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    Rieks Polmans

    Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014

    There is no greater gift than the gift of memories. The days are made a little brighter, the nights a little shorter, Life's difficulties more bearable, everyday joys more precious because of those memories. Those of us who miss and remember you are comforted somehow by the treasures of memories that remain long after you are gone.
    Always, we remember your kindness, your smile, your generous spirit and the gentle man you always were, always will be, in our hearts.
    Always remembered, always treasured, always missed Your friends, Lynne and Bonnie

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    Terrance Egely

    Thursday, 28 Aug 2014

    Terrance Oliver "Terry" EGELY passed away peacefully at home in Chase, BC on 28 August 2014 at the age of 67 years.
    He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 24 years, Nancy; Daughter Erika (Fred) Ross of Barrie, Ontario; Grandson, Taisen Colture; Granddaughter, Tia Colture; sisters: Evelyn Egely and Lorraine Hermann and by many in-laws, friends, neighbours and customers.
    Terry was an auto body technician by trade for most of his adult life. He had a great love and respect for the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. He ranched in the Chase area from 1987 to 2001. After that time he turned his attention and his talents to helping home owners in the Chase/Turtle Valley area with their home projects.
    As was Terry’s wish, no formal service will be held. There will be a private spreading of his ashes followed by an informal gathering after to remember him. The date and location has yet to be set.
    No flowers, by request. Donations to the B.C. Cancer Society in his memory would be preferred.
    On-line condolences may be expressed at www. schoeningfuneralservice.com. Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service (250) 374-1454.

  • Douglas Howard Coupal

    Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014

    Born in Regina, Sask on January 31, 1929 and passed away in Merritt, BC on August 26, 2014 at 85 years. Survived by his wife Francee of
    62 years and daughter Allison.
    Howard worked at mill in the lower mainland then moved to Merritt in 1961
    where he built his own home.
    He started work at Craigmont with the shafting crew and the last twenty years of his working life with School District #31 where he was maintenance man. He enjoyed hunting,fishing and
    camping with his family.

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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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    Alfred (Alfie) McKnight

    Thursday, 21 Aug 2014

    Alfie McKnight passed
    away on August 21, 2014 a
    after a short stay at
    Gillis House. He was 79.
    Alfie was born in Merritt on December 26, 1934, the youngest and last surviving sibling of 10 children. Afie lived most of his life in the Merritt area. His passion was animals, especially horses, and he was a long standing member of the World Wildlife Federation. In the evenings, his beloved cat was often curled asleep on his lap. Most of his life was dedicated to ranching. Alfie also enjoyed working with leather, making saddles and other leather products. Alfie leaves behind several nieces and nephews and many friends, especially in the Merritt area. All are invited to attend a graveside service at the City of Merritt Pine Ridge Cemetery on Friday September 5,2014 at 11:00am. Paster Jane Gingrich of the Hills of Peace Lutheran church will officiate.

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    Jason Lyle Coutlee

    Sunday, 17 Aug 2014

    Jason was born in Merritt, BC and resided in Spaxomin his entire life. Jason is survived by his parents Jake and Monica Coutlee; sisters Stacie (Jaimin and Evan Casimir) and Nada Coultee; (Monica Louise Sheena-Coutlee) and their children Kayla and Hailee Coutlee and Jessica Sheena.
    Jason enjoyed his family, horseback riding, hockey and hunting. He worked as a cowboy for various ranches in the area and as a logger for Nic
    Pac Logging.
    The family of Jason would like to say a special thank you to
    everyone that supported our family in our time of loss. We did not realize Jason had so many friends and that he touched so many lives.

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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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    Albert Edward Bush

    Monday, 11 Aug 2014

    With great sadness we
    announce the peaceful passing of our father Al Bush on August 11th, 2014.
    He was also known as one of the paper boys in Kamloops, who walked the streets with his dog “Sadie” delivering papers. He was surrounded by his family and extended family. He passed after a courageous battle with cancer.
    Al is survived by his wife, June, of 58 years, Albert Jr., {Tanya}, daughter {Patricia}, daughter Helen, Charlie {Cheryl}, Sig {Nicole}, grandchildren, Tasha {Adam}, Brandon, Marshall, Ryan, Sara, Liam, Evan, Kyle, great grandchildren, Cameron and Kieren, sisters Joyce and
    Al was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. When he was
    12 years old he moved to Vancouver with his uncle Charlie Whiteman. He later went into the forest industry, engineering, road building etc.
    His greatest love was fishing and camping with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed gardening cooking and many other interests. For many years he quietly helped many people along the way and especially young people.
    The family would like to thank our dearest friends the Clare family for their support. We would also like to thank the Community for touching our fathers heart with their kindness and generosity. A gathering for a Celebration of Life for Al, will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at Desert Gardens Senior Centre, 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops,
    In lieu of flowers, donations to New Life Mission, Kamloops, Canadian Cancer Society or an organization of your choice.
    Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, 250 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Al’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.