to put a smile on someone’s face “Lou” was always willing to hand you a candy and would make sure he had several varieties just so that you would get just the right kind you liked. If that wasn’t enough, you just needed to look up to his bright blue eyes and see that contagious smile.
    That’s the part we his loving family: his wife (Lynn) for 64 years, their sons and their wife’s and grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss the most! That permanent contagious smile and good humor that really defined who LOU was.
    On Aug 12th 2014 the Lord smiled back at Lou for all the volunteering he did and the smiles he shared and brought him home.
    We would like to say a special thank you to: Dr Bester, the staff at the Florentine and Gillis house for the loving care given Lou.
    So in lieu of flowers, hand out a candy to a stranger/friend and share a warm smile in memory of Lou.

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    James Punch

    Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014

    James Punch passed away peacefully at Gillis House in Merritt, BC on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at the age of 91 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eileen; his children Kenneth Punch (Cynde), Joan Skuggedal (Glenn), Susan Peachey, David Punch, Marian Punch (Joshua); his grandchildren James (CoriLynn), Jeffrey, and Aaron Skuggedal, Samantha and Connor Punch, Kayla and Jodie Peachey: his great-granddaughter, Anna; and his older brother, Mike Punch in Barry, Ontario. James is predeceased by his parents, Alex and Mary, and his brothers, John and Dan. He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all his family and many friends from Nova Scotia to BC.
    James grew up in Antigonish, NS. He joined the army in 1942 and fought in Italy and Holland during WWII. After the war he eventually settled in Kitimat, BC where he worked at Alcan and met his wife, Eileen. In 1970 they moved to Prince George and James worked as a millwright at the Canfor Pulpmill until 1988. James, or “Sweet Jimmy” to many who knew him, was a hard- working man, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a helpful neighbour, and a generous soul to many different organizations. He was an active member of the Legion and volunteered every year during the poppy campaign. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Parish and volunteered many hours at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Prince George. An avid sports fan and outdoors-man, James was a goal judge for the local hockey teams and spent many summers fishing at his favourite spot at Nulki Lake. The last six years were challenging for Jim after he broke his hip. He moved to Merritt to be closer to family and spent the last 18 months of his life at the Gillis House Care Home. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff who cared for him.
    A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Merritt Lawn Bowling Club at 2050 Merritt Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local St Vincent de Paul Society or Salvation Army.

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    Mike Mitchell

    Thursday, 07 Aug 2014

    On Thursday August 7,2014, Mike passed away after a short courageous battle with cancer. Born in
    St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on August
    3, 1957, Mike moved to Merritt where he
    had many friends that considered him part of their families.
    Mike wore many hats from babysitter to carpenter labourer. Uncle and most of all a very dear friend who would give you all he had or help out in any way he could. Maybe it was an ear to listen or a place to stay, he was always the first to offer help. As our children grew up, Uncle Mike would keep an eye out for them when they were out and about. Mike is predeceased by his mother Mary and his father Louie. He leaves behind his sisters, Barbara (Calgary) and Beverly (Calgary) and brothers Allan (Vancouver) and Bob (Calgary) and numerous adopted nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice in Mike's Name.
    A celebration of life will be held behind Lake View Gas station in Quilchena on Saturday August 16, 2014 (weather permitting). It will be a potluck dinner so bring your favorite dishes and lawn chairs.
    For more information please call 250-315-4966 or 250-378-2107

  • Wm. Claude Boone

    Monday, 04 Aug 2014

    Wm. Claude Boone
    Born Mar. 28, 1936 Claude went to be with Jesus on Aug. 4, 2014. His birthplace was Edmonton Alberta. During his time at the University of Alberta he received his military training since he was a student of engineering.
    After marrying Norma Holmes they moved to Merritt, B.C. joining his father and together they established the company of CW Boone & Son. Many years later when his father retired other partners came into the business and the name was changed to Copper Valley Mechanical Contractors. After over 33 years in the trades and in business he transitioned to the local school district and was responsible for mechanical upkeep of all the schools in district #58.Two children were born to him: Quentin and Naomi. His life was wrapped up in serving God through Crossroads Community Church and raising the children. Family were his top priority after his commitments to God through the local church. He was a great planner and worked on organizing and seeing to conclusion every building improvement including the building of two churches until a short time ago when his health would not permit him to any longer. He was a heritage builder.
    He was a board member of CCC for over 40 years, taught Sunday school, hosted and taught home groups for the strengthening of people.
    Claude enjoyed camping, especially fishing, water skiing, and having the family gatherings especially outdoors. He was an avid reader.
    His community involvements were: board member of the Credit Union, Executive of the Figure Skating Club and many others involving the general education of his children and many of their friends and associates.
    When we were privileged to have grandchildren his devotion to them was the same. He loved them and was so proud of their progress and achievements. He helped them in achieving their goals by a positive `yes you can do it`, word of encouragement and prayed always for the whole family.
    Left to mourn his loss are: wife Norma and her sisters May and Bea and brother Earl, sister Clara Norgaard, nieces and nephews, children Quentin (Debra), Naomi (Bob), grandchildren: Charis (Dave), Carter (Sam), Aaron (Melissa), Brittaney (Kris). Great grandchildren are: Issac, Dallas, and Zephaniah. The child that is to be born to Aaron and Melissa in Oct will be the fourth great grandchild.
    Psalm 139:16 ``All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.``
    A service will be held at Crossroads Church on Friday August 8th at 2:00 pm.

