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Evans, Ethel Eva Sunday, 11 May 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
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.    
Walter, Douglas Craig Monday, 31 Mar 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Douglas Craig Walter was born April 28, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta. He passed away on March 31, 2014, at the age of 52. Doug fought a lengthy battle with lung cancer, which ended at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Doug is survived by his mother Elsie Walter (nee) Holloway, sisters Lynne, Wendy, Sharon. Nieces and nephews, Shelly, Jason, Rob, Chris, Amanda, Kalaya and Ben. Grandchildren Felecia, Owen, Grace, Elizabeth, Abigail, Emma, Aaron, Elijah, Phoenix, Mikkel, Natalie, Sara and Sebastian. Also, cherished children: Jennifer, Catherine, Amanda, Daniel, Amanda, Ray and Mikey.
Doug was predeceased by his father Douglas William (Bill) Walter of McLure, B.C.
Doug graduated from Barriere Secondary High School in Barriere, B.C. He was, in later years, a millworker at the Tolko Mill in Barriere and also worked as a private delivery service driver. He enjoyed muscle cars and was a collector of a wide variety of items. Doug loved drag racing, he valued family and friends and his four legged friends.
Celebration of Life will be held on May 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Barriere Legion Branch 242, 681 Shaver Road, Barriere, B.C. Refreshments to follow service will be upstairs.
Donations in Memory of Douglas Walter can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, 72 Whiteshield Cr. South Kamloops, B.C. V2E 2S9.
Richter, Francis Marion (Frank) Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Frank Richter was born in Oroville, Washington, on January 25, 1935, to Frank and Ina Richter.
He was brought to Canada at the age of six days to Causton, British Columbia, where he was raised on his parents’ ranch.
He went to school in Keremeos, then on to Olds College in Alberta. He worked for B.C. Tel as a lineman, then he joined the Fish and Wildlife branch in 1956, becoming a Game Warden and a Predator Hunter.
Frank went to the Police Academy for enforcement training, and BCIT for extra training; he was dedicated to his work, and retired in 1992 in Clearwater. He had spent 36 years of doing what he loved.
After he retired he went to work hauling trees for the forestry, then he took his mules and herded cattle in the mountains every summer with his grandchildren.
Frank loved to take his boys to the high school rodeos so they could participate in the events, and he helped many others along the way.
Frank and his wife spent many hours herding cows in the Deadman Creek area. They also spent many hours fishing and camping, and traveling through Canada and the USA.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Ina Richter and sons, Mickell and Gregory.
Frank leaves to mourn, his wife of 53 years, Wanda, three sons, Allan, Tim (Kelly) and Frank (Patricia) in Alberta and three daughters Brenda, Virginia, and Bonnie in British Columbia. Two brothers, Robert (Gloria) in Toronto and Jim in Victoria.  Many grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.  
Frank will be cremated. At his request, no service will be held for Frank. Condolences can be sent to North Thompson Funeral Services at, or donations in Frank’s name to Dr. Helmcken Hospital, Clearwater, B.C.
Hagen, Julius (Joe) Leo Saturday, 22 Mar 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Photo of Hagen, Julius (Joe) Leo
July 31, 1930- March 22, 2014
Joe was born in Coronation, Alberta moving later to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Shortly after marrying Darlene Niedermoser, they made the big move over the mountains to British Columbia, living first in Louis Creek, and then settling in Barriere.
Joe passed away peacefully at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater, B.C.
He worked driving logging truck for Fadear Creek Lumber until losing a leg in a logging accident, at which time he retrained and moved into the office. Fadear Creek eventually became Tolko Industries from which he retired.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Darlene; three children, Debra (Peter), Calvin and Patricia (Tony), and granddaughter Amanda. He is also survived by two sisters, Inga Garrett in Rocky Mountain House and Lillian Penfold in Red Deer, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Garrett from Rocky Mountain House and Ida Kilde from Sylvan Lake.
For many years Joe spent time fishing at East Barriere Lake where he and Darlene owned a cabin. He also enjoyed ocean fishing whenever he had the opportunity. As well, he was a life-member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 242, and was also a charter member of the Barriere Senior’s Society. He was actively involved in the town of Barriere for numerous years and took great pleasure in living there.
No service by request. Funeral handled by North Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Stephens, William Albert (Bill) Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014
Barriere Star Journal Barriere
Photo of Stephens, William Albert (Bill)
William Albert (Bill) Stephens
May 24, 1943 – March 11, 2014
Bill Stephens passed away on March 11, 2014, at Royal Inland Hospital. He was 70 years old and lived at East Barriere Lakes Road, Barriere, British Columbia.
Bill is survived by his wife Dorothy Draper, son Shad Stephens (Laura), grandchildren Eva and Jamie Stephens, his daughter Shannon Higdon (Rory) and grandson, Travis Higdon. He was predeceased by his parents Muriel and Donald Stephens.
Bill was a Blacksmith by trade; horse shoeing was his life. He loved to ride and build motorcycles. He loved to tell us stories and ride horses. Bill was a great husband, loving father and grandfather who worked hard to provide for his family.
Donations can be made in honour of William Stephens to The Kidney Foundation of Canada, British Columbia Branch #200, 4940 Canada Way Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 4K6,, or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 120 - 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C-2G9.
A Memorial Service for Bill Stephens will take place commencing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 242, Barriere, B.C. Condolences may be sent to the family, and the service may be seen at
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