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Reimer, Gilbert James (Jim) Thursday, 12 Jun 2014
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July 26 1935- June 12, 2014
Jim Reimer died peacefully June 12, 2014, at Kamloops Hospital with his loving family by his side, after a short battle with pneumonia.
Jim was a big man with a big heart who leaves an even bigger hole in the lives of the people who loved him. He leaves behind his wife of 26 years Dawn, his children Carrie and Mark Reimer, (step) daughters Laura Zenzen (Shad Stephens) and Renee Lennea (Pete Lennea), grandchildren, Kristofer Ouellette, Hayden Reimer, Kayla and Kyle Lennea, Eva and Jamie Stephens and great grand-daughter Kaela Ouellette.
In 1967 Jim moved his family from Surrey to Chilliwack where he worked for the Provincial prison system in the Chilliwack Valley for most of his career. His vast knowledge of wilderness survival was instrumental in the development of the Center Creek Outward Bound Program. He loved the outdoors and knew every mountain ridge, trapper’s cabin and lake in the valley; he hunted and fished throughout B.C. Jim always had a story to tell about his time in the bush, and he was more than happy to share his knowledge.
Jim was involved with the Big Brother Association for many years, and was probably the only member of Big Brothers to have a little brother live with him and become a member of the family. 
During his time in Chilliwack he also belonged to the Black Powder Gun Club, the Rod and Gun Club, and the Chilliwack Motorcycle Sports Club. 
Jim taught himself to play the guitar, and the family has fond memories of their dad entertaining the family playing guitar and singing country songs.
He spent his retirement years touring on his motorcycle and RV’ing with Dawn. They spent the past 14 years living in Barriere where they enjoyed their grandbabies and the laid back lifestyle.
He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, wicked sense of humor and great stories;  the grandkids will remember the calls from “Santa” on Christmas eve and lots of snuggles.
Death leaves a heart ache nothing can heal
Love leaves memories no one can steal.
Life story written by Carrie Reimer
There will be a private family Celebration for Jim later in the year.
Donations in memory of Gilbert James “Jim” Reimer can be made to Variety – The Children’s Charity 4300 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6C6
Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, B.C., 250-674-3030 and Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999
Condolences may be expressed on-line at
McCallum, William (Bill) Charles Thursday, 29 May 2014
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Charles McCallum of Kamloops, B.C., on May 29, 2014, at 70 years of age.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Monique McCallum, children Steve McCallum of Kamloops, B.C., and Johanne (Brad) MacLaren of Barriere, B.C. Also left to cherish Bill’s memory are grandchildren Layton, Faunne, Cora and Wyatt MacLaren; great-grandchildren Nevaeh Eileen MacLaren, as well as sister Judy Odynsky. Bill is predeceased by his sister Barb Dehnke, and nephew Danny Dehnke of Valemount, B.C.
Bill was born and lived in Kamloops most of his life. He could often be found at the local pool halls or the horse racing grounds. He shared a passion of fishing with his son, Steve, and gardening with his daughter Johanne. Bill was his grandchildrens’ biggest fan in their sport activities; he rarely missed a game.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Kamloops Hospice.
A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Mary Widmer officiating.
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Walker, Grant Friday, 23 May 2014
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Grant Walker passed away in his home late in the evening on Friday, May 23, 2014.
He will be greatly missed by his children Jessica (Jon) Genier, Travis Caplette (Fawn); grandchildren Geri-Lee Genier and Anthony Genier, as well as the rest of his family and friends.
Donations can be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cresent S. Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E-2S9
Waversek, David John Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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David John Waversek born April 4, 1932 in Walthemstowe, England passed away peacefully on the evening of May 20, 2014 after bravely battling cancer.
Dave came to Canada with his father William Wilfred Waversek and his younger brother Leonard Arthur Waversek in 1954 from England on the M.V. Georgia. The three of them landed in Halifax and took the train out west to Smithers B.C. Dave, his brother and father worked at an experimental farm for a season until they decided to move to the coast and became floor layers. Working as floor layers they had the dream of earning enough money to buy a farm of their own. They managed to buy land at Buffalo Lake near 100 Mile House where they farmed from 1968 to 1995. The three of them had all kinds of critters from cattle, cats, dogs, pigs and the occasional moose. Dave and Len really enjoyed the sense of community farming brought especially in the 100 Mile area. Dave always spoke fondly of all their neighbors especially Ted and Rita Pincott and their 4 boys. Barry and Lynn Bush, Lilly Waller, Anne Bashall and the Horn family. They were always more than happy to lend Dave and Len a helping hand, which they are eternally grateful for.