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    Kerry Richard Ashley

    Monday, 04 Aug 2014

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kerry Richard Ashley on August 4th 2014 at the age of 66 years.
    Kerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife Waylene, daughter Lisa, son Mark, sister Karen Ebbett (Jim) and two nieces Rachel and Melanie Ebbett as well as many family and friends.
    He is predeceased by his father Richard (Dick) Fogden Ashley (2003) his mother, Eileen Flora Ashley (2013) and brother Karl (1954).
    Kerry was born in Merritt in 1948 and lived all his life here except to go to BCIT.
    He then returned and worked over 40 years at what is now Tolko Industries Ltd.
    Kerry was a avid hockey fan and could be found at the rink when not at home. With his love for hockey he volunteered for different positions including coaching, safety, 1st aid and ref. Being a ref was what he like best. Kerry was a ref for over 30 years. He also sat on the Merritt Minor Hockey Executive for a few years. Kerry was also one of the security for Merritt Centennials you could always find him at the players gate talking with the players. He also volunteered with Merritt Minor Lacrosse as 1st aid for the players. At times Kerry just loved to get away and relax at these times you could find him camping at Monck Park also one of his favourites.
    A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 11:00am at St. Michael's Anglican Church. Tea to follow in the hall.
    In lieu of donations please consider giving a unit of blood in Kerry's memory.
    on-line condolences may be expressed at www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com

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    Bill Jones

    Friday, 25 Jul 2014

    William John (Bill) Jones passed away suddenly on the Coquihalla Highway, between Merritt and Kelowna on Friday afternoon, July 25, 2014 at the age of 75 years.
    Born in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan on February 14, 1939. Bill lived a full and active life, gaining great respect in the Province for his work ethic in the Construction Industry. Bill started running big equipment at the age of 15, he was a member of the Operating Engineer Local 115 since 1963, having worked on Mica Dam, Revelstoke Dam, Coquihalla, Fort Nelson, and everywhere between. He was a great operator, as well a good Foreman, believed in being fair with the men, who all where friends.
    In his younger years Bill was an avid water skier, Downhill snow skier, curler, and faithful with his boys on the waters of Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake. Driving and mileage was a passion, trips to Arizona, Alaska, Florida, the Coastal area of our large Province could be done with no warning or hesitation.
    He leaves his two sons, Keith (Vivienne) and Kyle, grandchildren, Kayleen (21), Rayanne(15) and Janelle (10) and a host of friends.
    Cremation with a family graveside service will be held in the family plot at Solsqua Cemetery, Sicamous, BC.
    On line email condolences may be sent to Bill’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
    Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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    Johannes Post

    Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

    Johannes Post
    October 10, 1935 - July 22, 2014
    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 that 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 five 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, coworker 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.
    Life Celebration Memorial Service, July 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm, Merritt Civic Centre. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.merrittfuneralchapel.com. Service arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Chapel (250) 378-2141.

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    Albert Michael Kosolofski

    Saturday, 19 Jul 2014

    Kosolofski, Albert Michael
    Nov. 5, 1951 - July 19, 2014
    Albert passed away rather unexpectedly due to a heart attack at the place he most enjoyed, Merritt Speedway.
    Albert was predeceased by Dad- Sol and niece Heather.
    Alberta is survived by Mom(Frances) Rick(Marlene) Joan(Garth) Len, Earl(Margret) Gord(Shannon) Robert, Mel(Cheryl) also by nieces and nephews. Christine(Steve) Matt(Debbie-Piper-Sawyer) Mike(Sheila) Tammy(Tristan-Lisa-William-Michael) Alicia, Kyle, Natasha (John-Adaya-Owen) and Rachel(Nick)
    Albert especially enjoyed he times he spent with his nieces and nephews. Always helping out whenever asked. Albert also enjoyed being behind the wheel of a good drive, be it a car, truck or motorcycle. Albert’s need for speed and daring saw him running the 1/4 mile in a dragster to the demolition derby and also to the oval at Merritt Speedway, where his “go for it” led him to many races and awards.
    Albert the “Palm Tickler” will be greatly missed.
    A big thank you to the staff of the Merritt Speedway, paramedics and Merritt Hospital staff. Also Suzzanne and Bill Fader for all the help they have given.
    A funeral service for Albert will be held at Sacred Heart church at 11am August 2, 2014. A special tribute to Albert will take place at the Merritt Speedway on August 2 prior to the start of racing, just as he would have liked.