• Judy (Jean) Engar

    Monday, 15 Sep 2014

    Judy (Jean) Engar
    On September 15, 2014 Mrs. Judy (Jean) Engar passed away peacefully in Merritt, BC at the age of 87 years. She is survived by her loving daughter Dee Arduini (Peter), granddaughter Erinn Crerar (Todd) and great- grandchildren Rory and Nickolas all of Merritt, as well as her step great granddaughter, Chaylene living in Saskatchewan. An extended family lives in Ontario. Judy was predeceased by her parents, husband Gor- don and sister Noeline. She moved to Merritt in 1998 and made new friends getting involved with other seniors, the Better Breathers group, the thrift store and a number of churches. She enjoyed her home and family get togethers, her books and the weekly ladies study group. The family would like to thank the staff at The Florentine, Dr Bester and the doctors and nurses at Nicola Valley Hospital for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB or BC Lung Association. A celebration of Judy's life will be held Monday, September 22 at 2pm at The Florentine on 4100 Belshaw Street, Merritt BC.

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    Arnold Miller

    Monday, 15 Sep 2014

    Arnold Miller, 76, died September 15, 2014.
    Arnold was born October 27, 1937 in Vernon, BC to Walter & Ella Miller. After completing his high school education he joined the Armed Forces, serving for twenty-five years with the RCAF in Canada and
    Europe.
    He and his wife Deborah have resided in Merritt
    since 2006. Arnold was a member of the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church, and the Royal Canadian Legion.
    Arnold is survived by his wife Deborah, his brother Bernie (Maureen) in Manitoba; brother-in- law Sheldon (Myrna); children David, Anne, Paul and Susan; step-children Todd (Susanne), Leanne (Wendell), and Stephen; nephew Jeffrey (Lisa); fifteen grandchildren; two great-nephews.
    A celebration of Arnold’s life will be held at Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church on Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 pm. No flowers by request. Donations in Arnold’s honour can be made to ALS Society of BC, 1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC, V6V 2X7

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    Rose Marie Gaulin

    Sunday, 14 Sep 2014

    With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, Rose Gaulin on September 14th. 2014. Rose was born March 13th, 1929 in St. Odilon, Quebec. Rose is predeceased by her three sisters and one brother. She lost her husband, Réal of 44 years in 1997. Rose is survived by her sister, Gemma Laliberte in
    Quebec, her four children, Jean-Pierre Gaulin, Michele Shaw, (Richard), Richard Gaulin, and Diane Gaulin. ( Steve). Her six grand-children, Stephane and Claire Gaulin-Brown, Christopher Shaw, (Rylee), Victoria Shaw, Jeremy Desrosiers, (Stephenie), and Stephanie Desrosiers, (Tony). She also had seven great- grand-children, Tony, katie, Sophia, Janie, and Bruce Stover, Liam Johnston-Desrosiers and Melody Desrosiers.
    Rose lived in Chilliwack for 20 years, attending mass at St. Mary`s parish, she was also a member for 13 years with the Catholic Women`s League. She enjoyed having all the grand- children visit her and lady friends from many years of good friendships. She was heart-broken when she lost the love of her life, her husband Real, in 97”, but she carried on to the age of eighty-five, God Rest her Soul. She spent the last few years of her life living with her daughter, Michele. Until she went to Coquihala-Gillis House, in Merritt.B.C.
    There will be a viewing on Saturday Sept 20,2014, at 10:00am St. Mary’s Parish, followed by a mass at 11:00am, there will be a luncheon served after mass. Interment services to follow at Promontory Cemetery.

