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Marie Lucie Cecile St. JohnFriday, 21 Feb 2014
It is with sadness that we tell that Marie Lucie Cecile St. John passed away Feb. 21 at the age of 82. She will be sorrowfully missed by her daughters; Marie Parent, Janet Creighton and Jill Koval, their husbands, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her cat Lily.
She is predeceased by her husband Andrew Charles St. John.
Our parents moved to Merritt over 25 years ago. They made a comfortable home for themselves and enjoyed friendships with their neighbours and co-workers.
Thank you to everyone for your kindness and support.
Elsie GraboskiThursday, 13 Feb 2014
Elsie Graboski passed away peacefully at Gilis/Coquihalla House on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her husband Nick in October 1979. Nick and Elsie moved to Merritt from Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba with their children Ron (of Rocky Mtn. House, AB) and Dorothy (of Merritt, BC) in 1956. Both were very active in the community and enjoyed curling and golf.
Elsie is survived by her son Ronald, and her daughter Dorothy, her grandchildren Corrie, Steven and Richard and her great grandchildren, Dante, Taylor and Colten who loved her dearly and will miss her deeply. At Elsie’s request there will be no memorial service. The family request that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Cancer Society of Canada.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Kamloops Cancer Clinic, Dr. & Mrs. Smit and the wonderful and caring staff of Gillis/Coquihalla House who's constant care and attention did not go unnoticed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Charan Singh SandurWednesday, 12 Feb 2014
Sardar Charan Singh Sandur of Merritt, BC passed away peacefully at Gillis House on February 12, 2014 at the age of 88.
Charan was born in Jagpalpur, Punjab, India on August 18, 1925 as the eldest child to Ragbir Singh and Tara Kaur. Thanks to the sponsorship by his sister Swarn Kaur Ghog, he left India and immigrated to Canada in 1958. Once here, Charan’s working career involved logging camps and mills around the Interior of BC. For a time he also lived in Toronto, but he always called Merritt home. Aside from friends and family, Charan’s true passion lay in horses. He was renowned for owning some of the top horses in all of Punjab. In Canada, he enjoyed going to the track to watch the horses race and spent many hours poring over sales listings looking for the perfect horse. If he wasn’t looking for horses, Charan would pass his time reading a daily newspaper from cover to cover with a cup of coffee that had a generous serving of honey. However, if you asked him what the latest news was, he’d promptly tell you to read it yourself (with a mischievous twinkle in his eye). Charan graduated from Lyallpur Khalsa College of Jalandhar in 1946 and seldom missed an opportunity to remind you of his degree status, his wealth of knowledge and the five languages he could speak. Charan never hesitated to indulge his grandchildren and always had a large bill in his wallet for a quick trip to the corner store. Charan is predeceased by his parents, wife Karam Kaur and sister Harjinder Lalli of India. He is survived by his children: sons Baldev (Balbir) Sandhur of Surrey, BC and Sukhdev (Bakhshish) Sandur of Merritt, BC, daughter Pinder (Joga) Gill of Swindon, UK and son Ravinder (Meena) Sandur of Kamloops, BC. Charan is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jajbir (Belinda) Sandhur, Parveen Sandur, Sikander (Reetu) Sandhur, Harjeet (Cindy) Sandur, Kelly (Rob) Riddell, Sultan Sandur, Anita Gill, Gurtaj Sandur and Gary Gill. He is also survived by three great- grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.
A memorial service was held on February 15, 2014 in Merritt, BC. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. McLeod and the staff at Gillis House for the care and support Charan received over the past few years. Condolences may be expressed at www.merrittfuneralchapel.com.
Marcel Roland BernierTuesday, 11 Feb 2014
Marcel Roland Bernier of Merritt, B.C. aged 72 years passed away peacefully at Coquihalla Gillis House on February 11, 2014 after a 4 year battle with cancer.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 52 years Ella May Bernier of Merritt B.C., as well as his son Brett (Jen) Bernier of Kamloops B.C , son Darrin (Dale) Bernier of Barhead Alberta , and daughter Camille (TJ) Pinyon of Merritt B.C. His grandchildren Stephanie, Dillon, Noel, Devon, Becky, Joey, Daria and Dean and great grandchildren Kian, Maxwell and Isabella. He will also be greatly missed by his brothers Philip, Dennis ,Norman , Claude , Perry and sisters Alice, Louise, and Doreen as well as many brother and sister in-laws and many nieces and nephews.
