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Wagstaff, Arthur (Slim) Frederick Thursday, 13 Nov 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
January 4 1937 to November 13 2014
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Art Wagstaff passed away on November 13, 2014.
Art was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. When he was four years old, his family moved to a farm in Rolling Hills, Alberta.
After the farm was sold he spent a brief stint working in construction in Edmonton and then joined the Air Force. He was honourably discharged on the 21st of February, 1960. He then worked as a microwave technician in Kamloops, Elliston, Newfoundland, Edmonton and several locations throughout B.C., eventually returning to Kamloops and working for BC Tel until he moved his family to Chu Chua and became a farmer/rancher for 20 years. Following the sale of the farm in 1991 he worked as a real estate agent until he retired in 1994.
Art is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fran, son Rick (Marie), daughter Anita and grandchildren Mallory and Marston. He will be fondly remembered by his good friends Ken, Karen and Kassie Gilbert, Linda McMahon as well as his many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life is planned to take place at North Lake in the spring/summer.
Bush, Albert Edward Monday, 11 Aug 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
September 13, 1934 – August 11, 2014
With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our father Al Bush on August 11th, 2014.
He was surrounded by his family and extended family. He passed after a courageous battle with cancer.
Al is survived by his wife, June, of 58 years, Albert Jr., {Tanya}, daughter {Patricia}, daughter Helen, Charlie {Cheryl}, Sig {Nicole}, grandchildren, Tasha {Adam}, Brandon, Marshall, Ryan, Sara, Liam, Evan, Kyle, great grandchildren, Cameron and Kieren, sisters Joyce and Betty.
Al was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. When he was 12 years old he moved to Vancouver with his uncle Charlie Whiteman. He later went into the forest industry, engineering, road building etc.
His greatest love was fishing and camping with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed gardening cooking and many other interests. For many years he quietly helped many people along the way and especially young people. He was also known as one of the paper boys in Kamloops, who walked the streets with his dog “Sadie” delivering papers.
The family would like to thank our dearest friends the Clare family for their support.
We would also like to thank the Community for touching our fathers heart with their kindness and generosity.
A gathering for a Celebration of Life for Al, will be held at1:30 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at Desert Gardens Senior Centre, 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops,
In lieu of flowers, donations to New Life Mission, Kamloops, Canadian Cancer Society or an organization of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm, 250 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Al’s obituary at
Passey (nee Lum) , Sharon Faith Sunday, 27 Jul 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Sharon Passey passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, on July 27, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. She was 72 years of age. Born in Vancouver, BC, on April 14, 1942, Sharon is survived by her common-law spouse, Bill Frezell; mother-in-law Lilian Passey; brother Mike Lum; sister Suzanne; son John (Chelsea); daughter Caron; grandchildren Brandon, Charli, Cassidi, Cayci, Madison, Brady; great grandchildren Isabell and Emily; and by many family and friends. Sharon was predeceased by her father, George Lum; husband, Charles Passey; grandson, Jeremy Fontaine; father-in-law Blair Passey, and by her foster parents, John and Edith Forrest.
Sharon had an interesting career as an exotic mushroom buyer. She especially enjoyed the company of her family and friends, as well as fishing, and travelling around looking for marketable mushrooms. During her lifetime, Sharon was involved with Alanon, AA, the Food Bank, and the Mormon Church.
A Memorial Service for Sharon Passey will take place at the Lions’ Hall in Barriere at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Donations in Sharon’s memory to the Food Bank, the Red Cross or to the BC Cancer Society would be appreciated. Services entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater and Barriere, BC, 250-674-3030 and 250-672-1999.
Brown, Dale Franklin Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
December 12, 1935 – July 16, 2014
Dale Franklin Brown of Barriere, British Columbia, passed away after a lengthy illness, at his home on July 16, 2014. He was 78 years of age.
Dale was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to parents Raymond and Cecelia (nee Caza).
Dale is survived by his son Keith (Butch Brown), five daughters, Jo-Anne Massicotte (Leonard), Roxanne Taylor (Dan), Diane Brown (Darrel), Rae-Anne Dickie (Jim), Lianne Hamblin (Brent). Nine grandchildren,15 great grandchildren, brother Wendall Brown (Jaunita), sister Donna Primrose, brother in law Maynard Miller (Carole), sister in law Clarece Dyson. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as by his many friends.
Dale was predeceased by his wife, the love of his life Lylet, and his parents Raymond and Cecelia Brown.
After all the facts Dale has gone fishing. He is a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Private family burial will be held at the Barriere Memorial Cemetery.
