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    June Simard

    Friday, 22 Apr 2016

    June Evelyn Simard (nee Petrie) Passed away peacefully at the Gillis House on April 22, 2016 at the age of 84.
    June was born in Merritt, BC on October 18, 1931. Her three children were all born in Merritt before leaving the Nicola Valley to
    live in and enjoy the Okanagan Valley. She returned to Lower Nicola in the early 80’s and remained here. June enjoyed visiting and helping her family wherever they resided in her go- granny-go car. She had a keen love for the great outdoors, always a naturalist and avid birdwatcher, she taught many to enjoy and respect nature as she did. June’s favourite bird was the Mountain Bluebird, she actively became involved in enhancing their population by monitoring the bluebird box runs located on the Douglas Lake Plateau and the Kane Valley. She always showed her kindness as an avid volunteer with the Guiding AssocIation, SIBTS and the Anglican Church ACW to name a few. June enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, playing bridge and spite n malice, gardening and travelling. One of her most memorable trips was to Australia for 6 weeks with her sister, Myrna.
    June is survived by her siblings Myrna McPhail and William (Libby) Petrie, and children Dave (Rose) Simard, Lynne (Merv) Zettergreen and Morva McMahon. She will also be fondly remembered as “Granny by her 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also by nieces, nephews and cousins. June was a kindhearted woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of life tea will be held at the Anglican Parish Hall on May 7 (1-3 pm). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to any organization of your choice.

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    Frances Emma Maud Karesa

    Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016

    Frances Emma Maud Karesa born in Trewdale, Saskatchewan, February 16, 1924 and passed away at Coquihalla Gillis House, Merritt B.C., April 19, 2016. Predeceased by her sister Faith Gibson, and survived by sisters, Edith Pont (Hugh) and Jo Wrenn, and dear friend Judy Hornback, all of Kamloops; sons, Richard McDonald (Sandy) of Colorado, and Michael McDivitt (Donna) of Regina, Saskatchewan; daughters, Fran Wiest (Ernie) of Merritt BC and Katharine Karesa (Aarnie) of Texas; Grandchildren, Caroline, Tina, Krista and Tasha and Great-Grandchildren Jason, Adam and Joshua. Fan, as she was known in the family, grew up in Shamrock Saskatchewan during the hard years of the depression, she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corp at age 18 and served until the end of the war in Europe. Her eldest son, Richard was born in 1946 and her youngest daughter Katharine was born in 1968, so she spent more than 40 years raising her children through many tough times. Fan retired to Chase BC in the mid 1990s and spent some of her happiest days there, she subsequently moved to Kamloops and finally to Merritt where she could often been seen riding her scooter around town. Special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff of Coquihalla Gillis House where Fan spent her last two years.

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    Walter Caryk

    Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016

    Walter Caryk passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the age of 92. He is survived by his loving wife Jean of 67 years; sons John (Sharon) of Sorrento and Randy (Candace) of Kelowna; grandchildren Brittney (Allen) McNabb of Abbotsford, Courtney (Jay) Stevens of Aldergrove, and Chelsea (Dustin) Fortier of Abbotsford; great-grandchildren Austin, Grayson, and Beckett; sister Mary McArthur of Olympia, WA; brother Don (Marnie) of Cloverdale; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
    Walter was a great people person. Traveling on holidays he would always run into a friend and, if he didn’t, he had new friends by the time we left. He was always the chief cook and bottle washer when we were camping. Walter had a generous heart and would be first to lend a helping hand to whomever needed it. Walter was very good at anything he did, a perfectionist at his golf game, his sport of fishing, building or with the incredible cross stitch pictures that he made for all his family and friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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    Robert John Rauch

    Friday, 15 Apr 2016

    Robert “John” Rauch was born to Ferdinand Rauch and Myrtle Betts in Invermere, BC on September 16, 1939. John grew up in Wilmer, BC as the middle child of 9 children. John attended school in the Windermere Valley prior to leaving to start his life and career early. John met his wife of 51 yrs, Margaret “Marion”
    Tegart of Invermere, BC in 1962. On August 1,1964, they were married in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and left the Windermere Valley shortly after to seek work and start their new life together. That quest brought the young couple to the Nicola Valley. John began work at Craigmont Mines as a truck driver/mechanic for 10 yrs and was better known as Bob by those that worked with him during this time of his life. Following that, John began a long career with Weyerhauser as a heavy duty mechanic until retirement. John had a few other contract jobs prior to retiring full time to ranch life.
    John and Marion had a humble start when they arrived in the Nicola Valley in 1964. They had 3 children together during the following 7 years... Keith, Alan and Jeannette. John was most proud of his family and the ranch that he and his family built together. John was always known for his hard work, generosity and ability to talk to just about anyone about anything. He always had time for people regardless of what he was doing, especially his 9 grandchildren: Chris, Mike and Jenn Rauch (Keith and Connie), Evan and Wade Rauch (Alan and Sherry), Paige, Jenna, Kara and Ava Beauregard (Jeannette and Troy) and taught them all many life lessons. John passed away peacefully on April 15, 2016 at Royal Inland Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
    A celebration of life will be held at Merritt Civic Centre on May 1, 2016 at 1 pm. People are encouraged to remain following the service to share their stories of John.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Paul’s hospital foundation or charity of choice.

  • Former Chief of the Lower Nicola Band Don Moses passed away recently after battling cancer.

    Donald Cyril Moses

    Monday, 11 Apr 2016

    Donald Cyril Moses was born to Cyril Moses and Minnie Gilmore in Shulus, British Columbia. He attended and graduated school at the Kamloops Residential School before attending the University of British Columbia where he achieved his Bachelor of Business Degree.
    Don’s keen intellect and leadership abilities lead him to become the Chief of Lower Nicola Indian Band at a young age. He
    would serve several times to his community in the roles of Chief/ Councillor/Advisor. Chief Don’s political aspirations, to name a few, included running for the Federal Liberal Party, Founding member of The All Nations Party of BC and was instrumental in forming the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the 1st meeting of all the Chiefs in BC.
    If Don had a dream you can be reassured through careful thought and hard work his dream will become a reality. As a successful business man, Don started and managed several businesses in his life time. He rarely let a failure or the little word “no” get in his way of finding a solution. He took great pride in his cattle herd, and was involved with 4H and the BC Cattlemen’s Association at various stages in his life.
    In his spare time Don could be found at community events or keeping informed with current issues, locally and globally. He enjoyed spending time with his children and numerous nieces and nephews always encouraging higher education and life experiences for the younger generation to follow. Don enjoyed travelling: Australia, India, China, Cuba and various places in Mexico and places in North American. Don was a snowbird and travelled to Yuma, Arizona every winter for the past 17 years.
    Don passed away early in the morning of April 11, 2016 after a short battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and children. To mourn Don’s passing is his wife Roberta, Children: Donald Jr (Orenda) Grant, Dwayne (Janna), Bunni (Regan), Adrian (Ashleigh) and 8 grandchildren. Siblings: Charlotte, Gene (Louise), Felix (Martha), Vivian, Veronica, Valerie (Richard), Simon (Karen). Don will be missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, business and political partners.
    We lost a respected Man in our family, community and Nation. May his soul Rest in Peace.
    Funeral services will be held on Lower Nicola Indian Band on Friday, April 15th, 2016. Starting at 10am Don will make the journey from his home to the Lower Nicola Indian Band School where services will be held.

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    Patricia E.M. Smyth

    Thursday, 07 Apr 2016

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mother. Pat was also fondly referred to as Patsy by her family and friends. She is survived by her Brothers; Brian Golish of Medicine Hat, Bob Golish of Merritt and Jack Golish of Duncan. She is predeceased by her other siblings, Doris Tansowny, Bud Golish and Tommy Golish. Mom is survived by her eight children; Brad Smyth (Evelyn) of Merritt, Brenda Raabe (Neil) of Duncan, Rhonda Murdock (Dan) of Vernon, Kelley Smyth (Mary) of Merritt, Patrick Smyth of Burnaby, Shane Smyth (Heather) of Tsawwassen, Laurone Smyth (Doug) of Lumby and Mitch Smyth (Leigh-Ann) of Vernon. She is also lovingly remembered by her seventeen Grandchildren and her six Great Grandchildren. A family celebration of her life was held on what would have been her 80th Birthday. Also in her memory a celebration will be held at a later date in the summer. Donations in her memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  • Robert (Bud) Mcildoon