Marcel was born in Morris, Manitoba to Osias and Germaine Bernier and was raised there with his eleven siblings. He met the love of his life Ella May when he was just 15 years old and she was 13 years old..They moved to B.C. shortly after getting married on August 22, 1962. They lived in Kamloops B.C. before moving to Pritchard , B.C. in 1972 where they lived for 34 years until moving to Chase, B.C in 2006 . They resided in Chase until moving to Merritt, B.C in May 2013. Marcel spent his whole working life as a Journeyman Painter. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, darts, bingo and of course the casino. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He was also an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
He was predeceased by his dad Osias Bernier and mom Germaine Bernier, his brother Raymond, his sisters Carol and Florence and his youngest grandchild Serenity Pinyon. The family would like to thank Dr. Ross, the staff at the Nicola Valley Health Center and especially the staff and residents of the Coquihalla Gillis House for the exceptional care and love that they gave Dad not only while in palliative care but everyday that he was there visiting Mom. His final wishes were to spend his last moments with Mom at Gillis house surrounded by his loving family and the caring staff taking care of him. We are extremely touched by how his wishes were fulfilled and how at peace Dad was when he spent his final day there.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Pritchard Community Hall, 1941 Duck Range Road on Saturday February 15th at 1pm. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Marcels name to the Coquihalla Gillis House 1699 Tutill Court Merritt BC V1K 1B8.
Daryll McLeanTuesday, 04 Feb 2014
It is with sorrow that we tell you that Daryll has lost his courageous battle with cancer on February 4, 2014, He is survived by his wife Doreen, daughter Dawn (and son Cameron) Couture, sons Blair (Lisa), and Mark, brother Campbell (Peggy), and sisters Lucy (Henry) and Audrey. He is predeceased by his son Monte, brother Gordon, and sisters Stella, Iris, and Myrtle. He has many nieces and nephews. Daryll was born in Saskatchewan, the youngest of 8, and moved to BC in 1966. He had a varied career, working in plywood manufacturing, working for the City of Merritt, driving tow truck, and doing security work for a local mill. He was also self-employed, owning several different businesses. He enjoyed golfing and curling and was a member of the Rotary Club. He also served for 6 years as an alderman on Merritt's City Council. He had a zest for life and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date; time and place to be determined. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Merritt and District Hospice Society 3451 Voght Street, Merritt BC V1K 1C6.
The family would like to acknowledge the support and comfort of our many friends during the past year, and would especially recognize the following professionals: Dr. Smit, Curt Thomas, and all the devoted caring staff of Gillis House.
Gordon Thomas McPhailTuesday, 04 Feb 2014
Gordon Thomas McPhail passed away peacefully in the Royal Inland Hospital on February 4, 2014 at the age of 84. Tom was born in Belmont, Manitoba, on January 17, 1930. After farming in Manitoba and working in the forests of Northern Ontario, Tom worked his way across Canada at various jobs, including dairying in the B.C. Lower Mainland; building a retaining wall at Hell’s Gate, in the rugged Fraser Canyon; and putting up telegraph lines for CN Rail. In 1954, Tom started work for the BC Telephone Company in Kamloops, B.C. In 1958, Tom met Myrna in Merritt and the two were married in September, 1959. After a few years residing in Kamloops, Tom and Myrna moved to Merritt in 1962 where he continued to work with BC Tel and where he and Myrna owned and operated the Cottonwood Trailer Park in Lower Nicola until 2002. Tom and Myrna also ran the Cottonwood Store until the mid 1960s. Tom retired from BC Tel in 1985. During his retirement, Tom and Myrna traveled extensively throughout North America and would often spend winter months in Arizona. Tom enjoyed many activities including curling and golf; he continued to golf even last year. Tom will be lovingly remembered for his kind, gentle nature, his dry wit and wonderful sense of humor, his horsemanship, his entertaining rhymes and songs, his unwavering generosity and helpfulness. Tom is survived by his wife, Myrna, daughter, Linda Murray, son, Lowell McPhail, brother, Bob McPhail, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Tom was a hardworking and devoted family man who will be greatly missed. At his request, rather than a service there will be a celebration of his life later this year. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.