Celebration of Life for family and friends will follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the lower part of the Barriere Legion Branch #242.
Donations in Memory of Dale Brown can be made to the Barriere Hospice Society, Box 201, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 1-250-672-1999.
Oja, Howard John Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Howard John Oja, on July 9, 2014, after a short stay in Royal Inland Hospital.
He leaves to mourn, Louise, his wife of sixty-three years; his son, Warren and daughter-in-law Jennifer; his sons Darrel and Bryan and his daughter Cheryl; two granddaughters - Jes (Erik) and Juliana (Robert); and a great grandson Drydyn Howard.
He also leaves two brothers in Alberta, Mel (Alma) and Herb (Iona); and many nieces and nephews; also a grandson-in-law, Dave.
Howard was born on November 9, 1928, near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. He attended a little country school called Beaver Flats until he completed grade nine, took grade 10 in High River, Alberta, and his final two years in Nordegg, Alberta.
After graduating at seventeen, he and his friend, Jim, joined the Navy that same year, and this is where Howard spent the next twenty-five years of his life as a radio operator.
After retiring in 1971, he and his family moved to Barriere where they operated four rental units and a laundromat.
Initially the move was made because Howard purchased the resort at North Barriere Lake in 1968, and which he owned until 1983.
In that same year Howard and Louise moved to Dixon Valley. After losing their home in the 2003 wildfire, their kids built them a beautiful log home. Howard never ceased to enjoy the view across the valley.
Howard, husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa will be missed forever and remembered always.
It was Howard’s wish not to have a funeral. A small gathering of his immediate family will be held in the near future.
Wilson, Rose "Marie" Saturday, 21 Jun 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Born on November 23, 1927, in Vancouver and left us to go to a better place on June 21, 2014. Forest View Place in Clearwater is where she resided for the last days of her journey home. The staff did an exceptional job in caring for her when she let them. By this, we mean that Auntie Marie was a fiercely independent woman with a clear opinion and she always spoke with a sense of authority which boded nothing but respect and yielding. Strong and bold are two words that describe her well! A great lady.
Her husband, William “Bill” aka “Uncle Bill” Wilson predeceased her years prior.
Her father was Dick James who resided in Vancouver, until his passing. He was originally from Manitoba and Auntie Marie’s mother was Elsie Welch. Dick’s spouse was Alice James and Elsie’s spouse she did not know. Auntie Marie had a brother by the name of Frank James who is deceased and a step sister by the name of Pat Fenner who currently resides in Burnaby. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In Marie’s younger days, she and Bill were married and decided to take up residence just south of Little Fort on a farm just off the Yellowhead Highway. She remained there even after the passing of her late husband, until failing health forced her to leave.
During their later years on the farm she and Bill invited Brenda Wilson and her husband to come live on the farm. Soon after, along came the first born, Tyler, then, Kaitlin, the next youngest one. Both children have since grown up. Tyler, continues to live there today.
Auntie Marie was very much involved in the local community of Little Fort. Among the many activities with which she busied herself, she was one of the founding women - with Leonna Woodward, Blanch Hansen and Nora Belchem -of the Little Fort Women’s Institute in 1961. As well, she was involved in supporting the activities of the local Brownie and Girl Guide groups. Marie also spent several seasons working at one of the fishing camps in the area, Nehalliston Fishing Camp. Furthermore, she and Bill raised hereford cattle on the farm and, as such, spent time each year to make sure the cattle were being brought to and from their respective rangelands throughout the seasons. Hence, “trucking cattle”, “herding them”, and “cow camps” was a way of life for Auntie Marie. A life she would never have changed for another.
“Thanks Auntie Marie and Uncle Bill for letting me board my horse, Prince there all those years and to be fortunate enough to experience working a farm. Some of my greatest memories.” (Linda Rowan)
At her request, Auntie Marie was cremated. To celebrate and remember Auntie Marie, a burial will take place at Little Fort cemetery at 11 am on Saturday, July 19, 2014. All are welcome to join in coffee and snacks at the Little Fort Hall after the service. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Thank you to all of the staff at Forest View Place, along with those that dropped by for a visit to keep Auntie Marie company.
Special thanks to Gladys Rowan for not only bringing Auntie Marie back home where she belongs but most importantly, honouring her and all her wishes. Your selflessness, it is heartfelt!

Reimer, Gilbert James (Jim) Thursday, 12 Jun 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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.
Condolences may be expressed to the family from
Walker, Grant Friday, 23 May 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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.
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