After selling the farm at Buffalo Lake in 1995 to Ainsworth Lumber Company they moved to Little Fort. This was going to be their retirement farm, which was supposed to be a 5-year plan. They farmed there from 1995 to 2013 with the last few years having some help from a very dear friend and neighbor Michelle Hauser.
They finally did retire, sold the farm and moved across the river. They then had time to go on the ocean fishing trip they always dreamt about and just enjoyed not doing early morning irrigation.
Some of Len’s fondest memories with Dave included laying in one of the cow pastures in the shade on a hot day with the cows coming over to them and I’m sure the cows were saying “hey, why aren’t you busy making us hay?” Or last summer going on the salmon fishing trip together and constantly bugging each other by saying “keep your tip up!”
Dave is survived by his brothers Stanly William Waversek, wife Doreen Betty Waversek (England), Leonard Arthur Waversek (Little Fort), niece Dawn Florence Mary Waversek, and husband Tony, great niece Gemma, and great nephew Jamie, nephew Mark Waversek. (England)
Dave is predeceased by father William Wilfred Waversek 1984 (100 Mile) and mother Isabell Mary Waversek (White) 1952 (England)
Len Waversek and Michelle Hauser would like to thank all the staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their unwavering support in attending to Dave in his time of need, of which we are eternally grateful.
A service will be help for Dave on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Little Fort Cemetery at 11:00am with a celebration of his life at Len Waversek’s home to follow. All friends welcome to attend and tell stories of their fond memories of Dave.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Dave’s name to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Evans, Ethel Eva Sunday, 11 May 2014
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Ethel Eva Evans of Darfield, B.C., passed away May 11, 2014, at 93 years of age.
She is survived by her son Greg (Lorine) of Chase, B.C. She is also survived by four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two sisters and numerous other relatives. Ethel was predeceased by her husband Percy, her daughter Laura, and her grandson Garrett.
Ethel was born on November 20, 1920, in Steelhead Mission. After time in Mission she moved to New Westminster, then Burnaby, and then Prince George before the final move to the farm in Darfield in 1958.
She enjoyed playing baseball in her early days and later enjoyed lawn bowling. She also enjoyed sewing, soapstone-carving, and painting. She was independent and continued to drive to Barriere for groceries on a weekly basis until one year ago.
The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at the Ridgeview Lodge.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., in the Barriere Seniors Centre. Memorial donations in memory of Ethel may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., 300 – 828 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1E2.
Borrill, Ronald Friday, 02 May 2014
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With heavy hearts we announce that Ron passed away, peacefully at home in Coquitlam, B.C., just after midnight on May 2, 2014.
He is loved and dearly missed by his wife Maureen; children Beth and Tony; siblings Bud, Anne, and Doug; and numerous friends and family.
Ron is remembered for his unwavering courage, dignity, and grace in the face of all his challenges, as well as his adoration of the cabin, fine dining, a good laugh, and – most of all – his family and friends.
Services and reception will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at First Memorial Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Pancreatic Cancer Canada are appreciated. First Memorial Burkeview Chapel: 604-944-4128
Armstrong, Sarah Monday, 21 Apr 2014
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Sarah Armstrong passed away in Kamloops, B.C., at Royal Inland Hospital on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the age of 82 years.
She is survived by her loving children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many family and friends.
A Wake Service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, starting at 5:30 p.m., with the Funeral Service to take place on Friday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m., at the Spiritual Center at Simpcw First Nation. Lunch will follow at the hall.
McIvor, Evelyn Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014
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Evelyn McIvor was born on March 26, 1934 in Tofield, AB. She passed away on April 08, 2014 at the age of 80.
Married to Arthur McIvor, she raised six children in Port Moody, B.C., and later moved to Barriere, B.C., with her husband to spend their retirement years.
She was predeceased by her husband Arthur, and siblings Russell Hay, Walter Hay, Cecil Hay and Eva Starcheski.
She is survived by her children Wade McIvor (Debra), Linda Heska (Barry), Curt McIvor (Amy), Colleen Jurrius, Kim Jans and Michael McIvor, as well as several children she thought of us as her own (Dan, Fred, Tim and Sherri). She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Angela, Michelle, Tammy, Bret, Sarah, Andrew, Amanda, Ashley, Adam, Logan, Laisea, Rebbeca and Michael Jr., as well as many nieces and nephews, and six great grandchildren.
