• Archie Rutz

    Sunday, 23 Aug 2015

    Announcing the Passing of
    Archie Rutz
    on Sunday, August 23, 2015
    Memorial at Elks Hall Sept. 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

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    Walter Dell Stockford

    Sunday, 23 Aug 2015

    Walter Dell Stockford of Kamloops passed away on August 23rd, 2015 at 80 years of age.
    He is survived by his brothers and sisters Edna Gwynn, Dave (Betty) Stockford and Doug (Ellie) Stockford as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
    Walter was predeceased by his wife Brenda. Walter was born in Kamloops, BC in 1935. He joined the Air Force at 18 years old, served overseas, and moved back to the east coast after being discharged. In the late seventies he moved with his new bride Brenda back to BC. They enjoyed travelling abroad and spending time with their dogs. They were involved with many charitable organizations, both in Kamloops and Merritt.
    At Walt’s request there will not be a service. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all his care givers at R.I.H.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324
    Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

  • Frank William Carroll Ovington

    Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015

    Frank William Carroll Ovington
    was born on August 19 , 1930 in Merritt, B.C. and passed away on July 28 ,
    2015 in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 84 years.
    Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife Frances, to whom he was married for 63 years; four sons, Wilf (Annabel) of Abbotsford, B.C., Frank (Terry) of Lumby, B.C., Dan (Donna) of Vernon, B.C. and Guy (Heidi) of Burnaby, B.C.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as all his brothers and sisters.
    Cremation preceded a private family gathering which took place in Vernon, B.C. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Frank to the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4- 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9
    Cremation arrangements were made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187

  • Trudy Mae Stump (nee Johnston)

    Sunday, 26 Jul 2015

    We have heavy hearts knowing our time with
    Trudy has come to an end, although far too soon. We have lost a beautiful person whom put up a courageous fight. She had a warm radiant smile, contagious laugh and left an impression on every person she came into contact with.
    Trudy was born an “Okanagan Peach”,
    but grew up in Williams Lake.
    She moved to Merritt after being swept off her feet by Derek in 2005.
    She is survived by her husband Derek along with her children Griffin Lawrence and Kayle Mae and step-children Orden and Devon, her parents Bucky (Gayle) and Colleen. Brothers Michael Bro (Jan), James (Alice) and Shane. She also leaves grandparents Hank Purjue and Mae Labucan along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Grandmother Flora Mae Purjue and Grandfather Wilson (Shaggy) Labucan.

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    Charles Gerald Hart (Gerry)

    Friday, 24 Jul 2015

    We are sad to announce the passing of Charles Gerald Hart (Gerry) at the age of 77. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 24, 2015 at the Merritt
    Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. Gerry was born in Armstrong BC on December 23, 1937, moved to Merritt in his early 20’s and has been a long time resident. Gerry is survived by his loving wife Ann (nee Post) of 52 years, daughters Sheila Johnson (Chris) of Merritt, and Donna Bouchard (Gerald) of Vernon; also his siblings George Hart of Kamloops and Laverna West of Kamloops. He will be sadly missed by his beautiful grandchildren Shauna, Kristina, Megan and Brayden. Papa, as he was known to us, will also be missed by his great grandchildren Carter, Benjamin and Kaleb, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a great appreciation to Dr. Van Der Merwe and the staff at the Merritt hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his name. Merritt Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements and online condolences may be left at www.MerrittFuneralChapel.com

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    Kathleen (Kay) Suttie nee Desmond

    Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015

    With great sadness the family of Kay Suttie announces her sudden passing in Kamloops on Wednesday July 15.
    Born in Brocklehurst to John and Mary Desmond, Kay and her younger brothers Humphrey and Tom grew up on the family farm on Tranquille Road. She attended St Ann’s Academy, graduating in their Commercial Program in 1942, and worked in several offices including BC Tel, where she made many lasting friends. Always musical, she achieved an Associates in piano through the London Conservatory of Music and played organ for many church functions over the years.
    In 1952 she married Charles Suttie in Kamloops. The family moved to Merritt in 1957, but Kay’s ties with family and friends in Kamloops always prevailed. The family enjoyed annual camping holidays throughout western Canada and the northern US states. Retiring to Sorrento in 1982, Charlie and Kay travelled extensively in Europe, the US and Canada. Kay continued to travel with friends & family after her husband’s death.
    She was active in the church choir and WI in Sorrento and was well-known amongst family and friends for her baking and for her love of a game of cards. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to explore music, memories they cherish. Kay will always be remembered for her pleasant and polite ways.
    Predeceased by Charlie in 1990 and her youngest son Dick in 2011, she is survived by John & Judy Suttie of Kelowna and daughter Anne; Mary & Gord Lester of Kamloops and children Mairi, Christine and Colin; Kathleen & Tom Hilborn of Nanaimo and daughters Andrea and Meghan; Heather Suttie of Knutsford and sons Jason and Warren Land.
    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. August 6, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops, followed by interment at Hillside Cemetery and a reception. Memorial donations in Kay’s name may be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association.