Anna-Maria KopfFriday, 31 Jan 2014
Anna-Maria Kopf of Merritt, BC aged 76 passed away peacefully and suddenly on Jan. 31, 2014.
She will be sadly missed by her
loving husband Karl Kopf as well as her daughter Peggy Copeland of Merritt, BC, daughter Debbie (Lloyd) Beeching of Canevale, Sk, son Allen Wiegand of Merritt, BC, daughter Anna Wiegand (Shawn) of Merritt, BC, stepson George (LouLou) Kopf of Langley, BC, stepdaughter Angela (Lucien) Carignan of Flower Mound, Texas. Her grandchildren: Connie, Kerrie, Jenny, Sadie, Johann, Jason, Brett, Lori-anne, Christine, Kevin, Matthew, Courtney, Lindsey. Her great grandchildren: Sunnee, Tyson, Allison, Dillon, Spencer, Alex, Logan, Tyler, Trevor with another great grandchild on the way.
She will also be sadly missed by her friends of Merritt and surrounding area. All her coffee friends who spent many hours with an open ear and heart.
Her other passion was going to bingo, visiting with more friends as well but really hoping to bring home that big one.
Other days she was home on her favorite chair crocheting many doillies and blankets for family and friends. But when it warmed up she enjoyed tending to her flowers and yard.
Anna-Maria Kopf (Schausten) was born on August 10, 1937 in Koblenz Germany. She came to Canada in 1959 to Ontario before moving to beautiful British Columbia.
Her sudden passing will be hard on many family and friends who loved her dearly even missing her favorite saying of “WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? GO FOR IT!”
A grave side service to be held at Merritt Pineridge Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at 1 pm.
William Stanley (Stan) ClarkFriday, 31 Jan 2014
On Jan. 31/2014 Stan passed away surrounded by loved ones.
He was born in Kerrobert, SK, his family moved to Ontario when he was young. There he met his wife of 57 years, Laura Mitchell (1925 - 2001), their love resulted in six children. Garry Clark (1946-1992), Geri McKenna (Gary), Bill Clark (Jeannie), Jo Atkinson (Scott), Stanley Clark (Ang), Fay Clark. Stan worked in mining, starting in the Gold mine on McKenzie Island moving to Elliot Lake, Sudbury and northern Quebec. In 1966 he moved his family west to Merritt, BC where he worked at Craigmont Mine then transferred to Gibraltar in Williams Lake, retiring at the age of 62. Stan and Laura were snowbirds, living in Meza, AZ part of each year. After Laura’s passing, Stan continued going south where he met his second wife, Josie Spalinger, they were together 8 years till her passing.
Stan’s passions were camping, snowmobiling and travel. He loved family gatherings the most. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, started the Coquihalla Good Sam’s RV Club and loved tinkering in his shop. While camping he met his companion of this past year, Rose Moldowan. Our Dad was a kind man with a gleam in his eye, a witty comment and a grin. He would often say “I am a Lucky Guy”.
He will be greatly missed by his 5 children, 11 Grand- children, 19 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild and all his family and many friends.
Service to be held at the Trinity United Church, Quilchena Ave. Merritt, BC on Feb. 08 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
George WrightWednesday, 22 Jan 2014
George Wesley Wright was born in Viking Alberta on the 3rd day of October, 1923. He grew up in Edmonton, where he lived until he joined the RCAF in 1942. He trained as a rear gunner and was based in England, returning to Edmonton in 1946. He became an air traffic controller working his way up to the supervisor position in the Calgary International Airport. He retired to his farm in Makwa Saskatchewan in 1980. George traveled extensively in the winter months, his favourite spot was on the Sunshine coast of Australia. After a long battle with cancer he found he could no longer tolerate the long flights, so he picked Merritt for his winter abode. He loved it here and often declared himself a lucky man. This past October he celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends. George passed away quietly at home on Wednesday, the 22nd of January. He is survived by his wife Marilyn and sister Bette Christensen, seven children, eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He will be missed by all.
James Garratt Wells CaprianSunday, 19 Jan 2014
The Caprian Family respectfully announce that James Garratt Wells Caprian born on November 16th 1957 has passed away on January 19, 2014.
"CHINUM" Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.