Evelyn was loved and needed by many friends in Barriere, and she will be greatly missed.
If you would like to celebrate Evelyn’s life, please join us at the Barriere Lions Hall at 12 noon on Thursday, April 17th.
West, Harry Edward Friday, 04 Apr 2014
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Harry Edward West was born in Heward, Saskatchewan, on June 27, 1930, to Edith and Bert West of Abbotsford, British Columbia.
He lived in Agate Bay, British Columbia, and he passed away at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops, British Columbia on April 4, 2014.
Harry was survived by his wife, Sylvia West of Agate Bay, B.C., his son, Dean West and daughter-in-law Michelle West, grandson Terence Checkley, granddaughter Melissa West of Prince George, B.C., sister, Doris Goldsmith of Abbotsford, B.C.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edith and Bert, brothers, Clarence West of Armstrong, B.C., and Alvin (Al) West of Vancouver, B.C.
Harry was an avid Steelhead Fisherman; he will be fondly remembered by his fishing buddies on the Vedder River.
At the request of Harry there will be no service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice House and the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Fennell, George Moore Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Moore Fennell. George was born in Kamloops, B.C., on September 8, 1939, the eldest son of Marston and Ellen Fennell of Chu Chua, B.C. He was also the eldest grandson of George and Margaret Fennell, ranching pioneers in the North Thompson valley.  George passed away at Laurel Place in Surrey, B.C., on April 2, 2014 with his wife Carol by his side. He leaves to mourn in passing his wife Carol; Kathy (the mother of his sons); sons Darryl (Chantal), daughter-in-law Lisa and son Geordie; his grandchildren Joey, Jennifer and Jessica and numerous nieces and nephews. George is also survived by his sister Frances (Arthur); brother Jim (Margaret); and brother Robert (Joanne). George was predeceased by his sister Peggy and his son Tim.
George grew up in Chu Chua and went to high school in Barriere, B.C. He recorded one of the highest IQ test scores in the region and graduated from high school when he was 15. He enjoyed participating in athletic activities, and once set a record in high jump that lasted several years. The small school was an ideal place for him to develop the many friendships that have lasted to this day.
After graduation George entered the workplace as a field hand on the Genier ranch, just outside of Barriere. Soon after that, with the help of his uncle Sandy, he went to work for Dawson and Wade construction on a rock crusher across the river from Little Fort. From crushing, he followed the company to a series of road building jobs on the Big Bend highway. It was there that George began his proficiency at driving trucks of all sizes and became a part of the teamsters union. He worked at various jobs in logging and construction until he went to work on the Mica Dam project. With a small airport nearby, he was able to utilize his spare time by getting his private pilot’s license. During the winter shut-down, he sometimes worked as a bartender and bouncer in a Kamloops pub.
With work at Mica winding down, George moved to the Vancouver area in 1971 and continued a solid association with the Teamsters’ organization. He was a strong trade unionist and promoted workers’ rights at every opportunity. In the late 70s and early 80s, he travelled the province as part of a group of activists advocating on behalf of fair treatment for women and all truck drivers, both within the union and throughout the industry.    
After various jobs in the transportation sector, George became involved in the movie industry which he enjoyed greatly. He got to work around people like Rodney Dangerfield, Cybil Shepherd and Gene Hackman, who became a personal friend. One of his fondest memories was joking around with John Byner, who is a real clown both on and off camera. George worked in that industry for many years beyond retirement age, saying “why should I sit at home when I can work with so many nice people all day long.”
George loved to play sports - any sports....slo-pitch, golfing, curling, billiards, and coaching sports such as hockey. He has several trophies that attest to his prowess. George often played a leadership role in the sports leagues he was involved in. He was a loyal team player and was front and center in anything that was happening. He was often called upon to be “the organizer” for many events. 
In later years, George took the most enjoyment from his grandchildren; #1 Grandson Joey, Princess Jennifer and future Olympian Jessica. He took every opportunity to go places and spend time with them. His other major interests were curling and golf. George and Carol were avid golfers and enjoyed their golfing holidays in Hemet, California. One of the things that he enjoyed most about visiting “back home” in Kamloops, were the great golf courses and the people that he was able to share them with. 
George will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday April 26, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Cloverdale Legion Hall, at 17567-57th Ave., Cloverdale, B.C. 
Any friends or family wishing to make some brief remarks in tribute to George should contact the family ahead of time for scheduling purposes. Humorous anecdotes are welcome as long as they are within the bounds of good taste.    
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