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    Kathleen Marie O’Hanley

    Monday, 13 Jul 2015

    Kathleen died peacefully at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, BC. She is survived by husband Dave Coutu; his daughters Stefanie and Tessa; her parents Bernice and Elmer O’Hanley of Merritt, BC; siblings Brendan (Michelle), Claire (Rick) Sabiston, James (Annette), Eileen, Maureen (Rick Doucette), Alanna, Sheila, and Dan (Bekah); and nephews/nieces Ryan, Liam, Cailin, Miranda, Darin, Adam, Noah and Lily.
    Kathleen will be remembered as mentor and friend to many throughout her 30-year career as an educator and advocate for inclusion in the Catholic and public schools in Vancouver, Burnaby and Langley.
    Her family thanks the caring staff of the Royal Columbian Hospital neurosurgery unit, Peace Arch Hospital emergency, BC Cancer Agency – Fraser Valley Centre, Bayshore Home Care, and the Irene Thomas Hospice.
    Funeral was held Friday, July 17 in White Rock, BC with burial at the Gardens of Gethsemani, 15800 32nd Avenue in Surrey, BC. Charitable donations are welcomed in Kathleen’s name for the Langley Association for Community Living (www.langleyacl.com).

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    John Barrett

    Friday, 10 Jul 2015

    John William Barrett, a familiar face in the community, died suddenly July 10th. He was 85. He died as he lived on the move and still making plans.
    John was born in Trail, BC, the second of seven children to Flo and James who immigrated from England.
    He worked hard his entire life and passed his work ethic on to his children and grandchildren. With very little formal education, John could fix anything—especially if it had a motor. If he didn’t know how to do something, he figured it out.
    John was happiest in the ‘bush’. His hunting partners describe him as the best bushman with an uncanny sense for the right choices in outdoor situations. John was still actively hunting and fishing.
    Throughout his life John worked many jobs including forestry, long haul truck driver, underground miner, logging, smelter refining. In 1972, John moved to Merritt with his family and worked at Highland Valley Copper Mine as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. Once retired John & Hilda loaded up their RV and travelled around North America enjoying the life of Canadian Snowbirds. After the travelling, John couldn’t be idle so he learned to be helpful in the house, grew a productive vegetable garden, volunteered for the Health Care Auxiliary, and helped anyone with anything when asked. He could be seen walking, cycling, and out with his metal detector – keeping busy.
    Memories of John will be treasured by Hilda, his wife of 64 years, daughters Lorelie (Chris) Kristofferson, Joan Wheeler (Stew McLean), grandsons, Kenn, Carl, John brother Dave (Rita) Barrett, sister-in-law Eva Barrett of Fruitvale BC, along with numerous other family members and long-time friends.
    At his request, a simple gathering will be held to celebrate his life. Those who wish to celebrate John with his family are invited to join us at 2343 Reid Place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 25th.

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    Joseph Henderson Richter

    Thursday, 09 Jul 2015

    Our hearts are saddened by your passing. You have been the greatest husband, father, grandfather, and uncle to so many. You will be missed, but will always be in our hearts and minds. When we all stop and think about you, someone will say, remember when we did this with you.
    When a young man, Joseph joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served in the Pacific. Once discharged, he met and married his loving wife, Helen. Married almost 65 years, they have worked, traveled, and played together, side by side.
    One of his greatest joys in life was trapshooting. Since 1950, between the ATA and PITA, he had amassed over 350,000 registered targets. He enjoyed hunting on horseback with his Dad, Joseph Sr., until he was 96. In recent years he rode with his oldest son, John, and good friend Dr. Duncan Ross. The time he spent in Muncho Lake B.C., on the Alaska Highway as a Lodge owner, was a great time for him. He had a great way with people. He loved to tease the ladies with his gift of the gab.
    Joe's passing left behind a loving wife Helen, his children Joey (Denny), Jean (Dave), John (Karen), and Jim (Laura). 10 grandchildren - Mandy, Shauna, Corey, Joseph, Shane, Loren, Jessica, Juliana, Branden, Skyla, as well as 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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    Eleanore Jean Pichurski

    Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Eleanore Jean Pichurski on July 8, 2015 at the age of 76, due to a Hypoxic brain injury.
    Eleanore passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her husband, Brownie, daughters Brenda and Ramona, grandson Desmond and his girlfriend Abigail and Bonnie Padley at Royal Inland Hospital.
    Eleanore lived most of her life in Merritt. Eleanore worked at Indian Health and then worked at the South Central Health Unit until her retirement at the age of 55.
    Eleanore was predeceased by her mother and father Alice and Johnny Bann and her sister Shirley Young.
    Eleanore is survived by her husband Brownie, daughters Brenda (Ken Franklin), Ramona (Kelly Lough) and son Darrell (Jennifer), granddaughter Megan Franklin, grandsons Alex Franklin, Desmond Lough, Nick and Jackson Pichurski and her beloved dog Madison.
    Our sincere gratitude of thanks to the incredible medical team of paramedics, Dr. Woychuk and nurses at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre and Dr. Prasad and his medical team at Royal Inland Hospital, for their efforts, com- passion and support.
    No memorial service will be held, as per Eleanore’s wishes. The family will be having a private celebration of life.
    Cremation was entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services,
    Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca