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    Roy Robert Shumard

    Thursday, 09 Apr 2015

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son, husband, brother, uncle and great friend on Thursday April 9, 2015 due to a tragic accident getting ready to do something he loved. Roy will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 10 years Jaime and children Dallas, Dakota and Xni, father and mother Art and Carleen Shumard, sister Kareena (Paul), nephew Tyler and neice Dani and too many friends and family to name.
    Roy was born in Merritt and made his life in Merritt, touching many along his way. He worked 15 years at Tolko Mill and enjoyed quadding, fishing, camping, watching sports and hunting. Roy enjoyed time with his family and friends and loved to tease and joke around.
    A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society as it was a cause close to his heart as it effected those close to him.

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    Linda Marlene Gropp

    Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

    Mom passed away on April 8th, with her husband Karl, and children Cheryl and Steve, by her side.
    Linda was born in Lethbridge, AB and raised in Radium Hot Springs, BC, where she met her husband of 45 years. She and Karl ventured west in hopes of a new life and settled into the Nicola Valley in1976. As a long time resident of Merritt, Mom busied herself with the activities and lifestyle that Merritt had to offer. She volunteered many hours to her children’s schools and sports, and is most fondly remembered for the meals offered to any that arrived at her table. Linda made lifelong friendships through coaching and leadership, Beta Sigma Phi, bowling, slo pitch, and her love of golf. She showed great relief in spending her final days with the family she grew to love at Gillis House, where she worked for more than 20 years as a Long Term Care Aide.
    Linda was predeceased by her Father, Henry Ell, and sister, Norma. She is survived by her husband Karl, children Cheryl (Jeff) and Steve (Michelle), and grandchildren Cameron, Kole, Evin and Gabe, as well as her Mother, Lillian, brother, Dale and nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of cards and flowers, donations in Linda’s name can be made to Gillis House Palliative Care suite. Mom did not want a funeral. Please join us in an open house Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 3, at the Merritt Seniors Center. “Tea with Linda” will be served from 12:00-2:00.

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    Russell Steven Turchak

    Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015

    It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my dad (Gramps "T").
    He passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep. Thanks to the alert from the nursing staff at Gillis House. I was able to be by my dad's side one last time. With his amazing knowledge and carpentry skills, he is without a doubt, in god's "Workshop" doing what he loved to do. I am left to treasure the memories we made over the years. Playing BINGO and having lunches together at Nicola Meadows and just hanging together, shootin the breeze. Going to town for a coffee, greeting people and pets along the way. We are going to miss you dad at the dinner table. He lived a long and happy life arid touched many along the way. He leaves behind: Steve Turchak (Melda), Karen McDonald (Russell). Grand Kids, Cody (Devin), Shane, Jord (Amy) Danika, Colby, Jarrett and Tanner.
    Love you to the Moon and Back Dad.
    Shelly, Laurier, Kyle & Aaron Montreuil xoxo
    A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

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    Reginald Vernon McDonald

    Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015

    A family man with four children, a retired company man with over 45 years in the wholesale food business with W.H.Malkin Ltd (later Kelly Douglas), an oil painter of imaginative creations, an avid photographer of the outdoors, a golfer, a lacrosse player for the Kamloops Clippers in his early years, and in his heart - forever a cowboy - stemming from his early days growing up in the Nicola Valley where his great grandparents emigrated from Italy and homesteaded Diamondvale Ranch and later owned and operated a general store in Merritt, B.C. - Reginald Vernon (Vern) McDonald, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2015 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria; his two loving daughters, Cheryl Leslie Marie McDonald, a Registered Nurse and strong advocate for his care and comfort, and Francis Kim Tremblay, a social services facilitator, were at his side. Vern’s two boys, Reginald Michael McDonald, a practicing architect, and Carman Bradford McDonald, operating partner of an independent food store, together with his wife and many family members, their spouses and his grandchildren stood by him in his final days in hospital.
    Earlier this year, in February, Vern and his bride, Hazel Shirley Mary (Okipski), celebrated 61 years of marriage together with their family at a wonderful dinner party out on the town. At 84, Vern lived a long and full life - if you knew him, then you would know his handsome smile. He will be missed and to his family, he will always be dad, grandpa and loving husband - rest in peace. Condolences may be offered to the family at www. mccallbros.com
    McCall’s of Victoria, BC (1-800-870-4210)

