• Rita Margaret Burdett

    Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018

    Rita Burdett, of Merritt BC, lost her short and tough battle with cancer on January 30, 2018.
    Rita is sadly missed by her many loving family and friends. Friends and family are invited to join the family at a service on February 10, 2018, 4:30pm at the United Church in Merritt.

  • Joyce Perrie

    Monday, 29 Jan 2018

    It is with great sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of Joyce Perrie at 72 years of age.
    Lovingly remembered by her husband, Bill Perrie. Daughter - Shelley Hunniford (Gerry Robinson), Son Trevor MacDonald, Daughter - Sheree Nickerson. Granddaughters: Tia Nickerson (Kyle Nash), Katie Vander Schaaf (Greg), Rachel Nash (Wendel), Hayley Roux and Mackenzie Hunniford. Her treasured great grandchildren: Carter, Jorja, Casey, Aria, Lainey, Taylor, Brynn and Ryker. Brother, Doug MacDonald and sister, Janet Clare. Many nieces and nephews. And all of her family that meant so much to her. Joyce is predeceased by her Mother and Father, Muriel and William. Infant sister Barbara-Anne and infant brother Donald. First born grandson, Ryan. Sisters Kathy and Sharon and brother Bill. Sister-in- law, Mary. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 17 at the Crossroads Community Church in Merritt, BC at 1pm with a reception to follow. Joyce was born in Windsor, NS. The East coast was always “Home” for her. Joyce settled on Vancouver Island in 1974 with her children where she met and married Bill. The family resided in Port Hardy until 1988 and then to Langley, BC. In 2002 they moved to Merritt, where they planned to retire. Joyce had other plans and continued to work right up to her passing. Joyce left a lasting impression on each of these areas that she lived through her volunteer work and community involvement. Closest to her heart, was her 45 years spent with Girl Guides of Canada. Joyce faced challenges head on. She was a force when it came to the things she loved and believed in. She was an inspiration to every life she touched. Joyce loved the outdoors, attending Girl Guide camps into her 70’s. She loved dancing, travelling and an ice cold glass of wine.
    More than anything, she loved her family. Time spent with her family members was everything to her. We were always first in her heart. The family would like to thank Dr. McLeod and his staff for all of their care. In lieu of flowers. donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

  • Michael Capp

    Monday, 29 Jan 2018

    Michael Capp passed away at Gillis House on January 29, 2018, at the age of 93 years. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Betty Capp and his 10 children from his blended marriages, 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, brother Walter Capp and sister Cilia Dube, nieces & nephews as well as many friends and relatives.
    A celebration of life will be held on March 11, 2018 at 2 PM, at the Merritt Senior Citizens Hall, with Pastor Thandazani Mhlanga officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations may be made to Heart & Stroke.

  • Sandi Rainville

    Sunday, 28 Jan 2018

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sandi Rainville, aged 71, who died peacefully at
    Kelowna General Hospital. She is survived by her daughter Trish Rainville and her three grandchildren, Paz, Ani and Edie of Merritt, B.C. and her brother Gordie Schneider of Brantford, Ont. She is predeceased by her parents Benjamin and Bertha Schneider. Born in East St. Paul, Manitoba, she grew up in Flin Flon, Manitoba, where she met her future husband David Rainville. They eventually moved to White Rock, B.C and raised their daughter. After her divorce and early retirement, she moved to Merritt in 2006. Sandi will be fondly remembered for her affable and sunny disposition despite many health issues and ongoing battle with diabetes. She survived cancer, endured years of dialysis, a kidney transplant and multiple surgeries. She overcame many personal tragedies. Her head was always held high and constantly put others needs before her own. She was an educator her whole life, teaching children and adults, always emphasizing the importance of education and staying curious in life. She loved music and choral singing and stayed an active member of the Merritt Community Choir until her passing. She was a very devoted, loving grandmother and mother. Generous, compassionate and warm-hearted to the end. Her strength and resilience left a big impression upon anyone who knew her. She will remain an inspiration to her family and friends forever. She will eternally be our bridge over troubled water. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church on Feb. 10 at 1pm.
    Thank you to all those who supported us and came to our aid during this difficult time. We are very appreciative of your love and kindness. Our gratitude goes to all the medical professionals who helped Sandi over the years, especially Dr. Ross, Merritt & RI Hospital and the Kidney Transplant folks in Kamloops who referred to her as ‘their favourite’.