    Sunday, 03 Apr 2016

    Son of George and Margaret. Predeceased by brothers Edward, George, Jack, and wife Isobel. Survived by sons Edward/ Doreen, Daniel/Sherri, William/Terry, Bruce/Marilyn, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bud grew up in Calder, AB. later moving to Victoria BC. Dad and his brothers enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. He served overseas in WWII and the Korean conflict of 1951, retiring in 1965 achieving the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. Bud then began a career in the HMCS Dockyard as a rigger, retiring in 1982. During those years, he raised his family in Esquimalt and enjoyed the West Coast life. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and curler as well as a lifetime member of the Chiefs and PO’s Assn., Esquimalt Anglers’ Assn. and Esquimalt Legion.
    In retirement, Bud spent his summers on Rey Creek Ranch, Logan Lake BC doing what he enjoyed most - utilizing his mechanical skills on the ranch. In winter, he travelled back to the island spending most of his time at Shorts Farm, Saanichton - with good friends Stan and Euni.
    In 2014, Bud moved into Gillis House, Merritt BC where he lived comfortably until his passing. Bud enjoyed life and brought laughter and joy
    to many friends and all who knew him.
    The family would like to extend special thanks to Bud’s good friend and relative Gord Garthwaite and family for their care, companionship and support during his senior years; as well as staff at Gillis House for their compassionate care.
    At Dad’s request there will be no formal service.

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    J Craig Miller

    Sunday, 03 Apr 2016

    Sadly, Craig lost his battle to a series of illnesses. Craig is predeceased by his father Reg, and sister Marlene Stanley.
    He was loved and survived by his family; Matthew, Micah, Malik and Gloria, his mother Anna, brother Brian and Eldoreen, plus many nephews and nieces.
    Craig grew up in Merritt BC, where he played hockey for the Merritt Centennials and then Cranbrook Colts. In the late 70’s Craig travelled the world backpacking through Europe and Middle East. He enjoyed showing photos and telling stories of his journeys. Craig suffered a traumataic brain injury in 1984, which impacted the rest of his life. While he had struggles after his accident, he spent time and enjoyed his passions of hockey, skiing, golfing and travelling with his three sons. He often told his boys how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. Craig spent a lot of time in Nelson BC, which he called his Paradise.
    Craig had written down and wanted to be remembered as a peaceful, humble man, He never asked for much. He stated that “May all of you find Peace, Joy, and especially Happiness as you all go through Your Journey called Life.” We only wish the same for Craig as he continues His Journey. A celebration of Life was held April 9, 2016.
    The family would like to extend a heartful thanks to their friends, relatives and Craig’s friends for their support, kind words and cards.

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    Gregory J Funk

    Friday, 01 Apr 2016

    We sadly regret to announce the passing of our dearly beloved family member Gregory J. Funk (Grog to his many friends!) on April 1, 2016.
    His son Patrick, brothers Gene, Cary, Mark and sisters Cindy (Gerry), Erica and many nephews and nieces will miss him dearly and trust his everlasting rest will be peaceful.
    A further announcement will be given in regards to a family & friends get together to celebrate his life and pay our respects.
    Thank you one and all for your kind condolences.

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    Deborah Jane Meier

    Saturday, 26 Mar 2016

    Deborah Jane Meier passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home on Saturday, March 26th, 2016 after a battle with cancer. She was born in New Westminster, BC, later moved to Merritt, BC, and she retired in the Cariboo to the beautiful timber home she and her husband Doug built in Lone Butte BC. Deborah was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her loving husband Doug, her three sons; Joel (Delane), Travis (Sandy) and Ryan (Karla), her stepchildren; Crystelle (John), Lelayneya, and Chad (Ashley), her sisters; Donna, Sherry (Glen) and Sandy as well as her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
    Deborah loved to dance! She taught dancing lessons and enjoyed every moment of it. Later in life she became a care aide because helping people came naturally to her. Deborah was a welcoming, kind and generous person who always put others before herself. Her other passions in life included horseback riding, fishing and gardening. Deborah was a lover of all animals and above all had a great love for her family. She cherished everyone who came into her life and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
    A Gathering of Love will be held for Deborah at 1:00pm, April 23rd in Merritt, BC at the Cadet Hall (1755 Coldwater Avenue) with a reception to follow.
    In Lieu of flowers please spend some time reminiscing on happy memories of Deborah.
    Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings, where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
    100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements 1-877-595-3243.
    Condolences can be sent to the family care of 100milefuneralservice@gmail.com