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    Victor Harry Dadswell

    Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015

    With great sadness we announce the passing of our Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, Victor Dadswell on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Coquihalla-Gillis House,
    Merritt, BC.
    He will be lovingly
    remembered by his
    wife Sharon of 52 years;
    Daughter Susan & Son
    Terry; his Mother Mae; Brothers: Barry & Kevin (Bonnie); Sisters: Iris & Sharon (Dwayne), Brother-in-law Larry (Jeri). Granddaughters: Amanda (Sean), Sherry & Laura. Great Grandsons: Brandon, Daniel & Sean; many nieces, nephews, friends & neighbours.
    He was predeceased by his Father Victor, Step- Mother Joyce, Brothers: Ray & Dennis. Daughter: Cheryl; Nephews: Denny, Raymond, & Michael.
    Vic was born in Kenora, Ontario and moved to BC as an infant. He lived a long life and touched many along the way. He worked many years in various mills as a welder. Vic had a passion with boats. He enjoyed fishing, camping & gardening. He spent his retirement building wooden model boats and also the many walks with his faithful Golden Retriever “Goldie”.
    The family would like to give a Special thanks to Dr Bester, the Staff at Nicola Valley Hospital, Nicola Valley Home Care and Staff at Gillis/Coquihalla House for their care and support.
    A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Christina Yvonne Carla Ehl (nee Elsener)

    Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015

    It is with great sadness that the family of Christina Yvonne Carla Ehl announces that our beloved matriarch of the family has passed away after a long illness.
    Christina's family, her husband Charlie, her children, Elsie (Jim), Keith (Irene), Carl (Lorette), Eleanor (Steve), Linda (Dave), grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her sisters, Barbara, Anna and Betty and many nieces and nephews will miss her. Her ability to accept us for who we are and love us unconditionally, taught us how to live and love.
    Family and friends will miss the great meals and coffee chats at her home, and the laughter that always accompanied those occasions. Memories of Christina's love of cooking, canning, sewing, knitting, gardening and card games will remain with us. Christina was a long term resident of Merritt and loved exploring the area on day trips and camping by the lakes in the local area. Her grandchildren always loved spending time with her as there was lots of spoiling to go with the visit.
    The family would like to thank Dr. Smit, Dr. Bester and the wonderful staff at Nicola Valley Health Centre and Gillis/Coquihalla House for all the support and care they gave to Christina and our family during her long illness.
    Though we miss Christina, we have lots of memories of her love to comfort us.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  • Hank (Henry) McEwan

    Sunday, 22 Mar 2015

    “The Man with the Mountains in his Eyes”
    Hank rode across “The Great Divide” on Sunday, March 22 in the hills he loved.
    He leaves behind his partner Susanna Hobbs, Daughter Marny McEwan and her husband Pete, Sister Doris Morton, nephews and their families, friends from all over this world and his beloved horse, mule and dogs.
    He was Hank, the Horseshoer. He lent a hand to anyone who needed help and wanted to learn. He was a master Farrier and taught the Farrier pro- gram at he Polytechnic Universities in California, Kelowna, and Langley at the Kwantlen University for forty years and shod horses for sixty five years. He was an honoured member of the Canadian and American Farriers Associations. Inducted into the International Horse Shoeing Hall of Fame 2003.
    Hank shod his last horse this past November and we headed to the hills for his last ride. He volunteered his whole life and was a valuable member of the Back Country Horsemen of B.C.
    There will be a celebration of his well lived life on Friday, May 1 at 2 pm Newlands Golf Course - 21025 48th Ave., in Langley, BC
    His ashes will be spread in his beloved Ashonola Mountains.
    If you care to, his request was any donations to Angels Animal Rescue Society charity in Merritt, BC would be appreciated.
    A Native American Prayer
    I give to you this one thought to keep I am with you still, I do not sleep,
    I am the thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grains,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the mornings hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone,
    I am with you still in each new dawn.