  • William Moyes

    Friday, 26 Jan 2018

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William Moyes, known to family and friends as Bill. He passed away suddenly in Kamloops, B.C. on January 26th, 2018.
    He will always be lovingly remembered.
    At Bill’s request, no service will be held. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

  • Mary Norman (Lang)

    Friday, 26 Jan 2018

    It is with heavy hearts that the Norman family announces the peaceful passing of one of Merritt’s
    long-time resident, our mother Mary on January the 26th, 2018 at the age of 90. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mom lived a full life filled with love, laughter, music, cooking and baking, her signature cinnamon buns were legendary! She also enjoyed camping and fishing, her favorite saying was "here fishy Fishy!" Mom was born at home in Redcliff Alberta in 1927 and was the last surviving sibling in the Stark family. She told us many stories about life on the farm and the hardships they endured. Mom married Dad in 1947 and together raised 5 children. The one thing she enjoyed the most was dancing with dad, Ivan Norman, who predeceased her in 1995 after 48 wonderful years of marriage. Mom remarried in 1999 to Fred Lang and together they camped, fished and traveled until his passing in 2007. For the past 10 years mom spent time with rancher Wally Winser in Cawston. Together they enjoyed jam sessions, canning peaches and family gatherings.
    She will be sadly missed by her children Larry, Brian, Becky, Kevin, Darla and their children, spouses and dear friends. We all have our favourite memories of mom and we know in our hearts she has now reunited with dad! We would like to thank the Lang and Winser family and friends for all the love they have given mom over the years. A private family gathering will be held in the spring.

  • Charles Richard Twan

    Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018

    It is with great sorrow that the family of Charlie Twan announces his passing on Wednesday,
    January 24, 2018 at the age of 95. Charlie was a long time pioneer of the Nicola Valley, moving here from Williams Lake, BC. He was born at Fort Alexandria, BC on September 5, 1922 and married the love of his life, June Johnston on February 26, 1949. In 1957 he moved with June and their 4 young children to the Interior where he enjoyed many years of working as a ranch- hand and Cowboy, which was a profession he was passionate about, especially working with horses. The Quilchena Home Ranch was where Charlie and June raised their now 5 children, until him and June moved into Merritt in 1991, and he later retired. Charlie also had a passion for doing leatherwork and over the years he made several saddles, western belts and chaps for well known rodeo cowboys, ranch hands, as well as several family members. These are treasures that are still being used today. Charlie is survived by his 5 children, Bev (Larry), Duane, Dayl, Shona and Colleen (Andrew), plus 9 grandchildren Larry-Dean, Lori-Anne, Jonathan, Jane, Stephen, Kelly, Carla, Wayne and Satara and 8 great- grandchildren (soon to be 9*). With Satara, who was truly Poppa and Nanny’s “little love”, due to have her baby in the next couple weeks. Sadly Charlie was predeceased by June on November 12, 2016 and his heart was broken. He grieved her greatly and was so lonely for her, his life was never the same over the past 14 months. But he is now with his true love and they are reunited again, together forever.
    A “Celebration of Life” for Charlie will be announced at a later date, when the weather is nicer and it is safer for our family and friends to travel from afar.

  • Blain Graham

    Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Blain Alan Graham August 16, 1959 - January 23, 2018 in Palm Desert, California.
    As members of Blain’s family are in California at the moment, further details of his survivors as well as a service in Merritt, will be forthcoming.

  • Craig E. Barclay

    Friday, 19 Jan 2018

    Born on January 17, 1940, Craig died peacefully on January 19, 2018 with his life partner Jack, and Cathie by his side.
    He is survived by Jack and Cathie and by his brother Tom (Sylvia), nieces, nephews and cousins in the UK. Craig taught for 25 years in Chilliwack and was much admired and loved by his students and colleagues. He was also active in the CTA. Jack and Cathie wish to thank the CGH nursing staff, Dr. Martin Dodds and Dr. Muhamed Zulfiqar for all their care.

  • Rita Mae Norman

    Monday, 15 Jan 2018

    Rita is predeceased by her partner of 37 years, Kalle Karvinen
    Lovingly remembered by Regan, Charlene, Lyle and families.
    There is no formal service by request. Should friends desire, donations may be made to COPD Foundation of Canada.