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    Alan Norman Platz

    Friday, 12 Sep 2014

    Alan Norman Platz, Al, of Merritt, passed away September 12, 2014 from the injuries sustained in a truck accident. He was 69 years old.
    Al was born in Wetaskiwin
    Alberta on October 4, 1944.
    He was the 4th child of Clifford and Daisy Platz who would have 14 children in all.
    Al worked as a lighthouse keeper, loader operator and faller, before working as an equipment operator for Sanders and Co. Al is predeceased by his mother, Daisy, father, Clifford, and brothers, Ray and Bill.
    Al is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cindy, and many siblings Jerry, Evelyn, Elva, Irene, Ralph, Ed, Rosemary, Barbie, Ted, Susan, and Christopher. Al also leaves behind his children, step-children and numerous grand-children: Annette (Christopher and Steven) and Jeremy (Dakota and Sierra), step- children: Zack, Angela (Shaylea, Amira, Draven, Gabriel, and Winter), Ria (Maya), and Dustin. Al has countless nieces and nephews and other family and friends that are left with many fond memories.
    In his early years, Al loved ocean fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. In later years he loved to go for Sunday drives, watch hockey games, and spend time with Cindy and their dog, Wilbur. Throughout his life, Al loved to garden, enjoy a good meal, and tell detailed stories to anyone he encountered. He lived his life with passion, hard-work, and a great love of his family.
    In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Legion in Merritt. The family of Al wishes to thank Sanders and Co. for all their support and donations. As well, they would like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96 for hosting Al’s beautiful service.

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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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    Ken Sallie

    Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014

    Ken was born in Saskatchewan. He was raised in Ashcroft BC. where he was married and raised his children. While in Ashcroft Ken was a mill Right at Highland Valley Copper, then became an insurance agent, both in BC and Alberta. Also while in Ashcroft he took pride in building his own home. Ken then moved to Penticton where he had he last child. Finally, Ken moved to Merritt where he lived the last 12 years of his life.
    Ken is survived by his two daughters, Nadine Sallie O’Shea, and Tanis(Mike) Donnelly, his sons Bryant Sallie and Christian Sallie, his two grandchildren Avery Donnelly and Bronson Donnelly, and his two sisters. Ken is predeceased by both his
    mother and his father.
    Ken enjoyed fishing, the lakes and being outdoors. Ken also
    had a passion for blues and Rock n’ Roll, even part of a band as a young adult. Ken enjoyed karaoke, playing darts, and pool at the Coldwater Hotel. It was here at the Coldwater’s Old Barely Market where Ken worked.
    We would like to thank the Coldwater Hotel for their support, Nicola Valley General Hospital staff and doctors, Royal Inland Hospital Renal Department and Schoening Funeral Services.
    Ken was a mellow person who was a gentleman’s gentleman.
    A celebration of life will be held at the Coldwater Hotel banquet room on Friday, September 19th at 2pm.
    Loved Always,
    Your Family, Friends, and Collegues

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    Raymond Harold Graham

    Thursday, 04 Sep 2014

    Surrounded by family, Raymond Harold Graham passed away peacefully on September 4th, 2014 at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, AB.
    He will be lovingly and sadly missed by his wife of sixty-seven years, Lorraine, and children Garett (Judy), Vern (Margie), Niel (Trudi), Karen (Chris), Bonnie, Greg (Catherine), Michele (Sean), twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and dear, close friends.
    Raymond was born at Grande Prairie, BC, now known as Westwold, on June 13, 1924, the youngest of four, to Lawrence and Lillian Graham.
    At the age of three, the family moved to Chaperon of the Douglas Lake Ranch where he grew, married and raised his family.
    He was an icon in the Nicola Valley ranching community, where he is respected as a humble but innovative and achievement oriented member. He was always there to greet folks and lend a helping hand if required.
    In October 1999, Raymond and Lorraine left their home at Chaperon and moved to be closer to family in Cochrane, AB. He was a quiet man who enjoyed his home, his garden and his life with his wife and his family.
    “To plant a garden...is to believe in in tomorrow.” (Audrey Hepburn) is a typical description of Raymond and Lorraine whose work and ethic produced plentiful gardens and “golf course” like lawns.
    The family sincerely thanks the doctors, nurses and staff of the Foothills Medical Center who offered him exemplary care in his short stay there.
    There will be a Celebration of Raymond’s Life held at the Merritt Civic Center, Merritt, BC on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM.
    “ May Dad find everlasting joy and communion with all whom he loved
    and who loved him. May he continue to watch over and guide us until
    we meet again.”

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    Cindy Eva Nichol

    Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014

    In a celebration of Cindy's life please join us for a tea at Trinity United Church. Saturday September 20th at 3:00pm. Corner of Quilchena & Chapman Street, Merritt, BC

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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

    DOUGLAS HOWARD COUPAL
    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.