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    Rita Rizzardo

    Saturday, 21 Mar 2015

    Rita (nee Pellizzari) was born in San Zenone, Treviso, Italy. She married Luigi in 1948. They both worked in Italy and Switzerland before immigrating to Canada, with two young boys on October, 1953, settling and working in Berthierville, Quebec. In early 1956 Rita and Luigi moved to Vancouver, by train with a newborn and
    two toddlers. Rita was quite resourceful and was able to contribute to the family by not only being a fantastic mom and wife, but she made all the kids’ clothes, took on boarders, and developed a fantastic vegetable garden.
    Rita passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She is survived by her sons Frank (Almerina), Marc (Vicky), daughter Lorraine (Dennis), daughter-in-law Linda (Larry), sister-in-law Antonietta, brother-in-law Pedro, 12 grand- children: Greg, Michelle (Trevor), Simon (Candice), Aaron (Shirin), Bryan (Anna), Tyson,(Vion) Diane, Beth, Kate, Nico, Ryan, Hannah; 8 great grand-children: Luca, Cora, Nolan, Bryson, Alicia, Arianna, Hunter and Rilo. All have brought great joy and a smile to her face. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Luigi; Roger, her eldest son; her siblings: Virginia, Angelo and Giacomo; and her two step- sisters Angelina and Anna.
    She has spent the past few years living at the Florentine Senior’s Residence in Merritt, BC. where she and Luigi received excellent care.
    Prayers will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Vancouver, BC on Friday, March 27 at 5pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi church. There will be a reception following internment at Ocean View Cemetery. The reception will be announced after the church service.
    In lieu of flowers Rita specified she would prefer a donation to either; To the BC Children’s hospital or the Arthritis Society of BC.

  • Hans Horst Maier

    Friday, 20 Mar 2015

    Born 10th Feb. 1937 Schwetzingen, Germany
    Passed away 20th March, 2015 Merritt, B.C.
    Beloved , Husband, Father and Grandfather.
    Survived by loving wife of 56 years - Helene, Son, Fritz (Linda), Daughters; Petra (Murray), Susanne (Todd), grandchildren; Jennifer, Curtis, Kristen, Justin, Kelsey, Clint, Rikki and Wacey
    A life well lived. Hans touched many lives along the way. He will be sorely missed.
    In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
    Service will be held at St. Michaels Anglican Church at 2:00 pm on Friday March 27, 2015

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    Millie Mitchell

    Sunday, 15 Mar 2015

    We are sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Millie Mitchell on
    Sunday March 15, at the age
    of 83. Millie is survived by her
    family, Roy Mitchell (Judy),
    Laurie Smith (Alan), Glen
    Mitchell (Lynda), as well as
    Sharon Fisher, her loving
    grandchildren, Stephen,
    Kevan, Megan, Trevor,
    Courtenay, Roxanne, Thea,
    and 4 great grandsons. In
    addition Millie will be missed by her extended McDonald family, the Lalli family, her many friends and neighbours in town and In the local First Nations, and her two dogs. She loved her family, her friends and the town of Merritt. Millie lived a busy, colourful life. She was at times a travel agent, a driving instructor, a constituent worker for Harry Lalli, and in the past several years, she was “Grandma” of Grandma’s Kitchen at the Merritt Market. She was very proud to receive the best home based business award last year. Millie was remarkable for her intelligence and her energy, and she was well known for her involvement and support of many worthy causes. In fact, she died trying to make a difference for the Nicola Valley. Millie’s family would like to thank her friend Clara, the police, the doctors and staff at NVGH for their efforts to save her, and to express our gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of kind thoughts from this wonderful community. We would also like to thank her neighbour George Croaker for his friendship and care for Millie. A celebration of Millie’s extra ordinary life will be planned in April. Please watch for an announcement of the time and place, which is yet to be determined. Flowers are gratefully declined, but if you wish, a donation to the Angel Animal Shelter or to any group that works to help others or the environment could be made in her name.